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Inside Look at Brainwashing Tactics Used by Radicals
By Clarion Project
Muslim reformer Dr. Tawfik Hamid shares an inside look at brainwashing tactics used by radicals. These tactics were some the techniques used to radicalize him, before he broke free from Islamic militancy.
I’ll tell you from my personal experience what happened to me. The first day I was going to pray in the Jamaat-e-Islami mosque in our medical school. It [Jamaat-e-Islami] was legal back then in our medical school. I was invited by them to join because they recognized certain abilities in me. They asked me to join them and I was very excited to be invited, truly, to be invited by them. They were respected at that time. I met with some guy in front of the anatomy department [on campus]. He took me walking to the mosque of the radical group, Jamaat-e-Islami…
The first lesson I learned was [that] if I started to think, I will become an infidel.
He said to me, “Your brain is just like a donkey.”
The donkey, in Arab culture, represents stupidity by the way. So it’s insulting, but he wanted to convey a message.