In Memorial, Never Forget

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As we approach the anniversary of 9/11/2001, I want to leave a simple message of tribute to those who died then (on 9/11) and now, serving in the military. May God bless and comfort their families. Never forget that day, or the days that followed, when we as a nation stood hand in hand together. Not Republican and Democrat, but Americans. May we get back to that.

I have been doing a series of posts on bigotry, because some people think all Muslims think alike. Below is a letter from a Muslim, in regards to 9/11, I think its important for us all to read. It was printed in Time one year after 9/11.

As an Egyptian, I find myself compelled to apologize to the American people for what happened to them on Sept. 11. I apologize because one of those involved in that horrible disaster was Egyptian. As a man of letters, I declare myself innocent of having any part in the creation of the culture that spawned these individuals.

A long time before New York City’s Twin Towers were destroyed, many towers in my country were brought down by this same brand of perpetrators. They killed President Anwar Sadat, who initiated peace with Israel and liberalism in Egypt; they killed the Egyptian writer Farag Fouda, a defender of freedom and secularism; they stabbed our Nobel laureate, Naguib Mahfouz, when he was 82 years old, after discovering that 30 years earlier he had written a novel they considered the work of an infidel. They said they had not read the novel. Who told them it was sacrilegious? Someone living in a cave in the mountains of Afghanistan, or sitting in a London café or a mosque in New Jersey, told them so. In Egypt alone, these fundamentalists have killed more than 1,000 policemen and ordinary citizens, Christian and Muslim alike. In one of the most beautiful places on earth, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor, they slaughtered nearly 60 tourists in 1997. In Algeria their sickles endlessly harvest the souls of the poor and helpless. They have committed all these crimes with the purpose of establishing the kingdom of God on earth and have succeeded only in turning our lives into hell.

In my country, art, education and the economy have all been leveled to a ground zero. I’m convinced, though, that the problem we face is not religious but political. And so it will never be solved with a religious summit. If you hold a meeting of Muslim sheiks, Christian pastors and Jewish rabbis, they inevitably come out with blissful smiles and report that they have found their values to be mostly identical, and they are right.

Extremism may claim God as its redeemer, but it’s really the selfish product of lunacy. In America, the most free and modern nation of our time, you see it too. You saw it with Jim Jones, who told his flock in Guyana to follow him into death by drinking poisoned Kool-Aid, and you saw it when David Koresh created his own small hell in Waco, Texas.

In my part of the world, the Arab Middle East, a great tragedy results from our governments’ well-intentioned attempts to cure society of extremism through education. These leaders, however, don’t teach what they should to produce the values they want. They seek moderation and enforce piety. They seek citizens who value life, yet their school curriculum’s exalt the value of science and ignore philosophy and history and the liberal, humanistic values they embody. That is why those who excel in such a system are no less immune to the call of extremism.

Our governments assume that people need to understand Islam in its purest form to stay religiously moderate. The result is the mass production of true believers, not good citizens. Because people initially welcome the imposed piety but then gradually realize it doesn’t equip them to meet the challenges of getting through life, life becomes a morbid burden. To shake off this burden, some of them, usually young men, can’t wait for natural death and decide instead to take a short cut to heaven.

Before ascending, they must have a cause that’s canonized by their community—the greatest cause on earth, capable of justifying their sacrifice in the eyes of their kin. It’s not enough to die fighting for their country; they must be fighting for God. Once they have secured that cause, they search for a way to ennoble it in the eyes of ordinary people who do not share their holy delusion but whose admiration they crave. They know that most people respect logic and reason. So they go looking for a nationalistic cause: this is what Osama bin Laden did when he claimed the Palestinian cause as a justification for the destruction of Sept. 11.

But beneath their claims is a sadder truth: these extremists are pathologically jealous. They feel like dwarfs, which is why they search for towers and all those who tower mightily. We must admit that we failed to teach these people that life is worth living. These extremists exist now, and will exist forever, so the question before us must be, How can we defend both our lives and theirs? We in the Arab world love freedom and want the chance at a decent life. We are not different from you, as it sometimes seems. We may be just temporarily backward. Working together, our governments must decide how, with what culture and by what actions, they will combat the influence of those who hate life.

Ali Salem is a playwright and the author of several books, including “Journey into Israel.” He lives in Cairo

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Never forget my friends, never forget.  And thank you to Ali Salem and other Muslims and Arabs who have spoken out against extremism.  Thank you to all people who have sent their respects to our nation and to the families of the fallen.  Thank you to all the troops, both foreign and domestic that fight for the cause of freedom.  The troops who are volunteers, knowing that we are at war, but still raise their right hand.  Thank you to our brave fire and police personnel, who when others are running out, you are running in.  Thank you to those nations who send their young men and women to fight beside ours.

If I missed anyone, please accept my apology.  I can never say thank you enough for all those mentioned.  They are the new hero’s of our time.  All of us would do well to fashion our life like theirs.  May God bless them all.  There is one more thing I would like to say to our fine young men and women in our armed forces.  It is a little prayer I pray daily.  I would ask us all to say this little prayer.  That goes out to our Muslim soldiers as well.

May God keep you safe, never too hot, never too cold, never too hungry, never too lonely, always thankful, always enlightening, may He shield your eyes from the things that would haunt you.  May He shield your body from the enemy.  May He wrap His loving arms around you at all times. May He remind you at all times, that His love and grace is sufficient. May He heap blessings upon you and your family, and keep them from worry.  May He bless the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, and free them from al qaeda and the Taliban.  
 

We all know that freedom is never free.  I would ask my readers to go up to a veteran, a police officer, any fire personnel, any current service member of our armed forces; Buy them a cup of coffee, or dinner, or even just shake their hand.  Let them know you appreciate their service.  Remember it is because of these men and women, that you are free, safe, and live the way you do. 

We seldom think of it, but we should.  How many police and fire official’s die in the line of duty every year??  How many are retired because of injury in the line of duty??  Do you know??  Have you ever thought about it??  What about our military personel, how are their families taken care of if they die in battle??  Are they provided for??  What about their children, is there money for them to go to college??  What can we do to help?? 

These are important questions, that you should be asking.  You should be trying to assist where you can.  We get calls for this charity, and that charity, but these people never call out for help.  We are a generous nation, there are charities you could donate too that helps with the above.  Please consider donating to them.  

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Jihadist Rule On Killing Women and Children Part 3

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OK, here is a bit of nastiness from one radical Muslim to a non-radical Muslim. It is the answer to “Blessed Be Al-Qaeda” I haven’t got a clue about what some of those words mean. But I am sure you get the idea. The bad part…this guy has only been a Muslim for 3 years. Allah must be sooo proud of him.

You juhaala… you all have the mental faculties of a brick between the lot of you! The mujaahidiin are doing a great job and they don’t even need your help or blessings because they have Allaah! You bunch of juhaala faasiqiin. You revel in the filthy sunnah of the kuffaar and you think you are so righteous! What have you EVER done for islaam??? You probably all dress in kaafir clothes and listen to music and enjoy getting brainwashed by tv and have loads of kaafir friends and hardly any Muslim friends and want to believe your kaafir friends won’t see the hellfire and you probably think you can pray whenever you want and you seek knowledge from kuffaar instead of from Muslims (on every level) and you put secular education before islamic education,((pay attention, you can see his level of education )) etc. etc. etc. (wallaahu a`alam) I have seen it all before. ((Seriously this guy says he has only been a Muslim for 3 years)) i was born in the uk and used to be a kaafir! to be honest, most muslims in the uk are murji`ah and a lot of them who classify themselves as muslims are even total kuffaar anyway because they think just SAYING they are muslim is enough. they seem to think islaam is inherited through the blood and they don’t need to learn even the basics. most of the so-called muslim women in the uk either don’t cover up at all or they wear hindu type clothes with their hair partially showing or they wear extremely revealing clothes together with a head covering! this is the state of the majority of muslims around the uk…

IGNORANT and some are not even muslims at all and they consider themselves as such. many of the ignorant ones remove themselves from islaam by refusing pointblank to seek any form of islamic education (they won’t even read books) and then they make istiHlaal on things that are Haraam (ie. they say not to pray is okay and doesn’t matter, they say they can eat Haraam things and they have not even got a ta’wiil to support their claim but only words based on desire and complete lack of senses, etc.)
and you people here seem just as uneducated as these types of people i have mentioned. wallaahu a`alam! ((, be nice…))

the mujaahidiin are the BEST of our ummah and they ARE DOING something for islaam! ((yeah, they are, they are making it an enemy))
i think i know why you slander them… because you revel in your ignorance, whch causes you to actually hate islaam and only love your own false religion that you have made up for yourselves by mixing islaam with your twisted desires and the western laws and “democracy” and you call true islaam such as: backward, oppression, barbarism, outdated, etc. you are, at the very least, faasiquun! you probably fear that the mujaahidiin will spread islaam throughout the world… the real islaam, not your fake version of diin an-nafs! so this is why you curse them in your filthy ignorance and you fear them! you are like the people of abul-HaariTH al-kaththaab, if you don’t know who he is then this proves my point… you are juhaala! ((if they don’t fear them, they should ))

oh, and one more thing…

you are neither clever nor funny with your pathetic and childish rhetoric you use to curse the al-qaa’idah! ((really, I thought they were really cleaver and funny )) they are the only muslims who want to actually DO SOMETHING to create UNITY between the muslims, ((yeah, they want to kill all the Muslims that don’t think like them, then the rest will be united )) but if you bother to wake up and stop being a total jaahil then you will realise that the ONLY way muslims will unite is on HAQ NOT BAATIL!!! we will NEVER unite with filthy slanderers like the shi`ah until they give up their ways and come back to islaam, inshaa’llaah! ((create unity?? look at his last sentence again, that is his unity)) ((THAT…is al qaeda, THAT…is their Mujaheddin, THAT…is radical Islam))

and by the way, they NEVER intentionally bombed innocent civilians ((right..)), etc. the ones who did were small factions of iraaqi people who had formed a group to fight for what they wanted and they are NOT affiliated to al-qaa’idah in any way. al-qaa’idah are trying to call groups like this to either join them upon Haq and stop doing their own little thing (which either goes against islaam or interferes with al-qaa’idah’s plans or gets landed on them so they look bad), or for them to lay down their arms and give their weapons to them to use or keep them only to defend their homes and family!
yes, they did 9/11…((NO!!, your kidding me right…I had no idea))
and…
if you wasn’t such a jaahil, you would know the validity of this one off act…

the ruling on not killing women or children is about “THE BATTLEFIELD” and is TOTALLY SEPERATE FROM the ruling on doing raids! ((see that word raid??, we discussed it in “Jihadist Rule on Killing Women and Children Part 1)) ((we will cover it more below)) go and read the aHaadiiTH and fiqh of jihaad and you will see clearly that EVERY HadiiTH that mentions not killing women and children is ONLY about the BATTLEFIELD ((no, it isn’t)) and this is because the pagans used to take their families to the battle as spectators and whoever won would slay the families of the opposition((that’s news to me)). the prophet, `alayh-iS-Salaatu was-salaam, put an end to this. also, if the women and children are actually participating in the battle, then the ruling is that you CAN kill them! why? obviously, if a kid was about to shoot a rocket launcher at you and many troops next to you then what would you do? would you just let this kid kill you and expect all of the army to do the same so the other side just wins with the greatest of ease? are you so foolish? rulings are different in different situations!

wake up and don’t be so stupid!

if it was the case that you couldn’t kill women and children who are actually fighting against you then the jews, christians, pagans would only need to train armies full of women and children and then islaam would be gone! simple! so wake up and realise the truth!
then read the aHaadiiTH about doing raids!

Lets look at the definition of “Raid”….

A raid is a military tactic whereby a sudden attack is effected by a small group behind enemy lines. A raiding group may comprise of personnel specially trained in this tactic (such as commandos or guerilla fighters), regular soldiers, or any organized group of combatants. Raids have a specific purpose and are not normally intended to capture and hold terrain, but instead finish with the raiding force quickly retreating to a previous defended position prior to the enemy forces being able to respond in a co-ordinated manner or formulate a counterattack.

The purposes of a raid may include:

  • to demoralize, confuse, or exhaust an enemy ((didn’t happen, but what did happen caught them off guard))
  • to ransack or pillage a location ((also didn’t happen))
  • to obtain property or capture people ((nope, not this one either))
  • to destroy goods or other things with an economic value ((OK, this one did happen))
  • to free POWs ((not even close))
  • to kill or capture specific people ((yeah, to kill Americans, women, children, elderly, oh, and some men))
  • to gather intelligence. ((the intelligence to not underestimate the response of the U.S. when attacked, but we taught them that after the fact))

Remember in part 1,…Some Hadiths of the Prophet Muhammad forbid killing them, as in the Hadith from the compilation by Abu Daoud according to which the Prophet told Khaled Ibn Al-Walid during one of the Islamic raids, “Do not kill a woman or an oppressed person.” Also, in the compilation of Hadiths by Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, the Prophet said, “Do not kill the children [of the polytheists].” How can this guy, justify 9/11, or the multitude of murdered in Iraq?? It seems clear to me what raid means, in regards to Islams Hadith’s. And it is clear, they aren’t supposed to kill women, children or elderly. Maybe instead of yelling at people on the Internet, this guy should go back and study a little more.

i think you will be shocked if you are not prepared! ((No it appears, you will be shocked))

i would just quote them for you, but you would only call me a liar because you are so decieved by your own arrogance and lack of knowledge! ((hahaha, see above))

subHaanallaah, i have been muslim only 3 years and it seems i often know so much more about islaam than the majority of muslims who were born into muslim families! ((ya think??))
sometimes this is the fault of the parents and sometimes it is the fault of rebellious children, but it is usually always the fault of one of the following even if it does come under the aforementioned (fault of parents or just rebellious children):

a. family members who moved to the west thinking they would have better lives (VERY mistaken! it is better to live in material poverty and have great richness in iimaan and closeness to allaah than it is to have material wealth)!
b. corrupted apostates who rule over the muslim lands trying to obscure islaam from people and even preventing people from studying and/or practising islaam or parts of it!
c. evil and corrupted scholars who decieve people (often they work for governments and are paid in secret and/or granted certain rights above other people) ((EVERYBODY IS WRONG BUT ME)) ((Can’t you just see him stomping his feet up and down??))

and my true muslim brothers and sisters who may be reading this:
DO NOT SUCCOME TO THE NAME CALLING …..((kettle, meet pot))

*MUSA*

Comment by musa 06.08.07 @ 6:09 am

MY, MY, MY What a angry man, actually he sounds more like a boy, at the oldest, in his early 20’s. Not someone I would care to meet. I guess he doesn’t believe in what the Christian Bible teaches, in that you will be accountable for every idle word you speak. I often wonder what God thinks about people like this. So confused, so angry, so full of hate. Can you say “fanatic”??  Really you can’t make this stuff up.

My spell checker went nuts wanting to correct his mistakes, but it is copy/paste and I didn’t feel right about changing any of his stuff. Everything added by me are in ((double)), it will be that way on all my posts.

This kid needs people to pray for him. So friends please do that for him. Pray that God would give him peace. And show him the error of his ways, before he teaches it to others. Pray that God will show him that God is about love, not hate. Pray that this kid finds a true relationship with God, and not what some radicals have put into his mind.