November 25, 2003

From: Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia
To: My Fellow Muslims
Subject: HELP YE ONE ANOTHER IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

My Dear Brothers & Sisters,

As-Salaam Alay-Kum

Teachers’ Charter of Honor at Egyptian Teachers Syndicate explicitly spells out that, “The teacher’s faith in Allah is his invaluable asset. It is his binding duty to inculcate the love of Allah in the hearts of his pupils, as an inexhaustible source of nobility of character.”

“Nobility Of Character” the three most important words have simply vanished from the dictionary of a certain segment of Muslim Ummah. The reason being that we have miserably failed to follow our Holy Quran in letter and spirit. We have long been negligent of our first and foremost obligation which is clearly enshrined in the teachings of the Quran in Surah: Al-Ma’ida or The Table Spread (Chapter 5 – Verse 2) as follows:

Help ye one another in righteousness and piety, but help ye not one
another in sin and rancor. Fear Allah: for Allah is strict in punishment.

From the blind Egyptian cleric Omar Abdul Rahman who inspired young Islamic zealots to carry out an assault on humanity to an Egyptian born Sheikh Yusuf A. Qaradawi, considered as the most influential Sunni cleric whose outrageous “fatwas” inciting, “women to go out for jihad even without the permission of their husbands, and the sons without consent of their parents” have made us all live in a state of embarrassment. It is no wonder that the very question, “What went wrong?” cannot be answered by the Muslim Ummah as we are collectively guilty of ignoring a clear warning given in our Holy Quran – Surah: Al-Tauba or The Repentance (Chapter 9 – Verse 31) as follows:

   They take their priests and their anchorites to be their Lords beside Allah.

One long decade has lapsed with “sermons” full of hatred and “fatwas” full of nonsense. Such immoral actions and unethical practices have brought us nothing but a sheer bad image to our great religion of Islam. Hatred towards the “People Of The Book” has been indoctrinated into our minds. Almighty Allah gave us one wonderful pair of “eyes” to see, and yet we fail to spot such Islamic teachers who are busy shaping dangerous views of the world in the hearts of their pupils. Simply glance at an attached digital image, and for heaven’s sake, stop disregarding an ordinary Muslim like me for facing up to the truth. In short, instead of inculcating the love of Allah, most of our clerics and scholars have taught the hatred of humanity while daily reciting the seven oft repeated verses from Surah Al-Fatiha, and especially, “Rabb al-Alamin” – “The Cherisher and Sustainer Of All The Worlds.” Hypocrisy of first degree, don’t you think?

“Extremism may claim Allah as its redeemer, but it’s really the selfish product of lunacy,” wrote Ali Salem, an Egyptian playwright in an article titled, “An Apology From An Arab, in Time Magazine dated September 11, 2002. True indeed. It is nothing but an outright lunacy which we are witnessing in the Islamic world that is driving all of us to the brink of self-destruction. We Muslims have been practicing the art of negligence for far too long now. In all fairness, I must state that after the spiritual journey of fasting and praying during this Holy Month of Ramadhan, we need to start clinging firmly to the commandments of Almighty Allah instead of taking our misguided clerics and scholars as our “saviors.” Let’s face it, Islam has been hijacked by “thugs and assassins,” and the responsibility to take it back rests squarely on the shoulders of ordinary Muslims, like me and you, who have a genuine fear of Almighty Allah in their hearts and minds. If I am not mistaken, Islam means submission to the “Will Of Allah, and not to the “Will Of Clerics.” Right or Wrong?

Far away from the land of the ignorant Mullahs and the dreaded Ayatollahs, there exists a land where the skilled hands of the surgeons recently separated the “Egyptian Twins” named Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim who were enjoined at the head in a 33-hour marathon surgery. Click on “Egyptian Twins, to that great land called United States of America which I personally consider as the most compassionate country in the world. Witnessing such a breath-taking surgical feat those ignoramus “Preachers Of Hatred” and “Merchants Of Death” should be ashamed of themselves. Chanting their usual slogan “marg bar amrika,” that is, “Death To America” along with painting all sorts of dirty graffiti on the walls reading “Down with U.S.A., for more than two decades have put a whole lot of young Muslims in a harm’s way. Today, after all the bloodshed they have accomplished nothing for the Muslim Ummah, as on the contrary they are still engaged in moulding the minds of youth in militancy as well as nurturing the terrorists. These are the men who Holy Quran refers to in Surah: Al-Baqara or The Heifer (Chapter 2 – Verse 204 : 205) as follows:

And those are men whose speech about ( the affairs of ) the world may
please you and they hold Allah as witness to the purity of their hearts;
while they are, indeed, your worst enemies. And when they come into
power, all their efforts are directed to spreading mischief on earth and
destroying crops and men. But God does not love mischief.

Egyptian Twins

Fouad Ajami, professor of Middle Eastern Studies at John Hopkins University in his essay, “The Falseness Of Anti-Americanism” which appeared in “Foreign Policy” magazine issue of September – October 2003 spelled out a stark verdict that, “If Muslims truly believe that their long winter of decline is the fault of the United States, no campaign of public diplomacy shall deliver them from their incoherence.” I say, forget public diplomacy, not even Almighty Allah can save us from willingly deviating from the Quranic commandments of “love” to the Mullahs and Ayatollahs sermons of “hatred.” Allah has given us only one “heart” and all we have thus far tried to accomplish is to pray for our own personal salvation rather than realizing that all the random act of kindness of our fellow humans should at least dictate to our hearts a single omnipotent message inscribed in our Holy Quran as follows:

HELP YE ONE ANOTHER IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

Glimpses of the fallen statue of Saddam Hussain and the separation of the “Egyptian Twins” should be an ample enough evidence for the Muslim Ummah that Almighty Allah has chosen the much hated Americans to bring freedom to the ordinary Iraqis using brave American soldiers and to give precious lives to Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim with the skilfull hands of U.S. surgeons. “Verily Allah will ward off (mischief) from those who believe; verily Allah indeed does not love the treacherous, the ungrateful. ” (Surah Al-Hajj or The Pilgrimage; Chapter 22 – Verse 38.) Traitors like Osama Bin Laden, Mullah Umar and their fellow comrades are busy terrorizing the world and creating all sorts of mischiefs by their disbelief in the will of God. Their perverted minds have now decided to use poor donkeys to accomplish their mission of death and destruction by all means. What else can one expect from the “Followers of Darkness?” A despicable act, don’t you agree?

My brothers and sisters, granted that this note of mine is a bit lengthy, nevertheless, allow me to conclude it with a parting remark of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him), “I am leaving behind me two things. If you hold by them firmly, you will never go astray. What are they? The Book of Allah and my Traditions.” Do we have a choice? I am afraid not. Only Holy Quran, the final book from Almighty Allah revealed to the Prophet of Islam is “A Straight Way” to inculcate the “Nobility of Character” as well as to help revive the damaged image of Islam. It is high time to stop blaming the western world for our own socio-political failures. I say, enough is enough.

Finally, on this auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr remember to pray for the health and recovery of the two lovely “Egyptian Twins” – Ahmed and Mohamed Ibrahim; for our fellow Muslim brethren in Afghanistan and Iraq – be they Sunni or Shia; to pray for the complete devastation of traitors, terrorists and tyrants – be they anywhere in the Islamic countries, and most important of all, to sincerely ask Almighty Allah to bestow upon us a compassionate and a merciful heart – the “Twin” attributes of “One Up In Heaven” which is the first thing we recite in our prayers early in the morning. By starting our day in the name of Allah, The Most Compassionate; The Most Merciful – we, Muslims should learn how to cultivate the habit of these two  “Divine” attributes to enable us to demonstrate to our fellow humans from all walks of life. Agreed!

Egyptian Twins1

Dr. Kenneth Salyer & the Egyptian Twins

My family members and I wish all of our fellow Muslim brethren a very happy Eid-ul-Fitr. May Almighty Allah bless us all and give us the much needed “wisdom” in these hard times to help us differentiate between “good” and “evil.” Ameen.

Compassionately yours,

Mohammed Rafiq Lodhia

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THE FALSENESS OF ANTI-AMERICANISM

In Doha, Qatar, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, arguably Sunni Islam’s most infuential cleric, at Omar ibn al-Khattab Mosque, a short distance away from the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, delivers a khutba, a Friday sermon. The date is June 13, 2003. The cleric’s big theme of the day is the arrogance of the United States and the cruelty of the war it unleashed on Iraq. This cleric, Egyptian born, political to his fingertips, and in full mastery of his craft and of the sensibility of his followers, is particularly agitated in his sermon. Surgery and a period of recovery have kept him away from his pulpit for three months, during which time there has been a big war in the Arab world that toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq with stunning speed and effectiveness. The United States was ” acting like a god on earth, ” al-Qaradawi told the faithful. In Iraq, the United States had appointed itself judge and jury. The invading power may have used the language of liberation and enlightenment, but this invasion of Iraq was a 21st century version of what had befallen Baghdad in the middle years of the 13th century, in 1258 to be exact, when Baghdad, the city of learning and culture, was sacked by the Mongols.

The preacher had his themes, but a great deal of the United States had gone into the preacher’s art: Consider his Web site, Qardawi.net, where the faithful can click and read his fatwas ( religious edicts ) – the Arabic interwoven with HTML text – about all matters of modern life, from living in non-Islamic lands to the permissibility of buying houses on mortgage to the follies of Arab rulers who have surrendered to U.S. power. Or what about his way with television? He is a star of the medium, and Al-Jazeera carried an immensely popular program of his. That art form owes a debt, no doubt, to the American ” televangelists, ” as nothing the sheik’s traditional education at Al-Azhar University in Cairo prepared him for this wired, portable religion. And then there are the preacher’s children: One of his daughters had made her way to the University of Texas where she received a master’s degree in biology, a son had earned a Ph. D, from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, and yet another son had embarked on that quintessential American degree, an MBA at the American University in Cairo. Al-Qaradawi embodies anti-Americanism as the flip side of Americanization.

Fouad Ajami
FOREIGN POLICY
September – October 2003

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TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

(This, from a Canadian newspaper, is worth sharing.)

America: The Good Neighbor.

Widespread but only partial news coverage was given recently to a remarkable editorial broadcast from Toronto by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television Commentator. What follows is the full text of his trenchant remarks as printed in the Congressional Record:

“This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts.

None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States. When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped. The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.

I’d like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10?

If so, why don’t they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes? Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles. You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon – not once, but several times – and safely home again.

You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.

When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.

I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don’t think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.

Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I’m one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those.”

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Stand proud, America! Wear it proudly!! This is one of the best editorials that I have ever read regarding the United States. It is nice that one man realizes it. I only wish that the rest of the world would realize it. We are always blamed for everything, and never even get a thank you for the things we do.

I would hope that each of you would send this to as many people as you can and emphasize that they should send it to as many of their friends until this letter is sent to every person on the web. I am just a single American that has read this, TRIBUTE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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