Sunday, June 3, 2012

Nigeria: jihad of a "different" kind

A new jihad group has popped up in Nigeria.  Called "Jama’atu Ansarul Musilimina fi Biladin Sudan, (Supporters of Islam in the Land of Sudan) they say they are different in that they will not kill other Muslims.  Wow, does this mean we have finally found those "moderate Muslims" that have eluded discovery up to now?

From Al Arabiya June 3

New Islamist group emerges in Nigeria, claims ‘different’ understanding of Jihad

A new Islamic group in Nigeria has pledged to defend the interests of Muslims in Africa, claiming a different understanding of Jihad and vowing to avenge the killing of Muslims, the All Africa news website reported on Sunday.

The group, named Jama’atu Ansarul Musilimina fi Biladin Sudan, (Supporters of Islam in the Land of Sudan) has said in a recent video posted on the internet that does not target non-Muslims except “in self-defense or if they attack Muslims like the cases we have in Jos.” It was referring to violence in the restive central Nigerian city.

Headed by a man that goes by the pseudonym Abu Usamatul Ansar, the new group stated that their understanding of Jihad in Islam is different from that of any other group, the website reported.

In the video, which was originally made in Arabic and translated into English, Ansar said that his group considers anybody that accepts the Muslim belief of the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as God’s prophet “must not be killed unless he/she has committed an act that is punishable by death as stated in the holy Quran,” according to the report.

“Islam forbids killing of innocent people including non-Muslims. This is our belief and we stand for it,” Ansar said.

Ansar said the group will not target or kill any security personnel in the name of Jihad but they will protect the interest of Muslims and Islam in Africa. In the context of holy war, Jihad refers to the use of violence against individuals or governments deemed to be enemies of Islam. The term is increasingly attributed to extremist Islamic groups.

Ansar’s group expects the Nigerian government to allow them to freely practice their religion and to always serve justice to the people, the report stated.

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