Nowadays it is no secret that, the growing activity of the religious organisation “TablighiJamaat” in Kyrgyzstan, promoting popularisation and quick proliferation of nonconventional Islamic ideology in the country. In parallel with «tablighers», and under their cover, operating «jihadists», directly influencing on radicalization of the population, that will ultimately result in the increase of the number of «brothers on belief», who sympathies the militants fighting in Syria and Iraq.
Recently «tablighers» have begun to include thesis in the sermons about events as regard to some Arabian countries (Syria and Iraq), activities of «Islamic State» militant group, the necessity of conducting «da’waats» in favour of «jihadists». To avoid a mere assertion, let’s cite some examples.
In 2010 the number of believers in rural mosques in Ala-Buka, district of Jalal-Abad region did not exceed about 50 people, but now these rural mosques have more than thousand believers.
About 30-35 «tabligers» visit border districts of Jalal-Abad region for fulfillment of 10 and 40 days «da’waat» monthly who call the population to observe religious rules, join them and help the less fortunate. At the same time they condemn the separation of Muslims according to ethnic principles, calling on members of ethnic minorities to engage actively in “the interests of the Muslim ummah.” This is something that will become a serious problem in the future. And here the question that has to be answered is! So what are the law-enforcement agencies of independent Kyrgyzstan doing?
The worst thing is that, in the course of propaganda, “da’waaters” convincingly has assured that the expansion of Islam helps to decrease the level of drug addiction, alcoholism, and juvenile crime. They believe that many employees of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kyrgyzstan share their principles, because “TablighiJamaat” is the only spiritual movement that can counteract religious- extremist organizations and missionary activity of Christian sects.
However, the «tablighers» have been criticising the religious organizations of an orthodox nature, in particular, the “Hizb-utTahrir” aimed at overthrowing the constitutional order in Kyrgyzstan and the construction of the “Caliphate”. According to them, Jamaat members should spread only “pure Islam” and urge great masses of population to join the “TablighiJamaat”.
Furthermore, the so called “masturat” (wife in Arabic), a new «tablighi» stream, is gaining popularity among women and it has many followers in Osh, Jalal-Abad and Batken regions.
Members of the stream, with the permission of imams engage in propaganda, despite the fact that it has not been registered by the Justice Department or any other decision-making authority within the legal terms. Their main task is to conduct lessons at home, where they teach that women should be housewives, wear a “hijab” and that it is forbidden for them not only to communicate with men, but also to look at them. In short it is a “brainwash” of great masses of population.
All these facts contribute to the growth of the Kyrgyz youth to travel to Syria and other hot spots to participate in armed hostilities.
Meanwhile, members of Jamaat are focusing on the involvement of employees of ministries and agencies, other state bodies, deputies of local councils, the security services, law enforcement and other security agencies, influential businessmen, leaders of organized crime groups. Violation of the laws of the country, corruption in governmental agencies, imperfection of the national legislation regulating this sphere, eliminate the effectiveness of measures taken by the authorities to control the activities of religious institutions and improve the religious situation in Kyrgyzstan.
The most interesting thing is that by order of the authorities of Ministry of Internal Affairs, the internal affairs agencies at the local level should check authorization documents of “tablighers” and register them with an indication of the duration of stay in the territory of their operational cover. However, this scheme creates corrupt practices among police officers. Such a stupid and undeliberate decision has created favorable conditions for the supporters of this religious movement. Snatching at a chance, preachers through Jamoat activists bribe law enforcement officers. The amount of money for such a “protection racket” ranges from 1 to 5 thousand som for each “da’waater”.
Why are the relevant authorities not taking appropriate legal measures against members of the “TablighiJamaat” and other illegally operating religious organizations and extremist movements? The thing is that, there are many supporters of such orthodox currents among the employees of government and law enforcement agencies. For example, the head of Ala-Buka district office of State National Security Committee K.Ibragimov regularly attends Friday prayers at the central mosque in the area and does not care about the fact that the imam in his sermons admits “Salafi” statements. Staff of local akimat (local administration), police station and military personnel of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic who attend Friday prayer also are not precluding a criticism regarding the policy of the country’s leadership in the religious sphere.
Recently, “tablighers” in Kyrgyzstan divided into two groups – those who have positioned themselves as supporters of the “true” Islam, and those who criticize the people that refuse propaganda of Islam. In addition, the supporters of “true” Islam has opened “summer schools” in all regions of the country with the purpose of teaching the younger generation the fundamentals of religion, arguing that it would not allow their students to fall under the influence of extremist organizations and movements.
In the short term, activities of “TablighiJamaat” will contribute to the further excessive Islamization of the population of Kyrgyzstan. That means that activists of other orthodox structures and supporters of terrorist underworld will use the favorable conditions lor “tablighers” created by the government, to the maximum extent possible. Isn’t it time for the Kyrgyz people to think about it and to draw conclusions while the government and the police are doing nothing?
Mercian Yoldashev, Istanbul