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Boucar Gassama, father of medical student Sadio Gassama who left Senegal to join the Islamic State in Libya, sits in his courtyard surrounded by family in Ziguinchor, Senegal, in this picture taken March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Francois Huertas

Extremism threatens security in Muslim Africa

By: Emma Farge Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage ZIGUINCHOR, Senegal (Reuters) – When Sadio Gassama decided to go into medicine, he started by giving free check-ups at his mosque in Senegal’s poor southern region of Casamance. Now, the 25-year-old medical student says he is treating Islamic State fighters in Libya. Until recently, many thought the peaceful, tolerant Sufi brotherhoods in countries such as Senegal could prevent more conservative and radical versions of Islam from taking hold in poorer parts of West Africa, like Mali and Niger. But security experts say Gassama’s story shows how the penetration of hardline Islamic Salafism, coupled with Gulf money and...

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Pakistan vows to hunt down Lahore attackers

By: RFE/RL Source: RFE/RL MV Editor’s Note: The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, “Whoever wrongs a minority citizen (mu’ahid) or slights him, or forces him to do more than he can, or takes anything from him that he isn’t pleased to give, then I shall be the advocate of that minority citizen on the Day of Judgment.” Then the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) pointed to his chest and declared, “Indeed whoever kills a minority citizen protected by Allah and protected by the Messenger of Allah, then Allah will prohibit even the scent of Paradise from that person and the scent of Paradise is found a distance of 70 years journey from it. (Sunan al Bayhaqi al Kabir) That...

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8 ways to oppose lunatic-fringe Muslim groups and Islam-haters

By: Juan Cole Source: Informed Comment 1. Stop calling Daesh “the Islamic State.” They are manipulating you. They aren’t a state and they aren’t Islamic. If some fringe cult took over some villages in Mexico and called itself “The Vatican,” then committed terrorism, would journalists blithely say on air “Today, the Vatican killed 39 and injured 200 with a bomb belt”? People in the Middle East hate this small desert fringe, and they term it “Daesh,” not “Islamic.” They should know. 2. Call the terrorists “Muslim” if you have to characterize them, not “Islamic” or even worse, “Islamics.” There is no such thing as “Islamic” terrorism. The word “Islamic” has to do with the ideals and verities...

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