Ramadan Battle of Fallujah

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In the last ten days of Ramadan any of the odd nights could be laylatul-qadr, "Night of Power and Salvation". The night when God the Merciful started to reveal His Mercy, in the form of Quran the book of guidance to Prophet Muhammad, who was sent as a Mercy to all humanity. The night when Muslims believe that God will not reject any sincere prayers, so we try to "find" it during the holy month. 

It is not possible for us to mount a month long night vigil during Ramadan praying and contemplating. Instead Muslims have evolved an easier path which is to limit our vigil to the last five odd nights of the holy month since it is also reported that lailatul qadr falls on one of these nights.

We gather to offer our nightly congregational prayers in a peaceful and affluent suburb of New York, protected by a police cruiser, a mercy bought from the county officials, prominently stationed at the entrance of our Mosque. But we are all thinking of Fallujah the "City of Mosques" because of the news reports that the much-anticipated invasion of Fallujah has finally begun. I am thinking of the terrified mothers of Fallujah and the worried military-moms all across the US. The "liberation" and "pacification" of Fallujah is going to be as transient as that of Samarra was. So why all this bloodshed? I ask myself.

We stand up to pray, shoulder to shoulder irrespective of our social status, people of different races from distant lands and diverse cultures who speak different languages in their homes. Our prayer service is led by an "American-born " teenager who has memorized the entire Quran. As we glorify God rising, bowing down and prostrating in unison we find scarce if any mercy in the world around. When I prostrate, my head touches the feet of a cabdriver who is praying in front of me. His flimsy socks have holes in them and the autumn night is chilly. I am filled with guilt about my relative affluence. As I think of the collateral damage in Fallujah the guilt trip then takes me from the realm of wealth to the realm of security and safety. The Imam concludes this round of Quranic recitation with prayers for peace and justice to reign in the world, a reign that cannot start soon enough for me, for all of us. 

Innocent civilians are beheaded in the name of religion and liberation struggle. Innocent citizens are pulverized to pieces with the most devastating weapons by armies that "soften up" entire cities from a safe distance. They are directed by politicians who dread having to deal with body counts of their soldiers but have no compunctions about the body count of the civilians living in the targeted cities.

No there is no mercy to be seen or experienced today nor truth and courage. The air we breathe is infested with lies, greed, fear, hatred, cowardice and a million other negative energies that have benumbed our senses. 

We shed tears when a pet is run over by a gas guzzling SUV but we do not notice when a hundred children are blown to bits by suicide bombs and by air to surface missiles.

We do not care if we are misled into war nor when the dictators we support in Uzbekistan and Tunisia boil the dissidents alive. We help these tyrants come to power and stay in power because they serve the interests, just as we the consumers do, of our military-industrial establishment. We do not want to know of the fate of hundreds of thousands who are killed and raped by these dictators and of the millions living who fare only slightly better. We choose to ignore the consequences of occupation that our allies have imposed on fellow humans. We do not think of long term effects of sustained persecution and despair on human psychology. We are rudely jolted into noticing these effects only when they start to manifest as suicide bombers. 

But even these awakenings do not last long. We are lullabied back to our slumber by repeated hypnotic incantations that suicide bombers are born into and brought up by their religion. We do not care to use the same analytical prowess to examine the causes of terrorism that we use to predict our favorite team's or our most valuable stock's performance. We do not ask ourselves what is the commonality between the biblical Sampson, the kamikazes from Japan, the Hindu suicide bombers from Sri Lanka and the Muslim suicide bombers of the Middle East? If we do then we will certainly find out that it is neither religion nor economy. It is despair and anger and at times it is a tactical response in an asymmetrical war. 

We are awaken from our stupor to take notice only if and when one of these self-aggrandizing dictators gets too carried away by his delusion of power and starts to defy our military industrial establishment. We are kept awake only long enough for us to give our manufactured consent to send our young men and young women from the inner cities to "free" the long forgotten but now suddenly remembered masses in distant lands. In our twilight state of consciousness, between ostentation and sudden wakefulness, we are too confused to ask if it is really a noble mission that we are going to engage in then why not send the cream of our society to win the laurels and fame? 

The drowsy state of our minds robs us of the competence to analyze the effect of an asymmetrical war, fought from a safe distance and with overwhelming military superiority that creates more civilian casualties and more anger and hence more suicide bombers and more butchers of human lambs. 

Similarly, the anguished cries of the victims of these angry hijackers of our faith do not penetrate our consciousness that has gone into a state of permanent denial.

So while the Imam is praying for Peace and Justice, I will pray for pain. A deep, piercing and constant moral pain that we all must feel and that which cannot be dulled by consumerist anesthesia. That alone can awaken us sufficiently enough and long enough to strive to break the cycle of violence, hatred and more violence. Only then can we redeem our religion from those who have hijacked it. Only then can we have the capacity to hold our governments accountable, a prerequisite of having a truly functional democracy. Only then can Justice and Peace begin to reign.

Dr. Shaik Ubaid is the president of Indian Muslim Council-USA, an advocacy group that promotes pluralism in India and the US.


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Older Comments:
OSAMA FROM USA said:
A very enlightening piece of literature.
2005-03-14

ASLAM FROM INDIA said:
Dear Dr. your inspiration into the hearts of the muslims around the world will deffinitely provoke them atleast to make dua in favour of the Iraqi muslim civilians. May Allah give them relief from the christian/Jewish devils. Aameen.
Dear Dr. I want to pass a comment to Islamicity.com but i donot know their email address so iam writng here. Its regarding the Zakatul fitr which written 5.5 pounds but as far as my knowledge its 2.5 pounds of grains what we eat. pls pass it the islamicity.com. thanku.
2004-11-18

SHAH FROM ASIA said:
THIS IS THE RESULT OF ALL MUSLIMS ATTITUTES TOWARDS OTHERS MUSLIMS BROTHERSHOOD.ISLAM TEACHING IS ONLY BY YOUR WORD BUT ON THINGKING AND NO BRAIN.WHY MUSLIMS BROTHERS/SISTERS WHO IS RICHES KEEPING THIER WEALTY/MONEY/ASSET IN COUNTRY THAT KILLING OTHERS MUSLIMS ( EG.iraq war ).I AM VERY SAD TO SEE ARAB PEOPLE KILLING OTHERS ARABS BROTHERS/SIS.WHY ! WHY !.YOU ARE IN US(USA GOV.) WHY !, YOU WANT TO KILL OTHERS.
2004-11-18

MAY FROM CANADA said:
I couldn't agree more with the good doctor's observation that there are those that have hijacked our religion. This gentleman has succinctly stated the facts.
2004-11-16

AYESHA FROM USA said:
I think the author is correct in praying for "pain" since without suffering we humans would not understand, begin to contempate or be motivated to make changes in status quo (and injustice) dealt to others. No matter at what level, we can all endevour to make the world a better place for all of mankind (especially with an emphasis on cessation of violence).
2004-11-16

HANS FROM UK said:
As usual deluded patrick goes on about "freedom and democracy." This coming from a citizen of a country which is the greatest enemy of freedom.
Who wants the "freedom" of liars, murderers, rapists and war criminals ?
Nobody with an IQ above room temperature buys your lies pat, if democratic governments came to power in the Middle East, every dictatorship you've built and supported would be history, not to mention the end of American terrorism in the region.
2004-11-15

MOHAMMED YOUSUF FROM USA said:
What is surprising is the Arab and Muslim (Sunni) leaders ambivalence over the massacre in Fallujah. This of course, they are doing at the behest of Washington. (News reports said the US State Department sent a secret message to a number of Arab/Muslim officials warning against slamming the massive offensive. Except for a group of 26 Saudi ulema calling this latest assault in Falluja a "crusade" and calling on for an answer to this with jihad, the Arab/Muslim leader's response to the Fallujah massacre seems muted.

The Shiite "dubious" silence over the massacre or its military wing, the Badr Brigades fighting alongside US forces in Sunni city of Fallujah, is not surprising. For political reasons, they will do anything - even at the expanse of "the skulls of Sunni Iraqis". Moreover, it should not surpirize anyone that their Grand Ayatollahas are also silent and may have given tacit support or blessings.

According to news reports, there is "the overall sense that people are not paying that close attention to the fighting". Media blackout, the banning of Al-Jazeera satellite channel and subjective embedded journalists are playing well into the hands of the US military. Meanwhile, the massacre continues undeterred.
Shame on you the leadership of the Muslim world. Shame on you!




2004-11-13

PATRICK FROM U.S.A.! said:

Sounds really terrific. Have you given any thought to
the hundreds, if not thousands of terrorists and saddam
faithful, who don't want a free and democratic Iraq?
Might be something else to ask yourself. Although, I'm
sure you have no intention of facing that reality.
2004-11-13

SHAMIM A RAHMAN FROM UNITED STATES said:
Very much summarizes how I feel.
2004-11-13

MARY SHEPARD FROM USA said:
I for one am far from numb and indifferent...the author may be on a guilt trip for insulating himself against the horrors of this war, but to use the collective "we" was presumptuous to say the least. A far more positive and hopeful article, especially for Eid, would have been as better choice.
2004-11-13

MOHAMED TASLIM FROM EAST JAVA said:
ALLAHUMMA saleem ikhwanana fiil falujjah
ALLAHUMMA saleem ikhwanana fiil falujjah
ALLAHUMMA saleem ikhwanana fiil falujjah
ninal kafir assalibiyah

for every moslem reading qunut nazillah in your fajr sholat

2004-11-13

NAJWAH KHANBEY FROM USA said:
As salaamu alaikum,
This is an excellent article. May Allah have mercy on us all. Truly, mankind is in a terrible state indeed. Oh Allah, have mercy on us! Ameen
2004-11-12

KHALID A. ISLAM FROM UNITED STATES OF AMERICA said:
With all due respect, the author starts his
piece with statements about the Night Of
Power and ends with a personal prayer for
pain in order to wake up minds that are
sleeping. Wake up minds that can begin
making gov'ts acccounatble and stop the war
in Iraq. There also seemed a bias against
praying behind an "American Born" teenager
in his statements too. I think the author
missed the opportunity and is off track in his
basic foundation. Here it is in the Blessed
Month of Ramadan and he boldly annouces
he going to pray for pain? That's not the way of
our Prophet! Besides... Is'nt there enough pain
in the world already? No we should pray for
peace, for mercy, for forgiveness, for
guidance, for understanding, for more faith, for
good leaders, to lead the world to have peace
on earth. No more pain, Please! Khalid
2004-11-12

FARZANA RAZVI FROM USA said:
Beautifully written.Should be sent to NY times,Washington post,Chicago tribune and Los Angeles times.I wish more people can write along these lines to show the suffering on both sides.May Allah save us all from the ills that are so rampant in this day and age.Muslims need to come to terms with what is right and what is wrong and let the world know where we stand on all these issues.Religious Right is taking over in America and life is going to be very different for people of other faiths from here on.Let's get involved as Muslims, in the fabric of this country to better it and consequently nations around the world.
2004-11-12

DINO DEMARS FROM YEMEN said:
Rehan writes: How can the solution be democracy? Everywhere in the world where there is democracy, the minorities are oppressed.

Wow. That statement is so ridiculous that I probably shouldn't even respond to it. But I will...

The easiest way to gauge 'the best' system of governance is by market forces. In other words, how do people vote with their feet. With that in mind, do a little research on the numbers of people leaving the Middle East and ending up in a Democracy versus people leaving a Democracy to live in any other kind of country. Even in a post-911 world, you'll still find that way more people go to the US from the Middle East than the other way around,and this is without considering those going to Canada, Europe, Australia, etc.

Feel free to mention a Muslim nation that doesn't oppress its minorities. Bonus points if you can name one in the Middle East.

I notice that you yourself have voted with your feet, and are a resident of the USA.
2004-11-12

ANWAR ARNOLD FROM SOUTH AFRICA said:
Democracy that is exported from America is only a bussiness policy.Collateral damages is murder.Use the correct terms so that you feel the pain.
2004-11-12

JAKE FROM UK said:
Mark you're sadly mistaken. The terrorists in Iraq are the American invaders and their CIA puppet Alawi and co.
I can see why your students believe lies, because its convinient and you're the aggressors in this conflict. Its as simple as that.
Get over yourself and realize that Iraqi people dont want your grunts in their country. Is that really so difficult too understand. Or are you all stupid beyond measure ?
2004-11-12

HANS FROM UK said:
Wrong "K," quit blaming shadows and take responsiblity for your terrorism against the people of Iraq.
Whos bombing hospitals and Mosques ?! Who killed over 100000 Iraqi men, woman and children ?! Who fabricated the lies in favor of attacking Iraq ?!
You damned hypocrites have blood on your hands and may you rot in the lowest craters of hell for it.
2004-11-12

MOHYUDDIN FROM USA said:
Ameen, my brother. I am in complete agreement with you.
2004-11-12

FAWZIA FROM US said:
Thank you! I feel the pain. I saw injured US soldier on 60 minute. The pain of mothers seeing their sons without limbs. They can't afford to be their sons because they dont have money to spend on travels and hotels. I wonder about the mothers in Iraq, since we don't see on TV here. God help us.
2004-11-12

HAMEED FROM INDIA said:
My prayers are with the innocent civilians of Iraq and Falluja in particular. Oppression is againt the values islam teaches us. So let the Mothers of pray to Allah and insha Allah the prayers of the Oppressed will never be rejected by Allah. We have seen SUPER POWER crumble like cookies in the past. And it was not the last, many more will happen, if Allah wills. May Allah guide us muslim away from the Hellfire this ramadhan. Millions of muslim all over the world pray for the people of Iraq and i am sure Allah will accept of duas. And for people like BOB, only Allah can bring hidaya to their hearts. It is a pity we see such individuals even in this modern world.
2004-11-12

K said:
Yes, muslims should be angry that their faith has been hijacked by islamic fundamentalist terrorists, but unfortunately prayers alone will not stop the terrorists.

If you really want to stop this maddness, then suck it up and stand with those who are fighting your fight for you! If the so-called peaceful muslims stood shoulder to shoulder with th U.S. and others fighting terrorism, it would be vanquished from the earth. Then all Jews, Muslims and Christians could live in PEACE. It is your silence and hatered for non-muslims that keeps violent extremists going. Or perhaps secretly in your heart you approve of it. TAKE A STAND!
2004-11-11

REHAN FROM USA said:
How can the solution be democracy? Everywhere in the world where there is democracy, the minorities are oppressed. The true solution that a Muslim should be calling for is the movement to establish a khalifah and Islam the way that the Prophet (pbuh) did. Islam is the answer in all parts of society, not just in your personal part.
2004-11-11

AA FROM USA said:
I am truly saddened by all what is going on. My prayers are with the innocent civilians in Fallujah and in Iraq. I pray that Muslims had enough strength that they would be able to uproot their government dictators and find their peace of mind. Only the Iraqi people can liberate themself of dictators. The UN needs to step in and conduct the forthcoming free elections that have been promised to the people of Iraq. I pray that the promises of free election are honoured.
2004-11-11

FAIYAZ MUHAMMED PASHA FROM INDIA said:
But, how long will this anguish last?

The military-industrial establishment is not responsible for what is happening. We are ourselves responsible for this. We have broken our covenants, we have disegarded our responsiblities, we are into multifarious schisms. The love for the material benefits of this world has hijacked us from our true calling. Our striving each and every day ought to be for the hereafter,which is nothing but sacrifices and hard work. Work for us ought to be worship which is obedience of Allah,in every aspect, every day and night of our lives. Truely, that is our calling. Whereas we work day in day out for our and our children,s material benefits in this world and this takes us away from our covenent with Allah and when we break the covenent, the wrath of Allah becomes merciless and this is reflected in the misery our people suffer from our own hands and from that of the others. Has not Allah destroyed mercillessly previous generations? Has he not promised such annihilations to the present and future generations? Is this all not written very explicitly? The Al-
Quraan Al-Hakim is sure witness of this. So, remorse alone is not enough. Blaming others is no solution. May be all this is designed to drive us back to our solemn duties. Better late than never. Get togther. Please Allah and not anyone else. Work, live and die for his pleasure. We are but his slaves. Are not Muslims slaves of Allah? Then, whom are we trying to please? The tastebuds of our pilates, the craving of our physical organs - the eyes, the ears and the skin? A luxurious home, fine beds and linens, sleek sedans? Come on, realsie this. All these are not for us. Realise this, Food or Rizq for us is not our reponsibility. This Allah has promised for us. Has he not? or we dont believe in his promise? we are made, we are created for some other purpose, not to earn our livlihood. We are created to lead others in every sphere? But then, where are w
2004-11-11

NASR NANCE FROM USA said:
As-salam'alaikum! WOW!!!!!!!! What a tremendously well written article!!!! I literally mean WOW!!!!! I agree. I was talking to brother from Palestine the other day and iwas telling him that I was watching the news and a camera was taping everyday life in Palestine. All of a sudden boms and guns just start going off. I was terrified. I try to read up on what's going on around the world to give my self some form of consciousness, but as itold him, I would never be able to know what they are going through, and although I say Alhamdulillah, I too am grieved that the majority of us, including myself lack the true grief that should be felt in the depths of our hearts when we hear of ALL (to muslims and non-muslims) tragedies. So I asked myself after reading this article, should I pray for "hurt". My first thought is yes! Of course! But I wondered if there was a way that Allah(SWA0 could grant us understanding standing and concern without the hurt. I'm not saying my conclusion was corretc but I concurred with the other. Well done brother. Jazakallh Khairun
2004-11-11

MARK FROM USA said:
A well written article. I hope that people of other nations realize that American and Iraqi troops have in their intent to free the innocent civilians from tyranny and to secure for them the blessings of liberty. The American people want their sons and daugthers home as soon as the people of Iraq are secure and can rule themselves without the threat of another Saddam.
As an instructor who teaches about Islam, it is hard for my students to believe that Islam, as Christianity, is based on love and respect when beheadings are common place. We know, as in any religion, there are those who claim to be believers who aren't.
2004-11-11

USMAN FROM UNITED STATES said:
Masha'allah, brother Shaik has brought to light the undeniable hypocrisy of nations and the ignorance of people. What he did is something we all need to do every once in a while. Stopping and Reflecting! We pray Taraweeh all month, beg for Allahs mercy, forgiveness, savior from the hellfire, and peace and justice to rain over the world. And Allah out of his mercy grants us all this yet we still fall back into sin and the worlds injustices and suffering continues. We fail to stop and reflect the number 1 root cause behind this. To find that cause my recommendation is to look in the mirror. That face you see is that of one who has hijacked his religion. We are responsible. As our deeds go up, Allahs decisions come down. With this in mind, can we honestly expect anything else than todays world situation? I pray that Allah makes truth clear from falsehood and makes us a source of speading truth and fighting falsehood.
Ramadan and Eid Mubarak to everyone.
Wasalaamualikum
2004-11-11

ZAHEB AHMED FROM USA/PAKISTAN/UAE said:
Salaamz. I agree with most things, except some slightly apologetic ones. Mashallah parts of what Dr Obaid has written, I feel like I am saying them.
JazakALLAH!
I pray for us Muslims to come out of our slumber and to deepen our emaan and to be united. ameen.
2004-11-11

AHMAD FROM USA said:
I share the same feeling and conserns with the author.
2004-11-11

KEVIN THOMPSON FROM USA said:
It is a logical fallacy to say that "no mercy to be seen or experienced today nor truth and courage." I agree that there are many bad things in this world that must change. Yet, it is wrong to say no truth, mercy or courage is experienced today. Aren't these virtues defined by the author? So, can you say that this special time of prayer will bring mercy, truth, and courage?
2004-11-11

B. HANIFAH FROM USA said:
Excellent! Well said. May Allah help us all.
2004-11-11

MOHAMMAD QASEM FROM USA said:
We all pray to God Almighty that GW Bush and all his conservative friends go to HELL. We all pray that from this fruitfull land of the USA God will destroy the hatefull hearts of the neo-conservatives and the new born ones. We all pray for a president who was not A C- student in brain's ability.
Ameen
2004-11-11

A.KHAN FROM CANADA said:
Hey Bob, watching Muslims cutting off heads is pretty hard to stomach but so is watching your good ole boys shredding unarmed Iraqis with powerful AC130 gunship and then laughing about it.
During the election I saw an American woman who lives in Canada and voted for Bush,she made the comment that 100,000 of them (meaning the Iraqis) had died but it was worth it.Now Bob,imagine if was reversed and 100,000 Americans had died and a Muslim had made the comment, How would you feel?
Doesn't it seem like the Pot is calling the Kettle black.This is the reason the Bin Laden
said that "Americans see their blood as blood and Muslim blood as water"
I once heard a story of a Big Bully who told a little guy "if we fight I will surely kill you and the little guy replied "sure but when I am finished with you, you will be crippled for life"
Sure seems like Bin Laden has got the US sucked into the real life version of this story.

May Allah help the Muslim Ummah to unite against all aggression.Ameen
2004-11-11

DAVID FROM USA said:
one day thousands of years ago we were all related, loving one another as brethren. Now we are as divided as the land we all live on and our only differance is our langauge. Im a muslim but yesterday i was a christian, Im the same person I just changed myself. If i can change and you can change we will be brethren again. First thing first once we realize that its Allah's job to hand out punishment then these wars would end. We as a people not as a country must rise up to give back from politics what belongs to Allah and that being ourselves. If we realize that we all must go back to where we came from (Allah) then we will not look to rule others lives. It is not up to us to kill nations to hate another are to rule over a people. It all belongs to Allah. In Fallujah we have a greater of two evils. People being forced into war by none religious politicians. And a place(Fallujah) filled with an ignorance that is beyond any primate. The glorious Koran or the Bible states nothing of aggretion against another as being lawfull or that beheadings is the answer to worldly problems. We are one all must go back to Allah all must return to him, give to your politician whats theres, give to your dictator whats theres, but give to Allah whats Allah's (everything is Allah's).
2004-11-10

YAHYA BERGUM FROM USA said:
Sorry but I would imagine that Allah subhanahu wa ta'ala might permit peace-seeking Islamists to be rescued from the fedayeen even during Ramadan by basically anyone. Regardless of what I might imagine basically anyone involved would seem likely to find out soon enough.

I had been hoping that the people of Iraq would decide to provide a home for honorable fighters with nowhere else to go. It now appears that those sort of fighters (the ones worth having) are likely to have the best home anyway.

Boycott whatever elections you wish to boycott. My guess is that anyone who calls for such a boycott would even wish that there were no elections to boycott. Insha'Allah the choice would still be yours to make. And peace.
2004-11-10

MAHAMOUD FROM DENMARK said:
asalam aleikum..
ohh that was a nice article..
and your points was nice 2..
i don`t know if i should say this but next time start with BISMILLAH RAHMANIRAHIM.... SORRY
2004-11-10

RAZ_MAN FROM MALAYSIA said:
Shall I begin to say that everything that takes place on earth and in the heavens is with Allah's Will and izin.Todays' islam is [to our much disappointment] is in practice "Form" only and little "substance".I take it that the sufferings of our muslim brothers/sisters are reminders for us to have the political will to adopt Allah's Will and the Prophet Muhammad's Shariah. Enough said, lets hear what others are saying.
2004-11-10

MUHAMMAD AMIR ASIF FROM PAKISTAN said:
This is something that we all must realize as Muslims.
2004-11-10

AKA FROM NIGERIQA said:
well,USA army are killing civillians in the month of ramadan without any thought of how the revenge my look like in the future.they tend to have forgoten the lesson they are suppose to have learnt from september 11,that no nation can attck any one with impunity.their would always be a revenege in the nearest future.they should watch out 4 that b'cos it's inevitable
2004-11-10

MUHAMMAD KHALIL AHMAD FROM AUSTRALIA said:
There is no rationale whatsoever in the invasion of Falluja. The attack on Falluja is basically to expresses schadenfreude at the Iraqis and get even with them... However, since we are in the holy month of Ramadan, we would like to say here that such an aggression against the innocents will not be accepted by God, and that there is another superpower up there that is monitoring the developments.

2004-11-10

YAHYA BERGUM FROM USA said:
The author has regrets. The author expresses gratitude.

The author doesn't like tyrants who boil dissidents alive. The author refers to "our military industrial establishment" twice. The author refers to overwhelming military superiority. The author seems critical of relying on the arrogance of dictators in starting the wars which undo them.

The author refers to hijackers of our faith. The author wants to see a cycle of violence broken. The author doesn't seem to have confidence in war or at least perhaps as war is currently waged. The author seems to be hoping that on the Night of Power the Muslim might be awakend from some kind of slumber.

Should we be striving for peace with justice or simply preventing anyone the hijackers don't like from bringing it? I pray that regardless of whose side anyone is on they would not be endangered by the manner in which they choose to submit to Allah unless they themselves would choose to be endangered as part of their submission to Allah.

May Allah preserve or receive combatants and non-combatants in Fallujah. All of them. And the surrounding areas. All of them. Ameen.
2004-11-10

AHMED FROM UK said:
Its apparent to me that bob did not read the article. The man is daft and ignorant, his indifference is beneath contempt.
That being said, the aggressors will burn in hell for their transgressions against the people of Iraq, and no amount of lies and deceit will ever change that.
2004-11-10

HANS FROM UK said:
The only "sub-human" here is you bob, and those who share your backward and false ideology of empire and armageddon. How dare you cry wolf when its clear who is the terrorist and who is the victim. You people are WAR CRIMINALS who are be responsible for the deaths of over 100000 Iraqi men, woman and children. Apparently Americans like you are only interested in highlighting your suffering which pales in comparison to the terrorism you've inflicted. FACTS and FIGURES are irrelevent to sub-humans like you, so spare us your phony platitudes.
Nobody buys your petty lies. It is indeed a big world, one where Americans are isolated and rightly hated for their crimes against humanity.
May God Almighty protect the heroic people of Fallujah against the evil murderous invaders.
2004-11-10

MARYAM FROM SPAIN said:
During these deeply troubled times of anger, injustice, with devastation and lack of understanding between nations and faiths, where incredibly it seems that the souls can't see each other, I came to become muslim. El-Hamdullillah. I embraced this Book that I craddle like my own child and felt that I was going to become muslim when a big part of the world would hate and despise Islam. Maybe this choice means right now my personal yihad. If it's so, I live it with all my veins, heart, soul, mind and body. I am happy at last, knowing, feeling and perceiving the Truth. I have cried too much for the sake of those who try to kill the real mission of Islam, be them arabs or not. But I must think of the people who have died, the children and the eldest. Of any faith and no faith, I only can pray in silence, I would like to be in Iraq, and not here, would love to be in Mekka, and not here. But Allah knows why this happens, why that doesn't. Shukran ya rabbina. Islam is what is left for us in this chaotic world. Ramadan moubarak.
2004-11-10

ABDUL FROM US said:
We feel very sad , but we must not forget them and must not stop praying for muslims.
What a great country? Ha Ha.. Ambassador Negroponte in Bagdad hosts Iftaar and praise the muslims, Bush offers Ramadan greetings from White House ! (SWEET TALK)
While their army is killing and terrorising innocent civilians (mostly women and children), that in last ten days of Ramadan and near the Eid-ul-FITR.
They talk about the freedom and liberty in Middle-East? What is this then with Iraqis and Palestinians? ALLAH (GOD) is watching and knows the BEST.
May ALLAH give strength to muslims and give VICTORY.

2004-11-10

MUHAMMAD SAAD SHAMIM FROM USA said:
I agree, it is us who are bringing ruin upon ourselves and the muslim ummah
2004-11-09

BOB FROM USA said:
The pain and suffering will stop when Muslims stop supporting and turning their backs on the sub-human behavior of the radical muslims.

Terrorism cannot function without state support.


I am afraid....Very afraid of where we are heading with the conflicts that have going on involving radical muslims throughout the world..

This is a large planet....WE should all be able to live peacefully.........

What happened in Russia in that school was terrible....

Simply terrible.......And am sure the russian govt was guilty of committing atrocities, as well as infringing upon the civil rights of others..

But, two rights don't make a wrong....

It must end...............Somebody must take the initutive..................


Before it is too late........I hope and pray that the world can get along with its neighbor..



2004-11-09