the berbaric govt of syria continues its awkward and brutal actions against the muslim population in the country so we must denounce it,s deplorable acts
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all muslims are being asked to pray for our brothers and sisters in somalia who are suffering in the war ravaged country that had no central funtioning government for 20 years,
the protracted political anarchy with a company of famine and droughts all over the country plunged the country into humaniterian disaster.
“Twelve million people in Somalia are suffering from famine and currently two million people are close to death,” Ayatollah Jannati told Iranians attending the Friday Prayers in the capital, Tehran, IRNA reported.
“Cholera and other diseases are spreading in the country and thus any measure taken to help the people of this country are praiseworthy,” he added.
The cleric regretted the plight of the people in the crisis-hit Horn of Africa nation, saying one Somali child dies of starvation every eight seconds.
He criticized arrogant powers for their disregard for the loss of lives in Somalia and said if Muslims unite in sending aid shipments to the country, they could save the starving nation from imminent death.
Ayatollah Jannati also addressed the yearly demonstrations across the globe in support of Palestinians on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan — dubbed by the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini, as Quds Day.
He went on to point to the wave of Islamic Awakening that swept through the Arab world and is now spreading across European countries, namely Britain.
“In Britain, there is the issue of racial discrimination and this has resulted in protests against why some have more than they need whereas some have nothing and cannot sleep at night,” the cleric added.
Ayatollah Jannati said the British government managed to take control of the people’s massive protests with the help of its ally the US and by employing the army forces but this wave in the country will not be put down until it eradicates all oppressors in the West.
He stressed that the wave of protests and revolts would continue across the globe until the abolition of oppression and injustice in the world.
quoted from press tv- wardoon media
1. she is real muslimah
2.she is modest
3.she worships and obeys only ALLAH (GOD)
4.they want her to walk naked like their wives.
5.they saw the weakness of the islamic ummah.
6.the percentage of muslims are increasing in their country.
7.they are envous about the dignity of the muslim women.
8.they know she is defenciless.
9.they are threatening all the muslim veiled women.
10.they are going to defame the dignified muslim girls,
dear brothers and sisters what you are watching is a declaration of war against us.
what we are watching is a provocative action being made by the christians.
it is our responsibility to defend our muslim sisters to the last drop of our blood.
our muslim sisters are our dignity and reputation.
please,let us wake up and see what is going on.
According to statistics from the U.N., Islam is now the worlds second largest religion after Christianity. The U.N. statistics state that the Islam annual growth rate of Islam is around 6.40% compared to 1.46% during the same time period for Christianity. Also according to these statistics, one in fourth people on the planet are Muslim (by birth or geographical reference).
Islam in North America since 1989 increased 25%
Islam in Africa since 1989 increased 2.15%
Islam in Asia since 1989 increased 12.57%
Islam in Europe since 1989 increased 142.35%
Islam in Latin America since 1989 decreased -4.73%
and Islam in Australia and Oceania / Pacific since 1989 increased 257.01%
Major Religions of the World
Christian – 2,038,905,000 – 32% (dropping)
Roman Catholics – 1,076,951,000
Protestants – 349,792,000
Orthodox – 217,522,000
Anglicans – 81,663,000
Other – 537,135,000
Muslims – 1,226,403,000 – 21% (growing)
Hindus – 828,130,000 – 13% (stable)
Chinese folk religionists – 389,543,000 – 6%
Buddhists – 364,014,000 – 6% (stable)
Sikhs – 23,821,000 – < 1%
Jews – 14,535,000 – < 1%
quoted from islamtoday
Reports of incidents againsts Muslims increased in 2011, according to a new report.
Racial violence, particularly against black people, is also on the rise.
The report, by the Federal Commission Against Racism and an anti-racist NGO, said both recent migrants and people with Swiss citizenship were affected, and the majority of victims are men. The racist attacks are mainly serious verbal abuse, it said.
Incidents often happen at work or in other public areas, but also in people’s dealings with the police.
“Most of the perpetrators were from a higher socio-economic background,” the report said. “It is striking how often those accused (or committing racist acts) were in socio-economic positions of power and used this position, directly or indirectly against the victims.” the report said.
The commission, together with Humanrights.ch, warns that the unreported cases of abuse are likely to be many more than those included in the report.
The report calls on Switzerland’s cantons to improve measures protecting people against discrimination, and blames politicians for the rise in anti-Muslim sentiment.
“In recent years a number of MPs have been employed in denying the presence of racism in our society,” the report said.
“In doing so, they are creating a favourable environment for exclusion and xenophobia.”
The groups said votes to ban the building of minarets and send back foreign criminals, initiated by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party, were directly linked to the rise in cases of anti-Muslim harassment.
“After the vote on minarets (in November 2009) Muslims were increasingly targeted,” commission director Doris Angst said.
Marta Falconi, “Swiss racism on the rise – report” The Local – Switzerland
“Rise in racist abuse reported” Swiss Info June 20, 2011
Dar Al Murabiteen Publications
English translation of
First and Exclusive Video Interview
Sheikh Anwar Al Awlaki
May Allah preserve him
Conducted and Released
Al Malahim Media Productions
10 Jamadi At Thani
Original Arabic transcript
Nukhbah Al Ilaam Al Jihadi
CORRESPONDENT In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful
Praise is to Allah and peace and blessings upon the Messenger of Allah. Al Malahim productions is happy to welcome with you in this special interview with the Sheikh Anwar Al Awlaki who answered our request and honored us with this exclusive interview
Welcome honorable Sheikh
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Welcome to you and thanks for taking all these pains in order to reach here
CORRESPONDENT JazakaAllah khairan our Sheikh
We will start this interview with the recent Western and American media uproar in general around you, in which they have accused you of involvement in 14 cases in America, Canada and Britain. What is the reality of these claims that have been spread by the media and what is the reason for this attack?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI The reason for this attack is – that I am a Muslim and am calling to Islam
The accusation- is inciting, Nidal Hassan and then Omar Farooq, and now this other case that you mentioned, the common issue in all these is inciting
Inciting to what? Inciting to Jihad, inciting to Islam as Allah the Almighty revealed it in His Quran and the Sunnah of His prophet, and this is an accusation.
Americans today, do not want an Islam that defends the cause of the Ummah, they do not want an Islam that calls to Jihad, and to implement the Sharia, that calls to Wala and Bara. They do not wish these doors from Islam to open, and that people be called to them. What they want is, an American, liberal, democratic, peaceful and secular Islam about which they have mentioned and popularized in some of their statements, as has been mentioned- take for example- in the report of RAND
So now, we have the Fiqh of glory and calling for judgment, and we also have the Fiqh of disgrace and the culture of defeatism
One of the prominent CIA officials said, if Mullah Umar stands up against us we will set up against him Mullah Bradley, in other words he is saying- if you have truthful scholars we too have scholars who are fake, if you raise on your side Mullah Umar we too will raise from our side Mullah Bradley
So this is a battle of the hearts and minds of the Islamic World at its severest. America today is trying to popularize a fake Islam as its ancestors did, they changed Christianity and they changed Judaism and now they want to change Islam, but the religion of Allah, the Almighty is protected.
So there is now the Fiqh of glory on the fronts, some callers call to it and some of those working on the Islamic grounds, for example, you people in Al Qaeda, your call represents a call of glory, for example, Dr Ayman Az Zawahiri when he addressed Obama, what did he tell him? “O Mr. Obama, perhaps Allah will make the end of America at the hands of the Mujahideen, so that we can all rest and the world can rest from your evil” This represents an address of glory, it represents a clear and sound address concerning the look of the Muslims towards America, we are all waiting to rest from you and the world, to rest from your evil because of all your transgressions and oppressions against the world
And on the other hand we find that when Obama visited the Islamic World and visited Riyadh passing by Cairo, one of the preachers welcomed him saying “What a blessed hour it is O Abu Husain” A blessed Hour? Is it a blessed hour that that Obama should come to the heart of the Islamic World? To the Arabian Peninsula? Is it a blessed hour that we should welcome Obama, the leader of the Crusades today, the leader of the war on Islam, the Pharaoh of the age- that we welcome him with such words! So this is a representation of Fiqh of disgrace and the culture of defeatism
Obama- who promised to protect Israel, Obama- who escalated the campaign of bombing in Afghanistan and Pakistan with these drone aircrafts, and now he has entered Yemen, Obama- who promised that he will destroy terrorism in Somalia and Yemen, Obama- who wants to enter America into new wars, do we welcome him like this “What a blessed hour it is O Abu Husain” A blessed Hour? Where is the blessing in the visit of Obama?
At a distance of only a few kilometers from the grave of the Prophet (peace be upon him), from Medina, from Mecca, the Arabian Peninsula about which the Prophet (peace be upon him) said “Expel the polytheists from the Arabian Peninsula” now we welcome Obama in this way “”What a blessed hour it is O Abu Husain” A blessed Hour?
Such addresses impress America and that is why we see the satellite channels smeared with these kinds of sayings that come from the people of this Fiqh
As for Dr Ayman, because he represents the Fiqh of glory that we talked about and calling to justice, how do they deal with him?
They deal with him in two ways – they will either assassinate the person or the personality
They assassinate the person by killing, assassination
Or they assassinate the personality, if they fail to assassinate the person, they assassinate the personality using media campaigns that spoil the image of the person, so this is the way of the Americans today and we have to be careful and vary
CORRESPONDENT So the case is spoiling the image of the Islamic preacher who says the truth and calls to returning the rights to its owners, but the Americans accused you of having relation in the operation of Brother Nidal Hassan that he performed on the American soldiers in Fort Hood?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Yes Nidal Hassan is one of my students and that’s an honor for me, I feel honored that the likes of Nidal Hassan are from my students, what he did was a heroic job, a wonderful operation, and we ask Allah, the Almighty to grant him steadfastness and protect him and hasten his release, and I support what he did and I call every one who claims to be a Muslim, and is working in the American army to take the path of Nidal Hassan, for good deeds do away bad deeds and I call the Muslims also to take by his way, either they do Jihad by saying or do jihad with the hand, and the example that Nidal Hassan presented is the better example, we ask Allah the Almighty to make it a great opening for several other Muslims to take by his way
CORRESPONDENT Our honorable Sheikh, you support these kinds of operations, but some of the Islamic organizations in America, renounced the operation and described it as terrorism and unprovoked violence, and that it has no connection with Islam, for example, one of these organizations say “We renounce this cowardly act strongly, and pray that those who did it are punished with the severest of what the law permits.. Until they said… and from what increases the crime of this work that it aimed the voluntary forces that defend our country, the American Muslims stand with their fellow citizens in prayer for the victims and present their condolence to the families of the injured and dead”
How do you respond to such sayings and what is the reason for such stances?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI This dirty, lowly and defeatist talk is their talk today, but let us return to some of these Islamic organizations in America before a period of time or more. These organizations were once upon a time, supporting the Jihad in Afghanistan, supporting the Jihad in Bosnia, supporting the Jihad in Chechnya, supporting the Jihad in Palestine, and I was there –in America at that period of time. We used to call from above the pulpits to everything in Islam, Jihad in the way of Allah, call to establish the Caliphate, Wala and Bara, we used to speak openly. The roof of freedom in America was open for us to speak about this, and we had freedom to speak more than many of the countries in the Islamic world. But America kept on narrowing, and this is the Sunnah of preaching as it was with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) calling in Makah in the starting. In the beginning, Quraysh ignored him, until they started realizing the danger. That is why they said “When he openly started calling the people gathered against him”. So just like that America, when it started feeling the danger of the message that the Muslims there were presenting, they started constraining and this constraining continued gradually and the roof of freedom started lowering till it reached its peak in the after math of the 11 September attacks. And a new campaign of rules which constrained upon the Muslims there was issued till it became hard for you to be a Muslim living in America and calling to the truth without being exposed to some kind of trial, so the options became Hijrah or imprisonment.
These organizations that you mentioned are talking from the shade of this environment of constraints which makes you feel always that you are guilty and you try to defend yourself, as was the condition of the Muslims in Andalusia after the fall of Gharnata, always trying to show their allegiance in order to survive, that is why this talk is not to be taken from.
And praise is to Allah, how can we object to an operation like the operation of brother Nidal Hassan?! He killed American soldiers on their way to Afghanistan and Iraq, who objects to this?! This issue has consensus and is agreed upon by the sons of Adam –the human beings- and in fact even in pet animals, if you surround a cat in a corner it will fluff its fur and reveal its claw’s to defend itself, we now are saying that the Muslim does not have the right even to defend himself!
Nidal Hassan is of a Palestinian origin defending his nation, and that is why in the world of animals this is acceptable, so what do you think when this talk comes and is dressed in a Shari’ dress? it is said that the Muslim is not allowed to defend his Ummah? Is not allowed to defend his issues? And it is not permitted for him to kill the American soldier who is going now to kill Muslims? This talk is not acceptable at all. What brother Nidal Hassan did was a heroic act and an amazing work and as I said, we pray to Allah Almighty to grant him steadfastness.
CORRESPONDENT But they say that these kinds of operations spoil the image of Islam in the West and in America?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Yes this is one of their excuses, they said that these kinds of operations constrain upon the Muslims there and spoil the image of the Muslims in the West, but we ask the following questions:
Is saving the image of the Muslims in America more important than the thousand, in fact, millions of Muslims who face American missiles and bombs?
And then we say, what is this image that you want to save and present?
If the image is that the Muslim pardons and that the Muslim forgives when he can and that we call to Islam with goodness, this is good, especially if he is a non Muslim whom you expect to become a Muslim. But we are now dealing with a disbelieving nation that is fighting us, and the image that we want to send to America is that “O America if you transgress us then we will transgress you and if you killed from us we will kill from you” this is the image that we should present.
These American soldiers who were on their way to Afghanistan and Iraq we will kill them, we will kill them if we can in Fort hood, we will kill them if we can in Afghanistan and Iraq (It might be that Allah repels the evil of those who have disbelieved) repel the evil of the unbelievers by fighting and inciting to it, not by surrender and defeatism.
CORRESPONDENT Specially that the Americans are occupying the Muslim countries
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Yes we are now dealing with American occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq and other pictures of occupation in the rest of the Muslim world.
CORRESPONDENT Do you think that Yemen is occupied by America?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI No, Yemen is not occupied by the Americans. Unfortunately, the matter is worse than that, the occupation is implemented- if we are talking about occupation – we are talking about the entry of Americans using ground forces, with tanks and armored vehicles and soldiers occupying the mountains and deserts of Yemen. This is occupation. They impose their control on the lands, but what is happening now is worse than that. What is happening now is that the Yemeni Government says to the Americans “You occupy the air, and occupy the seas and we will suffice you the lands. We will provide you the spies on the lands, to spy on the Muslims from the People of Yemen, and you guys spy through your airplanes and we will not stop you from that, spy on the privacies of the Muslims, spy on the areas of Yemen, and prepare your navy towers to bomb the people of Yemen with Cruz missiles and the aircrafts using shell bombs as it happened in Abyan and Shabwah, and we will suffice you the land and we will occupy the land for you.
Americans today cannot proceed into a new campaign after Iraq and Afghanistan. If the Americans entered Yemen, then the American soldier will be killed on the mountains of Yemen and its terraces and valleys and farms and its deserts and the American treasury cannot finance a new campaign for the occupation of another country like Yemen which is said to be the graveyard of occupiers. The American finance today is faltering, so the Yemeni government saved the paralysing point of the Americans. ‘We will suffice you and you just have to do what you can of occupation of the air and sea. And what happens now is that the Americans, for example, want someone to be eliminated or killed.For example, Sheikh Abd Allah al Mihdaar, the American administration contacted the military in Yemen and said that this person is not wanted. Do the Americans have to give a proof to the Yemeni government? No, just by their mentioning of a name of someone, this man, we do not want him, is enough.
Sheikh Abd Allah al Mihdaar is a Sheikh of a tribe on a social front and known amongst people, the Yemeni government did not accuse him of anything even by their acclaimed rules, no judicial judgement was passed against him and in spite of that the military forces and security forces came and surrounded the house of Sheikh Abd Allah alMihdaar and all those in the house were killed by the American order. After that the Yemeni government presents to the Americans, the bill, this is the cost of the blood of Sheikh Abd Allah al Mihdaar, as they presented a bill for receiving money for the blood of women and children and aged who were killed in Abyan. Small girls, children, women, were killed in the American bombings and then this gang that rules Yemen comes – it is not a government, it is a gang- trader of the blood of its children and eats bribe from the West for this blood, and as the number of the dead increases, the money that comes to it increases, and now they have promised them millions of dollars for the blood of the Muslims that was spilt in Yemen.
CORRESPONDENT By the way, the scholars of Yemen have issued a Fatwa about the obligation of fighting the Americans if they entered Yemen, do you support these kinds of fatwas?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Without doubt, the role of the scholars is to guide the Ummah, and guidance is supposed to be in accordance with the happening, and this happening is of great importance and the talk of the scholars in it –by calling for Jihad against the Americans – this of course is praised, but we should clear an issue:
The war today between the Muslims and the Americans is not a battle for petrol, is not a battle for water, is not a battle for a land or for a sea, is not a battle for Palestine or Iraq or Afghanistan only. Yes, these all are included in the reasons for the conflict but the war basically at its root is a war of Tawheed.
Now America wants to finish Islam as it was revealed to Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and they want to come with a duplicate Islam that I mentioned. So it is a war for Tawheed. That’s why, the war should not be taken in a narrow manner or as a financial worldly matter, the war is greater than that, and that is why the scholars should have a bigger role.
This fatwa needs explanation and implementation:
It needs explanation because there are some points that the fatwa did not elaborate on, and also there are points it missed completely. For example I mention: the fatwa did not consider the stand of the Yemeni government, and this is a very important issue. The scholars said “the ruling of the defenders is a direct ruling”. The Yemeni government is not a defender of the Americans, it is direct. The Yemeni government is direct in the crusader campaign with the Americans, when the American aircrafts were bombing Abyan and Shabwah –simultaneously with this bombing- the military forces were raiding into the houses of our brothers in Arhab at the same time. So they are participants with the Americans in the campaign, the fatwa did not consider this issue, what is the stand today about this agent and traitor government, this government that works with the Americans, what is the stand about it?
And it requires implementation, we mentioned the ruling “there should be jihad against the Americans” Okay, the people now require that you implement for them this fatwa. You say to them that the aircrafts that are there now above you drop them. The tribes in Yemen have the weapons that can drop these aircrafts. (Dashka, Shilka and 23) These weapons present in the hands of the Yemeni tribes can drop the aircrafts, the scholars should call the tribes to that “Drop these aircrafts, why are they encircling above your houses, these American towers which are in our waters, target them. The American officers, if you find them in Sana’a or Aden target them” This is from the implementation of the fatwa, and it is also from the roles that the scholars have to fulfil in these time in which they do not get directions from the government, the rulers have gone astray and its over, now the scholars are left to direct the people correctly.
CORRESPONDENT After the bombing of Abyan and Shabwah, the Mujahid Omar Farooq carried out an attempt to blow an airplane of the American Delta company which headed from the city of Amsterdam to the American city of Detroit, and this operation was a response to the cruel American bombing on Yemen. What is your connection with Omar Farooq?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI This operation accomplished goals for the Mujahideen and it is considered a reply and terrorising operation to the Americans, and this operation showed the gaps in the American security instruments whether it be intelligence wise or in the security. In the American airports they spend more than 40 million dollars and yet the Mujahid Omar Farooq was able to pass these security instruments.
And also the intelligence admits that it had put him under surveillance and in spite of that he was able to reach the heart of America to Detroit.
So the operation accomplished great successes though it did not kill even one person, in spite of that it accomplished great successes.
About the brother Omar Farooq, he is also from my students, and also I am very proud that the likes of Omar Farooq are from my students and I support what he did.
CORRESPONDENT You support these operations though the targeted in it –as it is said in the media – are innocent civilians, up to the end of what is said?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI As for the case of the citizens this context is used a lot today, but we prefer using the contexts used by our scholars, for they say, fighters and non fighters.
As for the fighter, then he is the one who carries weapons even if it’s a woman and the non fighters are those who do not interfere in the war
As for the American public, then collectively, it is participating, for it is the one who chose this administration, and it is the one who funds the war. In these recent elections and the ones before that, there were other choices for the American public, to chose candidates who do not want war, but in spite of that, they did not get except very few of the votes
Then, before we talk about anything else, we should look at the matter from the Sharia point of view, and this is what decides the matter, whether it is permissible, or not
If the heroic Mujahid brother Omar Farooq would be able to target hundreds of military it would be great, but we are talking of a real war, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) if he was able to fight only in the morning then he would, but there were some conditions when he used to send units during the night and these units which the messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to send –because of the dark- used to kill from the women and children, so the companions returned and asked the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) about this matter so he told them (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) “They are from them” that means that the ruling of these, is the same as the ruling of their fathers, so the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) allowed this work.
Also, we can justify with the incidents which are mentioned in the Seerah (life story) when Thaqeef fortified behind Taif, the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) attacked them with catapults, and these catapults do not separate between men and women or child, so this is the reality of the war.
And America today is the one that has weapon that can differentiate –their weapons are specific, if they want to separate and differentiate between the targets they can, but in spite of that they target the marriages, they target the funerals, they target the families, and they kill many women and children.
CORRESPONDENT Like how they killed the Bedouins in Bakazam
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Yes in Bakazam, this was a massacre of Bedouins, women, children and farmers, so this shows that the Americans intend to kill the women and children
There is another matter too, 50 years of strangling a complete nation- the Muslim nation of Palestine- with the American support aid and arming
20 years of sanctions and then occupation of Iraq
And now the occupation of Afghanistan
After all this, we should not be asked about targeting some Americans, who would have been killed in the airplane. The bill listings between us and the Americans includes what is not less than a million woman and child- we do not talk about the men- the bill list between us and the Americans in only women and children has reached more than a million, so these who would have been killed on the plane are only a drop in the ocean, and we are to deal with them in a similar fashion, we transgress them as they transgressed us.
CORRESPONDENT The Yemeni government claims that the bombing that took place in the last campaign is Yemeni and that the Americans do not interfere except in security and intelligence areas (as per their claim)?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI No, this is not true, the bombing that took place in Abyan was on Bakazam and they are from my tribe, and the bombing also in Rafd in Shabwah was on my tribe. We know the people and we have contact with them and we connected with them after the attack, and eyewitnesses said they saw American Cruise missiles, and also after the bombing there were some shells remaining that did not explode and it was printed upon them that they were American made. So this is not correct at all. They were American planes, and also the American towers are the ones that bombed in Abyan and Shabwah
And even if the saying of the government is true, then their excuse is more heinous than their crime, because they have admitted that there is American cooperation in intelligence matters as if they are saying that we have allowed the Americans to come and spy on our privacies, and we have taken from them the information and then we bombed them based on their orders.
CORRESPONDENT The American government said that after the operation of Nidal Hassan they constrained upon you and closed down your personal website on the internet, and that you have become chased, is this true?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Yes, they closed my website after the operation of Nidal Hassan, I wrote on the site an article supporting what Nidal Hassan did, so they closed the website, and after that I read an article in Washington post, that they are watching my connections, so I was forced to stop these contacts and I left the area, and then after that the American bombings took place.
But the issue that I am being chased is not true. I am moving amongst my tribes people and also in other areas of Yemen and that’s because the people of Yemen hate the Americans, and the people of Yemen support the truth and the people of truth support the weak. So I am moving among the Awaliq and there is support from vast areas from the people here in Yemen, whether it be in Abeedah or Dahm or Wailah or Hashid or Bayqal or Khawlaan, whether it be in Hadramout or in Abyan or in Shabwah or Aden or Sana’a, All praise is to Allah there is a lot of good in people, though they know that they are facing a very great risk by giving refuge to those who are being followed by America but in spite of that they go forward with kind and welcoming hearts and they serve with the best of resources of serving and benevolence, and this is from the blessing of Allah Almighty on us and on those truthful from the country.
CORRESPONDENT We pray to Allah to protect you and reward you with the best of reward, and to preserve you our honorable Sheikh and repel the evil of the enemies from you, we return to the Yemeni government-
The Yemeni government claimed that it had killed you in an air raid in the area of Rafd in the district of Saeed in Shabwa, and that you were in a meeting with the leaderships of Al Qaeda.
Were you really killed in this acclaimed meeting? And how do you read these blundering comments?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI There are clear signs that distinguish an individual or a group, for example, so and so is distinguished with cleverness, so this becomes a distinguishing sign of his (So and so, the clever) a particular nation is known to be fearless, and that becomes its distinguishing feature, a particular government is famous for being oppressive, so this becomes a distinguishing and particular sign of that government
The distinguishing feature of the Yemeni government is lying, this is a government that lies, and lies on its people, it lies on its neighbors, it lies inside and outside, and that is why, they said, we killed so and so and so and so and so and so, and in the end it was apparent that it was a lie, and people have lost trust in the government. No one now believes this government, and that is why, this saying is absolutely wrong.
CORRESPONDENT Our Sheikh, the Yemeni government imprisoned you and you were imprisoned in the political security prison in Sana’a. What was the time period of your imprisonment and what were the conditions?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI The time period of imprisonment was a year and a half, and that was for a local accusation but when the Americans came to know that I am in prison, they asked to investigate with me, and this investigation got delayed. The Yemeni government used to say, the matter is out of our hands, and we have no say in the matter, so I stayed in prison until there were tribal pressures due to which I was released.
CORRESPONDENT Ali Al Aansi, the manager of national security said in a meeting with the Wall Street Journal, that there are tribal intermediaries in order to surrender you to the Americans. What is the reality of these intermediaries, and do you intend to surrender yourself to the Americans especially because you carry American citizenship?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI There were certain negotiations earlier from the Yemeni government, and of course, I refused the matter precisely and elaborately for I am not accused in the first place, what is the accusation? That I call to truth? That I call to Jihad in the way of Allah? That I call to defend the cause of the Ummah?
The one accused is the Yemeni government, it is accused of treachery and agency, and exploiting the money of the Muslims and causing mischief on earth, as for me, then I have not been accused of anything, and that is why these negotiations are undoubtedly unacceptable and the truth can not be negotiated over.
As for the Americans, it’s the same thing, there is no way I will surrender myself to them, if they want me, let them search for me and Allah is the best of protectors, and if Allah wishes to protect me from them, even if the Americans spend everything on earth, they will not reach me, and if Allah the Almighty wishes that my death should be at their hands or at the hands of their puppets, then that is what I aim for.
CORRESPONDENT Ali Al Aansi mentioned that if these mediations do not work, as per his saying, then they will be forced to use force against you, and similarly another saying of Yahiya Muhammad Abdullah Salah, that the Yemeni tribes are paid, and are working for those who pay most, and that they should not defend their sons who are involved in terrorism- as per his description
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Today there is no front that is combating the Americans except the Mujahideen, all other faces of combat are partial
For example, the American difference with China is on economy, the difference between Russia and America is on influence on certain lands, but there is no front that is combating the American project for controlling the world, except this Mujahid group, and the cradle for Jihad today are the tribes, in Afghanistan they are tribes, in Iraq there are tribes, in Somalia, they are tribes, even in Pakistan there are tribal areas and non tribal areas and we find that the cradle fro Jihad are the tribal areas, and so is the case in Yemen.
America wants to cause mischief amongst the tribes, this is a very important portion of the American project “to cause mischief amongst the tribes” they do not want the qualities that the tribes carry- courage, provision and aid, sacrifice and benevolence, these praised Islamic manners, the Americans do not want them, the Americans don’t want that, what they want is that these nations be corrupt, and immoral. And that is why they try to corrupt the tribal areas, we find, for example attempts to spread corruption and drugs amongst the sons of the tribes.
And the most serious form of causing corruption amongst the sons of the tribal areas is militarizing them, the son of the tribal region, if he joins the military then his allegiance is towards America. He might not know that or might try not to know that, but in reality the orders are issued to him from the American administration, of course the matter does not come directly to him, the matter comes first to the security officials, in Yemen, and then the security officials in Yemen are the ones that order this soldier to go and raid the houses of the Mujahideen, and to kill from the righteous people of the country, to kill those who have left in order to sacrifice their selves and money in the way of Allah, to defend the Ummah.
What do the Mujahideen want? Have they come out seeking the world? They have escaped from the world, in fact many of them had the world and they left it for Allah, he wants to do Jihad in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Palestine, in Yemen, to do Jihad against the Americans. So these are now being chased by the government, the Yemeni government is chasing after them and the soldier is the one who performs this task, know, O soldier, that your order has come from America, and this is the most dangerous form of spoiling the sons of the tribes
So this is an American project and people should become wary of it.
CORRESPONDENT Is what you mentioned about the American plan on the tribes from the work and doing of the suggestions of Patreaus and his plan to deal with the Muslims and with the Mujahideen and the tribes and the Islamic nations?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Patreaus came in order to deal with a specific reality in the Islamic world. The American army faced a bitter experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, so Patreaus came to present a new plan based on this American experience and from these suggestions of Patreaus is to ascribe to the Mujahideen certain works, for example, to blow up in the streets and kill Muslims and then say these explosions are done by the Mujahideen, or to assassinate a particular person, and then say the Mujahideen killed him. It is also based on setting up awakening squads so that the people of the nation start fighting each other, and the Americans can sit back and watch, as we see in the experience of awakening squads in Iraq. They are sons of the tribal regions and they are being used against the Mujahideen. This is similar to what we hear was the British policy earlier “Divide and rule”. So they are now trying to use this policy in the Islamic world.
CORRESPONDENT The Americans accuse you of having a connection with the Mujahideen in Somalia especially the Youth Mujahideen movements, in particular after you wrote an article on your official website congratulating them on their victories. What is the reality of your relation with the youth Mujahideen movement? And how do you see the Jihad and the Mujahideen in Somalia?SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Yes, I wrote a letter congratulating the Youth Mujahideen movement in Somalia and they replied similarly with congratulations, and then the Americans said this.
As for the Somali experience in Jihad, then it is an experience, in my opinion and Allah knows best, for which the Islamic movements and scholars and Islamic groups should said envoys to Somalia to learn and educate themselves at the hands of these Mujahideen and then return to transfer this experience.
The Islamic Movements are searching for solutions for the Ummah, and the scholars are also searching for solutions, these Islamic Movements present what they see as acceptable solutions, and also many of the scholars presented what they thought was a solution for the Ummah. We now find the solution in front of our eyes in Somalia. This Mujahid group, with simple abilities, was able to setup a state in which they were able to rule by the Law of Allah Almighty. Now, they present solutions to people, now the people in the areas controlled by the Mujahideen live in peace and the finance is boosting, because when peace is found, trade and agriculture flourish. So this experience is pioneer, an experience that we should benefit from, now they are dealing with reality and they are presenting solutions to this reality from the Islamic Sharia. That is why as I said this experience is peculiar and the nations should benefit from it.
CORRESPONDENT Our honorable Sheikh there are repeated fears in America and Europe about the rise of sympathy towards the Mujahideen but the youth of Muslims of American and European origin and that they will perform operations against America and that they are travelling to join organizations that are considered by the west as terrorist. What according to you is the reason that motivates the youth to that?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI Lets take for example Nidal Hassan, Nidal Hassan was once, an American Muslim, as America wants, Nidal Hassan used to pray and fast and pay alms but at the same time he was a soldier serving in the American Army and his loyalty was towards America, and then Nidal Hassan changed, due to Americas crimes to a Mujahid in the way of Allah, Nidal Hassan changed from an American soldier to a Mujahid who kills the soldiers who served with him one day, and if the American crimes continue, then we will see other Nidal Hassans too.
And also there are Mujahideen from the West in Afghanistan and Iraq and this phenomenon will surface even more with the American and Western crimes in the Islamic World.
CORRESPONDENT May Allah reward you our honorable Sheikh, at the end of this meeting, a last message to the Muslims in general and to the people of the Arabian Peninsula in particular?
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI To the Muslims in general and to the inhabitants of the Peninsula especially-
We should participate in this Jihad against America. America today is the one that is leading the World Crusade campaign against the Muslims. America today is the Pharaoh of yesterday. So we should participate, and we have a streak of hope in this Mujahid sect in Afghanistan and Iraq and Somalia who could make the American army kneel and it is due to this jihad that the American economy today is faltering. So if this small Mujahid section has succeeded in defeating America, then what if the entire Ummah rises? America can not face the Ummah. America is weaker than that. The plotting of America is weak, weaker than even the house of the spider. America can not face the Ummah. We should only participate with our Mujahideen brothers and aid them with our word, tongue, hand and money and present what we can, and this is an obligation upon us today, for America wants to destroy Islam and Muslims and Allah the Almighty shall protect His religion and Allah the Almighty shall defeat America with these Mujahideen and we ask Allah the Almighty to make for us a portion in that reward.
CORRESPONDENT O Allah, Ameen.
At the end of this meeting I would like to present my greatest thanks to Sheikh Anwar Al Awlaki who answered our call for this interview, and we ask Allah to protect you and bless you in your age, peace and mercy and blessings of Allah upon you
SHEIKH ANWAR AL AWLAKI May Allah reward you with goodness
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Police: 4 more bodies found at Ohio rapist’s home
By JOHN SEEWER and THOMAS J. and wARDOONS (AP) –
CLEVELAND — Remains of four more people were unearthed from the backyard of a rapist’s home Tuesday, raising to 10 the number of bodies found in and near the house, as police also searched boarded-up homes in the neighborhood where residents complained for years of a stench that one even said “smelled like a dead body.”
Anthony Sowell, 50, a registered sex offender who lives in the home, was charged Tuesday with five counts of aggravated murder.
“It appears that this man had an insatiable appetite that he had to fill,” police Chief Michael McGrath said.
He said the four bodies were found buried in the backyard of the home and a skull was found in a bucket in the basement.
Authorities do not know whether the skull belongs to an 11th victim, said police spokesman Lt. Thomas Stacho.
The search was to continue through the night and into Wednesday, with fire department crews planning to search in the walls and ceiling of the home, McGrath said.
Police discovered the first six bodies Thursday and Friday after a woman reported being raped at Sowell’s home. Investigators said they found one body in a shallow grave in the backyard. The rest were inside the house — one in the basement, two in the third-floor living room and two in an upstairs crawl space.
The Cuyahoga County coroner is attempting to identify those women through DNA and dental records. All six were black, and five were strangled.
Sowell was also charged Tuesday with rape, felonious assault and kidnapping related to the woman’s complaint.
He is to be arraigned Wednesday, Stacho said.
The bodies could have been there anywhere from weeks to months to years, said Powell Caesar, a spokesman for the coroner.
“What kind of man was this?” wondered Regina Woodland, who lives about two blocks away.
“He couldn’t have been human.”
Detectives used cadaver dogs and digging equipment to scour the home and backyard Tuesday, looking for evidence to connect Sowell to the bodies, Stacho said.
Police turned up nothing in an initial search of a quarter-mile swath of abandoned homes near Sowell’s residence, which sits in a crowded inner-city neighborhood of mostly older houses.
Investigators have brought lights and heavy equipment to the home and are putting a tent around the yard, WKYC-TV reported.
They plan to scour another quarter-mile area Wednesday, McGrath said. He said Sowell did not have a car would have had to take a city bus to travel.
A crowd of about 100 people milled about and chatted near the home Tuesday evening. A short while later, about 50 people joined hands and put their arms around each other in the middle of the street and prayed aloud.
One of those in the crowd, Antoinnette Dudley, 29, lives a few houses away. She said she could smell a terrible odor like something was dead all summer. She said she saw Sowell only a few times, mainly drinking beer while he sat on his porch.
“I didn’t think he was that sick,” she said.
Sowell is a registered sex offender and required to check in regularly at the sheriff’s office. Officers didn’t have the right to enter his house, but they would stop by to make sure he was there. Their most recent visit was Sept. 22, just hours before the woman reported being raped.
For the past few years, Sowell’s neighbors thought the foul smell enveloping their street corner had been coming from a brick building where workers churned out sausage and head cheese.
It got so bad that the owners of Ray’s Sausage replaced their sewer line and grease traps.
City Councilman Zack Reed, whose mother lives a block from the area, said he called the city health department on more than one occasion.
“What happened from there, we don’t know,” he said. “It was no secret that there was a foul odor. We don’t want to point fingers, but clearly something could have been done differently.”
Reed said he and other community leaders want an investigation into whether police and health inspectors missed signs that could have tipped them off to the bodies.
Reed said he can’t imagine how police officers and sheriff’s deputies could have missed the smell. His office records show that he called the health department in 2007 after a resident told him about an odor that “smelled like a dead body,” he said
Ó humanos, temei a vosso Senhor, que vos criou de um só ser, do qual criou a sua companheira e, de ambos, fez descender inumeráveis homens e mulheres. Temei a Deus, em nome do Qual exigis os vossos direitos mútuos e reverenciai os laços de parentesco, porque Deus é vosso Observador.
2. Concedei aos órfãos os seus patrimônios; não lhes substituais o bom pelo mau, nem absorvais os seus bens com os vossos, porque isso é um grave delito.
3. Se temerdes ser injustos no trato com os órfãos, podereis desposar duas, três ou quatro das que vos aprouver, entre as mulheres. Mas, se temerdes não poder ser eqüitativos para com elas, casai, então, com uma só, ou conformai-vos com o que tender à mão. Isso é o mais adequado, para evitar que cometais injustiças.
4. Concedei os dotes que pertencem às mulheres e, se for da vontade delas conceder-vos algo, desfrutai-o com bom proveito.
5. Não entregueis aos néscios o vosso patrimônio, cujo manejo Deus vos confiou, mas mantende-os, vesti-os e tratai-os humanamente, dirigindo-vos a eles com benevolência.
6. Custodiai os órfãos, até que cheguem a idades núbeis. Se porventura observardes amadurecimento neles, entregai-lhes, então, os patrimônios; porém, abstende-vos de consumi-los desperdiçada e apressadamente, (temendo) que alcancem a maioridade. Quem for rico, que se abstenha de usá-los; mas, quem for pobre, que disponha deles com moderação.
7. Aos filhos varões corresponde uma parte do que tenham deixado os seus pais e parentes. Às mulheres também corresponde uma parte do que tenham deixado os pais e parentes, quer seja exígua ou vasta – uma quantia obrigatória.
8. Quando os parentes (que não herdeiros diretos), os órfãos e os necessitados estiverem presente, na partilha da herança, concedei-lhes algo dela e tratai-os humanamente, dirigindo-vos a eles com bondade.
9. Que (os que estão fazendo a partilha) tenham o mesmo temor em suas mentes, como se fossem deixar uma família desamparada atrás de si. Que temam a Deus e digam palavras apropriadas.
10. Porque aqueles que malversarem o patrimônio dos órfãos, introduzirão fogo em suas entranhas e entrarão no Tártaro.
11. Deus vos prescreve acerca da herança de vossos filhos: Daí ao varão a parte de duas filhas; se apenas houver filhas, e estas forem mais de duasf, corresponder-lhes-á dois terços do legado e, se houver apenas uma, esta receberá a metade. Quanto aos pais do falecido, a cada um caberá a sexta parte do legado, se ele deixar um filho; porém, se não deixar, prole e a seus pais corresponder a herança, à mãe caberá um terço; mas se o falecido tiver irmãos, corresponderá à mãe um sexto, depois de pagas as doações e dívidas. É certo que vós ignorais quais sejam os que estão mais próximos de vós, quanto ao benefício, quer sejam vossos pais ou vossos filhos. Isto é uma prescrição de Deus, porque Ele é Sapiente, Prudentíssimo.
12. De tudo quanto deixarem as vossas esposas, corresponder-vos-á a metade, desde que elas não tenham tido prole; porém, se a tiverem, só vos corresponderá a quarta parte de tudo quanto deixardes, se não tiverdes prole; porém, se a tiverdes, só lhes corresponderá a oitava parte de tudo quanto deixardes, depois de pagas as doações e dívidas. Se um falecido, homem ou mulher, em estado de Kalala, deixar herança e tiver um irmão ou uma irmã, receberá cada um deles, a sexta parte; porém, se forem mais, co-herdarão a terça parte, depois de pagas as doações e dívidas, sem prejudicar ninguém. Isto é uma prescrição de Deus, porque Ele é Tolerante, Sapientíssimo.
13. Tais são os preceitos de Deus. Àqueles que obedecerem a Deus e ao Seu Mensageiro, Ele os introduzirá em jardins, abaixo dos quais correm os rios, onde morarão eternamente. Tal será o magnífico benefício.
14. Ao contrário, quem desobedecer a Deus e ao Seu Mensageiro, profanando os Seus preceitos, Ele o introduzirá no fogo infernal, onde permanecerá eternamente, e sofrerá um castigo ignominioso.
15. Quanto àquelas, dentre vossas mulheres, que tenham incorrido em adultério, apelai para quatro testemunhas, dentre os vossos e, se estas o confirmarem, confinai-as em suas casas, até que lhes chegue a morte ou que Deus lhes trace um novo destino.
16. E àqueles, dentre vós, que o cometerem (homens e mulheres), puni-os; porém, caso se arrependam e se corrijam, deixai-os tranqüilos, porque Deus é Remissório, Misericordiosíssimo.
17. A absolvição de Deus recai tão-somente sobre aqueles que cometem um mal, por ignorância, e logo se arrependem. A esses, Deus absolve, porque é Sapiente, Prudentíssimo.
18. A absolvição não alcançará aqueles que cometerem obscenidades até à hora da morte, mesmo que nessa hora alguém, dentre eles, diga: Agora me arrependo. E tampouco alcançará os que morrerem na incredulidade, pois para eles destinamos um doloroso castigo.
19. Ó fiéis, não vos é permitido herdar as mulheres, contra a vontade delas, nem as atormentar, com os fim de vos apoderardes de uma parte daquilo que as tenhais dotado, a menos que elas tenham cometido comprovada obscenidade. E harmonizai-vos entre elas, pois se as menosprezardes, podereis estar depreciando seres que Deus dotou de muitas virtudes.
20. Se desejardes trocar da esposa, tendo-a dotado com um quintal, não lho diminuais em nada. Tomá-lo-íeis de volta, com uma falsa imputação e um delito flagrante?
21. E como podeis tomá-lo de volta depois de haverdes convivido com elas íntima e mutuamente, se elas tiveram, de vós, um compromisso solene?
22. Não vos caseis com as mulheres que desposaram os vosso pais – salvo fato consumado (anteriormente) – porque é uma obscenidade, uma abominação e um péssimo exemplo.
23. Está-vos vedado casar com: vossas mães, vossas filhas, vossas irmãs, vossas tias paternas e maternas, vossas sobrinhas, vossas nutrizes, vossas irmãs de leite, vossas sogras, vossas enteadas, as que estão sob vossa tutela – filhas das mulheres com quem tenhais coabitado; porém, se não houverdes tido relações com elas, não sereis recriminados por desposá-las. Também vos está vedado casar com as vossas noras, esposas dos vossos filhos carnais, bem como unir-vos, em matrimônio, com duas irmãs – salvo fato consumado (anteriormente) -; sabei que Deus é Indulgente, Misericordiosíssimo.
24. Também vos está vedado desposar as mulheres casadas, salvo as que tendes à mão. Tal é a lei que Deus vos impõe. Porém, fora do mencionado, está-vos permitido procurar, munidos de vossos bens, esposas castas e não licenciosas. Dotai convenientemente aquelas com quem casardes, porque é um dever; contudo, não sereis recriminados, se fizerdes ou receberdes concessões, fora do que prescreve a lei, porque Deus é Sapiente, Prudentíssimo.
25. E quem, dentre vós, não possuir recursos suficientes para casar-se com as fiéis livres, poderá fazê-lo com uma crédula, dentre vossas cativas fiéis, porque Deus é Quem melhor conhece a vossa fé – procedeis uns dos outros; casai com elas, com a permissão dos seus amos, e dotai-as convenientemente, desde que sejam castas, não licenciosas e não tenham amantes. Contudo, uma vez casadas, e incorrerem em adultério, sofrerão só a metade do castigo que corresponder às livres; isso, para quem de vós temer cair em pecado. Mas se esperardes, será melhor; sabei que Deus é Indulgente, Misericordiosíssimo.
26. Deus tenciona elucidar-vos os Seus preceitos, iluminar-vos, segundo as tradições do vossos antepassados, e absolver-vos, porque é Sapiente, Prudentíssimo.
27. Deus deseja absolver-vos; porém, os que seguem os desejos vãos anseiam vos desviar profundamente.
28. E Deus deseja aliviar-vos o fardo, porque o homem foi criado débil.
29. Ó fiéis,, não consumais reciprocamente os vossos bens, por vaidades, realizai comércio de mútuo consentimento e não cometais suicídio, porque Deus é Misericordioso para convosco.
30. Àquele que tal fizer, perversa e iniquamente, introduzi-lo-emos no fogo infernal, porque isso é fácil a Deus.
31. Se evitardes os grandes pecados, que vos estão proibidos, absorver-vos-emos das vossas faltas e vos proporcionaremos digna entrada (no Paraíso).
32. Não ambicioneis aquilo com que Deus agraciou uns, mais do que aquilo com que (agraciou) outros, porque aos homens lhes corresponderá aquilo que ganharem; assim, também as mulheres terão aquilo que ganharem. Rogai a Deus que vos conceda a Sua graça, porque Deus é Onisciente.
33. A cada qual instituímos a herança de uma parte do que tenham deixado seus pais e parentes. Concedei, a quem vossas mãos se comprometeram, o seu quinhão, porque Deus é testemunha de tudo.
34. Os homens são os protetores das mulheres, porque Deus dotou uns com mais (força) do que as outras, e pelo o seu sustento do seu pecúlio. As boas esposas são as devotas, que guardam, na ausência
American Survivor of Mumbai Attacks Converts to Islam
Dennis O’Brien, Mumbai Attacks
By SEAN O’SULLIVAN
The News Journal
WILMINGTON– After surviving a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, 10 months ago, when armed men targeted westerners in two five-star hotels, Greenville resident Dennis O’Brien did not turn to hate.
Instead, he sought to understand the root faith the people behind the attacks claimed to practice and discovered it had been twisted by the gunmen.
Eventually, he came to embrace it.
On Sunday, standing before a crowd of thousands, following prayers to mark the end of Ramadan, O’Brien, a Catholic, embraced Islam in a testimony of faith called Shahada, where he publically declared that there was only one God and the Prophet Muhammad is his last messenger and servant.
O’Brien, who heads up the education committee of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Wilmington, said the move was a surprise, even to him.
But said he was at peace with it.
“Today I feel free of sin,” he said.
After several months of studies and asking questions of Muslim friends and associates, “I feel comfort in Islam,” he said.
O’Brien said he wanted to express solidarity with Muslims, even though extremists who say they practice the faith “tried to kill me.”
Pastor John F. McGinley, of St. Anthony’s, said Sunday he had not heard of O’Brien’s embrace of Islam.
McGinley said he knows O’Brien is inquisitive and has expressed concern about the young men involved in the Mumbai attacks.
He would not say if the declaration of another faith would affect O’Brien’s position at the church, noting he had not spoken to him about Sunday’s events.
“I think this is part of his journey of faith and we can work with that,” McGinley said.
Indeed, while others called it a conversion, O’Brien said he is not abandoning Christianity or Catholicism. He said he would not disgrace his family by disavowing what he was raised to believe and what they believe in.
He said he sees Sunday’s declaration as a continuation or extension of his beliefs, noting how elements of Christianity and Judaism are a part of the Islamic faith.
He said he hopes to continue his work with the Catholic Church, even as he plans to regularly attend weekly Muslim prayers.
Asked what he will say when asked about his faith, he said he will now answer that he is “a student of Islam.”
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He said he did not consider himself to be entirely Muslim. “I’m a work in progress,” he said.
While most Muslims believe Jesus Christ was a great man and a prophet of God, they do not believe he was the son of God as Christians do. O’Brien said he still believes in Christ, that he ascended into heaven and will return one day.
He said he prayed a great deal about the recent move and Saturday was a day of lengthy contemplation.
He said his path to Islam started Nov. 26, 2008, in room 343 of the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel in Mumbai when he heard gunshots.
O’Brien was there with fellow Delawarean C. Rich Diffenderffer, on business.
The two later said skipping dessert that night may have saved their lives.
Instead of remaining in the restaurant, O’Brien retired to his room and Diffenderffer went to the business center.
Minutes later, armed militants stormed the hotel, throwing grenades and spraying bullets.
By the end of the 60-hour assault, at least 170 were dead.
O’Brien said he peered out his door at one point and saw three of the attackers carrying assault rifles, all shouted as they passed.
While O’Brien, a former Marine who served in Vietnam, briefly entertained the notion of leaving his door open and attempting to disarm any gunman who tried to enter his room, he decided to bolt his door and push a couch in front of it.
Later, his room began to fill with smoke and he tried to make a run for it but was turned back by a wall of fire. He was rescued by firefighters with a ladder.
Diffenderffer, who was on the fifth floor, was rescued with a cherry picker.
While O’Brien cites that night as the start of his journey, he said it was not until a month later that he seriously started to consider “joining the Muslim movement” after he read the Koran, the Muslim holy book.
That was followed by about six months of study, and questions.
“I was brought up Christian and taught when someone attacks you, you have to love them,” he said. “What I discovered as I investigated Islam … I became enamored with the faith and the people I met.”
He credited business partner, Ahmad Amer, a Muslim, with guiding him on his current path.
On Sunday, O’Brien was one of the last to leave the room where prayers had been held — the first full Muslim prayer service O’Brien has attended. He was besieged by well-wishers who shook his hand and welcomed him to the community.
As he departed, he said he found Islam to be “a community of men who have integrity and I want to stand with these men of integrity.”
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September 30, 2009 at 4:56 am
real change! people like Obrien are brave. They read , watch and understand the correct path for their futrue.
September 27, 2009 at 4:23 am
Why such news are not published in CNN, BBC?? TOI, INDIA new papers etc.??
The Iranian military has developed a new air defence system with a boosted ability to hit targets by firing two missiles simultaneously, state radio said on Friday. “This new air defence system which can shoot one or two missiles simultaneously… has been designed by army ground forces and tested successfully,” the radio said. “It has high mobility and flexibility, and can pursue aerial targets in any climate. Simultaneous firing increases the chances of defence missiles hitting” their targets, it added.
Iran is heading for a showdown with the UN Security Council over its disputed nuclear programme, which the West fears could be diverted towards weapons development.
Tehran vehemently denies the charges, insisting that its atomic programme of uranium enrichment is peaceful in nature.
Iranian leaders have repeatedly said the country’s armed forces are ready for any eventuality in the current nuclear stand-off.
“If our bullying enemy wants to do something insane, it will surely be taken by surprise,” army chief Major General Ataollah Salehi said on Friday, in remarks quoted by the official IRNA news agency.
The United States, which accuses Iran of seeking a nuclear weapon, has never ruled out a military option to halt Tehran’s atomic drive.
Israel also considers the nuclear programme to be an “existential threat” after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeatedly called for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map.
Its Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said Israel did not “rule out” taking military steps against Iran.
Israel is believed to be the region’s sole if undeclared nuclear power
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Yusuf Islam (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, 21 July 1948), also known by his stage names Cat Stevens and Yusuf, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator, philanthropist and prominent convert to Islam.
1.1 Mona Bone Jakon (1970)
1.2 Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
1.3 Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
1.4 Catch Bull at Four (1972)
1.5 Buddha and the Chocolate Box (1974)
1.6 Numbers (1974)
1.7 Izitso (1977)
3 Quotes about Yusuf Islam
4 External links
I’m very sad that this seems to be the No. 1 question people want to discuss. I had nothing to do with the issue other than what the media created.
No right thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action: the Qur’an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. We pray for the families of all those who lost their lives in this unthinkable act of violence…
We believe that the civilised world is a multicultural, multi-religious world. That is the type of message we want to get across.I love my dog as much as I love you
But you may fade, my dog will always come through.
“I Love My Dog” (1966), his first single, later included on Matthew and Son (1967)
The first cut is the deepest, Baby I know —
The first cut is the deepest
‘Cause when it comes to being lucky, she’s cursed
When it comes to lovin’ me, she’s worst
But when it comes to being loved, she’s first
That’s how I know
The first cut is the deepest.
“The First Cut Is the Deepest” (1967)
Geoffrey Robertson: You don’t think that this man deserves to die?
Yusuf Islam: Who, Salman Rushdie?
Islam: Yes, yes.
Robertson: And do you have a duty to be his executioner?
Islam: Uh, no, not necessarily, unless we were in an Islamic state and I was ordered by a judge or by the authority to carry out such an act — perhaps, yes.
Hypotheticals : “A Satanic Scenario” Granada Television (5 May 1989)
Rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author Salman Rushdie, I would have hoped that it’d be the real thing.
As quoted in “Cat Stevens Gives Support To Call for Death of Rushdie,” by Craig R. Whitney, in The New York Times (23 May 1989), p. C18
If Rushdie turned up at my doorstep looking for help, I might ring somebody who might do more damage to him than he would like. I’d try to phone the Ayatollah Khomeini and tell him exactly where this man is.
As quoted in “Cat Stevens Gives Support To Call for Death of Rushdie” by Craig R. Whitney, in The New York Times (23 May 1989), p. C18
In Islam there is a line between let’s say freedom and the line which is then transgressed into immorality and irresponsibility and I think as far as this writer is concerned, unfortunately, he has been irresponsible with his freedom of speech. Salman Rushdie or indeed any writer who abuses the prophet, or indeed any prophet, under Islamic law, the sentence for that is actually death. It’s got to be seen as a deterrent, so that other people should not commit the same mistake again.
As quoted in “Yussuf Islam, Formerly Cat Stevens, Expresses Support For Rushdie Death Sentence” in The Christian Science Monitor (1989)
I’m very sad that this seems to be the No. 1 question people want to discuss. I had nothing to do with the issue other than what the media created. I was innocently drawn into the whole controversy. So, after many years, I’m glad at least now that I have been given the opportunity to explain to the public and fans my side of the story in my own words. At a lecture, back in 1989, I was asked a question about blasphemy according to Islamic Law, I simply repeated the legal view according to my limited knowledge of the Scriptural texts, based directly on historical commentaries of the Qur’an. The next day the newspaper headlines read, “Cat Says, Kill Rushdie.” I was abhorred, but what could I do? I was a new Muslim. If you ask a Bible student to quote the legal punishment of a person who commits blasphemy in the Bible, he would be dishonest if he didn’t mention Leviticus 24:16.
As quoted in “Cat Stevens Breaks His Silence,” by Andrew Dansby in Rolling Stone (14 June 2000); Leviticus 24:16 reads : “And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name of the Lord, shall be put to death.”
I wish to express my heartfelt horror at the indiscriminate terrorist attacks committed against innocent people of the United States yesterday. While it is still not clear who carried out the attacks, it must be stated that no right thinking follower of Islam could possibly condone such an action: the Qur’an equates the murder of one innocent person with the murder of the whole of humanity. We pray for the families of all those who lost their lives in this unthinkable act of violence as well as all those injured; I hope to reflect the feelings of all Muslims and people around the world whose sympathies go out to the victims at this sorrowful moment.
Statement on his website (12 September 2001), quoted in “Cat Stevens Condemns Attack” in Rolling Stone (17 September 2001)
We understand the anger, the anguish and suffering which this act of international terrorism has created amongst people.
What we are worried about is the impact of the wrong kind of response to it. … We believe that the civilised world is a multicultural, multi-religious world. That is the type of message we want to get across. … I think there are many who are Muslims and non-Muslims, who are not warmongers but peace makers and want this world to be a better place.
We believed the unison of the voices of so many people standing together against international terrorism is something to be valued and something to be built upon.
“Attacks ‘no excuse for racist violence'” in BBC News (22 September 2001)
I wanted a break. I had been on the road more or less since I was 18, you know? And I hadn’t known any other life, other than, you know, hotel rooms and concerts and records and studios and press conferences. … and to me, here was a chance to jump off that kind of wagon and see life for real. You know, actually my last album was called Back to Earth. So that was the meaning of it. I wanted to join the human race again. I didn’t want to be a star. I didn’t want to continue with that thing, because so much illusion and non-reality is connected to it. I wanted to be real. And so I — I kind of — I found an opportunity. And the actual point about music was — the imam who I met and who I first embraced Islam with in London’s Central Mosque, he actually told me to continue making records.
On the abandonment of his music career after converting to Islam, on Larry King Live (7 October 2004)
It seems to be the easiest thing in the world these days to make scurrilous accusations against Muslims, and in my case it directly impacts on my relief work and damages my reputation as an artist. The harm done is often difficult to repair.
As quoted in “Singer Islam gets libel damages” BBC News (15 February 2005)
The last place I wanted to return to was the music business. But it’s the people and the cause that matter and right now there’s an important need, which is bridge-building. I wanted to support the cause of humanity, because that’s what I always sang about.
Music can be healing, and with my history and my knowledge of both sides of what looks like a gigantic divide in the world, I feel I can point a way forward to our common humanity again. It’s a big step for me but it’s a natural step. I don’t feel at all irked by the responsibility — I feel inspired.
As quoted in “The Billboard Q and A: Yusuf Islam” by Nigel Williamson, in Billboard Magazine (17 November 2006)
I wrote a song called “Father & Son” about the son running off to do his own thing. Now the story is about my son coming back and bringing a guitar into the house. A couple of years ago, one morning after prayers, his guitar was lying around. I picked it up and my fingers knew exactly where to go. I’d written some words and when I put them to music, it moved me and I realized I could have another job to do. Things just grew from there.
On producing new music, after shunning the music business for over two decades, as quoted in “The Billboard Q and A: Yusuf Islam” by Nigel Williamson, in Billboard Magazine (17 November 2006)
I had to learn my faith and look after my family, and I had to make priorities. But now I’ve done it all and there’s a little space for me to fill in the universe of music again.
On getting back into the music business, as quoted in “The Billboard Q and A: Yusuf Islam” by Nigel Williamson, in Billboard Magazine (17 November 2006)
A lot of people would have loved me to keep singing … You come to a point where you have sung, more or less … your whole repertoire and you want to get down to the job of living. You know, up until that point, I hadn’t had a life. I’d been searching, been on the road.
On leaving the music business in 1979,in an interview with CBS News Sunday Morning (12 August 2007)
I was a sitting target, in a way, for anybody who wanted to make some kind of headline. … I certainly never supported the Fatwa, but when I was asked about … the actual principle of blasphemy and capital punishment, well, like the Bible, I said, “You know, yeah, it’s there, it’s in the Koran.” And I couldn’t deny that.
Interview on CBS News Sunday Morning (12 August 2007)
A big turning point happened when my son brought back a guitar into the house — You know, ’cause I’d given all those guitars away to charity — way back in 1979 and hadn’t really touched the instrument, you know, for like two decades. … So then one day … when everybody’s asleep and nobody’s watching, I pick it up — and lo and behold, I still know where to put my fingers and out comes this music. I said, “Maybe I’ve got another job to do.” And in this time and period it’s probably the best thing I can do because lecturing, politics, God, I’ve got nothing to do with that. I want to just get heart-to-heart, make sure people understand some of the real subtle beauties of what I’ve discovered.
On getting back into producing new music, interviewed on “Yusuf Islam’s New Album” at CBS News (12 August 2007)
Here’s a chance, I think, for us to kind of remind ourselves, of those things we all commonly enjoy and love and share, try to get back together. You know, singing out for a more peaceful world today, I think, can only do good. … I do believe that … a lot of Muslims have yet to learn, you know, the incredible great history and contribution of Islamic civilization — and its become very, if you like, in some way puritanical — that puritanical approach will become narrower and narrower and even become more fragmented. Its that vast middle ground where people actually live, you know, that we have to reclaim; and in that area, everybody should be able to live together. And I don’t think that God sent us prophets and books to fight about these books and these prophets. But they were telling us, actually, how to live together. If we ignore those teachings — whichever faith you belong, you profess, then I think we’ll be finding ourselves in an even deeper mess.
Interview on CBS News Sunday Morning (30 November 2006)
I never called for the death of Salman Rushdie; nor backed the Fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini — and still don’t. The book itself destroyed the harmony between peoples and created an unnecessary international crisis.
When asked about my opinion regarding blasphemy, I could not tell a lie and confirmed that — like both the Torah and the Gospel — the Qur’an considers it, without repentance, as a capital offense. The Bible is full of similar harsh laws if you’re looking for them. However, the application of such Biblical and Qur’anic injunctions is not to be outside of due process of law, in a place or land where such law is accepted and applied by the society as a whole.
“Chinese Whiskers,” FAQ #18: “Did Cat Stevens Say, ‘Kill Rushdie!’?,” Mountain of Light (undated)
In 1989, during the heat and height of the Satanic Verses controversy, I was silly enough to accept appearing on a program called Hypotheticals which posed imaginary scenarios by a well-versed (what if…?) barrister, Geoffrey Robertson QC. I foolishly made light of certain provocative questions. When asked what I’d do if Salman Rushdie entered a restaurant in which I was eating, I said, “I would probably call up Ayatollah Khomeini”; and, rather than go to a demonstration to burn an effigy of the author, I jokingly said I would have preferred that it’d be the “real thing”.
Criticize me for my bad taste, in hindsight, I agree. But these comments were part of a well-known British national trait; a touch of dry humor on my part. Just watch British comedy programs like “Have I Got News For You” or “Extras”, they are full of occasionally grotesque and sardonic jokes if you want them! … Certainly I regret giving those sorts of responses now. However, it must be noted that the final edit of the program was made to look extremely serious; hardly any laughs were left in and much common sense was savagely cut out. Most of the Muslim participants in the program wrote in and complained about the narrow and selective use of their comments, surreptitiously selected out of the 3-hour long recording of the debate. But the edit was not in our hands. Balanced arguments were cut out and the most sensational quotes, preserved.
“Chinese Whiskers,” FAQ #18: “Did Cat Stevens Say, ‘Kill Rushdie!’?,” Mountain of Light (undated)
“Peace Train” is a song I wrote, the message of which continues to breeze thunderously through the hearts of millions. There is a powerful need for people to feel that gust of hope rise up again. As a member of humanity and as a Muslim, this is my contribution to the call for a peaceful solution.
“Yusuf Islam Takes Stance for Peace” by Ali Asadullah at IslamOnline
 Mona Bone Jakon (1970)
My Lady D’Arbanville, why do you sleep so still?
I’ll wake you tomorrow, and you will be my fill,
Yes, you will be my fill
 Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live; will you tell us when to die?
I know we’ve come a long way,
We’re changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?
Where Do the Children Play?
I’m looking for a hard-headed woman,
One who will make me do my best,
And if I find my hard-headed woman,
I know the rest of my life will be blessed
Hard Headed Woman
I know many fine feathered friends
But their friendliness depends on how you do
They know many sure fired ways,
To find out the one who pays
And how you do
Hard Headed Woman
Now that I’ve lost everything to you
You say you wanna start something new
And it’s breakin’ my heart you’re leaving
Baby, I’m grieving
Baby, I love you
But if you wanna leave, take good care
I hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there’s a lot of bad and beware
Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world
It’s hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world
I’ll always remember you like a child
Lord, my body has been a good friend
But I won’t need it when I reach the end
Miles from nowhere,
Guess I’ll take my time
Oh yeah, to reach there
Miles From Nowhere
I love everything
So don’t it make you feel sad
’cause I’ll drink to you, my baby
I’ll think to that, I’ll think to that
Miles From Nowhere
I don’t want to work away
Doing just what they all say
But I Might Die Tonight
Longer boats are coming to win us
Hold on to the shore, or —
They’ll be taking the key from the door
I built my house from barley rice
Green pepper walls and water ice –
And everything emptying into White
So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
There’s so much left to know, and I’m on the road to find out.
On The Road To Find Out
Then I found my head one day when I wasn’t even trying
And here I have to say, ‘cause there is no use in lying, lying
Yes the answer lies within, so why not take a look now?
Kick out the devil’s sin, pick up, pick up a good book now.
On The Road To Find Out
It’s not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy
You’re still young, that’s your fault,
There’s so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry
Look at me, I am old, but I’m happy
Father and Son
But take your time, think a lot,
Why, think of everything you’ve got
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not
Father and Son
It’s always been the same, same old story.
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
Now there’s a way and I know that I have to go — away
Father and Son
All the times that I’ve cried, keeping all the things I knew inside,
It’s hard, but it’s harder to ignore it
Father and Son
Bring tea for the Tillerman,
Steak for the sun,
Wine for the women who made the rain come,
Seagulls sing your hearts away
‘Cause while the sinners sin, the children play
Tea For The Tillerman
 Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
Now come and join the living, its not so far from you
And its getting nearer, soon it will all be true
Oh peace train sounding louder.I listen to the wind
To the wind of my soul
Where I’ll end up well I think,
Only God really knows
Ruby my love,
You’ll be my love
If I laugh just a little bit
Maybe I can forget the chance
That I didn’t have to know you
And live in peace, in peace
If I Laugh
Don’t you feel a change a coming
From another side of time,
Breaking down the walls of silence,
Lifting shadows from your mind.
How can I tell you that I love you, I love you
But I can’t think of right words to say
How Can I Tell You
If I make a mark in time,
I can’t say the mark is mine
I’m only the underline of the word
Yes, I’m like him; just like you,
I can’t tell you what to do
Like everybody else I’m searching through
What I’ve heard
Now I’ve been happy lately
Thinking about the good things to come
And I believe it could be
Something good has begun.
Oh, I’ve been smiling lately
Dreaming about the world as one
And I believe it could be
Someday it’s going to come.
Peace Train – Earth Tour performance (1976) – 2006 performance – Nobel Concert (2006)
Now I’ve been crying lately,
Thinking about the world as it is.
Why must we go on hating?
Why can’t we live in bliss?
Now come and join the living, its not so far from you
And its getting nearer, soon it will all be true
Oh peace train sounding louder
 Catch Bull at Four (1972)
All I know is all I feel right now,
I feel the power growing in my hairThe name of this album is derived from the fourth of the Ten Bulls (or Ox Herding Pictures) of Zen Buddhism
Oh I’m on my way, I know I am,
Somewhere not so far from here
All I know is all I feel right now,
I feel the power growing in my hair
Sitting on my own not by myself,
Everybody’s here with me
I don’t need to touch your face to know,
And I don’t need to use my eyes to see
Oh I’m on my way I know I am,
But times there were when I thought not
Bleeding half my soul in bad company,
I thank the moon I had the strength to stop
Now I’m not making love to anyone’s wishes,
Only for that light I see
‘Cause when I’m dead and lowered low in my grave,
That’s gonna be the only thing that’s left of me
As years went by the boy grew high
And the village looked on in awe
They’d never seen anything like
The boy with the moon and star before
And people would ride from far and wide
just to seek the word he spread
“I’ll tell you everything I’ve learned,”
And “Love”, is all he said.
Boy With A Moon And Star On His Head
She moves like and angel
And seven evening stars
Dance through the window
Of her universal house
Her breath a warm fire
In every lovers heart
A mistress to magicians
And a dancer to the gods
Her clothes are made of rainbows
And twenty thousand tears
Shine through the spaces
Of her golden ochre hair
Sing a song of love and truth
We’ll soon remember if you do
When all things were tall
And our friends were small
And the world was new
Oh I can’t keep it in; I can’t keep it in,
I’ve gotta let it out
I’ve got to show the world; world’s got to see,
See all the love; love that’s in me
Can’t Keep It In
Well I rode a while, for a mile or so
Down the road to the 18th Avenue
And the people I saw were the people I know
And they all came down to take a view
18th Avenue (Kansas City Nightmare)
O caritas, O caritas
nobis semper sit amor
mos perituri mortem salutamus — ah, ah
sola resurgit vita
O love! O love!
Be with us always
We who will perish salute death
Life alone goes on!
“O’ Caritas” (co-written with Andreas Toumazis and Jeremy Taylor)
Give me time forever here in my time
“O’ Caritas” (co-written with Andreas Toumazis and Jeremy Taylor)
Underneath her kiss I was so unguarded
Every bottle’s empty now and all those dreams are gone
Ah, but the song carries on … so holy
All those days are frozen now and all those scars are gone
Ah, but the song carries on … so holy
Where’s it leading to, freedom at what cost?
People needing more and more and it’s all getting lost
 Buddha and the Chocolate Box (1974)
Yesterday I was on the edge
Hoping everything was going to work itself out
A good honest man doing the work of God
Trying to make things better for Him
A lover of life in a school for fools
Trying to find another way to survive
I said, ‘Put back your heart, and sing, sing
While you know you’re still living.’
Sing, sing, sing, while you know there’s still –
New Music, new Music, new Music
Sweet Music can lighten us
Can brighten the world – can save us
Oh very young,
What will you leave us this time?
There’ll never be a better chance to change your mind
And if you want this world to see better days
Will you carry the words of love with you?
Will you ride the great white bird into heaven?
And though you want them to last forever
You know they never will — you know they never will
Oh Very Young
Sun is the reason
And the world it will bloom
‘Cause sun lights the sky
And the sun lights the moon
They crossed the wood and hanged him
A long time ago
They still misunderstand him
Those who don’t know
And in the evening his love will lead the blind
In every secret corner there in your mind
I love, I love, I’m ready to love — yes
And if my mind breaks up
In all so many ways
I know the meaning of
The words, “I love you”
King of Trees
I’ve, I’ve had it enough
All those lonely rooms
And blank faces
Had it enough
And I want you, I want you no more
A Bad Penny
Come the morning I’ll be far from here
Slowly rising in another sphere
Home In The Sky
 Numbers (1974)
Dark and empty was the place to which I’d come
Cold and silent was the house my name was on
Nine rooms — and a tomb in every one
This stranger had the key
To any door he wished — with his eyes, I say
What kind of majiks, of majiks?
What kind of man —
Can make me turn and see the way I really am?
Majik of Majiks
One is the ever kindling star
King of the immortal spark
In heaven’s eye
 Izitso (1977)
Don’t you remember the days
Of the old schoolyard
When we had imaginings and we had
All kinds of things and we laughed
And needed love … yes, I do
Oh and I remember you
(Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard
I never wanted to be a star,
I never wanted to travel far
I only wanted a little bit of love
So I could put a little love in my heart
(I Never Wanted) To Be A Star
Morning has broken,
Like the first morning,
Blackbird has spoken
Like the first bird.
Praise for the singing!
Praise for the morning!
Praise for them springing
Fresh from the Word!
Morning Has Broken, was widely popularized by the Cat Stevens version on Teaser and the Firecat (1971), but was actually written by Eleanor Farjeon in 1931.
 Quotes about Yusuf Islam
Yes, Martha Stewart is going to jail and Cat Stevens is being deported. Man, I feel so much safer now.
David Letterman, on The Late Show as quoted on Larry King Live (7 October 2004)
A flight from London carrying the artist we all used to know as Cat Stevens, now known as Yusuf Islam, was forced to make an emergency landing in Bangor, Maine after his name showed up on a terrorist no-fly list. I tell you, it’s a real success story in the war on terror. You know, we finally got the guy that wrote “Peace Train.”
Jon Stewart, on The Daily Show, as quoted on Larry King Live (7 October 2004)
 External links
Wikipedia has an article about:
Cat StevensYusufislam.org.uk Official site
Small Kindness – Yusuf Islam’s charity
Mountain of Light – Yusuf Islam’s spiritual website
Has Israel been harvesting organs from Palestinians it kills? Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, have been fulminating against Sweden after a newspaper there published revelations alleging that Israeli occupation authorities had been harvesting organs from Palestinian victims. Khalid Amayreh in occupied Jerusalem looks closer at the explosive revelations.
The mass-circulation Aftonbladet last week quoted relatives of Palestinian victims accusing the Israeli authorities. The report featured a picture of one victim, with a large scar running from chin to abdomen.“Our sons were plundered for their organs,” said one Palestinian quoted in the report. The report linked the revelations with the recent human organ trafficking scandal in New Jersey involving Israeli and American rabbis.
Donald Bostrom, author of the report, spoke of strong suspicions among Palestinians that Israeli authorities were taking organs from dead Palestinians. He didn’t give an opinion on the matter, but said that the seriousness of the suspicions warranted an international investigation.He quotes one Palestinian witness as describing a case in which the organs of a victim, identified as Bilal Ahmed Ghniyan, were harvested by the Israelis. “He (Ghniyan) was taken away by a military helicopter and brought back by the army five days later, dead. As his family members buried him, they saw a large scar running from his stomach to his chin.”
Adopting a dismissive attitude, Israeli officials accused the Swedish newspaper of committing a “blood libel” and making a “canard” against Israel. Israeli leaders demanded a “clear and immediate apology” from Sweden.Netanyahu urged the Swedish government to condemn the “incendiary article”. Other Israeli leaders threatened to take unspecified punitive measures against Sweden, including cancelling an upcoming visit to Israel by Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, denying Swedish journalists posted in Israel government accreditation, and even boycotting Swedish products and interests.
Netanyahu spoke to Bildt earlier this week, urging him to issue a “public condemnation” of the article. However, the Swedish government has so far refused to budge to Israeli pressure, arguing that the government of Sweden was in no position to condemn articles or materials published in the Swedish press, regardless of whether the government agreed or disagreed with the contents.
“No one can demand that the Swedish government violate its own constitution. Freedom of speech is an indispensable part of Swedish society,” Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt reportedly told the Swedish news agency TT.
Earlier, Bildt rejected Israeli accusations that Sweden was harbouring anti-Semitic feelings, saying that his country had established laws against anti-Semitism. The adamant Swedish refusal to meet Israeli demands infuriated Israeli leaders and media.
Israel is not accustomed to seeing another state — especially a Western one — stand up to its moral pressure. Hence, Israel is worried that the Swedish “precedent” might auger ill for the future, emboldening others to refuse Israeli demands. The Israeli panic is heightened by the mood in Washington under the Obama administration, which appears, unlike previous administrations, to be taking relative distance from egregious Israeli actions.
Israel is well known for its harsh and cruel treatment of Palestinians. Hence, the notion of Israeli authorities extricating organs from the bodies of Palestinians for transplant or sale is credible. Indeed, in January 2002 an Israeli cabinet minister tacitly admitted that certain organs from the bodies of Palestinians might have been used for Jewish transplant patients without the knowledge of the victims’ families. The minister, Nessim Dahan, said he couldn’t confirm or deny that organs taken from Palestinian victims were used for transplant or in scientific research.
During an interview with Al-Jazeera in 2002, late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat accused Israel of murdering Palestinian children and harvesting their organs for transplant operations. “They murder our kids and use their organs as spare parts. Why is the whole world silent? Israel takes advantage of this silence to escalate its oppression and terror against our people,” said an angry Arafat.
During that interview, which took place on 14 January 2002, Arafat held up pictures of the bodies of some children killed and badly mutilated by the Israeli army.
No genuine investigation into the Palestinian allegations was carried out. According to a report by Saira Soufan, the illegal harvesting of the organs of Palestinians, especially guerrillas and freedom fighters, has been documented before the 1990s. “Upon return of the (Palestinian) soldiers’ bodies to their mourning families, the pillage of body parts is discovered during the burial process. The empty cavities have been filled with garbage such as cotton wool, garden hoses, and broom sticks, then sewn up as a result of the so-called autopsy.”
In 1998, Israeli medical authorities stole body organs from a Scottish tourist, Alistair Sinclair, who died under mysterious circumstances inside Ben Gurion Airport. Sinclair’s family sued Israeli authorities upon finding that their son’s heart and other organs were missing. According to one report, a replacement heart and organs were sent to his mother, who didn’t believe that these were her son’s.
Ahmed Teibi, a prominent Arab Knesset member, criticised the media’s latent focus on the alleged harvesting of Palestinian victims’ organs by Israel. “Well, harvesting the organs of victims is appalling and disgusting… but the actual killing of these helpless victims was a greater crime, and Israel has killed thousands of Palestinians, knowingly and deliberately. This is the real crime that much of the world pays very little attention to. This is the real crime for which Israel ought to be exposed and condemned
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