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Shiites in Mauritania

On the Day of Ashura 1433, in the courtyard of a home in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, around 30 followers of the Shiite sect gathered to commemorate the killing of Husein Ibn Ali. During the gathering, attendees practiced Shiite rituals such as lighting a fire, which symbolizes the hot desert climate and conditions in which […]


Former Afghani President Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani was killed in a suicide attack at his home in Kabul. It was the largest assassination of a prominent figure since the attack which the alliance led by the United States launched to topple the Taliban regime in late 2001. Afghani President Hamid Karzai nominated Rabbani Head of the […]

The Charter of Islamic Action

The best thing one can call to is unity upon sound Islamic principles and pure creed. In the times of turmoil we are currently witnessing, it is especially important for Islamic scholars and students of knowledge to do away with differing. No one expects for absolutely all differences to disappear, for this is simply not […]

Sufi Abdur-Rahman Muhammad

Mawlana Sufi Abdur-Rahman Muhammad started the Movement for Applying Islamic Law in Pakistan… then he lost control of the group. Today he is putting his country at risk of collapsing. Mawlana Muhammad, a weak and elderly man, invited the people of the Swat Valley to a peaceful demonstration in Mingora. Thousands of the Valley’s residents […]

The Tenet of Loyalty and Disavowal Agrees with Islam’s Tolerance

After giving the evidence for the tenet of loyalty and disavowal and explaining how it relates to faith, no doubt remains about the fact that it is one of the major principles of the religion of Islam. This means that it must agree with the overall spirit of Islam, which is moderation, tolerance, and mercy. […]

The Justice and Kindness Group’s View on Political Participation

Some Islamic movements make things difficult for themselves, entering unknown tunnels, when they confuse morals with politics. The Islamic Group participates in politics within the boundaries of the law; doing otherwise means engaging in illegal political activity and this is precisely what caused some Islamic groups to become confused and to contradict themselves. The first […]

Uzbekistan’s Extremist Movement is back on the Scene

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) – described as “the most extreme movement in Central Asia” – appeared in the Pamir region some time ago. However, it has now shifted from Central Asia to the southeast, in the turbulent mountainous region of Waziristan in Pakistan. The IMU is no longer a small group of fighters, […]

The World of Jihadist Prisoners in Morocco

Ever since the bombings in Casablanca on 16/05/2003, and the resulting arrests of members of the so-called Salafi Jihadist Movement, prison has become the biggest gathering place for the group’s members. Prison is where the group does its indoctrinating, both of those who were members before going to prison and of those who previously knew […]

Map of sectarian and ethnic diversity in Syria

Despite the lack of reliable and supported sources which clearly specify the parameters of population structure in Syria, public information does indicate the presence of Arabs, Kurds, Circassians, Armenians, Turkmen and Dagestanis, Chechens as well as others. In terms of religions and sects there are predominantly Muslim Sunnis and Alawites and Shiites, (with the majority […]

Haqqani network

The Haqqani network is a militant group that has more than 10 thousand fighters, allied with the Taliban and established by Jalaluddin Haqqani, who emerged in the eighties, and received support from the United States and Saudi Arabia to fight the Soviet forces during their occupation of Afghanistan during the eighties. One of the most […]

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