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The term Mujahideen was first used by the West to describe the mountainous sect of hillmen in Afghanistan who fought against British control (although initially to the British they were known as Sitana Fanatics). It began in 1829 when a religious man, Sayyid Ahmed Shah Brelwi, came back to the village of Sitana from a pilgrimage to Mecca and began preaching war against the infidels in the area defining the Northwest border of British India. Although he died in battle, the sect he had created survived and the Mujahideen gained more power and prominence. During the Indian Mutiny of 1857, the Mujahideen were said to accept any fleeing Sepoys and recruit them into their ranks. As time went by the sect grew ever larger until it was raiding and controlling larger areas in Afghanistan.
We, the West, recognize the word mujahideen with Islamic terrorism but it's history is older than the Afghan invasion.
The beginnings of Jihad are traced back to the words and actions of Muhammad and the Qur'an. The people who helped Muhammad were referred to as Ansars ("helpers") and Muhajirs ("immigrants" who left due to years of persecution in Makkah, settling in Madinah). Then the Muhajireen's property was confiscated in Makkah, so Mohammed called upon the Muslims to participate in Jihad against the Quraysh.
Originally posted by neo96
reply to post by Swills
My sources are on page 1. You missed them? Right above the bunny video.
Oh don't consider ATS threads 'sources'.nor do I find Iranian websites 'sources' considering they are backing Assad right along with Russia.
Al-Alam News Network
Yet intelligence veterans say that Iran, in pursuing its own ends, has in the past taken advantage of al Qaeda fighters' need to shelter or pass through its territory. It is a murky relationship that has been fluid and, say some in the intelligence community, has deteriorated in recent years
I wouldn't even call it a marriage of convenience. It's an association of convenience," said Richard Barrett, former head of counter-terrorism for Britain's MI6 Secret Intelligence Service and later head of the U.N. Security Council's monitoring team maintaining the world body's al Qaeda and Taliban sanctions blacklists
"It's not a strategic alliance. An al Qaeda presence may suit the Iranians because it allows them to keep an eye on them, it gives them leverage in the form of people who are akin to hostages," he added.
Originally posted by all2human
reply to post by neo96
How can you blame Iran/Russia for the FSA using/producing chem weapons in Syria ?
Is it my mechanics fault the guy down the street has no hair?
Dude..pillsedit on 10-7-2013 by all2human because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Swills
reply to post by neo96
Of course. It appears you are mistakenly thinking I'm pro Russian gov't.