Brother Burhan: I know you are a very intelligent individual and you making a naive statement that no Muslim organization can pull thhis act really shocks me. It is not teh act of a Muslim Organization. It is teh act of Fundamentalist terorists, who are just giving a stigma to Islam and Muslims around the world. Collin Powell has clearly inunciated that our war is not aginst Muslims or Islam, it is aginst terrorists and those who harbor these terrorist. I see nothing wrong with that statement. At the time of this hedious act, I had just landed in Dubai getting ready to catch my flight to London, when I was told that I could not fly to USA, I could go to Lonodn as long as I was aware of the fact that I woudl be responsible for my accommodations in London and that they did not know how long I would be stuck in London before boarding a flight to USA. While in Dubai, I saw the way the Pakistani Muslims both Labor and clerical level employees respond to this hideous act, There was no remorse on their side but more of a sinister smile stating the Americans got what they deserved. While getting a hair cut at a local salon, I also heard some comments that the Pakistani President would be making a grave mistake if he did not side with the Talibans and his govt. would be toppled.. All this leads me to beleive that the fundamentalist Muslims had some thing to do with this act of terror. Regards: From a Muslim individual
Muslim & Terrorism
In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.
Anyone who understands Islam and follows the clear guidance of the Holy Quran, will agree that what happened in New York on September 11 was wrong. Islam does not allow the killing of civilians, even when in a proper state of war. The Prophet of Allah (saws) prohibited the killing of women, the elderly, the children, and the civilians who did not take part in the war.
This incident has hurt the cause of Islam, because the western media has tainted the name of Islam and the muslims with one brush! The religion of Islam cannot be held accountable for the misdeeds of a few people, just like the religion of Christianity was not labeled with barbarism and genocide through the acts of Hitler, or of John Timothy, or of Mussolini, or of Slobodan Milosovic, etc. When these evil people commited the crimes against humanity, we did not ask the Christian world to wake up on the right side of the bed and not on the side of terrorism! So why do ignorant people today want to make the acts of a few people a clash between the Western and Islamic civilization?
We are but pawns in the turn of events that take place in the world. We have half-information about almost everything that transpires, and the media (not the Truth) plays an absolute critical role in determining who is good and who is evil. The one who is able to shout and scream the loudest is the one who is heard! Make no mistake, we as muslims, condemn this and every act of terrorism that is enacted anywhere in the world.
Allah and the History of the Muslims is witness that Islam has always been very tolerant of the other religions of the world; but we see today that the secular world is not tolerant to Islam. We live by a Divine Code which is unchangeable, and Allah is our witness, we do not want to change it. All we ask is to live, and let us live in peace.
Your Brother and well wisher in Islam, Burhan
Your Brother and well wisher in Islam,