The following information has been compiled by John Kirch
Fortunately, not all Christians follow George W. Bush's state-run religion
of total and absolute allegiance to him and the American flag. The
catholic group, Pax Christi, recently wrote in an official statement,
"We pray for the people of Afghanistan, as well as all people who, through no
choice of their own, will find themselves caught between those who would use
terror to destroy us, and our own nation that chooses to use terror to
Author, Kaukab Siddique, states bluntly what most practicing Muslims
have thought for years, yet only a few learned scholars have dared to
The British and U.S. warlords are preparing to enslave the Muslim world.
They are willing only to tolerate Muslims who are
tame-tailwaggers and bootlickers.
So just because you are allowed to pray and fast does not
mean that the power structure is not out to destroy you across the world.
Most recently, Dr. Siddique asks "How will Pakistan respond?":
The Zionists and Imperialists can never defeat Islam, inshallah. This is
not the era of Turkey's Mustafa Kamal Ataturk who forced his nation to
wear hats and trousers and brutally removed the hijab and fez of the
Turkish Muslims leaving them as bastardized Europeans. This is the era of
jihad in all those lands which have Muslim majorities.
Will the Pakistani people move against
Musharraf or will his mercenary forces successfully silence the people?
Observers say that the success of Islam in Pakistan could be decisive in the
struggle. If the Pakistani people observe the destruction of fraternal
Afghanistan in silence, their own fate will be enslavement by Imperialism,
Zionism and Brahminism.
Some years ago, long before September 11, 2001, one of North America's
most renowned and knowledgeable scholars of Islam delivered a lecture
on the crusader mentality, i.e. why Islam is still the most hated and
despised religion amongst the non-Muslim West. AlHamdulillah, this
lecturer is a great asset to our Ummah since he is well-read in matters
of non-Muslim history and philosophy.
Will Pakistan become another Turkey, cut off from its Islamic roots and
ruled by people who keep dogs in their homes? Will the dream of Iqbal, the
vision of Maudoodi, come to nothing?
Pakistan police are gathering in the streets to try and crush
demonstrations by Islamic movements.
It should be quite clear and evident from this small, transcribed
portion of his lecture why Bush's war is, in fact, a war on Islam
and not a war on "terrorism" as he claims:
He [John Esposito] tries to describe the Islamic fundamentalists, as he says,
under a title of one of his articles called, "The Ideological World View of
Islamic Activists." And he says the following, and I quote:
The following beliefs provide the ideological framework for Islamic organizations.
- Islam is a total way of life, therefore religion is integral to politics, state,
- The political, military, and economic weakness of Muslims is due to having
strayed from Islam and followed Western secular materialistic ideologies and
values. Both Western nationalism and Marxist socialism have failed because they
are antithetical to Islam.
- Islam is founded in guidance of the Qur'an, the practice of the Prophet,
and in the example of the early Islamic community/state provides the true alternative
ideology for Muslim life.
- Therefore Muslims must reestablish God's rule, the kingdom of God on earth, by
re-instituting Islamic law, the blueprint for society.
- The method for the renewal and reform of Muslim society is an Islamic political
and social revolution like that of Prophet Muhammad and later 18th century Islamic
movements [he's referring to
ibn Abd-ul-Wahhab here] which brings about an Islamic
system of government and law.
- The new Islamic order does not reject science and technology, however,
modernization is subordinate to Islam in order to guard against the Westernization
and secularization of Muslim society.
- The process of Islamization requires organizations of society built around
dynamic nuclei of committed and trained believers, who call on all to repent and
turn to Allah's path, and who are prepared when necessary to fight against
corruption and social injustice.
And then he goes on to describe the most radical of these fundamentalists. And
- They have a crusader mentality, neo-colonial ambitions, and the power of Zionism
have resulted in a Western Judeo-Christian conspiracy, which pits the West against
- Since legitimacy of Muslim governments is based on the Shari`ah, governments
such as Anwar Sadat's Egypt, which does not follow the Shari`ah, are illegitimate.
Those who are responsible for such an atheist state are guilty of unbelief and are
as such, lawful objects of Jihad.
And then he goes on to talk about Jihad against the unbelievers. And that Christians
and Jews are to be considered unbelievers rather than People of the Book, and a few
So this is who he calls the fundamentalists. And I would think that most people,
who attribute themselves to religiosity in this area would find themselves following
in these characteristics that he has. And, at the same time, current policy
looks at exterminating those. They say the argument now in the West is that,
"We have no problem with Muslims as a religion, Muslims as a culture, but what
we have a problem with is those fundamentalists," which are described in those
beliefs, which I summarized. And, most of us would see that those beliefs are
probably true beliefs.
So, therefore they say to us, as a preeminent writer in
the United Kingdom,
Montgomery Watt, who is one of the preeminent Orientalists of this century,
in a book entitled, I guess, Islam in the West or Muslim-Christian
Encounters -- he has a section called "The Demands made upon Muslims." And,
in that section, he tells, that in order for Muslims to live in this world, they
must do a certain number of things. What are those things? He says,
For Muslims also, if they are to live alongside other religions, it will be
necessary to abandon their exclusivism. This means admitting, that even if
Islam has all the truth required by the whole human race until the end of time,
there may be complimentary ways of expressing this truth. It would also appear
[he says] that Muslims would have to reinterpret their conception of the
finality of Islam, and that Muhammad is the Last Prophet. This last point
presupposes that there has been a series of pure and perfect revelations from
God, but this is not borne out by what we know of the history of religion.
It would seem that Muslims [he says] would have to admit that religions like
Hinduism and Buddhism also received something from Allah, but not in the form
resembling that of the revelation to Muhammad.
Then he says in respect of Muslim-Christian relations:
It is essential that Muslims accept the historicity of the Bible, and reject
the doctrine of its corruption.
In other words, what is he trying to say? He says that we must forsake,
in order to live in the world -- Muslims must forsake the belief that Islam
is the only true religion. You must believe that there are other ways to
go to Paradise. 2) The belief that Muhammad (sollahu `alayhi wa sallam)
is the Final Prophet. You must forsake this belief also. Also, we must
accept the previous scriptures as being true and uncorrupted in order for
us to live in the world. Likewise we must forsake our beliefs concerning
al-wala' wal-bara' and also Jihad in the path of Allah. And also,
we must forsake many practices in our religion. Other writers have required
us, that we have to adopt secularism, and also other writers have said that
we must redefine the role of women in our society as I might have eluded to
somewhat in yesterday's lecture about feminism and Islam.
This is what is required for us in order to live in the world, they say.
And so, therefore current Western perceptions toward Islam try to define
Muslims into two camps: a cultural Islam, or a historical Islam, where
Muslims, which they will tolerate in the world, if they give up these
certain beliefs, if they redefine the religion in order to fit in within
the Global Village. And, those who want to adhere to the true teachings
of Islam, the original beliefs of the Muslims, they are to be labeled
as fundamentalists and terrorists, and then they decide to deal with them
in whatever manner they want. And, I guess we have seen many examples in
terms of the repression of Muslims within their own countries and outside
The point here is that, in other words, the choice given to us is that,
either we change our religion, or that we are forced to not live in this
If you are not Muslim, you may misunderstand the excerpt above and believe that
Jihad = terrorism, and that the "true teachings of Islam" condone, or
call for, terrorist acts like that of September 11, 2001. This is not
what Islam is about. Jihad can mean many things: a woman dying while
giving birth to her child, getting up early for the pre-dawn prayer, working
on maintaining good relations with your parents, but it can never mean
killing innocent, non-combatant civilians. Jihad can never be a war of
aggression like those in Vietnam, Grenada, the Gulf War, etc. When applied to
warfare, Jihad can only be a war of defense, such as protecting one's
borders from militant invaders.
The best thing you can do if you are confused, is to educate yourself about