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In another e-mail, we received:
Subject: CONFUSED ABOUT THE KORAN
THE PEOPLE THAT DESTROYED THE WORLD TRADE CENTRES SAID THAT THE
KORAN HAD WRITTEN TO DESTROY OR ELIMINATE US. I MAY HAVE
THIS WRONG, IM SURE WE MISUNDERSTAND OUR OWN BIBLE. BUT FOR
A PERSON TO ACTUALLY COMMANDER A PLANE AND ACTUALLY FLY IT INTO A
BUILDING , THEY MUST OF COURSE HAVE A VERY STRONG
I KNOW IN CANADA A LOT OF MUSLIMS, AND ALTHOUGH THEY KEEP TO THEMSELVES
THE YOUNGER ONES ARE VERY FRIENDLY .
IM JUST TRYING TO UNDERSTAND.
I KNOW THIS IS FAR FETCHED, BUT ARE THE HIJACKERS IN PARADISE ?????
|Our Answers (further edited for the
1- You wrote:
THE PEOPLE THAT DESTROYED THE WORLD TRADE CENTRES SAID THAT THE KORAN
HAD WRITTEN TO DESTROY OR ELIMINATE US
We published on our site the Islamic texts on this issue. You can verify
it on any other Islamic site or news media.
Yes our religion allows us to fight in response (to an aggression, which
is not the case here). There is no State or country that does not.
<<O you believers, fight those WHO FIGHT YOU...>>
2- You wrote that for them to do that, they must have a A VERY STRONG
Two comments are necessary:
a- There is no excuse for a Muslim to violate his own religion
(prohibiting the killing of innocent civilians).
You can visit as many Islamic sites as you can, listen to as many news
channels as you want.
Only an extremely fanatic and blind person will reject all our
b- Since they violated our religion, it is important to find out what
made them go berserk?
We understand the chagrin your nation feels.
In fact, is there nation now that understands it better our nation?
Millions among us know the feeling and have endured it daily for long
decades, not for one incident.
We quote again Time Magazine (Oct 1, 2001, Vol 158 No. 15): While
most Arabs detest Saddam for his own brand of brutality and arrogance,
they don't understand why the U.S. continues to insist, 10 years after
the Iraqis were forced out of Kuwait, on worldwide sanctions that are
devastating the Iraqi people. According to the U.N., some 5,000 Iraqi
children die every month of malnutrition and disease because of the
sanctions. End of quote.
As an example, my family and relatives are western educated pacifist
business people (just like you), and my FIRST COUSIN, MY DEAREST
PERSONAL FRIEND, was shot down in cold blood by Israelis (he was in a
Libyan commercial plane that "crossed" the Sinai border by
mistake en route from Libya to Cairo, hundreds of miles away from any
Our family saw the tragedy as a great injustice, and this is where
reasonable people stop.
But among the other millions who have endured the same, if not more, we
How many have perceived that whoever assists or helps or abates their
aggressor, also shares the same guilt, and them allowed for themselves
to transgress against them?
Does it make it easier for them to know that the thousands of
children dying every month, are dying because of an
"official" action by a government? Many of the children's
relatives would regard it as legitimized crime in the grandest
hypocritical manner, condoned by a whole nation, while the Twin
Towers terrorist attack was an individual attack rejected and condemned
by every Arab country and Muslim organization on earth.
Wouldn't that be reason enough for one in every 10 millions to go
berserk (and transgress against his own religious rules)?
After all, many Muslims have been killed in the US now "hate
crimes". We find it once on this or that other US channel, then its
mention disappears altogether. (I saw it on msn.com a few days ago).
Are we to judge somebody else for their going berserk, or judge the
ideals of their nation - which they violated -, for after all, some of
them will get caught, no doubt, and they will have major problems. They
knew they were risking it when they were killing those people, so did
they need to have the "promise to go to paradise" in order to
do their act? or was their anger enough (FOR THEIR SICK MINDS) to make
them lose balance and do it? I am sure MOST of them had no immediate
relative connected, yet they "crossed" the line of sanity, so
we should expect that the chances are HIGHER of such criminal insanity
among millions who have been hurt more - or similarlily - and for
decades, and trying unsuccessfully for decades to obtain justice.
As another example: The Japanese committed Kamikaze in much larger
So, are religions to blame for believing in an afterlife?
For these terrorists, and for the Kamikaze suicide pilots, the problem
is not that they believe they will enter "paradise" or the
like, the problem is how powerful a force it was that made them
"cross" all lines of fairness and sanity.
As for these guys going to Paradise or not:
The ruling is not mine, but according to my religious rules, the guys
have violated the rules of religion, humanity and Islam, and this is not
the way to go to heaven.
In another e-mail, we received:
Its good to see what is written on this
site about this attack.
This attack will demage the Multi culture of the Netherlands and other
My question is if the good and peaceful islam can be the voice of the
totally islam, till before i thought there was only the islam people
burning down puppets and vlags. now my eyes are more and more open butt
will this be on time for the peace in the world?
Another question in the dutch churches there was years ago spoken of the
unbelieving people will stand bysite when god wil come to rescue
mankind. on dutch tv in a islam programm was the text " the
unbelieving people will be the fuell for the fire" I ask you
directly is there place for such a remark in this new modern times?
I dont know what the world will face the next years butt i hope the best
(peace) for all people on earth
Our answer (edited):
" the unbelieving people will be the fuel for the fire"
I ask you directly is there place for such a remark in this new modern
First, of course, there is no place now or any time for such incendiary
They so out of place that they even difigure the truth: Islamic
principles accept that innocents will not suffer in the after-life,
Muslims or not.
When asked by a lady:
Did you say that God is more Merciful to his creatures than the mother
is to her children?
Our Prophet answered:
Yes, by Allah I said so.
The lady asked:
So how will He cause his creatures to suffer in fire (in the after-life,
for being unbelievers)?
He (wept and) answered:
God will ONLY punish those who REFUSED. (i.e. those who saw the truth
and refused it, this is the UN-believer).
Second, since Islam is so much under attack now, I draw your attention
that the expression itself "the unbelieving people will be the fuel
for the fire" is a truism to every heavenly religion:
believers go to heaven, but there is also hell, by definition.
The problem is not that religions have the concept of heaven and hell,
it is the incendiary nature of using a quotation in its wrong place, I
mean for a Muslim to use that quotation if he does not specify its
generality (as I have done), but we have such extremists in every nation
or religion, under different disguises. I remind you of murders
committed the last few days in the US against innocent Muslims. Whoever
killed them belong in the same circle of deranged criminals as those who
committed the hijackings: their crimes are not exclusive to any nation
|According to CNN (click
for CNN's original article):
Atta's will, written in 1996, shows he had
planned for years to die in the name of Islam.
"I only want to be buried next to good Muslims, my face
should be directed east toward Mecca," the will says.
"A third of my money would be donated to the poor and
needy. My books, I will give to one of the mosques."
Again, the Twin towers terrorist attack is against Muslim
values, teachings and practices, yet some remarks are in order:
CNN's words, if taken with good faith, show unexplainable superficiality: "Atta's
will, written in 1996, shows he had planned for years to die in
the name of Islam".
The article puts the non-learned reader in a
"mindset", inviting the demagogue toward more
hatred and suspicion against Islam as a whole.
Here is the actual description of that will:
- The concept of leaving a Will:
It is the sacred duty of every Muslim regardless of gender
or age, to have a will ready, listing his obligations as
well as his will.
Are we then to consider that almost every other Mulim's
house is planning a terrorist action because they have an
almost identical will prepared?
The Prophet of Islam said:
"No Muslim, who has anything to include in his will,
has the right to stay two nights without having written a
will". (Authentic, narrated by Muslim).
"Whoever dies with a will, dies on a (correct) way,
pure, witnessed (for paradise), and forgiven." (Ibn
Majah, citing Jabir).
Imaam Munawi states in the explanation of this hadeeth: The
will is therefore considered and obligation (on every
- The contents of the Will:
The elements mentioned in that will: are so "matter of
fact" that any person learned with Islamic teachings
gets astonished at the ignorance - of the tens of thousands
of expert investigators - to recognize that such a will
would be available in every practicing Muslim's house.
- To be buried among Muslims:
This is the desire of every Muslim, and the advise of
our Prophet. It is hard indeed to find a Muslim who does
not include it (or imply it) in his will, especially
Muslims living overseas. Are we now to suspect them for
writing such wills?
The issue is not to defend the person in question, it is
to defend normal Muslims from being oppressed against practicing this element of
their religion for, as of now, they will be considered as
terrorists if they include such preference in their
will: Haaa! this is a terrorist.
- "Facing Mecca":
This is the only way prescribed in Islam. Again, it will
be the elementary item in every will.
- Women not to visit his tomb:
The writer of the will ascribes to one (of the major
streams of Islam) that does not encourage women to visit
the graves. It is simply flabbergasting to find a
relationship linking this to the intentions of
- Leaving the third of his money to
the poor (and donating books to a Mosque).
This is the most preferable "split". One
companion mentioned to the Prophet that we will all his
belongings to go to the poor. The Prophet explained to
him that it is better not to leave his family needy. The
man kept decreasing the share of the poor until it
reached the third. The Prophet agreed, adding: The third
(is acceptable), and the third is (still) too much.
It is simply appalling to see how the enormous team of
expert investigators count such a document as
- The age of the Will:
Written in 1996? This will was therefore not revised during
the last five years.
Muslims understand why: It is a "standard" will,
the burden on every Muslim's conscience.
It is hard to imagine how a person getting closer and closer
to his known death, would not change such a
"standard" will within the last five years.
Islam condemns the terrorists attack, but any
fair person is repulsed by brandishing such a will as
"evidence of being a terrorist" and "planning in
advance to die for Islam", for after all, a large
percent of Muslims have a similar will and, as detailed above,
the important elements of that will are better arguments against
the theory that it was written by a person "planning to die
The terrorist crime was enormous indeed,
but inflaming people's emotions wrongly against Muslims is a
grave crime too, for it re-fuels the series of hate crimes and
murders that no civilization can be proud of, yet which are
happening in the elite Western Countries almost every day.