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2014-02-03 Islamic Alarms

Introduction  
Are Muslims permitted to lie?

1 Turkey police tried in Kayseri over protester death
2 Preparation fire: Iraqi army kills 50 militants in Fallujah artillery, air strikes
3 Saudi Arabia criminalizes ‘terrorists’ defaming state’s reputation, disturbing order
4 Al-Qaida Disavows Syria Militant Group
5 75 Killed in CAR Village, According to Priest
6 Murdered Nigerian Muslim Cleric Preached 'Peace'

 

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Introduction

Read here about True (Koranic) Muslims attacking Worldly (non-Koranic) Muslims. 

On February 16, 2012, Judge Nancy Edmunds of Federal District Court in Detroit sentenced Abdulmutallab to four consecutive life sentences plus 50 years.[11][144][145] He shouted, “Allahu akbar” five times during his sentencing, and said that Muslims were “proud to kill in the name of God, and that is what God told us to do in the Quran.”[146]

Muslims need to see that they are victims of a theocratic murdering cult!

Koran (non-abrogated) Sura 9 The Immunity

 (Detail with References see 1-6-7-7 Sura 9 )

.1 (This is a declaration of) immunity by Allah and His Apostle towards those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement.
.2 So go about in the land for four months and know that you cannot weaken Allah and that Allah will bring disgrace to the unbelievers.
.3 And an announcement from Allah and His Apostle to the people on the day of the greater pilgrimage that Allah and His Apostle are free from liability to the idolaters; therefore if you repent, it will be better for you, and if you turn back, then know that you will not weaken Allah; and announce painful punishment to those who disbelieve.
.4 Except those of the idolaters with whom you made an agreement, then they have not failed you in anything and have not backed up any one against you, so fulfill their agreement to the end of their term; surely Allah loves those who are careful (of their duty).
.5 So when the sacred months have passed away,* then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate (extortion), leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
* {The three successive forbidden months mentioned by Muhammad (months in which battles are forbidden) are Dhu al-Qi'dah, Dhu al-Hijjah, and Muharram, months 11, 12, and 1. The single forbidden month is Rajab, month 7. These months were considered forbidden both within the new Islamic calendar and within the old pagan Meccan calendar, although whether they maintained their "forbidden" status after the conquest of Mecca has been disputed among Islamic scholars.}

Are Muslims permitted to lie?

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Lying (Taqiyya and Kitman)

 
 

Question
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Are Muslims permitted to lie?
 


Summary Answer
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Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to "smooth over differences."

There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, taqiyya and kitman.  These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them. 
 


The Qur'an:

Qur'an (16:106) - Establishes that there are circumstances that can "compel" a Muslim to tell a lie.

Qur'an (3:28) - This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to "guard themselves." 

Qur'an (9:3) - "...Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters..."  The dissolution of oaths with the pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture.  They did nothing wrong, but were evicted anyway.

Qur'an (40:28) - A man is introduced as a believer, but one who must "hide his faith" among those who are not believers.

Qur'an (2:225) - "Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts"  The context of this remark is marriage, which explains why Sharia allows spouses to lie to each other for the greater good.

Qur'an (66:2) - "Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the dissolution of your oaths"

Qur'an (3:54) - "And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers."  The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means deceit.  If Allah is deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)

Taken collectively these verses are interpreted to mean that there are circumstances when a Muslim may be "compelled" to deceive others for a greater purpose.
 


From the Hadith:

 

Bukhari (52:269) - "The Prophet said, 'War is deceit.'"  The context of this is thought to be the murder of Usayr ibn Zarim and his thirty unarmed men by Muhammad's men after he "guaranteed" them safe passage (see Additional Notes below).

 

Bukhari (49:857) - "He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar."  Lying is permitted when the end justifies the means.

 

Bukhari (84:64-65) - Speaking from a position of power at the time, Ali confirms that lying is permissible in order to deceive an "enemy."

 

Muslim (32:6303) - "...he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them)."

 

Bukhari (50:369) - Recounts the murder of a poet, Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, at Muhammad's insistence.  The men who volunteered for the assassination used dishonesty to gain Ka'b's trust, pretending that they had turned against Muhammad.  This drew the victim out of his fortress, whereupon he was brutally slaughtered despite putting up a ferocious struggle for his life.

 

From Islamic Law:

Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746 - 8.2) -  "Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it.  When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N:i.e. when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible), and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory... it is religiously precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression...

"One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those entailed by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie.


Additional Notes:
 

Muslims are allowed to lie to unbelievers in order to defeat them.  The two forms are 

Taqiyya - Saying something that isn't true.

Kitman - Lying by omission.  An example would be when Muslim apologists quote only a fragment of verse 5:32 (that if anyone kills "it shall be as if he had killed all mankind") while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse (and the next) mandate murder in undefined cases of "corruption" and "mischief."

Though not called Taqiyya by name, Muhammad clearly used deception when he signed a 10-year treaty with the Meccans that allowed him access to their city while he secretly prepared his own forces for a takeover.  The unsuspecting residents were conquered in easy fashion after he broke the treaty two years later, and some of the people in the city who had trusted him at his word were executed.

Another example of lying is when Muhammad used deception to trick his personal enemies into letting down their guard and exposing themselves to slaughter by pretending to seek peace.  This happened in the case of Ka'b bin al-Ashraf (as previously noted) and again later against Usayr ibn Zarim, a surviving leader of the Banu Nadir tribe, which had been evicted from their home in Medina by the Muslims.

At the time, Usayr ibn Zarim was attempting to gather an armed force against the Muslims from among a tribe allied with the Quraish (against which Muhammad had already declared war).  Muhammad's "emissaries" went to ibn Zarim and persuaded him to leave his safe haven on the pretext of meeting with the prophet of Islam in Medina to discuss peace.  Once vulnerable, the leader and his thirty companions were massacred by the Muslims with ease, belying the probability that they were mostly unarmed, having been given a guarantee of safe passage (Ibn Ishaq 981).

Such was the reputation of Muslims for lying and then killing that even those who "accepted Islam" did not feel entirely safe.  The fate of the Jadhima is tragic evidence for this.  When Muslim "missionaries" approached their tribe one of the members insisted that they would be slaughtered even though they had already "converted" to Islam to avoid just such a demise.  However, the others were convinced that they could trust the Muslim leader's promise that they would not be harmed if they simply offered no resistance.  (After convincing the skeptic to lay down his arms, the unarmed men of the tribe were quickly tied up and beheaded - Ibn Ishaq 834 & 837).

Today's Muslims often try to justify Muhammad's murder of poets and others who criticized him at Medina by saying that they broke a treaty by their actions.  Yet, these same apologists place little value on treaties broken by Muslims.  From Muhammad to Saddam Hussein, promises made to non-Muslim are distinctly non-binding in the Muslim mindset.

Leaders in the Arab world routinely say one thing to English-speaking audiences and then something entirely different to their own people in Arabic.  Yassir Arafat was famous for telling Western newspapers about his desire for peace with Israel, then turning right around and whipping Palestinians into a hateful and violent frenzy against Jews.

The 9/11 hijackers practiced deception by going into bars and drinking alcohol, thus throwing off potential suspicion that they were fundamentalists plotting jihad.  This effort worked so well, in fact, that even weeks after 9/11, John Walsh, the host of a popular American television show, said that their bar trips were evidence of 'hypocrisy.'

The transmission from Flight 93 records the hijackers telling their doomed passengers that there is "a bomb on board" but that everyone will "be safe" as long as "their demands are met."  Obviously none of these things were true, but these men, who were so intensely devoted to Islam that they were willing to "slay and be slain for the cause of Allah" (as the Qur'an puts it) saw nothing wrong with employing Taqiyya in order to facilitate their mission of mass murder.

The Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) insists that it "has not now or ever been involved with the Muslim Brotherhood, or supported any covert, illegal, or terrorist activity or organization."  In fact, it was created by the Muslim Brotherhood and has bankrolled Hamas.  At least nine founders or board members of ISNA have been accused by prosecutors of supporting terrorism.

Prior to engineering several deadly terror plots, such as the Fort Hood massacre and the attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner, American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was regularly sought out by NPR, PBS and even government leaders to expound on the peaceful nature of Islam.

The near absence of Qur'anic verse and reliable Hadith that encourage truthfulness is somewhat surprising, given that many Muslims are convinced that their religion teaches honesty.  In fact, it is because of this ingrained belief that many Muslims are quite honest.  When lying is addressed in the Qur'an, it is nearly always in reference to the "lies against Allah" - referring to the Jews and Christians who rejected Muhammad's claim to being a prophet.

Finally, the circumstances by which Muhammad allowed a believer to lie to a non-spouse are limited to those that either advance the cause of Islam or enable a Muslim to avoid harm to his well-being (and presumably that of other Muslims as well).  Although this should be kept very much in mind when dealing with matters of global security, such as Iran's nuclear intentions, it is not grounds for assuming that the Muslim one might personally encounter on the street or in the workplace is any less honest than anyone else.
 

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Turkey police tried in Kayseri over protester death

3 February 2014 Last updated at 05:57 ET

Riot police use tear gas to disperse people gathered outside a courthouse during an earlier trial of a police officer accused of killing a 26-year-old Turkish man in an anti-government protest in June in Ankara. Taken on 28 October 2013.
Clashes erupted at an earlier trial of a police officer accused of killing an anti-government protester in Ankara

Four policemen have gone on trial in Turkey over the death of a 19-year-old student during anti-government protests that rocked the country last year.

They are among eight men charged with the premeditated murder of Ali Ismail Korkmaz in Eskisehir on 2 June.

Some 2,000 riot police were deployed across the central city of Kayseri, where the trial is taking place.

Authorities were accused by rights groups for using heavy-handed tactics to quell last summer's protests.

The unrest began in May 2013 as a protest to stop the redevelopment of Istanbul's Taksim Square and Gezi Park.

But after a harsh crackdown by riot police, it snowballed into nationwide anti-government demonstrations that lasted for weeks.

Security clampdown

Mr Korkmaz was one of six people to die in the protests after he was beaten with baseball bats and truncheons while trying to escape police at a demonstration in the western town of Eskisehir.

The attack, which was recorded by security cameras, left the student in a coma for 38 days before he died of a brain haemorrhage on 10 July.

The high-profile case is the second involving police officers to come to trial in connection with last year's violent protests.

Clashes erupted in October during the trial of a policeman accused of shooting dead a demonstrator in Ankara in June.

Police have taken extensive measures to tighten security in Kayseri, with reports of road blocks leading to the courthouse and a ban on demonstrations.

The authorities decided to move the trial there, some 350 miles (560km) east of Eskisehir, in a bid to avoid further unrest.

In the courtroom, the victim's mother shouted at the defendants and displayed a photo of the son.

But several buses carrying protesters were prevented from entering the city, according to activists.

Some protest buses tried to evade police cordons, Hurriyet newspaper reports, by posting signs in the front windows saying they belonged to a humanitarian organisation and Turkey's national spy agency.

The first trial involving anti-government protesters is due to start later this year, with over 250 people expected to be tried on "terrorism" charges.

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Preparation fire: Iraqi army kills 50 militants in Fallujah artillery, air strikes 

Published time: February 03, 2014 04:01
Edited time: February 03, 2014 05:01

Anti-government fighters aiming their weapons as they hold a position in the Anbar city of Fallujah, Iraq (AFP Photo / STR)

Anti-government fighters aiming their weapons as they hold a position in the Anbar city of Fallujah, Iraq (AFP Photo / STR)

Iraqi government forces have killed 50 militants in artillery and airstrikes as they continue their preparations to storm the anti-government insurgents’ stronghold in the Anbar province city of Fallujah, west of Baghdad.

The Iraqi defense ministry has announced that 50 members of the Al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) were killed in Saturday’s and Sunday’s aerial bombardment and artillery assaults as government forces and local militias targeted ISIS fighters in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah.

The ministry also claimed that it has neutralized 135 explosive devices and destroyed 7 vehicles. Large amounts of weaponry were also seized.

Soldiers and police battled alongside tribesmen in southern Ramadi, AFP reported but were making slow progress. Defense Minister Saadun al Dulaimi visited the troops to oversee the assault.

The Iraqi government warned on Saturday that it was preparing a full scale assault on the city [LINK], but to date has mostly resorted to heavy bombardment. The army units deployed around the city stayed out of Fallujah to avoid being dragged into a protracted gunfight.

Meanwhile on Sunday, multiple deadly attacks in Baghdad and cities in its vicinity killed 21 people, security and medical officials said.

At least eight were killed in an attack on Sahwa fighters and anti-Al-Qaeda Sunni militiamen in the town of Baiji. What started off as a gun battle on their base was followed by a suicide car bomb. At least 17 people were injured. Another 13 people have been killed in attacks in Baghdad, Balad, Taji, Mosul and Kirkuk.

 

Iraqi men inspect the damage following shelling as clashes between Iraqi security forces and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continue in the flashpoint city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad (AFP Photo / Sadem El-Mahmedy)

Iraqi men inspect the damage following shelling as clashes between Iraqi security forces and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continue in the flashpoint city of Fallujah, west of the capital Baghdad (AFP Photo / Sadem El-Mahmedy)

Violence in Anbar province erupted last year when local Sunni tribes revolted, aroused by a government raid to ensure the arrest of Sunni politicians and protesters at a suspected “al-Qaeda headquarters” in Ramadi. Al-Qaeda-linked fighters soon took over Fallujah and parts of Ramadi, taking the lead in the uprising against the Shiite-led government.

The lengthy stand-off has already prompted more than 140,000 people to flee their homes, and has resulted in hundreds of deaths – including civilians.

Over the last month, the prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, has been reaching out to the local tribes to expel militants from the area, while simultaneously appealing for the international community to support the country with arms to battle the Al-Qaeda threat. US pledged to accelerate it military supplies as soon as possible.

Before the airstrikes and mortar attacks on Sunday, the government had warned those inside Fallujah to lay down their arms and surrender, threatening to treat anyone who refuses as an ISIL militant “whether he is or not,” according to Iraqi military official cited by Reuters.

Meanwhile Iraq’s renegade vice president has warned that following Iraqi government’s assault on Anbar province, violence could eventually spread to other parts of the country as Sunni opposition to the regime grows.

“Al-Maliki is targeting Arab Sunnis in different provinces, with the use of army forces, or handing them death sentences in a way that has never been seen before in Iraq’s modern history, and therefore it’s the right of these individuals to defend themselves in every way possible,” the fugitive VP Tarek Al-Hashemi, a Sunni sentenced to death in 2012, told MENAFN Arab News agency.

 

Saudi Arabia criminalizes ‘terrorists’ defaming state’s reputation, disturbing order 

Published time: February 03, 2014 03:34

Picture shows the General Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (AFP Photo)
Picture shows the General Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (AFP Photo)

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Actions that threaten Saudi Arabia’s unity, disturb public order, or defame the reputation of the state or the king – will be considered acts of terrorism under a new counterterrorism law which has come into force in the gulf kingdom.

The new legislature was ratified by King Abdullah on Sunday after being approved by the Cabinet in December, following the initial proposal by the Interior Ministry and advisory Shura Council.

It defines terrorism as “any act carried out by an offender … intended to disturb the public order…to shake the security of society… stability of the state… expose its national unity to danger… suspend the basic law of governance or some of its articles,” according to its text as cited by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Terrorists can also be considered those individuals who “insult the reputation of the state or its position… inflict damage upon one of its public utilities or its natural resources,” or those who attempt to force “governmental authority to carry out or prevent it from carrying out an action, or to threaten to carry out acts that lead to the named purposes or incite [these acts].”

The legislation, made up of 40 clauses, allows the security forces to arrest and detain suspects for up to six months with the possibility to extend the confinement for another six months. Suspects are allowed to be held incommunicado for 90 days without the presence of their lawyer during the initial questioning.

Internet surveillance and phone tracking are also allowed under the new legislature, as well as the right for the security services to raid the homes of suspected terrorists, without prior approval from a judge. People suspected of financing terrorist activities could also be prosecuted.

The interior minister, rather than any judge, is empowered to suspend sentences or drop charges and release a person on trial.

When the legislature was approved in December, HRW lashed out against the Kingdom’s strive to limit freedom of speech and criticized the monarchy over its very vague definition of terrorism.

“Vague and overbroad legal provisions cannot be the basis for overriding a broad array of fundamental rights,” HRW said in a statement in December. “Saudi Arabia’s denial of the rights to participate in public affairs, and freedom of religion, peaceful assembly, association, and expression, as well as its systematic discrimination against women greatly exceed any notion of justifiable restrictions.”

Activists are worried that the law will first of all be applied to silence the liberal opposition in the country. Saudi activist Abdulaziz Al Shubaily from the Saudi Association for Civil and Political Rights (HASEM) described the law as a “catastrophe”.

“If I call for the release of someone from jail for being held longer than their sentence, I can be tried for “asking the state to take action,” Shubaily said. “When I call for a constitutional monarchy, I can now be charged with terrorism.”

“They characterize you as a terrorist because you ask the kingdom to do something it does not want to do,” he added.

HRW researcher Adam Coogle said, that the new law is “draconian in spirit and letter, and there is every reason to fear that the authorities will easily and eagerly use it against peaceful dissidents.”

Saudi women who are seen driving can now be accused of disturbing public order for defying a driving ban imposed on females and face punishment under a new law. In October last year, several images emerged online of women getting in cars and going around the city as part of a unified protest.

 

Al-Qaida Disavows Syria Militant Group 

FILE - Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria.
 FILE - Fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria.

February 03, 2014

Al-Qaida has announced it is severing ties with a militant group fighting in Syria.

Al-Qaida said in a statement Monday that it is cutting off the group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

The authenticity of the statement could not be verified independently, but it was posted on websites frequently used by al-Qaida.

Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri ordered ISIL last year to operate independently from the Nusra Front, another al-Qaida-linked jihadist group in Syria.

The ISIL ignored Zawahiri's directive and continued operations in Syria.

The switch is seen as an attempt to redirect the Islamist effort towards unseating President Bashar al-Assad rather than waste resources in fighting other rebels, and could be intended to shift the strategic balance at a time when government forces are increasingly active on the battlefield. It could also embolden Nusra in its dispute with ISIL.

ISIL has fought battles with other Islamist insurgents and secular rebel groups, often triggered by disputes over authority and territory. Several secular and Islamist groups announced a campaign last month against ISIL.

The internecine fighting - some of the bloodiest in the war so far - has undermined the uprising against Assad and dismayed Western powers pushing for peace talks between the government and opposition.

Rebel-on-rebel violence in Syria has killed at least 2,300 this year alone, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

ISIL follows al-Qaida's hard-line ideology and, until now, the two groups were officially linked. Many foreign fighters and ISIL observers, however, say that al-Qaida central and ISIL had in fact been effectively separated since before the group, which was originally the al-Qaida branch in Iraq, spread into Syria.

Hard-line Islamist rebels, including Nusra, have come to dominate the largely Sunni Muslim insurgency against Assad, who is supported by his minority Alawite sect - an offshoot of Shi'ite Islam - as well as Shi'ite fighters from Iraq and Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Some rebel groups in Syria accuse the ISIL of trying to consolidate power rather than fight against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. ISIL jihadists have often clashed with Syrian rebel groups.

The ISIL has also been known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

 

75 Killed in CAR Village, According to Priest 

A priest in the Central African Republic says at least 75 people have been killed in a new bout of inter-religious violence.

Father Cassien Kamatari says the killings occurred over the past six days in Boda, 100 kilometers west of the capital, Bangui, after former Seleka rebels stopped in the town.

In an interview with VOA French to Africa Service, Kamatari says that before leaving last Tuesday, the fighters closed off the town's main road and gave weapons to the local Muslim population. Starting Tuesday night, he says, people heard gunshots.

The priest escaped but says his sources inside Boda tell him the death toll is 75 - with 15 bodies at the hospital and 60 on Catholic church grounds. He says his sources "were not able to check everywhere so it might be higher."

Kamatari said the town is short of food and water and appealed for international forces to intervene.

The C.A.R. is grappling with a wave of sectarian violence that has displaced more than 800,000 people.  

About 1,600 French and 5,000 African peacekeepers have been unable to halt the fighting.

The country descended into lawlessness last year after the mainly Muslim Seleka rebels overthrew President Francois Bozize.

A new transitional government led by former Bangui mayor Catherine Samba-Panza has appealed for calm

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Murdered Nigerian Muslim Cleric Preached 'Peace' 

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima visits injured victims receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack in Kawuri on January 28, 2014.

Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima visits injured victims receiving treatment at a hospital following an attack in Kawuri on January 28, 2014.
ABUJA — It has been a bloody seven days in northern Nigeria, where a pastor and a prominent sheik were murdered over the weekend, just days after scores of people were killed in separate attacks in Borno and Adamawa states.  Militants are targeting clerics for speaking out against extremism, according to accounts by local residents.

Last week, after the Nigerian military announced it would quickly end Nigeria’s more than four-year-old insurgency, the bloodshed got worse.  Militants stormed a town, bombed a church and bombed a bus.  
 
Then, on Friday, a pastor was killed in Adamawa, one of three Nigerian states under emergency rule.  Saturday night, Sheik Adam Albani’s car was fired on in Zaria, a city in Kaduna state where hideouts of Islamist militant group Boko Haram have been discovered.  The attack killed the sheik, his wife and their child who was in her lap.

Godwin Adie, an Abuja real estate broker his neighbors call “The Pastor,” says the murdered sheik was known for preaching against extremism in an area where extremists are likely to recruit. (H. Murdock/VOA)

Godwin Adie, an Abuja real estate broker his neighbors call “The Pastor,” says the murdered sheik was known for preaching against extremism in an area where extremists are likely to recruit. (H. Murdock/VOA)

  On a quiet street in the Nigerian capital, Godwin Adie, a real estate broker neighbors call “The Pastor,” says Albani was known for preaching against extremism in an area where extremists are likely to recruit.

“I think what you’ll discover is that among all these religious leaders, he’s one of them that preached peace," Adie said. "I think because he was an advocate of his preaching peace, that’s why they slaughtered him, and killed him and his family.”

Boko Haram militants are blamed for thousands of deaths in the past four and a half years in attacks on churches, mosques, schools, media houses, security forces and government institutions.  
 
Khalid Aliyu Abubakar is the secretary-general of Jama'atu Nasril Islam, an Islamic umbrella organization in northern Nigeria.  Speaking to VOA on his way to Zaria to attend the Sheik Albani's funeral and meet with other religious leaders, he notes that the murders have been blamed on Boko Haram, but no one has taken responsibility for the attacks.

“The greatest challenge now falls to the security agencies of this country to investigate, to dig out, to find out, and tell us," said Abubakar.
 
But, he adds, Albani was well known for being a strong advocate of education, a tense subject in northern Nigeria. Boko Haram means ‘Western education in sinful’ in the local Hausa language and militants have burned schools, killed students and threatened to kill all teachers.
 
In the past eight and half months, the Nigerian military has pushed insurgents out of many urban centers in the three states under emergency rule.  But attacks continue in the countryside. Areas like Zaria, which is not under emergency rule, need more protection, Abubakar said.

“Security findings show some volatility, the erupting of violence or conflict, or murder.”
 
Others argue that peace talks are the only way to stop the killings.  
 
On the Abuja street, Adie, the real estate broker, argues another commonly-held theory on how to end the violence.  He says rich politicians and elites pay for the insurgency.  If those funds are cut off, the impoverished young men and boys that do most of the fighting will all go home.

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