By Ian Johnson
Within the wake of the scoop that the Sept. 11 hijackers had lived in Europe, journalist Ian Johnson puzzled how any such radical workforce may possibly sink roots into Western soil. such a lot debts reached again 20 years, to U.S. aid of Islamist warring parties in Afghanistan. yet Johnson dug deeper, to the beginning of the chilly struggle, uncovering the untold tale of a gaggle of ex-Soviet Muslims who had defected to Germany in the course of global battle II. There, they'd been formed right into a well-oiled anti-Soviet propaganda desktop. As that struggle ended and the chilly conflict begun, West German and U.S. intelligence brokers vied for keep an eye on of this influential team, and on the heart of the covert tug of warfare was once a quiet mosque in Munich—radical Islam's first beachhead within the West.
Culled from an array of resources, together with newly declassified files, A Mosque in Munich interweaves the tales of a number of key avid gamers: a Nazi student grew to become postwar spymaster; key Muslim leaders around the globe, together with individuals of the Muslim Brotherhood; and naïve CIA males desirous to struggle communism with a brand new weapon, Islam. a unprecedented ground-level examine chilly warfare spying and a revelatory account of the West's first, disastrous stumble upon with radical Islam, A Mosque in Munich is as beautiful because it is essential to our figuring out the errors we're nonetheless making in our dating with Islamists this present day.
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The third type is not regarded as having any excuse. Another factor in gauging the degree of rebuking is pay‐ ing attention to the environment in which the mistake occurred, such as whether it was an environment in which the Sunnah is followed or bid’ah is widespread, or how prevalent evil is, or whether there are ignorant or overly lenient people, whose opinions are widely fol‐ lowed, issuing fatwas to say that it is permissible. ‐ A good intention on the part of the one who makes the mistake does not mean that he should not be rebuked ‘Amr ibn Yahya said: “I heard my father narrating from his father who said: ‘We were at the door of ‘Abd‐Allaah ibn Mas‘ood before the early morning prayer.
Com that a gentle approach wins people over and opens their hearts. It also tells us to deal with women by be‐ ing easy going with them, and to bear their crookedness with patience. ” (Fath, 9/954). If Islam is dearer to us than our own selves, we must defend it and protect it and get angry for its sake more than we get angry for our own sakes and defend our own selves. It is a sign of not having religious feel‐ ings if we see a man getting angry for his own sake if someone insults him, but not getting angry for the sake of Allaah’s religion if anybody insults it; at most, we may see him feebly defending it in an embarrassed manner.
The Messen‐ ger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) came to them and said, “Are you the people who said such‐and‐such? ” Muslim reported from Anas that a group of the Compan‐ ions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) asked the wives of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) about what he did in secret. ” [The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)] praised and thanked Allaah, then he said, “What is the matter with some people who say such‐ and‐such?