Monthly Archives: November 2010

Blame it on the Muslims, naturally.

On the authority of Thawbaan , the Prophet said:
“The People will soon summon one another to attack you as people when eating invite others to share their food.” Someone asked, “Will that be because of our small numbers at that time?” He replied, “No, you will be numerous at that time: but you will be froth and scum like that carried down by a torrent (of water), and Allah will take the fear of you from the breasts (hearts) of your enemy and cast al-wahn into your hearts.” Someone asked, “O Messenger of Allah, what is al-wahn?” He replied, “Love of the world and dislike of death.”
[An authentic hadith recorded by Abu Dawud and Ahmad]

 

War is profitable

Defense Budget Increases

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961


Public Papers of the Presidents, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1960, p. 1035- 1040

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.

My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.

In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.

II.

We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

III.

Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.

Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology — global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger is poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle — with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. A huge increase in newer elements of our defense; development of unrealistic programs to cure every ill in agriculture; a dramatic expansion in basic and applied research — these and many other possibilities, each possibly promising in itself, may be suggested as the only way to the road we wish to travel.

But each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs — balance between the private and the public economy, balance between cost and hoped for advantage — balance between the clearly necessary and the comfortably desirable; balance between our essential requirements as a nation and the duties imposed by the nation upon the individual; balance between actions of the moment and the national welfare of the future. Good judgment seeks balance and progress; lack of it eventually finds imbalance and frustration.

The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have, in the main, understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of stress and threat. But threats, new in kind or degree, constantly arise. I mention two only.

IV.

A vital element in keeping the peace is our military establishment. Our arms must be mighty, ready for instant action, so that no potential aggressor may be tempted to risk his own destruction.

Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime, or indeed by the fighting men of World War II or Korea.

Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and as required, make swords as well. But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present

  • and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientifictechnological elite.

It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system — ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society.

V.

Another factor in maintaining balance involves the element of time. As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow.

VI.

Down the long lane of the history yet to be written America knows that this world of ours, ever growing smaller, must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.

Such a confederation must be one of equals. The weakest must come to the conference table with the same confidence as do we, protected as we are by our moral, economic, and military strength. That table, though scarred by many past frustrations, cannot be abandoned for the certain agony of the battlefield.

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war — as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years — I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Happily, I can say that war has been avoided. Steady progress toward our ultimate goal has been made. But, so much remains to be done. As a private citizen, I shall never cease to do what little I can to help the world advance along that road.

VII.

So — in this my last good night to you as your President — I thank you for the many opportunities you have given me for public service in war and peace. I trust that in that service you find some things worthy; as for the rest of it, I know you will find ways to improve performance in the future.

You and I — my fellow citizens — need to be strong in our faith that all nations, under God, will reach the goal of peace with justice. May we be ever unswerving in devotion to principle, confident but humble with power, diligent in pursuit of the Nation’s great goals.

To all the peoples of the world, I once more give expression to America’s prayerful and continuing aspiration:

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love.

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The USA Wantonly Kills Innocent Muslims

How can any American complain about Anwar Al-Awlaki or any other rabid terrorist when the USA willingly, actually, consciously, maliciously, killing innocent people and the American people do not care.

Blowback (intelligence)

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Blowback is the espionage term for the violent, unintended consequences of a covert operation that are suffered by the civil population of the aggressor government. To the civilians suffering it, the blowback typically manifests itself as “random” acts of political violence without a discernible, direct cause; because the public—in whose name the intelligence agency acted—are ignorant of the effected secret attacks that provoked revenge (counter-attack) against them.[1] Specifically, blowback denotes the resultant, violent consequences—reported as news fact, by domestic and international mass communications media, when the actor intelligence agency hides its responsibility via media manipulation. Generally, blowback loosely denotes every consequence of every aspect of a secret attack operation, thus, it is synonymous with consequence—the attacked victims’ revenge against the civil populace of the aggressor country, because the responsible politico-military leaders are invulnerable.

Originally, blowback was CIA internal coinage denoting the unintended, harmful consequences—to friendly populations and military forces—when a given weapon is carelessly used. Examples include anti-Western religious fanatics who, in due course, attack foe and sponsor; right-wing counter-revolutionaries who sell drugs to their sponsor’s civil populace; and banana republicjuntas who kill American reporters.

The American people and the World must realize that these radical terrorists who seem to threaten the safety and security of the American people are a direct result of American policies that cause death and destruction of other people.

BLOWBACK

It’s a CIA term.

Blowback does not mean the unintended consequences of foreign operations.

It means the unintended consequences of foreign operations that were deliberately kept secret from the American public.  So that when the retaliation comes, the American public is not able to put it in context.  Not able to put ’cause’ and ‘effect’ together.  So they come up with questions like “Why  do they hate us?”.

Our government does not wish to explain to the people why such hatred is directed towards the American people, but instead wantS to intoxicate the public with terms like “evil doers”, “terrorists”, Islamists.

This propaganda, in turn, reinforces American prejudices against their perceived enemies, whether Mexicans (destroying the economy) or Muslims (attacking their safety).  The increase in xenophobic crimes against these perceived enemies is purposely whipped up by the powers-that-be to maintain a fearful public.

Terrorists do not walk around in turbans and long beards, but they wear suits and ties.
Innocents are primarily killed by foreign policies which command bombs dropped from jet planes, tanks, and naval vessels.
NOT from “suicide bombings”.

People who fight against this naked aggression are called terrorists. People who purport this evil upon mankind are called heroes.
Stop being a victim of your own ignorance.

 

Could Awlaki be Right?

أعوذ بالله من الشيطان الرجيم

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

الحمدلله رب العالمين

و صلات و سلم على نبيه

 


I start this off by seeking refuge in Allah from the cursed satan and praise Allah and send blessings upon His Messenger

As I have read the latest statements being attributed to Anwar Al-Awlaki, I am initially surprised at such positions by a muslim who has garnered respect from many muslims in the past, and as of late, lost that respect because of statements he has made regarding the USA.

Understandably so, many muslims are very shocked by his positions, whereby many muslims have shunned him and even went so far as to remove any past associations or copies of lectures.  Presumably from disagreement with his position or fear of reprisals by the Western media and environment which has surpassed all previous levels of expressing hatred towards Islam.

However, as muslims, we must pause and reflect.  Anwar Alawlaki has presented many of us with an uncanny, unprecedented outlook on the Prophet, His companions, the Hereafter, the lives of the prophets, the lives of Abu Bakr and Umar, and many other subjects.  Many of us have been made aware and developed a deep love of our deen and our predecessors through his informative talks.  He demonstrated not only a knowledge of the past, but an application of the past to our present day. In other words, he made the past glory of Islam come alive to us.  Something very few today have been able to do.

So before we judge him, we must acknowledge the good that he has done and also the understanding of Islam he has displayed over the years.  For I also have improved in my understanding of Islam, over the years and particularly since September 11, 2001, when I personally witnessed the attacks, deaths and aftermath.

As shocking as it was to me then, it gained a new perspective in the subsequent years.  Mainly because of learning more about our Islamic past.

Many of us know Islam as being limited to recognizing the Oneness of Allah, acknowledging the final messengership of the Prophet, praying five times a day, fasting for Ramadan, and living a life of good morals, good treatment of others and some cultural practices.  The mere thought of fighting and jihad are uncomfortable for most of us, except through readings of the past.

Many of us look at the West’s War on Terror as justifiable because on Sept 11, the USA was attacked by “extremist” muslims who distorted Islam and brought death to 3,000 innocent people.  Thus, the USA and Europe and the World are justified in attacking these men, because these men were wrong in what they did.

However, this is a positon most of us take because we are cozy in our present environment, living amongst the kuffar, watching the kuffar in sports, entertainment, technology, education, and basically completely engulfed in this life of close proximity to the kuffar.  So when the kuffar were attacked, we identified with the kuffar and empathized and some of us even went so far as to support and join the kuffar in their attack on muslims (though radical ones, at that).

Sadly, this response was due to our lack of understanding of Islam, our lack of education and exposure of Islam from the perspective of the muslim.  Not the muslim of Sheikh so-and-so, or Imam so-and-so, but from the perspective of the lives of the Prophet and His companions.

We read the hadith that states towards the last day, the people would invite each other to kill the muslims as you invite people to dinner.  The companions asked, “from the Jews and Christians?” being completely surprised that these weak groups from their time would rise up and unify in attacking the Muslims.

We live in those times.  Islam is under siege.  Since Sept 11, approximately 2million muslims have been killed by the USA and its allies in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Not since the Spanish Inquisition, has the European body openly discussed and displayed its venom towards Muslims.  Torture of Muslims is legal and acceptable .  Unlawful imprisonment, without charge is legal and acceptable.  Invasion of Muslim land, assassination of Muslims, murder of Muslims, innocent women and children is now acceptable by everyone including muslims.

As Al-Awlaki has witnessed himself, the USA is behind much of the carnage and persecution of the muslims in Yemen and elsewhere.  We too know this, though we know it from a distance.  Those outside of the borders of the USA and Europe know it better.

If you are having a hard time keeping up, think about this.  If Al-Qaaida or any other extremist, radical, fundamentalist muslim were to kill 10 Americans or 10 Europeans, you would hear about it in all of the newspapers, television, cable news, wherever you hear your news, it would be there.  The USA kills innocent muslims daily in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq and we, the muslims, are silent.

So as a result of our apathy, we have developed a very twisted, pro-kuffar attitude about Islam, Jihad, and the lives of Muslims.  Al-Awlaki has not.  He is calling the USA the chief proponent of Muslim death and he is holding it accountable and liable.

His position basically is, if innocent muslim men, muslim women, and muslim children can be killed indiscriminately by the USA, then the men women and children of the USA can be killed as indiscriminately.

You may disagree with such a position, because on its face, it is harsh, cold, and murderous……..which is exactly his point. Our ummah is being attacked in a harsh, cold, murderous manner and the only time we show outrage is when the tables are turned.

Looking at the life of the Prophet, and after, you can find battles and skirmishes where things did not go the way we would normally accept today.  But as is with much of the sunnah, modern muslims seem to have a problem with it.  It is our weakness and misunderstanding, and we have to acknowledge that.

We would have a problem with muslims beheading 800 jews, even if the jews were being treacherous.  We would have a problem with raiding the caravan of Badr, when they were unarmed and unprepared. We would have a problem with a 53yr old man marrying a 6yr old, even if her father approved. We would have a problem with much of Islam, and we need to correct ourselves.

Maybe Anwar, in all of his studying and lecturing may have developed a better understanding of Islam than we want to give him credit for.  Maybe, he is actually looking at the world and its attack on Islam in a manner that the Prophet and Companions would look at it.

Maybe we are so far from Islam, we do not recognize it when we see it.

As muslims, we can disagree with muslims who are also striving towards Islam.  There are issues of fiqh that seem contradictory when you compare with other scholars.

A good barometer to use is, who is standing up for the honor and respect of Muslims as they are under siege these days? Who is the obstacle preventing the kuffar from completely over-running muslim lands?

The Prophet said that jihad would continue until the Last Day, so who is engaged in that jihad today? and what do you think of these people?

Looking around and seeing the death and mayhem of the muslims, globally, what do you think is a solution? Voting? Demonstrating? Petitioning? Becoming more assimilated and accomodating to the enemies of Islam? “Getting along”?

There are many hadiths and ayat where muslims are told that their success is in returning to Islam.  Many ayat and hadith that speak of putting our desires of the life of this world aside and seeking the Hereafter.

Maybe it is time we start actually putting the Quran in our lives, instead of trying to live our lives and fitting Quran only where it is comfortable.

 

و الله المستعان

Are We Khawarij?

Are We Khawarij?

[Taken from “Kalimat Haqq”]

Shaykh ‘Umar ‘Abdur-Rahman فك الله اسره said:

“So as for the Khawarij, the ‘Ulama have explained that they are the ones who rebel against the True Imam (Al-Imam Al-Haqq), and they openly disobey him, and they conspire against himSo where is this True Imam today, with regards to whom we could label anyone who rebels against him as a “Khariji”?!

Where is the ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib of today!?

And if we are Khawarij, then who are you (O regimes and O royal scholars)?! Are you ‘Ali رضي الله ان and his Companions?!

And did ‘Ali رضي الله ان take the laws of his governance from the legislation of the Persians and the Romans?!

Did he govern according to “socialism” and “democracy”? Or was he a caller to “nationalism” and “social peace”?

Or was ‘Ali an ally and supporter of the Jews and Beijing?!

Or was ‘Ali forsaking the Hudud of Allah (i.e. the Islamic penalties), and implementing punishments for which Allah did not send down any permission? Or can it be said that ‘Ali was possibly calling towards the establishment of the Khilafah, a crime which cannot be forgiven!?

Or was ‘Ali waging war against chastity and purity, calling for women’s “liberation” and for her to travel freely?!

Or was ‘Ali one of those who have split the Qur’an into parts (i.e. believed in a part and disbelieved in the other)? Those who say: “No Islam in politics, and no politics in Islam”?!

And pardoned is Imam ‘Ali – may Allah dignify his face – he was not like that at all. Rather, he was of the most eager to implement the Judgments of Allah, and governing with the Book of Allah, and the Sunnah of His Messenger. So no doubt, that the one who rebels against this Just Imam (Al-Imam Al-‘Adil), he is truly a Khariji.

As for someone who perpetrates all of these falsehoods which we have just mentioned – then the one who rebels against such a ruler is not a Khariji; Rather, he is a Muslim, a Mu’min, a Muttaqi.”

Modesty Matters; Western Culture Demoralizes Women

السلام عليكم

Firstly, as a Muslim, we are to believe the book of Allah and the words of Allah and the meaning of the Quran.  Allah commands both men and women to be modest, and further urges women to properly cover themselves (ie hijab) as a protection from bad things and people.  And also, Allah says the best covering is taqwa (wear your faith and fear of Allah)

That being said, I was looking thru the internet, and as one persuses Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc, you see a lot of haram.  The haram I am speaking of is women, uncovered women at that.  But even worse was the stories behind these women.  This one is pregnant from this boyfriend.  This one is posing for a porn magazine.  This one left this guy for anotherr guy.  They are telling you how you can look sexier (ie, more appealing to the desires of strange men). And the stories go on and on.

What is wrong with this? It treats women as toys.  Playthings to be oogled by men for their pleasure.  Dress Sexy.  Look Sexy.  Improve your figure.  Wear these clothes.  Do this and that to get a man.  Date.  Flirt.  Bedazzle.

It is all very captivating for most of us.  Attention. Individuality. All of these inflate the ego and that’s what the ego loves most, to be inflated.  But at what cost?

When a woman advertises herself in this manner, the attention does not come without a cost.  The inner character of the woman is not developed nor noticed.  All the world is concerned with is how sexy and appealing she looks.  When the men show her attention, there is only one thing on their mind.  Whether in actuality or within their minds from a distance.  This is harmful for the woman because instead of being treated with respect, she is treated as a plaything to be enjoyed, temporarily.

Look at the clothing styles.  Allah says do not let shaytan strip you of your clothing as he stripped your parents (Adam and Eve).  And the styles today are designed to display more and more shape, figure and skin and remove more and more modesty.

Even some kafir girls are rejecting this blatant display of their bodies as if they are on a meat hook, to be inspected.  (Not enough are rejecting, unfortunately).  Older women are imitating younger women, because these older women never developed their inner beauties, but spent their lives living on the exterior.  Now the exterior is fading away and they are trying to keep up with the younger girls.

Sad state of affairs.  When society treats women like toilets, it destroys the mothers of future generations.

Ask any man, aside from the desire to “possess” these women, do they desire these women to be wives, mothers to their children, someone to take home to momma? Or is it all in the courtship of dating, flirting, playing and eventually sex.

This society teaches you to “fall in love”, yet it distorts love to be a feeling of euphoria and happiness, but never stresses the reality of what this “falling in love” entails.  The perception that is taught is girl meets boy, boy likes girl, girl and boy have sex.  This is love.  NO, this is immoral lust.

Girl gets pregnant or a disease. Boy leaves to find “new love”.  Girl has abortion.  Or they practice “safe sex” and the boy still leaves to find “new love”.  Meanwhile, Girl has now become hurt and feels used.  But because she knows no better, she finds new boy to “fall in love” and the cycle repeats itself.   Next time, she dresses sexier to find better man.  Next time, to not lose the man, she has sex earlier and earlier, maybe even the first night.  Because she is “in love”.

Islam does not allow women that pitfall, unless they go outside of Islam.  The way a muslim woman dresses, her speech, her modesty, all protect her physical beauties and attributes, except for the man who has shown a level of piety, patience, and fortitude.  This increases his desire for her physically, as well is instills a deeper meaning to her worth.

Britney, Cristina, Kardashian, all turn heads, but they do not hold a candle to the high esteem of a woman of piety can hold.  They may have headlines and attention.  But they do not have the respect of a muslim woman.

They may be what “love songs” endorse, and shake their thing in music videos.  But they are being used by commercial interests to get you to imitate their ways.  Not for your own good, but to degrade a woman into a sexual plaything.  To have women be at the disposal of men only serves the animal instincts of men, but does nothing for the woman or society.

We forget, women are the cradles of civilization, past, present and future.  If we turn them all into Playboy models or video sex objects, who will raise the future with faith, conviction, morals and modesty?

Be mindful of your actions, be mindful of your intentions.  Islam is a protection for both man and woman, in this world and the next.  If you remove your protection, you are bound to get hurt.