MIDDLE EAST: Protecting Islam means combating Al Qaeda
Tariq Alhomayed, editor-in-chief of Asharq Alawsat, argues that the actions of Al Qaeda have harmed Muslims more than anyone else. He calls on Muslims to confront terrorists in order to protect themselves and their children, who extremists are trying to turn into suicide bombers. Above all, Al Qaeda must be confronted to protect Islam: ‘when we fight Al Qaeda, physically and mentally, we are defending the reputation of our religion’.
SOURCE:Asharq Alawsat , 11 Jan 10
SAUDI: Editorial urges Palestinians to dismiss Al Qaeda
Following attempts by Bin Laden to portray himself as a great Arab leader and the champion of the Palestinian cause, an editorial in the Saudi Gazette has urged Palestinians ‘to be saved from this monstrosity’. Describing Bin Laden as ‘a mass murderer of enormous proportions [who] has wrong-headedly devoted his life to death and destruction under the false delusion that he is advancing the cause of Islam’ the article states that to sway public opinion, the last thing the Palestinians need is the support of Al Qaeda.
SOURCE: Saudi Gazette, 25 Jan 10
SAUDI: Scholars urged to raise their voices against Al Qaeda
Writing on the Asharq al-Awsat website, Dr Hamad Al Majid criticises the lack of condemnation of Al Qaeda actions from religious scholars, arguing that their subdued messages have encouraged more terrorist attacks. Al Majid urges scholars, preachers and writers to denounce Al Qaeda as criminals whose actions have resulted in the death of innocent Muslims.
SOURCE: Asharq Alawsat , 27 Jan 10
SAUDI: Anti Al Qaeda competing narratives website established
The Saudi website Muraja’at Fikriyah is an online library of Arabic language anti-Al Qaeda statements and renunciations by scholars and former extremists, including Sayyid Imam al-Sharif (Dr Fadl). The material can be downloaded in audio, video and text formats.
SOURCE: Muraja’at Fikriyah website
FULL STORY: http://murajaat.com/
TURKEY: Can violence defend Islam?
Following the recent attack on Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, Mustafa Akyol, a journalist based in Istanbul, argues against the use of violence to defend Islam, explaining the irony, hypocrisy and lack of Islamic learning that leads to such actions. Motivated by a desire to protect the ‘dignity of Islam’, Akyol argues that the extremist minority, with their mindless militancy, do more to mock and damage Islam more than any cartoonist could.
SOURCE: Common Ground News Service, 26 January 2010; Hurriyet Daily News, 5 January 2010,