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2/6/2008

Sayyed Nazeely

On 16 May 2008 newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat published an article by writer Amir Tahry which discussed the tragedy of the Uighur Muslims under the headline, “the Forgotten People of China”.

It is the Muslims of China and not Tibetans who are most excluded and banished from the human spirit and most deprived of their human rights according to the standards discussed by the United Nations and international civil society organisations. It is known that the Muslims of Uighur live in an area that used to be called “East Turkestan”. Islam entered it early on, and they were powerful, obstinate and of pure character.

They are of Turkish origins and under the pressure of Chinese murder and terrorisation many Muslim tribes fled to central Asia, Afghanistan and Iran. Small groups stayed to wage war, and they are the reason why China was unable to take control over the region until the middle of the 1960s.

The Chinese frequently attacked this Muslim people and killed millions of them. In 1863 more than one million Uighur Muslims were killed. More than a million Muslims were also killed in the clashes of 1949 when the Chinese Communist regime led by Mao Zedong took over and the province’s independence was abrogated and it was forcibly incorporated into the Republic of China and the following took place:

1. The province was cleared of its Muslim inhabitants who were distributed in other provinces so that they formed a minority in these new areas.

2. An attempt to crush the Muslim’s identity and restrict their acts of devotion and signs of Islam. Mosques were destroyed and schools demolished so that new generations would be formed completely removed from Islam.

3. The Cultural Revolution led by Mao Zedong in the late 1960s was merely a fire whose flames burnt any display of Islam on the pretext of democracy and freedom. How many barbaric crimes have been committed in their name of these false claims across the course of history and until the present day in the era of the American emperor “Bush” in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Somalia…etc

Amnesty International published a document in 1999 while Canadian MPs prepared another in 1998 accusing “Peking” of fabricating terrorism charges against the Muslim “Uighur” people and falsely accusing them of being “Islamist fundamentalists” and “Islamist terrorists” and “separatists”. The document affirmed that the “Uighur” were not responsible for any of these terrorist acts. Rather, it is them that are living under dangerous and terrorising domination by the Chinese government. “They had nothing against them, except that they believed in Allah, the All-Mighty, Worthy of all Praise” (Surah Al-Borooj, 8)

This Muslim minority is living under the control of an atheist, communist regime that deprives it of its rights to education, health, dignified work and to participate in managing its own affairs, as well as depriving it of the modern, democratic life that most advanced countries boast about while concealing a simmering hatred of Islam and Muslims and who work on pulling it out at the roots.

Islam protects minority rights

Yes, we say it proudly because over the course of the centuries only Islam has protected minority rights, preserved their humanity and respected their independence, both in the past and in the modern age. Because they are brothers to Muslims and have the same rights and duties, there is no objection to their acts of devotion, rituals, churches and houses of worship, nor their systems, codes, laws, crosses or priests. “Allâh does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion nor drove you out of your homes. Verily, Allâh loves those who deal with equity”. (Surah el-Mumtahina, 8) “It is only as regards those who fought against you on account of religion, and have driven you out of your homes, and helped to drive you out, that Allâh forbids you to befriend them. And whosoever will befriend them, then such are the Zâlimûn (wrong-doers those who disobey Allâh)” (Surah el-Mumtahina, 9)

This is the true understanding and practical application of real “citizenship”, commendable neighbourliness and fair and kind treatment.

Far removed from that, in fact in contradiction to it, is the insanity, nonsense and chaos called for by many so-called secularists, atheists, leftists and individuals who are supposedly calling for progress and science and the vestiges of Communists who altered their “compass” and “loyalty” towards America when the Communist Party became bankrupt and ended after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

These individuals represent the hypocrites’ army in Muslim countries. “They hide within themselves what they dare not reveal to you” (Surah Aal-Imran, extract from verse 154).

They know very well that any minority living under Islamic Sharia rule is without doubt a lucky minority, and that its members enjoy privileges and rights, security and wellbeing and respect and freedom – what no Muslim minority living in the finest modern democracy in Europe or America enjoys.

Our Coptic brothers in Egypt know that their safety and security lies in Islamic Sharia, and that Sharia has been applied for more than thirteen centuries without oppression, repression, coercion or aggression against their blood, wealth, honour or beliefs.

Some of them feel that there is religious discrimination and hold conferences in Egypt and abroad, and spend suspect millions on them, and recruit various media agencies for PR purposes and to make a din. And gifts and presents rain down on the self-declared leftists and intellectuals who attend them. They try to throw oil on the fire of strife not out of love for our Coptic brothers or a concern for their interests and rights as they claim, but ultimately out of hatred for Islam and Sharia after they sold themselves to the devil.

The question here poses itself: does “citizenship” and “non-discrimination” mean wiping out the identity of the majority of inhabitants and separating between practicing their religion and applying their Sharia in a way that doesn’t harm the rights or feelings of our brothers in the homeland?!! Is there a Muslim minority anywhere in the world able to govern the majority and prevent it from practicing its religion and say to them don’t practice the religion you believe in because it constitutes aggression against our existence or our rights!!

The situation of some Muslim minorities in the world:

– India has the world’s largest Muslim minority in the world. It numbers more than 200 million and constitutes 20% of the population. Despite living in a relatively democratic society they are subject to murder, arson and destruction every now and again and cannot freely practice their religious rites such as slaughtering cows during Eid Al-Adha; anyone who does so has committed an unforgiveable sin and is attacked by Hindus, the cow worshippers. They kill whoever the kill and burn their houses before withdrawing in complete safety without being subject to any kind of punishment. Where is citizenship here? And where is democracy? And where are so-called human rights?!!

– Since Megellan and the Nazarenes* set foot in the Philippines the Muslims have left their rich land and been forced onto the overworked, barren land. Up until this day they haven’t been content with harassing Muslims, natives of this country (even the capital’s name Manila is a corruption of its Islamic name, aman Allah, “security of God”) and the state’s organised armies, supported by American military aid lay siege to the Muslims in the extreme south of the Philippine islands and refuse to legitimise their existence or accord them self-rule.

–       In “Thailand” and “Myanmar” there are a large number of Muslims who embraced Islam centuries ago and who are now controlled by “Buddhists” treating them to a taste of exclusion, abuse and deprivation of freedom and citizenship rights, education and administrative positions in the managing of their own affairs. They are considered second or third class citizens and have no international Islamic backers to defend them against this oppression.

–       In Ethiopia Muslims form the majority (65% of the population) and yet they are completely deprived of their political rights. They don’t have a minister in power nor anyone in a key position. They do not attend state schools which are in the hands of Nazarenes. Even Kottabs are put under the strain of taxes by the state so that they close and are forbidden from receiving financial aid from abroad. It is known that the Ethiopian army is currently killing Muslims in Somalia on behalf of America.

–       And do you remember “Zanzibar” and “Tanganyika” where a third of the Muslim population were ethnically cleansed and the two entities were combined into one state governed by Nazarenes under the name “Tanzania”!!

–       In France, in the free world: there are calls to expel Muslims, and they and their property are fair game in the most brutal way, even though the enemies [sic “Number” is probably what was meant here] of Muslims stands at seven million Muslims deprived of all their rights.

And so…

We cannot continue to the end of this course because we are running out of breath, our tears are falling and our hearts are shaken by pain, grief and sadness.

But we can say:

  • Muslim minorities everywhere in the world, rather the majority of them, suffer oppression, dominion, subjugation and deprivation from the most basic human rights in a way that no one could imagine and not in conformity with any standards or protocol.
  • Non-Muslim minorities in all Muslim countries, and in particular our Coptic brothers in Egypt, enjoy all their rights, respect, kindness and justice. And it is them who are most aware of this and the wise among them comprehend this very well.
  • Beware of secularists, leftists and those who call for creative chaos, and of the strife people, who don’t necessarily love Copts but rather hate Islam and loathe Sharia and eschew a world governed by morals, virtue, justice and equity.

* النصارى el-nasaara loosely translated as “of Nazareth”, is an arguably linguistically neutral term which has acquired a derogatory meaning by the fact that firstly, Egyptian Christians rarely, if ever, use the term to describe themselves and secondly, it has come to be associated with sectarian rhetoric used by some Islamists. We have chosen to translate the term as “Nazarenes”.

This was originally published in Arabic on Ikhwanonline.com 

Amer Shamakh writes: an American “scenario” for toppling the regime

24/4/2013

A friend sent me a report that he said had been leaked from Congress – and responsibility for this [claim] lies with him of course – containing details about an American plot to remove President Mohamed Morsy from power and do away with various aspects of Islam. We are publishing this in order to reaffirm that God has full control over His affairs and that the proud Egyptian Muslim people’s will is above the American’s will and above that of their protector – that is if the report was issued by the American administration. If it wasn’t, then we present – without any embarrassment – the opinion of the person who slyly released this report, which I believe contains many expectations sounded these days.

In its introduction the report affirms that the opposition, led by the National Salvation Front, has completely failed to market itself as a suitable alternative to the elected president, despite possessing tools (Mubarak’s media and businessmen, a large security apparatus, intelligence services, united Copts, huge numbers of thugs and a corrupt, bloated administration that is sympathetic to the former president).

The report describes this failure as: their lack of success in selling the idea of election forgery, their failure to corner the president through widespread protests, the rapid failure of the idea of civil disobedience and, finally, the failure to sell the idea of complete chaos coinciding with big events (the Rafah funeral, the events at the Presidential Palace…etc)

The report relies on Mubarak’s judiciary, who might be the hero of the next stage, and succeed in doing what the opposition failed to do in the past period.

The report outlines a basic plan that relies on:

1. A deluge of judicial verdicts affecting all decisions by the president and his supporters.

2. Interference by the judicial branch in the executive branch and prevention of the executive branch interfering in the judicial branch.

3. Acquittal of anyone who took part in building corruption or killing revolutionaries. This is aimed at making a space within Egyptian minds for the question: who killed them then?

4. Prevention of any funds returning [to Egypt] so that state coffers are not refreshed. “Financial siege”.

Probable occurrences in this scenario (which is expected to last three months):

– Continuing adherence to the Pakistani model. “The judicial weapon”.

– Sending a message to unimportant killers that they will not be held to account while at the same time sending another message to funders and the important killers that the end is near and the money spent will be reimbursed after Morsy’s toppling. “The Adnan Menderes model”.

– Finishing off the president through a judicial verdict or several verdicts during the three months or overturning his legitimacy at the end of June 2013.

– Issuing one or more judicial verdicts ruling that the elections were forged in Morsy’s interest.

– A Supreme Constitutional Court verdict immediately following this dismissing the president.

– These verdicts will convince both the west and the people that the president has lost legitimacy and must be deprived of his position and indeed his life together with his Islamist supporters who caused all these disturbances.

– Creation of complete chaos beginning with the assassination of several famous media and judicial personalities and accusing Islamists of being behind them.

– After the Pakistani model has ended the Turkish one begins – “the execution of Adnan Menderes” – accompanied by a powerful media wave.

– The Algerian model then begins for ten years during which Islamists are totally annihilated.

– A call for national reconciliation (which is refused by Islamists under siege in caves) and an end to the existence of Islamic manifestations and the wiping out of its features.

The report also contains the following two remarks:

– The creation of complete chaos by the opposition now will break it, and its members will appear as rebels to the people and the west. In contrast, chaos after the verdict dismissing the president will make both the people and the west feel that it is Islamists who planned this chaos.

– These verdicts will destroy Islamist morale and make them feel that the president misled them by failing to deliver a pre-emptive strike in order to avoid their slaughter.

The report ends here. We are waiting to see what the coming days bring, and whether they will prove the report’s veracity. In any case everyone must be on their guard, because we do not doubt that there are conspiracies against this ancient country carried out – alas – by a group of its disrespectful sons…We ask God for protection.

This was originally published in Arabic on the Freedom and Justice Party portal.

El-Erian on Boston Marathon bombings

16/4/2013

The criminal acts in Boston, which killed three and wounded 244, comes in the context of reproducing an old case that will not return and not produce negative effects on Islam and Muslims.

Our sympathy with the families of the victims, and the American people do not stop us from reading into the grave incident.

This series of events began with the sending of French battalions to Mali in a war against organisations that are said to belong to Al-Qaeda.

Bombings intensified in Syria in a suspicious manner that deviated from the path of the great Syrian revolution, and smear campaigns began.

Violent explosions returned, rearing their ugly heads again in Iraq, targeting peaceful movements aiming for needed reform.

After a reasonable calm in Somalia, the capital Mogadishu shook again, leading to lowered confidence in the new president and government.

The historic agreement, which ended the fiercest regional conflict, between Erdogan and the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is faltering.

A question that forces itself: Who disturbed democratic transformations, despite the difficult transition from despotism, corruption, poverty, hatred, and intolerance to freedom, justice tolerance, development, human dignity, and social justice?

Who planted Islamophobia through research, the press, and the media?

Who funded the violence?

The march of the Arab peoples will continue, and the will of right, justice, and dignity will triumph, and Syria will triumph to democratic transition movements with the permission of the victorious One God Almighty, who cannot be rendered incapable.

Originally published on the Facebook page of Dr. Essam El-Erian.

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