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ICNA Shariah Council Responds to Anwar Al Awlaki

Imam Omar Ahmad Suleiman, member of ICNA’s Shariah Council appeals to the Muslim youth in response to Anwar Al Awlaki’s audio message:

“In the name of Allah, the most Compassionate, the most Merciful.

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon His final messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

First and foremost, everything that is written is in assumption that the messages from Imam Anwar that have recently surfaced are indeed from him and no one else.

As American Muslims, many of us used to wonder at how Allah has blessed Imam Anwar with such a degree of eloquence, and the gift of storytelling if you will, that he could move you to tears within 5 minutes of his lecturing. The news that he was detained a few years ago in Yemen brought many of us into a state of shock and depression. We invoked Allah (SWT) to free our beloved Imam nightly until we heard the wonderful news that he had been freed on December 12, 2007. I remember all the text messages, emails, and blog posts with ecstatic Muslims around the country praising Allah for his release.

Then something happened. Slowly, we began to see the post-prison Anwar Al Awlaki express strange radical views. Continue reading

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How to Win a Cosmic War by Reza Aslan

“How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization, and the End of the War on Terror” by Reza Aslan, is one of the best books I read on current events lately. It talks about the War on Terror and the Radicals and Extremists ideology/movements among Christians, Jews and Muslims.

Cosmic War?

I was asked what is this Cosmic War, and while I was writing this my friend asked me the same question. So what is Cosmic War, the author describes it in detail through out his book and I will try to summarize it in a paragraph or two:

A cosmic war is a religious war. It is a conflict in which God is believed to be directly engaged on one side over the other. Unlike a holy war–an earthly battle between rival religious groups–a cosmic war is like a ritual drama in which participants act out on earth a battle they believe is actually taking place in the heavens…

A cosmic war transforms those who should be considered butchers and thugs into soldiers sanctioned by God. It turns victims into sacrifices and justifies the most depraved acts of destruction because it does not abide by human conceptions of morality…

A cosmic war partitions the world into black and white, good and evil, us and them. In such a war, there is no middle ground; everyone must choose a side. Soldier and civilian, combatant and noncombatant, aggressor and bystander–all the traditional divisions that serve as markers in a real war break down in cosmic wars. It is a simple equations: if you are not us, you must be them. If you are them, you are the enemy and must be destroyed.

[Introduction, Page 5.]

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Geo Interview with a Suicide Bomber- Is Khawarij Mentality Back!!

By Umer Sultan

Geo News of Pakistan, interviewed a released Suicide Bomber in Pakistan. This video which is with English Subtitles, exposes the bitter reality to those Muslims who are still of the opinion that “Muslim” Terrorist are working for the Ummah.

After watching this video, I experienced a quick flashback. All the rules of engagement in the War, Quranic verses and Ahadith came across my mind and I was left wondering, is it not this a Khawarij mentality!!!

Fitna Khawarij came into existence after the wisal (death) of Prophet Muhammad SAW. They were the first group of Muslim extremists who declared the entire Ummah back then as Kafir (non-belivers) and made it legitimate to spill the blood of Muslims.

In this video, this Suicide Bombers has quite clearly declared that the Muslims of Pakistan, inclusing the scholars are not innocent and it needed be they must be killed because they are not participating in Jihad.

Hearing the word Jihad, it reminded me of some rules and guidlines. Jihad has to be declared by a legitimate Islamic Government (which the Muslim world is lacking).

The Mujahideen (those who participate in Jihad) they need to have permission from their parents, espacially from their Mothers. This guy said “When Jihad becomes obligatory, then the parent’s opposition doesn’t count.” Which is quite contrary to what Prophet Muhammad SAW said to a Muslim, who wanted to participate in Jihad against the forces of Quraish, but was told to serve his old mother and that will be his Jihad.

The first 4 Rightly guided Caliphs-Caliph Abu Bakar, Caliph Umar ibn Al Khattab, Caliph Usman ibn Affan, Caliph Ali ibn abi Talib- and many commanders always reminded their generals before any war that ‘Old people, women, children and unarmed adult men need not to be killed. Fruits, cattle and vegetation need not to be destroyed.’ Whereas, this dude is saying that when his ameer gives him a target, that target needs to be fulfilled even if that means blowing up a Mosque and Markets (killing not only men, but also kids and infants and women).

Is this a Khawarij Mentality? I think it is. Does this means that Khawarij ideology is back in the Muslim Ummah?

Series of bombs every day in Pakistan. Mosques, markets, military posts, police stations, schools and Islamic Universities, politicians and Islamic Scholars, every one has become the target of Khawarij.

We need to stand up once again for Islam against Khawarijeen.

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