May 14, 2006

SYMPOSIUM ON ROOTS OF TERRORISM IN WASHINGTON, D.C.: A REPORT

From Narain Kataria

A Symposium on Roots of Terrorism was organized by America Truth Forum in Washington, D.C. on April 28-29th. It was attended by prominent and highly-placed scholars and experts on Islamic Studies. Most of them were celebrities and frequent guests on national TV and Radio Stations. Dr. Babu Suseelan, a Psychologist and Director of Addiction Research Institute, PA and Board Member of Indian American Intellectuals Forum (IAIF) presented Indian/Hindu viewpoint in a forceful manner. His arguments were further reinforced through a PowerPoint presentation of images and slides prepared by Dr. Arun Inala, Secretary of IAIF.

The symposium was attended by about 400 intellectuals and US opinion makers; majority of whom were Jewish and Christian Americans. IAIF members too were present in a sizable number. This was a rare occasion for IAIF members to interact with American mainstream personalities and exchange the Indian viewpoint openly on the menace of terrorism. It was, probably, for the first time that the presence and scholarship of Hindu Americans was recognized and appreciated by renowned global experts on counter-terrorism. Surprisingly, many of these well recognized experts on counter-terrorism did not know enough about the terrible atrocities perpetrated on peaceful Hindus by the Islamic invaders and rulers.

Dr. Babu Suseelan, in his half-an-hour speech, explained that to begin with it was absolutely essential for the world to understand the deadly ideology that successfully transforms the simple human beings into deadly suicide bombers and terrorists.

He said that we cannot deal with the problem of terrorism until and unless we completely comprehend the ideology which extols the virtues of killing and preaches hate, incites violence and enjoins on its followers to instill terror in the hearts of those who do not believe in Allah (8:12), insists on its followers to make a war on unbelievers who dwell around them (9:123), compels its followers to be harsh to unbelievers, tells them that ultimate abode of infidels is Hell, directs them to lay hold on infidels, bind them, burn them in the fire of Hell, then, fasten them with a chain seventy cubits long. The only fault of infidel was that he did not believe in Allah, the Most High.

In nutshell, all the above guidelines form the parts of the Islamic Jihad. Jihad, essentially, is a doctrine of permanent warfare. Jihad, Holy War and terrorism are almost synonymous terms. Dr. Suseelan urged the counter-terrorism experts present there to think and come up with some practical ideas on how to modify this dangerous preaching or whether to impose an outright ban on such vicious teachings.

Many of the Islamic injunctions make the coexistence of Muslims with any other people almost impossible. That is the reason why Muslims have been in a state of perpetual war wherever they live, be it Afghanistan or Iraq, Chechnya or Sudan, Kashmir or Thailand, Indonesia or Bangladesh, Philippine or Spain, USA, UK, or India.

What is more dangerous is that the Islam has divided the entire humanity in two segments: Darl-ul-Islam and Dar-ul-Harab. The first one is the group of nations where Islam has been firmly established and the second one is all countries that are yet to be subjugated by Islam. Core of the sinister mischief is the Islamic teaching that it was the bounden duty of each and every Muslim to keep on fighting till the rule of Allah was established in all non-Islamic countries as well.

It is vital to understand that Islamic menace exists because of liberal's habitual tolerance of intolerance. Their tolerance of intolerance is not tolerance. This type of pathological tolerance, sobering sympathy for Jihadists and stony indifference to victims is immoral and barbaric.

Tracing the History of India, Dr. Suseelan pointed out that the Afghanistan was once Hindu and a part of the original India of that time. In 1947, Pakistan too was forcibly carved out of the Indian Territory by Islamists. Now, feverish efforts are on by all Islamic nations to wrest the Indian Kashmir from the Hindu India. Threats of violence, loot, murder and rape of Hindu people all familiar tools of terrorism have become a routine thing in the Indian Kashmir today.

Ali Sina of Faith Freedom has said that there is one more misconception that terrorists were misguided Muslims and that they had no religion. The terrorists are not the misguided Muslims; they were the real Muslims doing exactly what their Prophet instructed them to do, emphasized Dr. Suseelan.

Some of us mistakenly believe that terrorism in the world began from 9/11/2001. This assumption is based on ignorance, lack of historical background and devoid of factual data. For example, India has been experiencing terrorism for hundreds of years. Even the so-called Moghul King Akbar-the-Great had killed 30,000 to 40,000 innocent Hindus in one day.

It is common knowledge in India that 14,000 young Hindu girls had to burn themselves in fire in a city named Chittor in a western sate of Rajasthan in India when Hindu soldiers were not able to defend the honor of their womenfolk against the barbarian Islamic forces. Timur-the-Terrible ordered his soldiers to kill 100,000 Hindu prisoners in one day. Tuzk-i-Timuri, the book written by his historian records. In a short space of time all the people in the fort were put to sword, and in the course of one hour the heads of 10,000 infidels were cut off. The sword of Islam was washed in the blood of the infidels.

Not long ago, in 1946, more than 5000 Hindus were slaughtered in the eastern city Kolkata in India in one day, when Muslim Chief Minister of the State of Bengal, an Indian state, ordered Muslims to take direct action against Hindus if they did not agree to partition the country.

Now in brief, I would tell you about the ethnic cleansing of Hindus and Sikhs from Pakistan. There were 24% Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan in 1947 when the Muslims forced a partition of the country. After the Pakistan came to be declared as an Islamic state, a reign of terror, murder and rape was let loose against Hindus and Sikhs. They were given two choices either to convert to Islam or to leave the Land of Pure (Pakistan). At present the number of Hindus there has been reduced to only one to two percent. In East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, there were 30% Hindus and Christians in 1947. They were also terrorized and tortured in the same way. They were randomly killed, converted or forcibly driven. Hindu number there has already come down to between eight and nine percentage. In 1971, almost 10 million Hindus had to flee Bangladesh, then the East Pakistan.

In 1989, in India-ruled Kashmir, 350,000 Hindus were forcibly driven out; they are still languishing in refugee camps outside the Kashmir.

In 1993, 350 Hindus were blown to bits by Islamic terrorists in country financial capital Mumbai. In addition to that, India national Parliament was attacked. Prominent Hindu temples were attacked and Hindu devotees mercilessly murdered. 58 Hindu pilgrims mostly women and children were roasted alive in a small town called Godhra in Gujarat by a mob of 2000 blood-thirsty Muslims. Hindus are done to deaths frequently. Last year, when Hindus were celebrating the festival of Diwali the most auspicious religious festival in New Delhi, there were three bomb blasts and 70 Hindus were killed. Recently, in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, there were 3 bomb blasts killing 30 Hindus. What has happened in U.K. is happening everyday in Kashmir in India. The irony of fate is that nobody takes note of it when Hindus are the victims.

Almost entire world knows that six million Jewish people were murdered by Nazis. It is also known that 1.2 million Armenians were butchered by Turkish Muslims. But nobody knows about the Hindu Holocaust. There are various estimates on how many million Hindus have been slaughtered by Islamic invaders inspired by holy Quran. Prof. Bill French of the Center for the Study of Political Islam, Tennessee, who has conducted an in-depth research on the subject, told me that Muslims have killed 120 million human beings around the globe (including 40 million Hindus in India alone). Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihad Watch says that in sheer numbers, no group of people has suffered from Islam like the Hindus. He further says that it is amazing how few Americans and British of Indian origin seem to know the history of their own ancestors. Prof. K.S. Lal writes that 60 to 70 million Hindu victims were murdered by Muslim rulers.

Will Durant, the celebrated author of "The Story of Civilization" has said that the Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. Anwar Shaikh, a Pakistani Muslim scholar of repute settled in UK, in his book ˜This is Jihad" says that The Muslims must fight non-Muslims. Thus, the ˜People of the Book", i.e., Jews and Christians are equally infidels like the Hindus, the Buddhists, the atheists, etc., and must be killed unless they submit before the Islamic sword and live as tributaries to acknowledge their humiliation through payment of Poll Tax. Mr. Koenraad Elst, the Belgian scholar and Indologist says that there is a place in Afghanistan called The Hindu Kush, which means the slaughter of Hindu.

At the present moment, Hindus are under siege in India. Muslim population there is rising with leaps and bounds. There are 162 million Muslims living in Pakistan. There are approximately 150 to 160 million Muslims in India; Bangladesh has another 147 million Muslims. Roughly one-third of the world Muslim population lives in the Indian sub-continent. This is a very frightening scenario for India.

It is said that the chronic diseases call for drastic remedies. Detailing some possible solutions to the serious Muslim problem, Dr. Suseelan suggested that the immigration in United States from the Islamic theocracies should be stopped forthwith and the United Nations must disqualify from its membership all nations practicing Islamic theology. Most of all, the teachings of Quran that preach intolerance and murder of infidels should be suitably modified. Imports from nations supporting terrorist training and activities should be taxed heavily.

Enlightened audience in the high-profile Symposium was horrified and shocked at the information provided and profusely applauded Dr. Suseelan time and again. Later, many groups invited him to speak on television, radio, and in their meetings..

These were some of the luminaries who participated in the Symposium: R. James Woolsey, former Director of CIA, Dr. Paul Williams, former Consultant to FBI, Dr. Bruce Tefft, a founding member of the CIA Counter Terrorism Center, Dr. Andrew Bostom, Editor of "The Legacy of Jihad", Joe Kaufman, Investigative Journalist for Frontpage Magazine, Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch, David Horowitz, President of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, Walid Shobat, a former PLO functionary, Brigitte Gabriel, a former anchor for world news in the Middle East and a prominent Arab-American journalist, Dr. Harvey Kushner, a noted author, lecturer, professor and internationally recognized authority on terrorism, Kenneth Timmerman, a nominee for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.


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IBN WARRAQ ON "9/11"


STATEMENT BY IBN WARRAQ ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ATROCITY
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Ibn Warraq is the author of Why I Am Not A Muslim
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Given the stupefying enormity of the acts of barbarism of 11 September, moral outrage is appropriate and justified, as are demands for punishment. But a civilized society cannot permit blind attacks on all those perceived as “Muslims” or Arabs. Not all Muslims or all Arabs are terrorists. Nor are they implicated in the horrendous events of Tuesday. Police protection for individual Muslims, mosques and other institutions must be increased.

However, to pretend that Islam has nothing to do with Terrorist Tuesday is to wilfully ignore the obvious and to forever misinterpret events. Without Islam the long-term strategy and individual acts of violence by Usama bin Laden and his followers make little sense. The West needs to understand them in order to be able to deal with them and avoid past mistakes. We are confronted with Islamic terrorists and must take seriously the Islamic component. Westerners in general, and Americans in particular, do not understand the passionate, religious, and anti-western convictions of Islamic terrorists. These God-intoxicated fanatics blindly throw away their lives in return for the Paradise of Seventy Two Virgins offered Muslim martyrs killed in the Holy War against all infidels.

Jihad is “a religious war with those who are unbelievers in the mission of the Prophet Muhammad [the Prophet]. It is an incumbent religious duty, established in the Qur’an and in the Traditions as a divine institution, and enjoined specially for the purpose of advancing Islam and repelling evil from Muslims”[1].

The world is divided into two spheres, Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb. The latter, the Land of Warfare, is a country belonging to infidels which has not been subdued by Islam. The Dar al-Harb becomes the Dar-al Islam, the Land of Islam, upon the promulgation of the edicts of Islam. Thus the totalitarian nature of Islam is nowhere more apparent than in the concept of Jihad, the Holy War, whose ultimate aim is to conquer the entire world and submit it to the one true faith, to the law of Allah. To Islam alone has been granted the truth: there is no possibility of salvation outside it. Muslims must fight and kill in the name of Allah.
We read (IX. 5-6):“Kill those who join other gods with God wherever you may find them”;
IV.76: “Those who believe fight in the cause of God”;
VIII.39-42: “Say to the Infidels: if they desist from their unbelief, what is now past shall be forgiven; but if they return to it, they have already before them the doom of the ancients! Fight then against them till strife be at an end, and the religion be all of it God’s.”
Those who die fighting for the only true religion, Islam, will be amply rewarded in the life to come:
IV.74: “Let those who fight in the cause of God who barter the life of this world for that which is to come; for whoever fights on God’s path, whether he is killed or triumphs, We will give him a handsome reward.”
What should we make with these further unfortunate verses from the Qur’an:
*Torment to Non-believers->IV.56
*Only Islam Acceptable-> III.85
* No friends from outsiders->III.118
*No friends with Jews, christians->V. 51
* No friends with non believers->IV.144, III.28
* No friends with parents/siblings if not believers->IX.23
* Fight non-believers->IX.123 * Kill non-believers->IV.89
*Anti Jewish verses->V.82
* God a "plotter"->VIII.30
*Killing Idolators->IX.5
* Idolators are unclean just because they are idolator->IX.28
* Forcing non-believers to pay tax->IX.29
* The Torment of Hell->XLIV.43-58
* All except Muslims/Jews/Christians/Sabeans will go to hell->II.62, V.69
* Cast terror in the hearts, smite the neck and cut fingertips of unbelievers->VIII.12
* Smite the neck of unbelievers->XLVII.4
* Severe Punishment for atheists->X.4 ; V.10 ; V.86
* Severe Punishment for non-believers->XXII.19-22 ; LXXII.23, XCVIII.6
*Punishing non-believers of Hereafter->XVII.10
* Punishing for rejecting faith->III.91
* Non believers go to hell->IV.140 ; VII.36 * Partial Believers go to hell too->IV.150-1
* Sadistic punishments->LVI.42-43
* Punishment for apostates->XVI.106 ; III.86-88 ; III.90 ; IV.137.
* Threat of punishement for not going to war->IX.38-39, XLVIII.16
*God making someone more sinful so he can be punished more->III178
*Intentionally preventing unbelievers from knowing the truth->VI.25 ; VI.110
* Intentionally preventing unbelievers from Understanding Quran->XVII.45-46
* It is God who causes people to err and He punishes them for that->XVII.97
* God could guide, if he chose to, but did not->VI.35
* Intentionally misguiding those whom he pleases to->XIV.4
* Willfully misguiding some->XVI.93
* God causes human to err->IV.143 ; VII.178
* God deceiving humans->IV.142

It is surely time for us who live in the West and enjoy freedom of __expression to examine unflinchingly and unapologetically the tenets of these fanatics, including the Qur’an which divinely sanctions violence. We should unapologetically examine the life of the Prophet, who was not above political assassinations, and who was responsible for the massacre of the Jews.
“Ah, but you are confusing Islam with Islamic fundamentalism. The Real Islam has nothing to do with violence,” apologists of Islam argue.

There may be moderate Muslims, but Islam itself is not moderate. There is no difference between Islam and Islamic fundamentalism: at most there is a difference of degree but not of kind. All the tenets of Islamic fundamentalism are derived from the Qur’an, the Sunna, and the Hadith – Islamic fundamentalism is a totalitarian construct derived by Muslim jurists from the fundamental and defining texts of Islam. The fundamentalists, with greater logic and coherence than so-called moderate or liberal Muslims, have made Islam the basis of a radical utopian ideology that aims to replace capitalism and democracy as the reigning world system. Islamism accounts for the anti-American hatred to be found in places far from the Arab-Israeli conflict, like Nigeria and Afghanistan, demonstrating that the Middle East conflict cannot legitimately be used to explain this phenomenon called Islamism. A Palestinian involved in the WTC bombings would be seen as a martyr to the Palestinian cause, but even more as a martyr to Islam.

“Ah, but Islamic fundamentalism is like any other kind of fundamentalism, one must not demonise it. It is the result of political, social grievances. It must be explained in terms of economics and not religion,” continue the apologists of Islam.

There are enormous differences between Islamic fundamentalism and any other kind of modern fundamentalism. It is true that Hindu, Jewish, and Christian fundamentalists have been responsible for acts of violence, but these have been confined to particular countries and regions. Islamic fundamentalism has global aspirations: the submission of the entire world to the all-embracing Shari’a, Islamic Law, a fascist system of dictates designed to control every single act of all individuals. Nor do Hindus or Jews seek to convert the world to their religion. Christians do indulge in proselytism but no longer use acts of violence or international terrorism to achieve their aims.

Only Islam treats non-believers as inferior beings who are expendable in the drive to world hegemony. Islam justifies any means to achieve the end of establishing an Islamic world.

Islamic fundamentalists recruit among Muslim populations, they appeal to Islamic religious symbols, and they motivate their recruits with Islamic doctrine derived from the Qur’an. Economic poverty alone cannot explain the phenomenon of Islamism. Poverty in Brazil or Mexico has not resulted in Christian fundamentalist acts of international terror. Islamists are against what they see as western materialism itself. Their choice is clear: Islam or jahiliyya. The latter term is redefined to mean modern-style jahiliyya of modern, democratic, industrialised societies of Europe and America, where man is under the dominion of man rather than Allah. They totally reject the values of the West, which they feel are poisoning Islamic culture. So, it is not just a question of economics, but of an entirely different worldview, which they wish to impose on the whole world. Sayyid Qutb, the very influential Egyptian Muslim thinker, said that “dominion should be reverted to Allah alone, namely to Islam, that holistic system He conferred upon men. An all-out offensive, a jihad, should be waged against modernity so that this moral rearmament could take place. The ultimate objective is to re-establish the Kingdom of Allah upon earth...”[2]

It is surely time for moderate Muslims to stand up and be counted. I should like to see them do three things:
All moderate Muslims should unequivocally denounce this barbarism, should condemn it for what it is: the butchery of innocent people,
2. All moderate Muslim citizens of the United States should proclaim their Americanness, their patriotism, and their solidarity with the families of the victims. They should show their pride in their country by giving blood and other aid to victims and their families.
3. All moderate Muslims should take this opportunity to examine the tenets of their faith; should look at the Qur’an, recognize its role in the instigation of religious violence, and see it for what it is, a problematical human document reflecting 7th or perhaps 8th Century values which the West has largely outgrown.

While it should not be too difficult for moderate Muslims to accept the need to denounce the violence of Terrorist Tuesday, I am not at all optimistic about their courage or willingness to proclaim their love for their chosen country, the USA, or examine the Qur’an critically.

Too many Muslims are taught from an early age that their first allegiance is to Islam. They are exhorted in sermons in mosques, and in books by such Muslim intellectuals as Dr Siddiqui of the Muslim Institute in London, that if the laws of the land conflict with any of the tenets of Islam, then they must break the laws of the infidels, and only follow the Law of God, the Shari’a, Islamic Law.

It is a remarkable fact that at the time of the Gulf War, a high proportion of Muslims living in the West supported Saddam Hussein. In the aftermath of the WTC terror, it is now clear from reports in the media that many Muslims, even those living in the West, see these acts of barbarism as acts of heroism; they give their unequivocal support to their hero, Usama bin Laden.

Few Muslims have shown themselves capable of scrutinising their sacred text rationally. Indeed any criticism of their religious tenets is taken as an insult to their faith, for which so many Muslims seem ready to kill (as in the Rushdie affair or the Taslima Nasreen affair). Muslims seem to be unaware that the research of western scholars concerning the existence of figures such as Abraham, Isaac and Joseph or the authorship of the Pentateuch applies directly to their belief system. Furthermore, it is surely totally irrational to continue to believe that the Qur’an is the word of God when the slightest amount of rational thought will reveal that the Qur’an contains words and passages addressed to God (e.g. VI.104; VI.114; XVII.1; XXVII.91; LXXXI.15-29; lxxxiv.16-19; etc.); or that it is full of historical errors and inconsistencies.

Respect for other cultures, for other values than our own, is a hallmark of a civilised society. But Multiculturalism is based on some fundamental misconceptions. First, there is the erroneous and sentimental belief that all cultures, deep down, have the same values; or, at least, if different, are equally worthy of respect. But the truth is that not all cultures have the same values, and not all values are worthy of respect. There is nothing sacrosanct about customs or cultural traditions: they can change under criticism. After all, the secularist values of the West are not much more than two hundred years old.

If these other values are destructive of our own cherished values, are we not justified in fighting them both by intellectual means, that is by reason and argument, and criticism, and by legal means, by making sure the laws and constitution of the country are respected by all? It becomes a duty to defend those values that we would live by. But here western intellectuals have sadly failed in defending western values, such as rationalism, social pluralism, human rights, the rule of law, representative government, individualism (in the sense that every individual counts, and no individual should be sacrificed for some utopian future collective end), freedom of __expression, freedom of and from religion, the rights of minorities, and so on..(COMMENT: SOUNDS VERY FAMILIAR IN THE INDIAN CONTEXT ALSO?!!)

Instead, the so-called experts on Islam in western universities, in the media, in the churches and even in government bureaus have become apologists for Islam. They bear some responsibility for creating an atmosphere little short of intellectual terrorism where any criticism of Islam is denounced as fascism, racism, or “orientalism.” They bear some responsibility for lulling the public into thinking that “The Islamic Threat ” is a myth. It is our duty to fight this intellectual terrorism. It is our duty to defend the values of liberal democracy.( COMMENT: INDIAN SECULAR ENGLISH MEDIA??)

One hopes that the U.S. government will not now act in such a way that more innocent lives are lost, albeit on the other side of the globe. One hopes that even now there is a legal way out in international courts of law. The situation is far more delicate and complex than a simple battle between good and evil, the solution is not to beat hell out of all Arabs and Muslims but neither is it to pretend that Islam had nothing to do with it, for that would be to bury one’s head in the Sands of Araby.
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Excellent article on an activity of IAIF. Can you tell how to join IAIF. The below link or contact us at the website is not working.
http://www.iaifusa.org/Membership.asp

Anonymous said...

The socalled secular English media in India is the most stupid media any one can come across considering the fact that they never can see the obvious and offer only a weired and rationalised explanation of all terrorism by simply sermoning the majority Hindus that you haven't given the muslims their due and well pay for it.