Russian Muslim leader suggests punishing terrorists’ families

MOSCOW – Deputy leader of the Central Muslim spiritual directorate of Russia, Muhammadghali Khuzin, has suggested introducing punishment for the relatives of terrorists, Interfax news agency reported Wednesday.

“Each terrorist who goes to kill people, must know that his immediate family will pay for his deeds, too,” he was quoted by the agency as saying.

Islam / Islamism

Islamism is a totalitarian ideology adhered to by Muslim extremists (e.g. the Taliban, Hamas and Osama bin Laden). It is considered to be a distortion of Islam. Many Islamists engage in terrorism in pursuit of their goals.

Adherents of Islam are called “Muslims.” The term “Arab” describes an ethnic or cultural identity. Not all Arabs are Muslims, and not all Muslims are Arabs. The terms are not interchangeable.

Khuzin said that if terrorists “do not care a straw for the lives of other people”, they must know that people close to them will become social outcasts. “We sometimes face the situation when a mother who reared five robbers and murderers receives privileges and grants as a mother of five children.”

He was quoted by the agency as saying that the relatives of terrorist and of people connected with terrorism must be deprived by law of all kinds of rights and privileges within the frameworks of social, pension and other monetary benefits.

Khuzin also greeted the idea to ban the ideology of Wahhabism proposed earlier by Deputy Prosecutor General Vladimir Kolesnikov.

“Wahhabism must be forbidden in Russia, and wahhabites and their accomplices must be called to strict account,” Khuzin was quoted by the agency as saying.

Wahhabism is a Muslim puritan movement. The members reject all acts implying polytheism, including the veneration of saints, and advocate a return to the original teachings of Islam as found in the Qu’ran and the Hadith. They supported the establishment of a Muslim state based on Islamic canon law.

Adopted by the ruling Saudi family in 1744, the movement controlled all of Nejd by the end of the 18th century. It was assured of dominance on the Arabian Peninsula with the creation of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932, and in the 20th century-supported by Saudi wealth — it engaged in widespread missionary work throughout the Islamic world.

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