IslamismJanuary 23 2023, 8:54 am

IUMS Scholars Meet Taliban Ministers – Again

From Jan­u­ary 5–11, 2023, an inter­na­tion­al del­e­ga­tion of Mus­lim schol­ars vis­it­ed high-rank­ing mem­bers of the Tal­iban gov­ern­ment of the Islam­ic Emi­rate of Afghanistan in Kan­da­har. Accord­ing to a state­ment post­ed on the Face­book page of the Mus­lim Schol­ars Association:

Jan­u­ary 10, 2023 A del­e­ga­tion of Mus­lim schol­ars rep­re­sent­ing var­i­ous coun­tries and mul­ti­ple reli­gious asso­ci­a­tions paid a blessed vis­it to the Islam­ic Emi­rate of Afghanistan from 12/6/1444 to 18/6/1444 AH, in order to con­vey con­grat­u­la­tions to their Mus­lim broth­ers in the Emi­rate on the great vic­to­ry achieved […], and to see the con­di­tions of Mus­lims in Afghanistan and trans­fer what they see and hear to their brothers.

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Accord­ing to the state­ment, the del­e­ga­tion met with promi­nent lead­ers in the Tal­iban gov­ern­ment, includ­ing Deputy Prime Min­is­ters Abdul Salam Hanai and Abdul Ghani Baradar, Defense Min­is­ter Muham­mad Yaqoub, as well as the Min­is­ter of For­eign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi.

In the state­ment, the schol­ars said they con­firmed that the 2021 vic­to­ry of the Tal­iban in Afghanistan rep­re­sent­ed “a vic­to­ry for all Mus­lims and that the Afghan Mujahideen — may Allah reward them — plant­ed hope in the hearts of peo­ple.” They fur­ther urged the Islam­ic Emi­rate to be stead­fast against its ene­mies, adding that it was “under a vile siege” due to US sanc­tions. The schol­ars also called on Islam­ic coun­tries to be keen to com­mu­ni­cate with the emi­rate and to rec­og­nize its polit­i­cal system.

The meet­ing includ­ed sev­er­al schol­ars of the Inter­na­tion­al Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS), including:

  • Muham­mad Al Saghir (aka Mohammed Al-Sagheer), an Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood schol­ar and the Chair­man of the IUMS Da’wa and Pros­e­ly­ti­za­tion Committee
  • Nawwaf Takrouri, head of the Asso­ci­a­tion of Pales­tin­ian Schol­ars Abroad, which is known to have par­tic­i­pat­ed in Euro­pean Hamas sup­port conferences

A few days pri­or to the meet­ing, Tal­iban leader Hebat­ul­lah Akhundzadeh had refused to wel­come an offi­cial high-lev­el del­e­ga­tion of IUMS lead­ers to Afghanistan over what appeared to be con­cerns about adverse inter­na­tion­al reac­tions to such a meet­ing. He lat­er apol­o­gized for the refusal, and the IUMS pub­licly accept­ed the apol­o­gy. The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report (GIOR) had report­ed in Octo­ber 2021 that the IUMS had wel­comed a del­e­ga­tion from the new­ly estab­lished Islam­ic Emi­rate of Afghanistan to their head­quar­ters in the Qatari cap­i­tal Doha. This meet­ing brought togeth­er top IUMS lead­ers, includ­ing the then IUMS Pres­i­dent Ahmed Al-Rais­souni, IUMS Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al uAli Al-Qaradaghi, and Mohamed Al-Yafei, Direc­tor of the IUMS Qatar branch.

Found­ed in 2004, the IUMS is an inter­na­tion­al body of Mus­lim the­olo­gians whose lead­er­ship is close­ly tied to the Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood (GMB) and, until recent­ly, was led by the late GMB spir­i­tu­al guide Youssef Qaradawi. Sev­er­al promi­nent Euro­pean Mus­lim faith lead­ers tied to the GMB were IUMS mem­bers and/or have served as IUMS Trus­tees, includ­ing for­mer Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty Islam­ic Stud­ies pro­fes­sor Tariq Ramadan and Ahmed Jabal­lah, a senior leader in the French and Glob­al Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. In August 2021, the GIOR report­ed that sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions and indi­vid­u­als tied to the GMB and Pales­tin­ian ter­ror­ist groups had issued com­mu­niqués con­grat­u­lat­ing the Tal­iban on their vic­to­ry and prais­ing their “coura­geous leadership.”





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