Archive for April, 2012

Source: Guardian

The international network of counter-jihadist groups that inspired Anders Behring Breivik is growing in reach and influence, according to a report released on the eve of the Norwegian’s trial.

Far-right organisations are becoming more cohesive as they forge alliances throughout Europe and the US, says the study, with 190 groups now identified as promoting an Islamophobic agenda.

This week Breivik will appear on trial in Oslo after confessing to the murder of 77 people in Norway last July, killings that he justified as part of a “war” between the west and Islamists.

The report, by anti-racism group Hope Not Hate, states that since the 33-year-old’s killing spree, the counter-jihad movement – a network of foundations, bloggers, political activists and street gangs – has continued to proliferate.

Campaigners cite the formation three months ago of the Stop Islamization of Nations (Sion) group, designed to promote an umbrella network of counter-jihad groups across Europe and the US, as evidence of a global evolution.

An inaugural Sion summit is planned in New York this year to coincide with the anniversary of 9/11. Speakers are set to include Paul Weston, chairman of the anti-Islamic British Freedom Party (BFP), which recently announced a pact with the English Defence League. In the manifesto that Breivik published online 90 minutes before his attacks, he cited blog postings by Weston which discussed a “European civil war” between the west and Islam.

Researchers at Hope Not Hate name the UK as one of Europe’s most active countries in terms of counter-jihad extremism, with 22 anti-Islamic groups currently operating.

In Europe as a whole, 133 organisations were named in the report, including seven in Norway, and another 47 in the US, where a network of neo-conservative, evangelical and conservative organisations attempts to spread “negative perceptions of Islam, Muslim minorities and Islamic culture”.

Nick Lowles, director of Hope Not Hate said: “Breivik acted alone but it was the ‘counter-Jihadist’ ideology that inspired him and gave him the reasoning to carry out these atrocious attacks. All eyes this week will be on what Breivik did last July, but we ignore those people who inspired him at our peril.”

Andreas Mammone, a historian at Kingston University in London and an expert on European fascism, said broader factors had helped the counter-jihad movement to consolidate support. “The economic crisis continues to promote nationalism alongside the need for a common enemy. A fear of radical Islam is being developed, the idea that it presents a threat to our freedom,” he said.

The report also identifies the counter-jihad network’s most influential figures, including EDL leader Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (known as Tommy Robinson), but also the more discreet London property tycoon Ann Marchini, whose details surfaced on a leaked list of EDL donors and who is understood to have attended counter-jihad conferences in Scandinavia, Brussels, Zurich and London. She attended a recent meeting where the EDL agreed its electoral pact with the BFP and is also understood to be involved with the UK wing of the Centre for Vigilant Freedom (CVF), and a well-funded US group renamed the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA), which is based in Fairfax, Virginia, and co-ordinates individuals and groups in 20 countries.

The ICLA also runs the Counter-Jihad Europa website, which acts as a “clearing house for national initiatives to oppose the Islamisation of Europe”. Three months after Breivik’s attacks the ICLA organised a counter-jihad conference in London with the help of its European co-ordinator, Christopher Knowles, another EDL co-founder and director of the UK branch of the CVF, which is registered in Wakefield.

New anti-Islamic groups continue to emerge. Two weeks ago in Denmark, Yaxley-Lennon held the inaugural meeting of a Europe-wide network of defence leagues. Another new group, founded in Belgium last month, is Women Against Islamisation, a pan-European network whose launch was addressed by Jackie Cook, the wife of Nick Griffin, chairman of the British National party (BNP).

In Greece, polls suggest the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn could pass the 3% threshold required to enter parliament in elections next month.

Another development concerns the hardening of links between European and US anti-Islamic organisations. US blogger Pamela Geller is a key figure driving closer transatlantic relations. Geller, who is president of Sion, was mentioned in Breivik’s manifesto and was a vociferous protester against the development of a mosque in Lower Manhattan in 2010.

The co-founder of Sion is Denmark’s Anders Gravers, organiser of Stop Islamisation of Europe. Gravers met Yaxley-Lennon in Denmark last month.

Campaigners are concerned that US neo-conservative and evangelical groups will begin sharing resources with the leagues. Images of EDL demonstrations are already used at Tea Party movement fundraising events, while officials from groups such as the Christian Action Network have met EDL activists. Other US and UK links include the Virginia-based anti-Islamic blog, the Gates Of Vienna, which counted Breivik as a contributor. As attention turns to Norway, experts are keen to stress that the country was not unusual in terms of the extent of its counter-jihadist movement. Among the online forums linked to Breivik are the nationalist blog, on which Breivik posted more than 100 comments.

Breivik – an admirer of the EDL – was also an online supporter of the Norwegian Defence League, which retains close links with its English counterpart.


This documentary sheds light on AIPAC’s influence on America’s domestic and foreign policy. the question arises to what extend the pro-Israel lobby ultimately determines the military and political importance of Israel itself. Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson (Colin Powell’s ex chief-of-staff) explains how the lobby’s influence affects the decision-making structure in the White House. The lobby, Congress, the White House and Israel itself seem to have ended up in a suffocating embrace: will it ever change and how could it?Tony Judt and Richard Perle conclude by raising the crucial matters: what is the alternative? And what other friends can Israel count on?

Pamela Geller on Islam & Muslims – Part 5

August 3rd 2010, Pamela Geller was interviewed by guest host Lauren Lister, on the Alonya Show, regarding the government’s decision to back the construction of the Park51 Islamic centre in Lower Manhattan, two blocks away from ground zero. The interview didn’t only cover the main issue, the construction of the nPark51 Islamic centre, it went in to a number of the following issues
1) “He’s created an enormous amount of pain and grief”: Pamela Geller and the park51 Islamic centre fiasco
2) “The last chapter which supersedes all chapters is a very violent chapter”: Pamela Geller, Islam and violence.
3) “Hitler was inspired by Islam”: Pamela Geller, Hitler and the Islam question
4) “There have been 15,802 Islaamic Attacks since 9/11”: Pamela Geller and the truth behind those statistics
5) “There’s nothing worse than Islaamic anti-semetism”: Pamela Geller and Anti-semetism
All of which I aim to refute

Part 5 – “There’s nothing worse than Islaamic anti-semetism”: Pamela Geller and anti-semetism

At the end of the interview Pamela Geller said “There’s nothing worse than Islaamic anti-semetism” referring to how Muslims view Jewish people. Now in order to fully comprehend how this statement is disingenuous, we have to know the definition Semite in order to understand anti-semetism, whether Anti-semetism exists in the Qur’an and whether or not Pamela Geller herself is an anti-semite.

The term ‘Semitic’ is used to describe a language family of a largely middle-eastern origin. So the term ‘Semite’ means a member of any of the various ancient and modern Semitic peoples originating south western Asia. This does include the Hebrews (Israelites, Judeans and Samarians) but also includes the Arabs as Arabic is also a Semitic language (i.e belonging to a language family of middle eastern origin). So anyone who is anti-Arab is also anti-semetic.

Islaamic Anti-semitism
There are verses in the Qur’an which mention Jews favourably as well as negatively. While it is true that many Muslims use the verses in the Qur’an to justify their emotive response towards Israel, many scholars have noted that the Qur’anic verses mentioning the Jews only refers to a certain population of Jews in a certain period of time which does not bare any racial or religious profiling therefore referring to the Qur’ans story telling process as an authentic historical process. However with that said we must understand that the Jews of that time were authentically middle eastern just like the Arabs and therefore the verses in the Qur’an referring to the Jews in a negative fashion cannot be seen with an anti-semetic underpinning as the members of both languages (Hebrew and Arabic) stem from the same language family.
Pamela Geller & her Anti-Semetism
When referring to Pamela Gellers anti-semetism, we must remember that her anti-Semitism stems from her hatred of Islam and her support for the Zionist state of Israel. Prior to the declaration of Independence made by Ben-Gurion for the state of Israel, the indigenous Arab population was protesting against the mass immigration of Jews which came generally from European countries.

The table below shows the total immigration to Israel per country from 1948-2010

USSR (Former) 1209264
Morrocco, Algeria and Tunisia 354852
Romania 276586
Poland 173591
Iraq 131138
United States 94753
Ethiopia 86182
Iran 76934
Turkey 62837
Argentina 59925
France 50743
Yemen 50731
Bulgaria 44372
Egypt and Sudan 37763
Libya 35844
United Kingdom 32194
Hungary 32022
India 28702
Czechoslovakia (former) 24468
Germany 19905
South Africa 19378
Yugoslavia (former) 10768
Syria 9547

From, the statistics above you can see that the total migration of people from non-arab (western, mainly european) countries to Israel between its formation to 2010 totals up to 205,729,3. Whereas the totals migration of people to Israel from Arab countries adds up to 162,082,8 which means that there are more European Jews there then there are Arab jews.
This also influences cultural trends within Israel. The report Israel and Europe, the Troubled Relationship: Between Perceptions and Reality by the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society states
“Israelis are attracted to European values and culture and attach importance to the cultural and sporting links to Europe”
“Political statements by Israeli and European leaders place great emphasis on depth of friendship between their countries, on their shared culture and values and their common strategic interests and unity of purpose”
So the culture that most attracts Israel is not a Semitic culture but rather a European one which Israel is imbuing. It is this European entity that Pamela Geller is supporting in the most violent and the most anti-Semitic of ways.
Between the years of 2008-2009 Pamela wrote 8 articles on the Israeli National News Network Arutz Sheva. On 11/30/08 she was interviewed on Arutz Sheva’s radio station ‘Israel National Radio’ talking about the Mumbai attacks. What many don’t know is that Arutz Sheva was built to ‘combat negative thinking and post Zionist attitudes so prevalent on Israels liberal left media’. Arutz Sheva identifies itself with the religious Zionist movement and is run by extremist and religious activists, claiming to be the authentic voice of the Israeli settlement movement. It is based inside the West Bank in a town called Beit El which is currently home to 1200 zionist settlement families, all of whom ascribe to the religious Zionist movement and have been known to violently clash with Palestinian farmers on a regular basis. According to author Max Blumenthal the radio station is located in the Yitzhar settlement of the West Bank which houses a number of extremist Jewish rabbi’s and organizations including the Od Yousef Chai Yeshiva who published a compendium of Jewish law called ‘In the kings torah: part 1 laws of life and death between Israel and the Nations’ which uses jewish law to legitimize the killing of all non-jews, babies and children.
On 25th April 2010 Pamela Gellar made a public speech at the ‘Rally for Israel’ rally in New York where she said “I ask you, what is a settler? I reject that term. I don’t want anyone ever to use it again. It’s a Jew living in the Jewish homeland. There are no settlers in Israel. What is the West Bank? It is not the West Bank. It is Judea – Jew-dea – and Samaria. There is no occupation except the Muslim occupation of Israel”
So as Pamela Geller tries to play the anti-Semitic card on Islam and Muslim dissent against Israel, by even supporting that terrorist state Pamela has been actively supporting acts of anti-Semitism against the indigenous Palestinian Arab population.

Pamela Geller on Islam & Muslims – Part 4

On August 3rd 2010, Pamela Geller was interviewed by guest host Lauren Lister, on the Alonya Show, regarding the government’s decision to back the construction of the Park51 Islamic centre in Lower Manhattan, two blocks away from ground zero. The interview didn’t only cover the main issue, the construction of the nPark51 Islamic centre, it went in to a number of the following issues
1) “He’s created an enormous amount of pain and grief”: Pamela Geller and the park51 Islamic centre fiasco
2) “The last chapter which supersedes all chapters is a very violent chapter”: Pamela Geller, Islam and violence.
3) “Hitler was inspired by Islam”: Pamela Geller, Hitler and the Islam question
4) “There have been 15,802 Islaamic Attacks since 9/11”: Pamela Geller and the truth behind those statistics
5) “There’s nothing worse than Islaamic anti-semetism”: Pamela Geller and Anti-semetism
All of which I aim to refute
Part 4 – “There have been 15,802 Islaamic Attacks since 9/11” Pamela Geller and the truth behind those statistics
Here Pamela Geller states that there have been 15,802 Islaamic attacks between 9/11 and the day of her interview. She got the statistics from Islamophobic sites but the main point of all these statistics is, there is nothing tangible to back up most of the claims. One islamophobic site, religion of peace, claims that (to date) there have been 17,986 terror attacks (which also includes the implementation of Sharia prescribed punishments in muslim countries). However they also state
“The incidents are collected each day from public news sources. There is no rumor or word-of-mouth involved. Although every attempt is made to be accurate and consistent, we are not making the claim that this is a scientific product.”
It is imperative for one to question the statistics from any site when it claims that those statistics are not based on authentic scientific research and scrutiny. It maybe the case since anti-Muslim rhetoric is on the rise that some, if not most, of it is made up.

Pamela Geller on Islam & Muslims – Part 3

On August 3rd 2010, Pamela Geller was interviewed by guest host Lauren Lister, on the Alonya Show, regarding the government’s decision to back the construction of the Park51 Islamic centre in Lower Manhattan, two blocks away from ground zero. The interview didn’t only cover the main issue, the construction of the nPark51 Islamic centre, it went in to a number of the following issues
1) “He’s created an enormous amount of pain and grief”: Pamela Geller and the park51 Islamic centre fiasco
2) “The last chapter which supersedes all chapters is a very violent chapter”: Pamela Geller, Islam and violence.
3) “Hitler was inspired by Islam”: Pamela Geller, Hitler and the Islam question
4) “There have been 15,802 Islaamic Attacks since 9/11”: Pamela Geller and the truth behind those statistics
5) “There’s nothing worse than Islaamic anti-semetism”: Pamela Geller and Anti-semetism
All of which I aim to refute
Part 3 – “Hitler was inspired by Islam”: Pamela Geller, Hitler and the Islam question
Throughout the interview, Geller made several references trying to link Hitler to Islam. 3 minutes 41 seconds in to the video geller states
“Hitler was inspired by Islam. Hitler himself said that the Armenian genocide which was the slaughter of under two million Christians by the Ottomans, by the muslim empire, was his template for the holocaust”
And then she said 4 minutes in to the video
“The Mufti of Jerusalem was the leader of the Muslim world and was an ally to Hitler”
And then she said 4 minutes and 18 seconds in to the video
“Yes Hitler was inspired by Islam, Islam was not inspired by Hitler, they came first”
And then she said 4 minutes and 30 seconds in to the video
“The muslim armies of Hitler were in Bosnia, The Mufti of Jerusalem raised Muslim armies in Bosnia and that’s who Hitlers muslim armies were and the fact that mein kempf is the number one selling book in many muslim countries including moderate Musim turkey I think is very telling”

Before we go in to the specific issues highlighted by Pamela Geller and her ilk, we have to look in to whether Islam and Nazism are mutually inclusive.
Islam and Nazism
Nazism believes in the ideology of the supremacy of the Aryan master race . They believed that the dominance of the Aryan race played a pivotal role for the progression of humanity through self-preservation and instinct of purity . Nazism, in its essence was inherently a racist ideology which sought the dominance of the whites over non-white people. In his book The third Reich and the Palestine Question Professor Francis R. Nicosia wrote
“Between 1933 and 1937, Hitler sought an accommodation whereby he would provide German guarantee for the security of the British Empire in return for British approval of German expansion in central and eastern Europe”
So Nazism was an ideology that believed the superiority of the Aryan race, primarily the white race, over non-white people and the Nazis tried to put this in practice by trying to align themselves with the British Empire. The Nazis would provide security for British colonies abroad while Britain approves and provides security for German imperialism in Europe. The domination of one race over another is explicitly against the teachings of Islam.
In the Qur’an Allah says that there is only one type of superiority
“Superiority is by righteousness and God fearing alone”
This type of superiority is one of spirituality and is not based on color, tribe, gender etc. The Prophet Muhammad stated in his final sermon before his departure
“No Arab is superior to a non-Arab no white is superior over black”
So there is no racism in Islam therefore Nazism and Islam are ideologically incompatible.
“Hitler was inspired by Islam”
When Pamela Geller said that “Hitler was inspired by Islam” she meant that Hitler took inspiration from the Armenian genocide by the Ottomans as his template for how to deal with the issue of Poland.
However, the issue of Hitlers inspiration is in itself a hotly debated topic, with the issue of authenticity right at the center of the controversy. Frequently known as the Armenian Quote, it is a paragraph of a speech that was included by Adolf Hitler Wehrmacht commanders at his Obersalzberg home on August 22, 1939, a week before the German invasion of Poland.
“Our strength is our quickness and our brutality. Genghis Khan had millions of women and children hunted down and killed, deliberately and with a gay heart. History sees in him only the great founder of States. What the weak Western European civilization alleges about me, does not matter. I have given the order—and will have everyone shot who utters but one word of criticism—that the aim of this war does not consist in reaching certain geographical lines, but in the enemies’ physical elimination. Thus, for the time being only in the east, I put ready my Death’s Head units, with the order to kill without pity or mercy all men, women, and children of the Polish race or language. Only thus will we gain the living space that we need. Who still talks nowadays of the extermination of the Armenians?”
With three documents grouped together which formed Hitlers speech (1014-PS, 789-PS & L-3) for the nuremberg trials but only the document L-3 contained the Armenian quote. This has led to many people questioning its authenticity. Dr Lowry said (regarding the L-3 version of Hitlers speech)
“However, this version of the address was never accepted as evidence in this or any other session of the Nuremberg Tribunal.”
According to German historian Winfried Baumgart, among the documents of Hitler’s speech on 22 August 1938, 1014-PS is the one that contains the original notes taken that day by Wilhelm Canaris, the head of military intelligence. Therefore, in order to Baumgart, 1014-PS, which does not contain the Armenian quote, is superior to the other documents of Hitler’s speech including L-3 which is the only source of the Armenian quote. According to Christopher Browning, American historian of the Holocaust, L-3 document, which contains the Armenian quote, is an “apocalyptic” version of Hitler’s speech that day which was purposefully leaked to the British in order to gain their support to Poland .
But lets just say that this quote was actually real, does that mean that Islam was responsible for the Armenian genocide? Therefore validating Gellers quote “Hitler was inspired by Islam”? The Armenian genocide was also known as the Armenian Holocaust and, by Armenians themselves, The Great Crime. There is historical evidence to show that life under Ottoman rule was not good for the Armenians as they were subject to many injustices from the Ottomans which lead to the government initiating proceedings for the Genocide of the Armenian people in order to implement plans for a new empire. On this issue, the website, states
“Ideologists such as Zia Gokalp propagandized through the media on behalf of the CUP by promoting Pan-Turanism, the creation of a new empire stretching from Anatolia in to Central Asia whose populations would be exclusively Turkic. These concepts justified and popularized the secret CUP plans to liquidate the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire”
This was the template that Hitler allegedly wanted to base his policies on in regards to German expansion and annexation of Poland. This horrific event occurred due to nationalistic motivations. Nationalism, in its pure essence, wasn’t in existence during the times of the final Prophet but the closest ideology that resembled Nationalism during the times of the prophet Muhammad was tribalism which in Arabic is called ‘Asabiyyah’. In relation to Assabiyah, Abu Dawud narrated that the prophet Muhammad(saw) said
“He is not one of us who calls for Assabiyyah, or who fights for Assabiyyah or who dies for Assabiyyah”
At that time, Saudi Arabia was against the Armenian genocide, with the then Sharif of Mecca, Al Husayn Ibn Ali writing a letter to the Heshemite Royal court stating
“The Hashemite Royal Court
In the Name of God, The Compassionate, The Merciful We Thank Only God And No One But God
From Al-Husayn Ibn ‘Ali, King of the Arab Lands and Sharif of Mecca and its Prince to The Honorable and Admirable Princes — Prince Faisal and Prince Abd al-’Aziz al-Jarba — greetings and the compassion of God and His blessings. This letter is written from Imm Al-Qura (Mecca), on 18 Rajab 1336 [A.D. 1917], by the praise of God and no God except Him. We ask peace upon God’s Prophet, his family and his companions (may peace be upon him). We inform you that in our gratitude to Him we are in good health, strength and good grace. We pray God that He may grant us and you His abundant grace. What is requested of you is to protect and to take good care of everyone from the Jacobite Armenian community living in your territories and frontiers and among your tribes; to help them in all of their affairs and defend them as you would defend yourselves, your properties and children, and provide everything they might need whether they are settled or moving from place to place, because they are the Protected People of the Muslims (Ahl Dimmat al-Muslimin) — about whom the Prophet Muhammad (may God grant him His blessings and peace) said: “Whosoever takes from them even a rope, I will be his adversary on the day of Judgment.” This is among the most important things we require of you to do and expect you to accomplish, in view of your noble character and determination. May God be our and your guardian and provide you with His success. Peace be upon you with the mercy of God and His blessings.
Al-Husayn Ibn ‘Ali”
So not only could it be the case that Hitler never made that statement, he was also NOT inspired by Islam.
“The Mufti of Jerusalem was the leader of the Muslim world and was an ally to Hitler”
Having established that there are no solid foundations that connect Islam and Nazism, it is important that we revisit an important part of history in order to fully understand the context in which this ‘alliance’ actually took place.
In the book The Third Reich and the Palestine Question, Francis R Nicosia continued to write
“After more than a decade of frustration and increasing hostility toward the British Mandate and an expanding Zionist presence, many Arabs in Palestine and elsewhere in the Middle East greeted the new regime in Germany with enthusiasm”
He then wrote
“They perceived Germany no longer as a neutral, disinterested outsider but as a potential source of active support against Western Imperialism and Zionism”
And then
“Most Arabs never realized that the Nazis would consider them racially inferior as well and that Germany had no intention of undermining British authority in the Middle East. Moreover there was little recognition that the new Germany they admired so much was directly responsible for the dramatic increase in Jewish immigration to Palestine after 1933”
So Arab overtures to Nazi Germany occurred within the context of gaining support against imperialism and zionism, but was there an ideological basis for such a connection? Did the Arabs know what Nazism(National Socialism) actually was?
Francis R Nicosia states
“Among the German diplomats in the Middle East, there appears to have been a consensus that Arab enthusiasm for Nationalist Socialist Germany was devoid of any real understanding of the substance of National Socialism, the goals of the movement and the significance of Adolf Hitler. Timotheus Wurst, the German consul in Jaffa, effectively summarized the prevailing attitude in 1935, observing that the Arab attitude was conditioned primarily by the anti-Jewish policies of the Hitler regime and to some degree by the disciplined, militaristic and intensely nationalist posture of the NSDAP”
So by factual evidence, Arab overtures to Germany did not come about due to their idolization of nazism but rather due to Germany’s anti-Jewish policies. One of the Arab leaders who turned to Hitler was the Grand Mufti Hajj Muhammad Amin al-Husseini. The website Palestine Facts states
“Muhammed Amin al-Husseini [many spelling variations] was born in 1893 (or 1895), the son of the Mufti of Jerusalem and member of an esteemed, aristocratic family. The Husseinis were one of the richest and most powerful of all the rivalling clans in the Ottoman province known as the Judaean part of Palestine.
Amin al-Husseini studied religious law at al-Azhar University, Cairo, and attended the Istanbul School of Administration. In 1913 he went to Mecca on a pilgrimage, earning the honorary title of “Haj”. He voluntarily joined the Ottoman Turkish army in World War I but returned to Jerusalem in 1917 and expediently switched sides to aid the victorious British. He acquired the reputation as a violent, fanatical anti-Zionist zealot and was jailed by the British for instigating a 1920 Arab attack against Jews who were praying at the Western Wall”
William Ziff, in his book The Rape of Palestine, states
“Implicated in the [1920] disturbances was a political adventurer named Haj Amin al Husseini. Haj Amin, was sentenced by a British court to fifteen years hard labor. Conveniently allowed to escape by the police, he was a fugitive in Syria. Shortly after, the British then allowed him to return to Palestine where, despite the opposition of the muslim High Council who regarded him as a hoodlum, Haj Amin was appointed by the British High Commissioner as Grand Mufti of Jerusalem for life”
Pamela Gellers statement “The mufti of Jerusalem was the leader of the Muslim world and an ally to Hitler” tries to insinuate that the Muslim world was in agreement with Haj Amin al-Husseini’s position as the mufti when in reality it was the British who appointed him as the Grand Mufti even though this decision was opposed by the Muslim High Council.
Palestine Facts went on to state
“Al-Husseini represented newly emerging proponents of militant, Palestinian Arab nationalism, a previously unknown concept. Once he was in power, he began a campaign of terror and intimidation against anyone opposed to his rule and policies. He killed Jews at every opportunity, but also eliminated Arabs who did not support his campaign of violence. Husseini was not willing to negotiate or make any kind of compromise for the sake of peace”
Although Al Hussein continued his campaign against the Jews with the Nazis, it is important to note that the majority of the Muslim colonies of the British empire assisted in fighting Nazism. In the article Armistice Day: Muslim contribution ‘must not be forgotten’, Tariq Tahir wrote
“More than 3.5million soldiers from the Asian subcontinent fought for Britain in the two conflicts, with tens of thousands killed in action.
The 2.5million men and women who came over to do their bit in World War II became the biggest volunteer force in history.”

Pamela Geller on Islam & Muslims – Part 2

On August 3rd 2010, Pamela Geller was interviewed by guest host Lauren Lister, on the Alonya Show, regarding the government’s decision to back the construction of the Park51 Islamic centre in Lower Manhattan, two blocks away from ground zero. The interview didn’t only cover the main issue, the construction of the nPark51 Islamic centre, it went in to a number of the following issues
1) “He’s created an enormous amount of pain and grief”: Pamela Geller and the park51 Islamic centre fiasco
2) “The last chapter which supersedes all chapters is a very violent chapter”: Pamela Geller, Islam and violence.
3) “Hitler was inspired by Islam”: Pamela Geller, Hitler and the Islam question
4) “There have been 15,802 Islaamic Attacks since 9/11”: Pamela Geller and the truth behind those statistics
5) “There’s nothing worse than Islaamic anti-semetism”: Pamela Geller and Anti-semetism
All of which I aim to refute
Part 2 – “The last chapter which supersedes all chapters is a very violent chapter”: Pamela Geller, Islam and Violence
When Lauren said to Pamela Geller that whether she thought Islam was responsible for 9/11, in 2min 14 seconds in to the interview Pamela replied by saying
“The last chapter, which supersedes all chapters is a very violent chapter to kill non-muslims and to conquer and yes they were all screaming AllahuAkbar”
The last chapter in the Qur’an is a very short chapter, only six verses long, called An-Nas (The Mankind) the English rendering of which is
“Say “I seek refuge in the Lord of Mankind,
The Sovereign of Mankind,
The God of Mankind,
From the evil of the retreating whisperer,
Who whispers [evil] in to the breasts of mankind
From among the jinn and mankind” (Qur’an 114:1-6)
Chapter an-Nas is the last chapter in the Qur’an and one can see that there are no violent verses ordering the killing of non-muslims but what it does contain is something rather very beneficial, a supplication to god for spiritual protection against the whisperings of the devil.
But since Geller has used this interview to promote the idea that the Qur’an is inherently violent we must understand the criteria used by muslim scholars and students of knowledge to understand the Qur’an itself. In his book Holy Wars, Crusades, Jihad by Jalal Abualrub, the author states in the chapter Towards proper understanding of the Quran and the Sunnah
“In order to gain an understanding of the Quran and Sunnah one must: First collect various Qur’anic and prophetic texts discussing a certain topic. Second, inquire as to how the Quran itself and how the Prophet, peace be upon him, to whom the Quran was revealed, explained the topics and rulings contained in the Quran and Sunnah. Third, gain knowledge in the meanings of the collected texts according to the understanding of the prophets companions then the respected scholars of Islam. Fourth, learn which of the texts discussing a certain topic contains a general ruling and which of them is specific, so as to avoid a using a general or a specific text in an inappropriate manner. Fifth, it is essential to rely on the Arabic language in all of these steps because the Quran and Sunnah are all in arabic”
So there’s a certain formula to follow if one was trying to understand and derive rulings from the Quran which is
1) The Qur’an itself – interpretation of the Qur’an with other verses of the Qur’an is very common because of the close interrelatedness with each other and therefore constitute the highest level of authenticity.
2) Ahadith – Using the narratives of the prophet to explain the Quran. The Qur’an teaches that people should go to the prophet(saw) for further guidance so the Ahadith are the collected oral traditions of the prophet Muhammad(saw) upon which Muslim scholars base Islamic history and law.
3) Arabic literature – Muslim scholars refer to arabic poetry to gain a definition of some of the words used in the Quran
4) Consensus – check if there is an agreement with the muslim scholars on the specific issue
5) Ijtihad – the use of reason and the mind to form an opinion orientated tafsir (commentary) which can only be performed by accredited scholars and has to be based on the authentic islamic texts, namely the Quran and the Sunnah and can only be done if there is no consensus on the issue.
You cannot take the Quran literally. So going back to Pamela Gellers original comment, the last chapter in the Qur’an (Chapter An-Nas (The Mankind)) is far from being a violent verse which calls for the killing of non-muslims. However since she said “The last chapter which supersedes all chapters is a very violent chapter to kill non-muslims and to conquer” she probably was referring to Chapter 110 of the Qur’an which is called ‘an-Nasr (The Divine Support)’ which, in the English rendering, translates to
“When the victory of Allah has come and the conquest
And you see the people entering the religion in multitudes
Then exalt [Him] with the praise of your Lord and ask forgiveness of Him. Indeed He is ever accepting of your repentance” (Qur’an 110: 1`-3)

But what is the tafsir (commentary) that goes hand in hand to explain this chapter? According to the tafsir of this specific chapter The chapter informs the completion of the life of the Messenger(saw) as you can read below as was written by ibn kathir
(When there comes the help of Allah and the Conquest.) was revealed, the Messenger of Allah said,
«نُعِيَتْ إِلَيَّ نَفْسِي»
(My death has been announced to me.) And indeed he died during that year.” Ahmad was alone in recording this Hadith. Al-Bukhari recorded that `A’ishah said, “The Messenger of Allah used to say often in his bowing and prostrating,
«سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ رَبَّنَا وَبِحَمْدِكَ اللَّهُمَّ اغْفِرْ لِي»
(Glory to You, O Allah, our Lord, and praise be to You. O Allah, forgive me.) He did this as his interpretation of the Qur’an (i.e., showing its implementation).” The rest of the group has also recorded this Hadith except for At-Tirmidhi. Imam Ahmad recorded from Masruq that `A’ishah said, “The Messenger of Allah used to often say towards the end of his life,
«سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ، أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللهَ وَأَتُوبُ إِلَيْه»
(Glory to Allah, and praise be unto Him. I seek Allah’s forgiveness and I repent to Him.) And he said,
«إِنَّ رَبِّي كَانَ أَخْبَرَنِي أَنِّي سَأَرَى عَلَامَةً فِي أُمَّتِي، وَأَمَرَنِي إِذَا رَأَيْتُهَا أَنْ أُسَبِّحَ بِحَمْدِهِ وَأَسْتَغْفِرَهُ، إِنَّهُ كَانَ تَوَّابًا، فَقَدْ رَأَيْتُهَا:
﴿إِذَا جَآءَ نَصْرُ اللَّهِ وَالْفَتْحُ – وَرَأَيْتَ النَّاسَ يَدْخُلُونَ فِى دِينِ اللَّهِ أَفْوَجاً – فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَاسْتَغْفِرْهُ إِنَّهُ كَانَ تَوِبَا ﴾»
(Verily, my Lord has informed me that I will see a sign in my Ummah and He has commanded me that when I see it, I should glorify His praises and seek His forgiveness, for He is the One Who accepts repentance. And indeed I have seen it (i.e., the sign). (When there comes the help of Allah and the Conquest (Al-Fath). And you see that the people enter Allah’s religion in crowds. So glorify the praises of your Lord, and ask His forgiveness. Verily, He is the One Who accepts the repentance and Who forgives.))” Muslim also recorded this Hadith. The meaning of Al-Fath here is the conquest of Makkah, and there is only one view concerning it. For indeed the different areas of the Arabs were waiting for the conquest of Makkah before they would accept Islam. They said, “If he (Muhammad is victorious over his people, then he is a (true) Prophet.” So when Allah gave him victory over Makkah, they entered into the religion of Allah (Islam) in crowds. Thus, two years did not pass (after the conquest of Makkah) before the peninsula of the Arabs was laden with faith. And there did not remain any of the tribes of the Arabs except that they professed (their acceptance) of Islam. And all praise and blessings are due to Allah. Al-Bukhari recorded in his Sahih that `Amr bin Salamah said, “When Makkah was conquered, all of the people rushed to the Messenger of Allah to profess their Islam. The various regions were delaying their acceptance of Islam until Makkah was conquered. The people used to say, `Leave him and his people alone. If he is victorious over them he is a (true) Prophet.”’ We have researched the war expedition for conquest of Makkah in our book As-Surah. Therefore, whoever wishes he may review it there. And all praise and blessings are due to Allah.Imam Ahmad recorded from Abu `Ammar that a neighbor of Jabir bin `Abdullah told him, “I returned from a journey and Jabir bin `Abdullah came and greeted me. So I began to talk with him about the divisions among the people and what they had started doing. Thus, Jabir began to cry and he said, `I heard the Messenger of Allah saying,
«إِنَّ النَّاسَ دَخَلُوا فِي دِينِ اللهِ أَفْوَاجًا، وَسَيَخْرُجُونَ مِنْهُ أَفْوَاجًا»
(Verily, the people have entered into the religion of Allah in crowds and they will also leave it in crowds.)” This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat An-Nasr, and all praise and blessings are due to Allah.

So we can understand from the Tafsir that this chapter does not order Muslims to kill non-muslims and to conquer, but rather it is an affirmation that the prophet Muhammads(saw) mission is coming to an end and he will see the fruits of his labor, that people will freely come in to this religion in Makkah only.
One of the main misconceptions that people like Pamela Geller and her friends and allies promote is the idea that Jihad represents perpetual warfare.
For example, the Islamophobe and fellow co-director, along with Geller, of Stop the Islamization of America Robert Spencer states in his book Islam unveiled
“The Jihad that aims to increase the size of dar-al-Islam at the expense of dar al-harb is not a conventional war that begins at a certain point and ends at another. Jihad is a ‘permanent war’ that excludes the idea of peace, but authorizes temporary truces related to the political situation (muhadana)”
Islamophobes like Geller and Spencer use the idea that Jihad is a perpetual war in order to validate and legitimize their neoconservative views that there is a clash of civilizations which in itself limits their understanding and ability to incorporate the other variations of Jihad that the Muslim scholars of the past paid a high emphasis on.
In chapter 6 in the book Holy Wars, Crusades, Jihad the author Jalal Abualrub states
“When studying Islamic topics, it is necessary to search for and collect relevant Quranic and prophetic texts and interpret them in accordance with the understanding of the prophets companions. The same must be used to understand the topic of Jihad in Islam, in order to properly comprehend its rulings. Jihad is an act of Islamic worship and, just like other acts of worship, is well defined and explained by a set of rules and regulations. Jihad is derived from the word ‘juhd’ which means ‘effort and striving’. Thus Jihad pertains to meanings of struggling, enduring, striving and paying the best effort . Abdullah ibn Abbas was the prophets(saw) cousin and one of the most knowledgeable companions in the meaning of the Qur’an. He learned from the Prophet, peace be upon him, and from other companions. Abdullah ibn Abbas gave a comprehensive meaning to the word ‘Jihad’ by saying that it means “to strive hard, fearing none except Allah”. Muqatil, one of the scholars of tafsir of the Qur’an stated that “Jihad” means “to perform good deeds for the sake of Allah as they should be performed, and to worship Him as he should be worshipped”. Abdullah Ibn Al Mubarrak, a great imam, scholar and mujahid of the third generation of Islam, said that Jihad means “To strive to repel the desires of inner temptations”. These references are contained in the major book of Islam, Zad-ul-Ma’ad fi Hadyi Khairi al-‘ibad vol 3 pg 8 by Imam Ibn ul-Qayyum al-Jauziyyah. All meanings given here are accurate and provide a comprehensive definition of the arabic word ‘Jihad’. According to Imam Ibn ul-Qayyum al-Jauziyyah, Jihad has four types. Jihad an-Nafs (Jihad against ones ownself), Jihad ash-shaitan (Jihad against satan), Jihad al kuffar wal-Munafiqin (Jihad against the infidels and hypocrites) and Jihad Arbabi adh-Dhulm wal-Bida ‘wal-Munkarat (Jihad against the unjust innovators and sinners) ”
Since it is the Jihad against the Infidels that is seeming to be the most problematic amongst the western non-Muslim audiences, its is this type of Jihad that we will go in to in more detail

Jihad Against the Infidels
“Jihad as a Fardh Kifayah
First, according to the scholars of Islam, Jihad against the infidels is usually Fardh Kifayah, I.e its not necessary that everyone participates in Jihad. However at least a part of the Muslim nation must fulfill this obligation.
Jihad as a Fardh Ain (Obligatory) on all muslims
There are three instances that make jihad a requirement on all able Muslims, meaning Fardh Ain not Fardh Kifayah, and they are as follows
1 – When Muslim and non-Muslim armies meet, a Muslim is not allowed to desert and run away from the battlefield, without a valid reason. This is because Allah said
‘Oh you who believe, When you meet those who disbelieve in a battlefield, never turn your backs to them. And whoever turns his back on them on such a day, unless it be a strategem for war, or a retreat to a troop (of his own), he indeed has drawn upon himself the wrath from Allah’
2 – When non-Muslims occupy Muslim land, Muslims of that area-then, the rest of the Muslim nation-are required, if needed, to collectively defend the attacked area. Allah said
‘Oh you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you and let them find harshness in you and know that Allah is with those who are pious’ . ‘Close to you’ does not include non-muslims who are neutral or those who are at peace with muslims .
3 – When the Muslim ruler, i.e caliph, or his authorized appointed deputy issues the order for general mobilization, muslims are required to join the effort to defend their nation. The Muslim ruler is the political ruler of the Islamic state and as such the only authority to declare war, conduct peace or call for a general mobilization. Al-Bukhari(2575) and Muslim (3468) reported that the prophet, peace be upon him, said
‘There is no migration after the conquest (of Makkah)but Jihad and good intention remain; and if you are called (by the Muslim Ruler) for fighting; go forth immediately’
Encompassing texts in the Qur’an and Sunnah that define Jihad against the infidels
Ruling on initiating hostilities
Allah clearly states in the Qur’an that Muslims are not permitted to initiate hostilities against non-Muslims, except in well-defined conditions. Following is a summary of the limited conditions that warrant Jihad warfare, authored by the famous contemporary writer, shaikh Sayyid Sabiq, in his book fiqh us-sunnah vol 3 pg 78-81.
Shaikh Sayyid Sabiq said that the usual, general rule is that the state of peace exists, while the state of war is the exception. In Islam, war cannot be initiated except in the following cases: 1. To defend the life, honor, property and the lands of the Muslims; 2. To remove the barriers that prevent mankind from Knowing Allah’s monotheism; 3. To stop the torture of whoever believes in Islam; the hindering of the path of whoever wishes to embrace it and preventing the muslims from freely practicing Islam. Following is a detailed explanation if the conditions under which Muslims are permitted to initiate war
A – Self defense
In a general, encompassing verse in the Qur’an, Allah said
‘Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you, but transgress not the limits . Truly Allah likes not the transgressors’ , therefore fighting is initiated in the sake of Allah against those who initiate hostilities against Muslims. This is called ‘self defense’ and is a basic right for Muslims that no one should or can deny or argue against.
Even in the charter of the pro-western, so called, united nations states ‘Nothing in this present charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self defense if an armed attack occurs against a member of the United Nations (United nations charter, article 51). Muslims are no exception, no matter what the rest of the world may believe. Muslims should never and will never compromise this right. The above verse prohibits attacking those who did not commit aggression against Muslims. This is because when Allah states He ‘dislikes’ something, it is a type of news that cannot be changed or abrogated. To further prove that the meanings mentioned here are accurate and were adopted by the major scholars of Qur’anic explanation, we mention ibn kathirs statement
‘Allahs statement….{and do not commit aggression, because Alah does not like the aggressors} means fight in the sake of Allah but do not transgress the limits by committing prohibitions. According to al-Hasan al-Basri the prohibitions include; mutilation, theft (from the war spoils) and killing women, children and the elderly – those among thewm who do not support war by their opinion (statements) or participation in fighting. The prohibiotns also include killnig priests, burning trees and unnecessarily killing animals. The same explanation was offered by Abdullah ibn Abbas, Umar ibn Abdul Azeez, Muqatil ibn ‘Hayyan and so forth. Imam Ahmed [ibn Hanbal (2592)] reported in his hadith collection that the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon his used to say
‘March in the name of Allah, Fight in the sake of Allah those who disbelieve in Allah. But do not commit betrayal, embezzlement or mutilation and do not kill the young or those who are secluded in monasteries ’
B – Removing barriers hindering Islam from being preached: resisting oppression of Muslims and Islam
During the era when the verse under discussion (2:190) was revealed, Muslims were a minority concentrated in Madinah, under the constant threat of armed pagan gangs that were conducting surprise raids on muslims and their commercial caravans. Imam ibn ul-Qayyum al-Jauziyyah described this era saying that the pagan arabs and jews joined forces against Muslims and openly engaged in enmity and aggression against them. Also the powerful Arab tribes of Makkah, taif najd and the rest of Arabia were hostile combatants against Muslims. They defamed Islam and the prophet, peace be upon him, waged war against them and prevented weak people from accepting Islam or passing through their areas to join the Prophet, peace be upon him. Before this occurred, the prophet(saw) and his companions were expelled from Makkah after 10 years of oppression and torture by the hand of the pagan makkans. Muslims had to take refuge in Madinah, they were few and fearful of their religion and safety. Hence the next verse
‘And kill them wherever you find them’
It is profoundly astounding that many so-called ‘experts’ on islam use this part of the verse to justify their view that Islam calls for unjustified attacks against non-Muslims, forcibly converting people to Islam and indiscriminate killing of non-combatant Jews and Christians wherever Muslims find them. They think this way, because they do not read the Qur’an or seek knowledge in what they read from authorities on explaining the Qur’an. Their motive for this ludicrous stance is clear, the defemation of Islam, even if they have to lie to their audiences and cause trouble for Muslims. The proof that this part of the verse does not mean what the so-called ‘experts on islam’ think it means is the previous verse that we mentioned, which forbids aggression, except against aggressors and the continuation of this very verse
‘And turn them out from where they have turned you out, and al-Fitnah is worse then killing’
Therefore kill them wherever you find them pertains to those who initiate hostilities against Muslims, as is clearly stated in the previous verse. It does not ordain starting hostilities without justification against a peaceful people, forcibly converting them to Islam, or indiscriminately killing non-combatant Jews and christians wherever Muslim find them. This is specifically the case since the same verse orders muslims to retaliate by driving them out from where they drove the Muslims out. ‘them’ pertains to the pagan makkans who expelled the Prophet and his companions from their homeland and prevented them from visiting it or performing pilgrimage to the sacred house, built by the father of the israelites and the arabs, Prophet Abraham, peace be upon him.
The makkan pagans, in particular, tried to forcibly revert Muslims from their religion and caused them Fitnah (oppression). They initiated hostilities and this is why Allah ordered Muslims, as a measure of self-preservation and to protect their religious freedom, to fight the pagans and kill them wherever Muslims find them. This should be the fate for all aggressors, past, present and future. Therefore, and according to the verse under discussion (2:191), the second instance that warrants war occurs where there is a country that, as a state or a group, institutionally prevents Muslims from practicing their religion, does not permit the preaching of Islam, tortures Muslims, shows clear hostility towards Islam and Muslims and prevents people from freely embracing Islam. Even this behavior does not trigger an automatic armed conflict. Rather the Islamic state should contact the aggressor country or group and demand that it grants the Muslims the freedom to practice Islam and that Islam be preached in that area. To handle similar discrimination and announce the Islamic message to the world, the Prophet, peace be upon him, sent messages to the kings of the earth during his time calling them embrace Islam and urging them to allow their subjects to embrace it if they wish.
Most of Arabia was hostile to the Muslims when the Qur’anic verses under discussion were revealed; Muslims were concerted in only one city and its surrounding area’s fearful for their lives and religion. Yet Allah said in the verse
‘And fight not with them at al-Masjid al-Haram(the sanctuary at Makkah) unless they (first) fight you there. But if they attack you, then kill them. Such is the recompense for the disbelievers’
Clearly these Qur’anic verses are about specific and similar cases, namely the continued aggression of the pagans in Makkah……next Allah said
‘But if they cease, Then Allah is the Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful’
This verse states that if the pagans-and any and all aggressors – embrace Islam or cease hostilities, you-Muslims- cease hostilities aswell. This specific ruling conforms with the general ruling mentioned above (in verse 2:190)which forbids starting hostilities,except to those who start hostilities. And even then Muslims are not allowed to commit aggression. Aggression is explained in part in the last verse we mentioned (2:192) that forbids continuing warfare after the enemy ceases hostilities or freely embraces Islam, and in the prophetic statements regarding non-combatants, that we will soon mention, Allah willing. Allah said next
‘And fight them until there is no more fitnah and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (Alone). But if they cease, let there be no transgression except against the adh-dhalimun(wrong doers)
This verse orders Muslims to fight the pagans and infidels to stop their Fitnah, trials and torture of Muslims. Allah said if the infidels cease, Muslims should also cease. ‘Cease’ pertains to non-Muslim combatants ceasing hostility, as partly evident by the last part of the verse (2:193) that permits the continuation of hostilities only against the wrong doers . It also means that when non-muslims freely embrace Islam, then all hostilities must cease.
To support the meaning given here, Imam ibn Kathir asserted in his explanation of this ayah(verse 2:193) that only those who fight the muslims are fought, according to the statement of Imam Mujahid, one of the major scholars of Tafsir. There are several comments to make here
First according to these verses, among the aims of Jihad, is to block non-Muslims from preventing the preaching or practicing of Islam in their area’s”
“Second as we stated among the meanings contained in the verse under discussion (2:193) is that it ordred muslims to fight murderous pagans of Makkah (and Arabia) until they ceased their fitnah and the worshipping of idols. This verse does not order the extermination of Jews and Christians as some ‘experts’ on Islam claim”
“C- Renouncing peace pacts, if betrayal is feared
He third instance that might warrant war, occurs when the peace treaty made between the Islaamic state and another country or community, but Muslims fear betrayal of peace terms by other signators”.
“D – maintaining a credible deterrent
To force the enemies of Islam to refrain from aggression and to persuade whoever made peace pacts with Muslims to respect the terms of their pacts”
“E – Preemptive strikes are permissible
Muslims have the rigfht to conduct preeemptive surprise attacks to preempt enemy forces preparing to attack against them”

So Jihad is not a narrow topic as is promoted by the likes of Geller, it has strictures and criteria’s that must be followed and is not what they are trying to make it out to be, a form of perpetual warfare that rebel groups can embark upon. Jihad can only be validated by an islamic state as is highlighted in the body of evidence above
But they said AllahuAkbar
She then went on to say “But they were all screaming AllahuAkbar” referring to the 9/11 hijackers. But just because the 9/11 hijackers were Muslim, does not mean that what they did was actually Islamically ordained. Well to start off with, the attack itself wasn’t due to the defence of Islam as is the main intention behind Jihad, but for nationalistic purposes.
On June 16-17, 2004, the 9/11 commission held its twelfth and final public hearing where the question of what motivated the attackers was asked. When asked by the panel, special FBI agent James Fitzgerald replied
“I believe they feel a sense of outrage against the United States. They identify with the Palestinian problem, they identify with the people who oppose repressive regimes nd I believe they tend to focus their anger on the US”
The attack was masterminded by Osama Bin Laden who was the head of the terrorist organisation Al Qaida, which is banned in all muslim as well as non-muslim countries. This in itself adds to the fact of Bin Ladens impermissibility to give orders for Jihad and the impermissibility of it to be followed. The Imam of Hadith and Sunnah of our times, Shaikh Al Albaani said “In the present time, I state that there is no jihad in the islamic lands. Surely there is combat taking place in the Muslim countries, but there is no Jihad established under a (solely) Islamic banner that aides by Islaamic legislation. Among the regulations is that a soldier is not permitted to act as he (individually or singularly) wishes. Rather he is to follow the orders of a commander, who was delegated with proper authority by the caliph (leader) of the Muslims. Where is the ruler who (solely) raises the banner of Islam and calls upon Muslims to support him to perform Jihad in the way of Allah (alone)? Therefore we say to young muslims ‘protect your lives and use them to learn your religion, Islam. Become properly acquainted with Islam and act according to it to the best of your abilities. Surely the best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad(saw)”
Also Imam ibn Qudamah, a respected classical scholar in the hanbali school of thought, said in his famous book of Islamic law, al-Mughni, vol 12 pg 504-505 “Jihad is up to the Ijtihad(opinion) of the Imam(Muslim ruler). His subjects are required to obey his orders”. Osama Bin Laden was NOT a Muslim ruler nor did he ever have the proper authority to act as one or make decisions that only a Muslim ruler can make.
But lets go in to the act themselves and lets see if Islam validates that atrocity that was to become 9/11. In the Qur’an Allah says
“Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight you but do not transgress the limits (set by Allah). Indeed Allah does not love those who transgress” (Qur’an 2:190)
It is narrated from authentic Hadith of Sahih Muslim that the prophet(saw) said to an army
“Do battle and do not steal from the spoils of war, do not betray, do not depart(from battle), do not mutilate and do not kill young children”
From Buraydah that the Messenger of Allah used to say
“Fight in the way of Allah and fight those who disbelieve in Allah. Do battle and do not exceed the limits, do not depart (from battle) do not mutilate and do not kill children or those in monasteries (i.e places of worship)”
Ibn ul-Qayyum said
“Killing is obligatory when facing warfare and armed combat not when facing kufr. For this reason neither women are to be killed nor children, nor the elderly, nor the blind nor those worshippers who do not fight rather we fight against those who fight us”
Abu Bakr as-Siddiq said to Yazid Ibn Abu Sufyan when he sent him to Sham
“You will surely find a people who claim to have secluded themselves for Allah, so leave them to what they claim to have secluded themselves for and I advise you with ten matters: Do not kill women or children or the elderly or the infirm. Do not chop down the fruit bearing trees. Do not destroy inhabited places. Do not slaughter sheep or camels except for food. Do not burn bees and do not scatter them. Do not steal from the booty and do not behave cowardly”
Below are some comments from contemporary scholars in regards to the issue of hijacking planes and kidnapping people.
On Terrorism, Suicide Bombings and Related Affairs
Shaikh Ibn Baz and Shaikh Ibn Jibreen on Hijacking and Kidnapping
Source: Kaifa Nu’aaliju Waaqi’unaa al-Aleem

Imaam Ibn Baaz on Hijacking planes and kidnapping

“From that which is known to everyone who has the slightest bit of common sense is that hijacking airplanes and kidnapping children and the like are extremely great crimes, the world over. Their evil effects are far and wide, as is the great harm and inconvenience caused to the innocent; the total effect of which none can comprehend except Allaah.

Likewise, from that which is known is that these crimes are not specific to any particular country over and above another country, nor any specific group over and above another group, rather it encompasses the whole world.

There is no doubt about the effect of these crimes; so it is obligatory upon the governments and those responsible from amongst the scholars and other than them to afford these issues great concern, and to exert themselves as much as possible in ending this evil.”

Shaykh Ibn Baaz
Kayfa Nu’aalij Waaqi’unaa al-Aleem – Page 108-109

Hijacking planes and ships

“Question: There are some people who hijack a plane or a ship, and do so to apply pressure upon the country to which this plane or ship is headed. It is possible they threaten to kill the passengers, and in some cases actually kill some of them, until their demands are met. So what is the ruling about such actions, especially since such actions terrify the passengers?

Response: It is upon (every) country to provide sufficient security to prevent the likes of these rebels from taking over (planes or ships). It is upon the (respective) country to provide every airline with security (whilst on their land) which is sufficient to resist any hijack attempts by the aggressors; just as they should also co-ordinate a full (passenger) inspection prior to (their) boarding. Thus, they should not permit anyone to proceed (to board) until after they have ascertained that no-one is in possession of weapons even if it be (a piece of) metal (bar or the like). In addition to this, some gangs force the aircraft to divert to another destination, so if there are (amongst the crew or passengers) anyone with sufficient physical training to overpower them, then the rebels’ plans will be destroyed.

So there is no doubt that hijacking is a mistake, ignorance and falsehood. Further, it is a transgression beyond the limits causing terror to the passengers, and threatening them with that which they have no power to carry out, and Allaah knows best.”

Shaykh Ibn Jibreen
Kayfa Nu’aalij Waaqi’unaa al-Aleem – Page 113

Islam has a clear stance on terrorism but people like Pamela Geller conveniently leave out what Islam says in order to promote their misconstrued idea that Islam promotes terrorism just because the terrorists said ‘AllahuAkbar’.

Pamela Geller on Islam & Muslims – Part 1

On August 3rd 2010, Pamela Geller was interviewed by guest host Lauren Lister, on the Alonya Show, regarding the government’s decision to back the construction of the Park51 Islamic centre in Lower Manhattan, two blocks away from ground zero. The interview didn’t only cover the main issue, the construction of the nPark51 Islamic centre, it went in to a number of the following issues
1) “He’s created an enormous amount of pain and grief”: Pamela Geller and the park51 Islamic centre fiasco
2) “The last chapter which supersedes all chapters is a very violent chapter”: Pamela Geller, Islam and violence.
3) “Hitler was inspired by Islam”: Pamela Geller, Hitler and the Islam question
4) “There have been 15,802 Islaamic Attacks since 9/11”: Pamela Geller and the truth behind those statistics
5) “There’s nothing worse than Islaamic anti-semetism”: Pamela Geller and Anti-semetism

All of which I aim to refute
Part 1 – “He’s created an enormous amount of pain and grief”: Pamela Geller and the Park51 Islamic centre fiasco

When asked about what Pamela’s issue was with the Park51 Islamic Centre and its public figure head Imam Raouf, Pamela replied, at 0:59 seconds in to the interview “it’s about outreach and as Imam raouf would say its about outreach, respect and mutual tolerance, if that was his objective he’s failed abysmally. He’s created an enormous amount of pain and grief, its offensive to most of the 9/11 families and the majority of Americans”

But was imam Raouf really behind the “enormous amount of pain and grief”? in order to answer this question, we need to understand what was at the centre of the storm and the general timeline chronicling what happened in order to fully understand and answer that question.

The word Maasjid means literally means a place of prostration whereas its English equivalent, mosque, is used to mean any building where Islamic rituals take place. In regards to the actual role of a masjid Imam Zaid shakir states in his book Scattered pictures: Reflections of an American Muslim “The word masjid has been conventionally applied to a specific place that has been consecrated to accommodate the five daily prayers. Other places where prayer may occur, such as a prayer room (Musalla) or a monastery (ribat) or a religious school are not given the same status of the mosque. Knowing this, we should never lose sight of the fact that the primary function of the mosque is to accommodate prayer and, by extension, other acts of worship”

What was planned to be constructed in Lower Manhatten includes within it culinary school, an auditorium, a swimming pool, a basketball court and a place for prayer . It is this place for prayer that was taken up by members of the far right who labelled it ‘Ground Zero Mosque’, but with its main role as being a community centre designed to promote interfaith dialogue it is neither a mosque and with it being located two blocks away from ground zero, neither is it at ground zero.

But what exactly happened to turn this in to a nationwide fiasco? Below is a chronological timeline of the events that detail the build-up the story that shook America.
• Dec. 8, 2009: The Times publishes a lengthy front-page look at the Cordoba project. “We want to push back against the extremists,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the lead organizer, is quoted as saying. Two Jewish leaders and two city officials, including the mayor’s office, say they support the idea, as does the mother of a man killed on 9/11. An FBI spokesman says the imam has worked with the bureau. Besides a few third-tier right-wing blogs, including Pamela Geller’s Atlas Shrugs site, no one much notices the Times story.
• Dec. 21, 2009: Conservative media personality Laura Ingraham interviews Abdul Rauf’s wife, Daisy Khan, while guest-hosting “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox. In hindsight, the segment is remarkable for its cordiality. “I can’t find many people who really have a problem with it,” Ingraham says of the Cordoba project, adding at the end of the interview, “I like what you’re trying to do.”
• (This segment also includes onscreen the first use that we’ve seen of the misnomer “ground zero mosque.”) After the segment — and despite the front-page Times story — there were no news articles on the mosque for five and a half months, according to a search of the Nexis newspaper archive.
• May 6, 2010: After a unanimous vote by a New York City community board committee to approve the project, the AP runs a story. It quotes relatives of 9/11 victims (called by the reporter), who offer differing opinions. The New York Post, meanwhile, runs a story under the inaccurate headline, “Panel Approves ‘WTC’ Mosque.” Geller is less subtle, titling her post that day, “Monster Mosque Pushes Ahead in Shadow of World Trade Center Islamic Death and Destruction.” She writes on her Atlas Shrugs blog, “This is Islamic domination and expansionism. The location is no accident. Just as Al-Aqsa was built on top of the Temple in Jerusalem.” (To get an idea of where Geller is coming from, she once suggested that Malcolm X was Obama’s real father. Seriously.)
• May 7, 2010: Geller’s group, Stop Islamization of America (SIOA), launches “Campaign Offensive: Stop the 911 Mosque!” (SIOA ‘s associate director is Robert Spencer, who makes his living writing and speaking about the evils of Islam.) Geller posts the names and contact information for the mayor and members of the community board, encouraging people to write. The board chair later reports getting “hundreds and hundreds” of calls and e-mails from around the world.
• May 8, 2010: Geller announces SIOA’s first protest against what she calls the “911 monster mosque” for May 29. She and Spencer and several other members of the professional anti-Islam industry will attend. (She also says that the protest will mark the dark day of “May 29, 1453, [when] the Ottoman forces led by the Sultan Mehmet II broke through the Byzantine defenses against the Muslim siege of Constantinople.” The outrage-peddling New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser argues in a note at the end of her column a couple of days later that “there are better places to put a mosque.”
• May 13, 2010: Peyser follows up with an entire column devoted to “Mosque Madness at Ground Zero.” This is a significant moment in the development of the “ground zero mosque” narrative: It’s the first newspaper article that frames the project as inherently wrong and suspect, in the way that Geller has been framing it for months. Peyser in fact quotes Geller at length and promotes the anti-mosque protest of Stop Islamization of America, which Peyser describes as a “human-rights group.” Peyser also reports — falsely — that Cordoba House’s opening date will be Sept. 11, 2011

It was Pamela Gellers Stop the Islamization Of America who used references to 9/11 to appeal to the emotions of the general public to ramp up support against the construction of the Park51 Community Centre. So at this point there are a couple of things we need to remember
1) The Park51 Islamic centre is a community centre for all the community along with sporting and other facilities for the local community along with a prayer space, not ‘Monster Mosque’ or ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ as promoted by the likes of Pamela Geller.
2) The Park51 Islamic community centre is located two blocks away from ground zero and cant actually be seen from the spot, so its not exactly the ‘Ground Zero mosque’ if its not on it.
3) It was Pamela Gellers Stop the Islamization of America who used references to 9/11 in their campaign to stir up support.
By manipulating the terminology, lying about the location of the Mosque and using references to 9/11, it was actually Pamela Geller who caused the “enormous amount of pain and grief” in order to stir up support for her campaign.

She then went on to say “its offensive to most of the 9/11 families and the majority of Americans”. In reality, the most that could have been said in regards to the opinions of the 9/11 families is that even though there was some opposition, there was also some support from the 9/11 families. There was mixed feelings between both camps. Colleen Kelley, who lost her brother William on 9/11, says, the “irony in the debate over the section of the building that would house a mosque is that one might assume that God (the same God to Jews-Christians-Muslims) would be pleased with any type of effort that involves prayer and service to others” . Orlando Rodriguez and Phyllis Schaefer Rodriguez, whose son died in the attack, say they “support the building of the Islamic community center in lower Manhattan” and “feel that it would honor our son and other victims” . Herb Ouida, whose son Todd died, said: “To say that we’re going to condemn a religion and castigate a billion people in the world because they’re Muslims, to say that they shouldn’t have the ability to pray near the World Trade Center—I don’t think that’s going to bring people together and cross the divide”


X Marks the Spot

My poem on Malcolm X

You see to me he was more than just a phenomena
He was more than just a symbol of black power
With the voice that can reach and destroy even the most tallest of towers
He was more than just the angriest black man when he met his final hour
Who’s body was shot dead and outta sight
But who’s spirit was energized by a divine light
That elevated his thinking on how to stand up for all oppressed human beings
As Elijah mohammed said a follower of truth
Who attained leadership through servitude
Freeing his mind when at that time his freedom was denied
By reading books that exposed him to some real power…..knowledge
Through which he was able to see the great wonders like the walls of China
Through which, in prison, it was the key to set himself free
And belief was the oxygen that made him breath,
So that he, systematically, didn’t fall for their traps,
Managing to squeeze out of societies social cracks
By those who engineered and planned to make him fail
But Allah had a separate plan to not only make him understand
On how to be a fire-brand but also, in the words of prince faisal,
Live as a humble, very timid man
Who had to go to prison to learn how to see so to me
He was more than just what we made him out to be,
Who taught me to believe in myself,
Who taught me how to fight imperialism,
Who taught me that if anyone lays a finger on me, it was my job to ensure that they don’t lay a finger on anyone else
Living the street life and constantly getting high
And being the victim of drive-bye’s and gunfights is probably why
Many brothers don’t make it passed 25
So maybe a personal transformation is what it took for him to survive
Trading the street life and zoot suites for black suites and bow ties
Evil grins for actual smiles
Assalamualaikum was the message of peace
That he took to every black person he would meet
Instilling fear in the KKK aka the police
Who afforded nothing but silence
Because there was a fiery preacher preaching unity
Instead of black on black violence
With a reminder that they can break free from their slave masters leash
To go and achieve their dreams
While not forgetting their mother land once being the home
Of kings and queens
So no one could tell him how to live, how to breath
Since finding Allah he knew what to believe
Once through drugs, now his strength was in good deeds in saving lives
Who unshackled the chains of his body by unshackling the chains of his mind,
With knowledge being the key
So the person who went on to be the change he wanted to see
Was what Malcolm X meant to me

Talk by Hans Von Sponeck, former UN Coordinator of the Oil for Food Program in Iraq on “War on Iraq – What Price?” given August 13, 2002 at University Temple United Methodist Church in Seattle, WA