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THE KUFR-HINDU STATE OF BANGLADESH

Although Bangladesh is a 90% majority Muslim country, or is supposed to be so, the shaitaani process of hinduization has been incrementally pursued by the kuffaar governments since the era of Bangladesh’s break from Pakistan. Although there is nothing Islamic about Pakistan and the merger into a single state of West and East Pakistan had not benefited either one of the new Pakistani state from the Islamic perspective, nevertheless, the shaitaani process of hinduization was not pursued.

From Bangladesh comes the following lament:

This question has been in the back of my mind for the past week about how to refute secularism when it clashes with the rulings of Islam, a classic case being an appeal to Muslims for avoiding participating in “Bengali New Year procession” also known as “Pahela baisakh” issued by a non-political religious organization known as “Hefazot-e-Islam” from Bangladesh and how some “secularists” have replied to their fatwa. I will present the details below:

Before putting up the matter, I would like to give a brief introduction of “Hefazot-e-Islam”:

“Hefazot-e-Islam (which means defenders or protectors of Islam), is a non-political religious movement based strictly upon Qur’an and Sunnah. The movement is an offshoot of Qawmi Madrasah Bangladesh.

The movement was founded by the Ameer of Qawmi Madrasah Bangladesh, Shaykhul-Hadeeth Hadhrat Allamah Mufti Ahmad Shafi on the basis of defending Islam, Muslims and Bangladesh from regional and foreign attacks.

Shaykhul-Hadeeth Hadhrat Allamah Mufti Ahmad Shafi is a direct student and Khalifah of Shaykhul-Islam Sayyid Husain Ahmad Madani (rahmatullah alayh).

Besides, the other main purpose of Hefazot-e-Islam is to clear misconceptions on different aspects of Islam. The movement holds yearly gatherings throughout Bangladesh to propagate knowledge of Islam.” (Source: Ulama of Bangladesh webpage)

The following appeal from a member of Hefazot-e-Islam appeared in the Bangladeshi news website Dhaka Tribune on April 14 a day before “Bengali New Year”:

Hefazat: Mongol Shobhajatra is haram

Leaders of the Islamic group Hefazat-e-Islam have said the Mongol Shobhajatra procession observed on the morning of Pohela Boishakh is ‘haram,’ or forbidden in Islam.

Hefazat’s Dhaka unit Vice-President Junaid Al Habib said: “Mongol Shobhajatra is not a Muslim culture. If the government wants to push this on Muslims, the Qwomi madrasas will be forced to take to the streets.”

He was speaking at a protest in front of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque on Friday. Hefazat organized the protest to condemn the killing of civilians in Afghanistan by NATO forces.

On Thursday, Hefazat Secretary General Junaid Babunagari issued a statement saying: “In the name of celebrating the Bangla new year, observing a procession with animal replicas is against the faith and practices of Muslims.

“Adult men and women wearing indecent clothing and paint on their face and dancing together to the rhythm of drums while carrying giant dolls and animal masks – this Hindu ritual is being forced upon Muslims by the state.”

“This is absolutely forbidden in the eyes of Islam,” he said in the statement.” (End of the article)

Now, in reply to this appeal from the member of Hefazot-e-Islam, the DhakaTribune Editor (name is not mentioned by them) had some words to tell the Ulama, this reply was in opposition to the appeal made by the Ulama of Hefazot-e-Islam. Here is their reply:

Respecting diversity, and not division

Lest we forget, Bangladesh is a secular nation, built on secular principles set forth by the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

One shining example of this are the Pohela Boishakh celebrations, which highlight the multi-ethnic and diverse culture of our country.

Nowhere is this secular spirit more evident than in the iconic Mongol Shobhajatra, which — though relatively recent in its origin — truly epitomizes the unity that exists within the Bangladeshi people, as the procession boasts people from a wide variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

But it seems that Hefazat-e-Islam has forgotten our nation’s history, or wishes to rewrite it.

Bangladesh has always prided itself on its diversity and inclusion, and for Hefazat to tarnish this legacy by proclaiming that the Mongol Shobhajatra is “haram” and “not Muslim culture” is utterly unacceptable.

Even more dangerous and divisive is their tendentious description of the event as “adult men and women wearing indecent clothing” and “dancing together” and their dubbing it a “Hindu ritual forced upon Muslims by the state.”

In the first place: Who has given Hefazat the authority to dictate what is and what is not Muslim culture? How dare they try to impose their narrow, parochial interpretation of Islam on the rest of us?

Second, and more important, their statements are bigoted and objectionable hate speech.

Statements such as theirs have no place in a nation such as ours, statements which serve not only to create religious disharmony among the peace-loving citizens of Bangladesh, but go so far as to threaten violence.

When threats, incitement to violence, and hate directed at a religious community are a crime — and these are all crimes under the penal code — statements such as these cannot be permitted to stand. Those who sow the seeds of discord through this kind of intolerant hate-mongering must be brought to book.

Bangladesh can have zero tolerance for such ugliness.

Pohela Boishakh and even the Mongol Shobhajatra are emblematic of Bangladesh’s rich culture and heritage and to spew such vitriol in their direction cannot be permitted.

Hefazat does not have to like either. But it cannot impose its views on the rest of us, and, most importantly, it cannot be allowed to threaten violence in order to get its way.” (End of the rubbish disgorged by the Dhaka Tribune Editorial)

Maulana Sahib please comment on this Issue and refute such “secularists” who insult the Ulama. (End of the letter from Bangladesh)

OUR COMMENT (By Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai Daamat Barakatuhum):

After the violent break-up of Pakistan, orchestrated by India, Bengal (then East Pakistan) seceded from the federation and took the path of Hinduism albeit subtly and cunningly.

The Awami League which has for the greater part of the post-Pakistan era governed the country is a dedicated anti-Islam, pro-Hindu shaitaani entity determined to abolish Islam and convert Bangladesh into a Hindu state under the guise of secularism.

The kufr government is merely the reflection of the vast majority of Bangladeshis. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Your deeds are your rulers.” Just as today in Najdi Saudi Arabia the current kuffaar regime reflects the kufr of the vast majority of Saudis, so too does the Hindu government in Bangladesh represent the Hindu aspirations of the majority of Bengalis who are masquerading as Muslims.

The Brother in his letter concedes that the vast majority of Bangladeshis participates in the haraam celebrations of kufr and shirk. These are the very people who have installed the Hindu or pro-Hindu government which is in the process of dismantling and extinguishing Islam in Bangladesh. This evil regime has the support of the vast majority of Bangladeshis. Have you ever wondered why Bangladeshis plagued by so many natural disasters – annual floods and hurricanes? This is Allah’s Athaab for the munaafiqeen – the majority of Bangladeshis. The sole cause for natural disasters is gross and flagrant rebellion against Allah Azza Wa Jal. The Qur’aan and Ahaadith confirm this beyond all vestiges of doubt.

The real problem is not the evil kuffaar government. The root problem is the people of Bangladesh. At heart the vast majority is kuffaar, hence they lovingly accept all the kufr and shirk practices of the Hindus justifying these with the putrid, self-deceiving ‘traditional and cultural’ argument which is bereft of Islamic validity.

Tashabbuh bil kuffaar (emulating the kuffaar) is haraam in all spheres of Muslim life. In Bangladesh this Tashabbuh has been adopted in the vilest manner. Like the munaafiq-kaafir, Kemal Attaturk who had abolished even the Qur’aanic script (Arabic) in Turkey, so too has the kaafir Bangladeshi regime abolished the Islamic script of Urdu which in reality is also Arabic, and then substituted it with the script of the Hindu mushrikeen. Hindu religious customs are emulated and adopted with pleasure and believed to be permissible and necessary.

Tens of millions of Bangladeshis are without Imaan although they sport lengthy Muslim names. When in Bangladesh, one gains the impression that one is in a Hindu land. Only when the Athaan is proclaimed from the numerous Musaajid is one reminded of Islam. But in comparison to the irreligiosity reigning in the country, the Islamic community is of little significance and of no importance. As long as there is no metamorphosis in the masses – a transformation from kufr to Imaan – the position will deteriorate further into the abyss of kufr.

The basic cause for all the kufr and shirk in which the population is submerged, is jahaalat. They are almost totally ignorant of Islam. It is on this score that the Ulama have failed. They had abandoned the masses to the devil and his legions, hence the existence of the current situation in which KUFR reigns the country. This is the primary cause of the spread of jahaalat and kufr in all Muslim countries. The Ulama Fraternity is rotten to the core. They are mercenaries manipulating the Deen for worldly pursuits and objectives. The Deen and the Aakhirat just do not feature in their hearts.

The solution is not just to establish Darul Ulooms. The Bangladeshi Ulama are pre-occupied with the endeavour to establish small empires for themselves. The Ulama establish Darul Ulooms and each one is concerned with only his institution without a care for the next one. As long as his institution flourishes, he cannot be concerned with other Deeni institutions and even less with the masses who are incrementally slipping in the abyss of kufr.

The numerous Darul Ulooms in Bangladesh are in reality a drop in the ocean relative to the population. Furthermore, it is not possible nor feasible for the entire populace to become molvis. Secular education minus its kufr paraphernalia which ruins the Imaan of the millions, is necessary for operating a country. In fact, Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) had commented that today’s molvis are incapable of governing a country.

This comment of Hadhrat Thanvi is a simple fact which even simple brains can readily absorb, Secular education stripped of the western fisq, fujoor and kufr attributes and evil environment, is imperative. In this sphere of life the Ulama have miserably failed, hence the kuffaar recognizing this failure swiftly filled the vacuum. Along with their style of secular education came their kufr indoctrination. They fitted the brains of all their Muslim students with kufr straitjackets. Almost all Muslims who acquired secular education in the kufr environment of the west have become agents of Iblees. Thus, every Muslim country is in the grips of kuffaar regimes. This has been the greatest success of the colonial powers.

There is still hope, if the Ulama can only open their eyes, brains and hearts to understand what has happened and what is happening in Bangladesh and elsewhere. They need to put their heads together, sit with other Ulama who have the Ummah of the world at heart and formulate strategies in consonance with the Sunnah to remedy the satanic situation in which Muslim nations are trapped and sliding more and more into the pit of kufr and vice. Sitting together does not imply western style conferences which specialize in merrymaking, eating, waste, non-sensical delivery of papers, and passing of resolutions devoid of Islamic substance, sincerity and life. These stupid western methods are not meant for the Muslimeen.

QUESTIONS

The Bangladeshi Brother, posed the following questions regarding the kufr conflagrations devouring Bangladesh:

Question: The majority of the ignorant Muslims of Bangladesh celebrate this “Bengali New Year” along with the Hindus. When confronted, they respond saying that this is “just a cultural and traditional event”. What does Islam say about a Muslim adopting so-called “cultural and traditional customs”?

Answer: Whilst the answer is quite simple and while genuine Muslims know and accept that this argument of the juhala masses is absolutely baatil, this awareness by the few serves no beneficial purpose for the ignorant masses whose very Imaan has been either extinguished or is on the verge of extinction.

The editor of the Dhaka Tribune is an absolute jaahil, more jaahil than the ignoramus in the street. That is why he has written so much kufr drivel to justify the Hindu kufr which Bangladeshis have accepted with open arms and wholeheartedly.

This condition of kufr which is a great plague in Bangladesh cannot be remedied by taking to the streets as suggested by Hefazat-e-Islam. On the contrary, taking to the streets will be counter-productive. Street protests and demonstrations are the methods of the kuffaar. While there may be some benefit in these methods for the kuffaar, there is only destruction for Muslims in the adoption of kuffaar methodology to solve problems. Hadhrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanvi (Rahmatullah alayh) has said that in Islam we know of only two ways: Struggle or Sabr. The in-between methods of the kuffaar are foreign to us. We do not understand them nor accept them as valid for Muslims.

Today the condition of Muslims is worse than the condition of the Muslims on the occasion of Hudaibiyyah. The Ulama need to formulate strategies in the background silhouette of Hudaibiyyah. Only in this is our success.

Street protests western kuffaar style will bring greater repression and brutality from the Hindu government. The current ‘freedom’ which the Madaaris and other Deeni institutions have in Bangladesh will also be severely curtailed and even proscribed. It is therefore best to work within the confines of this ‘freedom’ with Sabr and with the focus on Allah Azza Wa Jal.

Question: Some Bangladeshi “Muslim” Women wear bindis (a round dot on their forehead) just like Hindus, the excuse again given by them is “cultural and traditional custom without having any belief or purpose like that of Hindus” How should such clash of so-called “traditional customs” and Tashhabuh bil Kuffar factors be explained to them and be refuted?

Answer: Having the Hindu bindi (kufr dot) on the forehead in emulation of the Hindu mushrikeen is obviously kufr. It is just like wearing a crucifix around the neck without believing in the Christian concept of the “crucifixion of Christ”. Regardless of belief, the very adoption of a kaafir religious practice/custom is kufr which expels the Muslim from the fold of Islam. But due to the abject jahaalat of the people who were reared like Hindus by their pro-Hindu parents who were all part of the Hinduization of Bangladesh, they will not understand any Islamic logic.

The only slender hope is in mass publication of educational articles in the Bangladeshi language, and for the Ulama to constantly deliver educational bayaans in the Musaajid and elsewhere without adopting a methodology which would antagonize the shaitaani Hindu regime strangling Bangladesh today. There are other grassroots methods too which the Bangladeshi Ulama should discuss and formulate in consultation with other Ulama of Taqwa and of philanthropic disposition.

Question: Third question which is of a major concern: Whenever the Ulama-e-Haqq raise their voice appealing to Muslims to avoid emulating the customs of other religions, the secularists label their appeals as “Hate-Speech”, “narrow, parochial interpretation of Islam”.

Is the deeming of hindu practices (so-called “traditional practices”) as haraam for Muslims “threats, incitement to violence, and hate directed at a religious community” as the secularist editor of the Dhaka Tribune has averred? How should the Ulama reply to such false slanders to the awaam? Please comment on these issues. Jazakallahu Khayr.

Answer: As mentioned in the previous answer, the Ulama in Bangladesh should not adopt a confrontational stance. The reaction of the western-educated juhala such as the editor of the newspaper being kaafir at heart, will obviously label every teaching of Islam which refutes kufr and shirk to be ‘hate-speech’ and ‘incitement’. Everything of Islam is ‘hate-speech and incitement’ for these human devils. Regarding them, the Qur’aan Majeed states:

“Verily hatred has gushed forth from their mouths (for you, O Believers!). But what their breasts conceal is worse”.

The robust stance adopted by Hefazat-e-Islam at the public rally outside Baitul Mukarram Musjid was deliberately and wrongly interpreted by the stupid editor as being ‘incitement and hate speech’. Public demonstrations by practising Muslims, especially in an anti-Islam state such as Bangladesh will be deliberately and conveniently proclaimed to be ‘hate speech’ in order to further suppress the Deen and the people of the Deen.

Sometimes discretion is the better part of valour. On the battlefield of Jihad, the need to display valour is imperative. But in the environment in which ordinary Muslims find themselves under the yoke of oppressors who cherish inveterate hatred for Islam and orthodox Muslims, there is a need to adopt greater intelligence and to keep in mind the long term benefits of Sabr.

Ponder over the humiliating conditions of the Treaty of Hudaibiyyah accepted by Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), and which Allah Ta’ala describes in the Qur’aan Majeed as “A manifest victory”.  The Ulama should consider long term planning for the Imaani interests of the masses whose attachment with Islam dangles on a flimsy thread, and in innumerable cases involving tens of millions of Bangladeshis, Imaan has already been extinguished.

These kuffaar secularists masquerading as ‘Muslims’ deem every teaching of Islam publicly stated by the Ulama to be an imposition on the population. The implication is quite clear. Islam must be banned. Nothing of Islam should be publicly aired. Stating that idolatry is haraam; zina is haraam; same-sex marriages are haraam; homosexuality is haraam; prostitution is haraam; liquor is haraam; adopting the practices of the mushrikeen is haraam, etc., etc. – all of these tenets of Islam if stated in public are regarded by the pro-Hindu so-called secularists as impositions on the population. But the injustices and oppression, the denial of freedom of religion, that is freedom for the Islamic Deen, and the imposition by the kuffaar government of corrupt, haraam and kuffaar concepts on Muslims are not regarded as unjust impositions on the genuine Muslim population. Only Islamic teaching is assailed and branded as imposition on the people. Yet, the Ulama are not imposing on anyone. They are merely stating what Allah Ta’ala and His Rasool (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) had proclaimed. The Ulama in Bangladesh and anywhere else do not possess the coercive power to impose the Deen on the population. They only state the Message of Islam as commanded by Allah Ta’ala. In this regard the Qur’aan states: “Upon us is only to deliver the Clear Message.”

Now whether the people accept or reject this Message, is not within the power of the Ulama. The jaahil editor of the stupid paper has spoken stupidly and irrationally. In which way are the Ulama imposing on the population? On the contrary, the so-called ‘secularists’ are imposing their brand of atheism on the people, especially on those who are true Muslims. His claim is both slanderous and devoid of even secular sense.

Furthermore, these anti-Islam, pro-Hindu agents of Iblees are not secularists in the literal sense. While they pretend to be secularists, they are Hindus deep down in their hearts, hence their strong pro-Hindu bias displayed for Muslims who endeavour to follow the Shariat.

Their claim that Bangladesh is a ‘secular’ state is a monstrous canard. Bangladesh is a Hindu state, hence this evil regime leaves no stone unturned in its pernicious plot to extinguish Islam. But, ultimately it will suffer a miserable failure and defeat, Insha-Allah.

In addition to sombre acquittal and intelligent planning, the Ulama and the people of the Deen should turn to Allah Ta’ala with obedience and Dua. Supplicate to Allah Ta’ala to create a gap, a breathing space for Islam to begin flourishing in Bangladesh. Nothing is impossible for Allah Azza Wa Jal. Allah Ta’ala had created such a breathing space for the Turkish Muslims in the form of Erdogan after many decades of brutal kufr imposition. Although Erdogan is not the perfect one, nevertheless he is the best blessing which Allah Ta’ala has granted the Turkish people in the prevailing scenario. He has opened the way for the people of the Deen. The same can happen overnight in Bangladesh. They should make fervent dua constantly and struggle along the Path of the Sunnah. The Qur’aan Majeed says in this regard: “Those who strive in Our path, We shall most certainly guide them along Our paths.”

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Reading Newspapers – The Shariah’s Stance

By Mujlisul Ulama

Every Muslim who is still conscious of the Deen and the goals of the Aakhirah will have no alternative other than to concede that almost every newspaper in the country is pornographic. What then is the Shariah’s reaction to reading such evil, satanic slut papers? The practice of Hakimul Ummah Maulana Ashraf Ali Thaanvi (rahmatullah alayh) will throw some light on this question and offer guidance for us.

During the 1930’s newspapers, even kuffaar ones, were exceptionally conservative and dignified. Even kuffaar governments censored and excised moral filth from the papers. A Muslim paper in the Urdu language used to be delivered to Hadhrat Thaanvi (rahmatullah alayh). It was an Urdu paper devoid of pictures and the filthy gossip and slander stories which adorn the slut papers of this era.

Since there is always a need for the Ulama, especially those to whom the community refers for Deeni guidance and Fatwa, to stay abreast with developments, Hadhrat Thaanvi (rahmatullah alayh) permitted the Urdu paper to be delivered to his Khaanqah. However, Hadhrat Thaanvi would not read the paper nor look at it. Hadhrat’s method was to ask one of his mureeds to read out only the headlines of the articles and reports. The mureed would read the headlines and Hakimul Ummat would listen. If any article attracted his attention, he would ask the mureed to read it for him.

After the paper was completed in this manner, Hadhrat Thaanvi would take it away to prevent others in the Khaanqah from reading it. This was the caution which Hadhrat Thaanvi (rahmatullah alayh) had adopted with regard to newspapers which were completely bereft of the filth, muck, slut and pornography in which almost every newspaper excels today.

Undoubtedly, it is haraam to allow children to read these pornographic papers. Also for adults it is not permissible to relish and derive pleasure from the haraam pictures, and from the gossip and slander stories. In fact, it is not permissible to introduce these papers into the home. A man should feel ashamed of bringing home a paper in whose pages pornographic pictures are splashed. He has a wife, daughters and sons at home. Only a dishonourable husband/father is able to allow his family to daily indulge in zina of the eyes and mind thereby corrupting their spirituality and Imaan. Wives too have become utterly shameless. Like their western kuffaar immoral counterparts, they are able to tolerate their husbands savouring their nafs and contaminating their Imaan with the almost nude pictures of immoral women. They should then not become surprised and despondent when the attention of their husbands is diverted from them to the filthy Aids-Carriers they see in the streets.

These immoral papers should never be left lying around the home. The Malaaikah of Rahmat most certainly do not grace such houses with their auspicious presence. The home then becomes an abode for the shayaateen.  

MUFTI GOOGLE???

By Haqqseeker

While ‘Google’, the American multinational web search engine specialising in Internet-related services and products, celebrated its 17th anniversary recently, let us examine how it has affected our daily lives.

We have to admit that it has made a tremendous impact on our daily lives. For every problem that we encounter, be it an economical, social or health related one, for any reference that we want to make, every time we want to access the international news media for current news or go to the social networks like Facebook, Twitter etc or to open the video-sharing website like YouTube – and for umpteen other reasons – the first button our forefinger clicks is that of ‘Google’! It is the most-used search engine handling more than three billion searches each day! So much so that someone once posed this question: “Will historians look back at the pre-Google era as the Dark Ages of knowledge dissemination?”

Our attachment to Google is so much that we can safely say some of us are, in one way or the other, totally GOOGLISED!  Remove ‘Google’ even for a day from our daily life and we would feel we are missing ‘someone’ very dear and very near.

There are negative upshots too! According to a recent study Google is having a damaging effect on our brain! The access to data anytime, anywhere, through Google, is taking a toll on human memory, ultimately altering the way the brain functions. With so much information available, there is less need to remember everything. The result – the Internet becomes an external memory for humans and  the storage ability of the brain, which is undoubtedly one the most amazing bounties Allāh has endowed us with, is weakening as everything that we want to remember is literally at our fingertips and not stored in our brains!

However, the more disturbing part for us as Muslims is that Google can also be a means of displeasing Allāh Azzā wa Jal if not cautiously used. It has some ‘slippery avenues’ that can easily lead us into committing harām acts.

There are some websites that are not worthy of viewing, especially because of the images and other contents that they contain.

Then there is YouTube that has an endless number of videos that are almost pornographic and they can easily lead people into getting addicted to the porn stuff. YouTube does have its own set of Community Guidelines that prohibit people from posting things like sex, nudity, hate speech etc. but it is almost impossible to ensure that these guidelines are followed. When there are more than 100 hours of videos being uploaded every minute, some user-created porn videos are bound to creep in.

The major risk, however, is in the social networks. A recent study has revealed that women outnumber men when it comes to using the social networks. For instance, on Facebook, in the 18-24 age group, 63% of the users are women while 37% are men (Source: Rapleaf).

Our Muslim sisters remain shoulder to shoulder with the non-Muslim women in this matter. Unfortunately they do not realise the perils of these social networking sites. The photographs (including their profile pictures and at times even their selfies) and other information like their hobbies and interests and other personal facts they post on these websites can easily be misused (or even abused) by some evil-minded and ill-intentioned online predators.

When we are all aware that no other religion in the entire human history has accorded the status and the dignity that Islām has accorded to a woman then why should our sisters imitate the non-Muslim women and candidly display their pictures on these websites so that the ghair-mahram men can view them, with evil-intentions? Hayā (modesty) is one of the branches of Imān and in this respect our Muslim sisters should be the role models for the women of the entire world to emulate and not vice-versa.

This does not apply to our women alone. The rules of the Islamic concept of Hayā apply to both the genders – male as well as female – and as such even the Muslim men should not post their pictures and other information on these websites. These frivolous acts are all western oriented and we Muslims should distance ourselves from them. Also, we should dictate our terms when using these social networks (and also WhatsApp) rather than becoming their slaves!

Since Smartphones are easily available, WhatsApp has reached every nook and corner of the world. If not used to spread decency and righteousness, WhatsApp can become a major source of Fitnāh. There are so many undesirable messages circulating among Muslim men and women through this modern technology and they can easily put our Imān at risk. Besides being a means of circulating gossip, gheebāh (backbiting), unfounded allegations, objectionable images, shirk (polytheism) – the list is endless – it is also a means of interacting with ghair-mahram (men or women) and also of wasting our time. Every minute of the Muslim Ummāh is valuable and if it is not utilised as per the commands of AllāhSubhānāhu wa Ta’ālā and the Sunnāh of His Nabi (Sall-Allāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) it will become the means of us being denied Jannāh.

At times people get so carried away by these social networks that they start ignoring their responsibilities. A recent example is really disturbing. A UK woman, Claire Barnett, was jailed for five years for child cruelty. Her crime? Her two-year-old son Joshua Barnette drowned while she was in her lounge with her mobile phone chatting on Facebook.

Our children are also not safe from the sexual predators that are roaming all over the web to hunt for the gullible users of these social networks. Children should not be allowed access to these networks.

We have to admit some of us depend too much on Google for searching on Fiqh (Islāmic Jurisprudence) related matters. It is fine to search matters concerning the religion of Islām in Google but we have got to be vigilant. Most of us are not Ulamā (Islāmic Scholars) and as such depending solely on Google for Islāmic Fiqh and Shariāh based matters can easily lead us astray. No doubt internet has a tremendous amount of material on Islām but the issue is we do not know how much of it is bona fide or reliable. What we get in the internet is information only, it could be haqq (the truth) or it could be bātil (falsehood)! While there are many people trying to spread haqq through internet, there are even more people who are spreading bātil, knowingly or unknowingly. We all know Islām’s enemies are numerous and widespread and most of them have the aim of misleading Muslims. Large numbers of so-called Islāmic sites have been created by these enemies. So what means do we have to safeguard ourselves from these corrupt or shady sites?

Some of our brothers and sisters jokingly address Google as ‘Sheikh Google’. Quite a few of us have gone to the extent of considering Google as ‘Mufti Google’ while others have gone a step further and have conferred upon it the title of ‘Grand Mufti Google!’, nauzubillāhi.

The most distressing thing, however, is that a large number of Muslims nowadays have given Google the status of ‘Imām Google’nauzubillāhi. They rely more on Google than any one of the Imāms of the four Madhāhib  of Islām.

Subsequent to our frequent searches we may acquire some religious knowledge. As a result some of our brothers start judging themselves as Islāmic scholars. A few of them even go to the extent of issuing Fatwās on religious as well as worldly issues.

As stated earlier, what we get in the internet is information only, it is neither very reliable (unless authenticated by genuine Ālims) and nor does it contain the Noor  and the blessings that the real, genuine Deeni ‘Ilm contains. The authentic Islamic knowledge can never be obtained by means of the PCs, Laptops or Tablets in the comforts of living rooms and nor can it come through our Smartphones, iPads,  or ipods. Real Deeni ‘Ilm, the inheritance of the Anbiyā ‘alayhimus Salām (Prophets), is acquired as a result of going to the Deeni institutions, humbling ourselves and toiling there with all the required discipline.

Let us all pray to Allāh Rabbul ‘Izzat to save us from using Google in a way that would invoke His wrath…Āmeen!

News Flash

According to the latest reports Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister has engaged in talks with representatives of YouTube and Google with a view to censoring videos coming out of the region. So this is how biased Google is against Muslims in spite of the fact that it is the most popular search machine amongst Muslims.

… and Allāh Ta’ālā Knows Best.

Modern Media and the War on Islam

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A stark reality of the 21st century is the revolution caused by modern media. The words and images radiated by television, radio, movies, magazines, billboards, newspapers and the internet have revolutionised the life of man. Electronic media, especially, due to their convenience and ability to delight the senses are being used to control the way we act and think. Our homes, our work places, even our motor ways have been exploited and converted into centres of mind control and hypnosis.

From amongst the many ways of controlling public opinion a very powerful medium is the reporting of news and current events. At present the news media is being powerfully used to portray a certain image of Islam. A brief glance at the modern media machine clearly reveals that a war is being waged against Islam and the Muslims. When it comes to reporting news or presenting documentaries about Islam, by and large, the world media networks paint two portraits of Islam in the minds of their audience:

· Islam is a religion of violence and oppression
· Islam is a lifeless outdated cult

The religion of violence and oppression?

The 19th century artist painted pictures of ‘Muhammadans’(*) as savage warriors on horseback with swords in their hands and death written across their faces. Similarly, today, the Western media have convinced the world that Islam is a religion of harsh bearded men who oppress their women. In their movies, also, a Muslim wearing a Palestinian scarf naturally fills the role of the ruthless terrorist who murders and drives fear into innocent women and children.

One notices a definite bias in the presentation of news regarding Islam and Muslims as compared to other religious groups. The news stories regarding other religious conflicts carefully omit religion and generally regard subjects as human beings with no religious affiliation. The fact of the matter, however, is that non-Muslims have been steeped in violence and turmoil, also.

Buddhists have been responsible for genocides in Cambodia and Sri Lanka.

Hindus have committed atrocities in India and Kashmir.

Jews have been involved in a war in Palestine.

Christians have been responsible for some of the worst atrocities in recent times:· two world wars, extermination of entire races like the Aborigines, colonialism and slavery of millions of women and children, the use of nuclear bombs, terrorist attacks in Northern Ireland, etc

But, extremists in these conflicts are never labelled as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or Jewish ‘radicals’ and ‘fundamentalists’. 

When it comes to Muslims, the religion of Islam is always brought into the picture. The reason for a particular act is not explained. Rather, words such as “fundamentalist”, “militant”, “fanatic” and “extremist” are sufficed upon as an explanation to allow the audience to reach a judgement. Consider how the following world events were presented by the news networks of the world:

The war in Bosnia was described in terms of Serbs, Croats and Muslims instead of Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics and Muslims.

Outside the Muslim world a terrorist attack is usually attributed to a ‘militant of the IRA’ not ‘a fanatic Catholic’ or a ‘fanatic Socialist’. However, a justifiable act of self-defence in the Middle East or Algeria is automatically linked to a notorious ‘Muslim fundamentalist’ or ‘Muslim militant’ group.

The crashing of TWA Flight 800, the Oklahoma city bombing, the bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the bombings of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon were linked to ‘Muslim extremists’.

The indiscriminate use of terms such as ‘fundamentalists’, ‘extremists’ and ‘fanatics’ conveys the message that Islam promotes hatred and opposes the values which normal people cherish. The media have succeeded in linking these terms to the Muslims in such a convincing manner that any terrorist attack in any part of the world results in the broadcasting of the same pictures and image:

The perpetrators – a gang of ruthless bloodthirsty Muslims shouting an Arabic incantation adorned in Palestinian scarves and brandishing rifles. The victims – innocent women and children with blood running down their faces in a state of fear.

The images of suicide bombers, hijackings, assassinations, street riotings and uprisings are related to the violent religion of Islam rather than to the particular political circumstances that have given rise to them. The result is a wave of anger and violence that leaves many masjids damaged and hundreds of Muslims injured or killed. The concept is simple but very effective: An often-repeated lie becomes truth in the mind of the audience.

The distorted image of Islam is worsened every time the media presents Islam as a cult that is harsh and oppressive. Islam is often labelled as a religion that:

insists on a harsh legal system (eg. cutting of the hand for theft or stoning for adultery),is illogical, irrational, and contrary to human intellect, aims to force its beliefs upon the followers of other religious persuasions, encourages its followers to engage in Jihad and shed the blood of innocent civilians, inhibits the freedom of an individual to choose, oppresses it’s women by dressing them in hijab.

Islam – the lifeless outdated cult?

In order to discourage the common masses from Islam a negative image of the Muslims has been drummed into the minds of people. Islam is presented as a boring lacklustre cult whose vast majority of followers are irrational and insensitive. Islam is, thus, labelled as a religion which:

discourages and stifles the artistic creativity of people, is archaic, superstitious and unscientific, encourages its followers to do good by fairy tale promises of a life in heaven, is incompatible with democracy, secularism, human rights and modernism.

The normal peace-loving reader or listener is unaware of these slanted news reports and begins to hate the ‘fanatic Muslims’. ‘These Muslims are worse than criminals; they kill anybody who opposes them; they are a threat to world security; and they are a threat to every nation on earth by the sinister operation of their world-wide terrorist networks.’ They conclude that the Quran is the gospel of violence which encourages its adherents to engage in a ‘holy war’ against every non-Muslim in return for eternal bliss in the next world after the supreme sacrifice for the cause.

The media are extremely effective in propagating these false concepts of Islam because their audience is unaware of the true meaning of Islam and what it stands for. Despite the information age that we live in, many think of Islam as a cult that is restricted to a few obsolete rituals and rigid doctrines. Few people in the west are aware of the spiritual and intellectual quality of Islam and its glorious history. A shocking number of people are unaware that Islam teaches its adherents to:

* worship one Allah
* honour all the prophets
* respect men and women of all religious persuasions

Many are unaware of the time span of over a thousand years when Islam served as the focal point of world culture.

Let alone a lack of sound knowledge regarding these aspects, the common Westerner has been brainwashed to regard Islam as a threat upon his freedom, thanks to the ‘integrity’ of the modern media which claim to be completely ‘neutral’ and ‘impartial’ in their ‘presentation of the facts.’

In summary, it is as if the media has an unofficial protocol in reporting news about Muslims. As a guiding principle they aim to do as much harm and damage as is humanly possible to Islam and the Muslim world. They would like the world to believe that Muslims are irrational, fanatic and aggressive and their religion, Islam, teaches them to be so. As far as their mode of operation goes the media are more than ready to distort facts, exaggerate events, relay statements out of context, in short, do anything to discredit the Muslims. Once this frequently repeated and distorted image sinks into the minds of the unquestioning masses then nobody would dare to question the validity of a “war on terror.”

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*The terms Muhammadan and Muhammadanism referring to the Muslims and Islam respectively are based on an incorrect analogy made by non-Muslims when they compare Islam with Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, etc. which are all named after the founder of the religion. Muslims, in contrast, regard Islam as the religion of Allah and not of Muhammad. Muhammed was only a messenger or proclaimer of the teachings which he received from Allah as revelation.

Fatwas and the Media

*Muhammadullah Khalili Qasmi

There is much hue and cry about a fatwa of Darul Uloom Deoband regarding bank employment in national electronic and print media. The social media were also abuzz with comments and remarks on the issue.

The whole issue is that a youth submitted a question in Darul Uloom Deoband’s Darul Ifta saying that he has some proposals for marriage and one of them is from a daughter of bank employee, what should he do? The Mufti of Darul Uloom replied him that it is not preferable to accept the proposal from bank employee, rather he should prefer proposal from religious and pious families. It was a kind of advice to the person concerned who asked the question. This answer can be applicable for those who have the same case and want to follow the fatwa.

It is amazing that people are accusing Darul Uloom for issuing such fatwas, but they do not know what a fatwa is and for whom it is meant. Fatwa is in fact interpretation of an expert in Islamic Jurisprudence (Mufti) for a query submitted to him. Fatwa is addressed first to the one who asked the question and second to the Muslims who wish to act upon it. Those who are concerned with these fatwas they have no problem with it. It is in no way targeting those who are unconcerned. So what the hell they are raising their eyebrows and feeling agitated. Rather they should frown upon the media persons who pick the fatwa from the website of Darul Uloom Deoband and illegally publish it with twists and unjust contexts in newspaper just to create trouble and confusion. By doing so, they violate the Terms of Use declared on the website that clearly states that these fatwas are only for concerned parties and others have no permission to copy and reproduce it.

The second misconception is that each fatwa is taken as diktat and general injunction, and it is not understood within its confines. Sometimes a fatwa given as advice or directive principle, but it is taken as command for all.
In order to understand the issue in its entirety, we have to understand some basic principles of Islam. The first and foremost thing is that interest or usury is categorically prohibited in Islam with the Quran declaring it is as unlawful in several verses (2:275, 2:276, 3:130, 4:161 and 30:39) and while one verse regards it tantamount to declaring war against Allah Almighty and His Messenger (peace be upon him) (See: al-Quran 2:278). 

Interest is forbidden in Islam, as it disturbs the proper circulation of wealth in the society and badly affects the poor people. There are several Hadiths regarding the prohibition of interest. One Hadith says that Allah’s curse visits one who consumes interest, the one who gives it to others, the one who writes it down and the one who bears witness to it; they are all the same. (Sahih Muslim, Hadith No. 1598)

This is the reason that interest is the big factor in economics and financial issues as per the Islamic Shariah. A Muslim must avoid a deal, transaction or work which involves interest in any way. Thus, having a job in bank is also primarily not allowed as one working in bank may not avoid involvement in interest-based dealings by writing the interest based dealing or in some other way. However, if one has a job in bank which is free from any involvement in writing interest or bearing witness to interest, then his job is allowable.

Therefore, if any Muslim is seeking job, he is advised to avoid bank job which may get him involved in interest-based work. However, if one is already in the bank job, he is advised not to leave it immediately rather look for some lawful and pure income source while continuing to seek forgiveness from Allah due to involvement in interest. Moreover, such a person should give the amount of salary in charity (to a poor) which he earned against the interest based work.

Second important thing to remember is that Islam has attached much importance with regard to purity of income and its consumption. Abstaining haram  and acquiring halal  is as much necessary for the Muslims as the observance of Salah and payment of Zakah. Unlawful and impure income can lead a Muslim to many troubles and punishments in this world and the Hereafter, while halal and pure income helps him progress in faith and perfect his spirituality. Income earned through unlawful sources like gambling, bribe, interest, theft etc must be avoided as the Quran says that those devouring the wealth unjustly are as if they are filling fire in their stomach. (4:10) Moreover, Hadith says that the flesh grown out of unlawful income deserves to be thrown in Hell Fire (Sunan al-Tirmidhi, Hadith No. 558), while another Hadith says that the prayers and worships of haram consumers will not be acceptable to Allah. (Al-Mujam al-Ausat, 6:311) Therefore, purity of income is one of the most important teachings of Islam.

There are many misconceptions in people even regarding many issues related to interest which must be clarified. The first doubt is that interest received bank is not the usury (riba) prohibited in the Quran. It is to be pretty much clear that the interest given by banks falls under the category of riba (prohibited interest) according the Muslims jurists (Muftis and Ulama) and Fiqh academies of India and Islamic World.[1]

Some people object if banking system is not approved by Islamic Shariah, then opening bank account and depositing money in banks is also contribution to banking system and thus it should be unlawful. It should be clear enough that opening accounts in banks and keeping money therein for safety is alright and it carries no prohibition. But the interest earned in the account may not be used in personal needs, rather should be either given in charity to the poor or paid in income tax etc.

It is also objected that the banks or the government gives salaries to their employees from interest or haram money, thus every government job must be unlawful. It should be noted that the salary of an employee becomes halal  or haram on the basis of his own work irrespective of government income source; if his work is halal  then his salary will be halal and if it is otherwise then his salary will be haram and unlawful. If his work is combines both halal  and haram work, then the portion of income earned against haram work will become haram and impure.

Finding a life partner is one of the important steps of life that needs much care deliberation. The Hadith also says that a woman is married for four reasons; her wealth, her family status, her beauty and her religion. So you should marry the religious woman, otherwise you will be a loser. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith No. 4700)

In the light of the abovementioned Quranic verses and Hadith references, you can decide whether the respected Mufti was right in advising the young man to avoid a proposal from bank employee and look for marrying in a pious family. Darul Uloom Deoband and other madrasas and Islamic institutions take it as their utmost responsibility to guide Muslims in the light of the Quran and Hadith.
 
[1] For instance, you can refer to the decisions and resolutions of Islamic Fiqh Academy India (http://ifa-india.org/index.php?do=home&pageid=economic) and International Islamic Fiqh Academy of World Muslim League (http://www.iifa-aifi.org/1990.html)

* Coordinator, Online Fatwa Dept, Darul Uloom Deoband

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The Role of Madrasas- (Hope that BBC morons read it!)

Media plays crucial role either for bottlenecking or widening the rifts between the civilizations. Any biased or maneuvered attempt of media against a particular system or group of persons or organization causes serious damages and mutilation of the facts leads towards a mayhem. 

Unfortunately, Islamic institutions associated with Islam or any organization apart from its nature are acrimoniously attacked by the Western media mostly after 9/11  attacks in the United States. The Islamic seminaries or ‘Madrasas’ in Indian subcontinent have come under strident criticism by the engineered reporting of the print as well as electronic media. I have been surprised on a documentary done by B.B.C on April 6, 2016 titled “The Deobandis” because of scant understanding of the subject. 

There is no doubt, the US foreign and defense policies are being hijacked by the strong Jewish lobbyists who are dreaming for a ‘greater Israel’ and ‘New World Order’ (read this: The Hidden evil plan for the New World Order [The Secret World] ). For achieving the desired goals of the Zionists, the US military might is being exploited in their interests. This is a conspicuous fact that the hindrance between Israeli dreams and bringing them in reality, the biggest challenge comes from the Islamic world and their strongest ideological powers. The seminaries, which had been founded in a series after the failure of revolution in 1857 against the British occupiers, had the aim to retain the Muslim identity based on religion, belief, and strong ideology of the supremacy of God within the belief of absolute monotheism. The seminaries in the entire movement of independence in Indian subcontinent continued to play a crucial role for uprising the Muslim morale, thus, they were the epicenters of the Muslim revolt against the British Imperialist regime. Therefore, in the inaugurating period of the freedom struggle, the leadership of Indian freedom fighters was in the hand of Islamic clergies (ulama). These seminaries proved an axis of political as well as religious guidance for the Muslims. 

Despite explicitly emerging challenges on material and economic fronts from non Islamic countries the Western powers are deliberately ignoring them. The West is continuously targeting materialistically and militarily dead Islamic world. Though ahead are several challenges on the fronts of economy, military and diplomacy from the non-Islamic world; but the West believes that the ideological as well as spiritual powers of the Islamic world are much powerful than any challenge from the non-Islamic world. They know that the spiritually and ideologically dead Indian, Chinese and other non-Islamic communities despite their strong material and military infrastructure may be tackled with easy tasks on any of the fronts; but the ideologically and spiritually enthusiastic and ambitious Muslim community cannot be brought down on the knees unless they lose their link with their spirit and ideology. These ideological and spiritual powers rest in the faith of Islamic religion and the seminaries are the best preservers and promoters of these ideologies and spirit. Therefore, as one of the conspiracies to cut off the Muslim masses from their spiritual resources the seminaries/madrasas have been attacked by the Evil Western Media with the slogan of reforms and a harboring place of ‘terrorists’. A state of suspicion is trying to be created even amongst the huge general masses of Muslims against the ‘Madrasas’. The Western media is trying to prove their uselessness in the 21st century without the inclusion of the so-called modern scientific knowledge. According to these Satanic Western media, these seminaries are not giving anything creative to the Muslim communities. These seminaries are cutting off the students from the main stream because of their very old educational system, which is outdated and incapable for handling the sophisticated and modern world. The students after educating from these madrasas feel themselves  isolated from rest of the world because of the lack of the appropriate modern knowledge; they finally choose the path of fundamentalism and extremism because of their frustration and become a warrior for ending their lives ‘in the path of God’. 

Of course the above mentioned allegations against the madrasas are absolutely absurd and one sided without the appropriate and fair analysis. The madrasa system which was ‘systematically’ introduced in the last 19th century had the intentions of preserving and defending the Islamic faith and each religious community has the right to do so. Secondly, even in the modern educational system the frustration lies amongst the students after getting graduated. The numbers of the suicide attempts are in ample numbers only amongst the graduates of the modern educational system, conversely none of the suicide example could be presented amongst the ‘frustrated’ madrasa students. Speaking with The Times of India in October 2001 on the issue of employment the deputy Rector of Darul Uloom Deoband Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi said:

“Like the modern University graduates the Madrasa graduates at least do not become a burden on the government for providing them employment in government enterprises where the severe scarcities and uncertainties prevail. Thus we make capable and self responsible graduates who adjust successfully in the mainstream society, who make later an ideal community.”

Certainly, in these poor countries the madrasas are the basic sources of lifting the ratio or percentage of the literacy rate where they serve free those who even are incapable to sustain themselves and their families twice in a day. Finally, after graduating in madrasas the importance of education clearly reflects in their lives and we see them striving hard for a good future of their progenies. 

Secondly, about the issue of so-called modernization of Madrasas, it is quite embarrassing to target them, The western Satanic media should be ashamed of themselves. The system of Madrasa education since their emergence was drafted for the Islamic religious sciences for preserving the Islamic identity of Muslims. Several modern institutions like Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University etc. are the subject for fulfilling the needs of modern education to the Muslim community. The same rhetoric may be raised against such modern institutes, why do they not include pure Islamic religious sciences in their modern educational curriculum?? Of course, we systematically have the rational answer; the two are the basic needs of Muslims. For elevating Muslim social status in the field of science and technology, we need modern institutes with their ultra-modern infrastructure. As well as to protect the faith and religious identity, we need pure Islamic religious sciences taught in the pure fundamental environment. This fact is patent that the Muslim community in Indian subcontinent emerged as one of the most successful Muslim communities amongst the entire Islamic world because of the madrasa movement in the last 19th century a separate Muslim identity is established. This sense never could be established without the strong ideological as well as spiritual bases. Further the worst experience of Balkans and Central Asian Islamic world, we had witnessed, what had happened to them?? Because of the alienation with their spiritual and ideological bases the Muslim community either was eliminated or was being deprived of religious rights, a dark age in the lands of Bukhari, Ghazali, Tirmizi, Minghinani etc. (the statesmen of Islamic jurisprudence) prevailed until the fall of USSR. The right reason behind this decline of strong Islamic civilization was the decline of pure Islamic religious sciences from the then educational curriculum of those Muslim societies. 

From the perspective of the Western media rhetoric, I would like to conclude; the need is not for the reformation or reviving madrasa system except some infrastructural developments. Despite declaring them inferior or outdated, a parallel approach of understanding is immense need for the sake of our successful attachment with the religion and our spiritual sources. The only need is to propagate and implement the concept of Islamization of the modern institutes prescribed by several Islamic-cum-modern scholars. It will help Islamize the modern rational scientific education amongst Muslims. 

Why the West is Behind Islam??

When one examines the West’s fear of Islam, and tries to relate it to the reasons usually given — Muslim fundamentalism, militancy, radicalism, terrorism, totalitarianism — it is difficult, if not impossible, to justify this fear on the basis of reasons given. One has to believe, however, given all the facts and expertise available to the West, that the fear has to be rational. What is this fear that causes enemies of the Muslim world to play subtly on the theme of the Crusades in order to demonize Islam and Muslims?? Let us first examine what it is not, before we draw our conclusion as to the real reason why the West fears Islam.

The fear of Islamic fundamentalism, militancy, radicalism, terrorism, totalitarianism, and the West’s discovery of the “rogue states,” appeared quite conveniently with the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the disintegration of the Soviet Union. Former Defense Secretary McNamara, in his 1989 testimony before the Senate Budget Committee, said U.S. defense spending could safely be cut in half. It became clear that the U.S. had to either undergo massive shifts in spending, a painful and unwelcome prospect for the defense establishment, or find new justification for continuing high levels of military expenditures. To provide this justification the Pentagon manufactured the threat of “rogue states and nuclear outlaws.” The Gulf War (read this: How the World has been cunningly hijacked and controlled by the Zionists’ Free Masonic scum ) was a contrived opportunity to sell this justification to the American people, to protect oil company profits, and to control the flow of oil to Europe and Japan which need it much more than does the U.S.

The International Institute for Strategic Studies calculates that the $262 billion U.S. defense budget accounts for about 37 percent of global military expenditures. Russia, Japan, and China each will spend about $80 billion, $42 billion, and $7 billion. The six “rogue states” — Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, North Korea — have a combined annual military budget of $15 billion. The U.S. budget for covert operations (U.S. terrorism?) alone is double this amount. Given the paltry defense expenditures of all the “rogue states” combined, even after correcting for differences in costs, one has to believe that the “rogue states” are no match, militarily, for the West.

And, leaving aside the morality of U.S. covert operations which invite retaliation, Muslim terrorists should not be a major fear , according to government statistics, Far more acts of terrorism and violent crime in the U.S, are committed by non-Muslims than Muslims. And if Muslims do pose a terrorist threat to the U.S., one hears little discussion of what it is that the ‘terrorists’ really want. Perhaps, all they want is for the West to stop interfering in their countries interests, looting its wealth, Cheating its currencies (i.e Read The Paper Currency Fraud) utilizing its strengths in ways that we would never tolerate in the U.S.

Islamic totalitarianism, an oxymoron to anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of Islam, should not be a Western concern. A Muslim ruler may be totalitarian, but then her rule would not be Islamic. Furthermore, the Western record on supporting totalitarian Muslim regimes — Iran under the Shah, Iraq before the Gulf War — and doing business with non democratic regimes — China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco — speaks for itself.

As for fundamentalism, Islam has no parallel to the U.S. Protestant Christian movement which opposed modern scientific theory, and which coined the term in 1920 to designate those “doing battle royal for the fundamentals.” Rather Islam has from its birth stressed the use of reason and logic.

Islamic law is based upon the Qur’an, examples and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), analogical deduction, consensus among the learned 4 Imam’s, and individual reasoning. When the Prophet’s contemporaries heard the words islam and muslim, they understood them as denoting man’s “self-surrender to God” and “one who surrenders himself to God,” without limiting himself to any specific community or denomination, eg. in the Qur’an, 3:67, where Abraham (Ibraheem alayhissalaam) is spoken of as having “surrendered himself unto God” (kana musliman), or in 3:52 where the disciples of Jesus say, “Bear thou witness that we have surrendered ourselves unto God (bianna musliman).” In Arabic, this original meaning has remained unimpaired.

Absent a generally accepted definition, the label Islamic fundamentalism serves only to obscure issues, rather than to resolve them. Meanwhile, the Christian Coalition, and the Zionists and their biblical claim to Palestine appear fundamentalist to many, yet both are courted by U.S. politicians, and not viewed as a threat! see the double standards, yet many people never realize it why?? Because of Blind-following whatever satanic western media prints or reports!.

One can go on eliminating Western arguments against Islam and Muslims. Eventually, one has to ask, what then is the source of the West’s fear of Islam and Muslims??

The late Marshall G. S. Hodgson, in Rethinking World History, states:

“[Islam’s] conscious hopes for a godly world order represent one of the most remarkable undertakings in world history and because its less self-conscious general cultural heritage is laden with human values.”

Muslims see the West beset with broken families, violent crime, drugs. They see a society divided by race, religion, and huge disparities in income. They long for a peaceful life in which they may provide for the basic needs of their families, and enjoy the respect due to all mankind regardless of their race, religion, position, or wealth.

These Muslims see their goals for a more just and compassionate society thwarted by a corrupt Muslim elite who pursue wealth and power regardless of the cost to their fellow human beings. They see these elites, who govern not by consensus as Islam prescribes, permitting outside powers to exploit their country while they derive few benefits, and find themselves subordinated by Western influences driving them down the troubled road taken by the West. They see few opportunities to earn a living because most opportunities are withheld for the elites and their sycophants. And they see these elites remaining silent when their faith, which offers solutions to the many social problems that plague the West, is denigrated in the propaganda which serves to maintain these elites.

The Muslim elites’ allies are the defense establishment and the neo-imperialists. Islam’s mandate for justice and compassion opposes the primary objective of these neo-imperialists who seek to follow policies outlined in 1948 by “the leading dove and peace prize winner” Mr. George Kennan, for the U.S. Department of State. In his top secret Policy Planning Study 23 Mr. Kennan stated in part:

“. . .we have about 50% of the world’s wealth, but only 6.3% of its population . . . Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity . . . To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality . . . We should cease to talk about vague and . . . unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of living standards, and democratization.”

To avoid exposure these neo-imperialists and their allies in the U.S. defense establishment, spurred by the enemy within, divert attention by demonizing Islam and Muslims, thereby fanning the fires of bigotry and raising unrealistic fears among the people of the West.