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AP Discovers Radical Muslim Websites

From those tireless defenders of the faith at the Associated Press:

Abdulmanam Almushawah, the head of a Saudi government program called Assakeena, checks radical web sites in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009.

200 Web sites spread al-Qaida’s message in English

By Donna Abu-nasr And Lee Keath, Associated Press Writers Fri Nov 20

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Increasing numbers of English-language Web sites are spreading al-Qaida’s message to Muslims in the West. They translate writings and sermons once largely out of reach of English readers and often feature charismatic clerics like Anwar al-Awlaki, who exchanged dozens of e-mails with the Army psychiatrist accused of the Fort Hood shootings…

"If you look at the most influential documents in terms of homegrown terrorism cases, it’s not training manuals on building bombs," Kohlmann said. "The most influential documents are the ones that are written by theological advisers, some of whom are not even official al-Qaida members."

Most of the radical Islamic sites are not run or directed by al-Qaida, but they provide a powerful tool for recruiting sympathizers to its cause of jihad, or holy war, against the United States, experts who track the activity said.

The number of English-language sites sympathetic to al-Qaida has risen from about 30 seven years ago to more than 200 recently, said Abdulmanam Almushawah, head of a Saudi government program called Assakeena, which works to combat militant Islamic Web sites.

In contrast, Arabic-language radical sites have dropped to around 50, down from 1,000 seven years ago, because of efforts by governments around the world to shut them down, he said.

Al-Qaida has long tried to reach a Western audience. Videotaped messages from its leader, Osama bin Laden, and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri usually have English subtitles. But translations of writings and sermons that form the theological grounding for al-Qaida’s ideology, along with preachers like al-Awlaki, mostly eliminate the language barrier…

Members of a group of Canadian Muslims arrested in 2006 for allegedly forming a training camp and plotting bombing attacks in Toronto listened to his online calls for jihad, according to the case against them in court. According to prosecutors, an al-Awlaki sermon on jihad was among the numerous materials — including videos of beheadings — found on the computers of five men convicted in December of plotting attacks on the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey…

U.S. intelligence officials declined comment on the spread of English-language jihadist Web sites.

Such sites are expected to follow closely the upcoming trials of Hasan and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who is accused of being a top architect of the 9/11 attacks, said Rita Katz, head of the U.S. based SITE Intelligence Group, which follows on line militant traffic

Many of the sites post speeches by English-speaking clerics like al-Awlaki or, more often, translations of sermons and lectures by Arabic-speaking clerics…

While al-Awlaki has become popular, "other, more prominent and influential Arabic-speaking jihadist sheikhs … have had their works and speeches translated into English and other languages. Their works tend to be used more often by the jihadist community to justify violence," she said in an e-mail interview. Al-Awlaki "fills a void in that he can directly interact, understand and communicate with English-speaking jihadists in a way that Arabic-speaking clerics cannot."

Almushawah says most of the servers for the sites are in Britain, but they can be run from anywhere and most of them are operated and receive content from the U.S. Most of the clerics who appear on them are in the Arab world with some in France and England…

Saudi Arabia set up its Assakeena program after authorities found that 70 percent of al-Qaida sympathizers were drawn to the group through the Internet. In the campaign, government-backed preachers monitor 400 radical Islamic web sites and inject a more moderate message on the sites.

The campaigners also directly contact and dialogue with militants they encounter on the Web, conversations that can take weeks or months. Of 2,631 militants contacted by the group, 1,170 withdrew their support for radicals, according to the campaign. About a fifth of the militants were from Europe and North American, and the rest from Arab countries.

Assakeena — the name is Arabic for "Tranquility from God" — is part of other hearts-and-minds programs the kingdom launched to complement its crackdown on al-Qaida after the group carried out a series of attacks on foreigners and oil infrastructure in 2004.

Of course this is yet another effort on the part of our media masters to try to explain how Mr. Hasan was led astray by some radical Muslim extremists who do not preach the true Muslim faith.

Meanwhile, you can bet that this survey of 200 sites does not include those purportedly respectable mainstream domains like Ask The Imam or Islam Question And Answer, which have for many years now done their part to spread the message of the ‘Religion Of Peace.’

Such as this delightful little fatwa from those holy men at Islam Question and Answer, which we posted back in December 2007:

(Click to enlarge)

Is it better to do a voluntary Hajj or to donate to the mujaahideen who are fighting for the sake of Allaah?

Question:

I have done the obligatory Hajj, praise be to Allaah, and I have done ‘umrah. Is it better for me to travel for ‘umrah, or to give this money in charity to the mujaahideen who are fighting for the sake of Allaah?

Answer:

Praise be to Allaah.

Both travelling for ‘umrah and spending for the sake of Allaah are good deeds, but the benefit of ‘umrah is limited to the one who does it, whereas the benefit of spending on jihad is more far-reaching, so spending on that is more appropriate and takes precedence.

And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions. End quote.

Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas

Shaykh ‘Abd al-‘Azeez ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Baaz, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Razzaaq ‘Afeefi, Shaykh ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Ghadyaan.

Remember, to go on a Hajj is supposed to be the single most religious obligation for a Muslim.

And yet the Standing Committee for Academic Research and Issuing Fatwas declare that giving money to Islamic jihadists is an even more sacred duty.

But they aren’t promoting terrorism.

Not at all.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, November 20th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP Discovers Radical Muslim Websites”

  1. Chuckk says:

    Now that we have a sympathetic and understanding president, I am sure the web sites will come down.

  2. ptat says:

    Mujahaddeen hajj ‘umrah-rah-rah! Fatwah abd allaah ibn baaz shaykh yer booty! Sheik, shaykh, sheik yer booty, yeah! Assakeena, baby! Ad nauseam!

  3. proreason says:

    These web-sites only have 1/10000th the audience Rush Limbaugh has.

    Something is wrong with that. How can speech be free with that kind of imbalance

    It has to be corrected.

    Fortunately, we have a government that above all else, is fair.

  4. Petronius says:

    “May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions.”

    Note that the blessings of peace are reserved exclusively for Muhammad and his followers.

    For dhimmis –– Jews and Christians who refuse to convert to Islam –– there is always enslavement –– or the sword.

    Muhammad himself (blessings be upon him) made this clear when, at Medina, he put to death the local population of over 700 Jews. The Jews were made to dig their own graves, and Muhammad then had them each beheaded.

    In his farewell address, Muhammad told his followers, “I was ordered to fight all men until they say ‘There is no god but Allaah.’”

    See also the Koran (9:5): “Slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them [captive], and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.”

    The Prophet’s followers are nothing if not obedient. We in the West have had 1,300 years of experience with them, experience in enslavements, massacres, ambushes, and terrorism.

    When will we wake up? When will we stand and fight? Where is our Charles Martel? Where is our Longshanks?

    Will America ever win another war?

    Where is the will to victory? Certainly it is not in the White House. Clearly it is gone from the Congress. And from the Army (GEN George Casey: “What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here.”).

    Yes, nothing can stop the decline, once the will-to-live is gone. The Liberal Death Wish sweeps all before it.

  5. beautyofreason says:

    Not surprised.

    Go on mainstream public forums based in the United States, like Yahoo Answers. Ask Muslim sections about their beliefs, in a very polite manner and without voicing an opinion. Wait for the results.

    I did a very non-scientific series of questions, such as “do you support the death penalty for people who leave Islam?”

    Over half answered in the affirmative.

    I received almost a dozen answers in good English about how execution for people who leave Islam (apostasy) was mandated by Allah and moral because a person chose not to “see the light,” in the words of one female Muslim. I asked a second question on the forum to see if Muslims believed that 9/11 was an inside job. All but one said yes. Most believed the culprit was Bush, and a few believed it was Israel. If those American forums are in any way revealing to how “moderate Muslims” think, we are in trouble.

    The insanity of Islam doesn’t seem to be made tolerant by exposure to Western society or technology. The fanaticism, the theocratic goals remain among a sizable number.

    I’m not surprised that there are many Al Qaeda websites preaching supremacist nonsense in English. Why should we be when most U.S. mosques are funded by Saudi Arabia, home of Wahhabi Islam? There’s no room for freedom in that belief set – nothing for non-Muslims at all. If leaders like Gaddafi of Libya are bold enough to say that Europe must either adopt Shariah law or wage war upon Muslims in the future, why should we be so tolerant?

    • proreason says:

      “why should we be so tolerant?”

      Because under all the rhetoric, liberals live completely in the moment and are absolutely self-serving. It’s all about them. They have no regard for anybody but themselves. You can demonstrate this to yourself quite easily. Examine each of their truisms/policies: abortion, crime, government spending, foreign relations, war and peace, health care, anything. With 100% consistency, the liberal’s preferred approach makes life easier for the liberal, right now, with no regard to anybody else or to the future.

      And they simply don’t believe that Muslims will succeed in their lifetime.

      Which is the only lifetime that matters.

      Moreover, facing a zealous foe is difficult. It takes time from television and dope and creates unpleasantness, even danger.

      The feminazis are the classic case study. They know that if Islam takes over, their lives will be over. Yet, they value the moment above all else and totally disregard what will certainly happen in the future. If they fear it Muslims all, they don’t believe they will be alive when the conflict comes.

      Tolerance is the easy path for people who care only about themselves and simply don’t believe the danger will happen during their own live. Somebody else can deal with it, after the liberal has lived his easy life.

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    Well by golly .. here’s a website that probably doesn’t mesh well with the others that Donna Abu-nasr (note Donna’s last name) and Lee Keath, Associated Press Writers want to report on.

    This lady speaks from first hand experience: http://www.actforamerica.org/ and tells us these dudes MUST BE STOPPED!


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