Manwar Ali: Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist
Manwar Ali - Peace activist
A former committed pioneer of violent jihad, Manwar Ali draws on his experience and deepening understanding of Islam to prevent radicalisation and extremism. Full bio
as a man who lives life to the full
in the language of force and violence.
through power and aggression.
for the suffering of others
to help and bring relief to them.
and violence are true jihad,
of jihad is wrong --
and remembrance of God.
for all those meanings as a whole.
take the form of fighting,
the harm or hardship it entails.
that are connected to jihad or fighting
that talk about forgiveness,
no circumstances on earth
has been hijacked.
to mean violent struggle
are undergoing difficulties,
means striving to the utmost
those qualities which God loves:
when everything changed.
impacted upon us terribly,
of my relatives in horrible ways,
for four years.
for two and a half years,
every week in prison,
and injustices in the world.
how I could channel that desire
in the jihad in Afghanistan.
population against the Soviet army.
of violent jihad in the UK.
as presented by the fascist Islamists --
authority and control on earth:
by fascist Islamist groups
an Islamic state,
against this, my country,
the non-Muslim citizens,
formed a special bond
did menial tasks in the camp.
about a better future for him.
caught up in a war,
mortar shell in a trench,
in a makeshift mud hut lab.
pointless skirmish --
to discover he was dead.
explosives from that shell.
that had proved harmless to me.
and grenade launchers.
with soft manners and gentle voices.
to take them away to England.
must have spoken to one another
looking up at the stars,
for glory and power.
killing one another
and vulnerable to kill one another
against invaders or occupiers;
in the name of jihad.
what I had experienced
on my activities here in the UK.
in violent jihad in the mid '80s,
it was in the year 2000.
we were doing in their name.
to develop a virtuous character.
we were fighting for the oppressed,
through which more deaths occurred,
in violent jihadism,
to these types of extremisms,
and restore them
with human values that heal.
we are told without critical reflection.
that many of us would cherish
I thought were correct.
how I knew what I knew.
to accept the truth,
its rightful place.
is rooted in my experience,
of us and them is false and unjust.
in all that we had asserted,
with variation and contradiction,
like I used to be,
they use to assert authenticity.
importance of self-knowledge,
for a deep and wide understanding
believe in Islamist jihadism ...
cruel, unjust and futile behavior.
beautiful and useful things
in others and in the world.
more to ourselves ...
About the speaker:Manwar Ali - Peace activist
A former committed pioneer of violent jihad, Manwar Ali draws on his experience and deepening understanding of Islam to prevent radicalisation and extremism.
Why you should listen
Manwar Ali (also known as Abu Muntasir) is one of the few scholars in the UK who has been directly involved in jihad. For around fifteen years he radicalised, recruited, fundraised and fought in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma. Now he draws on this experience in his work with the UK's Home Office and Crown Prosecution Service.
Ali is a Muslim scholar who teaches Islam to restore balance, enhance human values and address issues of extremism through education, social projects, charitable events and open discussion. He works to foster peaceful coexistence through mutual understanding, good-neighborliness and caring engagement.
Ali founded the UK Muslim educational charity JIMAS and pioneered Zakat distribution in the UK. For more than 30 years he has had extensive experience in teaching Islam. He has helped make British Islam relevant and important to life now, preparing many students for life and leading the way in practicing civic engagement as an Imam.
Ali holds a B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in Computer Science, an MA in Islamic Studies and a Diploma in Arabic.
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