Is Banning Salafi Literature the Answer?

The Salafi movement, which is the interpretation of Islam that ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shebab, Al Nusra, etc all follow, is to have their literature banned in several Arab states. According to an Arab news outlet, The Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments have launched a campaign to remove the books of scholars that belong to the Salafi movement from all mosques in Egypt.

 

Following on from our articles outlining how ISIS is the logical conclusion of  the Salafi Movement, and how ISIS and Saudi Salafi doctrine are entwined, others have now realised this dangerous fact and taking action. Even those within the Salafi Movement are connecting the dots, the former Imam of Mecca, Shiekh Al Kalbani has said ISIS is the logical conclusion to the Salafi Movement and Isis is a result of Salafi ideology

Egypt’s Response

Names of scholars whose books are to be removed or confiscated:-

– Sheikh Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab
– Imam Ibn Taymiyyah
– Sheikh Ibn Baz
– Sheikh Ibn Uthaymeen
– Sheikh Abu Ishaq al-Huweini
– Sheikh Mohamed Hussein Yacoub
– Sheikh Mohammed Hassan

They have already confiscated 7000 books and CDs from mosque libraries in Cairo, Alexandria and Giza. The authors of these materials include:

– Sheikh Wagdi al-Ghoneim
– Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi
– Sheikh Muhammad al-Maqsood
– Yasser al-Burhami
– Sheikh Abu Ishaq al-Huweini
– Sheikh Mohamed Hussein Yacoub
– Sheikh Mohammed Hassan

The ministry’s department is currently launching an inspection campaign on mosques and libraries in all provinces, to make sure they are free of any books and media calling for “militancy and extremism”.

 

Jordan has similar plans

Leaked correspondence claims works by “Sheikh Al Islam” Ibn Taymiyyah have been used by the ‘Islamic State’ group to justify its barbaric massacres.

Owner of publishing houses are reportedly withholding the works of Ibn Taymiyyah amid claims a total ban is imminent.

Ibn Taymiyyah’s books are also reportedly being prevented from entering Jordan, although no official statement has been released by Jordanian authorities.

The move, if confirmed, follows the killing of a Jordanian pilot, Moaz al-Kasasbeh, who was burned to death in Syria last year by the Islamic State group. It is further claimed that IS is highly influenced by the work of Ibn Taymiyyah.

Some experts believe that the Islamic State group have exploited the idea of Ibn Taymiyyah’s fatwas as justification for their barbaric acts.

The reported “decision” was hailed by Egyptian TV presenter Islam el-Behery, who praised Jordan and King Abdullah for the move.

“This is the beginning,” he posted on Facebook. “Today, officially, the Jordanian Department of Press and Publications is implementing a ban on the books of Ibn Taymiyyah.

“Jordan becomes the first Arab country taking such measures against the books of the murderous Ibn Taymiyyah and to confront terrorism in deeds not just words. Bravo Jordan and King Abdullah,” he added.

But Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, a Jordanian-Palestinian writer did not share the presenter’s sentiments.

“The folly of withholding the books of Sheikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyyah or banning them on the pretext of Islamic State’s mis-comprehension of his fatwas is as bad as allowing books that directly insult our religion and prophets,” Maqdisi tweeted.

An official decision is yet to be announced by Amman authorities.

Jordan’s minister of Islamic affairs, Hayel Dawood, has denied that he or his ministry had issued any decision regarding any ban on the books, saying that the leaked correspondence was a draft proposal that he had not yet examined.

Dawood said a decision regarding the ban will be “issued soon” – and that an internal inquiry had been opened regarding the leaked correspondence.

Al-Araby al-Jadeed’s correspondent in Jordan, Mohammad Fadilat, confirmed that no such ban had yet taken place.

A conference is due to take place next week to discuss IS ideology and to look into whether university courses featuring Ibn Taymiyyah’s work should be changed, reported our corresponden

 

France to expel Salafi Preachers

Former French President Sarkozy promised to ‘expel forcibly all the imams who preach radical Salafist mosques’. This was in addition to Sarkozy vow to electronically tag all 11,500 people on France’s extremist watch list if he is returned to the Elysée palace following the 2017 presidential election. 

Tajikistan Bans Salafi books

Tajikistan’s Interior Ministry have on its website the list of literature propagating ideas of the Salafi religious movement — a banned extremist sect.

The following is the list of banned Salafi literature:

 

1 Sharhu Fazli-l-Islam li Shaikhi-l-Islam Mohammad bin Abdulvahhab at-Tamin by Saleh bin Abdul-Aziz bin Mohammad Al ash-Sheikh,

2 Sharhu Lam’atu-l-Etiqadal-Hadi ila Sabili-r-Rashad li-l-Imam Muvaffaqaddin ibn Qaddoma al-Maqdisi by Muhammad bin Shalih bin Muhammad bin Utsaimin,

3 Favaqiru-l-Izab fi Mu’taqad ash-Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdulvahhab by Mohammad bin Nasir bin Osman Mumir

4 Al Juhudu-l-Hadisiya by Abdul-Aziz ibn Baz,

5 Al-Ilokatu Baina-t-Tashayuu va Tasavvuf by Falah ibn Ismail al Mandakar,

6 Sharhu Muqaddima fi Usuli-t-Tafsir li Ibn Taymiya by Musaid bin Sulayman ibn Nasir at-Tayar,

7 Al Aliu-l-Bahiyati fi Sharhi-l-Aqidati-l-Vasitaya li Ibn Taymiya by Saleh bin Abdul-Azizi bin Mohammad bin Ibrahim Al ash-Sheikh,

8 Al-Majmuatu-l-Oliya by Ibn Taymiya,

9 Kitabu-l-Iman by Abu Ubaid al-Qasim ibn Salam,

10 Fazlu Ilmi-s-Salaf ala Ilmi-Khalaf by Abdul Qasim Abdul Azim,

11 Favaidu mina-t-Tafsir by Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Baz,

12 Taysiru-l-Ilah by Ubaid bin Abdullah bin Suleyman al-Jabiri,

13 Al-Usulu min Ilmi-l-Usul Risala Mukhtasara fi Usuli-lFiqh by Muhammad bin Shalih bin Muhammad bin Utsaimin.

 

 

What are your thoughts? Is Salafism misunderstood? Is banning up helpful or merely causing division? Agree or disagree we would love to here your opinion.

Medina Minds Team

Medina Minds Team

A group of contributors who are working to publicize the reality of Islam and Muslims.

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