Muslim authorities versus terrorism
Once again I would like to reiterate my purpose of this critique of the Sunni faith which is truly out of care and love, for they are my brothers in Islam. Sunni brothers must re-examine their teachings and re-evaluate its legitimacy and its true connection to the universal principles of Islam. Sunnis seems to accept the idea of committing suicide to kill as many people as possible in the name of “Jihad”
Some Sunnis may say that such disease is only harbored by the “Wahabi and Salafy” branch of Islam. This is true to great extent but the other sects of Sunnis may condone such behavior or keep silent. In other words we can say that the “Wahabis and the Salafies” may actively plan, orchestrate, finance and execute terrorists activities, and the other Sunni groups either keep silent or condone it. There are a lot of Suuni Muslims have protested the terrorist activities of the Sunni extremists in particularly those who live in the West. But I truly believe that their protest is not emanated from their Sunni teachings rather it is emanated from their good inner humanity. These moderate Sunni Muslims are wonderful people and deep inside they take the love of humanity at heart but they are trapped in this distorted Sunni beliefs by virtue of their cultural circumstances. I also believe that their open mind and moderation in their views is because of their being in West which had helped them to appreciate Islam’s universal values and not be greatly influenced by their distorted doctrine. Such voices are the minority and may Allah protect them from the wrath of these Sunni terrorist elements.
The contemporary renowned Sunni Muslim scholar Dr. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an Egyptian who serves as the dean of Islamic Studies at the University of Qatar, whom I used to respect, issued a religious decree for all Muslims to join Holy Jihad war in Iraq. His Fatwa has contributed to the murder of nearly 500,000 innocents Iraqis and foreign workers. His action was beyond his jurisdiction as Muslim authority. He has no rights to interfere in the Iraqi political affairs for Iraq is a sovereign state and only the people of Iraq have the right to decide its destiny and how to deal with the occupation problem.
Iraqis were able to elect their own government and are dealing with the foreign forces with high level of wisdom to take their country back. In addition Iraqis have their own political and religious leaders and very much competent to handle the occupiers. They do not need Qaradawi or Zarqawi or Zawahiry to teach them their religious obligations.
What is really amusing about Qaradawi’s stand against the foreign forces in Iraq and other religious authorities that he is issuing his religious decrees from the same land where the Central Command of the American forces, CENTCOM, is based and where all the military planning, logistics and whatever was needed for the invasion of Iraq and to maintain their presence in that region.
The same amusement applies to Zarqawi and Osama Bin Abi Sufyan, their native countries- Jordan and Saudi Arabia- are very much controlled by the Americans, but they seem to give blind eyes to it. Such people have no legitimate cause and they intend to subjugate people to their perverted philosophy.
This is the problem with many Muslim clergies today that they suffer from an acute form of multiple personality disorder. They think they could declare Jihad any where in the so called Muslim land or non-Muslim land. In Iraq, 12 Million Iraqis, in an historic event un-matched in the modern history of the Middle East and in the modern world, went to the polls under the threat of bombs and terrorist intimidation, and voted in newly democratic government.
I remember asking my brother, who lives in Iraq now, the morning of election and asked him “are you going to vote in this dangerous environment? His answer to me was unforgettable and I could sense the true ancient Iraqi spirit reflected through him. His response to me was “I am now walking with my entire family, four kids and wife, towards the ballot boxes and I have sudden strange feeling of challenging those Muslim terrorists” and while he was saying this I heard the sound of bombs and AK47 shots over the phone from overseas, my brother then asked me “do you hear the sound of these bombs” I said yes, and then I said to him how can you risk your life and your family for casting a vote. He said “believe me brother I have not felt this before in my entire 40 years in Iraq that I feel the sense of humanity within me which I have never experience before and I must vote today regardless of the consequences” I still remember vividly his tone of voice which was very jubilant. After this telephone conversation I began to deeply reflect on what my brother had told me. His words were ringing in my ears the whole day. The reason for this feeling on my part is because I know my brother as a simple man who dose not venture very much in any simple event and his main objective in life is to provide for his family and he is not affiliated with any political party in Iraq. What he told me had profound impact on my vision towards my inherited Muslim knowledge and political views. He said “I felt the sense of humanity within me” ; this statement made ponder a lot, for he is feeling his humanity under the the occupation forces. These feelings of his have emerged only after the Americans took charge of Iraq. This is truly a dilemma for me to digest. He had never felt his humanity under a Muslim regime but felt it with the help of the “Kafirs!!!!!!!!!” What really strange about this is that I have also shared the same feelings when I have landed on the Canadian soil or “Kafirs!!!!!!! 25 years ago.
Now back to the issue; some may say the newly elected government is very corrupt, I say yes it is, but mainly because of the infiltrations of the same terrorist’s within the Iraqi government. If all Iraqi factions supported this government we will not see the same level of corruption and carnage.
The problem with Muslim religious authorities today is that they are living in a fantasy world of their own. They are still living in the dream of the Abassyed era or the so called “the golden era” or the Othman empire period and can not seem to wake up from this dream. They Dream about the former Muslim empires where Muslim scholars were able to exercise their religious authority over their Muslim subjects within their Muslim territories. But today things are different where Muslim lands have become small independent sovereign states. All Muslim nations are committed to their flag and constitution. In reality there is no such thing of united Muslim land with united political leadership. In fact Muslim nations are so disunited politically for they are led by dictatorships or by false democracies.
In recent history we had witnessed military conflicts among Muslim nations and were settled with the help of the non-Muslim powers. For example, Iraq invaded Kuwait and none of the Muslim countries were able to liberate it but it was through the non-Muslim western coalition led by the United States of America. Saddam Hussian’s Army had attacked the Kurds in the North in 1991 and the Shi’a in the south where thousands were killed and displaced; but none of the Muslim countries move one solder against Saddam’s Army but once again the “Kafirs” came to the aide of the Muslims!!! the Americans and the British army imposed a no fly zone. But at the same time the Muslim governments, Saddam’s like regimes, had imposed a no fly zone against the Iraqi people from entering their territories by imposing a severe visa conditions.
Those regimes are so afraid of each other’s infiltrations and often lead to military conflicts as we have witnessed in recent history. But despite of their political independence and their determination in safe guarding their borders and affairs, we find that Muslim religious authorities often interfere in the political affairs of other Muslim nations by crossing their jurisdiction in issuing religious decrees of murders under many pretexts. By doing that in essence, they are reflecting their impotence in establishing a Muslim empire so that they can bring back the atrocities of the Abassyed, Umayiad, Uthmans and other brutal Muslim empires.