Jaysh-e-Mohammed on Madrasas

Posted: 3rd September 2009 by Qandeel Siddique in Jaysh-e Mohammed, Pakistan, Uncategorized

In the latest edition of al-Qalam, the weekly online magazine of the Pakistani militant group Jaysh-e-Mohammed, columnist Naveed Masood Hashmi lashes out at Hillary Clinton for linking madrassas, or religious seminaries, to suicide bombings. In an article entitled “Hillary, Madaris and Hanging/Execution,” Hashmi asks: “… who is she [Hillary Clinton] to accuse Pakistani madrassas of sponsoring suicide attacks?” and wonders if the US ambassador to Pakistan, N. W. Peterson, will offer an apology to the Pakistani people for this immensely “provoking” statement made by their Secretary of State.

The author delves into a lengthy praise of madrassas, their popularity and social benefits, and goes on to emphasize that at no point during the long and glorious history of madrassas did they produce terrorists or encourage suicide strikes. Instead, he argues, it is the U.S. that is to blame for the ongoing suicide missions in Afghanistan and Pakistan:

“After 9/11 when U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan, they not only made the Muslims there victims of their viciousness, but also ensured that their slave, Pervez Musharraf, enact the same barbarity in Pakistan’s tribal areas […] So, it wasn’t madrassas that created suicide bombers, rather they were borne of American evil-doing and are thirsty for vengeance.”

Therefore, Hashmi advises, the solution is not to change Pakistan’s education sector with the help of American dollars or the propaganda being played out by Pakistani “liberals” or any schemes such “devilish minds” can concoct. Instead, the only fool-proof method of preventing suicide bombings is to alter US policy:

“If the Secretary of State stops accusing madrassas of propagating extremism and tells the Pentagon and White House to end their brutality against Muslims… then I can assure you, suicide bombing shall cease.”

  1. Why don’t you stop lying about Islam (Islime) and start addressing REAL issues like honor killings?

  2. Ansar al-Zindiqi says:

    What a last paragraph that is! Interesting how suicide bombings went on before any major politician started making public statements against madrassas.

  3. Ibn Siqalli says:

    The discussion about “madrassas” is oftentimes quite simplistic. The rebuttal is equally so. As for the bigoted comment, it reflects only on the author.

  4. Raymond Conway says:

    It is a particularly interesting question and one which is, I think, quite fundamental. The role of Madrassas’ in shaping young minds is undeniable. The concern is that in some Madrassas’, and I do believe that these are in the vast minority, the teachings are not consistent with the fundamentally peaceful nature of Islam. They teach hate!

    It seems to me that those Madrassas’ which teach the true nature of Islam, tolerate the existence of their hateful peers. The vast majority of peaceful Madrassas are being tainted by this minority and I would hope that at some point in time, they will stand up and denounce and renounce those Madrassas which preach only hatred and violence.

    This hateful minority, which falsely teach hate under the guise of Islam, hurt all of us, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

    Raymond

  5. Ansar al-Zindiqi says:

    Explain to us how discussions about madrassas are “oftentimes quite simplistic”. Please. We can use a”nuanced account” to tell us how the core curricula are basically teaching kids to hate unbelievers and what do they get out of it in the end? Do these kids wind up with a real appreciation of science, art or even technical skills? I’ve known plenty of people who are brutalized with the walls of these institutions and they are not a “small minority”. They come out of these places emotionally damaged and it takes years to unlearn the lies they have been taught.

  6. Ibn Siqalli says:

    There is ample research on the diversity of types of Muslim religious education and their evolution across the world, which is easy to find for those without ideological blinders. Yes, there are the types of madrassas you describe. However, they are certainly not the only type. The simplistic, biased view you espouse is challenged even more when one considers the Hawza ‘Ilmiyyah institutions.

  7. TANOLI says:

    AOA,

    This is not a reality that the Madrassas are teaching some thing wrong. But it is a humor and everyone is following and nobody have a search record. There are many faults in the west but nobody pointed it out because it has become the environment. Islam is a peaceful religion and have a complete charter to spend the life peaceful.

  8. You can go on an on about America and the West, but Pakistan is going to stay a poor, backward nation until you begin to assess what the real problem are and address them.

  9. Andi says:

    The safer we actually are, the more paoarnid we become about our safety. In Ye Olde Days, when you had 10 kids so that 1 might live long enough to breed, and corpses were pretty omnipresent, and, at any time, some random guy in a tin can might slice you in half just to see if his blade was sharp enough, there was no OSHA, no FDA, no warning labels on hammers reading “Do not strike thumb”. Today, when just about everything (including thought) has been “sanitized for your protection”, we quiver in fear over extremely low-probability events. All of our obsession with ‘secueity’ has made us feel less secure, not more, because for every danger we nullify, we can then imagine ten others, ignoring the odds of them actually happening of the cost of trying to prevent them.”Liberty” magazine, many years back (15+), had an article showing the cost/life saved of regulating various substances. In some cases, it was in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Yes, people, you CAN put a price on human life — ask your insurance agent or your doctor. And if safety regulations don’t include a cost benefit analysis, then riddle me this: Why don’t we have a national speed limit of 20 MPH? Still faster than a horse (mostly), and it would reduce fatalities from automobile accidents (currently killing a smegload more people than guns or terrorists) to next to nil. (Not to mention the gas savings!) So why don’t we do it? Because you really can put a price on human life, and sometimes, safety just costs too darn much. (We won’t even discuss the fundemental human rights issues involved…the safety nuts tend not to believe humans HAVE rights, or are capable of any kind of self-control of judgement, so the only way to talk to them is to talk dollars.)Woo. Kind of a rant there, eh? Sorry.

  10. Jhey says:

    I, too, am shocked that Musharraf has held on so long wihutot being killed.He must know that it’s only a matter of time, and as much as we look to the progress he has made and the regression he has prevented in society, I still can’t forget that he’s a nasty piece of work himself.I’ve also noticed that he seems younger looking now than he did before the coup… we surmise that he’s been regularly dining on the blood of the innocent. God knows the rest of the Middle East rulers look like the portrait of Dorian Grey.