Saturday, January 30, 2016

Now the time has come for Darwinism to be wiped off. We have entered a period in which Satan will be defeated.

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE ENGLISH DEEP STATE IS DARWINISM. IT IS FREEMASONRY THAT MADE DARWINISM DOMINANT IN THE WORLD.

ADNAN OKTAR: Sait Akkurt, "Darwin has worked for years, visiting one island after another and studying the beaks of birds to develop that theory." He claims that, "It is a coincidence. The people, giraffes, birds, lions, fruits like strawberry, banana, orange, apple; all of these came into existence by coincidence." And we claim that there is a consciousness behind their existence. Which one is reasonable? Consciousness, isn't it? What is coincidence capable of? What would come out when you throw a handful of sand to the ground? Only a mess would come out. A national anthem wouldn't coincidentally appear when you throw the sand. But according to them it does. When the structure of chromosomes or proteins is inspected closely, they show the evidence that there must be a Creator.

"Darwin died and took the theory he worked on with him." Actually his theory didn't die with him. It has spread worldwide while you were drowsing. In Turkey, it is still being taught in middle school, high school, and university as well as in history, biology, philosophy, sociology, and structure courses; in any class you can think of. The youth are being taught that "God did not create everything, they came into existence by coincidence." Biology books claim that, "Quran is lying. According to science, it is not God who created you. But you can still believe in a Creator. Religions are the results of evolution as well." This is what the current education system is teaching the youth. In psychology classes it is taught that "Mankind was afraid of the beings that he does not understand and so he created God. It is alright if you believe in God that you have created in your own mind. But science says we all came into existence by coincidence." We vehemently objected to this idea and came out victorious in our struggle against them. We'll never allow them to win.

The grandfather of Charles Darwin, Erasmus Darwin, was a freemason. Under the influence of his grandfather, Erasmus Darwin and the others around him, Charles Darwin became an advocate of the evolution argument. However, he emphasized in his letters the absurdity of this argument and stated that, "I am going to commit suicide because I am tired of this. The notion that the universe came into existence by coincidence hurt me deeply." But people around him did everything they could to talk Darwin out of committing suicide. He has a friend who is 33rd degree freemason and a Darwinist, named Thomas Huxley. He is the main reason that Darwin became the man we know today. It was Thomas Huxley that supported Darwin wholeheartedly in declaring Darwinism and helped him spread it far and wide. He was a real expert in this subject. The philosophers like Thomas Huxley and Hegel accumulated vast knowledge for Darwinist-materialist philosophy and advancement of Darwinism in the world either by their works and philosophies or their activities within various organizations in England.

The main philosophy of the English deep state is social Darwinism. In other words, it is their official state philosophy. Social Darwinism is the official state philosophy in England. Darwin wouldn't exist if it weren't for the freemasonry,  because he was a man on the verge of suicide. It was the freemasons who had set him on motion. Hegel, Thomas Huxley, these philosophers are freemasons. Actually, Darwin had a guilty conscience and deep down he was feeling disturbed about being godless but upon the request of the English deep state, he carried on with his work anyway. And suffered in agony and anguish for it. Huxley was called 'Darwin's Bulldog' and he was a member of Royal Society that is completely composed of freemasons. It was these 33rd degree freemasons of England that initiated the spread of the idea of evolution. I am a 33rd degree freemason myself but it is freemasonry that has made Darwinism a dominant philosophy in the world. Darwin's grandfather was also a freemason. This is not Darwin's achievement alone. Freemasonry helped him spread this idea worldwide. But now the time has come for Darwinism to be wiped off. We have entered a period in which satan will be defeated. Normally, I should defend the freemasons here right? But I am disclosing this information because I am an honest person. The spread of Darwinism is completely the work of freemasons. It is, again the freemasons that is behind the English deep state. But it is the unseen friends of God that will bring the end of atheist freemasonry, and neutralize them.

You know that, after adopting Darwin's theory, the English deep state committed unspeakable atrocities in their colonies and they called it science. They claimed that everything they had done was done in the name of science. For example, they slaughtered masses in Morocco, Tunisia, Turkey etc. and regarded it as science. They claimed that, "Turks are an underdeveloped race. They are transitional species between animals and humans. Social Darwinism and science demands that we wipe them out." Even several Turks joined them following the idea that "we should support the English because they are doing it in the name of science." The British deep state claimed that science was the main philosophy behind their practices. The English deep state never accepted that what they had done was cruel. They claimed that they were solely putting the science in practice. And masonry is the dominant force behind the English deep state. Because Darwin, his great grandfathers, Hegel were all high level freemasons.
Darwin said in his depressed state that "I can't take it anymore, I will kill myself." These can be read in his letters. But the freemasonry convinced him to carry on with his work. But they will never succeed. For example, the palace that the Prophet Moses (pbuh) lived in his youth, the palace of Pharaoh, was a freemason sanctuary. Freemasons use all the images and symbols that it found in that palace. It was a classic freemason temple. In fact freemasons still hold their meetings in there. I have images of the meetings that I can show you. But freemasonry has changed its course towards the unity of God and coming of Moshiach by the means of us, Insha'Allah, it is the will of God. The power of satan is nil before the power of God.

There is a strange jinn that freemasons use, Baphomet. Do we have any pictures of it?
KARTAL GOKTAN: Let me check.

ADNAN OKTAR: They never admit that they have come to these countries for colonization and oppression. They claim that they have come in the name of science; in other words, social Darwinism. They murder masses and claim that it is in the nature of science. They say that, "You can see this even in Africa as a pride of lions attack a pack of hyenas and kill them all. This is the nature of evolution. So when we attack and kill these people, what we do is in line with social Darwinism. And it brings balance to the universe, while a superior race of humans evolves. One of the benefits of social Darwinism is that it helps the advancement of our civilization. And the other benefit is that the quality of the human race increases. This is also true for animals. The survival of the fittest increases the quality of species. So when we will have the Bangladeshi, Indians, Turks etc. wiped off the face of the earth, there will only remain the high quality European race." And they consent to this mentality in affirmation. So it is the duty of the Mahdi and his followers to abolish such a preposterous idea.

BULENT SEZGIN: The pictures are ready, Mr. Oktar.

ADNAN OKTAR: Show them please. Yes, the freemasons use it frequently, Baphomet. Do you know its origin? This is the jinn controlled by the Prophet Solomon (pbuh). He had Baphomet carry out many tasks. Baphomet is not what it looks like. It might look scary but it is a quite helpful jinn. The Prophet Solomon (pbuh) would summon him from his ring and make him carry out his orders. Baphomet was a hardworking jinn. I am not sure if it is still alive as many years have passed. 3500 years is too long for a jinn to live. Their life spans are approximately 2000-2500 years. But it might have children who are living. We will see when we find the ring of the Prophet Solomon (pbuh) because they live inside the ring for generations. Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) will put the ring on his right ring finger, Insha'Allah. It is a golden ring with a ruby stone. The jinn that carry out orders are inside that stone. We will see if they will cause any trouble. Insha'Allah, they will be kept under control. But we have faith in Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) as he will succeed in getting them under his control with the will of God. This is not something we can accomplish but Hazrat Mahdi will accomplish this, Insha'Allah.
In England, when you look at the buildings from 12th, 13th or 15th centuries, you can see that each of them has Masonic symbols. Secret signs and inexplicable symbols are very common among these buildings. England is the stronghold of freemasonry.
The secret society that founded the English deep state is called Round Table. It was founded in 1909. It is a top secret society with historical connections to Knight Templars, Knight Hospitallers and Belmond Brotherhood. Thanks to God, I am also a Knight Templar. Only, I haven't become a Knight Hospitaller yet but I believe I will be one in the coming months. We are in touch. The Master of the Knight Hospitallers wants to visit us. If that meeting goes well, it will only be a matter of time. The main philosophy of the Round Table, which is a Masonic community, is to wipe the poor nations off the face of the earth, to generate a superior race with the help of eugenics. They want to get rid of the other races. They believe that the Turks, Indians, and the other races should be eliminated with the claim that they are underdeveloped races. They only want their so-called advanced races to remain. This is a secret idea and philosophy.

Their goal is to found an exclusive organization that resembles a police state and with that organization, to ensure the world domination of superior races and elimination of other races, and to build a world state and own its government; these are what they are working for. But after our intervention, right now, the Quran has become prevalent in all the sanctuaries of the Knight Templars and freemasons, thanks to God. Darwinism has fallen from grace everywhere. Freemasonry is a structure that believes in independent science. So when they read our books, there was nothing left to do for them other than believing us. Darwin is lying, Darwinism is actually a lie. So they had to accept that we were right. We explained the Quran to them and they accepted that the Quran is true. At that moment, the game was over for the deep state. They tried to play a game but were beaten. We won't allow them to play any more games. I will give the British deep state more hard times, they won't be able to escape. I don't shy away from talking even though I am a freemason myself. Theirs is a Masonic structure as well.

The American version, CFR was founded by Round Table. It is a Masonic organization. CFR is known to be of American origin but it was actually founded by the British deep state. CFR is considered pure American, but English freemasons are its founders.

You are familiar with eugenics; it is an idea that aims to eliminate people who are disabled or considered inferior until only certain European races remain. Rothschilds are considered to lead both the American and British branches of this organization along with their close colleague Lord Alfred Milner. They were the leaders of this movement. One good side of freemasonry is that they believe in positive sciences, in other words they do not deny anything that is proven to be true. For example, we told the freemasons that theory was wrong. They answered, "Is it so? Tell us the reasons then." When we explained them the reasons, they found our explanation reasonable and accepted it.

They considered the Quran to be the root of bigotry. But when we told them the truth of the Quran they said, "if this is the true Quran, then I am a Muslim." During their visit, the master freemasons who currently govern USA and Europe said, "If this is true Islam, from now on we are Muslims." There was a Christian priest that was also a freemason among them; he asked "How do we explain this to our families? Should I tell my wife and children openly or should I keep this a secret?" I told him to keep it a secret. He said he was a Muslim that "if what you have told us, what is written in the Quran is true, then I am a Muslim." The master of the Knight Templars is a Muslim but he does not state it openly even to his wife. He only reads the Quran and my books all day long. He admitted this himself by saying, "I have dedicated my life to these books and I read them ceaselessly." Freemasons are honest people. They actually believed in eugenics, in Darwin because they considered them to be scientific. We may find it annoying now but they were really under that assumption.

The English version of CFR is named Chatham House. The intelligence tradition of the British deep state is based fundamentally on two cultures. First the secret freemason rites that were founded by Knight Templars. The other is the masonic organization called Scottish Rite. Scottish Rite is the greatest masonic organization. But they were on the wrong path so now we are guiding them to the right direction. They are not very stubborn or strict at all. They accept everything that is true. They actually listen to reason.

If the military alliance formed by Muslim countries and led by Saudi Arabia is directly aimed at ISIS, this is an outrageous act. If they do not plan to protect Muslims and only plan to fight against a Muslim but terrorist organization, ISIS, this is outrageous. It should not be approved in anyway. Additionally, let me tell them that they are not strong enough to deal with ISIS. It is a pointless effort. Otherwise, USA or Russia would have dealt with them already. But neither the USA nor Russia, or France launches a ground assault. So they want the soldiers of the Muslim countries to attack ISIS instead. Muslims should be careful not to fall into this trap because they want to set Muslims against each other. Saudi Arabia should know that this world is only temporary. There is no reason for them to act with such greed they should come to their senses. This project of setting Muslims against each other is a recent plot of the English deep state. It is time for some rulers to act wisely.

President Suleyman Demirel once said, "Soon, the idea of a Kurdish state will emerge so we have to be prepared." Mrs. Mitterand, Lord Avebury and the founder of the English think-tank Chatham House openly supported the idea of a Kurdish state. There are documents regarding this. He says, “I have warned the English Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Hurd.” And he stated, "What they talk about among themselves behind the curtains is very different than their public statements. They will try to found a Kurdish state in Iraq so we must be prepared. We should take every possibility into consideration regarding this issue." There had been a statement by Chatham House regarding Kurdistan and Demirel mentioned it to the public. Chatham House is a Masonic structure as well. This is also evident by documents. These are not speculations, there are official documents regarding these issues.

Darwin says that: "I can prove it to you that the fight based on natural selection provided and keeps providing benefits to the advancement of civilization more then you can imagine. Think about the danger the Europe was under when the Turks invaded Europe a few centuries ago. But today, we find the Turkish invasion of Europe ridiculous. The civilized races know as the races of Europe prevailed against the Turkish barbarism. When I look into the not-so-far future of our world, I see that most of the inferior races like Turks will be eliminated, destroyed by the superior races."
This is a grave threat. Gladstone, the Prime Minister of England between 1880-1885, insulted the Ottomans and Turkish nation countless times. He said, "Turks are the non-human specimens of humanity." In other words, he said that Turks are animals, may God forbid. "For the survival of our civilization, we have to drive them back to the steppes of Asia or destroy them in Anatolia." They are currently trying to achieve this through the PKK. "The evil the Turks have done can only be eliminated in this way, by their destruction." This is the origin of their current extermination policy. This is a philosophy that was presented by the British deep state.


Excerpt from Mr. Adnan Oktar's Live Conversation on A9TV dated January 5th, 2016

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ayatollah Khameni on fighting ignorance and the vested interests of ignorance : Full Text of his speech on 16 May 2015

Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei : 
I want to choose and present in brief from this huge collection of lessons of the Ordainment is that Ordainment was meant to fight “ignorance.” In Islamic literature, the “ignorance” denotes the time period before the Ordainment of the revered Prophet [of Islam (PBUH)]. [We] must not imagine that this ignorance was special to the Arabian Peninsula and Arabs in Mecca and Hejaz and other places; no; that ignorance was general. Even Iran in those days was submerged in ignorance; the Roman Empire in that time was also neck-deep in ignorance. Islam and Ordainment of Prophet (PBUH) came about to counter all this ignorance. Ignorance does not simply mean absence of knowledge. In Islamic terms and in Islamic literature, ignorance has a much wider meaning. Part of ignorance is absence of knowledge and not having knowledge, but ignorance, in its wider sense, means the dominance and governance of the force of concupiscence and human rage on living environment; this is [true meaning of] ignorance. Ignorance means that human societies, overcome by carnal desires and rage of mostly their rulers, change in such a way that virtues are lost and proclivities reign; this is ignorance.



http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/05/18/411661/Khamenei-peshmerga-kurdistan-kurds

The following is the full text of a speech by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on the occasion of Mab'ath on May 16.
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
I congratulate this great and historical and unique Eid (festivity) to all of you esteemed attendants and dear guests and the entire Iranian nation and all the Muslims of the world, and also to all people whose hearts beat for justice and humanity and freedom. The Ordainment [of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to prophethood] is a time of festivity for all people and not just for Muslims. Celebrating the Ordainment and commemoration of the day of the Ordainment is mostly for the purpose of [making us] go over the main theme of the Ordainment and learn lessons from it; this is the purpose. We need the lessons [that we learn] from Ordainment for good; the Ordainment was not just a historical event for a certain juncture of time; [it was] for all periods of history.
Today, what I want to choose and present in brief from this huge collection of lessons of the Ordainment is that Ordainment was meant to fight “ignorance.” In Islamic literature, the “ignorance” denotes the time period before the Ordainment of the revered Prophet [of Islam (PBUH)]. [We] must not imagine that this ignorance was special to the Arabian Peninsula and Arabs in Mecca and Hejaz and other places; no; that ignorance was general. Even Iran in those days was submerged in ignorance; the Roman Empire in that time was also neck-deep in ignorance. Islam and Ordainment of Prophet (PBUH) came about to counter all this ignorance. Ignorance does not simply mean absence of knowledge. In Islamic terms and in Islamic literature, ignorance has a much wider meaning. Part of ignorance is absence of knowledge and not having knowledge, but ignorance, in its wider sense, means the dominance and governance of the force of concupiscence and human rage on living environment; this is [true meaning of] ignorance. Ignorance means that human societies, overcome by carnal desires and rage of mostly their rulers, change in such a way that virtues are lost and proclivities reign; this is ignorance.
There was a vast realm of ignorance in the life of ignorant people. On the one hand, [there was] unbridled [rule of] carnal desires, sexual lust and the likes of that – now you look at the environment of the Arabian Peninsula; [but] other environments were also like that. They were immersed in their passions in an unrestricted manner and everybody who could, would follow his/her carnal desires. On the other hand, the same people who were subdued by their lust, [they] went to the most extreme imaginable limit and border when it came to brutality and destructiveness and bloodletting; that is, they killed their own children. [Quran says:] “Verily, those who killed their children are at loss – those who killed their own children. “[They] are imbeciles without knowledge.” This is out of imbecility; this imbecility is the same as ignorance. The brutality reaches a point where [they] not only [do not have mercy on] other people’s children, not only [show no mercy to] innocent women and children of others, but they show no mercy to their own children as well. This is ignorance. On the one side, lust, on the other side, rage; then the environment of life will become hostage to these two untamable, unrestrained sentiments. Islam came to change this situation. Of course, exactly the same [situation] existed in royal courts of Sassanid Iran, in royal courts of Roman Empire, in other places where there were tyrant and oppressive empires and courts and rules. Islam stood up against all this ugly reality; “[Islam] is issuer of warning to the entire world.” It addressed its warning to the entire world; this is the message of Islam.
Today, ignorance still exists in the world; we must open our eyes and recognize ignorance; today this concept exactly exists; unlimited, unrestrained [and] illogical pursuit of lust. Today, the logic behind pursuit of lust in the Western world is “inclination.” We say why you promote homosexuality and same-sex [relations]? They say, ‘Well, this is a human inclination’. This is their logic! The same people who stop at nothing and continue to go ahead in the pursuit of sexual lust and various kinds of human lust without observing any red lines, when it comes to brutality, one can see the same situation here: they kill human beings, kill the innocent; [and] suppress nations that have done nothing wrong. This is the ignorance that exists today; the modern ignorance. The difference between this ignorance and the ignorance at the advent [of Islam] – as put by Quran, the early ignorance – is that today, ignorance is armed and equipped with the weapon of science, [and] the weapon of knowledge. That is, science, which must form the basis of human salvation, has turned into a means of misery for people and misery for human societies. Those people who are bullying the world today are bullying on the strength of the products of their knowledge. The weapon that they have is manufactured by and a product of knowledge. The intelligence tools that they have, the security tools that they have, the huge publicity tools that they have, these are products of science; [and] all of them are at the service of the same lust and rage. This is the situation of the world today. The Islamic society is faced with such a reality and the Islamic world must feel this; must understand this.
Today, ignorance has been reproduced; with very high capacity, [and] its danger is hundreds, even thousands of times bigger than the ignorance in early days and early period of Islam. Of course, Islam, thank God, has been also equipped today. The huge Islamic force has spread across the world today by taking advantage of various tools. And the hope for success, the hope for overcoming the stratagem of enemies is no trivial hope; it is a high hope. What is necessary, in the first place, is “foresight,” and in the second place “determination and perseverance.” This is what we Muslim nations need.
Well, today, the Islamic world is, truly and fairly speaking, in dire straits. You look at the situation of Islamic countries in our own region from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Syria and Lebanon and Palestine, and from Yemen to Libya. These Islamic countries in the region of West Asia and North Africa are grappling with many problems today: they have the problem of insecurity, the problem of fratricide, the problem of dominance of ruthless groups and on the back of all of them, the problem of arrogant plots of big powers topped by America, which enter [different] arenas in the name of protecting their interests and do whatever they want – which is [another form of] the aforesaid lust and rage; that is, they kill innocent human beings [and] support mischievous groups.
Their propaganda is, fairly speaking, wide-ranging propaganda and they cover all these [crimes] under various guises. This famous politician of the past generation of Britain, Churchill – and we Iranians know the name of Churchill very well –has a saying which contains a strange irony. He says the “truth” is so valuable that humans should certainly wrap it and hide it in a cover of lies! Just look at this logic! Lying, untrue propaganda, [and] saying something that is exactly the opposite of truth; this is what one can see in the policies of Western [countries].
Today, Americans claim that they want to fight against terrorism, while the most dangerous [and] ruthless terrorist groups have been created by them. Who created Daesh [ISIS]? They have confessed that they had the main role and share in the creation of Daesh. Who let other small and large groups – similar to Daesh – to wreak havoc on Iraq and Syria and other places? From what place these bullets and these tools and these dollars that are pouring into the pocket of these criminal and killer human beings come? From where does this money come? Who are these people who on the order of America’s policies support ruthless [and] dangerous terrorist groups in the region? Is there any doubt that the [world] arrogance has been playing the main role in creating terrorism and spreading terrorists and is helping them and supporting them in our region? When you look at all places in this region, you see that this evil hand of the enemies is busy creating the incident of terrorism. Who is supporting the fake Zionist government which is putting so much pressure on Palestine in this way in Gaza and the West Bank region? Who is backing them? Who is paving the road for them? Who is standing behind them? They are the Western powers with America on their top [which support them]. Then they say in their slogans, [and] their remarks that ‘we are against terrorism, we are opposed to Daesh’, and they lie; they do not tell the truth. This is ignorance; this is the same ignorance that exists in the world of today.

We must be vigilant. Dear brethren, dear nation of Iran, the great Islamic Ummah, [and] rulers of [Muslim] countries! Know that we can stand up to this ignorance. Today, ominous policies of arrogance are [aimed at] waging proxy wars in our region. For their own interests, they [want to] instigate regional countries or certain groups within [these] countries and make them fight each other and [let them] pursue their own interests; fill the pocket of arms manufacturing companies; [and] amend economic policies of their almost bankrupt economy; this is their goal; we must be vigilant.

They talk about the Persian Gulf region. Security of the Persian Gulf region is the common interest of the Persian Gulf countries; we, the countries around the Persian Gulf have a common interest. We are neighbors; security here will benefit all of us; if the Persian Gulf is secure, all of us benefit from this security and if it is insecure, it will be insecure for all [of us]. An insecure Persian Gulf will be insecure for all [regional countries], [but] those who should maintain this security are those to whom the Persian Gulf belongs; [it] belongs to them; is their home. Who is America to come here [and] talk about problems of the Persian Gulf; and recruit allies? They do not seek security, they seek their own interests and [if] considered necessary, [they] make a place insecure and support the agent of insecurity.
Well, Yemen has become insecure; Yemen has become a field for the massacre of children and women; isn’t this insecurity? Who is supporting this insecurity? America [is supporting it]. Unfortunately, the agent [of insecurity] consists of countries that are Muslim in name; [they] are regional countries, but they have been deceived. It [America] is the supporter; it is the mastermind; it is them that are spreading terrorism.
Then, they say Iran [is supporting] terrorism. We fought terrorism; we slapped terrorism in the face. Terrorism emerged within our country through the money of our enemies and through the plot of America, [but] Iranian nation punched terrorism in the crux of the head within the country and it will be the same after this.
We cooperated with those who fought against terrorism in our country, in Iraq, in Syria [and] in Lebanon; helped them; [and] will continue to do so. We are against terrorism. Zionists are the most dangerous and the most evil of terrorists in this region. We are faced and opposed to Zionists. [US president] tells us that Iran is supporting terrorism! You are supporting terrorism; America is supporting the terrorist Zionist government; America created Daesh; America supported Daesh. You supported terrorists who kill people in Syria; burn people alive; cut open the chest of a dead person, bring out his heart and eat it; you supported these [terrorists]. You emboldened them. Your unmanned aircraft ruined people’s homes in Pakistan and Afghanistan; turned people’s wedding ceremonies into mourning – and this also happened in Iraq. You are doing such things; terrorism belongs to you; you are terrorist. [The US president] says, Iran [supports] terrorism. The terrorist [work] is your work. We are against terrorism and will fight against any terrorist. We support any oppressed; today the Yemeni nation is oppressed. No oppression is higher than this that in a forbidden month – the [lunar] month of Rajab is forbidden – [you kill Muslims]. [Even] infidels of Mecca stopped fighting when the month of Rajab started.
Today, uglier and worse than Mecca in that time are those [people] who make Yemeni families mourn in the month of Rajab – a forbidden month. [They] attack a point one hundred times, [and even] two hundred times in a day with aircraft, under a lame excuse, through erroneous arguments, [and] with false claims. This nation is an oppressed nation; the Yemeni nation is an oppressed nation; the Bahraini nation is an oppressed nation; the Palestinian nation is plagued with chronic oppression and for many years this nation has been under pressure. We support the oppressed as much as we can and to the extent that our abilities and our facilities allow, it is our duty; Islam has told us to “be enemy of the oppressor and assist the oppressed.” This is a recommendation from Emir al-Mou’menin [Imam Ali (PBUH)]. We don’t say, “Help your brother whether he is oppressed or oppressor;” this is a slogan [which is the result] of ignorance. They said whether your brother is oppressor or oppressed, you must defend him and support him. Quran does not say this; Islamic teachings have forbidden this. No; whoever is oppressor, he must be confronted and his oppression must be stopped; [and] whoever is oppressed, should be supported.

Regional countries should be careful; the policy of the enemies of this region and enemies of this Islamic complex is to scare these countries of one another; [is] to create phony enemy and keep the main enemy, which is arrogance, is the invading and aggressor [Western] companies and their affiliates, [and] is the Zionism, in a [safe] margin. [They want] to create phony enemy; to pit Iran against Arabs; [to pit] a given ethnic group against another given ethnic group; [and to pit] Shia against Sunni. These are the policies of enemies; these [policies] should be confronted. To confront such policies is [equal to] confronting the ignorance. The modern ignorance of today is a violent, ruthless, [and] brutal ignorance and is equipped with all kinds of tools. It must be confronted smartly and the Iranian nation has done this confrontation and will continue to do so.
Fortunately, the regional nations have been awakened; yes, the Islamic Awakening has been suppressed temporarily, but awakening cannot be suppressed; foresight cannot be suppressed. Iranian nation is awake. Many regional nations are aware and awake and the Islamic Ummah, thank God, is awaking. Of course, the enemies may dominate [for a short time] –there is an opportunity for evil; the evil will be given an opportunity. Today, these [issues] are the duty that we have with regard to the commemoration of the Ordainment of Prophet (PBUH); we must take care not to forget the mission of the Islamic Ummah and do not ignore the power of the Islamic Ummah. Fortunately, the power of the Islamic Ummah is very high; [and] the evident reason [for this high power] is that for many years they have been using all their force to suppress the power of the awakening and resistance in the region and have not been able [to do so]. They have been struggling against the Islamic Republic, which is the pivot of this awakening, for 35 years; thank God they have been defeated [so far] and will be defeated after this.
O Almighty! Bestow your greetings and mercy on all martyrs of this path and all those who struggled in this path. O Almighty! Resurrect our great Imam [Khomeini] who taught us these lessons and opened this path before us, with his [holy] guardians and resurrect our dear martyrs with Prophet (PBUH).

Peace be unto you and so may the mercy of Allah and His blessings.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ইউসুফ আল কারজাবির সুন্নাহর ওপর আরবি বইয়ের ইংরেজি অনুবাদ প্রসংগে শাহ্ আব্দুল হান্নান

উপসম্পাদকীয়
‘সুন্নাহর সান্নিধ্যে’ 
অসাধারণ একটি গ্রন্থ
শাহ্ আব্দুল হান্নান
০৬ মার্চ ২০১৫,শুক্রবার, ২০:৪৯

ইসলামি আইনের উৎস সুন্নাহ বা হাদিস সম্পর্কে বহু দিন থেকে পড়াশোনা করছি। কারণ সুন্নাহর উপলব্ধি মুসলিম ব্যক্তি ও জাতির জন্য অনেক গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। এর মধ্যে ড. ইউসুফ আল কারজাবির সুন্নাহর ওপর আরবি বইয়ের ইংরেজি অনুবাদ 'Approaching the Sunnah : Comprehension and Controversy' নেই। বইটি পড়ে আমার মনে হলো, সুন্নাহ বা হাদিস সম্পর্কে প্রায় সব প্রশ্নের উত্তর এ বইতে আছে। এখন এ বইয়ের বাংলা অনুবাদ ‘সুন্নাহর সান্নিধ্যে’ বাংলাদেশ ইনস্টিটিউট অব ইসলামিক থট (BIIT) উত্তরা, ঢাকা থেকে প্রকাশিত হয়েছে। তাদের ইমেইল নম্বর biit_or@yahoo.com। 

বইটির গুরুত্বপূর্ণ পয়েন্টগুলো তুলে ধরছি। বইটির তিনটি অধ্যায়।

প্রথম অধ্যায়ে তিনি সুন্নাহর বৈশিষ্ট্য আলোচনা করেছেন। 

ড. কারজাবির মতে, সুন্নাহর প্রধান বৈশিষ্ট্য হচ্ছে 

১. এটা একটি সুবিস্তৃত নমুনা। এতে জীবনের সব দিকের জন্যই হেদায়েত রয়েছে। 

২. এটি একটি ভারসাম্যপূর্ণ পদ্ধতি। 

৩. কুরআনের ব্যাখ্যা। 

৪. সুন্নাহ একটি বাস্তব প্রয়োগযোগ্য পদ্ধতি উপস্থাপন করে। 

৫. সুন্নাহ একটি সহজ পথ। সুন্নাহর অন্যতম লক্ষ্য হচ্ছে জীবনকে সহজ করা, কঠিন না করা। কুরআনের সূরা আরাফের ১৫৭ আয়াতে বলা হয়েছে, রাসূল সা: তাদের (মানবজাতির) পিঠের বোঝা নামিয়ে দেবেন। অর্থাৎ নানা ধরনের রীতি রেওয়াজ ও সামাজিকতার বোঝা বাদ দিয়ে দেবেন এবং যেসব শিকল দ্বারা তারা আবদ্ধ, তা কেটে দেবেন (অর্থাৎ অতিরিক্ত আইন কানুনের বোঝা কমিয়ে দেবেন)। রাসূল সা: সুন্নাহ দ্বারা তাই নিশ্চিত করেছেন।

এরপর তিনি তিনটি বিষয় সম্পর্কে সাবধান করে দিয়েছেনঃ- 

১. চরমপন্থীদের কর্তৃক সুন্নাহর বিকৃতি। 

২. জাল হাদিস অনুপ্রবেশ করানোর চেষ্টা এবং 

৩. মূর্খদের প্রদত্ত ব্যাখ্যা (দ্রষ্টব্য পৃ-১২-১৫)। 

তিনি একই সাথে সুন্নাহর প্রমাণের ক্ষেত্রে দৃঢ়তা অবলম্বন করতে বলেছেন। নেক কাজে উদ্বুদ্ধ করার জন্য হাদিস জাল করা যায়, এ মত তিনি শক্তভাবে খণ্ডন করেছেন (পৃ. ২৪-২৭)।

দ্বিতীয় অধ্যায়ে তিনি আইন ও প্রচারের উৎস হিসেবে সুন্নাহর বিষয়ে আলোচনা করেছেন। তিনি বলেছেন, সব আইনবিদই সুন্নাহকে আইনের উৎস হিসেবে গ্রহণ করেছেন। তিনি প্রথম অধ্যায়ে সুন্নাহর বিরুদ্ধে অতীত ও বর্তমানকালে যারা যুক্তি দিয়েছেন, তাদের যুক্তি খণ্ডন করেছেন।

দ্বিতীয় অধ্যায়ে তিনি আরো বলেন, ফিকাহর ইজতিহাদভিত্তিক যেসব বিধান রয়েছে, তার মধ্যে পরিবর্তনের প্রয়োজন দেখা দিলে কেবল ইসলামের শ্রেষ্ঠ আলেমরাই তা করতে পারেন। 

তিনি দু’টি উদাহরণ দিয়েছেন। তিনি মুসলিম-অমুসলিমের রক্তপণ বা রক্তমূল্য (প্রাণের মূল্য) অসমান - এ মত প্রত্যাখ্যান করেন এবং তা সমান - এ মতকে প্রাধান্য দিয়েছেন। তেমনিভাবে নারী ও পুরুষের রক্তপণ (প্রাণের মূল্য) এক - এ মতকেই প্রাধান্য দিলেন।

তিনি বলেন, আমাদের জন্য সহিহ ও হাসান হাদিসই যথেষ্ট। জয়িফের কোনো প্রয়োজনই নেই।

তৃতীয় অধ্যায়ে তিনি সহিহ হাদিস গ্রহণের নীতিমালা বা বোঝার নীতিমালা আলোচনা করেছেন। এ প্রসঙ্গে তিনি মোট আটটি নীতি দিচ্ছেন। 

১. কুরআনের আলোকে বোঝা। কুরআন হচ্ছে ইসলামের হৃদয় এবং ইসলামের সংবিধান। সুন্নাহ্ হচ্ছে তার ভাষ্য। তাই সুন্নাহকে কুরআনের আলোকেই বুঝতে হবে। কুরআন-পরিপন্থী কোনো ব্যাখ্যা করা যাবে না হাদিসের। যদি কোনো সহিহ হাদিসের দু’টি ব্যাখ্যা হয়, তা হলে যে ব্যাখ্যা কুরআনের সাথে সঙ্গতিপূর্ণ, সে ব্যাখ্যা গ্রহণ করতে হবে। 

দ্বিতীয়ত, হাদিস বুঝতে হলে একই বিষয়ের সব সহিহ হাদিসকে একত্রে দেখতে হবে। তা হলে হাদিসের সঠিক তাৎপর্য বোঝা সম্ভব হবে। এ প্রসঙ্গে তিনি পায়ের গিরার নিচে চলে যায় এমন ইজারসংক্রান্ত হাদিসগুলো একত্র করে মন্তব্য করেন, এ নিষেধাজ্ঞা তাদের জন্যই প্রযোজ্য যারা গর্বের প্রকাশ হিসেবে তা করে, অন্যদের ক্ষেত্রে তা প্রযোজ্য নয় (পৃষ্ঠা ১১২-১১৪)।

এ প্রসঙ্গে তিনি আল বুখারির একটি হাদিস উল্লেখ করেছেন। সেখানে বলা হয়েছে, ‘যে বাড়িতে লাঙ্গল প্রবেশ করে তা সম্মানহানির কারণ হয়।’ কিন্তু ড. কারজাবি এ-সংক্রান্ত সব সহিহ হাদিস একত্র করে দেখান, এটি কেবল প্রযোজ্য তাদের ক্ষেত্রে যারা জিহাদের সময় নিজের দায়িত্ব পালন না করে কৃষিকাজে ব্যস্ত থাকে। অন্যান্য হাদিসে কৃষিকাজকে উৎসাহিত করা হয়েছে (পৃ ১১৭-১২০)।

তৃতীয় নীতি হচ্ছে, সহিহ হাদিসে পার্থক্য থাকলে সমন্বয় করতে হবে। সমন্বয় করতে না পারলে কোনো একটিকে অগ্রাধিকার দিতে হবে। এ প্রসঙ্গে তিনি মহিলাদের কবর জিয়ারতসংক্রান্ত সব সহিহ হাদিস উল্লেখ করেছেন যার অধিকাংশ নারীদের। তেমনিভাবে কবর জিয়ারতের অনুমতি দেয়া হয়েছে, যেমন পুরুষদের। এ হাদিসগুলো অগ্রাধিকার পাওয়ার যোগ্য। তবে নিষেধাজ্ঞাসূচক হাদিসগুলোর সাথে এভাবে সমন্বয়ও করা যায় যে, মহিলারা অতিরিক্ত কবর জিয়ারত করবেন না (পৃ. ১২৩-১২৫)।

হাদিস বোঝার জন্য চতুর্থ মূলনীতি হচ্ছে, হাদিসে উল্লিখিত ঘটনাগুলোর সাথে সম্পর্কিত বিষয়াবলি বিবেচনায় নিতে হবে। 

হাদিস বোঝার জন্য পঞ্চম মূলনীতি হচ্ছে, হাদিসের লক্ষ্যের দিকে খেয়াল রাখতে হবে। উপকরণে পরিবর্তন হতে পারে। এ প্রসঙ্গে তিনি রাসূল সা:-এর নির্দেশ যে, মক্কার ওজন ও মদিনার পরিমাপকে গ্রহনের উল্লেখ করেন। সে সময় মক্কার ওজন ও মদিনার পরিমাণ সবচেয়ে স্ট্যান্ডার্ড ছিল। সুতরাং হাদিসের লক্ষ্য হচ্ছে ওজন ও পরিমাপ যেন উন্নতমানের হয়। আজকের মিটার মাপ এবং কিলোগ্রাম ওজন গ্রহণ করা ইসলামি নীতিমালার সাথে সামঞ্জস্যপূর্ণ। 

এ প্রসঙ্গে তিনি আধুনিককালে যন্ত্রের সাহায্যে চাঁদ দেখার বিষয় আলোচনা করেছেন। রাসূল সা: বলেছেন, চাঁদ দেখে রোজা রাখা এবং রোজা ভাঙা। চাঁদ দেখা না গেলে হিসাব করো। ড. কারজাবি বলেন, সে যুগে চাঁদ দেখার উন্নত যন্ত্রপাতি ছিল না। কিন্তু এখন তা আছে। সুতরাং যন্ত্রের সাহায্যে চাঁদ দেখে রোজা রাখা ও রোজা ভাঙা তিনি অধিকতর সঙ্গত মনে করেন। কারণ এ হিসাব অধিক সঠিক (পৃ. ১৫২-১৬২)। 

ড. কারজাবি হাদিস উপলব্ধির জন্য ৬ নম্বর নীতি উল্লেখ করেছেন - আলঙ্কারিক এবং আক্ষরিক অর্থের মধ্যে পার্থক্য করা। 

ড. কারজাবি উল্লেখ করছেন, নীল ও ফোরাত নদী জান্নাত থেকে, জান্নাত তরবারির ছায়ার নিচে, মায়ের পায়ের তলে জান্নাত এবং কালো পাথর জান্নাত থেকে - এসব কথাকে রূপক বা আলঙ্কারিক অর্থে গ্রহণ করতে হবে।

হাদিস বোঝার জন্য সপ্তম নীতি হচ্ছে, দৃশ্যমান পৃথিবী এবং অদৃশ্য আখিরাতসংক্রান্ত হাদিসগুলোর পার্থক্য বোঝা। 
আখিরাতের বর্ণনা-সংক্রান্ত হাদিসগুলো দুনিয়ার physics বা পদার্থবিদ্যা দ্বারা বোঝা যাবে না। যদি হাদিসটি সহিহ হয়, তবে কেবল পদার্থবিদ্যার আলোকে তা অসম্ভব বলে গ্রহণ না করা অযৌক্তিক হবে। আখিরাতের নিয়মকানুন ভিন্ন হবে।
হাদিস বোঝার জন্য অষ্টম নীতিমালা হচ্ছে, কুরআন ও হাদিসে ব্যবহৃত শব্দগুলো আধুনিককালের অর্থে নয়; বরং কুরআন নাজিল কালের অর্থের আলোকে তা গ্রহণ করতে হবে। যেমনÑ আধুনিক ফটোগ্রাফিকে আগের যুগের তাসবির বলা যাবে না। 

‘সুন্নাহর সান্নিধ্যে’ বইটি খুবই গুরুত্বপূর্ণ। বইটি পড়লে সুন্নাহ বা হাদিস সম্পর্কে আমরা গভীর বিষয়গুলো উপলব্ধি করতে সক্ষম হবো।

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

“মুমিন ফিকাহবিদগন ইসলামের দুর্গ” –হাদীস

ইসলামকে রক্ষা করা একটি অতীব গুরুত্বপূর্ণ ও নিঃশর্ত কর্তব্য। কোন শর্ত বা দ্বিধাদ্বন্দ্ব ছাড়াই এই কর্তব্য পালন করতে হবে।

এই দ্বায়িত্ব পালন করার জন্য সকল কর্তৃপক্ষ, জনসমষ্টি এবং দ্বিনী জ্ঞান চর্চার প্রতিষ্ঠান ও সংগঠনকে অবশ্যই গভীর ও ব্যাপক চিন্তা-ভাবনা করতে হবে। এজন্য নিজেকে সকল দিক দিয়ে প্রস্তুত করতে হবে। ইসলাম সংরক্ষণ কাজে প্রয়োজনীয় প্রস্তুতি ও আয়োজন গ্রহন করতে হবে।

ইসলামের বিশ্বাস, কর্তৃপক্ষ, সংস্থা, ব্যাবস্থাপনা, আইন-বিধানকে রক্ষা করতে হবে – যেমন করে খোদ রাসুল করীম (সাঃ) করেছেন। ...

এখনতো গোটা ইসলামই প্রায় অপরিচিত হয়ে পড়েছে – শুধু নামটাই বাকী আছে। ক্বোরাণ উল্লেখিত অপরাধের দন্ডসমূহ এখন উপেক্ষিত। ক্বোরাণ উল্লেখিত সে সব দন্ডের করা আয়াত হিসাবে পাঠ করা হয় বটে – কিন্তু এই পাঠ করা ছাড়া আর কোন কার্যকারিতাই অবশিষ্ট রাখা হয়নি। আমরা এখন ক্বোরাণ পাঠ করি প্রতিটি হরফের মাখরাজ ঠিকভাবে আদায় করার জন্য – যেন উচ্চারণে ভুল না করি সেজন্য গুরুত্ব দেয়া হচ্ছে। কিন্তু সামাজিক জীবনের বাস্তব বিপর্যয়, সারা দেশে সরকারী পৃষ্ঠপোষকতায় বা সরকারের চোখ-কানের নিকটেই সরকারী কর্মচারীদের আনুকুল্যে যাবতীয় পাপ ও চরিত্র ধ্বংসকারী কার্যাবলী ব্যাপকভাবে সংঘটিত হচ্ছে, পাপ পংকে নিমজ্জিত গোটা সমাজের জনগণ – সেদিকে আমাদের ভ্রুক্ষেপ নেই।  শুধু তাই নয়, সে জন্য আমাদের যা কোন দায়িত্ব আছে – তাও আমরা চিন্তা করি না, চিন্তা করার প্রয়োজনও মনে করি না।  আমরা ক্বোরাণের আয়াতটি পড়ে শুধু  এতটুকুই মনে করি যে অপরাধের শাস্তির বিধান ক্বোরাণে আছে – কিন্তু সে বিধান কার্যকর করার জন্য আমাদের করণীয় নিয়ে ভাবিনা।

এখন প্রশ্ন হল, রাসুল করীম (সাঃ) কি ক্বোরাণে বর্ণীত বিধিবিধান সম্পর্কিত আয়াতসমূহ কি শুধু সুন্দরভাবে তেলাওয়াত করেই তাঁর দ্বায়িত্ব  শেষ করেছেন, না কি এগুলো বাস্তবায়িত করার, কার্যকর করার ব্যাবস্থা গ্রহন করেছেন? রাসুলুল্লাহ (সাঃ) এর খলীফাগণ কি শরীয়তের হুকুম-আহকাম লোকেদের মধ্যে শুধু পৌঁছিয়ে দিয়েই দ্বায়িত্ব শেষ করেছেন, না কি তা কার্যকর করেছেন?  ...

ইসলাম তো দুনিয়ায় এসেছে ন্যায়বাদী সুবিচারক সরকারের মাধ্যমে সমাজকে সুসংবদ্ধ, দোষমুক্ত ও সুসংগঠিত করার জন্য। আর ইসলামি সরকারের পক্ষেই তা করা সম্ভব। আমরা (আলেম ও ফিকীহরা) ইসলাম সংরক্ষণের জন্য বিশেষভাবে দ্বায়িত্বশীল।  এটা অতীব গুরুত্বপূর্ণ কর্তব্য।  নামাজ ও রোজার তুলনায় এর গুরুত্ব মোটেই কম নয়। এ এমন একটি মহান কর্তব্য যা পালনের জন্য ইতিহাসে বহু পবিত্র রক্ত প্রবাহিত হয়েছে। ইমাম হুসাইন (রাঃ) এর রক্তের চেয়েও কি আমার-আপনার রক্ত বেশী মূল্যবান? তাঁর রক্তই তো প্রবাহিত হয়েছে ইসলামের পথে, কেবল ইসলাম রক্ষার্থে।

এই কথাটির তাৎপর্য আমাদের খুব ভালভাবে অনুধাবন করা উচিত।  আমরা রাসুলুল্লাহ (সাঃ) এর উত্তরাধিকারি হতে পারব, তাঁর খলিফা হতে পারব যখন নিজেরা ইসলামকে আসল রূপে বুঝব এবং জনসাধারণকে বুঝাবো। 

একথা বলা উচিৎ হবে না যে, ইমাম মাহাদী (আঃ) না আসা পর্যন্ত আমরা একাজ (ইসলামী সরকার গঠন) করব না। আমরা কি তাঁর (অর্থাৎ ইমাম মাহাদী আঃ এর) অপেক্ষায় নামাজ পড়ার কাজ ছেড়ে দিয়েছি?


এরূপ কথা বলাও সম্পূর্ণ অবাঞ্ছীত – যেমন কেউ কেউ বলে থাকেন যে, পাপের ব্যাপক প্রচলন হোক, তা’ হলেই তো ইমাম মাহাদী (আঃ)এর আগমন আসন্ন হবে। তার অর্থ তারা বলতে চান যে, পাপের ব্যাপক বিস্তার না হওয়া পর্যন্ত ইমাম মাহাদী (আঃ) এর আগমন সংঘটিত হবে না।  একথা খুবই অবাঞ্ছনীয়।  ... ইসলামের সমস্ত বিধি-বিধান অধ্যায়নে আমাদের গভীরভাবে মনোনিবেশ করা কর্তব্য। ইসলামের প্রকৃত রূপ জনগনের সামনে তুলে ধরুন।  এ বিষয়ে লেখনী চালনা করুন। চতুর্দিকে তা প্রচার করে দিন। আল্লাহর মর্জী হলে তা জনগনের উপর ব্যাপক প্রভাব বিস্তার করবে।

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 - বিলায়েতে ফকীহ, ইরাকের নজফে নির্বাসিত থাকা কালে ওলামায়ে কিরাম ও মাদ্রাসা ছাত্রদের উদ্দেশ্যে ইমাম খোমেনির বক্তৃতা থেকে নির্বাচিত উদ্ধৃতি।
 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Religious Diplomacy Speech (UNESCO, Paris) -By Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, Director at Committee for Historical Research in Islam and Judaism

Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics
Religious Diplomacy Speech (UNESCO, Paris)
A Global Summit
Co-sponsored by the
Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics
And Amitié Judéo-Musulmane de France
In Cooperation with Alsadiqin

UNESCO HEADQUARTERS, PARIS

JULY 2, 2014 CONFERENCE ROOM IX

Religious Diplomacy Speech (UNESCO, Paris)

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Rabbi Ben Abrahamson
Director at Committee for Historical Research in Islam and Judaism

Your Excellencies, Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, my name is Ben Abrahamson and I am the director and founder of the Al Sadiqin organization which does historical research into Islam and Judiasm. Al Sadiqin provides material for religious scholars, courts and politicians that are involved in cultural and religious diplomacy.

By the term religious diplomacy we don't mean using diplomacy to handle religious conflicts, but rather increasing the visibility of religious and cultural leaders in the diplomatic process.

Echoing what the former Foreign Minister of Turkey said just now, I note that Religious Affairs Directorate Deputy Chairman for Foreign Relations, Mehmet Gormez, noted that religious diplomacy will continue to play an effective role in the way international relations take shape. He said: "Religion has always been a factor that affects international relations. We see that throughout history religion was a factor both in the founding of states and in their dissolution process. Today the impact of religion in international relations is becoming increasingly more valuable, and we will see it peak in the future." Religious diplomacy was credited by the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, for Christians and Muslims reach out to each other in Sudan; in assisting in the release of Korean captives by the Taliban; and what could be termed "high-level Abrahamic" dialogue between the US and Iran. As the deputy minister eloquantly explained, Kosovo has seen very positive results by stressing religious diplomacy in its diplomatic efforts. Perhaps an example of this is the bottom up approach with Iraq and Afghanistan, where religious communities leaders systematically approached first. In Turkey, observant people are using any excuse to seek reconciliation with communities in Turkey's Southeast region.

Mutual respect is the starting point of any dialogue

Main point===

Dispelling stereotypes and misunderstandings are another key factor.

One of these mistaken ideas is that religious tolerance and universal human rights are a strictly non-religious, or at least religiously skeptical idea. That sincere and devout religion is the problem and will take farther from a solution. In fact we find in the very foundations of our modern society that from the Early modern Christians in the West to the Ottomans, we find deeply religious people arguing in favor of religious toleration, and doing so on religious grounds.

Dutch Statesman Hugo Grotius "[in any nation] there always lived some Strangers [upstanding citizens unfamiliar with local custom and law] in the Hebrew, hasidei ummot,These, as the Hebrew Rabbins say, were obliged to keep the [universal] Precepts given to Adam and Noah". James Harrington and Thomas Hobbes saw the Noahide Law not as applying to foreigners in the Commonwealth but universally to all citizens, as the law "that which God hath declared to all men by His eternall word borne with them, to wit, their naturall Reason." .

In the Qur'an this message is reinforced:

To each among you have we prescribed a Shariah (law) and Minhaj (custom). If Allah had so willed, He could have made you a single Ummah (faith community), but (His plan is) to test you in what He hath given you: so strive as in a race in all virtues. The goal of you all is to Allah; it is He that will show you the truth about the matters in which you are different; (Surat Al Maeda 5,48)

"To each is a goal to which Allah turns him; then strive together (as in a race) Towards all that is good. Wheresoever ye are, Allah will bring you Together. For Allah Hath power over all things." (Surat Al Baqara 2.148)

To every people (was sent) an Law Giver: when their Law Giver comes (before them) the matter will be judged between them with justice and they will not be wronged. (Surat Al-Yunus 10,47)

The Torah teaches this in describing the circles of believers:

Psalm 115:9-12 says "O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: He is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: He is their help and their shield. You that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: He is their help and their shield."

Rabbinic commentary says that Jethro (Shu-ayb) was a "Bnei Noah" (righteous non-Jew). The "Children of Jethro" were "God fearers" also called "Kenites". Targum Onkelos always translates "Kenites" as Salamai or Muslamai. In this verse we have three circles. The Children of Aaron (the priesthood), the Children of Israel and the God-fearers / Muslamai

Until here ===

We see the European Union under stress because it does not know how to make active and sincere faith to foster a liberal sense of unity. On the other hand a Union in the middle east, led by Turkey, including Israel and other sovereign states, with open economic borders could succeed in by incorporating scriptural moral values in a way that no other grouping of nation states could.

When conflicts have a significant religious component to them, it is a mistake to treat them strictly in terms of territory or economic interest. Perhaps one example is the perception of the "East-West divide" since the 1950's as a conflict due to significant regional differences. In the beginning there was talk of an eastern bloc and communism. But since the cold war, the terminology has been replaced with "Islam and the West." Some people served this process by developing an ideological opposition to the other side. Even the term "Muslim world" reinforced this perception. But this thinking is alien to religious thought, because the entire world is God's and Islamic Deen / Noahide Law / Natural Law testify to the universality of religion. And it is precisely this universality of basic belief that allows for tolerance in diverging forms of religion. If we can see minorities not as imperfections, but rather communities under a different covenant, an older covenant, or on a different path that will lead them to the same place, we can go beyond tolerance, and move on to acceptance, recognition and even support of our mutual interests.

"O Mankind! We created you from one male and one female, and made you into different nations and tribes only so you may know (lita'arafu) each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the one who is most righteous. Truly God has complete knowledge of all things, and is fully aware." (Surat al-Hujurat 49:13)

The word "lita'arafu" has the connotation of to acknowledge and recognize, and is related to the root "bil-ma'rufi" which means to be fair, honorable and in kind manner. Minorities are at the top of the most critical factors that makes religious diplomacy effective in international relations.

Example===

When we compare the Islamic and Jewish calendars, we seen that the Islamic calendar has Ras Hasana and the Jewish calendar has Rosh Hashana. Ten days later the Islamic calendar has Ashura and the Jewish calendar has Yom Kippur. If you count six months later, the Islamic calendar has Lailat al Baraat (Night of Emancipation) and the Jewish calendar has Passover. Afterwards the Islamic calendar has Ramadan and the Jewish calendar has Sefirat HaOmer. This is the time during which the barley offering ('Omer in hebrew) would be brought to the Temple as an offering. It is a period of seven weeks between the holidays of Passover and Pentacost. After the Temple was destroyed, the barley offering could no longer be offered, so this period became a time of mourning. Sephardic Jewish families begin the period of mourning during the month of Iyyar and continue for thirty-three days until the third of Sivan. No weddings are allowed, mourning customs are observed, music is forbidden. Some Jews had the custom to fast during these days. In Rome fasting after Passover was forbidden on pain of death, so the fasting was moved before Passover and developed into what would be called "Lent".

Until here===

What has been used as a symbol of differentiation Ramadan, Sefirat HaOmer, Lent, when seen in the proper perspective is a source of a common shared narrative for Muslims, Christians and Jews.


I will close with the words of Qatada ibn al-Nu'man (ra) who sums up for me religious diplomacy in six words said "al-din wahid wa al-shari'ah mukhtalifah" (religion is one, the covenants are diverse). Which is in truth a paradigm for Religious Diplomacy: Respect, Recognition and Support

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Martyred President Saddam Hussein: Open Letter to the American People dated July 7, 2006

July 7, 2006

Saddam Hussein: Open Letter to the American People

Saddam Hussein’s defense lawyers have released a letter Saddam wrote while in prison to the American people. The following is a direct translation of that letter.

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy-giving.

“And among the Believers are men who are true to that which they pledged to God. Some of them have fulfilled their pledge by death and some of them still are waiting and they have not altered in the least. That God may reward the true men for their truth and punish the hypocrites if He will, or relent towards them, for God is forgiving, merciful. And God repulsed the infidels for their wrath. They gained no good. God averted their attack from the Believers. God is strong, mighty.” [Qur’an 33:23-25].

To the American people:

Peace upon those who believe in peace and desire it, and the mercy of God and His blessings.

I address you in this letter from the place of my confinement, as my attempt on the basis of my moral, human, and constitutional responsibility so that no one among you might say that no one came to us with a message of peace after the war began, refuting the arguments for it and desiring peace for you and for our upright, loyal, heroic people. And as I say this, I do not know whether my brothers and comrades who are leading the Resistance outside the prison have come to you with a letter before or not. That is because the “democracy” of your leaders has prevented me since my arrest and until now from getting newspapers and magazines or hearing radio and television and has isolated me from the world and has isolated the world from me so that I might not hear or see anything from outside my place of confinement.


Is this the true face of democracy and human rights that they advocate outside America!? Or have your rulers lied about it? This includes the killing of people in prisons and jails, some of them by means of the pistols of the American investigators. Or has all of this along with other details that would turn an attentive person’s hair white been concealed from you by your officials such that you do not know the truth!?


Anyway, I address you with this letter of mine in the hope that it will reach you and that you will hear it or read it. And on the basis of my responsibility to bring the facts before people, whatever their color or nationality, for that is our duty to them, just as they have a duty to us not to accept evil.


I address you today as my attorney the eminent lawyer and Professor Ramsey Clark has asked that I write this letter of mine to you. Professor Ramsey has presented an excellent example of a humanitarian in his person and in his colleague Professor Curtis Dobler, both of whom left a positive personal impression on me. On this occasion I wish to salute their courage as they have volunteered for the task although they know the dangers that surround them in carrying out their duty, in particular after criminals have killed four of the defense attorneys.


People of America, it still seems to me that the officials in your government are still lying to you and are not giving you true explanations of the reasons that led them to embark on their aggression against Iraq. In what they have said about the reasons they have deceived, from the starting point, not only the international community, and in particular the European Community but also the peoples of America themselves, knowing beforehand that the facts were contrary to what they were declaring. Untrue is what they said, after their lies were exposed, about having been deceived by their intelligence agencies and by the stooges that they brought along to serve as their puppets in Iraq, just as old imperialism and the old empires of the 19th and 20th centuries used to do. What we are saying is based on many facts, the major ones being as follows:


1. The inspection teams – that came to Iraq in the name of the United Nations and carried out searches even of some private houses as well as government departments, presidential palaces and government documents – those teams knew that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction because most of the leading members in those teams were Americans and British and in addition they had spies and volunteers of other nationalities. Those teams searched Iraq piece by piece from one end to the other and never found any information contrary to what they and others were told by Iraqi government representatives. The inspections lasted for more than seven years. And in addition to the teams that traveled by car and on foot, they used spy planes, helicopters, and satellites in space. The American and English officials thought that this was their historic chance to strike Iraq and destroy its legitimate aspirations and the lofty cultural and scientific achievements made in the course of 35 years, making use of the information gathered by their spies in the inspection teams and making use of the so-called war on terror after the 11 September incident that struck America. They shuffled the cards to bring up the goals that they had already decided upon earlier, and these were not the goals that they publicly announced at the starting line.

It was their assessment that the unjust embargo had not destroyed Iraq’s will nor halted its legitimate aspirations to develop economically, culturally, scientifically, and as a civilization in the conditions of a new independence. They believed that Iraq had come close at that time to breaking the economic embargo as the result of the cooperation of those who cooperated with Iraq on the basis of mutual benefit and fraternal national feelings as far as the Arabs were concerned. The officials in your country thought that this was their chance to impose their will on the world by means of their control of the Middle East’s oil and its production and marketing in new ways and for new goals – those about which we spoke in and before the year 2003 – in addition to attaining one of their Zionist goals and winning support in the election. Iran and its lackeys played a dirty role in making aggression appear attractive and in facilitating its implementation.


2. The American officials did not withdraw from Iraq after they became hard pressed, but declared that the facts were contrary to what they had claimed before the invasion that took place in March and April of the year 2003. If they had been truthful when they claimed that they had been deceived as a result of the information they had been given and which they used as the cover for their invasion, and which they declared at the time was sufficient justification for the invasion – declaring at the time that it involved things that they said affected the security of the United States – then they would have withdrawn from Iraq after discovering that that information had been false. They would have apologized to the heroic Iraqi people, to the American people and to the people of the world for what they had done.

None of the Americans asked their government before the war how Iraq, a country that had still not emerged from backwardness, could threaten the security of a country like America across the Atlantic. And for that matter why would Iraq want to threaten America, which at that time had not violated the territory of Iraq. If the American officials wanted to promote the claim that Iraq’s threat was precisely involved in the opposing stances taken by Iraq and America over the Zionist occupation of the land of Palestine and other Arab land, it could be said that Iraq is not the only state that takes an opposing stance to that of America in regards to the issue, whether that be Arab states or other states in the world. Furthermore, who has authorized America to make the countries of the world tailor their policies to America’s measurements, and if they don’t oblige, then war should be waged against them? How can one understand America’s call for democracy if it does not permit a difference of opinion even in issues of a regional character, to say nothing of international ones?

Another lie was the claim of American officials that Iraq had links to what they called terrorism, although British Prime Minister Blair declared that Iraq does not have any ties to so-called terrorism and had no internationally prohibited weapons, forcing Bush to declare the same thing. Despite that, none of the important American personalities asked President Bush on what sort of rational analysis or what sort of realistic information this claim rested. Do you know, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, why they didn’t ask?

Because some of your prominent personalities are directed in what they do by hidden forces that distorted the image you received of Iraq’s positions. They had been laying the groundwork for years to facilitate aggression from the start. Therefore no one asked the American officials, for example, why no Iraqi took part in the events of 11 September!? And if the participation of individuals in the attack on American targets isn’t to be taken as proof of the involvement of any country in those events, then how do you accuse a state like Iraq, the features of whose political system are known, of so-called relations with terror? How can you consider this charge to be one of only two on the basis of which aggression was launched against the people of Iraq, destroying their property and achievements and bringing their lives under daily and direct threat?

Do you know, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, that I asked one of the American officials who talked with me perhaps two weeks after my arrest, just what was it that you based those false charges on? He said that as far as the weapons of mass destruction were concerned, “we didn’t have anything to confirm what you were saying.” And as for the links to terrorism, he said, because you, Saddam Hussein, did not send a letter of condolence to President Bush after the incident [of 11 September].

I smiled bitterly and told him: as regards your claim that you didn’t have confirmation of our statements, it seems that your officials lie and imagine that officials in countries around the world do not tell the truth, or that many of those who have relations with you in fact do not tell you the truth, neither when they oppose your policies nor when they agree with them. This is a dangerous matter, not only for the countries of the world but because they then pose a danger for America as well, if nobody in the world will tell America: ‘this is a mistake’ and ‘this is unacceptable’! And at that time when American planes were striking targets in Iraq and destroying public and private property, killing Iraqi citizens including women and children for no reason and imposing on Iraq their unjust embargo, prohibiting Iraq from importing even pencils for children to use in primary schools, what exactly is it that should obligate Saddam Hussein to send a telegram of condolences to the president of the state whose officials have committed all those crimes, unless it be out of hypocrisy and weakness? But because I am neither a hypocrite nor a weakling I didn’t send Bush a telegram of condolence. But I did agree on the telegram sent containing condolences in the name of the government of Iraq and sent by Comrade Tariq Aziz, the Deputy Prime Minister, to our friend Ramsey Clark and through him to the stricken families.

Are the great states so deluded as to imagine that whoever does not send a letter of condolence deserves that war should be waged against him, his country, and his people!? Here you see how the American officials used even your own blood to promote their reckless, aggressive policy. Is this the kind of morality that people should have? Or men? Or officials? There is nothing graver than for disasters to ravage people who have been stricken by delusions, committed wrongs, and wantonly despised the roles of others. The worst disease of the American officials who involved the Americans in war against Iraq is this.


3. After I was arrested they made vain attempts to use intimidation and threats against me. One of their generals conveyed that intimidation and host threats and tried to bargain with me, promising to let me live if I agreed to read in my own voice and sign a prepared announcement that was shown to me. That stupid announcement called on the people of Iraq and the courageous Resistance to lay down arms. They said that if I refused, my fate would be that I would be shot just like Mussolini, as my interlocutor put it. But, as you know me and would expect of me, I disdainfully refused, not even touching that dirty document with my hand and sullying myself with it. I told them if I were given the chance to address my people, I would call them to more resistance.

Seven days later, to reinforce themselves, they sent a group to talk with me. They said they were from an American University and that they wanted to engage me in a broad discussion. I agreed and I confirmed to them that Iraq didn’t have any of the things the American officials claimed and I advised them [the US] to leave Iraq quickly and apologize to the people, warning them that they were going to get what they now are facing and what they are now embroiled in – in fact, the fate I expect for them is worse than what they are facing now – and they will never have an adequate chance to pull their arms and equipment out of Iraq if the two halves of Iraq engulf them, and they will engulf them, God willing, because our people are deeply rooted and conscious. They know that our liberation can be clean and complete only with their unity, and that tolerance must be the basis for the orientations of our people within their ranks, and that wounds must be bound up, not ripped open.

I say, I told them all that at that time but they didn’t change their methods; they didn’t replace the keys of falsehood, and they are still knocking on the doors of wrong, failing to try the door of legitimacy, even though they now know. In this connection, attached to this letter are some verses from a long ode; a selection of 56 verses. [Not translated here.]


4. It is neither reasonable nor convincing that a country like America to which the doors of the intelligence agencies in the east and most of the countries of the west have been opened did not know the truth and could not know the truth. Although I am convinced and believe that many countries in the world have an interest in war or wars, she [the United States] does not have an interest in war even though she might believe she does. The contrary, in fact, is the case.


America is a big country on the other side of the Atlantic. It has developed a unique unparalleled power such that I think some people there imagine that it is on its way to attaining the crown of the world all for itself as a world empire. Have they not learned a lesson from their war in Viet Nam? The west used to promote the idea that world Communism and the Soviet bloc threatened their interests and also the security of the entire west. But despite that promotion, this was nothing but a flimsy cover. Nevertheless, America used it and wrapped itself in it until the heroic Vietnamese people expelled them by force.


As to their invasion of Iraq, it came in a situation that made the first step easy from the standpoint of the reaction of the international community because of the international balance of forces. But it came in a situation that might make it more costly that its war in Viet Nam. That is because when America was expelled from Viet Nam it did not lose its standing, or we might say it only lost a small part of its standing.
But when it is expelled and routed from Iraq, which has no great power to support it directly, it will lose the fundamental basis of its standing.


In fact it has now already lost the foundation for that standing and its reputation has begun to decay. It is no longer able to wield the big stick that it formerly threatened to use. It used to accomplish more by threatening to use force than by really using force. I will go further and say that after its war in Iraq, that stick no longer frightens many people and America has come to need the silence of the smallest and simplest countries and tries to please them in order to get them to stay quiet about America’s crimes and reckless, deviant policies.

Before, many of the world’s countries used to court the United States and most countries in the world, all except a few, used to fear her threats or parried them with defensive arguments. But now Mao Zedong of fond memory is laughing in his grave because his prediction has been fulfilled and America is a paper tiger. This is by the will of the Living Eternal God, and by His agents on earth, the heroic Mujahideen in glorious, virtuous, militant, jihadist Iraq. So God bless the heroic people of Iraq and God bless the jihad and the mujahideen.


Esteemed ladies and gentlemen of the peoples of America, the time has come to an end in which greatest and best-equipped armies could scatter the organized formations of the opposing army and thereby bring a war to a close. Now you see our courageous army, our heroic people, and our Mujahideen replacing the system of organized formations with a new kind of warfare. And when the Americans on the ground become targets in the vicinity of the guns of the revolutionaries, who attack them as deadly human bombs with nothing more than their bodies filled with faith in God, American superiority is worn down over time. In fact in the near future that superiority will become a burden whose equipment will be difficult to withdraw. So, will America trust the voice of rationality and logic that calls for the preservation of what still remains, or will Satan the deceiver and the hate-filled supporters of Zionism keep pushing the Americans until the waves swallow them and they sink to the depths of the raging sea?


Who, after all, appointed the American government to be the world policeman, to form the world in the mold that it likes, giving national orders to the countries of the world?


Saddam Hussein, ladies and gentlemen, is an honorable patriot and an honest man. He is a statesman resolute in implementing the law, just, but benevolent. He loves his people and his nation. He is straightforward, doesn’t double-cross or deceive. He speaks the truth even against himself. Do tyrants like Bush like such characteristics? If he were a person like De Gaulle or even like Reagan, perhaps he would understand them, or at least would not abhor them. But I must say to you that your country will discover more, esteemed ladies and gentlemen. It has lost his reputation and his standing. Indeed the American who used to travel around the world respected and safe and welcomed wherever he went, is now no longer able to step outside America without a mine detector. And the State Department issues warnings for you constantly about what world regions are dangerous to American lives.

It was American officials and their polices themselves that have created an atmosphere of anti-American hatred in the world by means of their arrogant behavior, their haughty aggressive attitude, their lack of respect for international law and the security of the world – including the security of my Arab Nation through their support for the Zionist entity in Palestine – and other world and human issues.


Today you are in a bad predicament with the world and nobody can rescue you but yourselves. If you reform, you will open for the world and for yourselves a new opportunity. But if you are heedless, that is your decision. What you need is free and fair competition and peace in order to have security.

The years that followed the 18th century had long gone when they came as invaders to the Middle East to bring back memories of things that awaken and arouse. The Middle East, and the Arab homeland in particular, was the cradle of prophets and messengers from God. Is the cradle of the prophets, where the prophets are buried in their tombs, also the home of devils and their mirror images – the malicious invaders?

We have believed, and our faith was suited to us, Then came the Zionists with a devil for a guide. They stormed in on us as invaders, unjust. The did not stop their advance nor sit still, Their diabolical patron has prepared their dilemma. But as for us, we have the Merciful God as Patron.


People of America, despite the crimes your government inflicted on our people, our Arab Nation and humanity, the people of Iraq – and I mean by that the Iraqis, not those with split loyalties who prefer to serve foreigners rather than their own people – I say the free people of Iraq even in their present circumstances are not thinking about their destiny alone but about the destiny of others wherever it’s possible to create a solution that treats a painful problem.


On this basis I said to some Americans when I was in my prison, why don’t you come to an agreement with the Resistance to designate a country with a charter and power to which the Resistance can hand over those American soldiers whom they capture, rather than executing them as currently is said to be taking place. In fact the extent to which the Resistance is responsible for this is unknown, but people who are equitable know that America has not abided by international law in any of its activities in Iraq, including the Geneva Conventions regarding prisoners and detainees. The Resistance has no secure place in Iraq where prisoners can be kept. So whether the Resistance is at all responsible, or whether the responsibility lies with some other parties that have no connection to the Resistance, the justification for it is that there is no secure place for prisoners to be kept.


Therefore in order to fulfill humanitarian needs and to eliminate the justification [for killing prisoners] I make this proposal to you and to the national Resistance and to anyone concerned, and I make this with the best of intentions. If you accept it and respect the Geneva Conventions then the argument of those who kill rather than detain prisoners will have vanished. But if your government does not accept it, then it will bear the responsibility for refusing and for whatever befalls our people and the heroic Resistance as a result of your government’s violation of international law. This will be particularly true if the number of American prisoners increases in the future, and we think that it will increase. Or is it that your government can’t see anything until it feels it?


Esteemed ladies and gentlemen, the time has come for your government to look at all people as equals before international law regardless of the size of the countries to which they belong. Whoever violates international law in his policies and the behavior of his army, he alone must bear the consequences for that policy. And if his policies are not in accordance with the letter of international law, he has no right to call others to protect his rights in accordance with that law.


Esteemed ladies and gentlemen, whoever missed his or her chance to take action to try to prevent the war still has a chance to act to end it and bring back peace and freedom to Iraq in accordance with the choice of its people without foreign interference by anyone whoever that may be.


People of America, I address you not from weakness nor as a supplicant. I, my people, my brothers, comrades, and my nation – we address you on the basis of our moral and human responsibility. I tell you that officials whom you know, and first among them your President, lied to you and deceived you and tricked you using the media that portrayed Iraq to you as incorrigible, and Saddam Hussein as a hateful dictator, and that his people hate him and that his people are just waiting for their chance to get at him. Some of them just wallowed in lying falsehood to the point that they openly declared that the Iraqis would meet the invading armies with roses and celebration.


I know that lots of people don’t do a lot of analysis; they don’t have the time or the ability or the desire to do careful assessments when presented with falsified news so as to uncover the truth. The American peoples had no chance to inquire, for example: why, if the people of Iraq hate Saddam Hussein, how he managed to defeat the Iran of Khomeini after eight years in the aggressive war that Iran sought to impose on us under the slogan of exporting the revolution beginning with Iraq? People of America, the victory over Khomeini’s Iran was not due to the short length of the war, but came only after eight years of grinding warfare in which tens of thousands fell and hundreds of thousands on the Iranian side.


Then if Saddam Hussein were a dictator, why did he establish a parliament with elections for the first time in the year 1980 during wartime, when there had been no parliament in Iraq since 1958? If he and his government were dictators, how could he visit schools, universities, towns, and villages and spend the night with the people wherever the sun went down? How could he travel around and lead at the battle front at night and during the day even in the trenches in the front lines on the battlefield among the Muslim soldiers!?

Yes, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, your government deceived you, and you, or rather most of you, had no chance to inquire of themselves or of others in order to discover the truth because the Zionists in the lobby who advocated the war together with some of the centers of power were deceiving you and tricking you, hiding from your eyes the real truth, exchanging the facts for falsified and slanted information. Last but not least in this regard, if Saddam Hussein were a dictator hated and despised by his people, how is it that his people endured him and why was he chosen President by referendum?


People of America, the misfortunes that have afflicted you and afflicted our Arab Nation and within it our heroic Iraqi people – including the breakdown of America’s standing and reputation – were only caused by the reckless behavior of your government and by pressure from Zionism and power centers that influenced the government to commit those crimes and scandalous actions for specific ends that have nothing to do with the interest of the American peoples. The massacres and blood that now flows in the streets and countryside of Iraq in torrents – the responsibility for that falls on America before all others. You know, or rather you have now come to learn, that neither the stooges whom the American forces brought in on board their aircraft or as shamefaced presents aboard their tanks, nor Iran, which pushed and still pushes forward those who support it and whom they support, would be able to cause the bloodshed, or the destruction of the honor, and property of our people and our state had not America undertaken the aggression and invasion and issued the orders. It is still issuing orders in the Green Zone. Therefore America bears the burden of all those crimes and outrages. So, will you put an end to what is going on by using the methods of direct truth without evasion and digression? Or will you invite the machine of death to continue to eat away at the flesh of Iraqis and the flesh of Americans without doing anything to resolve this?


It is your historical responsibility, esteemed ladies and gentlemen. If you reform, you could save what remains of the standing and reputation of America and its legitimate interests. If you do nothing, you will be keeping silent over something evil. “God grant us patient perseverance and let us die as Muslims.” [Qur’an, 7:126]


People of America, the wars that your government promotes in the world – one of them being the war in Iraq – with input from certain centers of power – which you know better than we – are not in the interests of the American people. You know better than many how you paid in blood so that you might liberate yourselves from British colonialism and after that how the United States of America was unified and what rivers of blood were shed in order for that to come about. So, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, how do you accept this interference that abases America before it abases Iraq? How can you accept not only the invasion but becoming mired in the internal affairs of Iraq? You know that Iraq is a land of prophets, messengers, and righteous figures. You know that Baghdad is the fourth holiest city in the Arab homeland – after Mecca, al-Madinah, and Jerusalem – in the sight of all of the Islamic world and all of our Arab Nation. How can one imagine that Iraq could reconcile itself to colonial rule, even if it comes, this time, under another name and with other slogans? Save your country, esteemed ladies and gentlemen, and leave Iraq.

 Peace.

 God is greatest. God is greatest.

 [signed] Saddam Hussein, President of the Republic of Iraq and Commander in Chief of the Mujahid Armed Forces.