Jamada al-thani 18, 1426/July 24, 2005 #56
Dr. Gamal Badawi is Board Member of CAIR in Canada which has been
issuing support for one-sided fatwas against terrorism while
ignoring hundreds of thousands of Muslims killed in Palestine,
Iraq, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Chechnia. Does Badawi have the
competence to issue statements in the name of Islam?
Please scroll down to analysis by Dr. Kaukab Siddique.
APPEAL [With reference to atrocities in Kashmir]
Boycott Indian Products
We are running several professional campaigns for the full and
permanent boycott of all Indian products in Germany, Holland and
France. We are persuading our fellow Pakistanis in these three
countries, where we have a professional network of our organization,
Boycott India, to purchase only and only the Pakistani
products and boycott the Indian. This revolutionary gesture would
provide valuable foreign exchange and would also create millions
of job opportunities in our Sunehra Pakistan. Our slogan in this
regard is :
Buy Pakistani, Be Pakistani, Build Pakistani economy
We all request you to please start one such campaign in USA also
and incline our compatriots to boycott ALL indian products.
from Sunehra Pakistan
THINK ABOUT IT:
July 22. Sudan allowed Condileeza Rice and her Zionist entourage
[Andrea Mitchell, Andrea Koppel, etc] to visit Darfur. Sudan has
nothing to hide. Yet the dirty propaganda against Sudan continues.
Andrea Mitchell [of NBC] was stopped from barging into President
Bashir's office to question him. She was outraged and indulged in
the usual cliches of Zionist propaganda against Sudan. By the
afternoon she was in Tel Aviv, her real home.
[How many of these media people are Israelis in disguise?]
Lesson: You can't please the Zionists however hard you might try.
WAR NEWS: [with analysis by our media monitor]
EGYPT: Mubarak's Tourist Playland Blown Away
July 23, 2005. Major night life areas of Sharm El-Shaikh were
destroyed by two martyrdom operators resulting in the death of
88 people and injuries to 200, many of them in bars and a major
hotel. This is the latest in an ongoing war between Hosni Mubarak
and the Islamic movement. Till 2004 it seemed that Mubarak had won
with tens of thousands of Muslims arrested, imprisoned and tortured.
Hundreds of Muslims were executed by Mubarak following his police
raids on homes and mosques. Women were raped by his secret services
and families were held hostage to force surrender of opponents.
Amnesty International and other human rights organizations have
documented routine and systematic torture of Islamic men, women
and children by the Hosni Mubarak regime. Suspects are left with
their bodies broken and their spirits humiliated for ever. Only
recently Italy uncovered a CIA plot by which an Islamic scholar,
Abu Umar, was kidnaped in Italy and flown to Egypt. He was
tortured for two years till he lost his sanity.
Mubarak is protected by the CIA and Mossad. Israel needs him to
protect its western flank while it crushes the Palestinian people.
Only a regime which violates Islam can fulfil the needs of Israel.
Islamic scholars consider Mubarak a non-Muslim who sold Egypt out
by keeping up the recognition of Israel which Sadat started. The
U.S. gives him three billion dollars every year to terrorize his people.
Mubarak keeps up the fašade of being Muslim and tells his western
friends that he is "democratizing" Egypt. However, he has left no
avenue open for peaceful change. Hence Islamic groups try to remove
his regime by force but are no match for his brutality.
Second to U.S. aid, tourism is the main source of hard currency
which keeps the Mubarak regime alive. Also, tourism dilutes the
Islamic identity of Egypt by bringing liquor, night clubs,
fornication, gambling and nudity into Egypt. These are serious
violations of Islamic law.
In Egypt, there is no peaceful way of stopping the government
from these violations.
Most serious of all, Israeli tourists in large numbers come into
Egypt to continue their fornication on Sinai's beautiful beaches
in peace after their genocidal actions against the Palestinian people.
In October 2004, a new Islamic force emerged with successful
attacks on Israeli tourists which killed 34. During today's
attack, Egypt's Middle East Times reports there are 10,000
Israeli tourists in Sinai [and are now packing their bags.]
Thus the martyrdom operations seem to be the work of a nation
which is facing cultural rape at the hands of Mubarak's
collaborators, Israel, the U.S., Britain and Europe.
Will this blow, which will dry up a major source of revenue, topple
or crack Mubarak's regime? It's doubtful. The stakes are too high.
Israel and the U.S. need Mubarak. The war will probably continue.
Mubarak is known in the Muslim world by three titles: Tyrant,
Setback for Musharraf in Frontier Area
July 21: A tribal chief known as Malik Meerzalam, whom the
Musharraf regime paid a handsome amount, and who had been
speaking strongly in favor of Pakistan army's operations in
South Waziristan, was killed along with his two brothers, adult
son and nephew while travelling in an armed convoy towards Wana.
The gunmen who ambushed him evaded arrest.
The same day, another tribal chief who supports Musharraf,
Malik Malikshai, was killed along with his son and another
relative in another ambush.
In a third ambush, a jeep of the Pakistan army was blown up and
4 soldiers in it seriously injured.
Meanwhile in KARACHI, nine 'ULEMA were arrested after they gave
Friday sermons condemning the Musharraf regime's raids on Medressas
Demonstrations against the regime's moves were held in all major
cities, orchestrated by the Islamic coalition MMA. In Islamabad,
some demonstrators showed that they could hit back against the
regime when they set fire to a police motorcycle and beat up
some policemen, but Jamaate Islami condemned the violence.
Observers say that Musharraf has been cornered like a rat but the
peaceful Islamic Coalition does not have the will to topple him.
MMA fears a clash with the army and thus loses its
opportunity to change Pakistan. It is difficult to see any
pro-Islam elements left in the army, analysts say, and Musharraf
has sold out the country so completely that there is not much left
to sell. Yet the MMA continues to hope that there are patriots in
the army. The same is true of Jamaat ad-Da'wa which is
totally at the mercy of the hope that the army will not abandon
Owing to this peaceful stance, secularist elements are
able to spread rumors that MMA is not serious about opposing
Musharraf and is actually cooperating with him, our analysts say.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH CENSORED POEM CRITICAL of ISRAEL
Dear Sir/ Madam,
Last Monday (13 June 2005) I was one of many
performers who participated in a charity event for
Human Rights Watch at the Globe in London. The
event, which included contributions from Lemn
Sissay, Dame Judi Dench, George Alagiah and Saaed
Jaffrey to mention a few, was a resounding
My sister poet, Jean Binta Breeze, had also agreed
to perform and was included in the billing and the
programme. Unfortunately, Jean had to pull out at
the last minute because, Isaiah, the poem she had
chosen to recite, was censored by the organisers.
I've read the poem. It is a very powerful poem.
Jean Binta Breeze uses the persona of a Rasta man and
the prophetic language of the Old Testament to castigate the
state of Israel for its treatment of the Palestinian people.
I was the last performer on the night and did not want the
event to end on a sour note. However, it was my duty to explain
the reason for Jean's absence to the audience and to convey
her apologies. Human Rights Watch has an impeccable record for
defending human rights. It is, therefore, deeply worrying when
an organisation with such a reputation finds it necessary to
resort to censorship of poetry for fear of alienating their
Jewish supporters and benefactors.
Linton Kwesi Johnson
by Jean Binta Breeze
tongue full of flames
red righteous brains
descend from de mountains
trod troo de plains
bringing a warning
to a nation gawn insane
chanting fire troo de lan
talk like thunder touch im han
breathe brimstone pon Babylon
Israel, you forget God plan
no more burning dove or ram
no more sacrifice of lamb
no more fasting, no more prayer
God is deaf to your desire
heart beating hard
no stone, no sword, no guard
talking every word de spirit declare
Israel, yuh forget yuh God
corruption mek yuh choose de bad
wickedness defile yuh
vain power start beguile yuh
de lust for blood done spoil you
if God neva mek dat promise to yuh
you woulda sink like Sodom an Gomorrah
yuh woulda run like yuh jus laas yuh shadow
today would be the end of yuh tomorrow
an yuh children would reap pure sorrow
bow im head as im humbly stan
an big Israel come clean
to remember what love mean
an retreat from a murderous scene
stop pushing others to where you've been
you of all should find genocide obscene
God just might let yah een
come to chant dung Babylon
day by day in burning sun
bringing de word of God anger
let Israel tremble and hear
why truth can fill de hunger
Israel be humble and prepare
God's wrath is drawing near
there's land enough to share
let covetousness disappear
offer up a humbler prayer
let words burn across the lan
an wait for God to play im han
Dr. Jamal Badawi's Blunders about the Meaning of Jihad in Islam: Here we recount nine aspects of Jihad which Dr. Badawi missed, including Jihad against slavery and to stop Exploitation of Women
by Kaukab Siddique, Ph.D
Associate Professor of English
INTRODUCTION: It is our task to help Americans understand the
great changes in thought and worldview which are rapidly transforming
the Muslim world. The most important concept in this emerging
worldview is that of Jihad. If Jihad takes root in the Muslim masses,
countries as varied as Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Bangladesh and
Indonesia will move towards socio-economic and political
independence. If the worldwide movement for Jihad is squelched,
the de-Islamized and politically castrated regimes in Muslim
countries will either persist or will be replaced by even worse
ones with no pretense of selfhood at all.
Will the American people support the Jihad to liberate the Muslim
world or will they support the war party led by President Bush
and International Jewry which plans to destroy the Muslim movement
towards freedom? It depends in part on what Americans think is
Jihad. Is it a genuine Islamic response or is it a symbol of
"wahhabi craziness" which has hijacked Islam?
In June 2005, a supporter of W.D. Muhammad distributed Dr. Jamal
Badawi's article on Jihad. It is a seriously misleading article
and amounts to an attempt to distort the Qur'an, in particular,
and Islam, in general. Dr. Badawi has long been a central figure
in America's pro-government Muslim establishment known as ISNA
[Islamic Society of North America, so-called]; hence his views need
to be addressed.
I can understand that in this day and age it is difficult for
most Muslims in America to provide an honest explication of the
Qur'an on Jihad. Dr. Badawi could have come up with some valid
excuses not to discuss the central meaning of Jihad in the Qur'an.
For instance, he could have said:
Instead we find Dr. Badawi coming up with a meaning of Jihad
which violates the text of the Qur'an and contradicts the meaning
of Jihad as taught by the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh and as understood
by the Sahabah, r.a.
It is dangerous to discuss Jihad these days, so please excuse me, or
The Muslims of America are not involved in Jihad, so there is
no reason why we should discuss it, or simply,
I am scared!
JIHAD is PRESCRIBED and OBLIGATORY in the QUR'AN.
The main point Dr. Badawi makes is as follows:
"Even when the Qur'an speaks about defensive war, it never glorifies
it or calls it "Holy", but as something which is inherently hated
However when we look at 2:216-217, clearly the exact opposite of
Dr. Badawi's claim is true. Allah is commanding that fighting
is OBLIGATORY on Muslims although the Muslims might dislike it.
Here is the text:
"Fighting is prescribed for you and ye dislike it. But it is
possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that
ye love a thing which is bad for you, but Allah knows, and ye
know not." [2:216]
The words for "prescribed" or "obligatory" in Arabic are:
'kutiba alaikum" [literally "written down for you"] which are
exactly the words used to make fasting obligatory: "kutiba
alaikum us-siyam" [fasting is prescribed for you] 2:183.
So our dear Dr. Badawi has changed something prescribed and
obligatory into something "inherently hated." Hopefully he is
not going to claim next that fasting too is "inherently hated"
JIHAD and MARTYRDOM: CENTRAL TO ISLAM:
Dr. Badawi's attempt to present Jihad as marginal to Islam and
not obligatory could be the result of his ignorance of Hadith.
Perhaps he does not know that the Qur'an has to be interpreted
with the help of the Hadith of the Prophet, pbuh, not according
to one's own subjective notions. Here is what Muhammad, pbuh,
the messenger of Allah, says about Jihad:
[From Abu Qatada, r.a.: The messenger of Allah, pbuh, said while
standing among his companions:] " Jihad in the way of Allah and
faith in Allah are the greatest of all deeds." Whereupon a person
asked: O messenger of Allah! If I am killed while fighting in the
way of Allah, will all my sins be removed? The messenger of
Allah replied: "Yes! If you are killed in Allah's way and are
perseverent while fighting to achieve that end and move forward
seeking that reward and do not show your back [to the enemy.]"
[Hadith, Bukhari, Muslim]
Any doubts about the centrality of Jihad in the Islamic world view
should be dispelled by the following Hadith which goes beyond Jihad
to the teaching of martyrdom in Allah's way:
From Abu Huraira, r.a., the messenger of Allah, pbuh, said: "... By
Him in whose hand is my life, I wish with all my heart to be killed
in Allah's way and be brought back to life, be killed again and be
brought back to life, be killed a third time and brought back to
life and killed again!" [Hadith, Sahih Muslim. kitabal-imarat:
section on the excellence of Jihad and going forth to fight in
Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, taught that every capability of the
Muslim's entire being should be put into fighting those who
associate others with Allah and bring about the disruption of
the just way of life:
"Fight the associators [mushrikeen] with your wealth, and with
your lives and with your words." [Hadith, Sunan of Abu Dawud,
kitab al-jihad, chapter on the harm of giving up armed struggle,
Sunan of Nasai, kitab al-Jihad, chapter on the obligatory duty of
Jihad, Sunan of Darimi, kitab al-Jihad, chapter on fighting the
associators by one's tongue and by one's hand [Also Musnad of
Ahmad, al-Mustadrak of Hakim and Sahih of Ibn Hiban]
I hope Dr. Badawi gets the point, otherwise there are numerous
other Hadith which support the excellence of Jihad in Allah's way.
JIHAD is HOLY and AGAINST CULTURAL IMPERIALISM WHICH OBSTRUCTS
The WAY OF ISLAM
Dr. Badawi did not quote the next verse otherwise it would have
taken the wind out of his claim that Islam considers fighting as
not "holy" and something hated. In fact 2:217 tells us clearly
the centrality of the purpose of Jihad in Islam.
The Muslim should prefer death over acceptance of oppression and slavery.
Armed struggle here is so holy that it even cancels out the holiness
of months in which fighting is prohibited. The verse says:
"They ask thee concerning fighting in the Prohibited Months. Say:
'Fighting therein is a grave (offense), but graver is it in the sight
of Allah to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him, to
prevent access to the sacred Mosque and to drive out its people.'
FITNA [oppression and wrong doing] is worse than slaughter. Nor
will they cease fighting you until they turn you back from your
faith, if they can...[2:217 to the end]
So this is not just self-defense. It includes fighting against
what what we call "cultural imperialism" in modern language:
Dr. Badawi's next important point about the armed struggle:
"to prevent access to the path of Allah, to deny Him"
It includes fighting against blockades meant to control holy
places which Muslims want to visit: "prevent access to the sacred
the driving out of Muslims from these holy places, as the Jews
have done in Jerusalem or the Saudis in the case of devout
Muslims who deny their dynastic regime: "to drive out its people."
"the combative Jihad, is allowed in the Qur'an for legitimate
self-defense in the face of unprovoked aggression or in resisting
severe oppression, on religious or other grounds [2:190-194]."
JIHAD and WORSHIP: PARTS of a COMPLETE ETHOS
Here Dr. Badawi's use of the term "combative jihad" is deceptive.
It gives the impression that there are many kinds of Jihad and
"combative jihad" is only one of them. [The term in the Qur'an
for actual fighting is "qital": There is nothing equivalent to
the term "combative" in the Qur'an. Dr. Badawi here is attempting
to take the holiness out of Jihad by using this weird terminology.]
Jihad in the Way of Allah is strictly related in the Qur'an to
fighting or "qital." The non-fighting aspects of Jihad too are
related to "qital" and not separated from it. For instance,
preparation of weaponry, organization, discipline, worship,
caring for the families of fighters can all be aspects of "qital."
Also, there are stages of the struggle which include dialogue,
confrontation without conflict, self-sacrifice in front of tyrants,
but these are all parts of the total context of Jihad, not
Dr. Badawi has tried to present a fragmented picture of Islam
in which the armed struggle and the preaching and praying are
separated from each other to such an extent that an impression
of "two Islams" is created.
JIHAD against MUSLIM EXPLOITERS who PRACTICE CAPITALISM:
Dr. Badawi is out of touch with the Qur'an: Hence he leaves out
ALTOGETHER important aspects of Jihad which are empatically taught
to Muslims by Allah. One is that of Jihad against EXPLOITERS [such
as, historically, the usurious Jews] who make money from money.
Aggressive capitalism even if run by people with Muslim names,
which has taken over the Muslim world, would be the subject of
Jihad. Here is what the Qur'an says:
"O ye who believe! Fear Allah, and give up what remains of your
demand for usury [riba, bank interest], if ye are indeed believers.
If ye do it not, take notice of WAR from Allah and His messenger:
but if ye repent, ye shall have your capital sums: Deal not
unjustly, and ye shall not be dealt with unjustly."
[The Qur'an 2:278-279.]
The word in the Arabic is HURB, which simply means war, much more
directly than the relatively more complex "jihad fi sabil Allah."
An excellent example of this situation in our times is the
relationship "Saudi" Arabia has with the financial institutions
of the United States such as Chase Manhattan.
JIHAD AGAINST ATTEMPTS TO DISHONOR WOMEN:
Most Muslims and non-Muslims focus on the dress of modesty Muslim
women wear when they go outdoors. It's in sura 33 verse 59. However,
the Muslims in our decadent times ignore verses 60 and 61 which
teach Muslims to fight against MEN who continue to misbehave.
They, the Qur'an says, should be seized and slain. Here are the
"O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women,
that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when
out of doors). That is most convenient that they should be known
and not molested. And Allah is oft Forgiving, most Merciful. Truly,
if the Hypocrites and those in whose hearts is a disease, and those
who stir up sedition in the city, desist not, We shall certainly
stir thee up against them: Then will they not be able to stay in
it as thy neighbors for any length of time: They shall have a
curse on them: wherever they are found, they shall be seized and
slain." [The Qur'an 33:59-61]
One reason why there is so much exploitation in the Muslim world
is that Muslims keep telling women to cover themselves but do not
move to seize and slay those men who try to disturb the social order
of modesty and decency taught by Allah. Along with the attempt to
disrobe women is the entire industry based on night clubs, liquor,
fornication and the general "night life" of the West being imported
into Muslim countries.
JIHAD AGAINST SLAVERY.
Allah ordained early in the mission of Muhammad, pbuh, that the
purpose of Islam is to FREE the SLAVES. The Qur'an describes the
Islamic struggle thus:
"And what will explain to thee the path that is steep? It is to free
the slave ...." [The Qur'an 90:12-13]
Most people remember the peaceful way in which Abu Bakr, r.a.,
freed Bilal, r.a., from slavery, but most forget that passage in
Hadith which indicates that Bilal, r.a., slew his slave master,
Ummaya, on the field of battle. [See Sirat Rasul Allah, The Life
of the Messenger of Allah, pbuh, by ibn Ishaq.]
When the Islamic system was organized, one of the segments of
obligatory charity ordained by Allah were funds to free the slaves:
"....spend of your substance, out of love for Him ....to set
slaves free." [The Qur'an 2:177]
The Muslims under the leadership of Muhammad, pbuh, waged war to
set slaves free. Tens of thousands of slaves were freed by Muhammad,
pbuh, and his Companions. Ayesha, r.a., the blessed wife of
Muhammad, pbuh, set free numerous slaves. Abu Bakra, r.a., [not
to be confused with Abu Bakr, the First Caliph] was among the
slaves who were freed from Taif when the Prophet waged war against
that obdurate city which was under the control of arrogant
The Qur'an also taught that captives taken in war are to be freed,
[47:4] thus making a break in the history of human warfare. In
cases of total defeat and decimation of the enemy, Islam brought
captive women into the Islamic family system and Muslim men were
urged to marry such captive women, with the Prophet himself [see
the case of the Jewish woman Safiya, r.a., after the battle of
Khaibar] and Ali, r.a., leading by example. This again broke
the history of enslavement of women in war time which all
Muhammad, pbuh, spent his life after the Hijra on the field of
battle. Later, his companions dismantled the superpowers of that
time through Jihad. Dr. Jamal Badawi has belittled their lives by
diminishing the centrality of Jihad in Islam.
JIHAD against OPPRESSION: Kashmir, Palestine, Chechnia,
Dr. Badawi did mention oppression but he glossed over it without
pointing out its comprehensive nature. The verses which he mentioned,
2:190-194, would have done serious harm to his thesis that fighting
is hateful in Islam: so he did not quote them. In any case, these
verses are about self-defense and fighting against aggression.
They are NOT about oppression.
Perhaps Dr. Badawi does not understand what oppression means.
It is a condition of helplessness and hopelessness where the
oppressor seems to be too strong to be tackled.
For instance, the Russians took over Chechnia, the Indians took
over Kashmir, the Jews took over Palestine, the Americans took
over Afghanistan and Iraq. If the people of these lands do not carry
out Jihad, and there is no Muslim force able to carry out Jihad,
the occupiers will simply implement their agenda to de-Islamize
these countries and make them over in their own image. The occupiers
will not have to carry out any physical killing and murdering when
the slaves are too terrified to fight back.
The Qur'an calls such oppressed people MUSTADAFIN Dr. Badawi missed
the term and thus showed that he is incompetent as far as
understanding the Qur'an is concerned. Here is what the Qur'an says:
"And why should ye not fight in the cause of Allah and of those who
are weak [mustadafin], from among the men and women and children,
who are saying: 'Our Lord, rescue us from this territory whose
people are oppressors, and raise for us from Thee, one who will
protect, and raise for us from Thee one who will help." [4:75]
Note that here the cause of Allah and of the mustadafin is ONE and
The Qur'an teaches not only Jihad to rescue the oppressed people
but also the preparation for Jihad which would deter oppression
and would put the fear of Allah in the hearts of enemies whom the
Muslims may not even know of and who may be waiting to strike:
"Against your enemy, make ready your strength to the utmost of your
power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the enemies
of Allah and your enemies, and others besides whom ye may not know
but whom Allah does know. Whatever ye shall spend in the Cause of
Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated
JIHAD is not UNHOLY WAR: IT DEFENDS ALL THAT IS HOLY to the people
of the Creator.
Dr. Jamal Badawi took a very defensive position by claiming that
there is no "HOLY WAR" in Islam and in fact even the term is not
used in the Qur'an. From the lexical point of view, he is right.
The term is not used, but he is dead wrong in thinking that Islam
does not have a sense of the sacred and that Jihad is something
secular or even unholy!
Islam's sense of the sacred and the holy is much stronger and
more inclusive than that of any other religion. Jihad includes
armed struggle to secure the sacredness of all holy places. Here
is the key verse which Dr. Badawi missed. Note the natural movement
from self-defense to the defense of refugees to defense of sacred places:
"To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight)
because they are wronged, - and verily Allah is most powerful for
their aid, - those who have been expelled from their homes in
defiance of right,- except that they say, 'Our Lord is Allah,'
If Allah did not ward off one set of people by means of another,
there would have surely been pulled down monasteries, churches,
synagogues and mosques in which the name of Allah is commemorated
in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid His
cause; - for verily Allah is full of Strength, exalted in Might."
[To be continued, inshallah]
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