Muslim vigilantes and thugs are posting online videos of themselves attempting to enforce Islamic sharia law on other Muslims they encounter who are smoking, drinking, or wearing short skirts in the streets of Moscow.
VOCATIV A former member of infamous “StopHam” youth movement, Islam Ismailov named his new project “Stop Haram” (haram stands for forbidden actions in Islamic law). StopHam movement was liquidated by the Russian government in March 2016. Apparently, some of its members grew bored at home and came up with a new idea.
Calling their movement “Stop Haram,” the activists record themselves ordering people to stop smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol, chiding them for what they call un-Islamic behavior. Consuming alcohol is considered ‘haram’ or forbidden for some Muslims.
There are between 16 and 20 million Muslims in Russia. (And they like to get in the faces of Russians by organizing mass prayer insurgencies on Muslim holidays in the streets of Moscow)
Islam Ismailov, the purported leader of the group, explained his actions in a video released last week, saying non-Muslim Russians see “our fellow believers, which they call themselves, violate the norms of morality and religion” by smoking and drinking, and that his group’s goal is to “try to convince them in the future not to do so.”
Moscow lawyer, Dagir Khasavov, giving an interview to a television station about his proposal to implement Sharia courts in Russia. Interspersed with footage of death sentences being executed, Khasavov spoke about his new organization that would protect Muslim rights and claimed that his proposal was only the beginning of a worldwide expansion.
“You think that we are coming here as foreigners, but we believe that we are at home here and maybe you are the foreigners. We will make those laws that suit us, whether you like it or not, and any attempts to change that will lead to spilled blood. There will be a second dead sea here and we will drown the city in blood.”
In the video below (in Russian) Ismailov drives around Moscow and in one scene approaches a visibly intoxicated man holding a bottle of vodka. Asking him why he is drinking, Ismailov then berates the man, telling him that his problems are better solved praying rather than drinking.
Russians commenting online criticized the activists, saying they were breaking the law, and doing it just for attention.
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