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Statement of the Center for the Study of Political Islam Regarding Attacks in Paris

November 13th, 2015

We certainly all remember the events in January, when we heard about the attacks against the editors of Charlie Hebdo. This assault against free speech in Europe left us shaken. Yesterday’s attacks in Paris claimed more than ten times the amount of victims and Europe is shocked once again.
 
After each terrorist attack, representatives of different countries express horror and how they do not understand how something so terrible could have happened. This confusion stems from inability to name the cause of terrorist attacks. The political doctrine of Islam is the cause. Until we are as a society able to openly state this, we are going to be caught off guard by similar attacks over and over again and we will not be able to prevent them from happening.
 
A usual political reaction to a terrorist attack is the promise to strengthen secret service and other security forces. While these statements might soothe some citizens, they will not change a lot about the actual situation. No security force can protect the public space against all terrorist attacks. Let us remember how many promises about increased protection we heard in January and how many victims need to be buried in Paris ten months later.
 
Such a sad moment begs a question: What is the best way to honor the memory of the deceased? Wreaths and candles do not suffice. We should learn from the event. CSPI emphasizes several essential points:
 
 
The problem is not the Muslims, but the political demands of Islam and endless Western tolerance (or better indifference) as the answer to it. If we can only show courage to name the problem and speak about it openly, perhaps we will also encourage millions of Muslims around the world to honestly look at the sources of Islam – the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith. In these texts, jihad against unbelievers is repeatedly praised as the highest of deeds.
 
Mohammed said, "To guard Muslims from Kafirs (infidels) in jihad for one day is better than the world and whatever is on its surface, and a place in Paradise as small as that occupied by the whip of one of you is better than the world and whatever is on its surface; and a morning's or an evening's journey which a slave (person) travels in Allah's Cause (jihad) is better than the world and whatever is on its surface." (Bukhari 4,52,142)
 
We must not be afraid to talk about political Islam openly and without emotions. Talk about the suffering it brings both to Muslims and non-Muslims. That way, we will shed light upon the cause of the problem. This is not going to be an easy way anymore. Nevertheless, if we immediately start reacting with courage and understanding, an array of future victims can be spared.
 
If the leading elites do not adopt a decisive position and again declare, that the events in Paris were an isolated action of a few deranged individuals, future attacks will take us by surprise again. If we insist that the Islamic doctrine is flawless and its political demands legitimate, we will confirm the terrorists’ premise. Unless we focus on the cause of the problem and not only dealing with the consequences, we will not be able to protect Europe as we have known it.
 
In order to truly honor the memory of innocent victims from Paris, we must find the courage to recognize political Islam.
 

CSPI International, November 14th, 2015