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Personal benefits behind extremist ideology: Study

Personal benefits behind extremist ideology: Study

Aug 02, 2018 - 18:31

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A study by a civil societyinfo-icon organization Khat-i-Naw finds that extremism has no place in Islam and it was promoted in Afghanistaninfo-icon as ‘an individual act for personal gains’.

The study conducted in a period of four months in northern provinces finds that poverty and illiteracy was misused in promotion of extremism in the country.

As part of the survey, religious scholars were interviewed and various religious books and magazines were studied.

The research shows extremism has no links with religion but some groups and individuals used extremism as a tool to reach their personal goals.

Addressing a press conference in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, Khat-i-Naw chief Abdul Qadir Mesbah said they conducted the research in four months in northern provinces.

“The research was conducted through direct talks with renowned ulemainfo-icon. It involved questions and reference to religious literature,” he said.

He said it was found during the work that getting personal benefits played a major role in promotion of religious extremism.

Mesbah said the on-going conflict, illiteracy and poverty contributed to extremism and militancy.

He added some ulema refused to participate in the survey fearing their own security.

Meanwhile, Mualvi Muhsen Danish said extremism was on the rise in Afghan society due to lack of knowledge and religious awareness.

Mesbah asked religious scholars to do everything they could to eradicate extremism and militancy from the Afghan society.

Pointing to some developed Islamic countries, Danish said extremist ideology in other Muslim states was declining due to real interpretation of religion.

“Terrorist groups who pose themselves as defenders of religion actually are acting against the religion and promoting extremism,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mualvi Abdul Hanan, Balkh religious and Hajjinfo-icon Affairs head, said that extremism had no link with the religion.

“Islam emphasizes that extremism is forbidden and people should avoid engaging in it”, he added.

“Anything that goes beyond its limit and reached extreme level is against Islam”, he said.

Hanan said some foreign circles misused people’s illiteracy in Afghanistan and they wanted to link extremism with religion. “It is also a form of extremism to give one tribe superiority over the other,” he added.

Civil society activists said that lack of government’s oversight of educational centres, the ground was paved for promotion of extremism.

Nasim Rahimi, a civil society activist and a member of Khat-i-Naw organization, said that some religious schools in remote areas of the country could not be supervised.

He said extremism was also promoted on some of the university campuses while the government was doing nothing to deal with the situation.

“If the situation is not controlled, the extremist ideology would take deep roots in the Afghan society and may reach a level where it goes out of control”, Rahimi concluded.

Khat-i-Naw officials say they have printed their research in a book-like journal  and with ways how to deal with extremism.



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