How the Saudis Churn Out ‘Jihad Inc.’

From mass executions to ISIS and the San Bernardino attack, the manifestations of Saudi Arabia’s Salafi extremism are everywhere—and it’s time for Muslims to fight back.

I had to see just one detail on the night of the San Bernardino killings to get a clue about the shooters’ ultraconservative leaning.

On the Facebook page for Syed Farook’s mother, the 62-year-old Rafia, I studied her “likes.” My eyes widened at one of them: she’d “liked” Farhat Hashmi, the founder of the nonprofit school Al-Huda International, based in Islamabad, Pakistan. The school is popular among middle-class and upper-class women in Pakistan, including many of my aunties. It has branches in the U.S. and Canada, and boasts a strong online teaching network.

When I had studied among Al-Huda students in Islamabad in the days after the 9/11 attacks, I described them one way: “the Taliban Ladies Auxiliary.”

  • Everyone Else

    Good article.

    However, a temporarily non-violent Islam is not much of an improvement over violent Islam. All it means is that Islam will inveigle itself more into Western culture.

    The article describes the problem, but nit the solution.

  • pdxnag

    It is high time for Muslims to declare their apostasy from Islam; cease being “Muslim.”