Saturday, 20 September 2014

A message to British Imams and Muslim Leaders appealing for release of British aid worker #notinmyname

We, the undersigned British Muslim Imams, organisations and individuals, wish to express our horror and revulsion at the senseless murder of David Haines and the threat to the life of our fellow British citizen, Alan Henning.

You would, wouldn't you? Maybe you are just saying all this to get Islamophobes off your case. Will it work? We shall see. These Islamophobes truly enjoy the certainty it gives them when they truly hate and, boy, do they hate Muslims. Even if they don't think all Muslims are terrorists they just wouldn't mind Muslims disappearing off the face of this earth, or perhaps just out of their country.

Mr Henning was a volunteer who travelled to Syria to help innocent civilians.

Did Mr Henning vote the LibLabCon who maintain Zionist policies? Bet he did. It seems unlikely that he would be a UKIP or BNP supporter. Out of the last two, only the BNP have consistently stated their opposition to the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and it is unlikely a BNP supporter would become an aid worker.

Acts of humanitarianism are an essential element of religious practice for all Muslims, and of course they are just as significant to other people too. Islamic teachings call for charity and selflessness. Most importantly, acts of beneficence do not, and cannot, exclude non-Muslims.

It has been said that aid workers are sometimes spies.

In Islam, concern for fellow humans and the duty to help everyone is a religious obligation. Anyone undertaking a humanitarian act is paving his or her way to receive help from heaven, should be commended and held in the highest esteem.

Fair enough, but ISIS are probably aware that Western aid workers are often spies.

In contrast, the senseless kidnapping, murder and now the despicable threats to Mr Henning at the hands of so-called ‘Muslims’ cannot be justified anywhere in the Quran and the Sunnah (Prophetic traditions).

Though the threats are undeniably despicable to those who have been threatened, the kidnappings are not exactly senseless, are they? The kidnappings and beheadings served to send a message to the West. What is this message? That they shouldn't have invaded Iraq and destroyed the lives of so many Iraqis. Not only did they destroy the lives of countless Iraqis, they have neither apologised nor expressed remorse. Indeed, they are going to do more of the same. Has Western foreign policy changed in any regard as a result of terrorism? If you were a Muslim terrorist, do you think that you have committed too many acts of terrorism or too few, or perhaps just enough, judging by the change in Western foreign policy that you have observed over the years?

The un-Islamic fanatics are not acting as Muslims, but as the Prime Minister has said, they are acting as monsters. They are perpetrating the worst crimes against humanity.

Has any Muslim the right to declare another not a Muslim or unIslamic? On whose authority would such a Muslim excommunicate another? Muslims have no Pope and no equivalent doctrine of Papal Infallibility. At Sayed Razawi claims to have "excommunicated" the jihadists at 23:45. Imagine how dismayed these jihadists must be!

This is not Jihad - it is a war against all humanity.

War necessarily involves acts of homicide, and jihad can take the form of war.  It is not clear how this war is "a war against all humanity", since only Western hostages have been killed.  How many people have ISIS killed in Iraq and Syria compared to how many NATO have killed there?

The Holy Quran says that:

"Whosoever kills a human being... it is as if killing the entire human race; and whosoever saves a life, saves the entire human race."

This is disingenuously selective.

Below are some verses that may be considered relevant in this context:

YUSUFALI: Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. 
PICKTHAL: Fight in the way of Allah against those who fight against you, but begin not hostilities. Lo! Allah loveth not aggressors. 
SHAKIR: And fight in the way of Allah with those who fight with you, and do not exceed the limits, surely Allah does not love those who exceed the limits.

YUSUFALI: And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. 
PICKTHAL: And slay them wherever ye find them, and drive them out of the places whence they drove you out, for persecution is worse than slaughter. And fight not with them at the Inviolable Place of Worship until they first attack you there, but if they attack you (there) then slay them. Such is the reward of disbelievers. 
SHAKIR: And kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then slay them; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.

YUSUFALI: But if they cease, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. 
PICKTHAL: But if they desist, then lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. 
SHAKIR: But if they desist, then surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.
YUSUFALI: And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression. 
PICKTHAL: And fight them until persecution is no more, and religion is for Allah. But if they desist, then let there be no hostility except against wrong-doers. 
SHAKIR: And fight with them until there is no persecution, and religion should be only for Allah, but if they desist, then there should be no hostility except against the oppressors.

YUSUFALI: Say: "Come, I will rehearse what Allah hath (really) prohibited you from": Join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children on a plea of want;- We provide sustenance for you and for them;- come not nigh to shameful deeds. Whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah hath made sacred, except by way of justice and law: thus doth He command you, that ye may learn wisdom. 
PICKTHAL: Say: Come, I will recite unto you that which your Lord hath made a sacred duty for you: That ye ascribe no thing as partner unto Him and that ye do good to parents, and that ye slay not your children because of penury - We provide for you and for them - and that ye draw not nigh to lewd things whether open or concealed. And that ye slay not the life which Allah hath made sacred, save in the course of justice. This He hath command you, in order that ye may discern. 
SHAKIR: Say: Come I will recite what your Lord has forbidden to you-- (remember) that you do not associate anything with Him and show kindness to your parents, and do not slay your children for (fear of) poverty-- We provide for you and for them-- and do not draw nigh to indecencies, those of them which are apparent and those which are concealed, and do not kill the soul which Allah has forbidden except for the requirements of justice; this He has enjoined you with that you may understand.

We plead with those holding Alan Henning to see the errors of their ways. To embrace the word of the Quran and accept that what they are now doing constitutes the worst condemnable sin.

Are you asking those holding Alan Henning to agree with you that the invasion of Iraq was right and just?  Really?

What about the verses of the Koran that you did not cite but which you may reasonably expect the jihadists to be relying on? Should those words of the Koran be ignored because Muslims living in Britain want Islamophobes to get off their case and it suits them to pretend that Islam cannot also be used for war? But we know that all religions were created to protect their adherents against internal and external enemies, don't we? Whether they do or not history will tell. and will depend on how well they follow the laws of their God.

We appeal to them to release Mr Henning immediately. The Quran states that “repentance is not accepted from those who continue to do evil deeds”.

It is pretty clear that the jihadists are very far from expressing repentance, so quoting this verse does not seem to fit the situation.

YUSUFALI: Allah accept the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and repent soon afterwards; to them will Allah turn in mercy: For Allah is full of knowledge and wisdom. 
PICKTHAL: Forgiveness is only incumbent on Allah toward those who do evil in ignorance (and) then turn quickly (in repentance) to Allah. These are they toward whom Allah relenteth. Allah is ever Knower, Wise. 
SHAKIR: Repentance with Allah is only for those who do evil in ignorance, then turn (to Allah) soon, so these it is to whom Allah turns (mercifully), and Allah is ever Knowing, Wise.

YUSUFALI: Of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil, until death faces one of them, and he says, "Now have I repented indeed;" nor of those who die rejecting Faith: for them have We prepared a punishment most grievous. 
PICKTHAL: The forgiveness is not for those who do ill-deeds until, when death attendeth upon one of them, he saith: Lo! I repent now; nor yet for those who die while they are disbelievers. For such We have prepared a painful doom. 
SHAKIR: And repentance is not for those who go on doing evil deeds, until when death comes to one of them, he says: Surely now I repent; nor (for) those who die while they are unbelievers. These are they for whom We have prepared a painful chastisement.

In the name of the Almighty All Merciful God, we beseech Mr Henning's kidnappers with the words of our Prophet Muhammad - "Show mercy to those on earth, the One in the Heavens will have mercy on you.

And doubtless they will cite 2:190-3 and 6:151 as justification for their actions.

British Muslim communities have done a great deal to speak out over the evils of terrorism over many years. We will continue to do everything within our power to prevent any other young man or woman getting caught up in this poisonous ideology.

British Muslim communities who are victims of Islamophobia may deem it politic to say such things in the hope of decreasing the hostility expressed towards them, but they convince no one, least of all the Islamophobes and those determined to go on jihad.  These Muslims could do something useful for non-Muslims by collectively refusing to condemn terrorism and condemn UK foreign policy instead, but in a peaceful way of course. That would be the best way of expressing civil disobedience in this matter. Muslims should collectively refuse to condemn terrorism until the UK government explains and justifies its foreign policy to the satisfaction of  UK citizens, Muslim and non-Muslim. Only then would Muslims be better liked.

To be loved, one must not fear to be hated.

The video of John Cantlie's series of Lend Me Your Ears was removed from YouTube for apparently violating its terms and conditions. Really?

British media reported that he was reading from a script, but it doesn't look like it, does it?

It was reported that he was "reading from a script". What are the media trying to hide from you?

The conviction in his voice? The way he relished his words? How he seemed to be enjoying himself?


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