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The Unknown Leader Of The New Taliban

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The Unknown Leader Of The New Taliban

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Written by Julian Macfarlane

Haibatullah Akhunzada is said to be the leader of the so-called “new Taliban”.

Western reports, however are not notable for their accuracy or objectivity and always eager to show the Taliban as crazy psychopaths, except of course once upon a time when they were mujahedeen fighting the socialism: ”Freedom Fighters”.

The Mainstream Media therefore reflexively portray Akhunzada as a “hardliner”—that is, when they mention him at all, which is rarely, since he has stayed pretty much in the background, as primary Spiritual Leader.

Akhundzada is an Islamic scholar who came from a poor family in an out of the way village. Under the Taliban 1.0, he worked with the Islamic Sharia courts and was set up “shadow governors” in rural districts to discipline local fighters and prevent abuse, always a problem in an anarchic tribal society. Thank of him as a literate, smarter, more flexible Emir Omar who, in fact, very much relied on his opinion in religious disputes as well as on more practical matters. He is a humbled man from humble beginnings and he has left the limelight to younger, more cosmopolitan Talib leaders, of the kind who shone in their visits to Moscow and Beijing.

Still, his power is immense:  a lot of what happens next in Afghanistan will on his interpretation of Sharia, which does not appear to be literalist.

Most recently he issued a fatwa asking Taliban fighters to restrict themselves to one wife, feeling that plural marriage was an elitist “perk” which, he felt, discredited the moral status of the Taliban leadership in a time of hardship for many.  It was a caution to those with power and influence to pay attention to Ummah, or community.

He may be orthodox about somethings but Sharia is all about interpretation grounded in the Qu’ran, keeping in mind that the Prophet was progressive for his time, unlike the Islamic revisionists who came centuries later.

Akhunzada’s fatwa is therefore theologically correct, reminding the Believer that the true Muslim serves God first, then his community or ummah, then related communities, and himself last.

In the West, we must constantly remind ourselves that Sharia is not one thing:  there are many interpretations and always room for flexibility of interpretation.

For example, the Taliban grew and sold opium to finance their war against the Americans even though this is haram, strictly forbidden by the Qu’ran.  Akhunzada presumably signed off on that despite it being contrary to Sharia. The Taliban needed weapons. Weapons cost money.

Now, there will be no need for the sale of opium—if the Russians, Iranians, and Chinese can support the Afghan economy–which it is very much in their interest to do.  The Prophet was very much into win-win solutions– mediating between warring tribes, often with quite different values and even different religions.

One can expect Akhunzada to interpret Sharia flexibly so that the Taliban can create a government of national unity, which, among other things, meets the needs of women in urban settings such as Kabul, bolstering the new regime’s international image and convincing the very skeptical Putin and Xi that the Afghans have evolved.

In the villages the locals will do pretty much as they always have. The Afghans do not have the will or the means to do as the Chinese have done in XinJiang with the Uighurs. Islamic fundamentalism is rooted in poverty.

But, in the cities, which are affluent, educated, working women can make major contributions to the economy—without challenging Qur’anic principles.

Akhunzada’s job is to provide the moral basis for a diverse Islamic ummah, allowing a new government   to do what needs to be done to keep the country afloat.

Taliban policy I is of necessary the result of a factional consensus, keeping mind that how the long genocidal American war has shaken up Afghanistan’s diverse society, which historically has had periods of both religious authoritarianism and liberal, even socialist progressivism, enforcing pragmatism over the naïve idealism of Islamic fundamentalism.

At a rather amazing press conference, a Taliban spokesperson promised protection of women’s rights and what would, in other countries, be called a “government of national unity”—but  under Sharia Law—a point which many in the West seized on as evidence that the Taliban had not really changed, assuming of course, the Taliban all think the same way, which they do not – and that they cannot adapt or evolve—which has not been borne out by events over the last 20 years.  And also stemming from the misunderstanding that Sharia law is one thing.

Critics noted the Taliban later clarified that were not talking about “democracy” in the Western sense since Afghanistan has never had democratic traditions or institutions of the kind that evolved in the West over centuries.  Of course, western democracy is not the only kind of democracy, if it is in fact democracy at all.

In addition, the Taliban’s caveat does not in and of itself preclude a return to the Loya Jurga, the Pashtun assembly that was part of Afghan governance when they still had a king—or to a council or assembly similar to it. The Loya Jurga was not “democracy” as we know it either.

The Taliban have since advised working women to stay home as its militias are not properly “educated” to accept their status.  The leadership says this is “temporary”, meaning that they have to set up a functional government first and find ways to control local militias, which is not going to be easy.  As the Chinese have shown, changes in attitudes only come with economic advance as well as ideology.

Accepting a degree of ethnic and political pluralism, which also conforms to Sharia could provide a means of balancing power between different groups and the Country and City.

A lot will depend on Akhunzada’s interpretation of Sharia, which will subsume all political policy.  No matter who is selected as President, Prime Minister of whatever it is Akhunzada who will call the shots.  This is a country where a moral directive is more important the force of arms – quite different from Western countries obviously.  There will be no “woke”.

Presidents Putin and Xi have said that they are willing to help Afghanistan, which will remain under threat from the Americans – but only if they pass certain tests.  One set of test is control of terrorist groups that want to use Afghanistan as a base to destabilize neighbouring countries including Tajikstan, Uzbekstan, Syria and China and Russia itself. The second set of Akhunzada of tests are educated administrative and political policies that will permit the Russians and Chinese to invest safely.   There can be no such accommodation without a moderate interpretation of Sharia.   Akhunzada does not see his country dissolve into chaos and anarchy.   Nor does he want it to turn to ISIS’s perverse interpretation of Islam.  Of course, he may surprise us yet and turn into a crazy zealot.  But there is no evidence of that, to date.

The recent explosion and loss of life — mostly Afghan—at Kabul airport—will motivate the Taliban leadership to come down hard on extremists. Such bombings are also haram.

Since his opinions are contrary to those of the Mainstream Media, you have probably never heard of Julian Macfarlane, a Canadian media analyst and writer in Japan.  He has written more than 200 articles on propaganda, PR, and public diplomacy and is known for his accurate predictions of electoral events including the election and subsequent governance of Obama, Trump, and Biden in the US, Brexit in the UK, the rise and fall of Corbyn, and the French, New Zealand and Canadian elections, as well as events in the Middle East and Russia. He also predicted the current COVID crisis in Japan.

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Irani

Talib freaks

noZioP1gs

Better than the Qom Cultists complete with temporary marriages (legalised prostitution) and Taqiyya and their watered down revision of the cult of Ali and Hussain. I guess thats why most Sunmi scholars would brand them non Muslims – they are the progeny of Abdullah ibn Sabah – the first one to raise Ali to GodHead while keeping the religion of their fire worshipping forefathers close to them. Remember, the birth of the true prophet of islam extinguished the 1000 year old Magi flame of your Zoroastrian temple. Can you please explain why the Qom cultists still permit Nowrooz? Now Suck on that Majoosi MthrFuckr.

Last edited 26 days ago by noZioP1gs
Irani

Ow look a paki dog that loves sucking talib cock, how im a not surprised by this.

Ahson

we’ll gut you in da street like hogs…..if yous don’t behave!……You think Russia/ China/ Iran don’t know you? Do you not know how many like yous we’ve thrown in the death pits of da SyRaq?…..Are you kidding?

Last edited 26 days ago by Ahson
The Objective

Unlike this writer who is obviously a non-Muslim, I understand how the Taliban thinks, because I’m a true Muslim by heart. THEY WILL NOT COMPROMISE ON SHARIA regardless of what Xi and Putin wants. Any hardship is worth bearing in order to uphold the law of Allah. Threats of economic sanctions are not going to scare the Taliban just like 20 years of war did not make them compromise. That is the ultimate quality of a true Muslim. He bears hardship patiently until he succeeds or meets his Lord in that situation. Fuck your “temporary” world and economy.

To any true Muslim (which includes the Taliban), this world is just a past time. the real and permanent world is in the hereafter and that’s what we care about – not your dollars, economy, and stuff. When we build our economy and cut deals, it’s just a means to an end. We use all the economic, political, intellectual, and military power acquired by us to establish Allah’s law on Muslim lands. That’s our mission, whether it’s Erdogan, Akundzadeh, or Tamin Bin Hamad, etc.

Russia and China are gonna have to accept to live with Shariah next door, otherwise there’ll be no cooperation with the Taliban. the law Taliban will enact in Afghanistan will be much more strict compared to the ones by Idlib militants. Mark my words, they won’t exclude one jot from the Shariah to please any country be it Russia, Iran or China. Do not think your worldly materialistic desires are the same for everyone. The true Muslim has CONQUERED the love of this world and the FEAR of death. It is this renunciation of the world and embracing death that kept the Taliban fighting a super-power +27 countries for 20 years.

Last edited 26 days ago by The Objective
Ilya G Poimandres

Sharia is fine generally, question is which shade of it? I’m up for Quranism, but I’d say Hanbali Jurisdipence depends on the Sunnah too much imo.

And what of Ijtihad?

Sharia is not a unitary thing. It can work for society now as ever, but it can also hurt (same as any legal system).

My hope is the Taliban have grown up from their pre millennial extremes.

The Objective

Yeah, there are different schools of thought, but all lead to the same end – obeying Allah.
Obeying Allah is what the kuffaar hate. There are Shariah FUNDAMENTALS that are unanimously accepted by all the major schools of thoughts. Examples, stoning to for adultery, cutting of the hand for stealing, flogging for fornication, separation of male and female including at places of work, proper covering for females, no elections or dictatorship, forbidding usury, and most importantly, JIHAD against the disbelieving countries invading ANY Muslim land.

Ilya G Poimandres

Obeying Allah is the primary goal, but the Qu’ran is not clear on governance.

What is between a democracy and a dictatorship?

Granted this is a Haddith, and with a bad lineage, but “my Ummah will not agree upon an error, in case of disagreement, side with the majority”.

And somewhere else (long ago, tell me if I’m wrong!), I remember reading a Haddith along the lines of ‘if all of the Ummah agree on a point, it is like the voice of Allah, to the point that the Ummah could even rip out a passage from the Qu’ran’..

Aside from that, there is shura, ijma, ijtihad – so much subtlety to Sharia.
As one would expect from a legal system that works for billions across a very culturally distinct Ummah.

You name some punishments for fundamental beliefs, as well as some beliefs: no adultery, no theft/robbery (mind you, the cutting off of the hand is only for stealing something more valuable than (a 1/4 dinar?) a shield!), no fornication, very limited interaction between the sexes, no interest, communal self defence.

These fundamentals are not much different for many faiths: the Buddhist version of Awrah is any exposition (male or female) of the knee and above, or beyond the shoulder. Kinda like a half and half average of the male and female modesty rules of Islam – we won’t disagree on the rules that attempt to push society away from materialistic urges.

The question is what works to make your followers obedient, and here I am more with Confucius – you can cut off arms, beat people into submission, but they will only learn how to avoid the rule of law.

Saudis fly to London to drink – I have met a number in my early materialistic life, and they were not obedient to the law, not at all. They laughed at the law as they took shots!

How do you convince followers to follow? The whip works a little sure, but humans rebel, and killing all rebels will just lead to new rebellion.

You or me, humans, can’t control the world – for your faith, only Allah can. For my Buddhist faith? Something substantially similar, enough that we bind ourselves to behave within moral norms.

“The Beneficent”, “The Merciful” – these are names for Allah that would not be His were He one that only ruled by force.

Ahson

Yous talk a lot as a dalit……STFU already. Nothing but jihadist rubbish outta yer gob……Now that the Kaliphate has been established, I want yous to take your dalit family and relocate to Kabul right away……No excuses muddafuka. Don’t come across as a monafigh muzlim piglet…don’t want yous driving uber taxi in da west……you got that? Nothing worse than a monafigh sunni wahabbi basturd. Now go set up uber taxi franchise in Kabul!……Get out!

Last edited 26 days ago by Ahson
The Objective

I like it that you are asking me to relocate to Kabul to prove my authenticity as a true Muslim. Honestly, I’d love to relocate to Afghanistan, because that is the one country on Earth where Allah’s laws will be implemented in full by the government. Unfortunately, I have parents and families to take care of here. I have relatives and friends who need my help more than the Taliban. If I hadn’t these responsibilities, I would relocate without a second thought. In Islam, you are more responsible for the people immediately surrounding you than Muslims far away. Instead of moving to Afghanistan, I will earn more reward working to establish the law of Allah in my society (even if not in full, just like what Erdogan is doing). The Taliban can take care of Afghan society. I and my closest Muslim brethren will take of ours here. Every Muslim should take care of their immediate environment before moving to other environments.

Last edited 26 days ago by The Objective
Jim Allen

Shut the Hell up, your behavior is worse than the Satanic cult’s, and any religion’s extremist’s on a bad day. You make the Zionist Khazar pretender’s look like alter boy’s.
You’re an embarrassment to your country, it’s flag, it’s Constitution, and all humanity. Your presence on this rock is repugnant, and you diminish the human species. Godless creature, without a soul.
Worse? You’re worse, can feel your bad vibes at 4G speeds.
You’ll be refused entrance to Hell, if you’re fortunate, eternity for you is a stagnant stock pond that won’t dry up, and you’ll be the scum around the edge. Alone. It’s gotta’ suck to be you.

Sumitomo

The Afghans will be fodder for the Russians in their coming attack on Israel (Ez. 38-39).

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