How to End HomeGrown Terrorism in West? Part 1. By Nazir S Bhatti
|As usual I was listening radio broadcasting on night of October 5, 2010, when heard news of Drone attack killing German Muslims in Waziristan, a tribal belt in Pakistan bordering Afghanistan. The radio commentator invited one German television anchor to comment on news of killing of German Muslim youth in Waziristan who have traveled to Waziristan for terror training and to wage Jihadi attack in cities of Europe. I was surprised to listen German journalist’s comment as “Discrimination in society with Muslim youth is compelling them to join terrorists organizations”
What is discrimination in society? In Western countries, Muslims youth enjoys equal rights in education and job opportunities. They have exemplary religious freedom to profess, preach and construct their worship places. Is it discrimination?
I am born and raised as Catholic Christian in Pakistan where I have seen beautiful Bungalows and Businesses in every city and town owned by Pakistani Muslims settled in North America and Europe. It is on record that Muslim immigrants from Islamic countries are transferring billions of dollars to their homelands every year. It will be amazing to note witness of one of my Christian friend who migrated to USA in 1990,s from Pakistan, and stayed with his Pakistani Muslim friends in Virginia State. His Pakistani Muslim friends took him to some meetings of Muslim Evangelical groups where Muslim cleric delivered sermon “To get permanent legal status in USA, do not worry about your wives in Pakistan but marry beautiful American girls and give them Muslim seed in shape of Children. Act in such a clever way that these American Christian wives may allow you to send your weekly earnings back home and bear your boarding and lodging. When you get green-cards, get rid of these infidels wives and re-marry your Muslim wives and migrate them here in USA. It is your Islamic duty laid down on you by Holy Prophet Mohammad, as he did “Hijrat” migration”. I have also one personal experience, I had one Moroccan Muslim co-worker, who had American wife. He always said “I need her for one more year only, let me get 10 years Green-card, then I will divorce her and marry a girl from Morocco. I am committing sin only to get permanent status here”
I know Pakistani American Muslims who send their daughters and sons to Pakistan for study in Madrassa Schools and other schools as they say “We want our children to grow in Islamic society because we do not like them to get involve with “White” youth in American un-Islamic schools. Our children are US citizen who can come back any time after attending Islamic schools. Moreover, they can marry in Pakistan to make possible for one more Muslim family to migrate to USA”
When I was in Pakistan, I was meeting many British-Muslims from Pakistani origin who openly claimed “We get Social-Welfare benefits from city and also work under table in Muslim owned establishments to make our earnings double. We have to set our business in Pakistan and built beautiful home here because Pakistani is our real home”
Look what is true picture of discrimination? When a Christian child is denied admission in higher educational institutes in Islamic states, When a Christian student can not drink in same glass in which Muslim drinks in school, college or university, When Christian girl is abducted and raped by Muslim influential persons and denied justice, When a married Christian woman is enforcedly converted to Islam and married by Muslim, When permission to construct a Church is denied because it falls in close distance to Mosque, When Christian youth is denied job opportunity in government and semi-government establishments, When a Christian armed services personal is not promoted to rank of general, When a Christian can not be appointed ambassador in any foreign mission, When a Christian player can not play in national teams of football, hockey and cricket, When a Christian can not take out religious procession like Muslims in Islamic countries, When a Christian is beaten and tortured on eating in restaurants run by Muslims, When Muslim employer rapes and kills his Christian maid-servant but walks free on streets, When Muslim mob burns alive Christian children, women and men but police registers cases against relatives of victims, When Churches are vandalized and Holy Bibles are burnt by Islamic radical elements but non is arrested and brought to justice, When Christian properties and homes are burnt down but Muslim culprits face no charges, When Islamic extremist gun down a Pastor, When blasphemy accused are assassinated in broad day lights in courts and when Muslim legislators bar non-Muslim to be head of state and legislate laws to turn Christians to be second class citizen. Do you think, Muslims faces all such miseries or Discrimination in Western countries?
So, He is wrong who thinks in Western countries that “So-Called Discrimination” incites Muslim youth to turn to “Jihadi” or “Radical Extremist Islamic” organizations. Why millions of Christians living in Islamic countries who are victim of “True Discrimination” never wage war or pick guns or spread terror in those Islamic states against majority Muslims or governments? Because, discrimination is not valid reason to become a terrorist.
The Human rights values and their practice in Western countries also confuse them to understand terrorism or to initiate war against terrorism because they do not accept that Islamic Human Rights deny such rights. The Western countries have adopted Human Rights as major subject than Holy Bible while Islamic World firmly stands on Islamic Laws or Sharia Law and Quran rather than Human Rights. That is Why? Western theologians, experts, and analysts have failed to define terrorism and its root causes to chalk out due strategy to curb terrorism. The Western Human Rights or Global Human Rights demand religious tolerance and Interfaith Dialogues, Whereas, Islam is in total denial to Interfaith Dialogues. The Islamic organization and religious leaders favor Interfaith Dialogues where Muslims are in minority or in North America, Australia and EU while deny Interfaith Dialogues where in majority.
We must understand “Islam” in its true spirit to postmortem Terrorism. The Arabic term 'Islam means "submission" and itself comes from the term 'aslama, which means "to surrender, resign oneself." In Islam, the fundamental duty of each Muslim is to submit to Allah and whatever Allah wants of them. A person who follows Islam is called a Muslim, and this means "one who surrenders to God." It is thus clear that the concept of submission to the will, desires, and commands and God is inextricably linked to Islam as a religion. When a religion originally develops in a cultural context where total submission to absolute rulers are taken for granted, it's hardly surprising that a religion would reinforce these cultural values and add on top of them the idea of total submission to a God, whereas, in Western countries Human Rights demand equality, universal suffrage, personal autonomy, and democracy, though, such values seem out of place and challenged in Islam.
The Qur'an commands followers to fight all nations until they either believe in Islam or pay the Jizya or face death: "Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and his apostle nor acknowledge the religion of truth of the people of the Book “Jews and the Christians” until they pay the Jizya with willing submission and feel themselves subdued. Surat At-Tauba 9:29" And in the same Sura, verse 5, the Qur'an also states: "Fight and slay the pagans wherever ye find them and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem ..."
The first mistake of West was to ignore formation of parallel laws by Muslims in Egypt in 1990, when “Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam” was adopted by Organization of the Islamic Conference OIC, which provided an overview on the Islamic perspective on human rights, and affirmed Islamic Shari'ah as its sole source. CDHRI declares its purpose to be "general guidance for Member States in OIC” in the Field of human rights. It was first attempt to undermine United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948.
The adoption of CDHRI was pushed by OIC after decree of Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini to kill Salman Rushdie, on his book “The Satanic Verses” and offering bounty of 3 million dollars on his head on February 24, 1989. We must read Fatwa of Imam Khomeini and try to understand what undermined UDHR but West kept silent or not attempted Dialogues to bring freedom of speech and expression on table secured under UDHR. Here is full content of that Decree “In the name of God Almighty. There is only one God, to whom we shall all return. I would like to inform all intrepid Muslims in the world that the author of the book entitled The Satanic Verses, which has been compiled, printed, and published in opposition to Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur’an, as well as those publishers who were aware of its contents, have been sentenced to death. I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them quickly, wherever they find them, so that no one will dare insult the Islamic sanctities. Whoever is killed on this path will be regarded as a martyr, God willing. In addition, anyone who has access to the author of the book, but does not possess the power to execute him, should refer him to the people so that he may be punished for his actions. May God’s blessing be on you all”
“The Satanic Verses” was published in September 1988, which caused immediate controversy in the Islamic world and novel was banned in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Somalia, Bangladesh, Sudan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Qatar. On February 12, 1989, five people were shot and killed by the police during a protest in Islamabad against Salman Rushdie book. On other hand hundreds of thousands of books were in markets of Islamic countries against Christianity and Judaism written by Muslim writers which never received any protest by any Western country.
We saw more violence and rise in fundamental Islam on reaction against publication of Cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in Danish newspaper “Jyllands-Posten” on September 30, 2005, resulting in more than 100 deaths of protestors in OIC member states when Danish, Dutch, German and French missions were attacked and flags were burnt. The Muslims around globe described these Cartoons as blasphemous and demanded death for journalists who published Cartoons in newspaper. Instead of protecting right of freedom of speech, the Western world bent toward radical Islamists and offered an apology to Islamic countries.
Moreover, like CDHRI to damage true spirit of UDHR, again on basis of publications of cartoons in Danish newspaper, Islamic countries through OIC attempted to block Dialogues and presented Resolution of “Defamation of Religion” in United Nations Human Right Commission UNHRC, which was passed by UN Third Committee in November 2008, while Western States very surprisingly supported such Resolution neglecting damage to UDHR.
Now lets discus behavior of Christian and Muslim religious leaders on Interfaith Dialogues because it is last option suggested by Western governments and terrorism experts to end terrorism or home grown terrorism. The important question arises that is Islamic Imam ready to discuss Islam in Interfaith Dialogues, the answer is big “NO” because he believes that Islamic teachings have total perfection or moderation. Muslim firmly believes in these commands of Holy Quran as:
O ye who believe! Murder those of the disbelievers .... and let them find harshness in you. (Quran, Repentance: 123)
Humiliate the non-Muslims to such an extent that they surrender and pay tribute (Quran, Repentance: 29)
Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends.... whoso does that belongs not to God. (Quran, The House of Imram: 60)
If someone becomes a Muslim then apostatizes, he would be asked to repent; if he does not repent, he should be killed. (Imam al-Shafi'i, The Ordinances of the Qur'an (part 1, p. 289)
"God's curse be upon the infidels!" ( Quran 2:89)
"Say to the unbelievers: ‘You shall be overthrown and driven into Hell—an evil resting place!'" (Quran 3:12)
There was outrage on comments of Holy Father Pope Benedict about Islamic history in Islamic countries. The Vatican City have always promoted Interfaith Dialogues but reaction on Pope’s remarks was denial to dialogues by Islamic religious leaders. The Muslim extremist elements went so low which was reported in Haaretz publication of September 15, 2006, “Muslims around the world have reacted furiously to the comments Tuesday by Benedict XVI, in which he quoted from an obscure Medieval text referred to some of the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad as "evil and inhuman." The statement, posted online Saturday in the group's name, does not state the seat of the Holy See directly, but is addressed to "you dog of Rome" and threatens to "shake your thrones and break your crosses in your home." "We swear to God to send you people who adore death as much as you adore life," said the message posted in the name of the Mujahedeen Army on a Web site.
Anjem Choudary, leader of Islam4UK, on March 3, 2010, told CBN News that "Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission." "You can't say that Islam is a religion of peace," "Because Islam does not mean peace. Islam means submission. So the Muslim is one who submits. There is a place for violence in Islam. There is a place for jihad in Islam."
Ali Sina, a famous scholar on Islam said "... If you think Islamic terrorism is a new phenomenon, Think Again.. Islam owes its success to terrorism. The prophet of Islam boasted, "I have been made victorious with terror" Sahih (correct, authentic) Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 52, Number
The dialogues are to engage in an informal exchange of views while interfaith dialogue refer to cooperative and positive interaction between people of different beliefs. What was result of dialogues on comments of Holy Father Pope Benedict in 2006? The Islamic world reacted negatively and denied historical facts presented by Holy Father. Was there any Muslim Cleric or Scholar who dared to answer Holy Father and engage in Interfaith Dialogues on that issue? Answer is “No” !!!! instead Muslims launched protests against Pope Benedicts and used derogatory remarks in honor of religious leader of billions of Christians. The author Salman Rushdie book was also matter of dialogue but instead of any positive response by Muslim writers or religious leaders a bounty was announced on his head. The Dutch politician, Geert Wielder also initiated dialogues with Muslims on Sharia law but non of Muslim is ready to engage in dialogue with him. When Muslim world wants every one to dialogue with them on their terms then any dialogue or Interfaith dialogues can not be fruitful. On other hand Muslims believe that their religion is only true religion and others are infidels then what is meaning of dialogues and how dialogues can be successful. So, it is very weak option to end terrorism or home grown terrorism with Dialogues or Interfaith Dialogues.
I must recall those days in Pakistan when brotherhood and tolerance prevailed in every field of life. There were open dialogues on religions among youths of Muslims and Christians but non of them were attacking each other on any sort of criticism. The Sunni was not killing Shia or Christian nor gunmen were throwing hand grenades on worshipers in Mosques or Churches. There was no concept of Terrorism in Islam nor terms of extremism or radical Islam were common in Pakistani Society. I can say that Terrorism or Radical Islam crept in very short period of time in South Asia and spread around world.
Continued in Part-2