Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Nigerian Taliban 'Boko Haram' Manifesto

Boko Haram

Purging Islam of Westoxication

The name of the militant Muslim organisation 'Boko Haram' has been mistranslated as 'Education is sinful' or 'Education is forbidden'. In actual fact it is better translated as 'Westoxication is sinful', where Westoxication is to be understood as all those aspects of kafir education which are in conflict with the Qur'an. These include, but are not limited to geology, evolutionary biology, astronomy, philosophy and sociology.

Some Western technologies, such as weapons techologies are halal, however vaccine production and use, and anything that involves genetic engineering are haram.

It is also haram to educate women in any non-religious subject beyond what is needed for their functions as wives and mothers. A level of literacy sufficient to read a cookery book or a Qur'anic story to a child is quite enough, and to go further is displeasing to Allah.

Boko Haram does not see itself as being in conflict with true Islamic education, only with Kafir education, culture and science.

The Boko Haram movement owes its inspiration to seven sources

- The doctine of the finality of the Prophet

- The doctrine of the infallibility of the Eternal Uncreated Qu'ran

- The anti-Western counter-Philosophy of Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali

- Deobandi Islamic revival and anti-Imperialism

- The Taliban's Islamically exemplary educational policy towards women

- The Madrassa movement for educational purity in Pakistan

- Harun Yahya's rejection of Darwinism and Evolution

Khataman Nabiyeen - the finality of the Prophet

As the Prophet Mohammed was the final messenger of Allah, all aspects of Western social theory, political philosophy etc which contradict Shariah are regarded as Kufr.

The infallibility of the Qu'ran

All Muslims must believe that the universal and eternal truth embodied in the Qur’an comes directly from Allah. This contrasts with the commonly held Islamic view that the imperfect 'knowledge' that supposedly comes from science is a temporary social and political narrative used to provide a justification for European colonialism, Zionism, capitalism and cultural imperialism.

The counter-Philosophy of Abu Hamid al-Ghazzali

To a devout Muslim there can be no such things as 'Laws of Nature', because any such laws would "put Allah’s hands in chains".

According to the Qur'an, Allah is omnipotent and directly commands the universe to do his will. He does not act through intermediary laws, and to believe in such laws is Shirk, since it proposes a power equal to the will of Allah.

The planets stay in their orbits due to the moment-by-moment intervention of Allah, not because of some imaginary man-made 'Laws' devised by Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein or some other Christian or Jewish unbeliever. There is no place for the kafir philosophy of rationalism in Islam. Astronomy is haram (forbidden) both because of its apparent support for man-made kafir 'Laws of Nature' and also because it conflicts with the geocentric view of the universe (Sun goes round the Earth) as stated in the Qur'an.

Deobandi Islamic revival and anti-Imperialism

The Deobandi movement was formed to counteract British cultural imperialism and the growth of Western thought-patterns in Islam during the time of the British Raj. Starting purely as a defensive movement, the Deobandis have realised that the best form of defense is attack, and have gone on to be prominent in all forms of jihad, taking the war into Dar al-Harb itself, as well as punishing Westernizing apostates such as Shia and Ahmadiyya within Dar al-Islam.

Taliban education of women and women's rights

Under Shariah law women must be given the rights that Allah and His Messenger have instructed, that is the right to stay in their homes and to gain religious instruction in the seclusion of purdah. Women must not be educated in anything other than religion beyond the age of eight, or they may become disruptive to society.

The Madrassa syllabus

Boko Haram is NOT opposed to truly Islamic education. The Deobandi Madrassas of Pakistan provide an ideal model, with memorisation of the Qur'an and military training being all that is required to educate Muslim boys.

Harun Yahya

Darwinism and evolution are in direct conflict with the Qur'an in the same way that they are with the Bible.

However, the eminent Turkish scientist Harun Yahya has convinced the majority of Muslim intellectuals that the Theory of Evolution is both false, and deliberately contrived to promote atheism and political movements such as Imperialism and Nazism. Consequently there can be no place for the subjects of biology, or geology with its 'fossils' (planted by Shaitan as deception), in Islamic education.

Boko Haram

Thanks to Kwelos


Katrin Schulze said...

Thanks for the post but could you possibly provide any more information about the source of the document? The link you posted unfortunately doesn't indicate by whom this was originally posted to the net ... That would be important to know as my interest is a semi-academic one (as regards to wider socio-cultural background to my research) and from that point of view its very relevant whether that was posted by a member or somebody who typed that from a leaflet distributed locally, somebody in northern Nigeria or elsewhere, etc ... if that is possible at all. Thanks in advance. Kat

Cole said...

Unfortunately this is as good as it gets at the moment - and it seems to match up with the Reuters investigation into Boko Haram here - my theory is that some of this group's members were taught in the madrassas in Pakistan. What they want is a narrowly focused Islamic schools - teaching only the Koran and military training. Which is typical of what is going on up there.

Katrin Schulze said...

See, what irritates me is that this one has been written in English rather than Hausa/Kanuri (which would indicate it was meant for local consumption) or Arabic (which the group supposedly only speak). Having said that if many members are university drop-outs then they'd certainly know enough English to put something like this together ...

On the other hand, if it is authentic, why then hasn't it yet occurred or at least referred to on the website of one of the news agencies that have been in contact with Mohammed Yusuf, the man himself ...

But thanks anyway and I'll keep asking around what all those 'experts' on the region think about it ...

Cole said...

I put Boko Haram as the source simply because it was the last name on URL address. Looking into it - it appears to have come from Kwelos - who runs the The Religion of Peace™ Subject Index. He seems to have enormous resourcefulness when it comes to finding things to do with Islam - maybe check him out. He could be the author.

Katrin Schulze said...

hmmmm, anyway, thanks for the research

Kyari said...

Thanks Cole very much like Katrin I am also interested in it for academic purposes. Good starting point but I advise Katrin not to use it for her purpose, however, she may consider looking at the Al-Ghazali and Haroun Yahaya links because, literature available to me from the Boko Haram (mostly audio and video tapes of debate with other Islamic scholars)seems to indicate that Mohammed Yusuf had read such literature. Other than these the Boko Haram had no declared manifesto or blueprint for the Nigerian state once captured asssuming this to be their mission. In his de-briefing my the military, Mohammed Yusuf said he was merely defending himself agsainst assult by the state. By the way I live in Yola, Nigeria.
Kyari Mohammed

Kyari said...

By the way the attempt to link them with the Pakistani Madrasas does not hold water. Any links with Pakistam may be inspirational rather than direct. However it may interest you to know that Mohammed Yusuf was educated in a Madrasa type school here in Nigeria with no known revolutionary or militant ideas. My guess is that he may have picked it up later in life through reading post 1979 Iranian revoultionary literature, which were very widely circulated in Nigeria in the 1980s.
Kyari Mohammed

Katrin Schulze said...

Dear Malam Kyari,

I'm in complete agreement with you - I won't use the document as reference material for my own research. I will instead draw upon some of the discussions regarding (Western) education the crisis generated in the fora of Nigerian online journals etc. and the information I managed to collect while I was in Nigeria ... it is anyway just a minor aspect of the background to my own research or, rather, more a quasi-personal interest to help my understanding of the context ...

If I could ask you - in the hope that you might return to this page (I couldn't click through to your profile unfortunately) - how widely available are the DVDs of Yusuf's discussion with other clerics in Maidguri? would there be any point in asking Nigerian friends based in Kano to get one for me? (not sure whether my Hausa is up to it but it might be worth a try) ...

Anyway, thanx


P.S. Is Al-Ghazali really that popular? In Kano I got presented with his book on one occasion in place of an answer to my questions ...

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