It has been God’s (Allah’s) tradition that He help those who are oppressed, condemned, victimized and hated by the fellow human beings. It is also God’s tradition that He does not change His tradition. When we read divine books such as Torah, Gospel or Qur’an, we can easily find that the conflict between good and evil has been part of human history. Most of the time the evil had mighty power, armies and resources while the good were helpless and oppressed. Let’s read some verses from the Bible.
"Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them." (Judges 2, 18)
"This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you." (1 Samuel 10:18)
"The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. "(Psalm 9:9)
"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed."(Psalm 82:3)
"The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed." (Psalm 103:6)
"Their enemies oppressed them and subjected them to their power". (Psalm 106:42)
"He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free" (Psalm 146:7)
"Who struck down great kings, His love endures forever". (Psalm 136:17)
In the Holy Qur’an Allah says,
"And We desired to show favour unto those who were oppressed in the earth, and to make them examples and to make them the inheritors, (Al-Qasas, 28:15)
"When thou didst say unto the believers: Is it not sufficient for you that your Lord should support you with three thousand angels sent down (to your help) (Al-Imran, 3:124)
"And Moses said unto his people: Seek help in Allah and endure. Lo! the earth is Allah’s. He giveth it for an inheritance to whom He will. And lo! the sequel is for those who keep their duty (unto Him). (AL A’RAAF (7:128)
"Those who have been driven from their homes unjustly only because they said: Our Lord is Allah – For had it not been for Allah’s repelling some men by means of others, cloisters and churches and oratories and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft mentioned, would assuredly have been pulled down. Verily Allah helpeth one who helpeth Him. Lo! Allah is Strong, Almighty" (Al-Hajj 22:40)
These verses from Bible and Qur’an very clearly describe that the help from God (Allah) came to those who were either small in numbers or they were victimized by the strong and powerful governments or nations.
God is always on the side of the poor, helpless and oppressed. God never helps the hate mongers, oppressors and corrupt rulers. It is possible that the hate-mongers, oppressors and rulers, drunk in their mighty military powers may succeed in their evil mission temporarily but they can not sustain their victory for a longer period. Pharaohs of Egypt succeeded in making Israelites as their slaves for several years but God helped the Israelites and freed them from the captivity of Pharaoh. The Pharaoh and his army was drowned and destroyed by Almighty God. King Namrood succeeded in oppressing the Prophet Abraham (Peace be upon him) and his followers but final victory came to Prophet Abraham (Ibraheem) and King Namrood’s kingdom was destroyed.
Similarly, when Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) tried to establish justice and peace in Makkah the tribal chiefs of Arabia hated him and threw him out, and his followers from their houses. The tribal leaders several times tried to kill him and his message but the helpless and oppressed Muslims got help from God. The final victory came to the Muslims.
In recent history, we can see the similar patterns. Hitler and his Nazi army with all their might succeeded in capturing their neighbouring countries. They made the lives of Jews and other minorities miserable in Europe. Hitler and his army killed six million Jews and sent millions of human beings in concentration camps but Hitler and his army was not able to continue this holocaust and genocide for longer period. Finally, they were destroyed and oppressed human beings were freed.
President Ferdinand E. Marcos of Philippines always thought that he could not be removed from power and he could do whatever he wanted. But at a time when he needed his friends and family members most, no body came to help him. He died in disgrace.
The Shah of Iran succeeded for several decades to oppress his people but finally he was removed as well. He died in disgrace. His mighty army was destroyed. Shah of Iran would never have imagined that he would not get few yards of earth for his burial in his own homeland.
The communist rulers of Soviet Union were succeeded in spreading their hate mongering policies for several decades. They controlled the people and their thoughts for many years but they too were gone in disgrace.
Khmer Rouge government (Pol Pot) succeeded in killing more than 2 million Cambodians but he was not able to wipeout the entire nation of Cambodia. He could not sustain the killing of innocent people. At last, his army was destroyed and the "mighty" Pot Pot died in isolation as a hopeless and helpless person. No one mourned his death and no one missed him.
There are several other examples from our own recent history that injustice can not prevail and can not be sustained. The apartheid governments of South Africa, the racial discrimination against women and blacks in the USA and Canada, the oppression of Taliban government in Afghanistan, the cruel rulers of Rwanda and other African nations, the cruelty of President Pinochet of Chile, the division of German people, etc. are few of the several examples of injustice. But soon or later injustice ends. The forces of peace and justice finally defeat the individuals, governments or group of people who cause injustice.
Interestingly, none of the above mentioned rulers and governments ever realized that they were doing wrong. They never realized that they were cruel and creating injustice in the society. They always thought that they were doing "the right" thing. Why is that so? The reason is obvious. They never saw ordinary human beings from the eyes of an ordinary human being. They always saw ordinary human beings from their own ‘mighty" eyes. Their knowledge and understanding of fellow human beings was based upon their own personal judgments and biasing. For them, justice was never important. For them, the important thing was to protect their own power/control and interest of their own people. However, they did not realize that this approach was deadly and would bring an end to their own rule. They read history but never learnt from it. They repeated the same mistakes that their predecessors had made.
These rulers might have believed in "the ultimate superpower" (i.e. God) but when the time came to put this belief into practice these rulers and governments, "themselves" became "Ultimate Superpower" instead of God. These rulers started deceiving themselves and their nations by claiming that their will was the will of God. Hence, they acted like God. The present rulers are also following the same style of government.
These "mighty" rulers always find some "very influential" religious leaders who can help them in behaving like God. These religious leaders not only change the divine commandments in order to please rulers but they also become part of oppression and injustice. This has been the tradition of all ruthless, cruel and hate monger rulers. But the tradition of God is that He either gives some time to these rulers and governments so that they can realize their mistakes and become good OR let them carry out their cruel plans and become liable for destroying God’s creation. At last, God destroys these rulers and their governments and brings peace and freedom to the sufferers.
Now the question arises, who are the poor, oppressed and helpless people of our time? No one will say USA or Canada or Europe or Australia or Russia, etc…. Even the people and the governments of these rich countries will say, "Muslims" are the poor, helpless and oppressed people of our time.
After 9/11 tragedy, the Muslims (as a nation not individuals) of this world have "completely" fallen in to the category of oppressed and hated people. The rich and the powerful are using 9/11 as an excuse to carry out their agenda of oppression, hate and violence against Muslims. This hate and violence against Muslims did not develop after 9/11. It has always been in the hearts of rich and powerful. 9/11 has provided them a perfect opportunity to spread hate and violence against Muslims. Again, the tradition and trends continues in this hate and violence against oppressed, poor, and hated Muslims. The rulers and their religious helpers are trying to use God in order to occupy lands and control people.
After 9/11, on one side the search for Islam increased but on the other side the hate mongers started expressing their hidden hate for Islam in open. These hate mongers always hated the visible minorities, aboriginal people and people of Islamic Faith. They killed thousands of natives in North America. Then their focus of hate shifted towards blacks and hated them with the bottom of their hearts. They did not consider women as persons until recently. Now, their focus of hate is Islam and Muslims.
The hate for Islam is not new. Initially, the Byzantinian rulers, the Egyptian rulers, the Persian rulers and many superpowers hated Islam. But almighty God helped the poor and helpless Muslims of Arabia. Muslims succeeded in bringing the freedom to the people of this world. Later, hate for Islam revived by the crusaders. Crusaders killed thousands of Muslims. The genocide of Muslims was so large that only in Al-Omar Mosque in Jerusalem 70 thousand dead bodies of Muslim civilians were found. During 17th century the hate for Islam and Muslims came to the surface again. Millions of Muslims were killed and the Europeans colonized their countries. From Indonesia to Morocco almost all Muslims countries were occupied by colonial powers.
After 9/11 hate mongers are reviving hate for Muslims and Islam. The lives and properties of Muslims in America and other western countries are under the microscope. Hate, discrimination, racism and violence against Muslims is on the rise. Hate mongers are not openly expressing their hate for Muslims in the media but they are now attacking Islam, the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). Since 9/11 most of the North American media, especially CNN, in the name of freedom of press, have presented one-sided biased and hateful propaganda against Muslims and Islam.
Last week, what Jerry Falwell said about Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in ’60 Minutes’ on CBS was not new. He has expressed these views on many occasions. Pat Robertson, another Christian fundamentalist, has said similar things about Islam and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) many times. Franklin Graham and many other Christian leaders have badmouthed about Islam, Qur’an and Muhammad (Peace be upon him) several times.
The main mission of these extremist right wing Christian leaders is to use the government of United States and its resources in order to control and occupy the land and the people of Muslim countries. These extremists want to kick-out Muslims from America and the western world, OR at least keep them as second grade citizens. These hate mongers like hate and discrimination. Hate is part of their lives. They can not make blacks and women as their slaves anymore but they need slaves. These hate-mongers need some victims. It satisfies their phobia of superiority. Therefore they want Muslims to be their slaves. These hate mongers want to convert a small conflict among some extremists into a broader conflict between Islam and Christianity.
Unfortunately, in last elections these extremists succeeded in putting one of their own in the White House. American Muslims must take blame for putting President George W. Bush in the White House. Had the American Muslims supported Al-Gore in previous elections George W. Bush would never had a chance to be the President of the United States. American Muslims must have learnt the lesson that they should not have supported a right wing Christian fundamentalist. American Muslims just saw one benefit in bringing George W. Bush to the presidency of the United States that they could get funds for their Islamic schools. But they did not realize that the same president would also support all those institutions, which want to remove Islam from America.
Many Christian leaders including President Bush and American politicians have claimed on several occasions that the American Society is based upon Judaic-Christian values. This is just a claim, not a reality anymore. The Jerry Springer Show, Maury Show, Jenny Jones show, networks like playboy and other adult pornographic channels, movies, print media, homosexuality, common law relationships, legalized abortions and many other activities do reflect the social and moral bankruptcy of American society. Enron and Worldcom also exist in America. The Multi-billion dollar frauds are also capitalist ways of depriving millions of people from their own life-savings. The large-scale corporate greed was established in America and now being exported to other countries.
The Christian fundamentalists like Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham and several other right wing American politicians remember and speak about Judaic-Christian vales when they feel threatened by the popularity of Islam in America. They want to misinform American people as if the Islamic values are different than Judaic-Christian values. The social and moral values of Islam are similar to those of Judaic-Christian values. Can these fundamentalists define what are Judaic-Christian values?
– Is walking naked on beaches and locker rooms a Judaic-Christian value?
– Is wearing a bikini and showing-off your body a Judaic-Christian value?
– Is homosexuality a Judaic-Christian value?
– Is sexual relationship without marriage a Judaic-
– What we see on the Jerry Springer Show, are those Judaic-Christian values?
– Is killing unborn babies a Judaic-Christian value?
– Having multiple relationships with several women/men and producing children out of wedlock a Judaic-Christian value?
– Is killing millions of human beings (World War II, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Vietnam, etc…) a Judaic-Christian value?
I am sure these fundamentalist Christians will say no, and they will be absolutely right. These are not Judaic-Christian values. For their information these are not Islamic values either.
Then, what are Judaic-Christian values? I am not a Christian or Jew. I am a Muslim but I have several Christian and Jewish friends. I can comfortably say that the Judaic-Christian values are the values described in Torah and the Gospel. Marriage, modest dress, peace, love, respect, patience, tolerance, care, helping poor, respect for life, scarifies, thanksgiving, and worshipping the Creator are Judaic-Christian values. For the information of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham, President George W. Bush and American politicians these are also Islamic values.
If Jerry Falwell – Pat Robertson and company think that belief in Jesus Christ as a Son of God or God or Savior makes a person better and more peaceful then they should answer the following questions.
– Did Jesus Christ ask his followers to drop nuclear bombs on innocent civilians? Try to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
– Did Jesus Christ ask to drop chemical and biological bombs on innocent civilians? Try to remember Vietnam.
– Do you find anywhere in Bible to kill innocent civilians and send them in captivity? Try to remember Hitler’s Nazis and more than 6 million Jews in World War II.
– Did any of the disciples of Jesus Christ or Jesus Christ himself ask to stop food and medicine for women and children and let them die slowly while they were also suffering from the hands of a dictator regime? Try to remember Iraqi children and women.
– Did Jesus Christ or Bible ask Christians to hate their enemies?
On the contrary I found the following verse in Bible,
"You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy" (Matthew 5:43).
"But I say to you: Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44)
What kind of Christians are Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and George Bush? They claim that they love Jesus Christ. They depend upon Jesus Christ to save them from Hell. But they do not want to follow him. They do not want to listen to him.
Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson or President Bush can not define the Judaic-Christian values. Who could define Judaic-Christian values better than Jesus Christ himself. Jesus said,
"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you" (Luke 6:27).
Christianity has no place for war but in the past most of the deadly wars were raged by Christians. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson are not following Jesus Christ. They are, for sure, following the Crusaders not Christ.
Had the conflict among terrorists and extremists remained limited and confined within limited territories, many human beings would have not been affected. But these terrorists and extremists want to involve innocent human beings in their conflicts, which is nothing but destruction. The world politicians are not serious in saving human lives. United Nations and many neutral countries are becoming mere spectators. It is clear that the peace is not in the priority list for politicians and rulers.
Beloved Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him)- the Peace Maker
Fourteen centuries ago Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) told several prophecies about the future of this world. He told two types of prophecies. The first type of prophecies was about moral, social, economical and spiritual declining of human race. The second type of prophecies was about political situation of the world. As far the prophecies about the moral, social, economical and spiritual declining are concerned, most of them have already been fulfilled. Some of the political prophecies have been fulfilled as well. But after 9/11 the way the political map of this world is changing quickly, it looks that the prophecies of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) about the political situation of the world will be fulfilled soon. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said in a Hadith (saying), that when Jesus Christ, Son of Mary will return to this earth, he will establish peace and justice.
Although Jerry Falwell and other similar extremists have badmouthed about our beloved Prophet and final Messenger of God, Muhammad (Peace be upon him), we Muslims can not badmouth about Jesus Christ or Prophet Moses (Peace be upon them) because Jesus and Moses are part of our faith. We respect and honour Jesus Christ and other Biblical Prophets as much we love and respect our own Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).
I urge Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Franklin Graham and other Christians to attend the Islam 101 course and correct their understanding about Islam OR give me an opportunity to have a dialogue with them.
"My beloved Jesus Christ you never hated anyone. You protected life on earth. But there have been many people who did bring destruction to human life in your name. Throughout history, the fanatics like crusaders have claimed that they were following you. They claimed that they loved you. Many of your self-claimed followers and lovers have killed millions of human beings in South America, Europe, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Kuwait, Iraq, Bosnia, Chechnya, Rwanda, Afghanistan, etc… Now the crusaders are reviving themselves. They are about to create another genocide in Iraq in your name. Crusaders like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson have built their empires in your name. They are using and influencing the resources of the United States to rage war and kill millions of people.
My beloved Jesus Christ (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon you), you gave human beings pure love. You loved your worst enemies. These Christian fanatics are about to bring chaos and destruction in Iraq. You know my beloved Jesus that the Muslims of Iraq have suffered from the brutal hands of Saddam Hussain. The mighty and powerful USA kept him in power for many years. The US army could have removed him during the Gulf War but they purposely kept him in power because they wanted to use him as an excuse to build their bases in Persian Gulf. After establishing bases in all regional Arab countries they now want to occupy Iraq. After occupying Iraq these crusaders want to capture Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Iran, parts of Saudi Arabia and other small local Arab States. Turkey is already in their control but they want to have complete control in Turkey as well.
Beloved Jesus Christ (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon you), you were the helper of poor and helpless. We Muslims are poor and helpless. We love you and honour you. You are part of our faith (i.e. Islam). Our holy book, the Qur’an, honours you and your mother, Mary (Marriam). We, Muslims do not believe that you were God or Son of God but we believe that you were one of the best and miraculous creations of God. We, Muslims believe that you are alive. Allah has ascended you towards Heavens. Our beloved Prophet and last Messenger of God (Allah), Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has given us the details of your coming back. He told us that you would be returning to earth soon.
Both Christians and Muslims believe that you will be returning to earth soon and you will be establishing peace on earth. Please return to the planet earth as soon as possible. We desperately need peace. Otherwise these crusaders will succeed in creating the largest holocaust of human history.
Moreover, Muslims are also deviating from your path, the path of Islam. Muslims have become lazy and passive. Our rulers are dictators and corrupt. In many Muslims countries Muslims are killing Muslims. We have also lost respect for human dignity. Muslims need to be fixed as well. Your return to this earth will bring back the dignity and honour of Muslims. I am sure, upon your return these fanatic Christians, Jews and Muslims such as Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, George W. Bush, Aerial Sheron and Saddam Hussain, will deny you. They will fight against you because they kill and hate human beings but you love and protect human beings.
Palestine is waiting for you. You will be the one who will put an end to the miseries of distressed, homeless people of Palestine. Please return ASAP.
Your return will also solve a big problem between Christians and Muslims. They will find out whether you are Son of God or a wonderful Prophet of God.
O’ Allah (God) send your beloved Jesus back to planet earth. The poor, distressed and helpless need him badly. Amen.