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Someone Help Bush to Understand the Muslim World
Why did he visit the Mosque and offer Eid Greetings? Are Muslims supposed to be Idiots?
by Buut Shikan, Idol Breaker (expletives deleted)

The notorious American Muslim Council (AMC) has announced that President Bush visited a mosque, the Islamic Center in Washington DC. The President has also issued an Eid greetings message in which he says Islam is an okay religion.

Muslims wonder why Bush carries out these exercises in public relationing. Who is the audience of these activities and what does he hope to gain by assuring Muslims that Islam is an okay religion.?

Some of our readers think that Bush considers Muslims a bunch of idiots and issues these periodic statements in the hope of reinforcing their idiocity.

Others among our readers think that Bush is misinformed. He is surrounded by zionists who tell him that most Muslims in America do not support the struggle of Muslims overseas. Hence if he can comfort U.S. Muslims, most U.S. Muslims will be satisfied.

Still others think that Bush actually listens to funded little cliques like AMC, CAIR, ISNA's three "leaders," W.D. Muhammad and the Saudi embassy and they have convinced him that America's Muslims agree with Bush that Islamic resistance to the U.S. is terrorism. If only U.S. Muslims are assured that they will not lose their jobs and can pray on major holidays, they will be quite satisfied.

My sense is that all four observations have some truth to them.

However, more important than all these is the intelligence briefing the President receives. It appears that these briefings are based on input from "Muslim" rulers, such as Musharref, Mubarak, Abdullah of Jordan, Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. These rulers assure the President that only a few "wahhabies" support the resistance. The Musharref idea that "jihad means education and controlling one's nafs" is very attractive to Washington.

If somehow the Musharref idea could be "sold" to the Muslim masses, perhaps jihad would end and the Muslims would accept Washington's hegemony.

These rulers who provide "intelligence" to Washington are in a way fooling Washington. Mubarak, for instance, does not confess that without systematic torture and 60,000 political prisoners, the Islamic wave would sweep Egypt. Musharref does not let on that more than 80% of Pakistanis (and 74% of Kuwaitis) admire Osama bin Laden.

The Bush campaign, Eid greetings and all, is meant to be transmitted to the Muslim world via Voice of America: We love Islam and Muslims in America are happily working as part of a multicultural system. How great that Bush says, Falwell is not right: actually Muhammad (pbuh) was okay. {This regular ritual from the White House is comparable to the statements Mufti Babakhanov used to issue during the Soviet Union era with the claim that Muslims in in USSR are "productive and flourishing."}
[One writer imagines the scene in the White House after the Eid greetings have been issued. Bush, in this speculative scenario says, "Enough of that religious crap now. Prepare to bomb Iraq. Unload a few more B-52s on those f.....g Afghans, make sure those s.o.b. Muslim charities don't send any dollars to those bloody widows and orphans of those f.....g 'martyrs.' Call Sharon and tell him to demolish a few more houses in Jenin. Hey, did you make sure Sharon got the extra two billions? And tell Musharref, those bloody moohajedeen whatever are still getting into bloody Kashmir. Better, stop them or I'll send Bhooto (what's that woman's f.....g name?) To take over. Send greetings to Putin: Great work in Chechnia, Mr. Putin, your KGB (whatever its called now) is better than our CIA.]
What does the new generation of American Muslims say about Bush's visit to the mosque? A 19 year old sister told us: "What's wrong with these Muslims? Why don't they tell Bush, we don't let jinns and shiateen come into our mosques on Eid.".
DENNIS HALLIDAY: U.S. atrocities in Guantanamo Bay compare with Iraqi atrocity stories

On December 4, 2002, Dennis Halliday was live on Fox news with Greta (the "legal" expert who has had plastic surgery), when he shocked the hostess and probably the whole station. Greta was busy showing atrocity clips about Saddam issued by Tony Blair, when suddenly Halliday couldn't take the lies any longer and said, that's the sort of thing we are doing on Guantanamo Bay (to the Islamic prisoners). Greta was shocked and wanted to know what evidence he had for his assertion. He insisted that human rights of Gtmo prisoners were being flagrantly violated. Greta completely lost her sense of balance as the interviewer and claimed she would not accept such reports on Gtmo prisoners till she could be shown actual videos of what was going on.

Halliday was undeterred and pointed out that the European media does refer to the atrocities in Guantanamo Bay.
[Ed. note: From all accounts, the human rights situation in the U.S. cages in Guantanamo Bay is quite dismal. SIX HUNDRED MUSLIMS ARE FACING EID without any recognition of their rights to due process of law. America has finessed the process of psychological torture in which no marks are left on the body but the prisoner is broken through sleeplessness and inducement of hopelessness.

Earlier this year, ten cases of attempted suicide were reported from Guantanamo Bay cages. Muslims do not attempt suicide; hence observers sense that the torture must have brought the prisoners near death. Even on the U.S. mainland, police often kill prisoners and then claim suicide.]
H. Al-Dahir (New Orleans)

Quran is alway 100% accurate and another historical event mentioned only in the Quran has been confirmed. This historical fact was confirmed in 1912 but the Muslim umma seems to be totally unaware of its existence.

It is well known that the Bible (Exodus 12:37) specifically mentions Rameses as the Pharaoh of Moses. However, extensive research has shown that the tribes of Jacob were not in Egypt at the time of Rameses. The Quran clears up the matter.

There is a huge clue in the Quran as to the identity of the Pharaoh of Moses. Sura 28:38 states: Pharaoh said: "O chiefs! no god do I know for you but myself, therefore, O Haman! kindle (a fire) for me to bake clay and build for me a high building that I may mount up to the god of Moses, but as far as I'm concerned, I think he is a liar." and Sura 10:92 "This day shall We save you (pharaoh) in your body, that you may be a sign to thos who come after you. But truly, many among mankind are heedless of our signs."

So, associated with the Pharaoh of Moses (aleyhe salam) are a wazir named Haman, a tall building, and a mummy. The focus is, of course, on Haman.

Haman is mentioned in the biblical book of Esther as the wazir of the Persian King Ahasuerus. The biblically knowledgeable often point to the Haman of the Bible as proof that the Quran is mistaken. But then, of course, Allah (SWT) never errs.

Haman is Arabic for Hemon (Chronicle of the Pharaohs by Peter A. Clayton, published by Thames and Hudson page 47) which is English for the Egyptian Hemiunu. (Ancient Egyptian is a semitic language which means words are written without vowel sounds. Only the consonants in hieroglyphics "HMN" appear in the original texts so the pronunciation "Hemiunu" is speculative). Haman was the nephew (some say cousin), prince, master builder, chief of works and wazir to the 4th dynasty Pharaoh Khufu (2589-2566 BC) or Cheops who built the Cheops pyramid. Haman's tomb was discovered in 1912 and is located next to the great pyramid. Haman's statue is in the Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum, in Germany and was displayed in the US in 1996 at the "Splendors of Ancient Egypt exhibition".

It was Haman who designed and built this pyramid for Khufu. Pyramids were built to house and preserve the mummies of the pharaohs so the soul (ka) could return to a body that it could recognize. Pyramids were considered to be a stairway to an afterlife of eternal abundance and bliss for those whose wealth could guarantee body preservation. This is what Pharaoh meant when he told Haman to build him a high building so he could climb up to the God of Moses.

There is a reference to a kiln in this aya. Before, Haman, mastabas or bench tombs were built from clay fired bricks. Bricks were also thought to be used in the construction of the ramps used to build the stone pyramids. Djoser, a pharoah of the 3rd Dynasty had employed Imhotep as his master builder. It was Imhotep's stone structured step-pyramid that resemples a stairway which was the tallest building in Egypt before Haman designed Khufus pyramid. When Khufu ordered Haman to build the tall building to see the God of Moses, he was thinking to imitate Djoser's famous tomb which was designed as a stairway to heaven. Haman designed Khufus' pyramid so that it surpassed Imhotep's in size and splendor making the tomb the largest structure in Egypt. Haman used escape hatches or doors in Khufu's pyramid instead of stairs. These doors were designed as escape routes for Pharaohs ka or soul. Haman must have thought that it would be much easier for Pharaoh fly into heaven through doors than to use a the laborious staircase of the step pyramid design.

Furthermore,when the Quran mentions that pharaoh would be preserved in his body, it is a hint that this pharaoh was mummified and his body was in a tall building. It was buried in the Cheops pyramid, the tallest of the pyramids at Giza. However, the mummy was moved later and has not been located.

According to the Quran, the Pharaoh of Moses was so arrogant and cruel that he thought nothing of murdering children (Q 28:4). Khufu was ruthless and has retained that historical characterization even today. He is noted for his expeditions into the Sinai to conquer the Semitic people dwelling there which is probably where he came into contact with the Hebrew tribes. His arrogance led him to believe that he himself was a god as is also mentioned in the Quran. He called himself Re (sun god), was worshiped as a god and had his own cult. Also preserved are the names of two of the magicians that worked for Khufu; one is Djedi and the other was just discovered. His name is Kay.

Quran also names the Pharaoh of Moses as faraoun al awtad or the pharaoh of the logs (Quran 89:10). Khufu, followed his father's (the Pharoah Snefru) policy of importing cedar logs from Lebanon. As a matter of fact, Khufu's name is inscribed at Byblos because he imported tons of cedar logs from Lebanon for his building projects, especially his fleet of ships some of which were excavated from around Cheops pyramid.

Contrary to the biblical position that the Hebrews were enslaved to build the momuments of Rameses (Khufu lived 1000 years before the biblically named Rameses), the problem that the tribes of Jacob had with this Pharoah was not his building projects. The people who built the Cheops (Cheops is Greek for Khufu) pyramid are buried around the pyramid and they are all Egyptians. The pharaohs did not employ foreigners as slave labor. Natives of Egypt did all of the building.

However, Khufu like his predecessors in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dynasties had a love for beautiful jewelry and weapons of war. The makings were in the Sinai where the tribes were dwelling. (We know that because Moses returned to the Sinai and married a Midianite woman. (Q 28:22-28). If the Bible is to be believed,the Midianites were related to the Hebrews through Ibrahim's (as) 3rd wife, Ketura. Midian was a son of Ibrahim and Ketura, Gen. 25:1. It appears that Khufu, like the Pharaohs before him, forced the Hebrews and other Semitic dwellers in the Sinai to mine turquoise and copper. So the Hebrews were not builders, but miners in the Sinai which is why no archaeologist can find them in Egypt proper.

An interesting note, is that Khufu's first son, Kewab, died of mysterious causes before he could ascend the throne. His brother,who also died young, ascended the throne but lasted only 8 years and his pyramid was deliberately destroyed before it could be completed. Khufus's 3rd son was Khafre who built the 2nd pyramid at Giza. Could it be that the first son, Kewab, died because of the plague and the second son, Djedfre, drowned chasing Moses into the Red Sea? Was Djedfre's pyramid destroyed because of his disgraceful death? Only Allah (swt) knows. None of the mummies are available for examination.

In addition to this mountain of evidence that Khufu was the Pharaoh of Moses, the Quran adds another fact to the heap of proofs. According to the Quran 20:85 and 20:95-97 a person whose title was the Samiri accompanied Moses and the Hebrews on the exodus from Egypt. The Quran states in 20:85: "Allah said: "We have tested your people in your absence: The Samiri has led them astray."

Samiri is Arabic for Sumerian. The Old Kingdom of Egypt (the 3rd to the 6th Dynasites) which lasted from 2850-2052 BC and included the 4th Pharaonic dynasty of Khufu, was a contemporary of the Sumerian Empire (located in the south of Iraq) which existed from 2740 BC to 2350 BC. The Sumerians were overrun by the Akkadians whose empire was established in 2350 BC. (Sumer briefly re-established itself but was again conquered by the Amorites and was totally abosorbed by the Babylonians around 1763BC). Therefore, the idea that Rameses (1279-1213BC), a pharaoh of the 19th Dynasty, could have been the pharaoh of Moses, is eliminated by Allah (swt) in the Quran as the Sumerian empire did not exist at the time of Rameses. However, the Sumerian empire was in full bloom when Khufu was on the throne of Egypt. Given the trade routes and the fact that Semites and other peoples were in constant contact with Egypt whether by migration, trade or war, it is entirely probable that a Sumerian, looking for safety in numbers or an opportunity for trade, would have chosen to join the Hebrews who were headed east through the Sinai, the direction to his home in southern Iraq.

Now that the Pharaoh of Moses is found, it was easy to find the Pharaoh of Joseph (Yusuf) (as). The only Pharaoh who is associated with a 7 year famine and a dream associated with that famine is Djoser (2630-2611 BC). He predates Khufu and is a pharaoh of the 3rd dynasty. The famine and the dream associated with it are recorded on the famine stele on the Island of Sehel. The recording is attributed to Ptolemy V (205-180 BC) who lived much later but obviously had access to ancient Egyptian records. The legend is Egyptianized to bring it in line with the Egyptian religion. Khnum, the rams headed god who fashioned men from clay, is credited for ending the famine.

However, the men that Djoser consulted are also mentioned. One is Imhotep, who was the master builder and designer of the step pyramid. The other is Medir, the governor of certain territories in Upper Egypt. The name Medir is instantly recognizable to Arabic speakers. Medir in Arabic means administrator or director and must refer to Yusuf whom Pharaoh appointed as administrator of his store houses (Sura 12:55). So now we have two of the pharaohs that Allah (SWT) mentioned in the Quran. It is Allah (SWT) that preserved their stories and the proof of their history in the surviving archaeology of Egypt.

At this point must be mentioned the controversy regarding the use of the term pharaoh or faraoun for the king that ruled Egypt at the time of Moses and the word king or malak for the king that ruled Egypt at the time of Joseph. The word "peraa" (Egyptian for "great house") or pharaoh was not used by the Egyptians to refer to their kings until Akhenaton (1353BC) or the 18th Dynasty. The word pharaoh (Greek) and pero (Hebrew) were used by the Greeks and Hebrews to refer to the kings of Egypt. Allah (swt) uses the contemporary language of 6th and 7th Century Arabia to refer to historical figures. For instance, the name Isa (as) is used to refer to the Prophet Jesus (English) or Yeshua (Hebrew). Isa is a derivative of the Greek Iesous. The gospels available at the time of the Prophet were written in Greek so Isa or Iesous is the name the Arabs knew for Jesus. The same is true for the name of the Prophet Uzair which is given in both the Hebrew (Ezra) and the Greek (Esdras) derivatives in Arabic, i.e. Uzair and Idris.

Allah (swt) made clear that the Quran was in Arabic (12:2, 13:37, 41:44, 42:7, and 43:30) and He does not hesitate to use the Arabic names for people and places that were in contemporary use at the time of the revelation. Thus, using both malak and faraoun to refer to the kings of Egypt was perfectly legitimate as these were the words known to Arabic speakers at the time the Quran was revealed.

By the way, all that remains of Khufu is a 9cm ivory statue. Allah (SWT) has utterly destroyed him and his other projects. The pyramid is the last monument of this pharaoh left standing. I'm sure Allah (SWT) preserved it until we understood the full meaning of Sura 28:38 and the implication this Aya has for muslims today. Needless to say, the miracle of the Quran is again proven. None of this information was available before the 20th Century. The statue of Haman was preserved as testimony to the absolute truth of the revelation in the Quran.

The Pharaoh Khufu has been dated to 2589 to 2566 BC and the Pharaoh Djoser from 2630 to 2611 BC. These dates facilitate the search for Ibrahim (as). It is mentioned in the Quran 6:74 that the name of Ibrahim's father was Azar. The Bible mentions that Ibrahim's father's name was Terah (Gen: 11:26). Genisis 11:31 says that Terah took Ibrahim (Abram) and Ibrahim's cousin, Lot and their wives out of Ur of the Chaldees to go into the land of Caanan. The Bible is absolutely incorrect on this account. The Chaldean Empire was the last ruling dynasty of the Babylonian Empire and it ruled from 612-539 BC. According to the Biblical historians who use the Bible for historical events, Abraham could not have lived before 1800 BC, so the idea that Abraham could have come from Ur of the Chaldees is extremely inaccurate. From the historical evidence presented above that Joseph lived around 2600 BC, then we can deduce that Abraham, his great, great grandfather, must have lived around 2800 BC or about 1000 years before the biblical scholars place him in history.

The Quran again corrects Biblical history. Allah (swt) gives evidence as to the exact date which Ibrahim lived as well as Ibrahim's country of origin. Quran 6:74 says: "Lo! Abraham said to his father Azar: "Takest thou idols for gods? For I see thee and thy people in manifest error." Ibrahim's father was Azar, a name which can be found in the ancient history of Palestine.

Azar is Arabic for Hazor or Azor, an ancient city of Canaan located about 5 miles West of Lake Hula in Northern Palestine. Hazor became a very prosperous commercial center in ancient Canaan in the Middle Bronze Age. Hazor was first established around 3000BC or the Early Bronze Age and ceased to exist as a Canaanite city around 1l00 BC when it was supposedly over-run and destroyed by the Hebrews (evidence of this biblical event is still extremely speculative even after archaeological excavation). Hazor, then was Azar's place of origin, Hazor being the name that Ibrahim's father used as a last name. Using one's place of origin as a last name is not uncommon among Semitic peoples. This is confirmed in the Quran by the use of the word "Samiri" or Sumerian to designate the person who crafted the golden calf during Moses' absence. In modern times it is not unusual to meet people whose last names are Baghdadi, Hadithi, Halebi etc.-all names which designate a place of origin.

Hazor was but a small village at the time Ibrahim had his encounter with the village elders and destroyed their gods. Archaeologists are now excavating the stone statues that the Hazorians of the Early Bronze Age worshipped. So, Allah (swt) again has placed a prophet in time and place which fits perfectly with the time line established in the Quran. This confirms that Ibrahim , as the Quran says, was not a Jew. He was a Canaanite. Canaanites were the forebearers of both the Arabs and Hebrews. The language of both peoples is designated as of Canaanite origin.

Ibrahim left Canaan for Paran or the Arabian Peninsula after defying the elders of Hazor. Both the Bible and the Quran agree on this point. There is no evidence that he was in any part of Iraq and it is highly doubtful that he had any contact with the Egyptians either as the Egyptians did not control Canaan until the late Bronze age or about 1550 BC, more than a thousand years after Ibrahim died.

In addition, Hagar, or Hajer which means one who emigrates in Arabic, Ibrahim's wife and mother of his first son, Ismail, could not have been an Egyptian slave. The name Hajer is Semitic and not Egyptian. She was a fellow Canaanite who emigrated with Ibrhaim to Arabia. It was in Mecca that he settled his first family and built the kaba with his son, Ismail. Where Ibrahim wandered from there is purely speculative. It is doubtful that he retured to Hazor to face his persecuters. Since the Canaanites lived in what is now Palestine, Jordan. Lebanon and Syria, he may have settled in any other Canaanite village. It is was in one of these areas that Isaac was born to Sarah his elderly, but not necessarily his first, wife.

Traditionally, Islamic literature has Ibrahim as the builder of the original house of worship in what is now Jerusalem which may have happened since that area was not urbanized at the time of Ibrahim. When Ibrahim returned to Palestine is uncertain and, since Isaac was born when he was elderly, some time must have passed before he dared to re-enter that part of Canaan. Perhaps, his persecutors had all died by then or he lived a life of a herdsman, wandering from pasture to pasture and out of reach of those who would do him harm. Only Allah (swt) knows! But what we do know is that Ibrahim was from Canaan, specifically, Hazor. Again, Allah (swt) has given confirmed the absolute accuracy of the Quran.

Time Line

Ibrahim from Hazor in Canaan-circa 2800BC
Yusuf in Egypt under the Pharaoh Djoser-crica 2630BC
Musa in Egypt under the Paraoh Khufu-circa 2590BC

2002-12-05 Thu 22:10ct