Muslims are once again facing a wave of arrests by the British law enforcement authorities under the so called ‘war on terror’. However, although some Muslims may instinctively feel the need to lie low, remain silent and ride out the current storm, this would be a mistake for two reasons. Firstly the strategy of bunkering ourselves would not benefit the Muslim community in the long run, and secondly, silence would also be a failed opportunity to expose the militant liberal way of life that we see in the West; a system that oppresses humanity the world over. In the current emotive and caustic debate, several points need to be made.
The fatwa from the high priests of Washington has been pronounced: Islamic radicalism is a dirty word. Millions of intimidated Muslims the world over, are now desparately trying to convince others that they are not radical Muslims. “We are moderates” they plead, “the good Muslims you can talk to.” In their efforts to fit in, they are forgetting that it has always been radicalism that solves the world’s problems.
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and is usually an occasion for celebration and inward contemplation. This year, with the Muslim world under occupation of one sort or another by the ground troops of secular capitalism, with Muslims in the west suffering increased levels of discrimination, abuse, and attacks by racist thugs, and with the holy places in Palestine off limits to most Muslims, it is more likely to be contemplation than celebration that occupies the thoughts of Muslims this time around, and this in a different way than usual. Here, Mike Odetalla of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives us his thoughts and recollections.
The USA President?s visit to Britain has attracted considerable attention, criticism and debate. The first state visit by a USA President since Woodrow Wilson in 1918 has attracted tens of thousands to the streets, significant column inches in newspapers and passionate views on both sides. However in the whole hullabaloo surrounding the visit and the accompanying circus, a number of important points have been missed.
As events in Iraq enter a critical phase, where according to the CIA’s own sources, Iraqi oposition could become so widespread and popular that the USA-led occupation could fail altogether, this article offers an analysis of events since the war began, and how, despite caving into USA pressure at last month’s UN Security Council vote, other key state players may still leave the occupiers to deal with their own self-made catastrophe.
There is no denying you have failed Islam and the Muslim people. You have collectively failed to protect Islam, and you have opened up Muslim lands to blasphemy and exploitation. Today, Muslim lands exhibit social ills only associated with western secular capitalism. The artificial borders that you love to protect permit the entry of these ills, but prohibit the free flow of vital Islamic ideas that will restore life to it.
We are now supposed to accept the sole Afghani woman being paraded in a bikini in the USA as a symbol of “progress” in contrast to the “oppressive” veil. Instead, it could have been her promotion to become a University Professor, or a Doctor or a Lawyer or a successful Entrepreneur but no! Somehow it had to involve the removal of her clothes in order for the western dominated mass media to demonstrate to the rest of the world that the liberation of the Afghan women has begun.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, has called on the international community to “give, and give generously” at a conference for the reconstruction of Iraq. He failed to mention that the dire state of the country is as much to do with the 1990’s UN sanctions regime as the invading capitalists, or that the result of his call will make matters worse the country.
Anwar Mahmoud Hassanain
With ethnic destruction continuing unabated in Palestine, from wall building to house demolition, most Palestinians are rendered powerless but defiant. Meanwhile in USA occupied Iraq, many Muslims are growing in confidence that they can resist the occupation of their country.
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