It is well known that Muslims suffer from discrimination. Sometimes discrimination because of racism but also because of their religious beliefs and more especially from the Main Stream Medias (M.S.M.) brainwashing agenda targeting Western minds to view Islam in a bad light. This is despite the essential message and revelation of Islam being the same as the former revelations in the Torah and Gospels which are followed by Jews and Christians. The M.S.M. have done their best to make sure that Muslims and Islam are seen as a potential threat to the “Western Way of Life” what ever that is, since western views on life and particularly on morality, are not the same now as they were when I was a child.
Outside of the West the oppression of Muslims has been perpretrated not just by rogue states such as Israel but by the self imposed and corrupt leaders of Muslim lands. The advent of the Arab Spring has brought the chance of a new political engagement to the people in countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya – we must never forget the martyrs who paid the ulitimate price to free their compatriots from decades of oppression. Western powers were not at all concerned with human rights in Egypt or Arab lands since the dictators gave stability to the region which in Western terms meant the countries surrounding Israel were not likely to take action against Israel’s ethnic cleansing and land theft activities.
Egypt was and still is actively maintaining the siege of Gaza, Syria had not fired a shot towards Israel for forty years and Lebanon has been quiet for the last five years since Hizbollah defeated the Israeli Defence Forces in the 2006 war. For Western powers stability was the name of the game and no matter how dreadful the lives of the people in those lands became it was a price worth paying for peace with Israel.
In fact Western disregard of Muslim Human rights was such that they were happy to use the well honed torturing skills of Arab countries security services, the cases of victims of outsourced torture are slowly becoming more public knowledge now thanks to the work of the people at such charities as Cageprisoners.
Whilst post revolution elections have been taking place in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, other countries which are either divided upon sectarian lines or are of strategic importance to world super powers like the U.S.A. or Russia – are finding it much more difficult to overthrow their dictators.
In this age of social media on the internet what is happening on the ground in the uprisings has managed to leak out in videos and photographs, despite the best efforts of the State Security forces to clamp down on outside media. In every case so far the State has used disproportionate force and brutality to suppress protestors, the many refugees who fled Libya and who are fleeing Syria in particular are a testimony to that fact.
Watching the results of various dictators security forces and armies brutality is not comfortable or easy, especially for Muslims who believe that we are one Ummah and what is happening to our brothers and sisters in other places is our concern and also our responsibility to help them. We know from our Islamic teachings that those oppressed people have a right over us that we should assist them in what ever way we can. Libyan men of all ages travelled back to Libya during the uprising and took up arms against Gaddafi, his armed forces and merceneries. Likewise many young Muslim men from lands outside the conflict zones want to go to fight and help, especially when they can view videos and photographs of the martyrs and read about the rape of women.
Many Western Muslims and particularly Muslim leaders are afraid to even think about using the word Jihad never mind the Imams talk about it in the mosques. So afraid are Muslims of being picked up and detained on entirely bogus charges such as the recent case of Rizwaan Shabir where the police fabricated evidence against him, that you will find most Imams giving sermons about how Muslims need to have nice manners or how we should remember the oppressed in our prayers, but whatever you do “Don’t mention the war” and especially don’t mention the J word. Leadership of Western Muslims has been virtually absent during the years of invasion and occupation of Muslim lands by Western forces and the oppression of Muslims by what in Islam are termed the Tawaghit or leaders who exceed the limits.
It is very pleasing to find a scholar who is both qualified and also willing to give guidance of issues that are so important to Muslims living in the West. Sheik Haitham al Haddad has written a paper called “Do we go for Jihad in Syria?”. Especially gratifying to read, are the Sheiks views on the Jihad to be fought in the media, for me personally since being banned from both Israel and Egypt therefore unable to reach Palestine and Palestinians I have been writing as much as I can about Muslim issues. Others who have money and are able to donate can use their wealth in the Jihad, the main thing is that we are not silent and inactive. The last thing that will improve our situation is feeling we are helpless victims, indeed there is so much we can do to help. Writing about the issues that affect Muslims not only brings a level of awareness to non Muslims as to the truth about the phony “War on Terror” but it also exposes the powers behind it. It may hopefully also give more Muslims the strength and encouragement to speak out, to become more active and hopefully more effective in combating the M.S.M. misinformation war. “We are all Palestinians” awaiting liberation from Zionist – Neo Conservative oppression.
The paper below in full:-
Do we go for Jihad in Syria?
Shaikh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad
Recently, and in many circles, discussions have begun in relation to the Islamic ruling on participating in military fighting, Jihad, in Syria.
All praises be to Allah and may peace and blessings be upon the Prophet.
“The believers are nothing else than brothers (in faith).”
“The Muslim is the brother of his fellow-Muslim; he does not wrong him or abandon.”
“How many of the prophets fought and with them (fought) large bands of godly men? But they never lost heart if they met with disaster in Allah‘s way, nor did they weaken (in will) nor give in. And Allah loves those who are firm and steadfast [in battle].”
“Those who have believed, emigrated and strove hard and fought in Allah’s Cause with their wealth and their lives have the highest rank with Allah. They are the successful.”
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