Al Qaida founder blasts successor bin Laden for ‘immoral terror’

(HH here: this one comes from the “ya gotta love it” file. It is statements like this that will be the foundation of the coming reform within Islam.)

By Yossi Melman, Haaretz Correspondent

One of Al-Qaida’s founders, Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, has waged a harsh verbal attack on the terrorist organization’s leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Sharif’s criticism of the Al-Qaida ideology and the failures of its leadership have unleashed a heated debate within the global Jihad movement and it has been publicized in several western media outlets.

Sharif, who is serving a life sentence in a Cairo prison, recently wrote a book in which he said, “every drop of blood that was shed or is being shed in Afghanistan and Iraq is the responsibility of bin Laden and Zawahiri and their followers.”

The Al-Qaida figurehead also said called the September 11 terror attacks immoral and counterproductive.

“Attacking America has become the shortest road to fame and leadership among the Arabs and Muslims,” wrote Sharif, who also goes by the nom de guerre Dr. Fadl. “But what good is it if you destroy one of your enemy’s buildings, and he destroys one of your countries? What good is it if you kill one of his people, and he kills a thousand of yours? That, in short, is my evaluation of 9/11.”

Sharif also criticizes Muslims who move to the West only to perpetrate terror attacks in their adopted countries. “If they gave you permission to enter their homes and live with them, and if they gave you security for yourself and your money, and if they gave you the opportunity to work or study, or they granted you political asylum” wrote Sharif, then it is “not honorable” to “betray them, through killing and destruction.”
(HH again: here we have a man who actually takes the concept of guest and host seriously. This man seems to have no patience for sophistry for personal benefit.)

According to Reuven Paz, an expert on Islamist movements, Sharif is considered one of the leading ideologues within the Egyptian group that cultivated Jihad starting in the 1970s.

Sharif’s writings have enraged Zawahiri’s followers, who claim Sharif is working for Egyptian intelligence.

(HH: Your REALLY think so? I guess that Zawahari’s boys MIGHT be a little miffed.)

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