Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Islamic State adherents promote social welfare

In the March edition of The Atlantic Graeme Wood talks to a couple of Islamic State adherents confined to the UK via passport confiscation:

Choudary said Sharia has been misunderstood because of its incomplete application by regimes such as Saudi Arabia, which does behead murderers and cut off thieves’ hands. “The problem,” he explained, “is that when places like Saudi Arabia just implement the penal code, and don’t provide the social and economic justice of the Sharia—the whole package—they simply engender hatred toward the Sharia.” That whole package, he said, would include free housing, food, and clothing for all, though of course anyone who wished to enrich himself with work could do so.
Abdul Muhid, 32, continued along these lines. He was dressed in mujahideen chic when I met him at a local restaurant: scruffy beard, Afghan cap, and a wallet outside of his clothes, attached with what looked like a shoulder holster. When we sat down, he was eager to discuss welfare. The Islamic State may have medieval-style punishments for moral crimes (lashes for boozing or fornication, stoning for adultery), but its social-welfare program is, at least in some aspects, progressive to a degree that would please an MSNBC pundit. Health care, he said, is free. (“Isn’t it free in Britain, too?,” I asked. “Not really,” he said. “Some procedures aren’t covered, such as vision.”) This provision of social welfare was not, he said, a policy choice of the Islamic State, but a policy obligation inherent in God’s law.

Social welfare synonymous with Sharia?

The 'stick' component of  'carrot and stick' welfare regimes takes on a whole new meaning.

Wait till Sue Bradford gets wind of that.  'Ruthless' and 'evil' are already a regular part of her vocabulary describing New Zealand's social welfare regime. She'll be lost for words.


Brendan McNeill said...


You don't usually opine on the domain of islam as expressed by ISIS and those of similar ilk. This is a significant departure for you.

I suspect like many of us, you have become sensitised to the appalling narrative that is 7th century Islam expressed in the 21st century, and the inability or unwillingness of our political leadership, Cameron and Obama in particular to actually name our civilisational enemy.

Welcome to the push back against global jihad. It's on many levels and your contribution makes a difference.


JC said...

These two gents forgot to mention where the cash comes from to implement Sharia welfare, eg, ransoms from kidnapping, oil revenue from captured oil wells, loot from cities overtaken and the bodies of people murdered.

In the cities of the West welfare is a bit more complicated than that and vastly more widespread than just Islamists.. essentially the West pays welfare to avoid social disruption.

For all the fine words and religious injunctions to be charitable welfare is a response to history which teaches that when people starve the tumbrils roll.