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Saturday, January 03, 2004

Ansar al-Islam Leader Is Arrested in Norway 

Ansar al-Islam's Spiritual Leader has been Arrested

Norwegian intelligence has arrested 'Abu Sayyid Qutb', aka Sheikh Karikar.

This 'Sheikh' was interviewed by Nida'ul Islam[1] (al-Qaeda's da'wa/propaganda arm in Australia, run by a former Qantas baggage handler), back in 1997, just a year after Nida'ul had published its seminal Usama bin Laden interview.[2]

The first time I read Karikar's interview, I looked at one section and thought it was his list of favourite books. Actually it was the names of his four children:

1. Sayyid Qutb [The pivotal figure in the formation of deeply alienated and violent ideological jihadi organisations from the breakdown of the Muslim Brotherhood].
2. Ma'alim [Named after Qutb's famous political pamphlet "Ma'alim fi'l-Tariq" - Milestones on the Road. The poor kid is actually called 'milestones' or 'signposts']
3. Zhalil [Named after Qutb's famous 23-volume tafsir (commentary) on the Quran (so far only about 11 volumes are in English). In this book (full name "Zhalil al-Quran", In the Shadow of the Quran. In other words, the kid is called "In the Shadow"), Qutb twists the interpretations of the (already fairly radically deviationist) mediaeval scholar Ibn Taymiyyah to meet his objectives.]
4. Ibn Taymiyyah [Yes, when Karikar ran out of well-known Sayyid Qutb references, he switched to the most famous historical precursor to Qutb.]

Because he has named his first son 'Sayyid Qutb' Karikar can use the name "Abu Sayyid Qutb", the bearer/father of Sayyid Qutb.

In the interview, Karikar mainly complains about how all the Muslims in the Arab world, and even all the other Kurdish groups, hate Ansar al-Islam and expend an inordinate amount of resources attempting to destroy the hapless holy warriors. He explains that "Islam" came late to Kurdistan (mid to late 1980s). By Islam, of course he means the type of Islam he believes in; the only true Islam. The reason that came late to Kurdistan is because Ayman al-Zawahiri and Abdullah Azzam were still in the process of inventing it in the early 1980s.

Karikar heaps praise on Azzam, the man recognised as bin Laden's mentor.

Incidentally, Karikar's position is "Spiritual Leader of Ansar al-Islam. The name means 'the helpers of Islam', a typically Salafi reference to those citizens of Yathrib who assisted Muhammad in the early ideal Muslim community. One of bin Laden's first bases in Afghanistan was called Beit al-Ansar, "House of the Helpers". Usama bin Laden's title is also Spiritual Leader, of the al-Ansar umbrella organisation we call al-Qaeda.

Sheikh Karikar Abu Sayyid Qutb, Spiritual leader of Kurdish Ansar al-Islam was reportedly doing "good efforts in da'wa" (in this context propaganda) in Oslo as early as 1997.

Hopefully in 2004 his efforts will come to an end.

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[1] http :// www .islam.org.au /articles/20/kurds.htm
[2] http :// www .islam.org.au /articles/15/LADIN.HTM

(Via LGF).
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