Posted by: bankwahabi | Oktober 23, 2006

CHECHEN CLERICS DECLARE JIHAD AGAINST “WAHHABIS”

CHECHEN CLERICS DECLARE JIHAD AGAINST “WAHHABIS”

The Council of Muftis of the Chechen Republic on
August 4 officially declared a jihad against
“Wahhabism.” Interfax quoted Chechen Mufti Sultan
Mirzaev as telling journalists that the decision
had been announced during a meeting between
representatives of the clergy and law-enforcement
agencies in the village of Tsentoroi, which is the
home village of the Kadyrov clan. Mirzaev said it
was the largest such meeting since the death of
Akhmad Kadyrov in May 2004. “Wahhabism is the
plague of the 20th and the 21st centuries,” he
said. “All Arabic scholars have come to be
unanimous that those fighting against Wahhabism
are on the path of jihad, following the way of
Allah.” Wahhabis and terrorists, he said, “are
bringing evil into the world and the entire world
must oppose them. We adopted an official fatwa (a
religious ruling in Islam – Interfax), so that
those fighting terrorism and Wahhabism have no
doubt that their cause is just. We have declared
war on these phenomena. Those killing innocent
people must be either stopped or put behind bars
or exterminated. This has to be done by whatever
method. Our fatwa is that those who have shed
blood, those who do not want to stop must be
killed by any method.” Mirzaev said rebels had
killed sixteen district imams in Chechnya and that
he himself had been “seriously wounded” in a rebel
attack. “Should I remain silent about this?” he
said. “If it becomes necessary, I will take up
arms and I am ready to fight against them.”

Various Chechen officials and politicians voiced
support for the anti-Wahhabi fatwa. State Duma
Deputy Ruslan Yamadaev said that Chechens welcomed
the initiative, Moskovsky komsomolets reported on
August 8. “The militants have blown up and shot
policemen, imams, public servants, declaring that
they are carrying out jihad, but now a clear and
unequivocal answer has been given to the question
of who really stands on the path of jihad,” he
said, adding that it was the police and other
law-enforcement personnel who were carrying out
jihad and “embarking on the righteous path.”

Moskovsky komsomlets noted that the initiative for
the jihad came from Chechen First Deputy Prime
Minister Ramzan Kadyrov, who, in the newspaper’s
words, “gathered all the muftis and imams in one
mosque and wouldn’t let them out of there until
they took the decision needed by the power
structures.” Indeed, on August 3, the day before
the anti-Wahhabi jihad was announced, Kadyrov
urged the republic’s clergy to work with young
people to dissuade them from joining the rebels.
“Terrorist organizations leaders’ are turning
young people into cannon fodder,” Interfax quoted
him as saying. “These young guys lack the wisdom
and experience to see what is actually going on
and to resist attempts to involve them in illegal
armed formations…Individual campaigns are
ineffective. The clergy must deal with each person
separately, and with the parents of those young
men who are potential recruits for guerrilla groups.”

It is thus no surprise that Kadyrov welcomed the
anti-Wahhabi jihad declaration. “I welcome the
decision from all the Chechen Republic authorities
because the officers of law enforcement agencies
who are actually at war with terrorism and
Wahhabism have to be sure that what they are doing
is not against the Koran or Islam,” Interfax
quoted him as saying. Reuters on August 4 quoted
Kadyrov as saying in televised comments: “Today we
unanimously adopted a resolution. (The religious
leaders) announced that (Wahhabites) will bring
nothing but harm to the people and to Islam. They
are Wahhabites, and we must destroy them. If you
ask me, we have a place where we can bury them –
three meters down.”

The anti-Wahhabi jihad was just one of several
Kadyrov initiatives having to do with religion. He
told reporters on August 3 that Europe’s largest
mosque, capable of accommodating 10,000 believers,
would be built in downtown Grozny. “Grozny has not
built a single mosque since the 1930s, when all
mosques were destroyed,” Kadyrov said. “The
construction of this mosque and an Islamic center,
or madrasah, will help spread true Islam, which
has nothing to do with extremism, in Chechnya.”

Kadyrov also announced on August 3 that he had
issued a ban on gambling in response to the
demands of senior clerics and the public, telling
Itar-Tass that he had been approached by “elders
and muftis” and “received tens of thousands of
requests and even sometimes demands from the
public, from almost every settlement, to remove
gaming machines from Chechnya.” “I am giving a
week’s notice to the owners of gambling parlors to
dismantle their equipment,” RIA Novosti quoted him
as saying. “Otherwise, I will destroy the machines
myself. Gambling is against the laws of Islam and
has a negative impact on the younger generation.
There are rumors that I own slot machines. It is a
lie.” Kadyrov added that he has never been
involved and will not get involved in the gambling
business. Itar-Tass reported that the owners of
gambling businesses were likely to relocate their
businesses activities to neighboring republics.
The news agency quoted an anonymous businessman as
saying that he and his colleagues would “strike an
agreement with the Dagestanis and move the
machines onto Dagestani territory, near the
administrative border.”

Nezavisimaya gazeta on August 9 interpreted Ramzan
Kadyrov’s sudden burst of Islamic fervor as being
inspired more by politics than religion. Noting
that Kadyrov made these decisions while Chechen
President Alu Alkhanov was on vacation and Chechen
Prime Minister Sergei Abramov was on a train tour
of Russia, leaving Kadyrov temporarily in charge
as the republic’s acting president, the
newspaper’s Andrei Riskin and Maria Bondarenko
pointed out that Alkhanov’s presidential term ends
in three years and that whoever has control over
the Chechen parliament, which will be elected this
fall, will determine who will succeed Alkhanov.
“Independent experts in Chechnya believe that all
of these actions have nothing whatever to do with
the struggle for purity of faith,” they wrote of
Ramzan Kadyrov’s bows toward Islam. “Simply,
Kadyrov, who himself loves to organize dog fights
and stays at the billiard table for hours on
end…started the battle for the electorate on the
eve of this fall’s Chechen parliamentary elections.”


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