In the aftermath of the attack on America the US administration has made a concerted effort in explaining to the world that Americas quarrel is not with Islam. In a press conference President Bush quoted the Quranic verse "... whoever kills a human being it is be as if he has killed all humanity." This verse became one of the most quoted verses from the Quran by politicians, Islamic experts and Muslims in general who were appalled at the thought of such a horrendous act, allegedly committed in the name of Islam.
The essence of this verse (5:32) is that the survival of human life is dependant on every member of the human race respecting the sanctity of life and contributing actively to the survival and protection of innocent. The verse does not apply a threshold of 500 lives or 5000 lives, but says that the killing of "a" single innocent life is a crime against humanity.
After the Sep. 11 attack, Muslims from all over the world forcefully condemned the attack on innocent citizens of the US. But since the bombing of Afghanistan started and mounting news of collateral civilian casualties, there is only sheepish mention of sorrow at the loss of innocent life and frustration with US policy of bombing one of the poorest countries in the world.
The Pentagon has expressed regret that a couple of its smart bombs became temporarily insane. And of course the US military is taking painstaking measures to avoid collateral civilian casualties but the fact remains that, women, children and innocent who are not even remotely connected to the Sep. 11th crime are bearing the brunt of the punishment.
Even back in January 2001, Amnesty International reported... At least another 70,000 people were fleeing intensified fighting and drought in Afghanistan, their situation not helped by Iran, Pakistan and Tajikistan closing their borders.
According to UNHCR, in addition to 1.5 million Afghan refugees, before the US bombing, Pakistan could be flooded with up to another 300,000 refugees fleeing U.S. air strikes.
Very few people are speaking for the Afghan mothers who have been lamenting the pain and loss of their children. The voice of the few humanitarian organizations is drowned in the sound of explosions. The popular talk of strategy is, as if on a board of chess, what would happen if the bombing continues during Ramadan? And how can the King be restored on the mine-checkered land of Afghanistan?
For Muslims in the US, the wounds from the loss of fellow innocent citizens on Sep. 11 have still not healed, infliction of emotional scars from the backlash still continue and now US Muslims are being asked will you support collateral Muslim casualties during Ramadan?
And people may ask, what about the "Evil" Taliban?
The vast majority of the Muslim world has not subscribed to the religious interpretations of the Taliban. Before being Taliban these people are simple Afghans, fiercely independent, deeply cultural, intensely loyal to their tribe and lastly... fundamental Muslims. Among these, the older Taliban fought the last battle for the West against the "Evil" communist empire.
The crime of the Taliban, we are told is they failed to unconditionally yield to the command, turn over Bin Laden ... Dead or Alive! Any suggestion or involvement of a neutral country will not be considered. We are also told that bombing will continue until we destroy those training centers and shooting ranges of "wicked" Al-Qaeda that has instantly emerged on the world scene like rapidly reproducing vampire bats.
There is no disagreement among all the UN member countries that terrorism needs to be eliminated and the criminals responsible for killing innocent civilians in the Sep. 11 attack should be brought to justice. But this should not be done at the expense of more innocent lives. Surely the collective resources of the intelligence agencies of the world can track down these criminals more effectively.
War or Justice?
Islamic way of life (submission to the Divine Natural order) requires Muslims to strive for justice for all. The founding principals of America, One Nation under God, require justice for all. Yet, instead of pursuing justice we are barreling down a path of war. After the dust has settled, will history reflect on this as a war between arrogance and ignorance?
Punishing NATIONS and terrorising NATIONS can never be justified.
The word ignorance suites the situation fine
We are agree upon the ststement of Mr Bush,but I would like to ask the most fundamental principle : Give us the evident( the fact) of Mr Bin Laden involvement on WTC tragedy. Untill recently we never receive that. We know that Slobodan M from Serbia was found guilty without victimiced the innocent people. So why Mr Bush doing the double standard on Afghan people?
So Please, ask Mr Bush to give us the evident!!!
The suffering of the innocent poor afgans will never go unpunished by Him.
The day will come.
is a justice for all people on this earth.
I can't write for you more , because I speak and
I write only in french.
Peace be uppon you.
Yes i fully agree with your views. In fact USA was just recently talking about going all out for STAR WARS. They are spending billion of dollars. Both UK and USA have got highly sophisticated special forces. With such great backing behind them, why can't they stop the attacks!!. They may get rid of osama but root has been established. They can't cut this root till they understand that their policies vis-a vis MUSlIMS are actually very pathetic. Ariel sharon is perhaps the biggest TERRORIST. Would USA atttack Isaral??. Or would it allow palestinians to pass even a UNO resolution (and we know how innocuous it has always been) against israel's terrorism??same is the case with Kashmir, chechnya , etc etc.
From my point of view JIHAD becomes must-do thing when poor people are being attacked or martyred.
Firstly, we all agree that "TERRORISM," is not acceptable under any religious law, particularly if it involves killing innocent people.
However, the problem is that word "TERRORISM," has been used very selectively against actions of people belonging to a particular community only. If we have root out "TERRORISM," then we must root out all such acts whether they are State sponsored or individual, and committed by anyone regardless of race, religion or Nationality.
Secondly, violence begets violence. The United States should have adopted a more rational approach by bringing those responsible for the acts of September 11, 01 to justice through Diplomatic efforts and International Court of Justice. This would have given the United States a status of a Just Nation in the eyes of the whole World.
Thirdly, How can we justify the war imposed on innocent and downtrodden people of Afghanistan. There is no International Law that states that a Sovreign Nation can be attacked for the acts of a few suspected group of individuals to such an extent as to cause total disruption of life in that Nation. In my opinion this is unjust.
Finally, It is our responsibilty educate the masses out there who are ignorant of ISLAM and its teachings. We have to make a collective effort to educate the Media, Public and Politicians. Through our efforts we may be able to succeed in bringing peace and harmony around the globe, especially in these times where rational minded thinking seems to be diminishing rapidly and violence is being countered with more violence. I appreciate the good work you are doing. May God bless us all.
Janet in oz
dont be among them , for its Allah SWT who provides for us and not human beings to Him there is no american muslim or anything its either a muslim and non muslim, tell the US administration to stop annihilating the innocent who can hardly live their daily meal, tell americans to ask their govt to stop this for indeed the wrath of Allah SWT when comes it will sweep all including the so called american muslims ,from today i will never be visiting your website which was my favorite, you are nothing but bunch of cowards defending their citizenship which unfortunately have nothing to do with Allah 'inna akramakum indallahi atqakum'
may you have guidance from Him
It will be best for Moslems in Pakistan to join hands with Christians there who must feel the same way I, a Christian, do about the US "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" operation in Afghanistan.
No decent human being can and should feel elated even at the success of this hunt for one man at the expense of equally innocent lives who are caught in between these power politics. To friends in the USA who ask me how I would feel if I had a relative among the more affluent victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, I throw back the question, "How would you feel if you had a relative among those displaced Afghanistan who are living sub-human conditions and are being killed or maimed by US bombs just because they happened to be Afghans but have no power to stop their government from giving refuge to a criminal created by the bombers themselves?" I also ask them who do you think God will have more mercy and love?
The International Community should not allow the US government to go on with this hypocrisy and bigotry in the Name of even the Christian God, nor for humanity, and the slaughter of the innocent both in Afghanistan and the USA especially because the hijackers have already paid with their lives for what they did. We do not even know the real truth as to who really perpetrated such abomination, and yet the lives and interests of peoples of the world are being jeopardized for this cry for the blood of one criminal.
For peace and sanity, I pray.
However, we have to ask ourselves can we allow Usamah Bin Laden to keep hijacking. He has hijacked the country of Afganistan to the detriment of its weak oppressed people. He has tried to hijack Islam to the detriment of us muslims who live in the west and are assumed to ascribe to his beligerant blood thirsty rhetoric. He may have hijacked the planes which have led to the death of thousands. He is now trying to hijack the Palestinian cause as a justification for the misery he is causing to the Ummah.
We should not tolerate his hijacking in any shape or form. The points regarding the US actions are manifestly true and I applaud you for them.
Jazakumullah Khairan for your endeavours wasalaam alikum.
In need of understanding the following questions arose out of the bulletin of 10/27.
1- If Kashmir was an independent (non-muslim !!)country and its government allowed itself to be paid-off for the purpose providing shelter and support for an evil terrorist organization with the avowed goal of killing Muslims worldwide what would you recommend ?
2- If the terrorist group directly praised and supported ( God forgive the unconscionable example) a group that kidnepped three planes and crashed them into Mecca killing six thousand Muslims in prayer, what would you recommend ? If there seemed to be no way to stop the carnage except bombing what would you recommend ?
3- The Taliban are not simply "guilty" of not turning bin laden over, but selling their country out and its civilians out to become his cheif protection and resource for evil actions. When governments do this they destroy their own country.
4- War ahs unequivocally been declared on America, and is being waged. It is a battle of arrogance vs, ignorance. No one is right and all will answer to God Almighty. But I ask you who is ignorant and who is arrogant, Is not the US ignorant of what to do without sacrificing both much greater numbers of Afgan and American lives. And is their no greater arrogance than men usurping Allah's supreme wisdom and condemning mankind ?
5. The peaceful, truthful war is yet to be waged by the Islamic world in unequivocally separating itself from bin laden asnd his evil supporters. They must be denied the name Muslim in a voice that must be heard around the world. It would save the souls of millions, including those who are led down the path of evil under the banner of Islam.
This last point is by far the most urgent for it can change the course of the entire conflict and save many more lives than have been and will be taken by bombs and guns.. In the bulletin it refers to Afgan "fundamenta
not a Muslim. Why is it that under your "What's
New" heading, you have a feature on "fresh
dates for Ramadan"? How can you promote
food consumption at a time that is supposed
to be one of religious reflection instead of a
time of gluttony? Perhaps I do not understand
the religious rules enough, but why is
Ramadan the most likely time for Muslims to
GAIN weight? Do culture and tradition
outweigh religious conviction? Is it
impossible to really follow the rules of
Ramadan? I mean fasting in spirit, not merely
in doing the right thing at the right time. What
good is fasting during the day if all you are
doing is lusting after food all day and living like
a glutton all night? Is this true religion? Is
God pleased by this?
There is nothing good to be had in war. I am not a Muslim, but am fortunate to have read more about it than many of my compatriots: we Americans have no quarrel with your great religion. That our bombs have killed innocent and desititute Afghans is a tragedy and a mistake we will endeavor not to repeat.
It is however naive to expect that an attack such as that on September 11, 2001 would result in anything but the coordinated efforts of the West to make sure nothing like that happens again. Part of that is eliminating Bin Laden. Another part may well be the replacement of the Iraqi regime.
Another crucial part of making ourselves secure -- which we will do because we can -- is bringing peace to Palestine. I pray that we have the fortitude to address this problem, in many ways the root of September 11, as we deal with the others.
Let us al distinguish between those for whom violence is the weapon of choice and those for whom violence is the spurned weapon of last resort. America has made its choice. Which side will you be on?
As a muslim I am grieved and angered by the recent attacks on the muslim ummah;
attacks against individuals and against countries.The apologist attitude of many
muslims is also,I feel undignified and unnecessary.If there was the flimsiest of proof
we would have certainly seen it day and night on the western media.I suspect a deeper
hidden agenda here.
This is a wake up call for us.The time has come for us to put our house in order and
rethink our lives.We need to turn to Allah in repentance and prayer.We should
forget our differences and come together.''And hold fast all of you together to the cable of Allah and do not seperate."[sura Al' Imran]
We should withdraw our investments from western countries,remove our patronage of
their products,their media and their entertainment industry.We should provide our children with muslim role models and muslim ideals.We need to release ourselves
from the social,intellectual and financial dependance we find ourselves in.Let this be
a jihad on a personal level to detoxify ourselves of the unislamic influences that
enslave us today.'Indeed Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves'.[sura ar Ra'd]No government will help us.Each sane
adult muslim has to be a flagbearer of the ummah and think of its collective good.
The muslim ulema have an important role to play now when the ummah lies shocked
and wounded ..surrounded by enemies from within and without.We need to be guided,encouraged and consoled.
Muslim media has to be strengthened to rid our minds of the propaganda we face
from the western media.Islamicity and other sites must help too,by thinking out
strategies and informing people.Jazak Allah Khair.
'Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance and make our foothold sure;and give us help against those who reject faith'[2;250]
Do you think all the peoples who support justice , and means to deliver justice, are ignorant? Ignorance is not that you know that you are going to be killed, and you sacrify the principle of justice (although in Islam it is allowed, according to my personal knowledge). As you have explained that Talibans are only asking the proof, and trial in thier country or in a neatral country, and I think this is a rightful and justifiable demand and not the ignorance.
My views are based on the media which I watched, otherwise I have no first hand knowledge or experience in Afghanistan.
Last I pray for the Justice nad RULE OF PEACE in the world (amen)
an ordinary muslim/azhar