August 8, 2013

From: Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia
To: My Fellow Muslims

My Dear Fellow Muslims,

As-Salaam Alay-Kum

“Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes,” so goes a quip. It is this very common sense which finally prompted the common Egyptian folks to revolt against their democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.

It has been said that the knowledge humbles great men, astonishes the common man, and puffs up the little man. With the exception of a few great men in the Islamic countries, the overwhelming majority still have not been able to initiate and inculcate any worthwhile “Intellectual Debates” to analyze the causes and consequences of newly erupted Egyptian revolution which was mainly triggered by the common Egyptian men and women who were literally dismayed as to how the “Muslim Brotherhood” carried out its power grab to rule Egypt. All we see are the little men on the wrong side of the history puffing up and not grasping the real crux of the revolution that has taken place. Two most compelling and brilliant arguments were given in the following blogs:

1. Egypt and The Big Bad Wolf by Alexandria Kinias

“The MB came power to with the agenda to brotherhoodize
Egypt, as a first step to take control over the Middle East. This
objective had been sugarcoated and millions who did not fully
grasp its graveness, were deceived by it, just like Red Riding
Hood being deceived by the Big Bad Wolf sitting in her granny’s
bed and wearing her cape. After their reign, the motives became
clearer. But at the end, the Bad Wolf snarled exposing his ugly
jaws. The MB didn’t waste time in dismantling the country’s civil
institutions and replacing them with radicalized members who
would carry out their plans.”

2. Cults and Democracies Don’t Mix by The Excavator     

“It is for the good that the Egyptian people kicked these rascals
out of power. The shame belongs to those in Washington and other
capitals who support the Muslim Brotherhood’s thuggish tactics
and terrorism against Christians, Sufis, Shiites, Jews, etc.”

It is truly perplexing that so many ordinary Muslims around the world as well as the Islamic institutions in this great country of ours are having such a difficult time trying to comprehend that “Theocracy Is Not Compatible With Islam, period. It never was and it never will be. At least, this “Stupid Common Man” has been able to grasp this ground reality a long time ago. The “Tamarod” grassroots movement is for real. The majority of common Egyptians from all walks of life came out in the streets to basically protest their concern for the three sensitive points, that is, “Enough of Cult-Worshipping, Enough of Senseless Terrorism & Enough of Absolute Incompetence.” U.S. and Western media have long been questioning us, “Where are the Moderate Muslims?” I say, there they are, not only in Tahrir Square, but all over Egypt. No one said it more accurately than Alexandria Kinias, Egyptian screenplay writer, novelist and photographer, “The western media has a lot of fences to mend. Egyptians are kind hearted people. They will eventually forgive them, but they will never forget on whose side they stood. Hopefully, they have learned their lessons; don’t mess with Egyptians.”


Two important books, one by Dr. Ahmad A. Galwash, an Egyptian Muslim, titled “The Religion of Islam, (1940) and the other “Holy War” (1983) by Wilhelm Dietl, a German journalist who gives an inside view about the secret of Muslim Brotherhood – the terrorist underground that is keeping the Mideast in turmoil. Dr. Galwash has eloquently described “Priestcraft and Islam” in the following paragraph:

“Islam is the Faith of works, of approach to God through self-endeavour,
and not through any intermediary. In Islam there is no such teaching as
that of the “Holy Spirit descending in the greatest degree to the elected
Pope, and in lesser degrees to bishops, deans and clergy.” That every
soul must labor for its own salvation, is the keystone of Islamic teaching.
Islam has no monasticism, no apostolic succession, no body of men
whose very livelihood depends upon their claim that, after their ordination
as priests, they have the Spirit of God in them, and that, as Jesus was
the chief intercessor between God and man, so the priest is the
intercessor between the people and Jesus and the saints. While other
religions believe, that man cannot approach God, and he cannot even
confess his sins to Him, but that he must confess to a priest, who
having the “Spirit of God, has the power to assure him that he is
forgiven.” Islam teaches that “He who is best among men is he who
does most good works.” In such a religion the priest is not needed.
Truly, mosques require attendants, and some men love to devote their
lives to religion; but the doctrine of priesthood itself is not, and never
had been found, in the religion of Islam. With Islam, a man may attain
to spiritual closeness to God, not through his having been ordained a
priest, but by living a life of religion, piety and good works.”

Holy WarPriesthood is forbidden in Islam, nonetheless, the “Supreme Guide (The Murshid)” is being followed by the die-hard members of Muslim Brotherhood and their devoted followers are all around the Islamic world. Strangely, many Muslims have a soft corner for them by having a false belief that they are truly capable of bringing about the much needed changes by governing the Islamic countries according to the “Sharia. Amazingly, many Muslims are dumbfounded as they are incapable to understand the “Violent Nature” of the Muslim Brotherhood. When asked by Wilhelm Dietl, “Many people in the Western world fear that a danger emanates from the Muslim Brotherhood,” to which the third Supreme Guide, Umar el-Telmisani (1904-1986) had this to say:

“At the most, what exists is a dangerous environment for Islam. We do
not topple governments, we commit no assassinations. We have no
plans to murder. It is not our goal to take over governments. We want
merely to live in a country whose government is truly Islamic and in
which Islamic laws shape the reality, for our faith constitutes the highest
fortune in life.”

Deception is routinely practiced without any remorse. It was the kindness and generosity of President Anwar el-Sadat who once gave license to Umar el-Telmisani to publish the long suppressed Muslim Brotherhood’s monthly bulletin “Call To Islam, only to find that it was none other than the murderous followers of Muslim Brotherhood who assassinated him on October 6, 1981. It was a sad day for me, as I truly admired President Sadat.

Egyptian people are not fond of their military dictators, but they sure are much grateful to their past two Presidents: Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar el-Sadat. Nasser’s “Free Education” is what made the ordinary Egyptians literate, whereas, Sadat was the first Arab leader whose bold decision to visit Israel gave us all a hope that after all peace can be achieved in the Middle East as long as enlightened Muslim leaders are ready to commit to peace and recognize Israel’s right to exist and to respect its sovereignty. May Almighty Allah rest their souls in peace.

Nasser1“What happened to Nasser’s middle class?” was an article by Nesma Nowar which was published in in Al-Ahram Weekly (September 29 – October 5, 2011). Nesma pointed out that “due to Nasser’s policies of free education and full employment, the middle class grew steadily, and became the defender of the country’s moral compass.” I, Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia, is mighty proud of the “Egyptian Revolution 2. Nasser’s middle class is wide awake and out to rebuild their beloved country. My humble advice to all the wise Egyptian men and women is to remember the wisdom of Gamal Abdel-Nasser on the subject of “True Democracy. It is as follows:

“True revolutionary action, therefore, would not be possible unless it
possessed these two attributes: popularity and progressiveness.

A revolution is not the work of one individual; otherwise it would be
merely a subjective and desperate reaction against society as a whole.
Nor is a revolution the work of one group; otherwise it would be a mere
clash between this group and the majority of the population. The value
of a true revolution lies in its degree of popularity, in the extent to which
it is an expression of the wishes of the vast masses, in the extent to
which it mobilizes their forces to rebuild the future, and also in the
extent to which it enables these masses to shape their own destinies.

A revolution, also, by its very nature, signifies progress. The masses
do not call for change or endeavor to realize or impose it merely for
its own sake. They only do so in order to attain a better life and in an
attempt to raise the level of their social reality to that of their
inspirations. The aim of a revolution is progress; while material and
social underdevelopment is the real driving force behind the will to
change, and the forceful and determined movement from what
actually is to what should be, or is hoped to be.

Democracy is the true sign that a revolution is a popular action.
Democracy means the assertion of the sovereignty of the people,
the placing of all authority in their hands and the consecration of all
powers to serve their ends.”

Nasser SpeaksBasic Documents – The Morssett Press (1972)

Egyptian leaders with their enthusiasm to restore the stability in their country must also seriously ponder and reflect upon all the mayhem that is caused by the terrorists’ activities carried by so many murderous groups in their midst. How can we Muslims ever forget the Egyptian thinker, philosopher and writer Dr. Farag Fouda (May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace) who was gunned down in front of his NGO, the Egyptian Society of Enlightenment building on June 8, 1992. Lo and behold! Does anyone know that President Mohamed Morsi pardoned Abdullah Abd Raboh, one of those convicted of Fouda’s killing? “Honor Among Brotherhood Members. What more of a proof does any Muslim want to know about Muslim Brotherhood’s preposterous actions?” Dr. Fouda’s insightful statement about “Terrorism” continues to haunt me till this day. His last words were as follows:

“Terrorism has developed its own culture, for there are the journalists
who defend it and the philosophers who justify it, and there are those
who finance it.

There are those from the clergy who meet it halfway and those senior
figures in the press who hesitate before embracing it.

Which can only make the heart grieve at their duplicity.

The murders continue and the thefts continue and sectarian strife

No citizen is safe.”

American Muslim leaders will have to play a more prominent role. Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA), an Islamic jurist body, issued a “Fatwa” (religious ruling) on July 28, 2005, wherein, one of the salient principles was, “It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or prohibited violence.” Well then, “How do we stop this brutal killing spree in the Islamic countries?” With the ruling being issued and printed in ISNA’s brochure, therefore, American Muslim leaders, such as, Nihad Awad and Ibrahim Hooper of CAIR, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, Salam Al-Marayati of Muslim Public Affairs Council, Zainab Al-Suwaij of American Islamic Congress, Naeem Baig of Islamic Circle of North America, and especially, Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Director of Interfaith and Community Alliances of ISNA will have to carefully review all the peaceful as well as violent activities of the “Muslim Brotherhood Group” well before making a judgment call.

Against Terrorism“Intellectual Awakening” is all the more crucial for American Muslim leaders at this point in time. They will have to come to terms with the hard facts that the “Secret Cult Society of Muslim Brotherhood” does indeed have a long history of violence in their record. In case no one is aware, it was “Coffee House Intellectuals” that brought down “Communism” in the Czech Republic. We certainly do not have leaders like Vaclav Havel nor do we have Nelson Mandela. Muslim leaders and preachers cannot continue to take cover by reciting a few Quranic verses here and there, and not implement them out of the fear of unseen retaliations. One has to take a stand and be firm in adhering to the commandments of the Holy Quran. May I ask, “What is there to fear when the majority of Muslims are on the side of what is a right thing to do?” Simply put, duplicity will have to pave the way for a dose of reality one of these days.

Last but not the least, kindly allow me to end this long letter with our Holy Quran verse: FAMAY YA’MAL MITHQAALA DHARRATIN KHAYRAY YARAH. If an atom‘s weight of good deed will be counted, then why not Muslims all over the world break their silence and repel an evil organization and/or secret society who are hell-bent to destroy Egypt’s institutions, and not to forget, their immense hatred for “The People of the Book. Keep in mind that “Good Deed” also means that we have to be true to the spirit and letter of our Holy Quran and not get carried away with the usual “Political Correctness” in order to appease a demoniac group of criminals and thugs ruled by “Supreme Guide (The Murshid). Let us thoughtfully read “Surah: Al-Zalzalah (The Earthquake) Chapter 99 – The Earthquake” so as to make us be acutely aware of our respective actions on this beautiful Planet Earth. It is as follows:

When Earth is shaken with her (final) earthquake
And Earth yieldeth up her burdens,
And man saith: What aileth her ?
That day she will relate her chronicles,
Because thy Lord inspireth her.
That day mankind will issue forth in scattered groups to be shown their deeds.
And whoso doeth good an atom’s weight will see it then,
And whoso doeth ill an atom’s weight will see it then.

Surah: Al-Zalzalah (The Earthquake) – Chapter: 99

Wishing all of “My Fellow Muslims” a very happy and joyful Eid-ul-Fitr. My heart goes out to “Tamarod” youths in Egypt. My heartfelt sympathy is also with the Coptic Christians who are suffering from unjustified persecutions. My upbeat salute to “Nasser’s Middle Class” for working hard and fearlessly dedicating to make the “Egyptian Revolution 2, the most successful one in the history of humankind. Insha-Allah.
May Almighty Allah bless Egypt and its honorable citizens.

Affectionately yours,

Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia

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(May Almighty Allah rest his soul in peace)

Terrorism has developed its own culture, for there are the journalists who defend it and the philosophers who justify it, and there are those who finance it.

There are those from the clergy who meet it halfway and those senior figures in the press who hesitate before embracing it.

Which can only make the heart grieve at their duplicity.

The murders continue and the thefts continue and sectarian strife continues.

No citizen is safe.

But there is something new: the police are now being killed. Now the state itself is faced with a threat; now it sees there is no room left for compromise or dialogue. There is nothing as cruel as the words of the supporters of extremism when they write, without shame or embarrassment, that the terrorists is simply a plain honest youth whose aims are just but whose means are wrong.

It is this tune we heard when terrorists murdered the manager of an Islamic bank with his little daughter and a friend who was with them. Once again, we saw the cavalcade of lawyers and opposition papers drumming out their messages of support. Compounding their own sins by supporting the sins of others.

It happened when President Sadat was murdered. His killers had already murdered and robbed Christian traders. Such lawyers and press men have made themselves partners in the sins of these criminals.

Let us take them at their word: these are innocent boys who never meant to steal and pious men who never meant to murder. These undefiled youth never meant to set off the sparks of sectarian violence.

Who then is guilty of making them believe that to steal is to be a hero and to murder is to be a crusader?

Could it be those who spilled so much ink in defense of religious extremism?

Or could it be the clergy who honors terrorists as champions of the faith?

Or the lawyers who convince the guilty of their righteousness?

It is all these who carry the beacons that lead down the path of death and theft and bigotry.

Now tell me: should the heart not grieve?

Dr. Farag Fouda was murdered on 8 June, 1992 by Islamic militants after being denounced by an ad-hoc committee of clerics from Al-Azhar. These are among the last words he wrote.

Index on Censorship ½ 1994

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