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Al Qaeda attack on the Hajj foiled

The victims of Islamic terrorists are disproportionately muslims – and we have seen that nothing is sacred to these barbarians, not women and children, not muslims praying in mosques, not the holy month of Ramadan – now, not even the Hajj itself:


Alerted by Saudi and other intelligence agencies
that al-Qaida planned to launch a bloody assault on Muslim pilgrims
taking part in the annual pilgrimage – the Hajj – the Saudi government
last week launched a huge counterterrorism operation, one of the
largest in recent memory, according to U.S. intelligence officials.


The Saudi operation began three months ago
with preemptive raids by Saudi security forces on suspected al-Qaida
cells, according to a former senior CIA official. Several hundred
suspects were taken into custody, he said.

U.S. officials
would not comment on the nature of the intelligence of a probable
terrorist incident, but in November 2007, Saudi security forces
arrested 208 al-Qaida suspects accused of planning an attack during the
Hajj. Another 28 suspects were arrested the following month.


Who, exactly, is waging a war against Islam? Given that their targets are the innocent, the pious, and the weak, Al-Qaeda’s claims of doing jihad are exposed. This is not jihad but hirabah, and they are not mujahidin but muharib.

Related: At Talk Islam, a discussion about reviving the practice of takfir. After all, the muharib use it (in Orwellian fashion) against the mainstream muslim who dares object to their slaughter of muslims engaged in prayer, so turnabout is fair play. Takfir is a political weapon, and thus far mainstream Islam has been disarmed. Time to fight fire with fire, perhaps.

(via Crossroads Arabia)

  • Salaam

    Salaams Aziz,
    Normally I just link and excerpt, but I picked up this entire piece and republished at my blog to keep the sense of it (with appropriate link-love, of course). Let me know if this is a problem for you and I’ll remove it.
    A question: Is self-defense against the indiscriminate violence of others who claim to be Muslim de facto takfir?
    Does a Muslim who supports US military (or other Western governments) efforts to engage such people with potentially deadly force avoid the proscription against Muslims making war on other Muslims?

  • Aziz

    To be honest, I strongly prefer that you link here rather than copy the post. You can always ask your readers to join the discussion here. The way you’ve done it there, its as if I posted it to your site instead of being quoted there.

  • Saadaya

    Salaam says: “Does a Muslim who supports US military (or other Western governments) efforts to engage such people with potentially deadly force avoid the proscription against Muslims making war on other Muslims?”
    This is a very good question.
    We in the West usually get the impression, for watching Muslims in the Muslim lands articulating their opinions, that Muslims generally do not have a very strong tradition and history of DISSENT, of openly CRITICIZING the Muslim establishment like often we do in the parts of the world where democracy has flourished. Whatever Muslims do is fine, it seems, as long as they’re Muslim.
    I can’t expect Muslims to trust the US or Western governments, necessarily, but: What will it take for Muslims to stop being paranoid and realize that we share a common enemy and a common threat to all of human civilization, not just to ‘muslims in prayer’?
    And … what motivation would al Qaida have for attacking pilgrims during hajj?

  • Abdeali

    i forgot to write this

  • Salaam

    Done. I excerpted the story direct and extended your invite to readers to come here for discussion.

  • Aziz Poonawalla

    much obliged. Apologies for being a stickler on this.

  • F Ali

    personally i dont beleive this article at all, that a muslim person would attack the holy cities at all, and believe it an attempt by cia /the west to get muslims agreeing with the so called “war on terror”.

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