Radical My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

Radical My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

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ISBN: 0753540770

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Radical My Journey from Islamist Extremism to a Democratic Awakening

Language: English

Pages: 0

ISBN: 0753540770

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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wall I liked, and the coast was clear, I would tag it. When we went bombing, it was a bit more planned: a group of us would target somewhere and blast the whole area in a specific raid. The whole cat and mouse thing with the police just added to the buzz I got from doing it. I was chased a number of times by the police, but always gave them the slip. I was smart enough to never get caught, and smart enough not to get into the spray-painting side of things. That was a far bigger process: to

CHAPTER SEVEN A Land Where Fetuses Are Cut from Wombs Hizb al-Tahrir study circles took place in people’s houses. There would be five to six of us sitting in a circle with the speaker at the center. Nasim or another speaker would talk on a set topic for about an hour and then take questions afterward. The content would be more political than theological, with occasional reference to Islam to back up the point. There was a methodology to these discussions, the framework of which I’ve

presence, my life would have taken an entirely different turn. And for that, I will be forever grateful to him. The sad truth is that while I was fortunate enough to have Gomer there to check my behavior, there was no one around to check Sa’eed’s. No sooner had I slipped my knife back into its sheath, than he was doing precisely the opposite with his sword. In one swift, calm, almost mechanical movement, Sa’eed plunged his monstrous blade, Abdul Jabbar, the Servant of the Compeller, deep

Israeli-controlled al-Quds than I had been in Egypt. While I was still in Jerusalem, I took the opportunity to reconnect with HT in the Al-Aqsa Mosque. I introduced myself to Issam Amireh, a senior member. I told him about my background, my studies in Egypt, and my HT activities in the UK, Pakistan, and Denmark. He suggested that I should return there after I had finished my year in Alexandria, to study with him for a while. This would have been a huge honor, and I readily agreed. We

the slow response I was getting. My questions bore deep, to the very legitimacy of imposing shari’ah as law. After learning and studying how this had never been done before, I began to see such a goal as un-Islamic. How could I remain inside an organization that I now believed was striving for a goal that ran against the very spirit of Islam? As my doubts grew, I increasingly began to consider my HT brothers as ignorant of Islam, politics, and history. My mind felt as if it was going to

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