Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Graphic Novel Against Jihad in Syria

The Journey of a Mujahid with Jabhat Al-Nusra

According to Memri, Special Dispatch No. 5597 (January 10, 2014), an "Online Graphic Novel Challenges Jihadi Indoctrination In Wake Of Syria War," and Memri summarizes:
A graphic novel, "The Journey of a Mujahid with Jabhat Al-Nusra," posted on the Internet in seven installments in November and December 2013, recounts the story of Mustafa, a young Muslim living in a Western country, who goes to Syria to wage jihad. There he discovers that young men like him are callously mistreated and exploited, and sometimes even used as cannon fodder.
Memri provides some excerpts, from both the transcript and the video. The graphic novel is apparently intended for young Muslim men who've grown up in Western countries. Obviously, I've seen only excerpts, but there's an interesting verse from the Qur'an that the disillusioned young man Mustafa, the story's protagonist, reads near the end:
"Oh you who believe! Be upright for Allah, bearers of witness with justice, and let not hatred of a people incite you not to act equitably. Act equitably, that is nearer to piety, and fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is acquainted with what you do."
That's the Qur'an 5:8, and it sounds fine and peaceful enough, though I'm often disappointed by these peaceful-sounding verses when I dig a bit further and learn that the doctrine of abrogation applies to them. Does it apply here, too? I'd like to know.

I'm also curious to know who sponsored this graphic novel, but Memri apparently doesn't know.

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