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Trump’s anti-Islamist storm is coming

The US President’s call should entail wiping out ‘political Islam’ and its various manifestations

Mohammed Al Shaikh

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Ever since I started writing my column 15 years ago, I have maintained a view, with absolute conviction, that “political Islam” is the root cause of terrorism. This view gets emphasized every day with each new terrorist attack.

When you hold this view, there can be no distinction between “Sunni Islamism” and “Shiite Islamism”. Basically, we will never succeed in rooting out terrorism unless we eradicate “political Islamists.”

It seems the new US president Donald Trump shares the same view. He avowed during his inaugural address that he will “eradicate radical Islamic terrorism completely from the face of the earth”. This should subsequently entail wiping out “political Islam” and its various manifestations.

Terrorism is a chronic ailment. It has exploited Islam and dodges and appeals to ordinary Muslims of all ages. It is like drugs, which is another type of cataclysmic ailment operating at social and moral levels. In both the cases, greed is the catalyst as dealers are attracted by huge profits.

The US is running a campaign against drugs and has signed extradition treaties with Colombia and other South American countries to extract drug cartel lords. In my opinion, there is a resemblance between drug dealers and advocates of terrorism.

The new American President can eradicate terrorism, and its advocates, by using the same strategy that is used against drug mafia. The US administration can easily identify and enlist advocates of terrorism

Mohammed al-Sheikh

Terror and drug mafia

The plucky new American President can eradicate terrorism, and its advocates, by using the same strategy that is used against drug mafia. The US administration can easily identify and enlist advocates of terrorism, and those who falsely dub terror as “Jihad”.

Those spreading terror continue to make efforts to recruit Muslim youth using the Internet. They have either been naive or impetuous as they publish their ideologies and calls for “Jihad” online, exposing their identities to the public.

In reality, what they call “Jihad” is chiefly a call for terrorism as “Jihad” – as defined by the Islamic Fiqh “is an individual obligation if exclusively called for by a rightfully elected leader”.

In a recent interview with Al Jazeera, political Islamist Youssif al-Qaradawi, said that Erdogan’s style of secularism should be beneficial to many. This however is directly contradictory to the Muslim Brotherhood’s ideology, as secularism is deemed equivalent to atheism. Needless to say, political Islamism and secularism do not go hand in hand.

I am among a large number of those who are heartened by the fall of Hilary Clinton – the female version of the indecisive and timid Obama, and Trump’s triumph. He appears to be the hero who intends to wipe out the roots of terrorism by eliminating its source, “Political Islamism.”

This article is also available in Arabic.
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Mohammed Al Shaikh is a Saudi writer with al-Jazirah newspaper. He tweets @alshaikhmhmd

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