Maher Mawas works on his computer in Tripoli. (Photo courtesy of Maher Mawas)
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A local Tripoli restaurant was animated Tuesday, as Salafist Sheikh Maher Mawas blew audiences away with not sermons, but laughter.Mawas, 36, told The Daily Star that he had consulted other sheikhs before he made the decision to go through with the performance.Mawas, who is also an audio engineer at Irtiqaa Way Radio, a local Salafist station in Tripoli, blasted fellow Lebanese Salafists for remaining passive in the face of the common stereotype.While Salafi supporters are generally known to be nonviolent, the militant component of the movement, referred to as "salafist jihadism," is the ideological basis for many terrorist organizations across the globe.Mawas' stand-up comedy performance revolve around themes like Facebook, marriage and people's common conception of Salafists.
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