Bucktooth Bashir says Muslims have a religious duty to take up arms against non-believers

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Bucktooth Bashir says Muslims have a religious duty to take up arms against non-believers

He said it. If I said it they would call me a greasy, racist Islamophobic bigot and force me to attend a few interfaith reeducation sessions to  correct my politically incorrect opinion……

JAKARTA — Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir told a court Thursday that Muslims have a religious duty to take up arms against non-believers, as he offered his first defence against terrorism charges.  (AFP)

JAKARTA — Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir told a court Thursday that Muslims have a religious duty to take up arms against non-believers, as he offered his first defence against terrorism charges.

The cleric who is regarded as a spiritual leader of Islamist militants around the region is accused of leading an Al-Qaeda-style militant group that was discovered training recruits in Aceh province last year.

Police jostled with about 200 of the frail 72-year-old’s radical supporters as he arrived under tight guard amid shouts of “Allahu akbar” (God is greater).


Wearing his usual white robes, skull cap and shawl, the preacher smiled and looked calm as he was escorted through the crowd by members of the elite Detachment 88 anti-terror police squad.

“I am convinced that based on Islamic sharia (law), the physical and weapons training in a mountainous area in Aceh was an act of worship by Muslims as ordered by God to deter Muslim enemies,” he said, reading from a 90-page defence document.

“This exercise is equally as important as prayer, fasting… but this holy task has been insulted by God’s enemies, the Detachment 88, by accusing them of being terrorists.”

Bashir could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges including leading and financing a terrorist group, and supplying illegal weapons.

The cleric is an alleged co-founder of the Jemaah Islamiyah regional terror organisation blamed for multiple attacks including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people, mainly Western tourists.

The Islamic teacher, whose former students read like a who’s-who of Indonesian extremism, served almost 26 months behind bars for the Bali bombings but his conviction was overturned after his release in 2006.

Prosecutors have also unsuccessfully charged him with involvement in church bombings in 2000 and the Marriott hotel attack in Jakarta in 2003.

Two years after his release from prison Bashir founded Jemaah Ansharut Tauhid to continue agitating for sharia law and holy war against perceived threats to Muslims everywhere.

Police say JAT was a front for a new campaign of terrorism in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority state.

Indonesia jails Muslim radical over Christian attack

“Outbreak of Interfaith Violence”

(That’s a new one. ‘Interfaith violence’- something to remember….)

BEKASI, Thursday 24 February 2011 (AFP) – An Indonesian court on Thursday jailed the leader of an Islamic vigilante group over an attack on senior Christians, as the country grapples with an outbreak of interfaith violence.  (source)

Murhali Barda, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) in Bekasi, a city to the east of Jakarta, was convicted of “unpleasant deeds” in an attack on a priest and a Christian elder last September.

Sentencing Barda to five-and-a-half months in prison, Judge Wasdi Permana said he had “misused his authority as a cleric. He had urged protesters to disrupt the church’s worship activities.”

Separately, 12 others were jailed for between five and seven months over the attack, in which one of the Christians was beaten with a stick and the other was stabbed.

Two hundred radical Muslims shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greater) and “Free Murhali” outside the court as 350 police officers guarded the trial.

Barda rejected the court’s finding and vowed to appeal.

“I should have been freed. The accusations were all wrong,” he said after the trial.

Barda has previously said he had taken part in protests against Christian church services as a Bekasi resident, not as a member of FPI, which is known to have carried out armed attacks on moderates and minorities.

The FPI does not formally advocate mass attacks, but does share the jihadists’ agenda of implementing sharia law in Indonesia.

Some members have been arrested in connection with terror plots but the group has always maintained they were acting on their own.

Religious violence has been on the rise in Indonesia in recent months, mainly by Muslims, who make up around 80 percent of the country’s 240 million people, against minority groups.

An Islamist mob beat and stoned to death three members of a Muslim minority sect in West Java this month.

Two days later another mob of enraged Muslims rampaged through the streets of Temanggung, Central Java, and set fire to churches after a Christian man was jailed for insulting Islam.

6 thoughts on “Bucktooth Bashir says Muslims have a religious duty to take up arms against non-believers”

  1. Quote:
    Wearing his usual white robes, skull cap and shawl, the preacher smiled and looked calm as he was escorted through the crowd by members of the elite Detachment 88 anti-terror police squad.
    end quote.

    If he had the true devotion and loyalty of the people, he would not need any “detachment 88 anti-terror police squad” to protect him at all.
    We judge Islam by its fruits.
    And we find Islam to be wanting in holiness.
    We find Islam to be profane.

  2. From my other post to day,
    “Ten years ago these same people would have considered islam as a harmless benevolent religion like Buddhism and definitely not a disgusting and violent ideology purported by a bunch of racist, bigoted, self serving pigs as they do today ”

    I rest my case your honour!

  3. sheik yer’mami,

    Re: Your question at Jihad Watch:

    You refer to Christianity as my religion, which I’d go along with, but I’m probably a pretty heretical and uncertain Christian. For me, Christianity, at least my form of Christianity, is not so much a faith as a plausible theory in which JC was and is the linchpin in the evolution of the cosmos and of consciousness (the incarnation of the I Am and the development of human individuality, individual responsibility and freedom).

    The reason I said Christians also believe that Jesus when he returns will end the jizyah, is that they believe when he returns he will establish justice everywhere. The jizyah is obviously in the category of injustice, though it is never mentioned in the Bible.

    The point of my post is that orthodox Muslims believe the jizyah will end for a very different reason: at the end of time everyone will have only two choices: to convert to Islam or be killed. Islamic scholars apparently believe that Jesus himself will participate in the killing. Jizyah, dhimmis, crosses, etc., will no longer be permitted even to exist. Christians believe the jizyah will end for a very different reason: Jesus at the end of time will establish justice everywhere. Evil creeds and false practices will disappear. Universal love will rule.

  4. Indonesia: Jihad leader facing terror charges says “I’m being tried for defending Islam”

    He said it. It is now up to “moderate” Muslim leaders to explain how training for jihad violence does not equal defending Islam. But don’t hold your breath.

    “Bashir Says Charges Against Him Equate to Ban on Islam,” by Heru Andriyanto for the Jakarta Globe, March 8 (thanks to Jihad Watch):

    Firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir told a court on Monday that the government’s actions against him and the paramilitary training in Aceh were tantamount to banning Islam in Indonesia, .
    “This is a trial by the thagut ,” Bashir told the South Jakarta District Court, referring to the term in the Koran for those who worship as God anything other than Allah.

    “I’m being tried for defending Islam.”

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