Malaysia counter-terror chief says Islamic State will grow unless its ideology is confronted

“In my opinion, as long as the spread of the Salafi Jihadi ideology is not stopped decisively by all parties, then the threat of IS and other terror groups with the same ideology will not dissipate. In fact it will grow further.”

Indeed.

“He also warned of so-called ‘religious experts’ who depicted the terrorist group’s actions as justified.”

But what if the group’s actions are indeed justified in Islamic law? That, too, needs to be confronted.

“Ayob Khan: Curbing spread of ‘Jihadi’ ideology critical to stopping IS threat,” Malay Mail Online, January 1, 2017:

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — The threat of Islamic State will continue to grow if the spread of the “Salafi Jihadi” ideology is not curbed, said the chief of Bukit Aman’s Special Branch Counter Terrorism Division.

DCP Datuk Ayob Khan said all parties must play their part, especially government departments, institutions of higher learning, mosques and NGOs, by vetting those invited to speak on issues relating to terrorism, especially Salafi Jihadi ideology issues.

“In my opinion, as long as the spread of the Salafi Jihadi ideology is not stopped decisively by all parties, then the threat of IS and other terror groups with the same ideology will not dissipate. In fact it will grow further,” he told The Sunday Star in an interview.

He also warned of so-called “religious experts” who depicted the terrorist group’s actions as justified.

“For example, when members of the audience such as college and university students ask whether it is warranted for Muslims to join IS, these experts will often say that if Muslims are being oppressed then it is a must for other Muslims to give assistance.

“Such answers clearly shows that this person promoted and encouraged Malaysians to follow the false ideology of the IS and fight in Syria despite that there being a fatwa (by the National Fatwa Council and international religious scholars) that clearly prohibits Muslim Malaysians from joining IS in Syria,” he said….

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