"If he holds the upper hand, he goes about the earth creating mischief and laying to waste crops and human life. God does not love mischief. When he is told to have fear of God, he is seized by pride which drives him to wrongdoing. Hell shall suffice for him--what a wretched resting place!" (Quran, 2:205-206)
Killing of innocent people is an act of injustice whether it is done on American soil or elsewhere, whether the victims are American people or the people of other countries. Using suitable language to cover up carnage does not make it humane or legitimate; it becomes only a deception and another act of cruelty against humanity.
To help the Middle Eastern countries democratize is a good objective. After all, dictatorship, absolute monarchy, sheikhdom, authoritarianism and military rule that characterize the 'Muslim' Middle East and the greater part of the Muslim world, deny many of the fundamental and legitimate rights of the people. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the existence of these regimes is the root cause of many of the evils and injustices (as well as extremism and violence in the region), and the earlier these archaic systems are replaced, the better for everyone. It is also worth mentioning that the regime of Saddam Hussein was among the worst. Such a brutal regime is always a curse for a nation. It is thus no wonder that today no body mourns at the fall of the dictator. However, helping Iraqi people achieve "liberation" from an authoritarian regime should not mean occupying their land and introducing imperialism. Who would support such a strange theory of liberation? Considering the people of Iraq; who are more educated than many others in the region; incapable of understanding this simple fact is indeed ignorant.
Do we not understand that killing of innocent people, including hundreds of children, bombing their homes, destroying the countries infrastructure, polluting their land with depleted uranium and taking over the control of their oil fields is being viewed by the Iraqis and people around the globe as imperial occupation? The world wonders if such an occupation is justified today, then what was wrong with the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in 1979? For many concerned Americans, such an expedition will invite more troubles, jeopardize American interests and goes against the spirit of the founding principals of this country.
So where are we now? We are passing through an uneasy and uncertain time. We are witnessing deception, death and destruction in many parts of the world. In an increasingly interdependent world, people of conscience need to be a voice for justice, and say, enough is enough. It's time to bring madness and insanity to an end. Otherwise, history will not forgive us. There is no denying that remaining silent in the face of injustice is tantamount to taking part in it and that is a grave offence by any standard.
The current world scenario brings many pertinent lessons for the Muslims in particular. They need to look introspectively and put their houses in order. They should not finger point only at "non-Muslim" injustices and then turn blind eyes to the injustices done by the "Muslims" whether they are dictators, kings, generals, politicians or anyone else. Although unrepresentative government, abuse of power and denying people's fundamental rights are clear signs of injustice which have no place in Islam, these are, unfortunately, common in the Muslim majority countries. This is not to suggest that the rest of the world is swimming in the oceans of justice. Indeed, many democratic regimes are also under the grip of few unscrupulous people who are behaving in tyrannical way and unleashing unprecedented havoc on the earth.
The Muslims must remember that if they deviate from the path of truth and justice, they can not be worthy of being protected by Almighty God. Prophet Muhammad has cautioned: "No sin is more swiftly punished than injustice."
Imam Ibn Taymiya, the great teacher of Islam, while explaining prophetic sayings on the issues of justice and injustice, wrote the following: "God upholds the just state even if it is unbelieving, but does not uphold the unjust state even if it is Muslim."  In the Quran, God Almighty has described how He punished many of the nations for indulging in injustice and mischief on earth. The deviations for which the past nations faced devastation, how can the contemporary Muslim Ummah gain exaltation by adopting the same conduct?
What the Muslims need now is to rectify their lives in conformity with God's guidance. They must stop adopting a self-complacent approach of justifying their failures by blaming the wrongdoings of others. Muslims have to be a standard-bearer of truth and justice, as they are commanded in the Quran: "O You who believe! Be upholders of justice, bearing witness for God alone, even against yourselves or your parents and relatives. Whether they are rich or poor, God is well able to look after them. Do not follow your own desires and deviate from the truth. If you twist or turn away, God is aware of what you do." (Quran 4:135).
History bears this witness that nations that caused injustice to their fellow human beings did not survive for long. It is against God's Sunnah (way). The present trials and tribulations should be taken as a warning from God for the Muslim Ummah to wake up and to follow the course of returning to the path of righteousness. The Quran reminds us: "Evil has appeared on land and sea because of what the hands of men have earned, that He (God) may let them taste (the consequences of) some part of that which they have done, in order that they may return (to the right path)." (Quran: 30:41)
How to return? Almighty God has already exhorted: "Therefore summon (mankind), and take the right course, as you have been ordered to; and do not follow their whims, but say: 'I believe in whatever Book God has sent down; and I am commanded to be just among you. God is our Lord and your Lord.' "(Quran: 42:15)
 Public Duties in Islam, Trans: Muhtar Holland, Islamic foundation, 1987, p.95
Mahbubur Rahman is the Editor in-Chief of The Message International. He can be reached at [email protected]
"...the existence of these regimes is the root cause of many of the evils and injustices..." Actually, as a matter of fact, the root cause of all this evil are the clever, decievers who have started these regimes and are spreading so much mischief throughout the world, letting others do their dirty work. So keep in mind that these regimes were started by those individuals who want to dominate. Who was the clever idiot who gave the Saddam Hussein the "power" and weapons so they could go into Iran.
"...the regime of Saddam Hussein was among the worst." NOT true. The worst "regime" was and IS Ariel Sharon's. And that would link with the U.S. too, but the U.S. does it in a very smart way. Israel has committed the worst crimes ever, and killing more than, if not evquivalent to, Hitler. There are "regimes" that are FAR more threatening than Saddam's. We all know Bush's real reason for going into Iraq. There are far worse threats that need to be dealed with.
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This is a very important article that all Muslims must
contemplate, not only as a world citizen, but as a
person who submits to God and practices the perfect
deen of Islam.
For too long, Muslims have complained and worried
themselves with foreign governments being the evil
unjust aggressors instead of seeing themselves as the
complacent helpers of evil, uin-Islamic governments.
Social justice must be more alligned with everyday acts
of ibaddah. Not that the idea is not a part of Islam, but
today, it is not really a part of how Islam is practiced.
May we all strive in the way of Allah's deen. Ameen.
U.S. invaded iraq because we muslims failed to liberate iraq from tyrannical rule of Saddam husein, if we would have done it, america would not have invaded Iraq under pretext of liberating.
Bin laden would have done great justice to muslim ummah if he would have launched his jehad against these corrupt unislamic regimes in our countries particularly k.s.a rather than u.s. first.
Are you saying that, it's okay for USA to invade every single contry with a different system that USA doesn't agree with?
I agree that Muslims should "NEVER" kill any inocent regardless of his or her faith that should apply to everyone NOT just Muslims.
when we start a "FALSE WAR" and kill hunderds of thousends of women and childern then we (UK & USA) should be Questioned and punished!
Eye for an eye sounds good but forgiving is GREAT however "Baby Killers" (aka.US Army) should never be able to rule Iraq. It is in every Iraqi's best interest to fight back and run their own contry withOUT pleasing USA or Isreal.
As of today we have NOT seen American government beeing honest when it comes to "Muslim part of world". United state is NOT JUST. Therefore it has NO right to invade Iraq. USA gets in a way when UN tries to help and solve any problems in the M.East? USA wants to solve it withOUT the UN or anyone's (i.e.,EU) helps for "Selfish" reasons. Muslims should not kill anyone but they shouldn't play dead either.
Your artical hmm.. for the most part it sounds more like you are NOT muslim and "Paid by the CIA" to say what you said. CIA bought few Mullah's wondering if you are one of them?!
I think we (Muslims) can see your tone and your way of trying cover up when it comes to talking about the death of thousends of Iraqi women and childerns and you are telling Muslims to calm down.
You have provided few parts from the Qura'n to make your point across but I can make a stronger case against your sayings and able to provide more information from the Qur'an in order to prove that you were/are "WRONG" for saying what you are said. In my opinion you are taking Qur'an out of contects to please YOUR boss (CIA, Mossad).
would like to hear from y
I respect Mr. Mhuathir Mohammad (Malaysia PM) on saying, we (Muslim) should make ourself strong by all means then critisize others.
We invited them to do 'so'. Like, if my home no wall-bondries then anyThing/anyOne can invade anyWay/anyTime. (May God bless us with true Islam, amin).
I think this article will help a lot of people bring back their common senses and stop all the blood shedding and lying (in order to take revenge for Daddy's assisination attempt and killing thousands of innocent civilians)
Regarding democracy, I believe the world needs an ISLAMIC DEMOCRACY. Western Democracy is turning humans into animals.
Nobody will get away with killing the innocent. They all will be subject to infinite justice.
The blood of Muslims is NOT cheap (this sentence is ONLY FOR the ZIONISTS and the morons and thugs of the WHITE HOUSE. That's we believer (Muslims, those who worship ONE TRUE PARTNERLESS GOD) believe in the Day of Judgement; that's when the infinite justice will be served, NOT IN AFGANHISTAN in 2001. How STUPID people can be!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Although installment of democratic governments in Middle Eastern countries is not the Islamic ideal, it is far better than the current situation in certain areas. We must move up the ladder towards a more tolerant government instead of making a dive for a purely Islamic one, since goals are better achieved with time and continued effort.
Muslims, wake up! Care for your brothers and sisters. We must support each other, as it is clear that no one else is on our side. Americans brag on about freedom and have gone so far as to try and instill it throughout the rest of the world, and we see the effects of that wholly in Iraq. Had Saddam Hussein's government been less greedy, cruel, and self-serving, the Iraqi people would not be going through imperialistic occupation and further torment and loss right now.
If we do not support each other now, then there is no hope for an actual Ummah in the future.
may Allah guide us
For example, my current thinking is that if I am quoting the Quran in support of my own political arguments (in written composition) then I should include, "A'uzu billahi minashaitanir rajim." I think a prime example of "harmful superstition" would be that I needn't include a request to Allah, for refuge from Satan, before quoting Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) in support of my own political arguments - simply because I happen to be presenting my arguments in writing (as opposed to audibly).
Was not the Quran revealed in the form of recitation? What then might a mind that reasons make of the instructions, within the Quran, to ask Allah for refuge from Satan before reciting from the Quran? Might not such instructions also apply to "written presentations" that include passages from the Quran - at least when intermingled with political arguments?
AMERICANS MUST RISE UP NOW TOGETHER!!!!
Put a stop to your governments agenda
Doe's the USA have any compassion for the 1000's of kids dying under your dicusting cluster bombs
No wonder there is now a movement growing in Iraq. Have you seen the way that the US soldiers just kick down peoples doors and doing as they please, freightening innocents without a second thought for the physcological, emotional and future repercusions of being thrown into a spontainious Armed Conflict. Imagine people coming into your house in such a way, how would you feel?
There is a better way, it is the way of peace, communication and putting to rest all of this needless violence.
At the moment we have the wrong people sitting at the table. They all seem to have thier own agendas which they do, in a kind of isolated sense. We need to come together all under one God
The pith of my comment is to start work at the most basic level that is our households. Our nation is our children they will do what we teach them. If we teach them Islamic ways they will follow Islamic ways. They will be the rulers of our nations following Quran and Sunnah,Insha'Allah.
May Allah give us Taufeeq to understand the basics and follow Islam in every aspect of our lives.
Thank You brother for your information and command. I believe that we can bring justice and peace. In this era medias has to play a good role to teach people, We welcome such newsletter.
Though, injustice is highly condemned in strong terms by Allah,western democracy can never be a good alternative to bring about justice world over.Justice can only better be established if we all refer back to Allah's book and the teachings of prophet muhammad(saw).This includes the Sheikhs and Kings in the Muslim countries more importantly. But not to opt for western democracy as option, rather a good look should be taken to re-establish the islamic Khilafah which is people oriented and not for just the few elite. The present scenario pays the nouvea rich only and not representative of the people, in order words, the dominant system of governance needs total over hauling especially in the Muslim states who know the evil of injustice.
May we all fight injustice.
It is the sort of mistake I could see myself making - in an effort to remember who is being held in what jail cell and so on - but Chaplain Yee is never the less an officer of America's armed services. Surely, minimum (and seemingly obvious) standards of security would need to be upheld in such a potentially volatile situation.
My prayers are with Chaplain Yousef Yee and his family. May Allah will for them to be comforted.
After seeing the US administration lied on various occasions to the AMerican people, you still believe that they intend to spread democracy? What will it take for you to change your minds, YOU CANNOT TRANSPLANT DEMOCRACY!!!!
WAKE UP OH MUSLIM UMMAH
It is a good worded article with good meaning and message to the Muslim Ummah. I pray Almighty Alllah to give us " hidayath " to do good things and to follow Quran and Sunnah through out our lives.
"to help the middle eastern countries democratize is a good objective." This statement is wrong. I agree with A Muslim comment. Democracy is not needed in the East, what is needed is the Shariah Law, the Quran and Sunnah. Democracy in the west where I live has given drugs,pornography, abortion, christians can't display the ten commandments, pray in public forums even though they are the majority, homosexuals who force their lifestyle not just down your throat but it is on all television programs, taught in public schools and wanting to get married, NAMBLA, the north american man/boy love assoc. which encourage men having sex with boys (this assoc. is legal under the 1st admendment) prositution (legal in Las Vegas "Sin City"), political system that is rigged, no-fault divorce, broken homes, women who are only sex object w/ no other value, women who think they are men and have to work as hard as a man cause democracy is capitalism and the country has to have more people to tax, a county that was stole commited genocide against the native indians & established slavery for africans for over 200 years. Does that sound like the Middle East needs any of those qualities? Remember this democracy is man-made law where the majority rule, so if the majority says it is legal for a man to marry a boy then that will be the law of the land. Man-made law doesn't have to be right just the majority. Democracy is man-made law, Shariah is divine law. What is best to rule human beings is what created them that is Allah(swt). No society is perfect, but I'll take a imperfect shariah rule over a perfect democractic rule anyday. The East is not following the Shariah so it feeling the punishment of Allah(swt)justicely so. The ummah is not following the divine law because fear of the West and greed, instead of fearing Allah(swt). We are & will pay the price for this disobedience.
Jazakum Allak Karan
he right to interfere in internal affairs of another country. Might is Never right. Great mighty Empires, like Roman.Greek, and lately British failed ultimately.
This below is very off-base.
Democracy is an EXPERIMENT.
America is a democracy.
Yet fornication, alcoholism, overt sexual dressing,
drug use, obscenities (of all kinds), disrespect
of parents and adults, a corrupt political
structure, an over-populated jail system, are ALL rampant.
So democracy is a GOOD objective?
To separate God from a political way of life?
So it's democracy that you (a Muslim) would like?
How about the DEMOCRACY of the west that
recently removed the 10 Commandments from the
Or what of the DEMOCRACY that keeps our
Muslim brethren from seeing their families
or attornies at Guantanamo Bay?
How about the DEMOCRACY that was supposed
to be even handed in choosing a President of the USA
but instead won out by financial/political influence?
How about the DEMOCRACY that was supposed
to stand on behalf of the people AGAINST WAR IN
IRAQ but instead kowtowed to the administration
(reference being to corporate media).
THIS IS THE DEMOCRATIC EXPERIENCE IN THE
WEST THAT YOU'D LIKE TO BE IMPLEMENTED
IN THE EAST REPLACING THE THEOCRATIC
LAW OF GOD AND IMPLEMENTING SECULAR
RULE ORDAINED BY SECULAR MEN WHO FOR
THE MOST PART DON'T BELIEVE IN THE MUSLIM
UMMAH OR ALLAH (SWT).
I'm truly outraged by this e-mail you've sent out.
It is a complete slap in the face towards all
Muslims hope to achieve and blaming it on
the Rulers is outrageous. Why not remove the
Rulers and implement Imams who know and
understand the Qur'an? Why do you choose
DEMOCRACY as the objective?
DEMOCRACY is a failed experiment and ONLY
the theocratic Shariah rule MUST run the land,
so it says throughout Hadith and Qur'an (to follow the Shariah and Qur'an as guidelines.... strange I don't remember hearing the word DEMOCRACY mentioned there)
without any course,muslim leader must wake to
fight such act as it gives bad name to our
dear religion islam.
Keep up with the good work
At the same time, I appreciate your call for a Just World. It is time for all Nations to most hopefully and ultimately be able to lay aside hatreds and form anew bonds and ties that create Peace on an world-wide basis.
For this to occur, however, terrorism and needless acts of violence and carnage must be eradicated.
Above all, I am a loyal and patriotic American, and am in favor of whatever our President, President George W. Bush, Jr. decides to do.
May G-d Hashem Bless Us All.
The medias ( CNN, ABC, BBC, CNBC, FOX etc) are also equivalently to be blamed for not telling the truth.Why???.
The United Nation, OIC, NAM , ICJ only listen to the masters. Thus where do we go from now.
Would it be possible to have a "printer-friendly" version?