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The Bloodbaths of the Crusades Against the Muslims

By: Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Sindi
(Ph.D. International Relations)

I. Introduction

It is in these lawless and dangerous times when Prophet Muhammad is being viciously attacked as a “terrorist” in Western caricatures, and when Arabs and Muslims are being reviled throughout the West as “terrorists”, “fanatics”, “fascists”, and “intolerant”, that it becomes necessary (lest we forget) to recall the past Western Christian terrorism of the Crusades against the Arabs. This well-documented record of the cannibalistic and barbaric Crusaders, which is well known in the Arab world, is rather obscure to most Westerners because it is either conveniently concealed or deeply buried in some unnoticed specialized books.

When US President George W. Bush said in 2001 – in response to the terrorist attacks of 9-11 – that the US was waging a “Crusade” on Arab and Muslim “terrorism”, he was actually conjuring up the old nightmarish horrors of the Western terrorist Crusades against the Arabs. However, because of widespread angry reactions across the Arab and Muslim worlds to Bush’s use of the word “Crusade”, the American Government was forced to replace it with the word “war”. Regardless, the current American illegal and brutal wars on Afghanistan and Iraq and instigating chaos in other places of Middle East are indeed very similar to the past Western terrorist Crusades. Apparently when it comes to Western dealings with Arabs and Muslims the old saying still stands: the more things change, the more they remain the same.

II. The Crusades: A General Overview

Of all the religious wars in human history waged by any religion, at any place, and at any time, none have been bloodier, more genocidal, more barbaric, and more protracted than the 200-year “holy wars” by the Western Crusades against the Arabs and Islam. The Western Crusaders horrifically soaked Asia Minor and the Eastern Arab Mediterranean coast with Arab blood (both Muslim and Jewish). The objective of the Crusades was simple, to destroy the Arabs (whether Muslim or Jew) in the Holy Land of Palestine and its environs “…on the ground that they had no right to inhabit their part of the earth, while for a Christian the whole world is his country.”  

Unlike Muslims (Arab and non-Arab) who have always tolerated Christians and Jews (Arab and non-Arab), lived and worked with them side by side in peace as “People of the Book” in all Arab and Muslim lands as well as in old Arab Andalusia (Spain and Portugal), the Christian West has had no desire to coexist with Islam and the Arabs. Also, unlike Muslims who revere Nabi Musa (Moses) and Nabi ‘Eesa (Jesus) as God’s prophets, most Christians and Jews in the “tolerant” West have no respect for Prophet Mohammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasalam) and are rudely contemptuous of him and Islam. In fact ever since its birth and its subsequent widespread expansion, Islam has been looked upon in the West as a mortal danger, both moral and military, to be strongly opposed or even destroyed. In his classic exposé of Christian violence worldwide, A History of Christianity, the Western Christian scholar Paul Johnson rejects the Western propaganda about Islam’s “violent” expansion by stating that: “The success of Islam sprang essentially from the failure of Christian theologians to solve the problem of the Trinity and Christ’s nature.

Nevertheless, the Western Crusades’ insane bloodbaths against the Arabs were triggered by the decisive defeat of the Byzantine army in 1071 at the hands of the Turkish Seljuk (Abbasid) army. Fearing that all of Asia Minor would be quickly overrun by the Abbasids, the defeated Byzantine emperor, Alexius I, quickly appealed to his Christian rivals and opponents in Western Europe, i.e., Pope Urban II and his other “fellow” Christian rulers, to come to the aid of Constantinople by undertaking a “pilgrimage” or Crusade to “free” Jerusalem and the rest of Palestine from Arab and Muslim rule.

Emperor Alexius’ appeal provided Pope Urban II with his lifetime opportunity to gain more recognition and power for the papal authority and for its role in legitimizing the temporal actions of the West European kings. Presiding over an urgent Church Council meeting, at Piacenza, Italy, in March 1095, Pope Urban II – with the Byzantine ambassador sitting next to him – called upon all the Western European followers of Christ to do “God’s will” by carrying arms to “liberate the Holy Land” and cleanse it from the desecration of the Arab and Muslim “infidels.” The Pope’s call to fight the Arabs was ironic because, as scholar Francis Peters observed “God may indeed have wished it, but there is certainly no evidence that the Christians of Jerusalem did, or that anything extraordinary was occurring to pilgrims there to prompt such a response at that moment in history.”  Although Christian and Jewish pilgrims (Arab and non-Arab) were burdened by taxes; they were never barred or even restricted from their religious shrines in Jerusalem either by Muslim Arab or Turkish authorities, even during the few severe sporadic civil disturbances in Palestine. In fact, Arabs (Muslims, Jews, and Christians) as well as non-Arabs (also Muslims, Jews, and Christians) have all lived together in Palestine in peace under Islamic rule since the dawn of Islam.

In reality, however, the veritable rationale behind launching the Crusades went beyond religious impulses, which were mostly the concern of the common people. Western kings, knights, feudal lords, and merchants were driven primarily by political, military, and commercial ambitions as well as by the prospects of new lands and riches that would accompany the establishment of European colonies in the Arab world.

Nevertheless, to start a new general European massive movement, like the Crusades, the leadership of a central figure was needed. Pope Urban II was the only central figure at the time in the entire West with an authority that transcended all of Western Europe’s national boundaries. On November 25, 1095, Pope Urban II delivered in Clermont, France, what was perhaps the single most effective speech in Western history – one that has influenced the West up to the present time. Not only did the Pope appeal to the Western masses through religious motives, but he also used what came to be known as the typical Western ideological argument in support of a colonialist and imperialist policy that eventually led Europe in later generations to brutally colonize the entire non-European world. In this historic speech, Pope Urban II reminded the Europeans that their lands were suffering from widespread economic problems:

For this land which you inhabit, shut in on all sides by the seas and surrounded by the mountain peaks, is too narrow for your large population; nor does it abound in wealth, and it furnishes scarcely food enough for its cultivators. Hence it is that you murder and devour one another, that you wage war, and that very many among you perish in civil strife.

The Pope then quickly pointed out that the Arab land of Palestine to which they would be going for their Crusade “floweth with milk and honey … like another paradise of delights.”  Pope Urban II then passionately exhorted the faithful Westerners: “Set out on the road to the Holy Sepulcher, take that land from the wicked people and make it your own!”  After the Pope ended his fiery speech, the entire large European crowd responded jubilantly with a loud roar: “Dieu le veult!” (God wills it!).

In fact, the Western Crusaders were the first great wave of European colonialism since the fall of the Roman Empire in 476. The Crusades took the form of a series of brutal military invasions in the name of “Christianity” to the heart of Arab and Muslim lands in order to brutally colonize Arab Palestine and kill its people. There were at least nine major Western Crusades and many smaller ones launched against the Arabs between 1095 and 1290:
The First (1095-1099); the Second (1147-1149); the Third (1189-1192); the Fourth (1198-1204); the Children’s Crusade (1212); the Fifth (1217-1221); the Sixth (1228-1229); the Seventh (1248-1254); the Eighth (1270); and the Ninth (1290). Other ill-starred Western military expeditions against the Arabs continued up to the 15th century. Actually, Europe’s hatred and fear of Arab and Muslim power were so intense that the idea of the Crusade persisted well into the 17th century, and the conviction that war might be just and legitimate has since become more deeply engraved in the conscience of the West.

The Crusaders came from all over Western Europe, but France was somehow their main bulwark (from which Pope Urban II himself came). A French monk described the First Crusade, which was launched from France, as Gesta Dei per Francos (“the Franks were presented as the chosen instruments of God”!). Not to be outdone by the French in the service of God, however, many other Europeans joined in such as English, Scottish, Welch, Irish, Italians, Germans, Austrians, Spanish, Portuguese, Normans, Belgians, Dutch, Scandinavians, and Swiss. In this mass Crusader army, all classes and segments of Western societies were represented. The Crusaders included kings, knights, aristocrats, feudal lords, priests, hermits, monks, dukes, military leaders, soldiers, zealots, pilgrims, workers, peasants, merchants, common people, and criminals. They also came from both sexes and all ages (see “The Children’s Crusade” below).

The most prominent of all the participating fanatics and zealots among the Crusaders, however, was a strange Frenchman by the name of Pierre L’Ermit (“Peter the Hermit”) from the city of Amiens. Pierre L’Ermit was one of history’s most bizarre characters, especially for a religious leader. He looked like a madman; small and miserably thin; walked barefooted; rode a jackass for transportation; his wild unkempt hair tumbled over his neck and ears; his unmaintained wild beard came down to his waist; his eyes rolled; his speech was torrential; and his dingy clothes consisted of only a woolen smock and a light cloak which also served him as a blanket at night. Pierre L’Ermit was a powerful speaker, though. His fiery speeches hypnotized his Christian listeners who nicknamed him “Kiokio” (or “little Peter”). His followers used his jackass as an object of religious veneration, plucking hairs from its tail to keep as “holy relics”! It was this strange, barefooted Pierre L’Ermit who led the first column in the First Crusade (known as the Peasants’ Crusade) in 1096 against the Arabs and Islam.

In order to raise a large army to fight the Arabs and Islam, Pope Urban II promised that all Crusaders would be exempted from taxes; their debts would be forgiven; their sins would be washed away; and their special place in Paradise would be guaranteed. Consequently, the response to his call was extraordinary. All in all about 160,000, heavily armed Europeans, an astounding figure for that time, formed the armies of the First Crusade. It seemed that the whole of Western Europe was marching east. It was the first time that Western Europe had come together for any cooperative act or cause since the fall of the Roman Empire. Nothing like it has ever happened in the history of the West. European unity was so clear and so purposeful.

The Crusaders came in a seemingly solid mass, some with all of their belongings, to join in this mad holy war to destroy Islam. Their objective was to kill Arabs and Turks whom the Christian terrorist Butcher Pope Urban II described as “an accursed race, a race utterly alienated from God“, urging his followers to “exterminate this vile race from our lands.”  The Crusades took place during the Western dark ages when Europe was backward compared to the Arab/Muslim world and to the Christian Byzantine Empire of East Europe. Hence, the Crusaders’ behavior during their vicious wars reflected their cruelty and primitive barbarism. They were extremely militant, and committed incredible mass violence. They acted like modern-day violent American Ku Klux Klan and other Western racist groups. They committed, both in Europe and the Arab/Muslim world, the worst conceivable horrible crimes and atrocities, not only against thousands of innocent Muslims and Jews of both sexes and of all ages, but also even against Christians. Their vicious crimes – all of which will be detailed shortly – against noncombatants and innocent peoples included the destruction of properties; pillaging; plundering; foraging; ravaging; stealing; setting houses on fire; torturing; murdering; executing; burning humans alive; raping women, including nuns; and even roasting and eating (with a great deal of relish) the human flesh of their victims and their children.

It must have seemed that even Mother Nature (or God) was angry with the Crusaders and was horrified by their sordid crimes. Violent earthquakes devastated the Syrian Arab region at various times during the Crusader’s 200-year presence in the Arab world. Although the 1157 tremor was the most spectacular, not even one single decade passed – during which the Crusaders were pillaging and killing Arabs – without some major cataclysm. What follows is but a brief account of the Crusaders’ vicious 200-year bloody assault on the Arabs and Islam.

III. Carnage in Turkey

Escorted by Byzantine ships in the summer of 1096, the invading Crusaders, led by the fanatic leader Pierre L’Ermit, crossed the Bosporus into the land of Islam in Turkey. After pillaging and plundering many Greek churches on their way, the Crusaders were heard proudly shouting that they had come to the land of Islam “to exterminate the Muslims.”  The Crusaders foraged the Turkish countryside, plundered villages and farms and set them on fire. They mercilessly massacred Muslim peasants and burned their young children alive. As pure racists, the cruel Crusaders directed their violence towards any dark-skinned peoples and those who simply wore different clothes from them, regardless of their religions. Pierre L’Ermit’s peasant band even attacked non-Latin Christians and slaughtered them in heavy numbers, hung their babies on cooking spits, roasted them over open fires, and ate their flesh. Even Princess Anna Comnena, the daughter of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I (who had the original idea of the Crusade but who came to dislike the Crusaders like his daughter) reported how they piled up the corpses of their victims to form a high mountain. She also included a description of Crusaders tearing off the limbs of children and roasting others on fire for food.

Nevertheless, the Crusaders’ very first encounter with a Muslim army in 1096 in Nicaea (now modern Iznik in Turkey) ended in a crushing military defeat for them and their leader, Pierre L’Ermit, at the hands of Kilij Arsalan (the Red Lion), the Turkish Sultan of that city. But this Muslim victory was short-lived. The next year, in June 1097, the Crusaders mounted a larger military force and, with some help from the Byzantine army, inflicted a major military defeat on the Muslim forces in Nicaea. This time Arsalan was severely beaten at the Battle of Dorylaeum, and the Muslim Turkish army was cut into pieces. The Crusaders killed, pillaged, and took many Muslims prisoners who were later sold into slavery. News of the defeat of the Turkish Muslims spread like fire into the Arab world and caused a great deal of panic and pain. All Arabs and Muslims considered this first defeat of the scientifically and culturally superior Muslims at the hands of the backward Western Crusaders to be very shameful. It was compared to the old defeat of the highly advanced Roman Empire at the hands of the northern European barbarians.

After their victory in Turkey, the barbaric Crusaders moved south to the Arab lands in their destination towards the Arab province of Palestine. Every Arab village, town, and city in their path was totally gripped by fear. Many Arabs and Muslims fled for their lives, leaving behind their homes and properties. The news of the Crusaders’ advances from town to town was closely followed as Arab men and women in complete shock began to whisper to each other and pray in fear.

IV. Bloodbath in Antioch

In February 1098 the Crusaders invaded Edessa (now the modern city of Urfa in Turkey), a large Armenian community located immediately north of Syria, known to the Arabs as al-Ruha. The Crusaders ruthlessly massacred a large number of Edessa’s inhabitants and turned the city into the first Latin Kingdom (European colony) in the Muslim world under the leadership of Baldwin I of Boulogne, France. Baldwin I was a knight notorious for his brutality and complete lack of scruples. After he forced the Christian Armenian prince and princess of Edessa to abdicate, he proceeded to murder both of them even though he had already accepted them as his “adopted parents”.

Following their easy invasion of Edessa. The Crusaders moved south to destroy Arab Antioch, then the largest city in the Arab region of Syria (now the modern city of Antakya in Turkey). Antioch was well fortified and impossible to penetrate. It had plenty of food and was well protected against invasions and sieges. Its 12,000-meter-long walls were very strong and indestructible. It had about 400 large towers, each of which was 60 feet high. More than 50,000 heavily armed, bloodthirsty, fanatic Crusaders stood at Antioch’s gates and laid siege to it for eight long and cold months during the rainy seasons (from October 1097 to June 1098). Their long siege was unsuccessful. Actually, while the Arabs inside Antioch were enjoying plenty of food, the Crusaders stationed outside it, faced severe hunger and starvation. As a result, the Crusaders invaded, killed, ravaged, and pillaged the surrounding Arab towns and villages, in and around Aleppo, to steal livestock and crops. Frustrated by their long unsuccessful siege of Antioch, the Crusaders finally decided to frighten the city into submission by gruesomely showering it with the mutilated severed heads of murdered Arab Aleppens, catapulting them over the city’s strong walls like rain. In fact, the Crusaders’ savagery found no boundary. One day they caught a spy, killed him, roasted him on fire and ate his flesh while proudly shouting that this would be the fate of anyone who spied on them!

However, the siege of Arab Antioch suddenly came to a quick and horrific end for its inhabitants. At 4 in the morning on June 3, 1089, one of Antioch’s gates was opened for them. A Muslim traitor of Armenian origin by the name of Fairuz, who was facing serious charges of black-market trading and had been slapped with heavy fines by the authorities in Antioch, decided to seek revenge. For a large bribe of gold and land from the European invaders, he allowed the Crusader leader Bohemond I (son of the Prince of Taranto, Italy) to enter Antioch through one of the five main gates that he was guarding.  A swarm of Christian European warriors fell upon the sleeping city like uncontrollable madmen. In a short time the Crusaders turned the entire city of Antioch into an incredible scene of fire and blood. Wherever the European Christians found Arab and Muslim women in the city, “they ran their lances through their bellies.” All the men, women, and children who tried to flee in the heavy rain through muddy back-alleyways were tracked down by the European knights and slaughtered on the spot. As the day wounded down, cries of pleading, fear, and agony from the dying, injured, and fleeing Arabs and Muslims were gradually replaced by loud, cheerful off-key singing of the drunken Crusaders who were by then plundering the entire city of Antioch at will.

Such genocide by the Europeans against the inhabitants of Arab Antioch continued for an entire week as the city itself was reeling under fire and smoke. All Muslims (both Arab and non-Arab) and even native Christians (also Arab and non-Arab alike) were tortured and killed by the thousands, their houses looted and destroyed. By the end of that dreadful week, scarcely a Muslim remained alive, and the streets of Antioch were piled high with Arab and Muslim corpses of both sexes and all ages. Such genocidal episodes punctuated the ruthless Crusaders throughout their brutal occupation of Arab territories.

When an Arab army from Mosul, Iraq arrived too late to save Antioch, its leader Karbuqa and his troops were completely stunned and paralyzed because of what they had seen at Antioch. In fear and total shock, Karbuqa asked the Crusaders for a truce, but without even responding to his offer, the Crusaders charged at him and destroyed his army, which quickly disintegrated “without a stroke of sword or lance, without the firing of a single arrow.” After this day of great shame for the Arabs and Islam (especially with the Baghdad Arab caliphs crippled and powerless in the face of the rapidly growing power struggle between them and their Turkish and Persian soldiers) there was no longer any Arab force that could stop the vicious Crusaders from controlling all of the vast Arab region of Syria. Thus, Arab Antioch became the first Latin Kingdom or a European colony in the Arab world (the second one in the Muslim world after Edessa). Antioch fell under the ruthless leadership of the butcher devil, Bohemond I.

V. Butchery and Cannibalism in Ma’arra

Following their vicious capture of Antioch, the brutal Western Crusaders moved on southward, raiding and pillaging town after town on their way to Jerusalem. On their way south, the unfortunate Arab Syrian city of Ma’arra was situated. In December 1098, the city of Ma’arra, whose most important son was the Arab genius philosopher/poet Abu al-Ala al-Ma’arri (973-1057), experienced horrific cannibalism against its Arab inhabitants at the hands of the barbaric European Crusaders. Ironically, this cannibalistic feast was predicted in a way by al-Ma’arri who died only 41 years before it happened. Actually, al-Ma’arri, who deeply influenced Dante, dared to attack religious fanatics (Christians, Muslims, and Jews) and even showed his irreligious audacity (in that early eleventh-century time) by writing: “The inhabitants of the earth are of two sorts: Those with brains, but no religion, and those with religion, but no brains.”

The uncivilized Western Christian Crusaders proved al-Ma’arri right by quickly reducing his birthplace to a heap of ruins. A peaceful Syrian agricultural city, Ma’arra had no army or militia. Its economy was based only on grapes, olives, and figs. Its unarmed Arab inhabitants courageously resisted the crippling two-week Crusader siege of their city by all means available to them, including a desperate attempt by hurling packed beehives on the European invaders.

Hopeless and fearful of genocide similar to the one that had taken place in Antioch a few months earlier, most of Ma’arra’s notables finally decided to accept the word of the Crusaders’ leader, Bohemond, who promised to spare the lives of all the city’s citizens if they would surrender. But Bohemond, the ruthless ruler and butcher of Antioch, proved once again that he was the vicious Western animal monster that he really was. In the words of one writer, on December 11, 1089, “The … [Crusaders] arrived at dawn. It was carnage. For three days they put people to the sword, killing more than a hundred thousand people and taking many prisoners.”

The Crusaders’ chronicler at the time, Radulph of Caen, not only admitted this genocide, but also added, with pride, the following horrifying words: “In Ma’arra our troops boiled pagan adults in cooking pots; they impaled children on spits and devoured them grilled.”  Another Christian Crusader chronicler, Albert of Aix, who took part in the carnage of Ma’arra bragged, “Not only did our troops not shrink from eating dead Turks and Saracens [Arabs]; they also ate dogs!

Actually, even before the massacre of Ma’arra took place, its Arab inhabitants knew very well that there would be cannibalism by the European Christians. The Arabs had seen the fanatic Crusaders, the Tafurs, “roam through the countryside openly proclaiming that they would chew the flesh of … [Arabs and Muslims] and gathering around their nocturnal camp-fires to devour their prey.” In fact, the barbaric Western Crusaders not only enjoyed cooking and eating the flesh of Arabs and Muslims, but they also found it even “better than spiced peacock.

After the bloody nightmare of Ma’arra, the Western Crusaders moved on southward towards Jerusalem, leaving nothing but destruction and death in their wake. As a result of the two great horrific massacres in Antioch and Ma’arra, the Arabs began to look at the Westerners not only as beasts and wild animals for their brutality and strength, but also justifiably as savages and anthropophagi.

VI. Holocaust in Jerusalem

As the Western Christian armies of doom moved southward, all Arabs and Muslims, who lived in the villages and towns along the road to the Arab city of Jerusalem, took extreme precautions against the brutal Crusaders. The poorest Arabs took refuge by hiding in nearby forests and mountains, preferring to take their chances with hungry lions, bears, hyenas, and wolves in the wilderness rather than facing the invading barbaric cannibals from the West.

The Devil Pope Urban II’s bloodthirsty warriors for Christ eventually reached their goal, the city of Jerusalem. The bizarre Crusader leader Pierre L’Ermit was appointed almoner of the Christian army and continued his outrageous preaching, this time at the Mount of Olives, just outside Jerusalem. The Crusaders laid siege to Jerusalem for 40 days. Then in preparation for their assault on Jerusalem, the soldiers of Satan fasted for three days, confessed their “sins”, and received communion. Next, they marched barefooted around the walls of Jerusalem, chanting psalms and carrying crosses and relics, in abasement before the ‘glory of the Lord’. Suddenly, like madmen devils which they were, they hurled themselves against Jerusalem’s walls without carrying even a single ladder! From within Jerusalem’s high walls, the Arab garrisons could do nothing but watch the wild European Satans in total horror and astonishment.

Crusader terrorist leader Lord Tancred of Hauteville, France (Bohemond’s nephew) promised that if Jerusalem surrendered all Arab and Muslim lifes in it would be spared and that the sanctity of all Muslim religious places, especially al-Aqsa Mosque, would be maintained. Accordingly, on Friday July 15, 1099, while the Muslims of Jerusalem were fearfully praying in the mosques for their lives, the Arab governor of Jerusalem surrendered without a fight to Lord Tancred. But once again, just as his uncle had broken his promises in Antioch and Ma’arra by butchering most of their Muslims and Arabs, so did Tancred in Jerusalem. Seized by a frenzy of vengeful blood lust, the heavily-armed European Christian warriors stormed Jerusalem like wild animals, spilling through the streets of the holy city with swords in their hands and indiscriminately butchering every man, woman, and child they could find. They sacked mosques, broke open stores, and plundered houses. Tens of thousands of noncombatants (Arab and non-Arab whether Muslim, Jew, or even native Christian) were beheaded, shot with arrows, thrown from towers, tortured, or burned at the stake.

When their killing finally stopped a week later on Friday, July 22, not a single Arab or Muslim could be seen alive within Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of Arabs and Muslims were lying dead in pools of blood in front of their own houses or stores and outside all of the holy city’s mosques, especially around al-Aqsa Mosque, which was shamefully desecrated. It is estimated that more than 70,000 Arabs and Muslims were butchered in cold blood in and around the great mosque of al-Aqsa alone.  The Dome of the Rock next to al-Aqsa Mosque was converted to a church by the Crusaders and was stripped of hundreds of silver candelabra and dozens of gold ones. The bodies of the dead Arabs and Muslims in the holy city were slashed open in search of gold or silver coins they might have swallowed. His “holiness” Satan Pope Urban II had decreed that any spoils of war were possessions the faithful could keep. At nightfall, still dripping with the blood of their Arab victims, the Europeans knelt at the “Holy Sepulcher” and folded their bloody hands in prayer, “sobbing for excess of joy.

Some lucky Arabs and Muslims had taken advantage of the chaos to slip away, escaping through gates battered down by the Crusaders. In tears and in pain, the last Arab and Muslim survivors in and around Jerusalem were forced by the Crusaders to perform the most horrible tasks: to drag the bodies of their own dead relatives, to heave and dump them in enormous vacant and unmarked lots, and finally to set them on fire. After performing these horrible tasks, the Arabs were then beheaded, forcibly drowned, or sold into slavery. Religious historian Ronald Bainton reported that before Jerusalem’s murdered Arabs and Muslims were buried en mass, their bodies were mutilated and “a whole cargo of noses and thumps sliced from [them]” were shipped to Europe as prized trophies!

One proud report to the Butcher Pope Urban II (who died two weeks later on July 29 without knowing that Jerusalem had been captured by his Satan soldiers) read, “If you could hear how we treated our enemies at Jerusalem … our men rode through the unclean blood of the Saracens [Arabs], which came up to the knees of their horses.”  One eyewitness of the dreadful scene in Jerusalem not only wrote that “piles of heads, hands, and feet were to be seen in the streets of the city,” but that the European Christian murderers had “to pick their way over the bodies of men and horses” all throughout the holy city. Describing the holocaust in Jerusalem, the Archbishop of Tyre (modern Sur) wrote the following:

“… they laid low, without distinction, every enemy encountered. Everywhere was frightful carnage, everywhere lay heaps of severed heads, so that soon it was impossible to pass or to go from one place to another except over the bodies of the slain. … It was impossible to look upon the vast number of the slain without horror; everywhere lay fragments of human bodies, and the very ground was covered with blood of the slain. It was not alone the spectacle of headless bodies and mutilated limbs strewn in all directions that roused the horror of all who looked upon them. Still more dreadful was it to gaze upon the victors themselves, dripping with blood from head to foot, an ominous sight which brought terror to all who met them…”

The fate of the Jews (Arab and non-Arab alike) of Jerusalem was no less atrocious. During the first few hours of the carnage in Jerusalem, the entire small Jewish community of the holy city gathered in their own main synagogue to pray. The Western blond knights barricaded the exits and stacked all the bundles of wood they could find in a ring around the synagogue. The Temple was then put to the torch. Those Jews who managed to escape were massacred in the neighboring alleyways. The rest were burned alive.

The monuments of saints and the tomb of Ibraheem (Abraham) were also completely destroyed by the Crusaders. One eyewitness wrote that at the Temple of Solomon, where about 10,000 Jews were slaughtered, “men rode in blood up to their knees and bridle reins.” [40] In writing about the mutilated Jewish corpses that covered the Temple area, the priest Raymond of Aguilers joyfully quoted Psalm 118: “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Because of their dark ages mentality, racism, brutality, and deep hatred for any alien culture, the Crusaders did not even spare their coreligionists in the Arab world from their bloodbaths as many native Christians were murdered. The Crusaders proceeded to expel from the Church of the “Holy Sepulcher” all the priests of the Orthodox and Monophysite Oriental rites – Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Georgians, and Copts – who had formerly worked together peacefully for centuries under Arab/Muslim rule in Jerusalem to officiate Christian religious ceremonies. Completely dumfounded and deeply indignant at this cruel treatment, the local Orthodox Christian priests refused to tell the European invaders where they had hidden the True Cross on which they held the belief that Jesus died. Totally frustrated, the European occupiers arrested the Orthodox priests, tortured them and forced them to reveal its secret location. In addition, Arab and other non-Latin Christians lost their churches and properties, and were displaced from their patriarchates and bishoprics. Even the Arab Maronite Christians (who were in communion with Rome) were contemptuously treated as second-class citizens in their own native Arab land by these invading Westerners. Also, in addition to the “heretic” Muslims and Jews, the Crusaders Devils banned the Arab Coptic Christians of Egypt from going to Jerusalem to conduct their pilgrimage.

For the official celebration of murdering tens of thousands of innocent Palestinian Muslims, Jews, and Christians in cold blood, and for the brutal torture and displacement of local Christians, the victorious European faithful held several glorious Christian religious processions conducted in the streets of Jerusalem by none other than that firebrand preacher, Pierre L’Ermit. Thus Arab Jerusalem became the second European colony in the Arab world (a Latin Kingdom like Arab Antioch) ruled by the bloodthirsty Godfrey (Duke of Lower Lorraine, Germany) from the French City of Bouillon (now located in southern Belgium). Godfrey made his official residence (of all places) in the sacred Muslim al-Aqsa Mosque of Jerusalem. On the other hand, the perfidious Lord Tancred became the proud Prince of Galilee.

Although the Arabs and Muslims knew very well that they were scientifically and culturally far superior to the Western hordes in every area of science and art, they still feared the European invaders and had nothing but deep hatred and profound contempt for them. One Arab chronicler at the time, Usamah Ibn Munqidh, who had become the leading Damascene specialist on the Crusaders, recorded his observations about the Western Christian fanatic enemies as follows:

Their soldiers are of mighty courage and in the hour of combat do not think of flight but prefer death. But you shall see none more filthy [sic] than they. They do not cleanse or bathe themselves more than once or twice a year, and then in cold water, and they do not wash their garments from the time they put them on till they fall to pieces. They are a people of treachery and mean character.

A few days after the holocaust in Jerusalem, the first Arab Palestinian refugees arrived in Damascus. Although they were sick in their hearts at having been forced to run for their lives and having to abandon their homes and properties in Palestine – the same way their descendants did in 1948 when the Western Zionists brutally settle-colonized Palestine – they were determined never to return to Palestine until all the European invaders had departed from it forever. They resolved then to awaken the conscience of their Arab and Muslim brothers all over the land of Islam to rise in an Islamic “holy war” or Jihad to expel the Western invaders.

The Arab defense against the savage Western onslaught, however, was a dismal failure from the beginning. The Arabs were, as they are now, divided and in conflict with each other. The Abbasid State was fragmented and had deteriorated into a commonwealth of semiautonomous quarrelsome states governed by Arab or Turkish military commanders. The Abbasid capital city of Baghdad was totally paralyzed, and the weak Arab Abbasid Caliph, al-Mustazhir, was crippled by the power struggle among Arabs, Persians, and Turks.

VII. Slaughters in Other Arab Cities and Towns

Despite such Arab division and quarrels, an army was raised from the Arab region of Egypt to try to expel the European invaders from the Arab region of Palestine. While the Western savage Crusaders were looting Jerusalem and completing their massacres by killing the last few hidden Arab survivors in the holy city, the Egyptian army slowly reached Palestine in August 1099, 20 days after the holocaust in Jerusalem. Aware of its arrival, however, the Crusaders met the Egyptian army near the Palestinian port city of Ascalon where it was camping and completely annihilated it. “Neither foot-soldier, nor volunteers, nor the people of the city [Ascalon] were spared in the killing. About ten thousand souls perished, and the camp was sacked.”

Several days after this last Arab defeat and humiliation, a group of Arab refugees led by the Judge of Damascus, Abu Sa’ad al-Harawi, reached Baghdad to plead to the politically crippled Arab Abbasid Caliph, al-Mustazhir, for an Arab/Muslim military defense against the Crusaders. In the Great Mosque of Baghdad, on Friday August 19, 1099, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, al-Harawi denounced the disgraceful inaction by Muslim leaders and passionately appealed for a Jihad against the savage European invasion. His fiery speech made the Muslim congregation weep. However, despite the fact that al-Harawi carried his appeal as far away as the great corridors of power in Baghdad, his efforts amounted to naught; Baghdad was indeed paralyzed.

Hence, the cruel Western Crusaders felt totally free to continue pillaging, ravaging, and killing Arabs and Muslims with impunity. In 1101 the soldiers of Devil, the Crusaders committed yet another major gory massacre against the Arabs in the Palestinian seaport city of Caesarea. When the Crusaders invaded this quiet city, their troops were given permission to sack it as they pleased. All the Palestinian inhabitants of the city were brought in and murdered in cold blood in the city’s great mosque. Also, the following year, in a raging battle near Tripoli in April 1102, the Crusaders, under the leadership of the brute Raymond of Saint-Gilles (Count of Toulouse, France), relentlessly butchered 7,000 Tripolitanian Arabs.

Even when a golden opportunity was presented to them, the Arabs let it slip by. For example, in May 1102 an Egyptian army took the Crusaders army by surprise in the city of Ramlah, near the port of Jaffa in Palestine. While most of his knights were killed or captured, the king of Jerusalem himself, Satan Baldwin I, barely avoided capture by hiding, while lying flat on his stomach, among the reeds. That day the Egyptian army could have marched unopposed to free Jerusalem from the Europeans, but due to the reluctance and indecisiveness of its leaders, the chance was lost. And, although the Egyptians thereafter kept sending a fresh army year after year to free Jerusalem, they never had the same golden opportunity again.  As a result, the Arabs paid dearly both in lives and properties, as they began to lose quickly city after city to the Crusaders.

In 1104, the Crusaders brutally captured three important Arab cities: Jaffa, Haifa, and Acre. Also, after bravely resisting their severe 2000-day siege, Tripoli was invaded and destroyed in July 1109 by the brutal Crusaders who massacred scores of its noncombatant Arabs in cold blood. Tripoli was a magnificent bustling seaport, the jewel of the Arab east, known for its splendid living and beautiful fields of fruits, carobs, olives, and sugarcane. It had talented goldsmiths, brave seamen, scholars, learned judges, and glorious libraries. The uncultured Genoese sailors completely demolished the city’s Banu Ammar library, the finest in the Muslim world,  which was known as Dar al-Ilm or “House of Knowledge”. The Crusaders destroyed all of its 100,000 volumes so that Arab “impious” books would not be read by anyone. Most of Tripoli’s citizens were sold into slavery, the rest were despoiled of their properties and stripped of their personal belongings as they were being expelled from the city. Most expelled Tripolitanians found refuge in the nearby Arab city of Tyre. Following the examples of Antioch and Jerusalem, Tripoli became the third European colony in the Arab world, divided into three equal parts. One third came under the colonization of the Genoese, and the other two thirds fell under the brutal control of the cruel son of Raymond of Saint-Gilles.

The following year, in May 1110, the Crusaders selected Beirut as their next target where they committed yet another horrible massacre against scores of innocent Arabs. Then, the following December, they attacked the peaceful seaport of Sayda (the ancient Phoenician city of Sidon), where they cruelly forced all of its Arab inhabitants into a mass exodus to Tyre and Damascus. Thus, in a short period of time, the European invaders brutally captured six of the most renowned Arab cities – Jaffa, Haifa, Acre, Tripoli, Beirut, and Sayda – massacred and/or deported their inhabitants, and desecrated their mosques. These dreadful events sent a chill down the spine of the entire Arab nation as Arab masses throughout the entire Arab world began to fear seriously that Tyre, Aleppo, Mosul, Damascus, Cairo, Baghdad, or even Makkah (“Mecca”) itself might be the next target for the European soldiers of Satan.

As a result of this widespread fear, the Aleppo Judge, Abdulfadhel Ibn al-Khashab, organized a large demonstration in the Abbasid capital of Baghdad in February 1111 against the inept Abbasid Caliph al-Mustazhir, demanded an immediate Arab military response, and emotionally called for an Islamic Jihad to expel the Crusaders. But, like his predecessor, al-Harawi 12 years earlier, Ibn al-Khashab’s efforts amounted to very little. The Baghdad riots, however, ignited a strong angry feeling all over the Arab world among Arab masses that considered some of their leaders to be shamefully incompetent while some others to be outright traitors.

In fact, some Arab and Turkish governors committed acts of high treason, for their personal gains, by collaborating with the Crusaders in the same fashion as Saudi Arabia’s House of Saud, Kuwait’s House of Sabah and Pseudo-Hashemite family of Jordan have currently collaborated with the imperialist West and the.  For example, after the Baghdad riots, the citizens of Arab Ascalon rose in July 1111 in a violent revolt against their treasonous and cowardly leader, Shams al-Khalifa, who had offered a tribute of 7,000 dinars to the brutal European colonialist Baldwin I of Jerusalem. In return, Baldwin I sent al-Khalifa 300 of his soldiers to protect him against possible insurrection. However, the Palestinian Arab masses became completely outraged and a group of them assassinated al-Khalifa as he was leaving his residence; the 300 Crusader soldiers were also massacred.

Nevertheless, the Crusaders continued to occupy new Arab cities at will. For although the ruler of Aleppo, Najm ad-Din Ilghazi, crushed the Crusaders’ army at Antioch in June 1119 on the Syrian plain of Sarmada and killed their new arrogant leader Sir Roger (the son of Prince Richard of Salerno, Italy), who had imposed a tax on every Muslim pilgrim leaving Antioch to Makkah, the overall power of the Crusaders was not affected. The Sarmada defeat, however, like the 1104 Harran defeat before it in Turkey, was nothing more than a temporary setback for the Western soldiers of Satan. In fact, the Europeans brutally captured Tyre in 1124 and thus completed their total control, with the exception of Ascalon, of the entire Arab Eastern coast of the Mediterranean.

VIII. The Arab Victory over the Western Crusaders

Arab victory over the Westerners was painful and slow in coming. The first major turning point for the Arabs came in 1144 at the hands of the governor of Mosul, in the Arab region of Iraq, Imad ad-Din Zangi. Zangi, who owed nominal allegiance to the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad, liberated Edessa and completely destroyed this first of four Crusader colonies in the Muslim world. Zangi’s victory was widely celebrated across the entire Muslim world as Arabs and Muslims began to strongly feel that all the European invaders would soon be expelled from their three other colonies of Jerusalem, Antioch, and Tripoli, as well as from the rest the Arab world.

However, upon receiving the news of Edessa’s fall, Pope Eugenius III urgently called for the Second Crusade (1147-1149) against the Arabs in order to recapture Edessa. In an immediate response to his call, powerful European armies were gallantly organized. The Second Crusade was led by the Emperor Conard III of Germany and King Louis VII of France. Although this time heads of European states were personally involved in the military invasion of the Arab world, the Second Crusade achieved nothing, failed to retake Edessa, and ended in a humiliating defeat for the Europeans near Damascus. In the spring of 1148, the deeply pious and ascetic Nur ad-Din (Zangi’s son) destroyed the army of the Second Crusade. Upon hearing the news of Nur ad-Din’s brilliant military victory over the French King and the German Emperor, the entire Arab world was immediately seized by a sense of elation.

Undaunted by this defeat, however, the occupying Crusaders of the Arab lands continued their murderous campaigns against Arabs and non-Arabs (Muslim, Christian and Jewish) in the Eastern Mediterranean. For example, in the spring of 1156 the Crusader French Knight, Reynald of Chatillon (prince of Antioch: 1153-1160) – a brutal, arrogant, cynical, and contemptible person who would come to symbolize to all Arabs and Muslims everything evil about the West – viciously invaded the Christian non-Arab island of Cyprus. He and his army of Satan ravaged all of the island’s cultivated fields, slaughtered all of the livestock, pillaged all of the churches and convents, burned and demolished buildings, raped women, slaughtered old men and children, beheaded poor men, took rich men as hostages, and cut off the noses of all Greek Christian priests. Similar examples of these murderous campaigns took place in October 1168 when the Westerners committed a major gory operation against the Arabs in Bilbays, Egypt. The European Christian Crusaders systematically massacred scores of innocent Arabs (both Muslims and Coptic Christians) including men, women and children without the slightest provocation.

To the Crusaders’ misfortune, however, in 1169, the following year, a young military genius gained control of Egypt at the tender age of 31. His name was Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi (rahmatullah Alayh) (known in the West as Saladin), a man of enormous courage and character. Salah ad-Din was born in the city of Tikrit, Iraq, in which the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was also born. Not knowing who was Salah ad-Din and what he would come to represent, the soldiers of Satan continued their bloody operations against the Arabs. The utterly detestable Reynald of Chatillon violated the 1180 truce between the Arabs and the Crusaders by plundering a Muslim caravan in its way to Makkah in the summer of 1181. He then launched five galleys on the Red Sea with which he blockaded the Arab port of Elath (Eilat); harassed Arab shipping; raided other Arab seaports including the two Hejazi seaports of Yanbuh (the port serving the city of Madinah) and Rabigh near Jeddah; and even threatened the city of Makkah itself.

In 1182, to the horror of all Islam, the Crusaders sank a crowded Muslim pilgrim ship, drowning all aboard. Later, in 1186, the French butcher of Cyprus, Reynald of Chatillon, who had made it his pattern to pillage and massacre Arabs without restraint, broke yet another truce with Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) by plundering an Arab caravan in which a sister of Salah ad-Din was traveling. This French animal felt bound by no truce or agreement; he once cynically explained, “What was the value of an oath sworn to infidels?”  Again, in 1187, this French murderer raided yet another large caravan of Arab pilgrims and merchants who were peacefully making their way to Makkah. Reynald and his men mercilessly massacred all the armed Arab men and led the rest of the caravan troops into captivity. When some of the captured Arabs reminded him of the truce he had signed with Salah ad-Din, Reynald defiantly answered them, “Let your Muhammad come and deliver you!” When Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) heard his words, he swore by the Holy Qur’an that he would kill Reynald with his own hands.

In fact, Salah ad-Din – who extended his control from Egypt to the other Arab provinces of Syria, northern Iraq, Barqah (in the Arab region of Libya), the Hejaz, and Yemen – was actually waiting for just such a provocation from the European invaders in order to wage a war against them. War broke out between the Arabs and the Westerners in the summer of 1187 with an immediate blow to the invading Crusaders. On July 4, 1187, Salah ad-Din’s (rahimahullah) military genius came into play when he trapped and destroyed an exhausted and thirst-crazed army of Crusaders in the battle of Hittin, near Lake Tiberias in northern Palestine. The Europeans suffered heavy losses; the 20,000 who survived fell into captivity, including the French king of Jerusalem, Guy of Lusignan. Although Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) displayed his famous magnanimity and spared the lives of the European King of Jerusalem and most of the Western prisoners (most of whom were later set free, including the ones who could not pay their war ransoms), he fulfilled his pledge to God against Reynald of Chatillon. Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) personally killed this Frenchman by cutting off his head with the sword. Dragging Reynald’s dead body by its feet to the captive French king, who began to tremble of fear for his own life, Salah ad-Din said to him, “This man was killed only because of his maleficence and his perfidy.

So great were the Westerners’ losses that the Arabs were able to liberate quickly the Crusaders’ entire Kingdom of Jerusalem, with the exception of Tyre. The Arab cities of Acre, Toron, Beirut, Jubayl (Byblos), Sayda, Nazareth, Caesarea, Nabulus, Jaffa, Haifa, Ascalon, and Jerusalem were liberated in a few months. After 88 years of European colonization, Jerusalem was back finally under Arab control. As the entire Muslim world was celebrating, Salah ad-Din entered Jerusalem as a liberating hero on Friday October 2, 1187 (Rajab 27, 583 in the Islamic Calendar), the very same day on which Muslims annually celebrate Prophet Mohammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) nocturnal journey to Heaven via Jerusalem.

In stark contrast to the holy city’s conquest nine decades earlier by the Europeans who had perfidiously and barbarically slaughtered its inhabitants, the Arab liberation of Jerusalem was marked neither by a massacre nor by a plunder, but by the civilized and courteous behavior of Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) and his troops. In fact, Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) not only strengthened the guard at the Christian places of worship to protect them from harm by unruly Muslims, but he also announced that all unarmed Westerners were welcome to come to Jerusalem on pilgrimage whenever they liked. Local Arab and non-Arab Christians welcomed Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) in Jerusalem as a liberator. Arab Jews as well as non-Arab Jews were also allowed to resettle in Jerusalem. The only Arab lands left in the hands of the Western invaders were the city of Tyre as well as the two European colonies/kingdoms of Tripoli and Antioch.

IX. The Incredible Massacre in Acre

Upon hearing the news that the Arabs had recaptured Jerusalem, Pope Gregory VIII went into a fit. Highly outraged, he immediately called for the Third Crusade (1189-1192) to capture Jerusalem and punish the Arabs. This time, the West responded with the largest Crusader army to date led by the greatest three monarchs in all of Europe: Frederick Barbarossa, king of Germany and “Holy” Roman emperor; Richard I, the so-called “Lion-Heart”, king of England; and Philip II Augustus, king of France. Hence, the Third Crusade is dubbed the “Kings’ Crusade.”

However, before achieving anything, the Third Crusade suffered a major setback on June 10, 1190, when Frederick Barbarossa suddenly died. The Holy Roman emperor died not by Salah ad-Din’s sword, but rather by drowning while swimming in a shallow stream, the Saleph River, at the foot of the Taurus Mountains in Turkey. As a result, the German Crusader army was dispersed. Nonetheless, the English and French kings proceeded with their troops and took Acre in 1191 after a very gruesome battle with the Arabs. The siege and battle of Acre, which took two years, was the most protracted and desperate bloody episode in the Arab world. Twenty-four thousand Arab fighters died in that battle and about 6,000 others were wounded.

After the fall of Acre, King Richard proceeded to loot a large amount of gold and other fortunes from its Arab inhabitants. Then, contrary to his promises to spare the lives of the surviving Arabs in Acre, under the surrender terms he had accepted, the English King issued orders to the Anglo-French troops on August 20, 1191 that led to one of the most cowardly and atrocious massacres the Crusaders ever committed during their 200-year bloodbath in the Arab world. On that very hot and humid day in August, the entire surviving population of Acre, 2,700 Arabs – men, children, and women with babies clinging to them – were chained and roped to prevent their escape and restrict their movement. Totally frightened and deeply confused, the weeping and praying Arabs were then driven like animals with whips and clubs to the top of a low hill called Ayyadieh to meet their awful fate. One author describes what happened next to these 2,700 Arabs as follows:

Richard’s men began to carry out his orders to kill them all. Swords, spears, knives, axes all flashed in the sun as they rose and fell. This time the children were not saved for the slave market, but were butchered with their fathers and mothers. Even babies in their mother’s arms felt the knives of the blood-drenched Christians … The killing completed, Richard’s army started back to the city, while on the top of the hill a few loot-crazed butchers lurched from one body to another with their bloody knives, hastily disemboweling corpses to recover any gold pieces that might have been swallowed for concealment … Nor were the prisoners and their families the only deaths he [king Richard I] was responsible for that day. As news of the slaughter spread throughout Saladin’s empire, Christian prisoners everywhere were tortured and murdered in reprisal for the infamy…

After defeating a small battalion of Salah ad-Din’s (rahumahullah) army at the Arab Palestinian village of Arsouf, fifteen miles from Jaffa, the English king celebrated his looting and murdering of thousands of innocent Arabs in cold blood by proudly accepting and then arrogantly bestowing upon himself the courageous nickname the “Lion-Heart”. To the English, he may be the “Lion-Heart”, and to the French he may be “Le Coeur de Lion“, but to all Arabs and Muslims King Richard I of England has always been viewed as a cowardly butcher, a perfidious criminal, and a murderous thug. 

Nevertheless, frustrated by their inability to fulfill the Third Crusade’s main goal, the capture of Jerusalem from Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah), the two European monarchs of England and France returned as failures to their respective countries. Before leaving for Europe, however, the English king signed a peace treaty in 1192 with Salah ad-Din that limited the European invaders to Tyre and a narrow coastal strip from Jaffa to Acre. The treaty also gave unarmed European pilgrims the right to visit Jerusalem. On the other hand, Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) was so emotionally wounded by the European perfidious massacre in Acre that he shed many painful tears and spent long sleepless nights in total agony. He passed away in 1193 in Damascus with a broken heart at the young age of 55, blaming himself for the whole tragedy.

X. The Last Ten Crusades and Their Atrocities

Still full of hatred towards Muslims and Arabs, especially after the Third Crusade failed to take Jerusalem from the Arabs, Pope Innocent III urgently called for the Fourth Crusade (1198-1204) to be directed this time at Egypt, the most powerful Arab region. However, the Fourth Crusade was even a bigger failure than the Third. It never even reached the Arab world as planned. The wily Doge of Venice and the rich Venetian merchants who controlled the finances of the Fourth Crusading army diverted it to its original and natural commercial ends by attacking and seizing the rival Christian Dalmatian Seaport City of Zara (now modern Zadar in Croatia). In November 1202, the unrestrained soldiers of God completely pillaged and destroyed Zara. Then in 1204, for good measures, they went and sacked Constantinople itself, the glorious Byzantine capital of the Christian Eastern Roman Empire whose emperor Alexius I, ironically, was responsible for the original idea of a Western Crusade against the Arabs and Islam. The Crusaders and Venetian merchants then established the Latin Empire of Constantinople, which lasted until 1261. While brutally conquering the capital city of their fellow European Christians in East Europe “to the honor of God, the Pope and the empire”, the Crusaders were permitted to rampage and steal as they pleased for three days. They broke into the city’s main Cathedral of Hagia Sophia, shattered the large silver crosses, ripped away the hangings, and stole many valuables. They even raped nuns and put a prostitute on the Patriarch’s throne to sing a dirty French song. Finally, they drank the “holy” altar wine out of chalices, and threw all the Christian ikons and bibles down on the floor to be trampled under their feet.

Eight years later, in 1212, saw the most bizarre and pathetic Children’s Crusade in which 100,000 Western European children took part. One third of these European children, composed mostly of French and German youngsters, was eventually lost or sold into slavery and prostitution by none other than their own Western fellow Christians. A 12-year old French farm boy named Stephen of Cloyes insisted that Christ had asked him to organize a children’s crusade to liberate Jerusalem from the Arabs. Tens of thousands of destitute French youngsters, who endured hardships of hunger and diseases, answered Stephen’s call and marched with him south to the French seaport city of Marseille where they expected God to part the waters of the Mediterranean for them so that they could walk dry-shod all the way to Palestine. Instead, their French slave-trader compatriots from Marseille lured them into ships and sold them into slavery to the Arabs. The same year another absurd and ridiculous crusade against the Arabs, composed this time of tens of thousands of helpless German children, was launched. Organized by the German youngster Nicholas of Cologne, the second Children’s Crusade got no further than Italy. Many of the German youngsters suffered a great deal from want and exhaustion, and many of the young girls ended up in Roman brothels.

Nevertheless, because the Fourth Crusade attacked the Christian Byzantine Empire instead of its intended target, Egypt, Pope Innocent III called for the Fifth Crusade (1217-1221) to attack this vital Arab region of Egypt. Chiefly manned by French and German Crusaders, the Fifth Crusade failed to destroy Egypt. However, it managed to capture Damietta, near the Nile River, where the Crusaders committed various atrocities in 1218-19. One of their most notorious crimes was the drowning of almost 1,500 innocent Arabs and Muslims by sinking their ship near Damietta. And, once again, the European Christian Crusaders treated the local Arab Christians with total contempt. They regarded the Egyptian Copts (Monophysite Christians) as heretic as Muslims. Fortunately for the Arabs, however, the Egyptian Sultan, al-Malik al-Kamil, Salah ad-Din’s (rahimahullah) nephew, managed to beat the Fifth Crusade in 1221 and force the European soldiers of Satan out of Egypt.

Nonetheless, seven years after the Fifth Crusade was repelled from Egypt, the Sixth Crusade (1228-1229) was launched. Strangely this new Crusade was bloodless. It was launched as a diplomatic Crusade by the most powerful Western monarch, Frederick II, King of Germany and Sicily, who was under excommunication by Pope Gregory IX. Skeptical of all religions, including Christianity, Frederick II openly flouted papal authority. In 1229, Frederick II negotiated a very strange and special treaty with Sultan al-Kamil of Egypt by which he peacefully obtained European control of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth for ten years.

Although Frederick II enjoyed a positive image in the Arab world because he spoke and wrote good Arabic; had a great admiration for Arab civilization; was surrounded by an entourage of Arab and Muslim advisors; and had nothing but contempt for the barbarous West, especially for the Pope, his unusual treaty with al-Kamil to take control of Jerusalem still aroused a storm of indignation throughout the Arab world. When al-Kamil’s extremely generous treaty with Frederick II expired in 1239, the Arabs recovered Jerusalem in 1244 and permanently ended the Crusaders’ occupation of the city. However, al-Kamil’s treaty with Frederick II has been compared by many Arab and Muslim scholars not only with the 1979 sell-out of Camp David Treaty, signed by Egypt’s Anwar as-Sadat and Israel’s Menachem Begin, but also with the more recent so-called “peace process” of the 1990s that Yasser Arafat signed with Israel.

Nevertheless, violent and militant Western crusading efforts against the Arabs continued. The French King Louis IX gallantly led the Seventh Crusade (1248-1254) against Egypt. However, like the Fifth Crusade thirty years earlier, the Seventh Crusade failed in its mission miserably. Soon after he captured Damietta where he offended the Egyptian Christian Copts by appointing a Catholic prelate as Patriarch of their city, the Egyptians soundly defeated King Louis IX. The French King was also deeply humiliated when he was personally captured as a prisoner. He was not released until he paid a high ransom. The Egyptians finally allowed him to rejoin his wife in the Western-occupied Arab city of Acre.

Totally exhausted by the Crusades’ continuing devastating wars and destruction for over 150 years, the Arab world was not ready or able to defend itself against a new and dangerous enemy, the Mongol hordes from the East. In 1258, the Mongols, under their vicious leader Hulagu (or the Barack Obama of his day), completely destroyed Baghdad and effectively ended Arab civilization. The Mongols pillaged Baghdad; murdered one million Muslims in it; destroyed its palaces and mosques; burned its libraries and schools; dumped Arab scientific and other treasure books in the Tigris River; destroyed the Iraqi irrigation canal systems; and executed the last Abbasid Caliph and all of his Arab ruling family. Although the Arab world has never completely recovered from this Mongols’ crushing defeat, Muslim civilization itself continued for centuries thereafter under the powerful leadership of the Ottoman Turks.

However, in 1260, two years after the destruction of the Abbasid State, a brilliant Arabic-speaking Turkish leader from Egypt by the name of az-Zahir Baybars severely crushed the Mongol forces at Ayn Jalut, near Nazareth, in Palestine and ended their brief destructive presence in the Arab world. Baybars then dealt very harshly with the Western Crusaders, who collaborated with the ruthless Mongols, and mercilessly killed them. He recovered from the Crusaders several Arab cities: Arsouf in 1265; Atlit, Haifa and Safed in 1266; and Jaffa and Antioch (their prized-colony) in 1268.

Nevertheless, undaunted by either his earlier humiliating defeat and captivity in Egypt during the Seventh Crusade or by Baybars’ stunning military victories both against the invading Mongols and Crusaders, King Louis IX of France tried once again to beat the Arabs in 1270 by launching the Eighth Crusade. This stubborn French monarch, who was full of hate for the Arabs and Islam, decided this time to “cut” the Arab world in half by invading Tunisia. Instead, he cut his own life short when he died of a virus near Tunis on August 25, 1270. He accursed body was then taken back to Paris where he was ceremoniously buried as a “saint”.

Another major military defeat for the Crusaders in the Arab world took place in 1271 when the great Baybars of Egypt captured their most formidable fortress in Syria, Hisn al-Akrad (known in French asCrak des Chevaliers), which not even the powerful Salah ad-Din (rahimahullah) had been able to conquer. This immense Crusaders fortress is still in existence today dominating the Syrian plains of Bukaya, reminding all Arabs of the past Western Christian terrorism, and making them draw parallels to the present Israeli and American brutal policies in Arab lands.

In 1289 the Crusaders also suffered another major military defeat when the new Egyptian ruler, Sultan al-Mansur Qalawun, thrilled the entire Muslim world by capturing Tripoli, the Crusaders’ last kingdom/colony in the Arab world. After this defeat, the European invaders were left with only one Arab city under their control, the port-city of Acre, now under the brutal rule of King Henry of France.

These military defeats suffered by the Crusaders in the Arab world made Pope Nicholas IV panic and led him in the summer of 1290 to respond to King Henry’s appeal for fresh reinforcements. Launched under the Pope’s order, the Ninth Crusade was composed of a large fleet full of European Christian chauvinists. It sailed from Italy directly to the Western-occupied Arab city of Acre. Once in Acre, the Western soldiers of Satab began to drink heavily. They then rushed drunkenly through its streets, indiscriminately attacking and killing Arab merchants, innocent bystanders, and any man wearing a beard regardless of his religion. Many Arab and non-Arab Christians were murdered in cold blood. These crimes and atrocities made the Egyptian leader Qalawun extremely angry. He swore by the holy Qur’an that he would not lay down his arms until he drove all of the European invaders out of the entire Arab world and into the Mediterranean Sea. However, it was only after Qalawun’s death in 1290 that his own son, Sultan al-Ashraf Khalil, who in 1291 liberated Acre (the last Western hold in the Arab world), fulfilled his wish. While the French King Henry and most other European notables quickly ran away from Acre to hide in Cyprus, all other Westerners in the city were captured and mercilessly killed by Khalil’s troops. The liberation of Acre took place exactly 100 years, almost to the day, after the Europeans had brutally re-captured it from the Arabs in 1191 and massacred all its inhabitants under the orders of King Richard I of England. Sultan Khalil of Egypt was to go down in history as the ruler who finally expelled the last of the West Europeans by putting an end to two centuries of their terrorism and cruel colonization in the Arab world. While all Arabs were celebrating their last victory over the Crusaders, they were also at the same time praying and asking God to grant that the barbarian terrorist Westerners never set foot again in the Arab world.

The Arab prayer was answered, but only for a few decades. Seventy-four years after their expulsion from Acre, the stubborn Westerners organized yet another Crusade in 1365 under the command of King Peter of Cyprus. Considered to be the last of the great international Crusades, this Tenth Crusade was launched against the mostly Christian Arab City of Alexandria. It was yet another totally pointless brutal invasion by the West in which thousands of Arab Christians, Muslims, and Jews were massacred in cold blood. Even the Latin traders had their stores and houses looted and destroyed by King Peter’s Crusaders. However, the Tenth Crusade, which was quickly repelled by the Arabs, ended with the assassination of King Peter himself.

Nevertheless, in 1395 when the Turkish Muslim army was laying siege on Constantinople, the Byzantine emperor Manuel II Palaeologus appealed to the rulers of Europe for help. Responding to his call, the “Holy” Roman Emperor/King Sigismund of Hungary organized in July 1396 the Eleventh Crusade against Islam and the Arabs. The objective of the Eleventh Crusade was not only to evict the Muslim Turks from the Balkans, but also to march into Syria and to “liberate” Jerusalem from the Arabs. Led by Sigismund in September 1396, this Crusade was also composed of Western knights from the Balkans, France, Burgundy, Germany, England, and the Netherlands. However, before it had a chance to achieve any of its objectives, the Eleventh Crusade was decisively crushed at Nicopolis, Greece, by Muslim power under the strong Turkish leadership of Sultan Bayazid I.

Again, 48 years later the terrorist Europeans organized the Twelfth Crusade against the Muslim Turks in the Balkans. In November 1444, however, the forces of Sultan Murad II quickly repelled the invading Westerners at the Bulgarian Black Sea port of Varna. In reality, the Eleventh and Twelfth Crusades were not only miserable failures that weakened the West, but they also contributed to the growing strength of Islam. The Muslim Turks became militarily stronger; captured Constantinople; destroyed the Byzantine Empire in 1453; tightened their control over the Balkans; advanced further into Eastern and central Europe where they spread Islam; and even occupied southern Italy in 1480-81. Ironically, however, these Turkish Muslim successes against the invading Westerners took place at a time when the Arabs themselves were quickly losing their final foothold in Andalusia to the Spanish Christians whose Inquisition was yet another form of Western terrorism against Muslims and Jews.

However, after the Ottoman Turks took Cyprus in 1570, they suffered their first major setback in October 1571 when the Thirteenth Crusade (composed of a combined European armada) destroyed their fleet at Lepanto (Navpaktos), near the Greek coast. The Ottomans, though, restored their fleet within a year. Nonetheless, the Western idea of launching Crusades and wars against the Arabs and the Muslim Turks continued well into the 15th, 16th, and even the 17th centuries. In fact, the violent European colonization which had started at the end of the 15th century first against the natives of the Americas, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa, eventually found its way into the weakened Ottoman Empire during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Western powers’ destruction of the Ottoman Empire, the last Muslim empire, at the beginning of the 20thcentury, has brought about the current subjugation of the Arabs to the brutal Western imperialism which created Jewish Israel in 1948 over the land of Palestine.

XI. The Legacy of the Terrorist Crusaders

By launching their violent Christian wars against Islam and the Arabs, the Crusades in fact not only hastened the destruction of the Arab Abbasid civilization at the hands of the Mongols, but also indirectly helped bring about the emergence of Turkish power in Arab and Muslim lands with the exception of Arab Andalusia, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Also, thanks to the cruel Western Crusaders, many Arab Muslims have become weary of some Arab Christians. The relationship between the two brotherly Arab communities has since been somewhat strained. Before the arrival of the Crusaders in Arab lands, Arab Muslims throughout the entire Fertile Crescent used to join their Arab Christian brothers in celebrating Christmas, Epiphany (the Christian Feast of the Three Kings), Palm Sunday, and Easter Sunday.

Although the Crusades were initially launched by the West to unite Western and Eastern European Christians, as well as to defeat the Arabs and Islam, they miserably failed on both accounts. The Crusaders’ vicious wars on their “fellow” Greek Orthodox Christians of Byzantium and their barbaric destruction of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade (1202-1204), brought an effective end to any serious reconciliation between the Western European and the Eastern European Christian Churches; seriously weakened the Byzantine Empire and made it an easy prey for the Muslim Turks; and discredited the Papacy by making it lose face among many of its followers.

Moreover, all of the Crusaders colonies in the Arab world were completely destroyed. Islam itself emerged from its defensive wars against the Crusaders to become an even stronger force under the Turks. The Muslim Turks expanded Islam farther into Eastern and Southeastern Europe at the expense of the European Christians in places like Albania and Bosnia. The final coup de grace came in 1453 when the Muslim Turks destroyed the Eastern Roman Empire itself, conquered its great capital city of Constantinople, renamed it Istanbul, and even made it their proud capital city for 470 years. In fact, nowadays Istanbul has some of the most magnificent mosques in the entire Muslim world, some of which used to be Byzantium churches such as the great Cathedral Hagia Sophia, which in 1935 was turned into a Turkish museum by the current Turkish secular republic.

Nonetheless, the dark-ages Crusaders – who were a group of savages with rough manners from the crude castles, fields, and tangled forests of West Europe – were amazed and dazzled by the great cultures and civilizations of both the Arabs and Byzantium that they had invaded. They had an opportunity to see and experience first hand many new things and ideas that in time they adopted and incorporated into their own daily lives. Through their long brutal crusading wars against Islam, Western Europeans learned a great deal from the Arabs. For example, they learned the art of raising and training carrier pigeons to send messages from town to town, the sport of falconry, and the Chinese art of papermaking. Also, Italians adopted the glass-making techniques of Tyre; French villagers learned the arts both of weaving lustrous fabrics and of cultivating silkworms; and farmers throughout Western Europe began to plant sugar cane from Tripoli and plum trees from Damascus. While West European men learned to enjoy the sensuous comfort of Muslim steam baths, their women started using glass mirrors instead of polished metal disks. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and other aromatic spices of the East began to find their way into the dull Western cookery. Also, many new items such as rugs, silk, ivory, camphor, musk, and pearls began to appear and to be appreciated in Europe for the first time after the Crusades had opened Western eyes to the riches and life style of the East. In fact, Arab sciences, ideas, crafts, and skills which reached West Europe – both as a result of the Crusaders’ violent contacts with the Arabs of the east as well as from Europe’s contact with Arab Andalusia in the west – hastened the West’s climb from the depths of its dark ages.

In addition, many new Eastern political, economic, and cultural ideas reached Western Europe and began to change dramatically the face of the West. Among the most important of these changes was the emergence in West Europe of a new merchant class that was hungry for trading with the Arabs and the East. As this new business class grew in strength, it began to seriously rival European feudal lords, knights, and barons both in wealth and social status. Consequently, the old West European dictatorial feudal and manorial systems quickly came tumbling down, and West Europe was no longer backward. The well-known Italian explorer, Marco Polo – who made his famous journey to China (1271-1295) immediately after the Eighth Crusade – not only increased West Europe’s interest in trading with the East, but also inspired other Western explorers like Christopher Columbus to search for a direct sea route to India.

As a result of the centuries of Western conflicts and contacts with the Arabs, the age of the greedy Western international capitalism and brutal colonialism/imperialism has emerged to the detriment and misery of the native peoples of North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, the Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Tasmania, Asia, Africa, and the Arab world. Hence, the most important legacy of the Crusaders has been the sanctification of Western violence against non-Europeans in pursuit of imperialist and capitalist ends. The underlying concept of European holy wars against the Arabs and Islam has outlived its religious origin and has been absorbed in the institutions of Western governments. When European kings, knights, and other rich upper classes grew stronger after the Crusades, they secularized the concept of justifiable violence and extended it into the politico-economic sphere. In effect, the Western State has since replaced the Western Church as a holy cause.

Finally, the savage Western Crusades against the Arabs were a starting point of a millennial bitter hostility between the Arabs and the West and its effects are still lingering on. The Crusaders’ gory massacres and barbaric cannibalism in the Arab world created a great deal of hate for the imperialist West which has since been ingrained in the hearts and minds of most Arabs and Muslims. And since the 19th century new waves of Western aggression and wars against the Arabs have been taking place. Arab hatred for the West, because of the Crusades, has been painfully re-ignited by the vicious Western colonization and dismemberment of the Arab nation during the 19th and 20th centuries; by the American brutal imperialism and wars in Arab and Muslim lands; and by the violent creation of the Western Zionist state of Israel with the help of the imperialist West over the land of Palestine in 1948.

Instead of Western Christians, this time Western Zionist Jews have made a similar dubious claim on Palestine. Using far more sophisticated deadly weapons than the old Crusaders, the Zionist-Jews (or the new Western “crusaders”) have been committing Crusade-like bloody massacres since 1948 against innocent Palestinians and other Arabs, both Muslim and Christian. The West has always been obsessed with stealing the holy land from the Arabs, and so history repeats itself.

Abdullah Mohammad Sindi

Tafsir of Surah al-Baqarah | Verses 8 to 20

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And  among men  there  are some  who  say, ‘We  believe  in Allah  and  in  the  Last  Day”,  Yet  they  are  no  believers. They  try  to  deceive  Allah  and  those  who  believe,  when they  are  deceiving  none  but  their  ownselves, and  they are  not  aware.  In  their  hearts  there  is  a  malady,  so  Allah  has  made  them  grow  in  their  malady;  and  for them  there  lies  a  grievous punishment,  for  they  have been  lying.  And  when  it  is  said  to  them,  ‘Do  not  spread disorder  on  the  earth”,  they  say,  ‘We  are  nothing  but reformers!’  Beware,  it  is,  in  fact,  they  who  spread disorder,  but  they  are  not  aware.  And  when  it  is  said  to them, ‘Believe  as people  have  believed,”  they  say, “Shall we  believe  as  fools  believe?”  Beware,  it  is,  in  fact,  they who  are the  fools,  but  they  do  not  know.  And  when  they meet  those  who  believe,  they  say,  ‘We  have  entered Faith;”  but  when  they  are  alone  with  their  Satans,  they say,  ‘Tndeed,  we  are  with  you;  we  were  only  mocking!’ It  is  Allah  who  mocks  them,  and  lets  them  go  on wandering  blindly  in  their  rebellion.  These  are  the people  who  have  bought  error  at  the  price  of  guidance; so  their  trade  has  brought  no  gain,  nor  have  they  found guidance.  Their  case  is  as  if  a  man  kindles  a  fire,  and when  it illuminates  everything  around  him, Allah  takes away  their, lights  and  leaves  them  in  layers  of  darkness —  they  see  nothing.  Deaf,  dumb  and  blind,  they  shall not  return.  Or  (it  is)  like  a  rainstorm  from  the  sky carrying  darkness,  thunder  and  lightning;  they  thrust their  fingers  in  their  ears  against  thunderclaps  for  the fear  of  death,  and  Allah  encompasses the  disbelievers  — and  lightning  (all but)  snatches  away  their  eyes;  every time  a  flash  gives  them  light,  they  walk  by  it; and  when darkness  grows  upon  them,  they  stand  still.  And  if Allah  willed,  He  would  certainly  take  away  their hearing  and  their  eye:  surely  Allah  is  powerful  over 120 everything. (Surah Baqarah 2: Verses 8 –  20)

As  we  have  seen,  the  Surah  Al-Baqarah  opens  with  the  declaration that  the  Holy  Qur’an  is  beyond  all  doubt, a guidance for Mankind.  The  first  twenty  verses  of  the Surah  delineate  the  features  of  those  who  believe  in  the  Holy  Qur’an
and  of  those  who  do  not  —  the  first  five  dealing  with  the  former,  under the title  of  Al-Muttaqun  (the  God-fearing);  the  next  two  with  those disbelievers  who  were  quite  open  and  violent  in  their  hostility  —  that is,  Al-Kafirun  (the  disbelievers  or  the  infidels),  and  the  following thirteen  with  those  crafty  disbelievers  who  claimed  to  be  Muslims  but, in  reality,  were  not  so.  This  second  variety  of  the  disbelievers  has received  from  the  Holy  Qur’an  the  name  of  Al-Munafiqun  (the hypocrities). Of  these  thirteen  verses,  the  first  two  define  the  characteristic behaviour  of  the  hypocrites  thus:

And  among  men  there  are  some  who  say,  ‘We  believe  in  Allah and  in  the  Last  Day’, yet  they  are  no  believers.  They  try  to  deceive  Allah  and  those  who believe,  when  they  are  deceiving  none  but  their  ownselves,  and  they are  not  aware. 

These  verses  expose  their  claim  to  be  Muslims  as false and  deceitful,  and  show  that  they  are  only  trying  to  be  clever. Obviously,  no  one  can  deceive  Allah  –  probably  they  themselves  could not  have  had  such  a  delusion.  But  the  Holy  Qur’an  equates,  in  a  way, their  attempt  to  deceive  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and  the Muslims  with  the  desire  to  deceive  Allah  Himself  (Qurtubi)

Such  a  desire,  the  Holy  Qur’an  points  out,  can  have  only  one consequence  –  they  end  up  by  deceiving  no  one  but  themselves,  for Allah  Himself  cannot  possibly  be  deceived,  and  Divine  Revelation protects  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) from  all  trickery  and  deceit,  so that  the  hypocrites  themselves  will  have  to  bear,  in  the  other  world  as well  as in this,  the  punishment  for  their  presumptuousness.

The  third  verse  indicates  why  the  hypocrites  behave  so  foolishly and  why  they  fail  to  see  the  folly  of  their  course:

In  their  hearts  there  is  a  malady,  so  Allah  has  made  them grow  in  their  malady.

Now,  illness  or  disease,  in  the  general  medical  sense,  is  a  state  in which  a  man  has  lost  the  balanced  proportion  of  the  elements  within him  necessary  to  keep  him  healthy,  so  that  his  body  can  no  longer function  properly,  which  may  finally  lead  to  his  total  destruction.  In the  terminology  of  the  Holy  Qur’an  and  the  hadith, the  word  ‘disease’ is  also  applied  to  certain  mental  or  psychic  states  (we  are  using  the two  terms  in  the  original  and  more  comprehensive  sense) which  hinder man  from  attaining  any  degree  of  spiritual  perfection,  for  they gradually  deprive  him  of  the  ability to  perform  good  deeds,  and  even  of ordinary  human  decency,  till  he  meets  with  his  spiritual  death.  The great  spiritual  master,  Junaid  of  Baghdad (rahimahullah),  has  said  that  just  as  the diseases  of  the  body  arise  from  an imbalance  among  the  four  humours, the  diseases  of  the  heart  arise  from  a  surrender  to  one’s  physical desires.  According  to  the  present  verse,  the  disease  hidden  in  their hearts  is  unbelief  and  rejection  of  the  truth,  which  is  as  much  a physical  sickness  as  a  spiritual  one.  It  is  all  too  obvious  that  being ungrateful  to  one’s  creator  and  nourisher  and  going  against  His commandments  is  to  be  spiritually  sick.  Moreover,  to  keep  this disbelief  concealed  for  the  sake  of  petty  worldly  gains  and  not  to  have the  courage  to  speak  out  one’s  mind  is  no  less  a  disease  of  the  soul. Hypocrisy  is  a  physical  disease  too  in  so  far  as  the  hypocrite  is  always shuddering for  fear  of  being  exposed.  Jealousy  being  a  necessary ingredient  of  hypocrisy,  he  cannot  bear  to  see  the  Muslims  growing stronger  in  the  world,  and  yet  the  poor  hypocrite  cannot  even  have  the satisfaction  of  unburdening  his  heart  of  the  venom.  No  wonder  that  all this  tension  should  express  itself  in  physical  ailment.

As  for  Allah  making  them  grow  in  their  malady,  it  means  that  they are  jealous  of  the  growing  strength  of  the  Muslims,  but  it  is  Allah’s will  to  make  the  position  of  the  Muslims  even  stronger,  as they  can  see for  themselves,  which  feeds  their  bile  and  keeps  the  disease  of  their hearts  growing.

The  fourth  and  the  fifth  verses  expose  the  sophistry  of  the hypocrites  –  their  activities  threatened  to  produce  a  general  chaos  and disorder,  and  yet,  in  their  mealy-mouthed  way,  they  pretended  to  be men  of  good  will  and  to  be  serving  the  cause  of  peace  and  order.  The Holy  Qur’an  makes  it  clear  that  oral  claims  alone  do  not  decide  the question  whether  one  is  working  for  order  or  disorder,  for  what  thief would  call  himself  a  thief?  It  depends  on  what  one  does,  not  on  what one  says.  If  a  man’s  activities  do  result  in  mischief,  he  will  be  called  a mischief-maker,  even  if  he  had  no  such  intention.

These  two  verses,  thus,  describe  the  state  of  their  insensitivity  and ignorance  –  they  regard  their  defects  as  merits.  The  sixth  verse  shows the  other  aspect  of  this  depravity  –  the  merit  of  others  (that  is,  the unalloyed  faith  of  the  Muslims)  changes  into  a  defect,  and  even becomes  contemptible  in  their  eyes.

This  verse  also  places  before  the  hypocrites  a  criterion  of  true faith  (‘Iman) :”Believe  as  people  have  believed”. According  to  the  consensus  of  commentators,  the  Arabic  word  Naas (people)  in  this  verse  refers  to  the  blessed  Companions  of  the  Holy Prophet  (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) because  it  is  just  these  ‘people’  who  had  embraced  the Faith  and  had  accepted  the  Holy  Qur’an  as  the  word  of  Allah  while  it was  being  revealed.  So,  the  verse  indicates  that  the  only  kind  of  ‘Iman (faith)  acceptable  to  Allah  is  the  one  which  should  be  similar  to  that  of the  blessed  Companions,  and  that  the  ‘Iman  of  others  would  be  worthy of  the  name  only  when  they  believe  in  the  same  things  in  the  same way  as  the’  Companions  did.  In  other  words,  the  ‘Iman  of  the Companions  is  a  touchstone  for  testing  the  ‘Iman  of  all  the  other Muslims;  any  belief  or  deed  which  departs  from  their  faith  and practice,  however  pleasing  in  its  looks  or  good  in  its  intention,  is  not valid  according  to  the  shariah.  There  is  a  consensus  of  commentators on  this  position.  One  should  also  notice  that  the  hypocrites  used  to  call the  blessed  Companions  ‘fools’  (Sufaha‘). This  has  always  been  the way  of  those  who  go  astray  –  anyone  who  tries  to  show  them  the  right path  is,  in  their  eyes,  ignorant  and  stupid.  But  who  could,  the  Holy Qur’an  points  out,  be  more  stupid  than  the  man  who  refuses  to  see clear  signs?

In  the  seventh  verse,  we  see  the  double-facedness  and  trickery  of the  hypocrites.  In  the  company  of  the  Muslims,  they  would vociferously  declare their  faith  in  Islam;  but,  going  back  to  their  own people,  would  reassure  them  that  they  had  never  left  the  way  of  their ancestors,  and  had  been  meeting  the  Muslims  only  to  make  fun  of them.

The  eighth  verse  is  a  comment  on  this  attitude  of  complacency  and self-congratulation  on  the  part  of  the  hypocrites.  They  are  mightily pleased  with  themselves  in  the  belief  that  they  can  so  easily  make  a fool  of  the  Muslims  and  get  away  with  it,  while  they  are,  in  fact,  only making  a  fool  of  themselves.  For  Allah  has,  in  His  forbearance  and mercy,  given  them  a  long  rope,  but  this  is  a  provision  for  their  being thrown  into  ridicule.  It  took  place  like  this.  Since  the  hypocrites  saw no  apparent  signs  of  divine  punishment  descending  on  themselves, they  were  encouraged  in  their  complacency  and  rebellion,  so  that  the cup  of  their  iniquity  was  full,  and  one  day  they  were  caught.  Allah acted  like  this  in  response  to  their  mockery;  so,  the  Holy  Qur’an describes  this  divine  action  too  as  a  mockery  on  the  part  of  Allah.

The  ninth  verse  shows  the  basic  denseness  of  the  hypocrites  –  how they  failed  to  make  use  of  the  ordinary  sense  of  discrimination.  They had  grown  up  in  a  pagan  society,  and  knew  very  well  what  the  way  of the  infidels  was.  Now  they  had  become  familiar  enough  with  Islam  too, and  could  easily  see  the  difference.  But,  in  their  greed,  and  for  the sake  of  petty  worldly  profit,  they  still  chose  disbelief  as  against  Islam, and  bartered  away  something  as  invaluable  as  ‘iman (faith)  for something  as  worthless,  and  even  harmful  as  kufr  (infidelity).  In giving  the  name  of  ‘trade’  or  ‘commerce’ to  this  action,  the  Holy  Qur’an suggests  that  these  worldly-wise  men  had  no  understanding  even  of the  art  of  trading.

The  last  four  verses  bring  out  the  miserable  plight  of  the hypocrites  with  the  help  of  two  extended  similes.  The  choice  of  two examples  is  meant  to  divide  the  hypocrites  into  two  kinds  of  men.  On the  one  hand  were  those  in  whom  disbelief  had  taken  deep  roots,  so that  they  had  little  inclination  towards  Islam,  but  pretended  to  be Muslims  for  worldly  motives  –  the  Holy  Qur’an  compares  them  to  the man  who,  having  found  light,  again  loses  it,  and  is  left  in  darkness.  On the  other  hand  were  those  who  did  recognize  the  truth  of  Islam,  and sometimes  wished  to  be  genuine  Muslims,  but  worldly  interests  would not  allow  them  to  do  so,  and  they  remained  in  a  perpetual  state  of hesitation  and  doubt  –  they  have  been  likened  to  the  men  caught  in  a thunderstorm  who  move  forward  a  step  or  two  when  there  is  a  flash  of lightning,  but,  when  it  is  over,  again  get  stuck.  In  the  course  of  these parables,  the  hypocrites  have  also  been  warned  that  they  are  not beyond  the  power  of  Allah,  and  that  He  can,  as  and  when  He  likes, take  away  their  sight  and  hearing,  and  even  destroy  them.

Injunctions  and  related  considerations

(1) It  has  sometimes  been  debated  as  to  whether  the  distinction between  Kufr  (infidelity  or  disbelief)  and  Nifaq (hypocrisy)  still  holds good  even  after  the  days  of  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam). The  correct position  with  regard  to  this  question  is  this.  At  that  time,  there  were two  ways  of  identifying  a  hypocrite  and  declaring  him  to  be  one  – either  Allah  Himself  informed  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) through revelation  that  such  and  such  a  man  was  not  a  Muslim  at  heart  but  a hypocrite,  or  a  man  through  some  word  or  deed  overtly  repugnant  to the  Islamic  creed  or  practice  showed  himself  up  as  a  hypocrite,  thus providing  a  clear  evidence  against  himself.  Divine  revelation  having ceased  with  the  departure  of  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) from  this world,  the  first  way  of  identifying  a  hypocrite  is  no  longer  available, but  the  second  way  is  still  valid.  That  is  to  say,  if  a  man  is  found,  on certain  evidence,  to  be  guilty,  in  word  or  deed,  of  rejecting  or  opposing or  distorting  or  holding  in  scorn  the  basic  doctrines  of  Islam undeniably  established  by  the  Holy  Qur’an,  the  Hadith and  ijma‘ (consensus), he  would  be  regarded  as  a  Munafiq  (hypocrite) in  spite  of his  claim  to  be  a  true  Muslim.  The  Holy  Qur’an gives  such  a  hypocrite the  name  of  a  mulhid  or  heretic:  “Those  who  distort Our  verses”,  41:40,  and  the  Hadith calls  him  a  zindiq.  One  must  also add  that  since  the  kufr  (infidelity) of  such  a  man  has  been  proved  by clear  and  definite  evidence,  the  shari’ah will  not  put  him  in  a  separate category,  but  deal  with  him  as  it  would  deal  with  any  other  kafir (infidel).  That  is  why  the  authentic  scholars  are  unanimous  in concluding  that  after  the  departure  of  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) the  question  of  hypocrites  ceased  to  be  a  relevant  one  –  now  anyone who  is  not  a  genuine  Muslim  will  be  regarded  as  kafir.  The  famous author, Al-‘Aini,  in  his  commentary  on  al-Bukhari, reports from Imam Malik (rahimahullah) that  after  the  days  of  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  this  is  the only  available  means  of  identifying  ‘hypocrisy’,  and  that  a  man  who carries  this  mark  could  be  called  a  hypocrite.

(2)  A  little  reflection  on  these  verses  would  reveal  the  true  nature of  Islam  and  ‘Iman  (faith) and  also  that  of  kufr  (disbelief), for  the  Holy Qur’an reports  the  claim  of  the  hypocrites  to  be  Muslims: “we believe  in Allah” (2:8), forthwith  refutes  this  claim: ‘yet  they are no  believers”.  In  order  to  understand  fully  the  implications  of  these verses,  one  should  bear  in  one’s  mind  the  fact  that  the  hypocrites  in question  were  actually  Jews.  Now,  belief  in  Allah  and  in  Hereafter  is, no  doubt,  an  essential  part  of  their  creed  as  well;  what  was  not included  in  their  creed,  as  defined  by  their  religious  scholars,  was  the belief  in  the  prophethood  of  Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).  In  declaring their  faith  in  Islam,  the  Jews  very  cleverly  used  to  leave  out  the  belief in  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and  mention  only  two  elements:  belief  in  Allah  and  belief  in  the  Hereafter.  So  far  as  such  a  declaration goes,  they  cannot  be  called  liars,  and  yet  the  Holy  Qur’an  refutes  their claim  to  be  Muslims,  and  regards  them  as  liars. 

Why?? The  fact  is  that,  for  one  to  be  a  Muslim,  it  is  not  sufficient  merely to  declare  one’s  faith  in  Allah  and  the  Hereafter  in  any  form  or manner  which  suits  one’s  individual  or  collective  fancy.  As  for  that, associators  of  all  kinds  do,  in  one  way  or  another,  believe  in  Allah  and consider  Him  to  be  omnipotent6  but  the  Holy  Qur’an  does  not  allow any  of  these  things  to  pass  for ‘Iman (faith). ‘iman or  faith  in  Allah must,  in  order  to  be  valid  and  worthy  of  the  name,  conform  to  what  the Holy  Qur’an  specifically  lays  down  with  regards  to  the  divine  names and  attributes;  similarly,  belief  in  the  Hereafter  can  be  valid  only when  it  is  true  to  the  specifications  of  the  Holy  Qur’an  and  the hadith.’

In  the  light  of  this  explanation  one  can  see  that  the  Jews  who pretended  to  be  Muslims  believed  neither  in  Allah  nor  in  the  Hereafter according  to  these  definite  requirements.  For,  on  the  one  hand,  they regarded  the  Prophet  ‘Uzair  or  Ezra (alayhissalaam) as  the  son  of  God,  and,  on the  other,  cherished  the  fond  belief  that  the  progeny  of  the  prophets, no  matter  how  it  acted,  would  always  remain  ‘the  chosen  of  God’,  and would  not  be  called  to  account  on  the  Day  of  Judgment,  or  at the  worst receive  only  a  token  punishment.  These  being  their  beliefs,  the  Holy Qur’an  rightly  rejects  their  claims  to  faith  in Allah  and  the  Hereafter.

(3)  As  we  have  already  said,  verse  13 defines  what  ‘Iman  (faith) really  is : “Believe  as  other  men  have  believed”.  In  other words,  the  criterion  for judging  one’s  claim  to ‘Iman  is  the  ‘Iman  of  the blessed  Companions (Sahaaba Alayhim al ridhwan) of  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and  any  claim  to  Iman which  does  not  conform  to  it  is  not  acceptable  to  Allah  and  to  the  Holy Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).  If  a  man  has  the  presumption  to  interpret  an  Islamic doctrine  or  verse  of  the  Holy  Qur’an  in  a  way  which  departs  from  the explicit  and  clear  explanation  provided  by  the  Holy  Qur’an  itself  or  by the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), his  individual  opinion  and  belief,  no  matter  how much  it  titillates  the  palate  of  his  contemporaries  or  feeds  their  fancy, will  have  no  value  or  validity  in’  the  eyes  of  the  shari’ah. For  example, the  Qadiyanis  claim  that  like  Muslims  they  too  believe  in  the  doctrine of the  Finality  of  the  Prophethood  of  Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) but  in  this respect  they  deviate  from  what  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  has  himself stated,  and  what  the  Companions  believed  in and  distort  the  doctrine so as  to  make  room  for  the  prophethood  of  Mirza  Ghulam  Ahmad  of Qadian;  so,  according  to  the  indication  of  the  Holy  Qur’an,  they  come under  this  indictment :“They  are  no  believers.”

In  short,  if  a  man  interprets  an  Islamic  doctrine  in  a  way  which  is repugnant  to  the  ‘Iman of  the  blessed  Companions,  and  yet  claims  to be  a  Muslim  on  the  basis  of  his  adherence  to  this  doctrine  and  also performs  ‘his  religious  duties  exactly  like  Muslims,  he  will  not  be considered  a  Mu’min  (true  Muslim)  until  and  unless  he  agrees  to conform  to  the  criterion  of  ‘Iman  laid  down  by  the  Holy  Qur’an.

Removal  of  a  doubt

We  may  also  dispel  a  misunderstanding  which  often  arises  –  and  is more  often  made  to  arise  with  an  ulterior  motive  –  with  regard  to  the famous  dictum  in  the  hadith and  Fiqh  (Islamic  Jurisprudence)  that the  ‘people  of  the  Ka’bah’  (Ahl  al-Qiblah),  that  is,  those  who  turn towards  the  Ka’bah  in  offering  prescribed  Salah  cannot  be  branded  as infidels.  The  verse  under  discussion  clearly  defines  the  meaning  of  the phrase, Ahl al-Qiblah. The  term  pertains  only  to  those  who  do  not  deny any  of  the  basic  essential  doctrines  and  commandments  of  Islam  which are  called  the  Daruriat  (essentials).  For  that  matter  even  the hypocrites  mentioned  in  the  Holy  Qur’an  used  to  offer  their  prayers exactly  as  the  Muslims  did;  but  turning  towards  Ka’bah  while  praying was  not  taken  to  be  sufficient  to  make  them  acceptable  as  true Muslims,  simply  because  they  did  not  have  faith  in  all  the  essentials  of Islam  as the  blessed  Companions  did.

Lying  is  contemptible

(4)  The  verse: “We  believe  in  Allah  and  in  the  Last Day” shows  us  how  disgusting  it  is  to  tell  a  lie  –  even  the  hypocrites, with  all  their  hostility  to  Islam,  tried  to  refrain  from  it  as  far  as possible.  In  claiming  to  be  Muslims,  they  used  to  mention  only  their faith  in  Allah  and  in  the  Day  of  Judgment,  but  left  out  the  faith  in  the Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) for  fear  of  telling  a  lie.

Misbehaving Prophets is  to  misbehave  with  Allah

(5)  These  verses  denounce  the  hypocrites  for  trying  to  be  clever with  Allah  Himself  and  to  deceive  Him,  although  no  one  among  them could  probably  have  had  such  an  intention  or  even  thought  of  such  a possibility.  What  they  were  actually  doing  was  to  try  to  deceive  the Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and  the  Muslims.  Allah  has  equated  this  effort  with an  attempt  to  deceive  Him,  and  has  thus  indicated  that  a  man  who  is in  any  way  impertinent  to  a  prophet  or  a  man  of  Allah  is  ultimately guilty  of  being  impertinent  to  Allah  Himself  –  this  should  be  true  above all  in  the  case  of  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam)  who  stands  in  his  station  at  the head  of  all  created  beings.

The  curse  of  telling  lies

(6) There  is  another  subtle  and  very  significant  point  here. According  to  these  verses,  the  hypocrites  would  meet  with  a  grievous punishment  for  having  told  lies.  Now,  their  greatest  crime  was disbelief  and  hypocrisy  in  matters  of  faith,  and  they  had  been committing  other  crimes  as well,  like  nursing  envy  and  malice  against Muslims  in  their  hearts  and  actually  conspiring  against  them.  And  yet here  the  grievous  punishment  has  been  connected  with  their  habit  of telling  lies.  This  is  an  indication  that  basically  this  nefarious  habit was  their  real  crime,  which  gradually  led  them  to  hypocrisy  and disbelief.  In  other  words,  although  hypocrisy  and  disbelief  are  much greater  crimes, yet  they  arise  from  the  habit  of  telling  lies.  That  is  why the  Holy  Qur’an  combines  the  sin  of  lying  with  the  sin  of  idol  worship in  the  same  phrase:

“Guard yourselves  against  the  filth  of  idols  and  against  telling lies”  (Qur’an 22:30)

Who  are  reformers  and  mischief-makers

(7) As  these  verses  report,  when  the  hypocrites  were  asked  not  to spread  disorder  in  the  land  through  their  prevarication  and  double dealing,  they  used  to  reply  emphatically :”We are  nothing but  reformers.”  The  word  Innuma  (nothing  but),  used  in the  Arabic text,  indicates  not  merely  emphasis  but  exclusivity.  So,  their  reply would  mean  that  they  were  nothing  but  reformers,  the  servants  of order,  and  that  their  activities  could  have  nothing  to  do  with  disorder. Commenting  on  their  reply,  the  Holy  Qur’an  says:

“Beware, it  is,  in  fact,  they  who  spread  disorder,  but  they  are not  aware.”

Now,  we  learn  two  things  from  this  comment.  Firstly,  the  activities of  the  hypocrites  did  actually  produce  disorder  in  the  land.  Secondly, they  did  not  indulge  in  these  activities  with  the  express  intention  or design  of  creating  ‘disorder  –  they  were  not  even  aware  of  the possibility  that  their  actions  could  be  the  cause  of  disorder.  For,  among the  things  which  spread  disorder  in  the  world,  there  are  some  which are  commonly  recognized  to  be  mischievous  and  disorderly  activities, and  hence  every  sensible  and  conscientious  man  refrains  from  them e.g.,  theft,  robbery,  murder,  rape  etc.;  on  the  other  hand,  there  are some  which  in  their  external  aspect  do  not  appear  to  be  mischief  or
disorder,  but,  working  unseen,  they  have  the  necessary  consequence  of destroying  the  morals  of  men  which,  in  its  turn,  opens  the  door  to  all kinds  of  disorder.

This  is  exactly  what  the  hypocrites  were  doing.  No  doubt,  they refrained  from  theft,  robbery  etc.;  it  was  on  this  count  that  they  denied their  being  mischievous,  and  emphatically  asserted  that  they  were serving  the  cause  of  order.  But  all  this  while  they  had  been  freely giving  vent  to  their  malice  and  envy  by  conspiring  with  the  enemies  of the  Muslims.  These  are  things  which  finally  bring  man  down  to  the level  of  beasts.  Once  he  has  lost  his  awareness  of  ethical  values  and human  decency,  even  an  average  man  becomes  an  agent  of  social disorder  –  of  a  disorder  much  greater  than  that  released  by  thieves  or robbers,  or  even  beasts  are  capable  of  producing.  For,  the  mischief  of robbers  and  beasts  can  be  controlled  by  the  physical  power  of  law  and government.  But  laws  are  made  and  enforced  by  men.  What  happens to  laws,  when  man  has  ceased  to  be  man,  can  easily  be  witnessed  all around  us  in  the  world  of  today.  Everyone  takes  it  for  granted  that humanity  is  on  the  march  and  the  modern  man  is  so  far. the  ultimate in  civilization;  the  network  of  educational  institutions  covers  every hamlet  on  the  face  of  the  earth;  legislative  bodies  keep  buzzing  night and  day;  organizations  for  the  promulgation  of  laws  spend  billions, and  circumlocution  offices  proliferate.  And  yet  crime  and  disorder  keep in  step with  the  march  of  civilization.  The  reason  is  simple.

Law  is  not  an automatic  machine;  it  requires  men  to  make  it  work. If  man  ceases  to  be  man,  neither  laws  nor  bureaucratic  agencies  can provide  a  remedy  for  the  all-pervading  disorder.  It  is  for  this  that  the greatest  benefactor  of  mankind,  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) concentrated  all his  attention  on  making  men  real  men  –  in  all  the  plenitude  of  the term.  Once  this  has  been  achieved,  crime  or  disorder  comes  to  an  end of  itself  without  the  help  of  enormous  police  forces  and  extensive system  of  law-courts.  As  long  as  people  acted  upon  his  teachings  in certain  parts  of  the  world,  man  saw  a  kind  of  peace  and  order  prevail the  like  of  which  had  never  been  witnessed  before  nor  is  likely  to  be witnessed  when  these  teachings  are  abandoned  or  disregarded.

In  so  far  as  actual  practice  is  concerned,  the  essence  of  the
teachings  of  the  Holy  Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) is  fear  of  Allah  and solicitude  for  the  assessment  of  one’s  deeds  on  the  Day  of  Judgment.  If these  are  absent,  no  constitution  or  legal  code,  nor  administrative  body or  university  can  force  or  induce  man  to  keep  away  from  crime.  Those who  run  the  world  in  our  day  invent  ever-new  administrative measures  to  prevent  crime,  but  they  not  only  neglect  the  very  soul  of administration,  the  fear  of  Allah,  but  even  deploy  the  means  of destroying  it  –  all  of  which  has  the  necessary  consequence  that  the remedy  only  helps  to  feed  the  malady.

To  another  aspect  of  the  question,  it  is  easy  enough  to  find  a  cure for  thieves  and  robbers  and  for  all  those  who  create  disorder  openly. But  the  miscreants  who  have  been  described  in  these  verses  always appear  in  the  garb  of  reformers,  brandishing  colourful  schemes  of social  amelioration  which  are  only  a  mask  for  personal  interests,  and for  raising  the  slogan : “We  are  nothing  but  reformers.” Hence  it  is  that  Allah,  while  asking  men  not  to  spread  disorder  on  the earth,  has  also  said  in  another  place:

“And  Allah  knows  the  one  who  makes  mischief  distinct  from him  who  promotes  good.” (Qur’an 2:220)

This  is  an  indication  that  Allah  alone knows  the  states  of  men’s hearts  and  their  intentions,  and  He  alone  knows  the  nature  and consequences  of  each  human  deed  as  to  whether  it  would  help  the cause  of  order  or  of  disorder.  So,  to  serve  the  cause  of  order,  it  is  not sufficient  merely  to  possess  such  an  intention;  much  more  essential than  that  is  to orient  oneself  in  thought  and  deed  in  harmony  with  the Shari’ah, for  an  action  may,  in  spite  of  the  best  intentions,  sometimes result  in  mischief  and  disorder,  if  it  is  not  guided  by  the  shari’ah.

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The Origin of the Evil Zionist/Freemasonic Ideology

ZIONISM

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               Temple of Jerusalem

In the sixth century B.C, the Assyrians finally succeeded in the sacking Jerusalem, and taking the remaining Jewish population into captivity, this time to the city of Babylon, near what is now Baghdad in Iraq. The tragedy was of enormous psychological consequence for Jewish people. The presence of the Jewish people in the Holy Land was regarded by many as a core tenet of their faith. According to the Bible, God had ratified a covenant between Himself and Abraham (Ibraheem alayhissalaam), to grant the land of Palestine to his descendants. This promise, however, was contingent on the Jewish people adhering to the Commandments of the Law. Ultimately, their Exile was a punishment fulfilled for their repeated transgressions and occult leanings.

Nevertheless, there were some among the Jewish exiles, who chose not to regard their captivity as a punishment, but as a temporary trial. Instead, they interpreted their status as God’s “Chosen” as a permanent relationship, and that the Promise to inhabit the land of Zion, or Palestine, was binding forever. Thus, this new Zionist interpretation was closely intertwined with the mystical directions of the Kabbalah. Therefore, this new Zionist interpretation was a bastardization of the real intent of the Jewish faith, and, as we shall see, was not an integral part of it, but was, through the centuries, increasingly imposed upon the rest of the Jewish community, by a minority committed to this diabolical scheme.

In Babylon, these heretical Jews, who refused to purge their religion of pagan influences, instead added to them the adopted practices of Babylonian magic. However, knowing that magic was forbidden in Judaism, they rejected the God of Israel, choosing instead to honor Lucifer (Shaitaan), who they identified with the traditional enemy of the Hebrew faith, Baal. In order not to reveal their apostasy, they disguised their hidden faith as an “interpretation” of the religion, a cult now known as the Kabbalah.

This development is carefully described in the Qur’an, which explains that, though it was claimed the Kabbalah was derived originally from King Solomon’s era (Sulayman alayhissalaam), it was demons who taught such things, teaching them that which had been revealed to the angels Harut and Marut in Babylon. According to the Qur’an, chapter 2: 101-102:

When a messenger was sent to them (the Jews) by God confirming the revelations they had already received some of them turned their backs (to God’s message) as if they had no knowledge of it. They followed what the demons attributed to the reign of Solomon. But Solomon did not blaspheme, it was the demons who blasphemed, teaching men magic and such things as were revealed at Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (such things) without saying; “we are a trial, so do not blaspheme.” They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not harm anyone except by God’ s permission. And they learned what harmed them, not what benefited them. And they knew that the purchasers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the hereafter. And vile was the price for which they sold their souls, if they but knew.

Borrowing from Jewish themes, therefore, these Kabbalists would seek world domination by arguing that they were preparing the world for the coming of the Messiah, and merely aiding God in bringing about His promise to institute them as rulers of the world. Having rejected the Jewish faith, however, they did not await the real Messiah, but would seek to establish their own ruler, who they would falsely claim as messiah, who would aid them in implementing the global acceptance of their occult creed.

THE CHALDEAN MAGI

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Adoration of the Magi by Hieronymus Bosch

The ancient world of the sixth century B.C was not yet familiar with the Jewish people and their religion. Therefore, when these Kabbalists/Zionists emerged from Babylon to disseminate their ideas, particularly among the Greeks, they were confusedly identified with the traditional Babylonian priests, known as the Chaldean Magi. The broad dissemination of these ideas had followed the release of the Jews from captivity by the Persians, led by Cyrus the Great, who had conquered Babylon in 539 BC [1]

The Magi, according to Herodotus, were a tribe of the Medes, within the Persian Empire. The rise of the Persian Empire began in 553 BC, when Cyrus the Great, king of the Persians, rebelled against his grandfather, the Mede King Astyages. Thus the Medes were subjected to their close kin, the Persians.

The Persians were Zoroastrians, the religion of the prophet Zoroaster, and the Magi were their priests. The Magi, according to Herodotus, were a tribe of the Medes, within the Persian Empire.

According to tradition, in 588 BC, Zoroaster converted the king Hystaspes. The wife of Hystaspes, Rhodah, Princess of Persia, had first been married to Zorobabel, third Jewish Exilarch of Babylon[2]. Their son, Darius, , through a conspiracy on the part of the Magi, eventually became Emperor.

Cyrus the Great, and later his son and successor, Cambyses, initially curtailed the power of the Magi. As pointed out by Franz Cumont, perhaps the leading scholar of the last century, although Zoroastrianism was originally monotheistic, the Magi quickly corrupted their religion, infusing with Babylonian elements. This point has caused much confusion among scholars, who have failed to properly assess Cumont’s studies. Because, they fail to see that when numerous ancient historians refer to the Magi, they do not refer to orthodox worshippers of Zoroaster, but these corrupting Magi.

Most interestingly, the ideas attributed to these “Magi” mirror those doctrines which later came to be acknowledged as the Kabbalah. It was they, in the sixth century BC, who developed the pseudo-science of astrology. Scholars have demonstrated that, though Babylonian religion was much concerned with astral themes, the cult of astrology could not have been invented until the sixth century BC, because of the lack of an accurate calendar system.[3] In the Book of
, Chapter 2:48, the prophet Daniel himself is made chief of the “wise men” of Babylon, that is of the Magi or Chaldeans, and yet remains faithful to the laws of his own religion.

Thus, this new cult of astrology and magic was incorporated into the rites of the dying-god. Mithras, the ancient god of the Persians, was assimilated to Baal, and occult mysteries and black arts were dedicated to him, which became the core of all later Ancient Mysteries.

In 522 BC, while Cambyses was in Egypt, a Magi named Gaumata seized power, claiming to be Smerdis, Cambyses’ brother, knowing that Cambyses had secretly killed the real Smerdis. Though Cambyses tried to advance on the usurper, he somehow died, some say by suicide. According to Herodotus, Otanes, likely the same as “Osthanes”, Cambyses’ uncle, became suspicious of the false Smerdis. From his daughter, who was married to the imposter, he learned that Smerdis was in reality a Magi. A counter-coup by Osthanes and six other nobles was then planned, until Darius, the son of Hystaspes, arrived and sided with them. Darius and Otanes debated whether to strike at once, which Darius favored, or to wait, which seemed better to Otanes. Darius’ strategy won out, the seven killed the false Smerdis, and Darius became Emperor.

THE PHOENICIANS

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Procession of the Trojan Horse in Troy by Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo

As the Persian Empire expanded, Magian doctrines were exported to the rest of the known world, particularly to Greece. This is important towards understanding the central role that ancient Greece plays in the cult and history of the Illuminati Zionist Freemasonry. From the seventh century B.C onward, Greece had been subject to a steady infusion of “Phoenician” immigrants, who gave Greece much of its culture, beginning with its alphabet, which is still the basis of the one we use today. Contrary to our modern perception of it, Ancient Greece was fundamentally a Middle Eastern civilization. The case for the foreign origin of Greek culture is such that, a little over fifty years ago, a German scholar had said:

…in view of this state of affairs it could not be called out of the way to ask what there was in Archaic Greece that did not come from the orient.

Numerous genealogies claim that Ilus, the grandfather of Priam, was descended from Zerah, the son of Judah from Tamar, and the brother of Peres, and that he married Electra, the daughter of Atlas the Titan [4]. According to Flavius Josephus, first century Jewish historian, Zerah’ son Dara, or Darda, was also Dardanus, after whom the straight of the Dardanelles is named. From his sons, several nations have claimed descent, including the Goths, descended from his daughter Troanna. Priam’s daughter Cassandra married Aeneas, who are the reputed ancestors of the Romans, Brutus and the kings of Scotland. And from Helenus King of Troy are descended the Sicambrians, later known as Franks.

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                Bacchants killing Orpheus

According to Homer, in the Iliad , in his account of the war, the contingent of Greeks hidden within the Trojan Horse were Danaans. Purportedly, Greece had originally been colonized by remnants of the tribe of Dan, known to Greek historians as Danaans. The Danaans were a people regarded by the Greeks as being of Phoenician origin. The Greeks, however, had no knowledge of the Israelites until the fourth century B.C. Therefore, they were confused with the Canaanites of Palestine, and referred to as Phoenicians. The conquests of Greece by the Dorians, also known as Heraklids, as well, has been equated with the Denyen Sea Peoples, or Danites of the Tribe of Dan, who devastated Mediterranean civilization in the twelfth century, coinciding with the penetration of the Israelites into the Promised Land.

Heccataeus of Abdera, a Greek historian of the fourth century BC, confirms the hypothesis when, referring to the Egyptians, he explained:

The natives of the land surmised that unless they removed the foreigners [Israelites] their troubles would never be resolved. At once, therefore, the aliens were driven from the country and the most outstanding and active among them branded together and, as some say, were cast ashore in Greece and certain other regions; their teachers were notable men, among them being Danaus and Cadmus. But the greater number were driven into what is now called Judea, which is not far from Egypt and at that time was utterly uninhabited. The colony was headed by a man called Moses. [5]

Already as early as the sixth century B.C, the influence of the Magi resulted in the emergence of the Mysteries of Dionysus among the Greeks. The legendary founder of the rites of Dionysus was known to have been Orpheus. Artapanus, a Jewish philosopher of the third century BC, declared of Moses that, “as a grown man he was called Musaeus by the Greeks. This Musaeus was the teacher of Orpheus.” Certainly, Moses was not the author of heretical doctrines developed in the sixth century BC, nearly a thousand years after his death. Still, these writers at least acknowledged the Jewish origin of the Greek mystical ideas.

The Magi would have adapted the Babylonian Bel to their own Mithras, who was then known as Dionysus among the Greeks, and their rites were as described by Clement of Alexandria:

The raving Dionysus is worshipped by Bacchants with orgies, in which they celebrate their sacred frenzy by a feast of raw flesh. Wreathed with snakes, they perform the distribution of portions of their victims, shouting the name Eva (Eua), that Eva through whom error entered into the world; and a consecrated snake is the emblem of the Bacchic orgies. [6]

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher of the sixth century BC, equated the rites of Dionysus/Bacchus with those of the Magi, and commented: “if it were for Dionysus that they hold processions and sing hymns to the shameful parts [phalli], it would be a most shameless act; but Hades and Dionysus are the same, in whose honor they go mad and celebrate the Bacchic rites,”[7] and of the “Nightwalkers, Magi, Bacchoi, Lenai, and the initiated,” all these people he threatens with what happens after death: “for the secret rites practiced among humans are celebrated in an unholy manner.” [8]

R C Zaehner has pointed out that, though the worship evil spirits was strictly forbidden in the orthodox version of the faith, the accounts of Greek authors accord in many respects with the doctrines of those referred to in Zoroastrian literature, as “sorcerers” or “deava worshippers”, or devil-worshippers. As these texts criticized, the Magi worshipped Ahriman, the Zoroastrian equivalent of the devil. [9]

PLATO

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                             Plato

Essentially, while the Kabbalah can be traced back to Babylon, it was not there that its initial doctrines were expounded in literary form, but in ancient Greece. Though the Jews were allowed to return to Palestine by Cyrus the Great, no evidence of Jewish literature makes its appearance until the third century A.D. Rather, the earliest elaboration of Kabbalistic doctrines takes place in Greece, among the so-called philosophers, and particularly Pythagoras, and later Plato, who has long been regarded as the godfather of this tradition.

The cult Orpheus, known as Orphism, became the basis of the philosophical cult developed by Pythagoras.[10] Accounts of Pythagoras having journeyed to Babylon for his learning are extensive. Through his influence, these ideas were then transmitted to Plato. Therefore, according to Momigliano, in Alien Wisdom, “it was Plato who made Persian wisdom thoroughly fashionable, though the exact place of Plato in the story is ambiguous and paradoxical.”[11] Actually, Plato’s position is not so ambiguous. A scholars and Momigliano are merely troubled that it evident that Plato, who is otherwise considered the example of Greek “rationality”, was evidently immersed in occult thought.

Though Plato is regarded as the greatest philosopher of Western civilization, he is not deserving of that reputation, and only achieved notoriety over the last two hundred and fifty years, through the influence of the Illuminati press, who regard him as the founder of their doctrines. Throughout the centuries, occultists have regarded Plato as the great founder of their agenda, and even Jewish Kabbalists regarded him as an exponent of their ideas. Essentially, while the Kabbalah was incepted in Babylon, it was Plato who first elaborated upon the Zionist principle of world domination, by formulating its vision for a totalitarian state, to be governed by the “Chosen People”, in this case, Kabbalists.

Historians have entirely failed to recognize the presence of Kabbalistic doctrines in Plato because of their ignorance of the cult of the Magi. Scholars have generally dismissed any such influence, because, in their minds, there is no apparent influence of Zoroastrianism in Greek thought. This is correct. Rather, it was Franz Cumont, the greatest scholar of the twentieth century, and whose significance has yet to be recognized, who established that the Greeks did not come into contact with Zoroastrians, but heretical “Magi”, called Magusseans, who were influenced by Babylonian doctrines.

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In antiquity, the reputation of Plato’s purported connection with the Magi was widespread. According to Aristobulus, a third century BC Jewish philosopher, Plato had access to translations of Jewish texts, and therefore, “it is evident that Plato imitated our legislation and that he had investigated thoroughly each of the elements in it… For he was very learned, as was Pythagoras, who transferred many of our doctrines and integrated them into his own beliefs. [12]

Eudoxus of Cnidus, who seems to have acted as head of the Academy during Plato’s absence, traveled to Babylon and Egypt, studying at Heliopolis, where he learned the “priestly wisdom” and astrology. According to Pliny, Eudoxus “wished magic [the cult of the Magi] to be recognized as the most noble and useful of the schools of philosophy.” [13]

In the Laws, Plato proposed astrological idea, about which E. R. Dodds, who is skeptical of the extent of Magian influence on Plato’s thought, is willing to concede that:

…the proposals of the Laws do seem to give the heavenly bodies a religious importance which they lacked in ordinary Greek cult, though there may have been partial precedents in Pythagorean thought and usage. And in the Epinomis, which I am inclined to regard either as Plato’s own work or as put together by his Nachlass (unpublished works), we meet with something that is certainly Oriental, and is frankly presented as such, the proposal for public worship of the planets. [14]

The Epinomis , which is either a work of Plato, or his pupil Philip of Opus, is clearly influenced by the Magi. According to the Epinomis, that science which makes men most wise, is astrology. Astrology, claims the author, proffers man with knowledge of numbers, in other words, numerology, without which man cannot attain to a knowledge of virtue. This knowledge, according to the author, belonged originally to the Egyptians and the Syrians, “from when the knowledge has reached to all countries, including our own, after having been tested by thousands of years and time without end.”

However, the great treatise of Kabbalistic thought in the Greek language is the Timaeus. Like the Epinomis, the Timaeus categorizes the purpose of life as to study astrology. But, it is in the Republic that Plato articulates the need for a totalitarian state to be governed by philosopher-kings, who are to be instructed in this pseudo-science. When asked to provide details about this instruction, in last chapter of The Republic, Plato recounts what is called the Myth of Er. Er, the son of an Asian named Armenius, who died in a war but returned to life to act as a messenger from the other world.

Colotes, a philosopher of the third century BC, accused Plato of plagiarism, maintaining that he substituted Er’s name for that of Zoroaster. Clement of Alexandria and Proclus quote from a work entitled On Nature, attributed to Zoroaster, in which he is equated with Er.[15] Quoting the opening of the work, Clement mentions:

Zoroaster, then, writes: “These things I wrote, I Zoroaster, the son of Armenius, a Pamphylian by birth: having died in battle, and been in Hades, I learned them of the gods.” [16]

This Zoroaster, Plato says, having been placed on the funeral pyre, rose again to life in twelve days. He alludes perchance to the resurrection, or perchance to the fact that the path for souls to ascension lies through the twelve signs of the zodiac; and he himself says, that the descending pathway to birth is the same. In the same way we are to understand the twelve labours of Hercules, after which the soul obtains release from this entire world.

The Republic provided the basis for all future Illuminati projects, including the elimination of marriage and the family, compulsory education, the use of eugenics by the state, and the employment of deceptive propaganda methods. According to Plato, “all these women shall be wives in common to all the men, and not one of them shall live privately with any man; the children too should be held in common so that no parent shall know which is his own offspring, and no child shall know his parent.” This belief is associated with a need for eugenics, as “the best men must cohabit with the best women in as many cases as possible and the worst with the worst in the fewest, and that the offspring of the one must be reared and that of the other not, if the flock is to be as perfect as possible.” More pernicious still is his prescription for infanticide: “The offspring of the inferior, and any of those of the other sort who are born defective, they will properly dispose of in secret, so that no one will know what has become of them. That is the condition of preserving the purity of the guardians’ breed.” [17]

Compulsory schooling is to be implemented in order to separate children from their parents, to have them indoctrinated in the ideals of the state:

They [philosopher-kings] will begin by sending out into the country all the inhabitants of the city who are more than ten years old, and will take possession of their children, who will be unaffected by the habits of their parents; these they will train in their own habits and laws, I mean in the laws which we have given them: and in this way the State and constitution of which we were speaking will soonest and most easily attain happiness, and the nation which has such a constitution will gain most. [18]

As for propaganda, according to Plato, “Our rulers will find a considerable dose of falsehood and deceit necessary for the good of their subjects”. He further explains, “Rhetoric … is a producer of persuasion for belief, not for instruction in the matter of right and wrong. And so the rhetorician’s business is not to instruct a law court or a public meeting in matters of right and wrong, but only to make them believe; since, I take it, he could not in a short while instruct such a mass of people in matters so important.”

ALEXANDER OF MACEDONIA

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                        Alexander

In the year 367 BC, at the age of seventeen, Aristotle had become a member of Plato’s Academy, while Eudoxus of Cnidus was its head. And though Aristotle probably did not write the work On the Magi attributed to him, he was convinced that the planets and the fixed stars influenced life on earth. Aristotle, was then the teacher of Alexander the Great, whose conquests incepted what is known as the Hellenistic Age, a period that saw the penetration of Greaco-Kabbalistic culture throughout much of the Mediterranean world.

The Hellenistic Age was also the beginning of the first identifiable contacts between Greeks and Jews. Clearchus of Soli, a disciple of Aristotle, maintained that his master had conversed with a Jew, and that his master claimed that, “as he had lived with many learned men, he communicated to us more information than he received from us. [19]

As well, according to both the Talmud and Josephus’ Antiquities, the High Priest of the Temple in Jerusalem, fearing that Alexander would destroy the city, went out to meet him. The narrative describes how Alexander, upon seeing the High Priest, dismounted and bowed to him. In Josephus’ account, when asked by his general, to explain his actions, Alexander answered, “I did not bow before him, but before that God who has honored him with the high Priesthood; for I saw this very person in a dream, in this very apparel.” Alexander interpreted the vision of the High Priest as a good omen and thus spared Jerusalem, peacefully absorbing the Land of Israel into his growing empire. As tribute to his benign conquest, the Sages decreed that the Jewish firstborn of that time be named Alexander, which remains a Jewish name to this very day. [20]

After his death, Alexander’s generals broke up the empire, establishing realms of their own. Antigonus governed Macedonia and Greece. Seleucus became satrap of Babylonia, founding the Seleucid Empire, that at its greatest extent stretched from Bulgaria in Europe to the border of India. Phoenicia, fell to Ptolemy Sotor, who inaugurated the Ptolemaic dynasty that ruled Egypt.

By David Livingstone

Also Read: The Mystery Beneath Masjid Al Aqsa and the Dajjalic “New World Order”

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FOOTNOTES:

[1] Livingstone. The Dying God. p. 93.
[2] James Allen Dow, “Rhodah (Princess) of PERSIA”,
[3] Luck. Arcana Mundi, p.311
[4] James Allen Down, “Zerah (Zehrah Zarah) ibn JUDAH”,
[5] Diodorus Siculus. Universal History. XL: 3.2
[6] Clement of Alexandria.Exhortation to the Greeks, 2.12
[7] Clement. Protreptic, 34.5, quoted fr. A Presocratics Reader, p. 39
[8] Clement. Protreptic, 22.2, quoted fr. A Presocratics Reader, p. 39
[9]Greater Bundahishn, 182. 2. quoted form Zeahner, Zurvan, p. 15
[10]The Dying God. p. 130 – 145
[11]Alien Wisdom, p. 142
[12] Eusebius. 13.12.1f.
[13]Natural History, XXX: 3
[14]The Greeks and the Irrational, p. 233 n. 70
[15] Proclus, In Rem Publicam Platonis, quoted from Bidez & Cumont, Les Mages Hellenisees, t. II, p. 159.
[16]Stromata, Book V, Chap 14
[17]Plato and Totalitarianism.
[18]Plato’s Royal Lies.
[19] In his first book concerning sleep, according to Josephus, Against Apion, I:22.
[20]Talmud (Yoma 69a) and Antiquities (XI, 321-47).

The Black Banners From Khurasan

The Bilad-e-Khurasan in Making

Research Paper by Bilal Khan, March 30th, 2008 

The Ancient Khurasan:

The ancient Khurasan was the last eastern province of the Persian Empire. Khurasan, in Persian, means the “land of the sunrise”, a natural synonym for East. The term was loosely applied to territories of Persia east and north east of Dasht-e-Kavir.
Emperor Babur wrote in his memoirs [1] that Indians used to call all non-Indians as Khurasanis. Regarding the boundary of Hindustan (India) and Khurasan, it is written: “On the road between Hindustan and Khurasan, there are two great marts: the one Kabul, the other Kandahar.

In modern day world the ancient Khurasan is divided into five central Asian countries i.e.

1. Iran
2. Afghanistan
3. Tajikistan
4. Turkmenistan
5. Uzbekistan

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The largest part of the ancient Khurasan is in Afghanistan today.

The present day cities of these modern countries would give a better idea of the geographical map of the ancient Khurasan. These cities include:

1. Nishapur and Tus in Iran.
2. Herat, Balkh, Ghazni and Kabul in Afghanistan
3. Khujand and Panjakent in Tajikistan
4. Merv and Sanjan in Turkmenistan
5. Samarqand and Bukhara in Uzbekistan

Ghulam Mohammad Ghubar, an ethnic Tajik scholar and historian from Afghanistan, talks of Proper Khurasan and Improper Khurasan in his book titled “Khurasan”. According to him, Proper Khurasan contained regions lying between Balkh (in the East), Merv (in the North), Sijistan (in the South), Nishapur (in the West) and Herat, known as The Pearl of Khurasan, in the center. While Improper Khurasan’s boundaries extended to Kabul and Ghazni in the East, Balochistan and Zabulistan in the South, Transoxiana and Khwarezm in the North and Damaghan and Gurgan in the West.

Khurasan in Islamic Prophecies:

Khurasan plays an important role in the Islamic prophecies of end times, the wars before appearance of Dajjal and the second coming of Jesus Christ (‘Eesa alayhissalaam).

One must wonder why Afghanistan has been the centre stage of the world for more than three decades now. What is there in the barren land of rugged mountains of Afghanistan that attracted almost every super power in the course of history?

Every super power in the world, since the time of Alexander the Great till the United States, have turned to Afghanistan when it was their turn to fall from grace.

God has His own ways of making histories and turn fates.

We have already established that Afghanistan has the most land area of ancient Khurasan in it. The Islamic prophecies that speak of the appearance of Imam Mehdi also speak of an army of black flags from Khurasan that will come to help Imam Mehdi to establish his Caliphate in the Holy Ka’abah.

“ Narrated by Hazrat Abdullah bin Masood (radhiyallahu anhu) that Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: A Nation will come from the east with black flags and they will ask for some “Khair” (because of them being needy) but the people will not give them, then, they will fight and win over those people (who did not give them what they asked). Now the people will give them what they asked for but they will not accept it until they will hand it over to a person from my progeny who will fill this earth with justice just as it was previously filled with oppression and tyranny. So if anyone of you finds this nation (i.e. from the east with black flags) then you must join them even if you have to crawl over ice”  [2]

We have to keep in mind that the holy Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) lived most his life in Makkah and the last 10 years in Madinah in present day Saudi Arabia. Geographically there are only three Muslim countries, today, in exact east of Saudi Arabia i.e. Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. So it becomes easy for us to establish that whoever this army of black flags is, it belongs to one or more of these three countries.

Another Hadith says:

“Abu Huraira (radhiyallahu anhu) reported Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) saying: You have heard about a city; the one side of which is in the land and the other is in the sea (Constantinople). They said: Allah’s Messenger, Yes. There upon he said: The last hour would come unless seventy thousand persons from Bani Ishaq would attack it. When they would land there, they will neither fight with weapons nor would show arrows but would only say: There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest, that one side of it would fall. Thaur (one of the narrators) said: I think that he said: The part by the side of the ocean. Then they would say for the second time: There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest that the second side would also fall, and they would say: There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest, that the gates would be opened for them and they would enter therein and, they would be collecting spoils of war and distributing them amongst themselves that a noise would be heard and it would be said: Verily, Dajjal has come. And thus they would everything there and would turn to him.” [3]

Constantinople is present day Istanbul and this particular Hadith verifies that it would be either siding with Anti-Imam Mehdi forces or would be occupied by Non-Muslims in the time of Imam Mehdi. From other Ahadith we get clarified that this attack on Istanbul by seventy thousand people of Bani Ishaq or the descendants of Prophet Isaac (alayhissalaam) would be led by Imam Mehdi himself. In the language of Ahadith seventy thousand means a very large number, it may or may not be actually seventy thousand. The descendants of Prophet Isaac (alayhissalaam) have been referred with different names in religious scriptures and in different Ahadith i.e. Aal-e-Haroon, Nation of Liberated Slaves and Bani-Israel.

Israel is the alternate name of Prophet Ya’qub (alayhissalaam) (Biblical Jacob) who was the son of Prophet Ishaaq (alayhissalaam)(Biblical Isaac). Haroon (alayhissalaam) or Aaron was the brother of Musa (alayhissalaam) (Moses) and both of them were descendants of Ishaaq (alayhissalaam) and Ya’qub (alayhissalaam). So the army of Imam Mehdi will be from the descendants of Prophet Ishaq (alayhissalaam) and Ya’qub (alayhissalaam) or popularly Bani-Israel.

Now, the very term Israel itself hints of the present day Jewish nation-state of Israel and one would ask why Israel would help Imam Mehdi. No, they certainly will not. This army of Imam Mehdi that will come from the East, with black flags, will be from Bani-Israel who would already be Muslims.

One of the Ahadith further elaborate:

“Narrated by Abdur Rehman Al-Jarshi that I heard companion of Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), Hazrat Amr Bin Marra Al-Jamli (radhiyallahu anhu) that Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: Surely Black Flags will appear from the Khurasan until the people (under the leadership of this flag) will tie their horses with the Olive Trees between Bait-e-Lahya and Harasta. We asked are there any Olive trees between these places: He said, “If there isn’t then soon it will grow so that those people (of Khurasan) will come and tie their horses there.” (4)

Another of the Ahadith says:

“Abu Huraira (radhiyallahu anhu) says that Rasulullah (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: (Armies carrying) black flags will come from Khurasan, no power will be able to stop them and they will finally reach Eela (Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem) where they will erect their flags” (5)

Interestingly, another Hadith says:

“Anas ibn Malik narrated that Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: The Dajjal would be followed by seventy thousand Jews of Isfahan wearing Persian shawls.” (6)

Now, from the above three Ahadith we can establish that the army of Mehdi will consist of Muslims from Bani-Israel from Khurasan holding black flags. No power in the world will be able to stop them till they reach Jerusalem and erect their flags where there is Aqsa Mosque standing today.

Dajjal will also have an army of Bani-Israel. Both Muslim and Christian sources (other than evangelical Christians) establish that the Anti-Christ will be a Jewish Leader. The Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) clears that the Dajjal will have an army of Persian Jews from Isfahan. Interestingly, Iran supports the largest Jewish population in the Muslim world of approximately 40,000 mainly in Tehran, Isfahan and Shiraz. [7] It has already been said that in Hadith language 70 thousands mean a very large number that may or may not be actually 70 thousand.

This leaves us with the judgment that Imam Mehdi will lead an army of Muslim Bani-Israel from Khurasan and Dajjal will lead an army of Jew Bani-Israel from Isfahan.

Israel and the Lost Tribes:

In order to find out who these Muslims Bani-Israel from Khurasan are, it would be important to critically examine the history of Israelites.

Prophet Jacob or Hazrat Ya’qoob (alayhissalaam) in Arabic, was the son of Prophet Isaac or Ishaq (alayhissalaam) in Urdu and grandson of Prophet Abraham (Qur’anic Ibraheem alayhissalaam). He was popularly known by his alternate name “Israel”. All of his children were subsequently called Bani-Israel or Israelites i.e. the descendants of Israel (Jacob).

Prophet Jacob (Ya’qub alayhissalaam) had twelve sons, one of which was Prophet Joseph  or Hazrat Yousuf (alayhissalaam) in Arabic and Prophet Joseph (Yousuf alayhissalaam) had two sons. The Bani-Israel, consequently, are divided into thirteen tribes i.e. eleven from Prophet Jacob (Ya’qub alayhissalaam) and two from Prophet Joseph (Yousuf alayhissalaam). The names of these sons of Jacob (Ya’qub alayhissalaam) and Joseph (Yousuf alayhissalaam), which are in turn the names of the tribes of Bani-Israel, are:

1. Reuben
2. Simeon
3. Judah
4. Issachar
5. Zebulun
6. Dan
7. Naphtali
8. Gad
9. Asher
10. Levi
11. Benjamin
12. Ephraim (son of Joseph)
13. Manasseh (son of Joseph)

According to Bible, the descendants of Jacob (AS) united to form the first united Monarchy or Kingdom of Israel in approximately 1050 BCE. King David, or known as Prophet David  or Hazrat Dawood (alayhissalaam) to Muslims, was the second King of this Kingdom and also the father of the famous King Solomon or Hazrat Suleiman (alayhissalaam) for Muslims. David (Dawood alayhissalaam) and his son Solomon (Suleiman alayhissalaam) constructed the Temple Mount of the Jews on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem. This temple is also known as the First Temple. The temple was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon in 597 BCE. Nebuchadnezzar II not only destroyed the temple and conquered Jerusalem but also took the Jewish people along with him as slaves to Babylon where they stayed until Cyrus the Great (the founder of ancient Persian Empire) destroyed Babylon. The Persians allowed the Jews to return to the Holy Land where they constructed the Temple Mount again in 516 BCE known as Second Temple until the Temple was destroyed again by the Romans in 70 CE.

Interestingly, in 722 BCE the Assyrians under Shalmaneser V and then under Sargon II conquered the northern Kingdom of Israel, destroyed its capital Samaria and sent the Israelites into exile and captivity in Khurasan.

In Jewish popular culture, the ten tribes disappeared from history, leaving only the tribes of Benjamin, Judah and Levi to become the ancestors of modern day Jews.

Today, many ethnic groups claim descent from the lost tribes of Israel. Let us see who among them is located in the geographical Khurasan and are Muslims as well (to keep our track to find the army of Imam Mehdi).

1. Bene-Ephraim in Southern India – are Jews.
2. Bnei-Menashe in Northeast India – are Jews.
3. Beta Israel in Ethiopia – are Jews.
4. Persian and Bukharan Jews in Isfahan, Iran – are Jews.
5. Igbo of Nigeria – are Jews.
7. Samaritans in Israel – are Jews
8. The Lemba tribe in South Africa – religious practice similar to Jews.
9. House of Israel in Ghana – are Jews
10. Pashtuns or Pathans in Afghanistan/Pakistan – are Muslims
11. Kashmiris in Indo-Pakistan – are Muslims
12. Jews of Kaifeng – are Jews

In all these ethnic groups, there are only two groups that are Muslims and only one group that is geographically present in Khurasan i.e. the Pathans of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The only group that is warlike, undefeated and untamed throughout the course of history, staunch in religious fervor, filled with honor and pride and is unforgiving of its enemy; one that will fight its enemy until one of them is dead.

One now starts to understand why Afghanistan is the center of the world and why Pakistan became Independent of United India?
God has His own ways of making histories and turn fates.

Israeli History of Pashtuns

The Pashtuns or Pathans are the world’s largest patriarchal ethnic group in existence with an estimated population of around 40 Million distributed in present day countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, UAE, Iran, UK, USA and India with the largest population in Pakistan that is approximately 28 Million.

A lot of research has been done on the origin of Pashtuns. Taaqati-Nasiri, a book that records historical traces of Pashtuns, states that in the 7th century a people called the Bani Israel settled in Ghor, southeast of Herat, Afghanistan, and then migrated south and east. These Bani Israel references are in line with the commonly held view by Pashtuns that when the twelve tribes of Israel were dispersed the tribe of Joseph, among other Hebrew tribes, settled in the region. [8] Hence the largest tribe of Pashtuns i.e. Yousuf Zai in Pashtu translates to the ‘sons of Joseph’. A similar story is told by the Iranian historian Ferishta. [9]

The Pashtuns have been living in the Afghanistan area for over 2,000 years. Their language Pashtu/Pakhto borrows widely from the Arab-ized Persian of their neighbors (now Iran), yet it was a purely spoken dialect. There was no Pakhto/Pashtu written script whatsoever, the first Pashtu book appearing about the 1500s. Hence the traditions, customs, tribal genealogy and law orally transferred from father to son. The first book on Pashtun genealogy, the Makhzan-al-Afghani was written in 1613, and contained for the first time a printed table of descent from Abraham to the Pashtun tribes, through the tribe of Binyamin or Benjamin. While the book was not accepted initially by British historians, modern historians consider it the most accurate account as compared to the other theories proposed by classical historians.

Interestingly, the word “Zionist” is created from the mountains of Jerusalem which are called “Zion”. Similarly the language of the Pathan tribesmen is called Pashtu, and its speakers call themselves Pashtun, from the Persian word “Pasht” which means “back of the mountain” so in reality Pashtun is a person who lives in the mountains. The mountains the Pathan’s have been living in after exile are called the Suleiman (Solomon) mountains. The Jews/Bani Israel from Russia also claim to be Mountain Jews and are said to be from the same exile.

The word Pathan is a Pashto written form of the original word Pithon, the great grandson of King Saul. [10]

Kashmir was under direct control of the Durrani Afghan Empire in the 1800s, and the majority of the population there were the Yousuf Zai Pashtuns who had moved eastward from Peshawar. They were living in Kashmir in great numbers, about 600,000 families who were later forcibly subdued for about 40 years by the Sikhs. [11]

Dr. Bernier, A French traveler in the frontier villages of Kashmir around the 1880’s remarked on the striking physical similarity of the locals with Jews. [12] He noted that their expressions and manners were distinguishable from the other people in this land. He finally adds that “You are not to ascribe what I say to mere fancy, the Jewish appearance of these villagers having been remarked by our Father, the Jesuit, and some other Europeans long before I visited Kashmir”.

The Jesuit Dr. Bernier points to is Dr. Joseph Wolff who says “I was wonderfully struck with the resemblance of the Youssoufszye (sons of Joseph) and the Khyberi, two of their tribes, to the Jews”. [13] Moorcroft also says of Khyberis “They are tall, and of singularly Jewish cast of features… they have been named by themselves Beni Israel, children of Israel from time immemorial.”

Bernier was also referring to George Forster who wrote in 1808 “On first seeing the Kashmirians in their own country I imagined from their garb, the cast of their countenance which was long and of a grave aspect, and the forms of their beard, that I had come among a nation of Jews”. [14]

Colonel G. Malleson of the British Army did not believe that the Afghans were Beni Israel, but commented on the issue of physical features “This no doubt has its weight”. [15]

A British army officer summed up the emotional behavior of a Pashtun:

“Even when he leaves his native heath behind he takes his manner with him. He will come down, a stalwart manly looking ruffian with frank and open manners, rather Jewish feature… He is certain to be filthy and he may be ragged, but he will saunter into a viceregal durbar (Royal court) as proud as Lucifer and with the air and manner a diplomatist might envy. Not in the least like any Indian subject.” [16]

Pashtuns follow peculiar customs like:

1. “Passover Practice” of sacrificing an animal and smearing the doorway to avert death and calamity

2. Placing the sins of the people upon a heifer or goat which is driven out in the wilderness in the manner of the biblical scapegoat

3. Stoning to death of blasphemers

4. Periodical distribution of land by lot [17]

5. The rites of circumcision and purification

These were all given in the Book of Leviticus of the Bani Israel, and modern Muslim historians like Dr. Azmat Hayat Khan accept them as indicators, if not proof of their Israelite heritage. [18] They are the only tribes in the area to practice all of these customs, as the ancient Bani Israel did 2,300 years ago.

Likewise, if anyone travels in the local bus transport of the Pakistani Pashtun areas, he or she would see fascinating art works in their buses but strikingly all these art works have Israelite origin, these peculiar diagrams include:

1. Peacocks (Torah was written with peacock feathers)

2. The Symbolic ark

3. The Mogen David or the Star of the David – also found in the Israeli flag

4. Tree of Life of Kaballah

5. Fish of the Sabbat/Shabbos

6. The heart shape lamp of the Sabbat

7. Number of Leaf petals signifying Kaballah practices.

Similarly many Hebrew inspired names of people, tribes and places are commonly found in Pashtuns and Pashtun areas of Pakistan/Afghanistan. Some tribes with visible similarities with Hebrew names are:

1. Yousuf Zai – Sons of Joseph

2. Gadoon – Gad

3. Rabbani – Reuben

4. Abdali or Naftali – Naphtali

5. Shinwari – Simeon

6. Zamand – Zebulun

7. Levani – Levi

8. Afridi & Afandi – Ephraim

9. Pathan – Pithon

The popular places that trace their origin in Hebrew are [19]:

– Koh-e-Suleiman – Solomon Mountains

– Takht-e-Suleiman – Throne of Solomon (the highest peak in Solomon mountains)

– Afghanistan – Afghana (the grandson of King Saul)

– Kohat – a town in NWFP, Pakistan, means assembly in Hebrew and it is also the name of the second son of Levi and father of Amram.

– Zabul – A province in present day Afghanistan, in the days of Mahmood Ghaznavid the whole region of Afghanistan was known as Zabulistan – Zebulun was one of the sons of Prophet Jacob (AS).

– Khyber – A Jew Fort in Arab in the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and a place on Pakistan/Afghanistan border.

– Peshawar – The Capital of NWFP province of Pakistan – PESH means the Pass and HAWAR means City i.e. The City after the Pass. Peshawar is a short drive from Khyber Pass. A Place named Habor is mentioned in Torah as the place of the exile of the tribes.

– Gozan – The historical name of Amu River in Afghanistan, hence the Torah says: “The God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul King of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath Pilnesser King of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Ruebenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought to Halah, and Habor, and Hara and to the river of Gozan to this day.” (Kings II, 17 and 18; Chronicles 1:5)

– Kerak – A City in Jordan and another in NWFP, Pakistan

– Lugar – A province in Afghanistan and a Jewish family name; the famous wrestler Lex Lugar.

– Kabul – in Hebrew Cab means dirty and Bul means city hence a dirty city

– Herat – The pearl of Khurasan – a city in Afghanistan, Hara is one of the places of the exile along with Habor and Gozan i.e. Peshawar and Amu River.

– Kash/Kish – name of numerous personalities in Chronicles of Hebrew Bible – and there is a Dasht-e-Kash north of Helmund, a City of Kash mentioned in map of Afghanistan 1912 of the Library of Congress, USA. There is also a mountain range named Hindu-Kush in Afghanistan/Pakistan and Kash Rod in Nimroz Province of Afghanistan.

– Dasht-e-Yahoodi – or the Jewish Plain – a famous place in Mardan district of NWFP, Pakistan.
– Killa Yahoodi – or Jewish town – a place on Afghanistan border of Pakistan.

The Christian Belief of End Times:

The historical Christian view of End Times and that of Jews have been different of what we see today. It was not the Muslims but the Christians who persecuted Jews ever since Constantine the Great (the founder of Constantinople) converted to Christianity. Through out the centuries Jews have been disgraced, tortured, molested and wronged not by Muslims but by Christians. It was the Christians of the Nazi Germany that allegedly mass murdered Jews and today Arabs are forced to pay for the crimes of Nazi Germany.

Christians have always thought of Jews of not only as God’s chosen people but also as God’s most hated people because of their ill-treatment of Prophets. Christians have also, in similarity with Muslims, always believed that the Anti-Christ (or Dajjal for Muslims) would be a Jewish Leader.

Christians have also always believed on the Biblical prophecy that the Jews will return to Holy Land have been fulfilled long ago when Persians allowed them to go back to Jerusalem to build the second temple.

But the rise of Dispensationalist Christianity in North America and the subsequent publication of Reverend Scofield’s Reference Bible in 1909 changed the course of history and the mindset of a major Christian power that was destined to become the super power of the world; the USA.

Dispensationalists, or evangelical Christians, or more commonly known as born again Christians stressed that Jews are God’s chosen people and Christian powers must join hands with Jews in order to bring Jesus Christ back to the world. Dispensationalism changed how Book of Daniel and Book of Revelation of the Bible were seen by Christians; these books of Bible contain the prophecies of End of times.
Reverend Scofield’s Reference Bible stressed on three important events to take place in order to bring Jesus Christ back to the world.

1. The Return of Jews to the Holy Land

2. Creation of the Kingdom of Israel

3. Destruction of the Aqsa Mosque
Reverend Scofield essentially believed that Jews will go to the Holy land again and the prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. The Jewish settlements in Palestine after the World War I was seen in the USA as the fulfillment of first pre-requisite of Christ’s return to earth. The so-called Independence of Israel in 1948 was seen as the fulfillment of second requirement by the USA and ever since the USA have been an ardent and blind supporter of Israel, as the US politics has been over shadowed by born again Christians ever since the World War II. These political born again Christians are known as Neo-Conservatives. President Ronald Reagan is famously known for his statement, about Armageddon (or the last war), made in a visit to Israel 1981-82.

The destruction of the Aqsa Mosque is the final requirement of the return of Hadhrat ‘Eesa (alayhissalaqm) and the final war. Today many born again Christians, individuals and organizations, collect and donate funds to Israel for the destruction of the Aqsa Mosque. People like late Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham are popular faces of such evangelists. Events in Jerusalem disclose that there is a current Israeli excavation project going on at the foundations of Aqsa Mosque and a recent report tells that if the project goes on for a while more the Mosque will fall.

Imagine the consequences of such a madness to destroy Islam’s third holiest shrine – a shrine revered by almost 1.5 billion humans – where are their human rights??

Rise of Neo-Cons and US’s War on Terror:

The political evangelists are called Neo-Conservatives or just neo-cons. George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld are most recognizable Neo-cons for the rest of the world.

In 1997, William Kristol and Robert Kagan co-founded a neo-con think tank named The Project for New American Century. The think tank has extra-ordinary influence on George W. Bush’s Foreign and Military Politics especially the Iraq War.

The Project for New American Century or PNAC published a review in 1999 on how the USA must reposition its strategic dominance on the world in the 21st century. The Report called for a “New Pearl Harbor” to enforce America’s military and economic dominance over the world. The New Pearl Harbor emerged in the shape of 9/11 in 2001.

“Two years ago a project set up by the men who now surround George W. Bush said what America needed was a new Pearl Harbor. Its Published aims have, alarmingly, come true. [20]

Today, many born again Christians like George ask their priests “when would Christ return”. [21]

Not very surprisingly, if one identifies US or Allied bases in the Central Asian and Middle East region, one would realize that the Allied powers have shockingly circled Syria i.e. the host of the last war of the world.

The US’s War on Terror is a deceptive game and a mind boggling riddle. The term terrorism is itself vague and un-defined and built on repetitive lies upon lies as evident in the case of 9/11. It is almost always blindly used against Muslims. The unilateral, pre-emptive extra-judicial violence by the western powers is always named as wars of democracy and freedom.

But if one makes an unbiased examination of the term and the war itself then one would realize that all these terrorists demand is the right of self-determination and self-rule and their wars of insurgencies are nothing but wars of self-defense against foreign occupational forces and aggressors against their land, sovereignty and religion.

Important Players in Present Day Khurasan:

Now that we have analyzed what Khurasan is, what is its importance in Islamic prophecies, what is going around us and what lies behind the US’s political mentality?? Now it would be ideal to see what important Muslim players are present in the region that is historically known as Khurasan.

It is also imperative to understand that, unlike Ronald Reagan or evangelical Christians, no Muslim can be sure of End of times and the time of appearance of Imam Mehdi and second coming of Jesus Christ (‘Eesa alayhissalaam). We shall only look into these critical state or non-state players in the region considering the American and Jewish mentality of preparation of the last war, and to realize what important Muslim players are there who pose a vital threat to Western interests.

Pakistan: Pakistan is the only state player in our list of Muslims involved in the region. It is currently a frontline ally of the US in War on Terror. But the recent developments of the war, the reports of American exercises in 2006 to secure Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal, blueprint designs of possible assault by the US on Pakistani territory, an endless demand of US to do more and more, the growing uncertainty and desperation in the Pakistani masses, the political turmoil and the rebellions of Red Mosque in Islamabad, tribal Pashtuns as well as Baloch separatists may push Pakistan to re-think over its policies and shift according to its vital national interests.

Pakistan also possesses the largest Pashtun population in the world i.e. 28 Million. It is one of the world’s seven declared nuclear powers and is running a state of the art ballistic missile program with current declared capability of hitting as far as Tel Aviv, Israel. It also possesses GPS precision guided undetectable cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads as far as 700 KM. It is considered militarily the strongest Islamic country with one of the most professional armies and intelligence services in the world – the fearsome ISI.

People like Gen (R) Hameed Gul (Ex-Director General of the ISI), Dr. Israr Ahmed of Tanzeem-e-Islami and Abid Ullah Jan, the writer of The Musharraf Factor: Leading Pakistan to Inevitable Demise, have, on different occasions, forecasted some sort of joint roles or alliance by Afghanistan and Pakistan in future.

Taliban: The Taliban were born from the dissent and displeasure found in Afghans on the Mujahideen Government formed after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. They emerged from Kandahar in 1994 and occupied Kabul in 1996. By the late 1990s they were controlling more than 90 % of Afghanistan and their government was only recognized by Pakistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia.

The Taliban leadership can be described as the second tier of command of the Russian-Afghan Jihad of the 1980s. None of the now known Taliban leaders were known during the Afghan Jihad except the famous veteran Jalal-ud-Din Haqqani.

Taliban had studied in the Deobandi seminaries mostly run by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam of Maulana Fazl-Ur-Rehman and Maulana Sami-ul-Haq before the two Maulanas created two separate factions of the JUI.

The Taliban are known for their non compromising application of the Deobandi doctrine of Sharia. They are famous for their fighting zeal, their religious fervor and their traditional Pashtun trait of hospitality that they chose a war and abandoned their government just to protect few guests.

The Taliban were blamed for, cooperating with and, harboring Osama Bin Laden and his comrades allegedly involved in 9/11. The Taliban had agreed to turn Osama Bin Laden to a neutral party if evidences were provided against him. But the evidences were never provided and so the Taliban chose for the War and abandoned Kabul to keep the war of insurgency go on. Ever since then the war of insurgency has spread in Afghanistan.

Very interestingly, the Taliban hail from the Pashtun ethnicity and have traditionally used two flags, a white flag with a black Shahada (Kalma) embossed for their government and diplomatic purposes and a reversal of this i.e. a black flag with a white Shahada embossed for their military. These types of black flags are also vividly seen across the tribal Pashtun areas that are now reportedly under the control of Pakistani Taliban.

The popular mainstream media presents a very horrible view of the Taliban whereas one alternate view is given by a “woman” journalist from Britain who was captured by the Taliban and later released on a mere promise that she will study Qur’an once she goes back home. That lady is named as Yvonne Ridley, a Muslim now, is outspoken political and journalistic personality, member of the RESPECT party and known for her unequivocal support for the freedom fights in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir and elsewhere in Muslim world. Her book on Taliban “In the Hands of the Taliban: Her extra-ordinary story” is a must read for anyone who wants to see Taliban from eyes other than the western Dajjali Zionist media.

Al Qaeda: Al Qaeda is a mythical organization only known to the world of its existence through the western media. It may or may not actually exist. But has become an important player in the region since the 9/11. Every kind of explosion or sabotage activity is tirelessly blamed to Al Qaeda the next moment after it happens anywhere in the world – no investigations, no proofs nothing at all are ever needed.

Osama Bin Laden is the head of the Al Qaeda but merely a figure head now as, reportedly, his deputy Aiman al-Zawahiri is Incharge of operational affairs of Al Qaeda. A long strategic partner of the Taliban – they were actually guests of the Taliban and it was because of them that the Taliban opted for War and abandoned their government in Kabul.

Very interestingly, Al Qaeda has a black flag as well with a yellow/orange Shahada embossed on it. According to Syed Saleem Shehzad of Asia Times Online, Al Qaeda shares this belief with the Taliban that Afghanistan is the promised land of Bilad-e-Khurasan.

Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan: Formed in 1998 by a Soviet paratrooper Juma Namangani and Tahir Yuldeshev, both ethnic Uzbeks. Its first objective was to overthrow the government of Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan and later on to expand to the whole of Central Asia under the banner of Islamic Movement of Central Asia.

Labeled as a militant terrorist outfit, the IMU was also a strategic partner and guests of the Taliban. And surprisingly enough, the IMU shares the identities of Black Flags and Black turbans with the Taliban.

Hizb-ut-Tahrir: Hizb-ut-Tahrir an International Sunni pan-Islamist political party whose goal is to unite all the Muslim countries to form a united Islamic state or Caliphate. Formed by Palestinian scholar named Taqiuddin Nabhani in 1953. It is active in many countries especially in the Central Asia (22). It is however viewed by an affiliate group of Al Qaeda as a moderate political party rather being strictly religious. However, interestingly, Hizb-ut-Tahrir also boasts a black flag with a white Shahada embossed on it. Though a non-military organization, it has a vast political following.

Tableeghi Jama’at: It is a Muslim missionary and revival movement. It was founded in the late 1920s by Maulana Muhammad Ilyas Kandhlawi (rahimahullah) in the Mewat province of India. It draws a large following from the South Asia i.e. Pakistan, India and Bangladesh but also from across the globe. The annual gathering of the followers of Tableeghi Jama’at known as Ijtimah pulls millions of Muslims from across the globe and it is confirmed to be the second largest human congregation of the world after the annual Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.

It is purely a non-political and non-violent loosely built organization with no formal structure but is known to have very high profile links and has influenced people of every walk of life from common man to popular celebrities. Former Presidents of Pakistan General Zia-ul-Haq and Rafiq Tarar, Ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Ex-Director General of ISI Javed Nasir, famous pop singers Junaid Jamshed, Abrar ul Haq and Shehzad Roy, famous cricketers Inzamam ul Haq, Shahid Afridi, Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed, Saeed Anwar and Hashim Amla of South Africa are few popular names. It was also responsible for the convert of Yousuf Youhana to Muhammad Yousuf that raised eyebrows in Washington.

Tableeghi Jama’at has no direct or indirect relations with any militant outfit or insurgencies going around the Muslim world but yet it is one of the reasons of US’s suspicion on Pakistan. It has been cited as the ideological backyard of Al Qaeda [23] by various western think tanks in their attempt to get the Jama’at banned as well that has been unsuccessful so far.

The Lawyers Movement: All of Pakistan’s nearly 70 years of life, ever since independence, the lawmakers and law-enforcers have equally manipulated the law and constitution of the country for their personal adventures and benefits ignoring public rights and sentiments. There have been four Martial Laws in the country in this short span of life. Every new dictator suspended, abrogated and amended the constitution on his very will. The power, respect and fear, of the strong armed forces of the country has produced many opportunists, civil servants, technocrats and politicians alike who committed every possible sin against the law of the land just to please and prolong the rule of a general.

Whereas the constitution itself has a prescribed way for its amendment, it clearly identifies anyone who suspends or abrogates the constitution as a traitor worth a death penalty.

For close to seventy years the law and constitution was raped and, the civil society, the people silently watched this crime ruining their lives and their country over and over again until March 9th, 2007. Till date one man braved the generals who had cornered him in the Army house. First time in the history of Pakistan a bare handed Judge defied a Martial Law administrator; something changed in Pakistan that day. The year that ensued saw the occupied President and Martial Law administrator General on continuous humiliation, defeat and retreat. The whole nation either joined the lawyers or supported them. The civil society was re-born in Pakistan, lawyers, political workers, members and employees of NGOs, Media persons, and westernized Students of Pakistan who were earlier thought of as western wannabes who did not care about anything related to Pakistan fuelled the movement. The struggle grew until February 18th, 2008 the people of Pakistan gave a thrashing defeat to political allies of President Musharraf.

Ever since there is a voice demanding reversals of President Musharraf’s actions and policies including the Provisional Constitutional Order on November 3rd, 2007 and to restore the deposed 60 judges of the higher judiciary.

The United States of America has clearly opposed this to happen because they fear that the restored judiciary will reopen the cases of disappeared people, investigate the extra-judiciary violence on Jamia Hafsa (Red Mosque, Islamabad) and in Karachi on May 12th, 2007, the political imprisonments, military actions in the two provinces and the political killings of the likes of Nawab Akbar Bugti and Benazir Bhutto. This clearly means the defeat of American, lies, agenda in Pakistan as well as the end of the so called War on Terror which is filled with nothing but deceptive mantra of repetitive lies.

But the victors of February 18th elections have vowed their conviction to restore the judiciary regardless of American pressure. And to defy the American pressure strong and positive messages are being sent to Beijing as the new leadership clearly realizes that the key to the freedom from American traps lies with China’s support.

But the most interesting fact in the whole struggle of lawyers and the civil society is the symbolic presence of Black Flags and the deep aura of revolution within. It is imperative to compare the basic demand of the right wing strongholds in the country and the lawyer’s movement. The basic commonality between the two is the demand for justice and the rule of law and that clearly means freedom from American clutches that means asking for a confrontation. That reminds of the statement by President Musharraf during the Jamia Hafsa Saga that “the alliance of Black Veils and Black coats will not be allowed”.

Watch out for the Lawyer’s black flag, they are the force to reckon with in the political future of this country.

Concluding Remarks:

All these state or non-state players are, somehow or the other, on the hate list of the Western Powers due to their somewhat common interests, ideas and beliefs. These players also have a tendency to re-design their strategic partnership anytime in the future in face of a common enemy i.e. the imperialist design of the Western Powers especially the US. The solution to avoid destruction of unimaginable proportions does not lie in brute use of force against these players but to recognize their role and influence in this part of the world, to withdraw occupational forces and let them devise and evolve their own political systems. True democracy can only be evolved not enforced.

If the world does not realize this, we are all hopeless. We cannot stop the world from a head on collision. A war would be inevitable with destruction yet has never been witnessed by human kind – a war to extinct our own kind. The destruction of Aqsa Mosque will drive 1.5 billion Muslims to a dead-end street where they will be forced to fight their way back – and the world would see the Black Flags of Khurasan the day it happens.

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22. Noman Hanif, Pakistan’s Tableeghi Jamaat and Hizb-ut-Tahrir in Central Asia, ICSSA, July 24, 2007

23. http://www.rediff.com/ , Tablighi Jamaat Under US Scanner, July 14, 2003

False Allegation: Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) brutally killed Banu Qurayza

The claim by enemies of Islam is often made:

Mohammed’s bloodthirsty slaughter of the Jews at Banu Qurayza, leaving only the women and children to be sold into slavery shows Islam is false and Muhammad was a warlord
from Abu Da’ud

Narrated Atiyyah al-Qurazi:
I was among the captives of Banu Qurayza. They (Mohammed’s followers) examined us, and those who had begun to grow (pubic) hair were killed, and those who had not were not killed. I was among those who had not grown hair.

Response:

Ok lets look at this incident, which is quite often used as an example by Islam-haters of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) being a butcher.
Rather then the anti islamic sites, let us look at the true historical context behind the incident.

At the beginning of the seventh century A.D., there were three Jewish tribes living in Madinah (Yathrib). They were Banu Qainuka’a, Banu Nadhir and Banu Qurayza. All three tribes were rich and powerful, and also, they were more civilized than the Arabs. Whereas the Arabs were all farmers, the Jews were the entrepreneurs of industry, business and commerce in Arabia, and they controlled the economic life of Madinah (Yathrib). The two Arab tribes – Aus and Khazraj – were debt-ridden to the Jews perennially.

The migration of Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), from Makkah to Madinah (then Yathrib), brought him into contact with the Jews for the first time. At the beginning they were friendly to him. He granted them the famous Charter of Madinah, and they acknowledged him the ruler of their city, and agreed to abide by his decisions in all disputes.

They also agreed to defend the city in the event of an invasion by an enemy.

But, unfortunately, this friendship did not last long. It soon became obvious that the Jews had given their friendship to Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) with many reservations. In their own interest, they ought to have acted their part of the agreement faithfully but they did not. For this change in their attitude, there were many reasons, among them:

1. When the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) arrived in Madinah, he reformed the life of whoever became a Muslim. He taught them to be temperate and moderate in everything, and taught them the value of discipline in life. They stopped drinking and gambling both of which were the causes of their ruin in the past; and they gave up taking loans at high rates of interest from the Jews. When the Arabs stopped taking loans and paying interest on them, a rich source of revenue suddenly dried up for the Jews, and they bitterly resented this. They could now see that their grip on the economic life of Madinah was beginning to loosen.

2. The Jews also realized that Islam was an enemy of the system of exploitation, and of the capitalist system. They began to see Islam as a threat to their economic interests.

3. The Jewish priests hated Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) as much as the Jewish money-lenders. He had shown to the Jews how their priest followed deviant interpretations of their scriptures, and how they distorted their text. The priests, on their part, tried to convince their flocks that Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)did not have knowledge of their scriptures, and they tried to point out to them the “errors” in the Qur’an.

The Jews also believed that they were safe only as long as the two Arab tribes of Madinah, the Aus and the Khazraj, were fighting against each other. Peace between the Aus and the Khazraj, they thought, would pose a threat to their survival in Arabia. For this reason, they were always fomenting trouble between them.

Of the three Jewish tribes of Madinah, the Banu Qainuka’a and the Banu Nadhir had already been expelled after the battles of Badr and Uhud respectively, and they had left with all their baggage, and herds of animals, and had resettled in Khyber.

The third and the last tribe of the Jews in Madinah was the Banu Qurayza. According to the terms of the Charter of Madinah, it was their duty to take an active part in defending the city during the siege of A.D. 627. But not only they did not contribute any men or materials during the siege but were actually caught conspiring with the enemy to compass the destruction of the Muslims. Some Jews even attacked a house in which many Muslim women and children had taken refuge as it was considered a safer place for them than their own houses.

Between the pagans of Makkah and the Jews of Madinah, the Muslims would have been massacred. It was only the presence of mind of Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) that averted such a disaster.

R.V.C. Bodley writes:

The Jews were not at first inclined to listen to Abu Sufyan’s proposal (to attack Muslims from the rear), but after a while they compromised and agreed to betray the Moslems when the time seemed opportune. (The Messenger – the Life of Mohammed)

The reason for the campaign goes back to Banu Qurayzah’s breaking of the treaty between themselves and the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam). This has been proved from different reports which, when taken together, could be used as valid evidence. Huyayy ibn Akhtab al Nadari incited them to break the treaty at a critical time when the Muslims were being besieged by 10,000 warriors from the various tribes. There is a strong report that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) sent al Zubayr ibn al Awwam (radhiyallahu anhu) to check on Banu Qurayzah, then he sent Sad ibn Mu’adh, Sa’d ibn ‘Ubadah, Abd Allah ibn Rawahah and Khawwat ibn Jubayr (radhiyallahu anhuma)to check whether the rumors about the treachery of Banu Qurayzah were true. These four confirmed the rumors, and this news distressed the Muslims.

Ibn Ishaq gave a detailed report — without isnad — of the treachery of Banu Qurayzah and their breaking of the treaty. Most of the Seerah writers also reported it without isnad

Musa ibn ‘Uqbah mentions — also without isnad — that Qurayzah asked Huyayy ibn Akhtab to take 90 men from the nobles of Quraysh and Ghatafan as hostages, so the Quraysh would not leave Madinah before they had destroyed the Muslims. Huyayy agreed to that, so they announced their breaking of the treaty.

The conduct of the Jews during the siege of Madinah was high treason against the State.

Therefore, when the confederate army broke up and the danger to Madinah was averted, the Muslims turned their attention to them.

The Jews shut themselves up in their forts and the Muslims besieged them. But some days later, they requested the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) to raise the siege, and agreed to refer the dispute to arbitration.

The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam)allowed the Jews to choose their own arbitrator. Here they made a very costly blunder. They should have chosen Prophet  Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) himself – the embodiment of mercy – to be their judge. If they had, he would have allowed them to depart from Madinah with their baggage and their animals, and the incident would have been closed.

But the Jews didn’t choose the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) as their judge. Instead, they chose Sa’ad ibn Muadh, the leader of their former allies, the Aus. Sa’ad was a man who was utterly reckless with life – his own as well as that of others.

Sa’ad had received a mortal wound during the battle of the Trench, and in fact died soon after he had passed judgment on the fate of the Jews. HE declared treason to be an unpardonable offense, and his verdict was inexorable. He invoked the Torah, the Scripture of the Jews, and sentenced all men to death, and women and children to slavery.

The number of WARRIORS who were executed was 400. Three of Banu Qurayzah were spared because they entered Islam and they kept their wealth; three others may have been spared because they were protected by some of the companions because of their loyalty to the treaty during the siege. There are many reports dealing with this, but they cannot be taken as valid evidence. The prisoners were detained in the house of Bint al Harith.

Only one of their women was killed, she had killed one of the companions — Khalid ibn Suwayd(radhiyallahu anhu) — by dropping a millstone on him. Boys below the age of puberty were released.

Behold the evidence:

Saheeh Bukhari
Volume 5, Book 58, Number 148:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
Some people (i.e. the Jews of Bani bin Quraiza) agreed to accept the verdict of Sa’d bin Muadh so the Prophet sent for him (i.e. Sad bin Muadh). He came riding a donkey, and when he approached the Mosque, the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wadallam) said, “Get up for the best amongst you.” or said, “Get up for your chief.” Then the Prophet said, “O S’ad! These people have agreed to accept your verdict.” S’ad said, “I judge that their WARRIORS should be killed and their children and women should be taken as captives.” The Prophet said, “You have given a judgment similar to Allah’s Judgment (or the King’s judgment).”

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 280:
Narrated Abu Sa’id Al-Khudri:
When the tribe of Bani Quraiza was ready to accept S’ad’s judgment, Allah’s Apostle sent for S’ad who was near to him. S’ad came, riding a donkey and when he came near, Allah’s Apostle said (to the Ansar), “Stand up for your leader.” Then S’ad came and sat beside Allah’s Apostle who said to him. “These people are ready to accept your judgment.” S’ad said, “I give the judgment that their WARRIORS should be killed and their children and women should be taken as prisoners.” The Prophet then remarked, “O Sad! You have judged amongst them with (or similar to) the judgment of the King Allah.”

Volume 5, Book 59, Number 447:
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri:
The people of (Banu) Quraiza agreed to accept the verdict of S’ad bin Mu’adh. So the Prophet sent for S’ad, and the latter came (riding) a donkey and when he approached the Mosque, the Prophet said to the Ansar, “Get up for your chief or for the best among you.” Then the Prophet said (to S’ad).” These (i.e. Banu Quraiza) have agreed to accept your verdict.” S’ad said, “Kill their WARRIORS and take their offspring as captives, “On that the Prophet said, “You have judged according to Allah’s Judgment,” or said, “according to the King’s judgment.”

Volume 8, Book 74, Number 278:
Narrated Abu Said:
The people of (the tribe of) Quraiza agreed upon to accept the verdict of Sa’d. The Prophet sent for him (Sa’d) and he came.

The Prophet said (to those people), “Get up for your chief or the best among you!” Sa’d sat beside the Prophet and the Prophet said (to him), “These people have agreed to accept your verdict.” Sa’d said, “So I give my judgment that their WARRIORS should be killed and their women and children should be taken as captives.” The Prophet said, “You have judged according to the King’s (Allah’s) judgment.” (See Hadith No. 447, Vol. 5)

As for the others:

The siege continued for twenty-five days, during which the Muslims allowed the Jews who had refused to betray the Prophet (peace be upon him) during the Battle of the Ditch to leave and go wherever they wished as a reward for their faithfulness.
(Muhammad Al Ghazali, Fiqh-Us-Seerah: Understanding the Life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), International Islamic Publishing House, p346)

The severe punishments were only given because of the acts of high treason which Banu Qurayzah committed when they betrayed the Muslims and broke the treaty, instead of participating with them in defending Madinah, in accordance with the treaty between the two sides. In this day and age, nations still execute traitors who cooperate with the enemy.

The punishment of Banu Qurayzah fitted their crime, because they had exposed the Muslims to the threat of being killed, their wealth to the threat of being seized, and their women and children to the threat of being taken prisoner; therefore, their punishment was a fitting recompense. Fact is Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) was not even the one who gave the order for the people to be killed, the decision was made by the arbitrator who the Jews themselves chose. He applied their own law on them, from the Torah. There is no need to avoid historical facts or to deny authentic reports.

Summary:

They broke a treaty which was agreed between both parties to defend the state of Madinah. They were residents of Madinah and they plotted against other residents of Madinah, clearly violating the treaty they agreed to. Hence it was treason. They plotted against the defending Muslim forces and formed alliances with the enemy. They accepted the verdict because they were guilty.

In the Battle of the Trenches, the Madinan Jews had made a secret alliance with the superior Makkan forces. They planned a rear attack. When the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) found out about this plot, he took the essential action both politically and for the sake of justice to punish the great betrayal. Its quite clear that if someone agrees to defend you but then betray you, this is a crime.

They didnt physically attack the Muslims because the Muslims discovered their plan. According to anti-islamist logic, action against them would only be justified if there plan worked?? bearing in mind they were going to attack the Muslims from the rear, that would mean all the Muslims would be killed and there would be no one left to administer the punishment for the Jews betrayal. The correct action was taken just in the nick of time.

The historical account is recorded by the people who were there at the time, even the hadith used to form attacks on Islam was recorded by someone who was one of the Jews at the time. It is as accurate as you can get, one thing that you can’t hold against Islam is the degree to which history has been recorded. People against Islam have been using it for years to base there attacks on Islam, so its a bit rich when people now try and claim the historical account is pro Muslim. They think its reliable when they want, and then they claim it aint when it proves there allegations are false

It is certainly more reliable then the evidence presented by anti islamists, which is a mish-mash of conjecture and a re hash of historical events from a number of anti -islamic sites all of whom i have visited. Half quoting hadiths and not giving the full context is there speciality, and obviously someone who is not exposed to the whole truth will be easily swayed. Its simple, the predetermined agenda of all these sites is that Muhammad was a butcher who wanted power, and Islam is false. They then interpret any hadith, historical incident or Quranic verse to fit this hypothesis. When you get down to the nitty gritty and look at each of the incidents which are cited as evidence, you find that they are all twisted and based on falsehoods.

Did Islam Spread by Sword??

[By brother Firas Alkhateeb]

It’s a common accusation made against Muslims and Islam in general: “The only reason Islam is a world religion is because it spread by the sword.” It’s a favorite remark of Islamophobes who parade as analysts and historians fear-mongering about the threat Islam supposedly poses to the Western World. With it being such a hot topic that causes so much debate, it is appropriate to analyze and study this topic to better understand whether it is valid or not.

Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Persia – The First Conquests

After the life of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), Islamic expansion truly began in the early 630s, AD. Campaigns against the Byzantine and Sassanid (Persian) Empires were initiated which pitted this new religion of Islam, with its desert Arabian warriors against the established and ancient empires centered in Constantinople and Ctesiphon.

Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu), the first caliph of Islam, gave these armies rules which would seem very constricting by today’s standards of warfare:

“Stop, O people, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance in the battlefield. Do not commit treachery or deviate from the right path. You must not mutilate dead bodies. Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man. Bring no harm to the trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slay not any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food. You are likely to pass by people who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.”¹

These rules were very unique and innovative for the time. Just before this Muslim expansion, the Persians and Byzantines had fought a decades-long war that left lands from Syria to Iraq in ruins. Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu) made it clear that Muslim armies do not operate by the same principles and restrict their fights to the armies and governments of the enemy, not the general populace. Islamic Shari’ah law, based on the example of Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu), clearly forbids the use of force against anyone except in legitimate cases of war against a clearly defined enemy.*

The purpose of this article is not to delve into the tactics and individual battles of this conquest of Egypt, Syria and Iraq. It is enough for our purposes here to state that Syria was under Muslim control by 638, Egypt by 642, and Iraq/Persia by 644. The Byzantine Empire, having lost its religious base in Syria, as well as its commercial base in Egypt was greatly weakened. The Sassanid Empire, on the other hand, completely ceased to exist after the Muslim conquest. Politically, it was a disaster for these two giant empires. But, going back to the main idea of this article, how did Islam as a religion spread in the conquered areas??

Unequivocally, the general populace was not forced or induced to convert to Islam. If anything, they were encouraged to continue living their lives as they had for centuries before. In the example of the conquest of Jerusalem , the caliph at the time, Umar ibn al-Khattab (radhiyallahu anhu), wrote in the surrender treaty with the patriarchs of city:

He [Umar] has given them an assurance of safety for themselves, for their property, their churches, their crosses, the sick and healthy of the city…Their churches will not be inhabited by Muslims and will not be destroyed… They will not be forcibly converted.²

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which Umar promised to protect when the city came under Muslim control

No other empire or state at the time had such ideas about religious tolerance. Umar (radhiyallahu anhu), being a companion of the Prophet, sets a precedent in this treaty about the treatment of conquered peoples in Islamic law. The rest of the conquered lands, in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Persia had similar treaties. Whether the citizens of the conquered lands were Christian, Jew, Sabians, or Zoroastrians, they were allowed to keep their religious traditions. There exists not one example of forced conversion in these early conquests.

Proof of the lack of forced conversion in these areas is the remaining Christian communities in these countries. For the first few centuries after the Muslim conquest, the majority of the population of these areas remained Christian. Slowly, they began to take on Islam as their religion and Arabic as their language. Today, large percentages of Christians remain in Egypt (9%), Syria (10%), Lebanon (39%), and Iraq (3%). If those early Muslim conquests (or even later Muslim rulers) forced conversion on anyone, there would be no Christian communities in those countries. Their existence is proof of Islam not spreading by the sword in these areas.

North Africa and Spain

The soldiers and leaders of these early conquests in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Persia were from the first generation of Muslims. Many of them were even companions of the Prophet. What would happen as Muslim expansion continued in later generations, as Muslim armies fought the Byzantines further West, in North Africa and later, in Spain??

The majority of the population of the North African coast in the 600s were Berbers. While the Byzantine Empire controlled most of the coast from Egypt to Algeria, the people of those areas were generally not loyal to the Byzantines who had great trouble trying to subdue the region. Political and social upheaval in the century before Islam led to a devastated region, which was probably just a shell of its former glory as a Roman province.

The first Umayyad caliph, Muawiya (radhiyallahu anhu), appointed a general, Uqba bin Nafi (radhiyallahu anhu), to conquer the North African coast from the Byzantines in the 660s.

Again, without getting into the details of the tactics and battles, within the course of a few decades, Muslim control over North Africa was solidified.

The same pattern we saw in Southwest Asia continued in North Africa. Conversions were not forced on any of the local populations. No accounts, by either Muslim or non-Muslim sources, mention forced conversion of the Berbers. Indeed, many Berbers did convert to Islam quite quickly. That strengthened the Muslim armies, as huge numbers of newly-converted Berbers would join the armies sweeping across the continent. Had these Berbers been forced to convert, they certainly would not have had the zeal and enthusiasm for Islam that would cause them to join the armies and spread Islamic political control even further against the Byzantines.

After the Muslim conquest of North Africa, came a proposal that would prove to change world history forever. In the early 700s, the Iberian Peninsula (present-day Spain and Portugal) was under the control of the Visigothic King Roderic. A nobleman from Iberia sent to the Muslim governor of North Africa, complaining about the oppressive and tyranical rule of Roderic. The nobleman promised to support a Muslim invasion against Roderic with his own troops if they intervened.

The Rock of Gibraltar, where Tariq ibn Ziyad’s army landed in their pursuit of Roderic, with a modern mosque in the foreground

After a few preliminary raids to gauge the local populations’ support for such an intervention, the Muslim general Tariq ibn Ziyad (rahimahullah) (who may possibly have been Berber himself), ferried an army across from Morocco to Iberia in 711. Within months, Tariq’s army had defeated King Roderic and opened up the country to Muslim control. Within 3 years, the entire Iberian Peninsula was under Muslim control. Many cities, hearing of the justice of Muslim rule, voluntarily opened their doors and welcomed Muslim armies, who ended what they saw as the oppressive rule of the Visigoths.

More documentary evidence survives from this conquest proving that the conquest did not mean forced conversion. In April 713, a Muslim governor in the region negotiated a treaty with a Visigothic noble, which included the provision that the local people “will not be killed or taken prisoner. Nor will they be separated from their women and children. They will not be coerced in matters of religion, their churches will not be burned.”³

We see again in the example of Muslim Spain (which would later be called al-Andalus) that the locals (mostly Christians, although a sizable Jewish population also existed) were not forced to convert to Islam. In fact, in later centuries, an almost utopian society of religious tolerance existed in al-Andalus, in which Muslims, Jews, and Christians all experienced a golden age of knowledge, culture, and philosophy. This enlightened land of religious tolerance would end centuries later with the Christian Reconquista which effectively ethnically cleansed Muslims and Jews from the entire peninsula.

The Indian Subcontinent

Today, two of the most populous Muslim countries in the world, Pakistan (2rd most Muslims), and India (3rd most Muslims), occupy the Indian subcontinent. Islam has had an incredible and lasting impact on the region in all aspects of life. However, even through centuries of Muslim rule by different empires and dynasties, Hinduism and other religions remain as important aspects of the subcontinent.

The reasons for Muslim invasion into the subcontinent were justified by the time period’s rules of warfare. A ship filled with daughters of Muslim traders who were trading in Sri Lanka was attacked by pirates from Sindh (what is now Pakistan) who captured and enslaved the women. Seeking to liberate the women and punish the pirates, an expedition was sent out in 710, led by Muhammad bin Qasim, an Arab from the city of Ta’if.

Bin Qasim’s military expedition into this distant and remote land was made successful by very important social issues in India.

The caste system, which originated from Hindu belief, divided society up into very strictly controlled social classes. Those on top led wealthy, comfortable lives, while those on the bottom (particularly untouchables) were seen as the scourge of society. Added to this were the Buddhists, who were generally oppressed by the Hindu princes throughout the country.

With the entrance of Muslim armies, which carried with them the promise of an equal society, many Buddhists and lower castes welcomed the Muslim armies. In fact, the first Muslims of Indian origin were probably from the lower castes, as Islam offered them an escape from the oppressive social system they were accustomed to.

With the conquest of Sindh, Muhammad bin Qasim showed that Islamic law’s protection of religious minorities was not just for Christians and Jews.

Buddhists and Hindus in the subcontinent were given religious freedom and were not forced to convert. In one case, a Buddhist community complained to bin Qasim of their fear that the Muslim armies would force Islam upon them and they would have to leave the practices of their ancestors. Bin Qasim held a meeting with the Buddhist and Hindu leaders of the town, and promised them religious freedom and asked them to continue leading their lives as they had previously.

Conclusions

We now come back to the question posed at the beginning of the article: did Islam spread by the sword? While numerous people with political and religious agendas make their case otherwise, it is seen as a clear and indisputable fact that the religion of Islam was not spread through violence, coercion, fear, or bloodshed. There exist no accounts of people being forced to convert to Islam under any circumstances. While the political and military control of Muslim leaders did in fact spread through defensive warfare, Muslim leaders and generals in fact went out of their way to protect the rights of other religious groups. The warfare was always carried out only against the governments and armies that the Muslims were at war with. The local citizens were left alone. Although this article only gives specific examples of a few regions, this trend continued throughout Islamic history, following the precedent of the early Muslims.

It is important to note that these are some of the first examples in history of religious tolerance. While religious tolerance and freedom are first seen in “Western” civilization in the Enlightenment of the 1600s and 1700s, Muslims have practiced religious freedom since the 600s AD. The arguments made by some political and historical “pundits” about Islamic belief spreading violently and through warfare clearly have no historical basis. In fact, Muslim religious toleration has influenced the historical tradition of such ideas in lands as diverse as Europe, the Americans and India.

Citations:

* By extension, modern day terrorism clearly goes against Islamic law.

1-  Aboul-Enein, H. Yousuf and Zuhur, Sherifa, Islamic Rulings on Warfare , p. 22, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Diane Publishing Co., Darby PA

2- Kennedy, H. (2007). The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In. Philadelphia: Da Capo Press. pg.91

3- Kennedy, H. (2007). The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In.  Philadelphia: Da Capo Press. pg.315

Sources:

Aboul-Enein, H. Yousuf and Zuhur, Sherifa, Islamic Rulings on Warfare , p. 22, Strategic Studies Institute, US Army War College, Diane Publishing Co., Darby PA

CIA World Factbook

Kennedy, H. (2007). The Great Arab Conquests: How the Spread of Islam Changed the World We Live In.  Philadelphia: Da Capo Press.

Ochsenwald, W., & Fisher, S. (2003). The Middle East: A History . (6th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.

The Hidden evil plan for the New World Order [The Secret World]

In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

All Praises be for Allah, the Lord  of the Worlds.
The Beneficent, the Merciful.
Sovereign of the Day of Recompense.
You we worship, and You we seek for assistance.
Guide us to the Straight Path.
The path of those on whom You have bestowed Your grace,
Not of those who earned Your anger (the Jews), Nor those who went astray (the Christians).

The Holy Qur’an: The Opening

Contents in this post:

The Story Good and Evil
The Chosen People
King of Zion
First Entry into Europe
The Craft
Progress and Christianity
The World Abroad
Novus Ordo Seclorum
The Final Conflict
Struggle in the Cause of God
Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III

Preface

The Story Good and Evil

And (have We not) shown him (man) the two highways? But he has made no haste on the path that is steep. Holy Qur’an: Al-Balad verses 10 and 11.

The confrontation between the forces of this world, plays itself out in a complex story, of the events that unfold through the many machinations that men create, by their various endeavours, composed of all sorts of intentions. To the public in general, things do not seem to have any particular pattern, nor does there seem to be much meaning behind most events. That for the average person, there is not much significant outside his daily coming and goings. But a careful examination of the interplay of these conflicting forces, reveals complicated, cleverly schemed operation, which displays the actually deeply meaningful course of reality.

That life is the conception of a much more sophisticated wisdom than what we had previously envisioned. The following is a humble attempt to expose some of that reality. We are in a particular period in time, when darkness is predominating. Some of what you are about to read may appear fantastic, but we must remember that our failure to apprehend such matters, is merely the sad fact of underestimating our own selves.

We underestimate the potential for good and bad in human beings, because we underestimate ourselves. God created us with an intellect, but we fail to exercise it to its true potential. The capabilities of our intellect lie far beyond what we suspect.

This text is merely a brief resume of the subject, only to introduce the reader to it. Most facts, are presented with the bare minimum of evidence, but the reader can further explore each matter on his own in order to further feed their accounts. He will find its evidences at every step he takes, if he doesn’t satisfy himself merely of reports from others, but investigates matters for himself. Not forgetting to take full advantage of his intuition as a guide into subjects that need inquiry.

The Chosen People

The Jews were chosen by God above the rest of mankind to be an example of righteousness. However, they allowed pride to overcome them, misappropriating the title of Chosen People, to mean they were worthy of God’s favours at the exclusion of everyone else, in compliance with their desires, not God’s. They have become instead, an example for humanity of the extreme of man’s ingratitude to his Creator.

O Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all others. Holy Qur’an: Al-Baqarah, verse 122.

Though not professed by all Jews, the view that has come to predominate is Zionism. It is an ideology derived, not from their actual religion, but is rather a way in which they interpret that religion. They believe that God chose them above the rest of mankind, for some special virtue on their part, to give them a land.

They see their relationship with God as that of a covenant made between He and them, that He promised them a land, the Promise Land. Consequently, they are called Zionists, because the focus of their belief, is the return to the land of Zion, Israel. Once they are to dwell in the Promised Land, as is said in the Bible, their messiah will come, and they will rule the nations of the world in peace.

As we can see, it is in the very foundations of the Jewish belief, that they are superior to the rest of humanity, and that they are destined to rule the world.

Say: “If the last Home, with God, be for you specially, and not for anyone else, then seek you for death, if you are sincere.” But they shall never seek for death on account of the (sins) which their hands have sent on before them. And God is well-aquatinted with the wrong-doers. You wilt indeed find them, of all people, most greedy of life, even more than the pagans: Each one of them wishes he could be given a life of a thousand years: But the grant of such life will not save them from (due) chastisement for God sees well all that they do. Holy Qur’an: Al-Baqarah verses 94 to 96.

God promised Abraham (Nabi Ibrahim Alaihissalaam) He would make his descendants to dwell in the land between the Nile and the Euphrates. They believe this promise to represent their covenant with God. But, their covenant with God was not that they were to be given a land, but that they were required to obey certain commandments. God took a covenant from the Children of Israel, and We appointed twelve leaders among them. And God said:

“I am with you if you establish regular prayers, pay alms and believe in My messengers; honour and assist them, and loan to God a beautiful loan. Verily, I will wipe out form you your evils and admit you to Gardens under which rivers flow. But if any of you after this, resists faith, he has indeed wandered from the Straight Path. Holy Qur’an: Al-Ma’idah verse 12.

And remember We took a covenant from the Children of Israel: to worship none but God, treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and give alms; then did you turn back, except a few among you, and you back slide (even now). Holy Quran: Al-Baqarah, verse 83.

Because their hearts grew hard they twisted the truth to accord with their desires. They didn’t want to comply with God’s commandments, but they wanted the status of Chosen People. As a result, they chose to believe they were chosen because of some special virtue, and that such status was not conditional on any kind of behavior.

But because of their breach of their covenant, We cursed them, and made their hearts grow hard: they change the words from their places and forget a good part of the Message that was sent them, and you will not cease to find them, except a few, bent on deceit: but forgive them, and overlook (their misdeeds): for God loves those who are kind. Holy Quran: Al-Ma’idah verse 13.

They changed the meaning of the covenant to simply being a promise to be given a land, totally disregarding the condition of obedience to the commandments. Choosing instead to believe that they were deserving of God’s favors regardless of their behavior, because they were chosen by Him. Moses (Musa Alaihissalaam) led them out of Egypt to dwell in the Promised Land. Because of their constant transgression, God was displeased with them, and wished to punish them, but Moses (Musa Alaihissalaam)begged God to fulfill his promise to Abraham (Ibrahim Alaihissalaam). So, though He was displeased with them, He allowed them to dwell in the Promised Land, only to fulfill His promise to Abraham. After the reign of David and Solomon, they were carried off into captivity at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, ruler of the Babylonians in 586 BC. The Temple, Temple of Solomon, the center of Jewish community and a symbol of Jewish identity, was destroyed for the first time. Upon their return from Babylon, they re-established themselves and rebuilt the Temple. Several centuries later, in 70 AD, the Romans ransacked Jerusalem, the Temple was destroyed once again, never to be rebuilt, and the Jews scattered across the many parts of the world.

And We decreed for the Children of Israel in the Book, that twice would they do mischief on the earth and be elated with mighty arrogance. When the first of the warnings came to pass We sent against you Our servants given to terrible warfare: they entered the very inmost parts of your homes; and it was a warning (completely) fulfilled. Then did We grant you victory over them: We gave you increase in resources and sons, and made you the more numerous in man-power. If you did well, you did well for yourselves, if you did evil, (you did it) against yourselves. So when the second of the warnings came to pass, (We permitted your enemies) to disfigure your faces, and to enter your Temple as they had entered it before and to visit with destruction all that fell into their power. Holy Quran: Bani-Israel verses 4 to 7

A central aspect of the Jewish religion, and in fact all religions is the coming of the expected Prophet, who is to guide all the nations. Every religion has foretold of the coming of the great Prophet, and by all signs available, it is the Prophet Mohammed who was being described. Because he was not Jewish they refused to accept him even though they recognized him as they would their own sons. The Christians believe him to be Jesus son of Mary. In any case they are still awaiting him. When he comes he will be their king, King of the Jews, the King of Zion. He will rebuild the Temple and they will rule the nations of the world in peace.

King of Zion

Consequently, the Jews formulate ways by which to realize such a destiny and bring about their rulership of the world. Certainly it is not the case that every Jew participates consciously in this plan:

“There are among them some that are righteous, and some that are opposite…” Holy Qur’an: Al-Baqarah, verse 168

Its proponents comprise merely a section among them. It merely serves their purpose that the slightest suggestion of any Jewish malice prompts accusations of anti-Semitism on the part of those not in the know. It may just be a sign of their corruption that they do not expect God to hand them the world. Maybe it stems from the biblical concept that God helps those who help themselves.

In any case, they actively pursue the realization of their purported destiny. As a result of deliberately twisting the idea of being Chosen, they disregard the rights of the rest of humanity. The Talmud, the ancient book of Jewish jurisprudence, outlines such an attitude. The Jew is better than a non-Jew. The Gentile, or non-Jew, is viewed as being a mere brute, present on this earth to serve the purposes of Jews, like cattle. Just for example, Jews are allowed to expropriate the property of non-Jews, as well as charging them interest on debt, which is forbidden between themselves. Though Jews were themselves forbidden usury, they are nearly solely responsible for the forging of banking institutions throughout the centuries, and of which today they completely dominate. It has also been the backbone of their strategy. As far back as Ancient Greece we see the influx of Phoenicians from the coast cities of Ancient Palestine, establishing a new merchant class of money-lenders rivalling the Greek aristocracy. Their strategy is essentially Machiavellian. Any form of treachery is acceptable, if an when it serves the greater “good”, the fulfilment of the destiny of the Jewish People. The end justifies the means. Their ill intent for humanity can be traced throughout the centuries. Monopolizing the manufacture of weapons, practicing usury, pitting nation against nation, and pillaging the earth’s stores of gold. There is some controversy as to when exactly such efforts came into inception. Some say they began before Solomon’s (Nabi Sulaiman Alaihissalaam’s)reign, approximately three thousand years ago. Others claim it was initiated as a response to Jesus’ mission two thousand years ago.

The plan essentially is to deceive humanity into constructing a world empire whose rulership they will ultimately take hold of once its authority is secured. Then, to establish their awaited messiah as the ultimate ruler of humanity. This messiah is known to the Muslims as the Dajjal [Anti-Christ].

First Entry into Europe

Having been confronted with the mischief of the Jewish People, nearly every country in Europe expelled them, and they were banned entry up until only a few hundred years ago. Their first re-entry into Europe was by way of England. In 1649, Mennasseh Ben Israel financed Oliver Cromwell, enabling him to overthrow the monarchy of Charles I. Now known as the Glorious Revolution. Once their chosen ruler, Charles II, was installed, they moved quickly to repeal the law banning them entry into England. They immediately proceeded to create a new system of government now known as Parliament. The benefit of a parliamentary system to the Jews is that it completely debilitates the process of governing by confounding it in futile babble. Through banking, the practice of “money-lending” for which they are famous, they infiltrated the industry of the country. Themselves adding to it, or fuelling it with a new infusion of funds through loans. As a result, we have what is now known as the Industrial Revolution. Whereby, the Jews transformed modern industry by a massive build up of production and manufacture. The tale that can now be told, of the extent of abuse and exploitation that took place during this period, is a sad one.

The Craft

To implement such a plan, the Jews needed to recruit a secret army from among the Gentile, non-Jewish citizens of their host nation. Devised by the middle of the eighteenth century, was a secret society called the Illuminati. Adam Wieshaupt, an apostate Christian, who had been commissioned by a group of Jewish men, to formulate a plan by which to appropriate the rulership of the world by “peaceful means”, conceived of its concept. A certain Bauer from Germany originally founded this society, who later changed his name to Baron Mayer von Rothschild (after the emblem of his guild: a red banner encrusted with the picture of an eagle clenching a handful of arrows. “Rothschild” in German means “red shield”. Not coincidental is the use of the red flag in communist revolutions). This society was called The Illuminati because it was to be directed by a group of men who were to be “illumined”, men professing the practice of special esoteric knowledge. Recruiting many influential people, this society managed to permeate the upper echelons of European society. Emerging to replace the Illuminati in the following centuries, was the society of the Freemasons. Freemasonry was also capable of attracting a great deal of prominent people. Including, not only businessmen, heads of industry, but also major figures in government and the aristocracy. Including the crown in many cases. The entire British royal family has a long history of membership in Freemasonry. The present queen of England, Elizabeth II, is the Grand Patroness of Freemasonry. The recruit is offered to participate, through his membership, in the establishment of a new order based on Christian principles. Also, he is assured that his financial future will be secured by the many contacts he is to receive, as well as the “brotherly” assistance that would be available to him through various avenues.

Most importantly is the secret knowledge of the Craft, which he is promised to be introduced to. In return he is required to swear absolute allegiance to the Brotherhood and, to obey the orders of the thirteen elders, whose identity would to him remain unknown. Moreover, he would be subject to gruesome punishment and death if he were ever to divulge the secrets of the organization. Other affiliated organizations are The Rosicrucians, Skull and Crossbones, the Rotary Club, the Lions Club and the Shriners. The theme of the organization is of course masonry. But it is masonry because their efforts in trying to forge a new order, is symbolically represented as the rebuilding of Temple of Solomon, each member helping to lay the bricks.

Moreover, the basis of the cult of Freemasonry, is the initiation to the esoteric knowledge, having supposedly been passed down from King Solomon (a lie attributed to the Prophet Sulaiman). The Craft they learn is magic. A knowledge the Jews have managed to preserve over the centuries.

They followed what the Satan’s recited over Solomon’s Kingdom. Solomon did not disbelieve but Satan’s disbelieved, teaching men magic and such things as came down at Babylon to the angels Harut and Marut. But neither of these taught anyone (such things) without saying: “We are only for trial; so do not blaspheme.” They learned from them the means to sow discord between man and wife. But they could not thus harm anyone except by God’s permission. And they learned what harmed the, not what profited them. And they knew that the buyers of (magic) would have no share in the happiness of the Hereafter. And vile was the price for which they did sell their souls, if they but knew! Holy Qur’an: Al-Baqarah, verse 102.

The cult is divided into 33 degrees. Each degree is marked by its own initiation ritual and science that is taught within it. Each level introduces the initiate to higher levels of secret knowledge. At the entry level he is introduced to the most basic understanding of what Freemasonry is all about. But, with each subsequent level he is told that what he was introduced to at the earlier level was not actually what the Craft was really about, and that he would now be introduced to a true understanding of the purpose of the Brotherhood. Every time he ascends to a higher level, he is reindoctrinated in such a manner, so that his idea of the purpose of the cult is transformed as he is promoted to higher echelons. The earlier initiates are duped into believing that the organization is a Christian one, and that its aims are Christian.

According to 33rd degree Freemason and 19th century American politician Albert Pike, the god of freemasonry is the Devil. In fact the name of their god is Jah-Bul-On. It is only at the higher levels that the true nature of the cult is revealed to the member, and that he becomes a conscious worshipper of the Devil. Several figures are 33rd degree Freemasons in our time, one such being Ronald Reagan, former president of the United States. He was responsible for the establishment of the Church of Satan in California, a diabolical church, of which many high profile personalities are members, including Mick Jagger, who is a high priest.

Progress and Christianity

Usury

Usury according to Christianity is forbidden, so those figures exercising power in the economy had an interest in the deterioration of the Church’s authority. Those interested in the establishment of a banking system, to reap the profits of usury, needed to pick away at the power of the Church. By weakening the Church’s authority through its various methods of dispensing propaganda, the people’s growing desire for loans, the pressure to conform to an increasingly interest oriented business world, and the Church’s own corrupted tendencies, they managed to force the Church to yield on its stance against usury.

Spiritual Influence

It had been necessary to eliminate Christianity, not only because of its hindrance as a potent political body, but as well because of its influence over the mentalities of the Europeans. To create a citizen geared to optimum levels of production, citizens would have to be hard working. The best slave is the hard-working one. Secondly he would have to be motivated to spend everything he earns, so that manufacturers may sell their products. Therefore, it would be necessary to inculcate greed. The other-worldliness of Christianity stood in the way such indoctrination.

Discrediting Christianity

The method used would be propaganda, to place doubt as to the legitimacy of the Christian religion. Not only did the Church’s own corruption and hypocrisy, once exposed, work formidably against it, but once scientific research had unearthed the incongruities of the Bible, it was finally possible to discredit Christianity entirely.

Furthermore, the Theory of Evolution if misinterpreted suggested an altogether different concept of reality. The European then searched for an alternative belief system. The Jews were there to fill the vacuum with an assortment of “new” or “progressive” ideas.

Gutenburg

It is thought that Gutenburg, by the invention of the printing press, liberated mankind from ignorance by making literature available to the common man. Yet, by seizing hold of the new publishing industry, Jews managed to control the entire range of material that would now be available. They produced an array of materiel designed to upset the power of the Church, by a new line of writers and philosophers (usually Freemasons) whom they would themselves help bring into prominence.

Consequently, the latter part of the eighteenth century is now known as the Age of Enlightenment. The wording “enlightenment” should be carefully noted for it was forged by the “illumined” or “enlightened” members of the Illuminata. Most of the major figures of the Enlightenment in fact were Freemasons like the renowned Frenchman Rousseau and the writer Voltaire. The essence of the Enlightenment movement was that it marked the beginning of “free thinking”. In other words, that it was considered the first major movement in secular thought, or irreligious or even anti-religious thought.

Liberty, Fraternity, Equality

A primary example of where this was put into place is France. Once the people had been freed from the Church’s hold, they were overcome by a new tide of revolutionary ideas. They easily absorbed the Freemason ideals of Liberty, Fraternity, Equality that became the slogan of the French Revolution. Now that the concept of the monarchy being a power vested by God was fully suspended, motivated by their new ideals, spurred on by the agents of Freemasonry, the French revolted against their Aristocracy. It had been necessary to destroy the aristocracy because it contained the authority of the state within hereditary bonds. Once such a barrier was removed, the new Bourgeoisie, or middle-class merchant, took the reigns of power, now that power was accessible to those able to manage mobility within the industry.

Russia in 1918 should be interpreted in a similar fashion. Karl Marx, himself a Jew, was commissioned to write Das Kapital by Freemasons, which they used to create the Red Empire, over the ashes of the Russian aristocracy. Since then the Soviet Union has been entirely dominated by Jews, from the KGB to the Politburo.
USA Inc.

In the USA, the Jews can be seen dominating every aspect of American industry from banking, to manufacturing, to the media, as well as such national institutions as government and education. These are manipulated to transform the USA into a massive weapons production centre, or as has been termed, a Military-Industrial-Complex. To build up the might of the West, not for its present bogus conflicts, but to be eventually used to secure the power of a world empire.

Consolidation

In the middle of the nineteenth century, banks started encouraging the buy-out of certain companies by others. Instead of several companies competing within the same market, it was seen as more advantageous to merge them into a single monopoly, or at least a collection of a few companies in a certain field, in order to maximize profits. Therefore, there began a merger movement, where whole sectors of industry came to be dominated by a few very large companies. These buy-outs required massive loans, which were of course financed by the banks. By imposing conditions on loans or requiring the appointment of specific people, or even representatives, on the board of directors of these companies, the banks found a way to exercise control over the industry. The United States’ many banks came under the authority of a few major banks. Massive financial groups thus appeared, composed of large corporations and their financial institutions, each headed by a major bank or banks, distributed throughout the major industrial areas. Already by the turn of the century, fifty percent of the industry of America was under the direct or indirect control of a few major banking powers. This merger movement continued throughout the century and goes on up until this day. Now companies are so huge, called multi-national corporations, that they diversify their activities in several fields simultaneously and across national boarders. For example a major corporation may own an industrial plant in steel, a clothing chain, a food producer, a publishing company and a television network all at once. If they wish, they can exercise their influence in one field to effect their profits in another. For example, they can create a television program, along with a complimentary book series or a magazine, to advertise the products they manufacture in another field of industry. Just as many toy giants animate their products on Saturday morning television. Or, the Children’ Television Workshop, producer of the “award” winning “educational” children’s television program, Sesame Street, is composed entirely of businessmen and financiers representing the major financial groups.

Indoctrination

It is a mystery to many people as to what makes Americans so patriotic. The reason is simple, they are the victims of a grand scheme designed to foster adoration for their nation.

Principal to a system intent on the control of human beings, is a mechanism for propaganda, to inculcate values favourable to the authority in charge. There are several media used to this purpose: television, radio, film, newspapers and literature, but more importantly the educational system. The major financial groups of the United States appropriated control of the universities already early on in the century. Universities are wholly dependent on funding from boards of trustees, which are composed of corporate individuals from the financial groups. Taking advantage of the universities’ dependence on their funding, the financial groups pressured the universities to conform to specific agenda. School curricula were entirely rearranged. With such a large infusion of “charity” the universities were forced to abandon many of their former methods of education, in favour of those fields of study that were to directly benefit the corporations, at time remove undesirable members of faculty, and were required to construct facilities to enable the kind of research that was preferred by the leaders of industry.

Social and Natural Science

The universities were divided into two fields of study: natural sciences and the social sciences.

The basis of study of the natural sciences was to serve the major corporations with necessary research. It is through scientific research that innovation and inventions are stimulated. Invention and innovation firstly generate greater wealth by enhancing industrial productivity, and by introducing new commodities into the market. But the primary objective is the development of military technology. Study in the social sciences is to serve a two-fold purpose. The fields of study include economics, sociology, psychology, political science and history. First of its purposes is to indoctrinate. To inculcate values appropriate for the efficiency and perpetuation of the system.

The second aspect of social science is the study of human beings. To analyse the behaviour of human beings and their reactions to different stimuli.

Such study is designed to reveal methods to make the population more productive, i.e. what are the causes of possible apathy; reactions to certain programs implemented by the corporations through its various agencies (governmental or otherwise); what are viable incentives to increased productivity; and how to detect revolutionary sentiment before it erupts. All is coordinated to create a self-perpetuating system, geared to high levels of productivity, in order to build up might and wealth. Though most professors or researchers are not aware of the actual agenda at hand, they are required to submit an application if they wish to pursue research in a certain area.

This application is subject to approval of the administration, and thus to the corporations who have set the criteria for approval.
Formulating Interpretations
All agencies that direct or make recommendations to the educational system, such as the US Board of Education, the National Research Council, the Heritage Foundation and so on, which are nearly entirely composed of business professionals from the major financial groups, formulate “proper” interpretations of history readied for the educational system, and designed to inculcate appropriate attitudes. The “interpretation”, that Americans now believe as reality, is as follows: The universe is entirely materialistic. In the beginning there was a great explosion, the Big Bang, that created the universe. Through a series of accidental mutations, life evolved by Survival of the Fittest, from the simplest organism, to various species, to apes and finally to man. In the early stages of humanity, man was faced with a great struggle with the chaos of his environment. He was forced to cope with the violent forces of nature as well as constant threats to his life. The cave man first formed a sort of knife from stone. Then he discovered fire. Then he invented the wheel. And such he progressed through time, continuously better adapting himself better to his environment. They believe that every successive innovation helps to alleviate the burden of their existence, and that it is through the evolution of technology and the advancement of science that their lives are improved. Through it, they can seek to cure all his ills, not only to alleviate their physical existence, but they will also eventually solve all social and even spiritual problems. Through it he will find salvation. It is such that the entire system is geared to the idolization of science. In education, great emphasis is placed not only on the study of science itself, but also on the study of the merits of science. The biographies of the great that contributed to the progress of technology are studied in some detail.

Idolization of Science

In such a way they make science their primary mode of activity, dispensing a great amount of their effort towards scientific research, without suspecting that they are merely being enslaved. National programs, such as the space program directed by NASA, are initiated in great prestige, that the society may believe its efforts are expended towards a noble cause: the advancement of knowledge. While in actuality, it has been initiated to stimulate research towards the development of advanced weaponry. The greatest degree of technological innovation for the military is drawn from discoveries made in the space program. And everyone believes they are just trying to land on the mars!

Democracy

To disguise the horror of the reality of what is modern day America is the following “interpretation”: Once man had significantly progressed from the mental darkness of his pre-human stages, he made his intellectual birth during the Ancient Greek civilization in philosophy, when he first began to question his existence. Socrates first tackled the dilemma of the ideal political system and came up with a theoretical system he called Democracy. Man’s political concepts evolved through time, through the Renaissance, to the Enlightenment, to the British parliamentary system, and finally, to the checks and balances of the multi-party democratic system of the United States. Leading Americans to believe they are citizens of a democracy, the best system evolved for mankind.

National Policy

Americans are not of a democracy, they are citizens of a corporation. They are deceived into believing that the authority of the country resides in the government, which is supposedly democratic. In actual fact, those who hold power, who make decisions over national policy and who hold sway over the said government, are the corporations and their leaders. The government is merely a smokescreen to hide the fact that there is no government in the US, and that decisions over national policy are really decided in favor of corporate interests. Americans are indoctrinated into believing in the legitimacy of the present system, but specifically, the idea they are to conclude is, that it is the best system available and, most importantly, that they should not seek to change it.

Life, liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Those who pass through the American educational system carry these ideas to the rest of the population through that which they produce when they enter the media industry, in magazines, newspapers, television, radio and film. Notwithstanding the fact that the media are owned and controlled by the major financial groups, wrapped up in a complex network of ownership among multi-nationals. As Caesar said: “…give them bread and circuses”. Once the masses are fed they merely require the adequate dose of fantasy in order to be kept passive. Exhausted from extended hours of labour, without the energy to pursue issues more thoroughly, the American worker returns home to digest a half hour of information’s equivalent of baby food: the six o’clock news. Satiating his desire to remain informed with a brief report on “reality”. To dissipate his excess stress, television is prepared with a full menu of intellectual junk-food, spiced with the appropriate amount of propaganda. There are films, sports events, and an assortment of literature that deals in fiction as well as “non-fiction”. For those not deceived by the flagrant mediocrity of the popular media, there is a selection of material available that presents a facade of intellectualism, but is no less vacant of substance, and which is merely a more sophisticated type of indoctrination, designed for the upper levels of the society.

This array of trash entertainment provides a steady diet of fantasy, advertises the wares of the market, and of course thoroughly hypnotizes. They arouse lust and greed. Glamorise that which is first devoid of virtue, but inaccessible to most, if not entirely non-existent. Such circuses: the Academy Awards, rock concerts, the Super Bowl, high fashion, Time magazines, pseudo-intellectual McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, modern art exhibitions, Saturday Night Live, MTV and so on, nurture political apathy, by legitimising indulgence in selfish and trivial pursuits as opposed to confronting current injustices. For if man is not a moral being he is an animal, or even worse.

Vice or Virtue

If one were to be God-fearing, he could not be transformed into the optimal subject of a system geared to maximum productivity. He needs to be wholly materialistic. Therefore it is necessary to remove his concept of God and the Afterlife. By first divesting him of his knowledge of God and the Afterlife, the concept of accountability is removed. For as long as he understands the consequences of his actions, he could never abandon his better conscience for the sake of personal indulgence.

But, without belief in accountability, he is easily manipulated, simply by arousing his desires. He easily compromises his conscience simply because he is afraid of what people think, or because he is afraid to cause decrease to his wealth. Though the level of hypocrisy and injustice increase around him each day, he is bewildered by his enflamed passions. Where he once might have felt the stirrings of social responsibility, he is defeated by the onslaught of suggestive messages, and he ignores his better conscience for the fulfilment of the base desires of lust and greed ignited in him. Where he would have once felt disgust or outrage, he now finds rationalizations, excuses; and the pursuit of his own selfish aims gains validity. He conveniently denies the wrong that makes itself evident day by day, so as not to place in jeopardy the attainment of his wishes. The rest of humanity, the victims of the oppression he indirectly contributes to, that stand to gain from his initiative, must wait. Thus has he forsaken God. For you cannot serve two masters. It is either vice or virtue. But he makes a pact with the Devil to turn a blind eye to inequality in return for the fleeting treasures of this world.

Those who desire the life of this world and its pomp, to them We shall pay in full (the wages of) their deeds therein, without diminution. Holy Qur’an: The Prophet Hud, verse 15.

The World Abroad

American so-called “Western” evil Culture

The complete indoctrination of the American people suffices to exert control on the rest of humanity. From their base in America, they can export not only their material products, but they can export “American Culture”. It effects the necessary changes upon the mentalities of peoples elsewhere, freeing them from traditional forms of belief and adapting them to the “modern” world.

Under-development

Nearly the entire world economic system is controlled by a gigantic infrastructure of multi-nationals, their subsidiaries and their affiliates. The major banks of Western countries, who have direct access to control of industry the world-over, themselves fall under the authority of their central banks.

These in turn fall under the authority of the World Bank. The concept of “development”, is merely double-speak to hide another more insidious agenda. Funded by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), “development” of a country means to enslave that country to the western economic system, by introducing western means of production, which are usually owned by, or at least serve the Western industry. It also enslaves that country to repayment of loans, presenting the World Bank and the IMF yet another mode of coercion. Two thirds of humanity live at a level of subsistence. By imposing a system of import tariffs, Western countries “protect” their markets, create an arena of unfair competition, and thus the multi-nationals keep the Third World back deliberately at staggering levels of poverty to ensure cheap labour and cheap raw materials. For the First World. The “free” world.

Puppet Governments

The West exercises its authority over nearly every government of the world. The Post-Colonial period is really a Neo-Colonial period. The masses of the Third World have been duped into believing that through their struggles for “independence” they have freed themselves from the colonial powers. The fact is that the colonial powers recognized they could more easily retain control of their colonies if they removed their presence, which caused too much animosity, and was generally expensive. In their stead they fostered the establishment of native governments favorable to them.

Puppet governments. Therefore the governments of the Third World countries are merely extensions of the Western hegemony. As a clue, a sign of sure Western influence is the presence of a Western style government in a given country. Upward-mobility within their institutions is conditional on the appropriation of western values.

The Western educated not only make adequate replacements in government, but can be hired for lower pay to run foreign owned operations. In order to suppress potential revolutionary movements, on the part of victimized populations wishing to alter their predicament, brutally repressive regimes are installed or supported by the Western capitalists. As in Saudi Arabia, which is really Zionist controlled, where not only is vicious brutality used, but also by placing the appropriate amount of religious facade, they deceive even the most ardent Muslims.

Impostors and Agents

In the non-Western world there is a great deal of membership in Freemasonry, that nearly all aspects of Third World societies are pervaded with agents of Freemasonry. In some cases, as remote as African chiefs or, as significant as the religious clergy of Islamic countries, are recorded as holding membership in Freemasonry. Many times Jews play the role of impostors to suit their purposes. For example King Fahad of Saudi Arabia is a Jew, King Hasan II of Morocco is a Jew, as were Tito of Yugoslavia, Lenin and the Ayatollah Khomeini [ Shia’ism was created by a Jew named Abdullah ibn Saba during the time of Hadhrat Uthman (radhiyallahu Anhu) Khalifate, to create dissent within the Ummah ]. There is evidence to suggest that the Pope is also a Jew. If the West wishes to carry out a policy in an Arab country, which may contradict the tenets of Islam, it weighs its influence on its leader (usually Freemason), who uses his influence on his clergymen, who in turn churn out the necessary religious verdict, permitting the implementation of their blasphemy. As happened when America wanted to install its troops in the Gulf, the appropriate Fatwa or religious verdict was passed by the Mufti of Saudi Arabia, “Sheikh” Bin Bazz, based on extremely tenuous evidence.

Novus Ordo Seclorum

State of Israel

Central to the Zionist plan was the creation of a Jewish homeland, the purpose of the First and Second World Wars. To gather Jews for the reception of the Messiah, and their ultimate rulership of the world. Palestine was in Ottoman land, so The First World War disintegrated this major obstacle, the Ottoman Caliphate, which was finally dismantled in 1924, ending 1300 years of consolidated Islamic power. With the Second World War, the role of the United Nations was secured, and with the so-called Holocaust, propaganda about persecution of the Jews was created to argue for the creation of the State of Israel. By it, they convinced their own people into migrating from the various countries around the world to Israel, in order to escape persecution and possible annihilation. They convinced the world, under the guise of the United Nations, to approve the establishment of the State of Israel.

Messiah: Ruler of Humanity

The aim to establish the Messiah as the ultimate ruler of humanity. As ruler he will also make them the rulers of humanity. To this aim they have prepared the system he is to dominate, the New World Order. The first stage in its establishment has been the United Nations. Now on their agenda is the unification of Europe, to lead to a final global power, the one world government. When the moment is deemed appropriate, they will introduce their leader, the ultimate dictator of humanity: the King of the Jews.
The “Messiah”. To make the world receive their messiah, their plan is to create a world-wide economic depression. Having created havoc with the civilizations of history, the Jews will expose to the world its “inability” to construct a viable government. Disillusioned by their many failed attempts, the world will gladly receive their “Messiah” as the one to solve their problems, the great saviour of humanity.

The protagonists of this plan claim that its completion is a matter of a few years away. Talk now is under way about the need for European president, but also of a world president. Banners have been erected in the city of Jerusalem warning the people to expect the coming of the Messiah. Preparations have been made and plans have been drawn for the reconstruction of the Temple, whose location is on the site of the Mosque of Al Aqsa. Furthermore, the Pope has said that the “Messiah” will be here in few years.

The Unbelievers say: “We will neither believe in this scripture nor in (any) that (came) before it.” If you could but see when the wrong-doers will be made to stand before their Lord, throwing back the world (of blame) on one another! Those who were deemed weak will say to the arrogant ones: “Had it not been for you, we should certainly have been believers!” The arrogant ones will say to those who had been deemed weak: “Was it we who kept you back from Guidance after it reached you? Nay, rather it was you who transgressed.” Those who had been deemed weak will say to the arrogant ones: “Nay! it was a plot (of yours) by day and by night: Behold! you (constantly) ordered us to be ungrateful to God and to attribute equals to Him! They are filled with remorse. When they see the Chastisement: We shall put yokes on the necks of the Unbelievers: it would only be a requital for their (evil) deeds. Holy Qur’an: as-Saba, verses 31 to 33.
The Final Conflict

Armageddon

Zionists have spent thousands of years appropriating control of the World. However, they cannot achieve their final appropriation of the rule of the world until they have completely destroyed Islam. This will lead to a final global conflict between the infidels, led by the Anti-Christ and the Jews, against the Muslims. This is a war expected throughout time called Armageddon.

Extinguishing God’s Light

Their war is a war with God. They are fighting to extinguish the light of God on the earth.
Their intention is to extinguish God’s Light with their mouths; But God will complete His Light, even though the Unbelievers may detest it. Holy Qur’an: as-Saff, verse 8.
They schemed against the light of God from their very beginnings, killing the Prophets as they tried to kill Jesus son of Mary. They strove to defile the purity of Islam from its very inception, attacking it in every way possible, creating the Shia’ sect, as well as the heretical La’Madhabiyya’s. Long before the downfall of the Caliph, they schemed to undermine the Ottoman Empire, by sewing the seeds of corruption internally, to make the empire collapse upon itself. Then, when the Muslims were weak enough, the alliance of infidels saw its opportunity to finally dominate the Muslims, after centuries of jealously coveting the rule of Islam. They attacked and partitioned the Islamic world between them. Once they obliterated the rule of Islam, they proceeded to attempt its final dissolution, or at least its distortion, to secure their power forever. Education was reformulated to dull the true glory of the Islamic empire. Indoctrinating the colonized world as to the supposed virtues of the West, telling a tale of history with the West as the sole protagonist. They entice into anti-Islamic values by the myriad of subliminal suggestions injected into advertising, films, and television programs, for example, like Dynasty, Beverly Hills 90210, Nintendo, Pretty Woman, music videos, not only advertising Western produced goods like BMW’s, Marlboros, Nike, MacDonald’s and Whitney Houston, but seducing into anti-Islamic forms of behaviour, like premarital relation, extra-marital relations, feminist attitudes, inappropriate or extravagant forms of dress, licentiousness, greed, narcissism, and Western ideologies hostile to Islam. The final blow is dealt, by way of the corrupt clergy, to inculcated a distorted understanding of Islam, into those holding on their faith, to render them politically impotent.

Conflicts Erupting

The final stage is set for the unification of Europe, and Zionists feel they have accumulated enough strength and control, that they are now bringing back Islam as the pronounced enemy, which had in fact been the real enemy all along. They see that the corruption they have sewn, has sufficiently weakened the Muslims, that they feel confident enough to begin their attack, to attempt the final annihilation of Muslims. Everywhere in the world conflicts are erupting between Fundamentalists and the West. Serb thugs are used to carry out Zionist plans in Bosnia.
Freemason France is executing its war in its colony of Algeria. The West demonises the Islamists’ struggle every time a spy or agents of the West is killed, claiming they are “intellectuals”.

In obedience to prompts from the West, Arab countries are carrying a program of brutal repression against Islamic Fundamentalism.

In most countries wearing a beard is enough to get you jailed. In Tunisia the head covering for women is illegal. In Egypt, television programs are produced ridiculing Fundamentalists. Wives of Muslim activists are jailed, tortured and raped. In Saudi Arabia the slightest remark against the King could have you killed.

West and Islam

Important to his strength is to rally as much of the World to support him in his attack against Islam, towards this aim Westerners as well as many non-Westerners, like the local pro-Western dupes of many countries, cleverly manipulated against their own people, have been indoctrinated into values in opposition to Islam. To this purpose they implanted the following interpretation of history in the mind of the Westerner: Early man, confounded by the chaos of his environment, conceived religion. Formulating the myth of a God to allay his fears. But religion was backwards. Due to his primitive mentality and his fears, he imposed values of human beings that were incompatible with his nature. He was ashamed of his body, viewing sex as a dirty thing. He imposed chastity and hiding of ones nakedness because he had difficulty coming to terms with his nature. He would punish himself by denying himself the pleasures of life which he irrationally called sins. Then, science exposed the mysteries of the universe, so he was no longer in need of a myth. Man evolved to come to terms with his nature, so he rid himself of repressive religion. There was no such thing as sin or shame. No need for chastity. But, to rid himself of the stain of the emotionally repressed ideas of religion, was a continual struggle to come to terms with his nature. Daring to defy commonly held principles, is hailed as courage…Finally Neitsche declared: God is dead. The Theory of Relativity, formulated by Einstein, is manipulated to induce the concept of tolerance. The theory postulates that, in the physical world, because of the elasticity of time, everything is relative. One set of rules are applicable to one sphere, while a whole different set of rules are applicable to another sphere. What is right for you is not necessarily right for me! From this is derived the idea of tolerance, that everyone must tolerate everyone else’s opinion, because everyone is right. This is in direct opposition to Muslims, who are certain of their faith, and Fundamentalism, which is not prepared to compromise the tenets of Islam for any other system of values.

Modern Values

Consequently the entire mentality of the Westerner has been carefully designed to be hostile to Islam. In their ignorance, Westerners have been deceived into believing that these modern values, Women’s Rights, Human Rights, Secularism, the separation of church and state, Democracy and Tolerance, are ideas they arrived at, by having fought long and hard intellectually, to rid themselves of such ideas as Islam suggests. The world is being made to believe that a New World Order is about to be established, the final just rule of the world, after a long list of failed attempts, based on these. Former pro-Israel US diplomat Jeanne Kirkpatrick and former Vice-President Dan Quayle have singled out Islamic fundamentalism as “the new enemy of the West in the 20th century, succeeding Nazism and communism, the archenemies of civilization in a by-gone era”. He has been indoctrinated into these values to be a supporter of he New World Order and to understand that he must fight against Islam if he wishes to see its establishment. Former Israeli President Chaim Herzog, trying to create irrational fear of Islam, told British Prime Minister John Major and Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd that Islamic Fundamentalism is “the greatest single danger to the free world today”.

Acts of War

The Cold War was a fraud to instil apprehension in the populations of the West to justify a massive weapons build up. To create an illusion of relative peace, to redirect the attention of the world from its real conflicts, to the artificial conflict between America and the Soviet Union.

Muslims were led to believe that they were no longer in a state of war with the West, while in fact this war began a long time ago. The Muslim lands were invaded and completely colonized by the infidels. Tricked by their phoney independence’s, they fail to perceive they are still under the control of the West, nor do they perceive the insidious methods of propaganda and sedition, used against them in their countries, which qualify as acts of war

Struggle in the Cause of Allah

The colossal degree of injustice that has been described, is nearly entirely attributable to the perverse desires of a few men. This must be changed. This is the trial placed by God upon humanity. What has to be done? People have to take it upon themselves to change the situation. This will mean that they will have to make sacrifices. They may have to sacrifice their way of life, their careers, their reputation and perhaps their lives. If they do not respond, who will? God could vanquish these criminals within the fraction of an instant. Yet, He wants to see who will fight in His cause, by his tongue, his wealth and his person, against the perpetrators of wrong, the army of darkness. God revealed Islam in order that humanity could be governed according to it. Unbelief is darkness and disorder. So the unbelievers, if they are not suppressed, create disorder. That is why the Muslims are responsible for the implementation of God’s Law on the planet, that humanity may be governed by it, as opposed to corrupt man-made laws. The Muslims must make all efforts to establish the religion of God in the earth. Otherwise, as God said:

And those who disbelieve are allies to one another,
(and) if you (Muslims of the whole world collectively) do not do so , there will be upheaval (wars, battles, worship to other than Allah, etc.) and oppression on earth, and great mischief and corruption
(appearance to other than Allah). Holy Qur’an: al-Anfaal verse 73

The proponents of this dark plan know that their only threat is Muslims who are the upholders of truth of Allah.

Ibn Kathir rahimahullah, said in Mukhtasir Ibn Kathir 2/144:

“God, Most High, ordered that everybody march out with the Messenger of God in the expedition of Tabuk to fight the enemies of God, the Roman infidels. Bukhari has written a chapter in Sahih al Bukhari (entitled The Chapter On The Obligation of Marching Out and What is Required from Jihad and Intention for It) and quoted this verse. It was a general call because the Muslims knew that the Romans were gathering on the borders of the Arabian Peninsula and were preparing to invade Medina. So what is the situation if the infidels enter a Muslim country, does not the march become the ultimate priority? Abu Talha said about the words of the Most High: “…light or heavy…”: “old and young, God did not listen to anyone’s excuse”. And Hasan al Basri said: “in hardship and in ease.”

Ibn Abidin rahimahullah said, in Hashiyat Ibn Abidin 3/238:

“Jihad becomes obligatory if the enemy attacks one of the borders of the Muslims, and it becomes obligatory upon those close by. For those who are far away, it is optional, if their assistance is not required. If they are needed, perhaps because those nearby the attack cannot resist the enemy, or are indolent and do not fight jihad, then it becomes obligatory upon those behind them, like the obligation to pray and fast. There is no room for them to leave it. If they too are unable, then it becomes obligatory for those behind them, and so on in the same manner until jihad becomes obligatory for the whole Ummah of Islam from the East to the West”.

In Hashiyat ad Dussuqi it is stated: Jihad becomes obligatory upon the surprise attack of the enemy. Dussuqi said: “Wherever this happens, jihad immediately becomes obligatory upon everybody, even women, slaves and children, and they march out even if their guardians, husbands and creditors forbid them” (2/174).

Ibn Tayymiah rahimahullah said:

If the enemy enters a Muslim land, there is no disagreement that it is obligatory for the closest and then the next closest to repel him, because the Muslim lands are like one land. It is obligatory to march to the territory even without the permission of parents or creditor… How many years has it been since the enemies of God entered the Muslim lands, that in our present era we don’t even have a state. So how many times is the obligation multiplied for us. The great scholar of Islam, Ibn Taymia said: To defend that which is sacred and the religion from the aggressor is obligatory, as unanimously agreed upon. For the enemy who creates havoc in the life and in the religion, there is nothing more obligatory after basic belief than defense from him.

Let those who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter fight in the Cause of God, and whosoever fights in the Cause of God, and is killed or gets victory, We shall bestow on him a great reward. Holy Qur’an: An-Nisaa’, verse 74.

The Prophet said: “It is expected that the nations will call each other from all horizons, as those calling each other to feast from a platter of food in from of them.” A person asked the Prophet if would that be because of our small number that day. The Prophet said, “no, but you will be scum, like scum of flood water. God will put weakness into your hearts and remove the fear from the hearts of your enemies because of your love of the world and your hate for death”. In another narration it was said: “and what kind of weakness is it Messenger of God? He said: “love of the world and the hate of fighting.” Narrated by Ahmad with reliable chain of narration. Narrated by Abu Dawud with the words “hate for death”, and it is authentic.

Appendix I

On the reverse side of the American one dollar bill are two Masonic symbols. One is a pyramid, its peak with a single left eye in it elevated above it and is radiating (remnant of the Illuminati). The other is a symbol of an eagle (reminiscent of the Rothschild symbol). The eagle is clenching a branch with 13 leaves in its right claw, 13 arrows in its left claw. The shield placed in front of it in 13 American stripes. The six pointed star, the Star of David, symbol of Zionism, composed of 13 small five pointed stars, is illuminated above its head. In the pyramid there are 13 levels of bricks. The inscription above it, Annuit Coeptis, or “our conspiracy” in Latin, is made up of 13 letters. The symbols are detailed in units of 13 to represent the 13 secret elders that guide the Zionist plan. Below the pyramid is inscribed Novus Ordo Seclorum, Latin for New Social Order, the New World Order the are trying to establish. The pyramid represents the hierarchical system of control, centring power at the top through many levels of authority, the one world empire. The eye, a left eye, represents the Messiah is to come and “oversee” the whole system.

Appendix II

A strictly confidential document published in the newspapers Al-Medina al Munawarah issue 4570, Al Arab 6/4/1979, Ad-Dawah issue Safar 1399 and in the book Callers no Rebels page 179.

From: Richard B. Mitchell – the head of the American intelligence in the United States Embassy in Cairo.

To: The head of the secret service in the CIA.

Collected information form our agents, from the Israeli intelligence, and secret reports indicate that it is necessary to direct a strong blow to the Islamic groups whose activities have started to appear in all the Arab Muslim countries and in Europe and North America. We have observed that the means of suppression and terrorism pursued at the time of President Abdul Nasser has led to the sympathy of the Muslim masses with the Muslim Brotherhood, thus leading to adverse results. Additionally, advice delivered by the government of Mamdooh Salem that it is sufficient to direct a blow against the group of “Takfeer and Hijrah” therefore we propose the following means as alternative solutions

FIRSTLY: It is sufficient to carry out partial suppression instead of total suppression and to limit this to the leading personalities in a way which appears normal (natural).

SECONDLY: In regard to the leading personalities who are not selected for culmination, we advise to follow the following:

1) Those who can be tempted by lush jobs, are to be tempted, where they are kept busy with useless Islamic projects and other activities which discharge their efforts.

2) Endeavour to attract those with trading economic inclinations to contribute to the common Egyptian and Israeli project.

3) To create opportunities for work in Arab petroleum countries with highly paid salaries, which distances them from the Islamic activity in Egypt.

4) With regard to the effective elements in Europe and America we propose the following

A) To discharge their energy in spending their efforts with the non-Muslims, and spoiling those efforts by our institutions.

B) To discharge their effort in publishing and issuing Islamic books, and foiling their results.

C) Spreading the seeds of doubt and dissension amongst their leaderships so that they become preoccupied with that rather than the Islamic activity.

THIRDLY: With reference to the Muslim youth we have to concentrate on the following:

1) To encourage the attack on the Sunnah (traditions) of Mohammed, and to raise doubt about it and the other various Islamic sources.

2) To disintegrate the Islamic gatherings to spread dispute inside them and between them

3) To save the wave of the muslim youth, turning to observe Islamic teachings, particularly the commandments for girls to wear Islamic dress, through the information and cultural activity which comply solely with us.

4) The teachings and media institutions in their various stages have to continue in blockading the Islamic groups, restricting them and undervaluing their activities.

5) To change the syllabus of teaching the Islamic history and the deen (religion( in the Egyptian schools,focusing on exposing the iniquities of the Islamic Khilaafah [Caliph] particularly at the times of the Ottomans, then showing how the Western countries progressed quickly after the defeat of the Church and distancing it from politics

6) Try to discharge the energy of the Muslim youth in the worshipping rituals which are supervised by priestly leaderships that comply our planned policy

7) To deepen the sectarian differences and to magnify them in their minds.

This is what we propose as a solution to the problem of the Islamic grouping in this critical period. And if you are convinced to this, we request you to direct the advice to the concerned authorities to embark on implementation, noticing that we are prepared to carry out the required role of implementation [signature of Richard B Mitchell] Head of the American Intelligence in Cairo.

Appendix III

Athens and Sparta

In Ancient Greece two cities domimated the scene: Athens and Sparta. Early in its History, Phoenician merchants from the coast cities of Ancient Palestine, came to exploit the markets of Ancient Greece. Sparta resisted these foreigners so they were forced to settle in Athens. Through practices of money-lending they built up their economic base, establishing themselves as a prominent merchant class rivalling the landed Greek aristocracy. To comduct the society to their desired objectives, they manipulated the Greek theatre,the most important cultural activity of Ancient Greece, which has been celebrated in the West ever since.

Like modern television is used; the theatre was used to inculcate immorality. A common practice of the Jews throughout history has been to appropriate the money stock of the country by changing their standard from a gold or precious metal standard to false paper or wood standard.

This new standard is like a cheque which is supposedly transferable into gold kept in the treasury which they control. As Napoleon found when he entered the vaults of the Bank of Amsterdam, the financial centre of the times, that tbey were completely empty, The Jews had deceived the people into handing them all their wealth. Sparta aware of the corruptive influence of these foreigners, and to protect its money standard strongly resisted their penetration. To say something is Spartan means that it is conservative or austere, as the Spartans were known for their discipline, trying to keep themselves away from the moral decay that afflicted Athens. These foreign merchants wanting absolutely to practice on Sparta what they had on Athens. brought about a war between the two cities, now known as the “Peloponessian wars.” Socrates, as explained in the Republic of ato, explained a parable of people who were in a cave, forced to look at shadows cast from a fire. He told them that is someone were to release them from their chains, they wouldbe able to see the fire and recognise that what they had thought all along was real were merely shadows of artificial objects. Then they could leave the cave to find the true light. Just like Americans today who believe their government to be a real government. The government they have in mind is the shadow, and the artificial object is the impotent government. If they were unchained they could see that it is a fake stuff created by Jews.

Because Socrates was confronting their plan, he was tried for spreading revolutionary ideas and sentenced to death. In the same way modern people are assassinated, like Malcolm X or Martin Luther.