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Al-Hawali Is One of the Symbols Of, the Islamic Awakening Movement and A Leader Of The Sururioon

By Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri

April 28, 2019

In every civilization, there have been evildoers who sought to incite violence against others. They used tools such as religious differences to sow divisions. But preachers who create dissent and discord within a single religion have reached a new level of intolerance and heinous immorality, and they set a dangerous precedent.

Al-Hawali is one of the most often-cited of these modern-day preachers of hate. His twisted ideology is evident in his writing, particularly his book “Muslims and Western Civilization,” which expounds his theories on how to handle regional and international turbulence. The book was promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood and by the Sururioon — the followers of the Syrian Brotherhood member Mohammed Surur bin Naif Zayn Al-Abidin.

Al-Hawali claims that he presents a new vision of the world to counter the dominance of Western civilization. He says his book is not the result of superficiality or fanaticism, but of deep reflection and careful study. He calls for establishing ties with Daesh.

Al-Hawali is a member of, and one of the symbols of, the Islamic Awakening movement, as well as a leader of the Sururioon. He has supported the killing by Daesh of soldiers and officers in the Egyptian Army. He wrote in his book about his relations with some tribesmen in Yemen who were allied with Al-Qaeda, and who asked others to join them in this alliance. He told Brotherhood members in Sanaa that they were “stronger than America.”

Al-Hawali criticized the trials of Al-Qaeda members and of those who participated in fighting alongside extremist groups in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. He has described Al-Qaeda ideologues as “preachers.” He said: “It is jihad to revive suicide operations against the enemy. It indicates the courage of Muslims and their love of martyrdom. It strikes terror into the hearts of the enemy.”

Al-Hawali, a Saudi, believes in suppressing communities, which is totally incompatible with calls by the Saudi leadership and intellectuals for national unity. He dedicated himself to supporting terrorism and defending Al-Qaeda.

He is close to the terrorist Brotherhood, which has joined with the Qatari regime in attacking Saudi Arabia. His book criticizes Riyadh for its reforms, its moderation and its tolerance. He refused to accept the Saudi alliance with the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to fight terrorism, and accused the anti terror quartet of imposing a siege on Qatar, a country which US President Donald Trump described as a historic funder of terror. He has also spread rumors in an effort to destabilize the Kingdom.

What are we to do as a civil society, when we face such poison in our ranks? However much evil this man spouts, we as an Islamic nation will always defeat him through the genuine practice of our peaceful religion.

Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri is a political analyst and international relations scholar.



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  1. I just told that apostasy is considered akin to treason.
    My study is going on in order to fully know the actual reason of considering apostasy liable for death.
    Some said it was treason. Some said it was to stop Muslims from leaving the blessed religion and some said the apostasy was dangerous for the States of Islam.
    In modern times, a number of scholars including classical ones have expressed that punishment of apostasy is not applied in democratic countries just as the cutting the hands of thieves is not applied while this punishment is categorically mentioned in the Quran.
    By GGS 01/05/2019 23:09:18
  2. Al Hawali is poison but anyone, like the author of this article, who praises Riyadh  "for its reforms, its moderation and its tolerance" is not much better.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin 01/05/2019 13:29:31
  3. whatever else mr GGS, you think apostasy is like treason.
    is that a "moderate" opinion?
    how is it different from the belief that women apostates must be confined for life and male apostates should be killed.
    you are unbelievable! just like everyone else.
    By hats off! 01/05/2019 06:31:14
  4. Safar Al-Hawali’s Sahwa movement is a form of Qutbism. Al-Qaeda, Daesh, ISIS, Sahwa Movement, Muslim Brotherhood, Qutbism and Maududism all mutually agree with distinctive ideologies of Kharijism. All claim to follow the Quran and Sunnah but not on the established path and methodologies.

    In modern times, a number of modern scholars outwardly deny their attribution to such groups but they are heavily inspired and in their hearts they too think that such groups are ‘Islamic’. Such groups are dominantly supported by Islamophobes and even by the corrupt and self-proclaimed ‘exegetes’ of the Quran.

    By Ghulam Ghaus Siddiqi غلام غوث الصديقي 01/05/2019 05:25:49