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A Muslimah in the Midwest trying to counteract all the "war on terror" propaganda.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Murder and Muslim Don't Mix

I was in Syria this summer when the London bombings occurred. At about that time there was a shoot-out in Damascus during a raid and some suspected Al Qaeda members were killed. These things, along with the daily dose of insanity from Iraq, really infuriated me. I wrote an article at the time but it was completely incoherent – I was so angry I couldn’t articulate anything.

Some time has passed now, and I am going to try my hand at articulating a little better after having pondered it all this time, but I am certainly no less angry. I am sick and bloody tired of these miscreants who think they’re serving Allah by perpetrating violence. And even though I do believe that some of the violence attributed to the shadowy “Al Qaeda” is either misattributed or flat-out set up, there obviously are some “Muslims” in the world who believe that killing innocent people is a way to gain hassanet (blessings, reward).

In reality Islam came not to destroy innocent people but to destroy the belief that killing innocent people is acceptable. Human rights, women’s rights, freedom of religion and even prisoner rights as we know them today were born with Islam. Many major provisions of the Geneva Conventions could have been taken straight out of an Islamic Law book. When Abu Bakr, the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) closest friend and the first Khalifa, sent his men into battle he advised them as the Prophet had advised him: Do not destroy crops. Do not harm women and children. Do not harm the elderly. Do not harm non-combatants. Do not harm those who have taken sanctuary in religious institutions. THAT is how Muslims conduct war.

Not by attacking night clubs or killing commuters or toppling towers.

Attacks of that nature are haram (forbidden) on so many levels! God forbids the killing of innocents, He forbids His servants from killing themselves, from using fire as a weapon, from killing other Muslims unless it is a judicially ordered capital punishment arrived at after due process……there is simply no way to twist these depraved acts into something praiseworthy, no matter how hard one might wish to try.

Now add to all that the fact that these sorts of destructive lashings out hurt regular Muslims more than anyone else. The terrorists consider us fair game because we have not crossed over to their “dark side”, the public views us with suspicion, fear and prejudice, and western governments feel free to create things like the Patriot Act to keep us in line, to shut down our legitimate charities and nonprofit organizations, and to justify whatever collateral damage “happens” when they “go after the terrorists”. Translation: regular Muslims find themselves in everyone’s crosshairs.

It’s as if Al Qaeda and the Bush administration are both working toward the same goals, just from different ends of the field. “With us or against us” is just as obtuse and ignorant and dangerous whether it comes from a cowboy president or a shady salafi. So the rest of us need to form an alliance. Regular Muslims and regular non-Muslims need to reach out to each other. Because then we’ll have a means of fighting back. We can fight violence with peaceful refusal to give in to it. We can fight ignorance with relationships. And we can fight extremism with solid understanding. If we endeavor to create a strong community of regular people will we be able to defeat the hotheads among us – whether they wear spurs or turbans.

13 Comments:

Blogger Aaminah said...

Asalaamu alaikum.

Well said! SubhanAllah. Thanks!

Tue Sep 20, 02:09:00 PM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asalaamu alaikum.Ramadan mubarak!
You nailed it sister! I wish your words could be heard by everybody!

Sun Oct 09, 11:01:00 PM CDT  
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Blogger Umm Layth said...

A message from our BROTHERS in ISLAM who have HONOR -

"This is a message to the people of Islam in Jordan. We would like to reassure you that we are the most concerned of your blood being shed. How can it not be so when you are the most beloved people to us. We love you more than ourselves and our children. We know that you are a victim of this criminal regime which has slaughtered your children as they have done with the Muslims in the city of Ma’an, they have raped your women, and have let you taste humiliation and disgrace. As for what this traitor regime has portrayed to you that you are a victim of the Mujahideen, these are all false accusations and lies, for if we wanted to kill innocent people as this apostate regime claims, then we would not have gone through the trouble of putting those lions in danger by crossing security perimeters which surround those hotels. If we wanted to shed your blood (We seek Allah’s refuge from that) then it would have been easier for those martyrs to blow themselves up in public places where hundreds of people gather like the Hashimi plain, or the Abdali compound, or trade centers like Safeway or similar places. Was it not possible for the lions of Al-Qaeda, who showered the rockets on the American ships in Eilat, to launch their rockets on housing compounds of innocent people in Amman, instead of exposing themselves to danger, to reach Aqaba which is surrounded by security apparatus and that has now become a closed off security zone?"

"Allah knows that we did not choose these hotels until it became apparent to us after long surveillance and observation for over two months and through information handed to us by trusted sources from inside these hotels and outside it that proved that these hotels have become headquaters for different intelligence organizations. As for the Radison hotel, most of the Israeli, American and Iraqi embassy officials reside there, and it is also a destination for Israeli tourists as is the Days Inn hotel. As for the Hayat Amman hotel, what will let you know what the Hayat Amman is? It is the nest of the Zionist, American and Iraqi intelligence forces. To know the reality of this hotel, it is the same place where the Israeli spy Azzam Azzam used to meet with the Israeli Mossad, and whoever knows these hotels knows with certain knowledge who visits it. The Hayat Amman hotel also has a special wing for the tyrant of Jordan, Abdullah the small, in which he spends many nights."

"So oh our people of Jordan! What do we want from blowing up weddings? If this was our goal, then wedding halls are spread throughout Jordan and their doors are open and there is no security. As for what was spread that the martyr brother blew himself up in the wedding hall amongst the wedding goers is also a lie by the evil security organization of Jordan."

May Allaah Subhanaahu wa ta`ala save us from slandering our brethren - who have honor and dignity - more then any of us have. Aameen

Sun Jan 01, 08:16:00 PM CST  
Blogger Em said...

Salaams

I was bloghoppin...Ur post is veri true if dey continue to carry out acts like that all will be lost..

But if Muslims and Non-Muslims stand fast tog all will not be lost...

Btw Ive linked u as a regular read...

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