POLITICAL IGNORANCE OF ISLAM.
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The Associated Press
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Prince Charles to plead Islam's cause to Bush
By Andrew Alderson, Chief
The Prince of Wales will try to persuade George W Bush and Americans of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since September 11.
The Prince, who leaves on Tuesday for an eight-day tour of the US, has voiced private concerns over America's "confrontational" approach to Muslim countries and its failure to appreciate Islam's strengths.
The Prince raised his concerns when he met senior Muslims in London in November 2001. The gathering took place just two months after the attacks on New York and Washington. "I find the language and rhetoric coming from America too confrontational," the Prince said, according to one leader at the meeting.
It is understood that Prince Charles did not - and does not - believe that the actions of 19 hijackers should tarnish the reputation of hundreds of millions of law-abiding Muslims around the world.
Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Bar, was also at the meeting at St James's Palace. "His criticism of America was a general one of the Americans not having the appreciation we have for Islam and its culture," he said.
Mr Mahmood and other Muslims present stressed that Prince Charles did not go so far as to criticise the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. More recently, he has been careful not to express his views on Iraq.
The Prince also spoke of his sympathy for America after the terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people. He said he wanted to promote better relations between the different religions of the world.
Those present at the meeting in 2001 included Sir Iqbal Sacrani, the secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, and Hashir Faruqi, the chief editor of Impact International, an Islamic affairs magazine.
Prince Charles, who is about to embark on his first official foreign tour since his marriage to the Duchess of Cornwall, wants Americans - including Mr Bush - to share his fondness for Islam. He has agreed to attend a seminar on religions at Georgetown University, Washington, on Thursday: the only event where he will not be accompanied by the Duchess.
"The seminar will look at how faith groups can alleviate social problems in their community," a royal aide said.
The Prince and Duchess will attend a lunch and dinner with President Bush and his wife, Laura, at the White House on Wednesday.
Prince Charles has done more than any other member of the Royal Family in history to understand Islam. He said in 1994 that when he became Supreme Governor of the Church of England, he would rather be "defender of faiths" than "defender of the faith".
A year earlier Prince Charles made a speech, acclaimed throughout the Arab world, on relations between Islam and the West. He urged the West to overcome its "unthinkable prejudices" about Islam and its customs and laws.
He spoke warmly of the West's debt to the culture of Islam and distanced moderate Muslims from misguided militants. "Extremism is no more the monopoly of Islam than it is the monopoly of other religions, including Christianity," he said.
A senior aide to Prince Charles said yesterday: "The Prince has never promoted political messages around religion. He has simply said that he wants a greater tolerance and understanding of each other religions which will, in turn, promote better relations between faiths."
A spokesman for Clarence House declined to discuss the Prince's comments four years ago. "We never discuss private conversations," he said.
Prince Charles has been wooing the US media ahead of next week's tour when he will visit New York, Washington and San Francisco. It is considered a risky venture because Diana, Princess of Wales, who died eight years ago, was so revered in the US.
In an interview to be shown on CBS's 60 Minutes today, he speaks of his desire to enrich people's lives through his work. "I only hope that when I am dead and gone they might appreciate it a little more," he jokes.
October 31, 2005
London: Prince Charles will try to persuade President George Bush of the merits of Islam this week because he thinks the US has been intolerant of the religion since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Prince, who leaves tomorrow for an eight-day tour of the US, has said privately that he is concerned about the US's "confrontational" approach to Muslim countries and its failure to appreciate Islam's strengths.
Charles raised his concerns when he met senior Muslims in London in November 2001, two months after the attacks.
"I find the language and rhetoric coming from America too confrontational," a leader at the meeting quoted him as saying.
Khalid Mahmood, a Labour MP who was also at the meeting at St James's Palace, said: "His criticism of America was a general one - of the Americans not having the appreciation we have for Islam and its culture."
Other Muslims present stressed that Prince Charles did not criticise the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, Mr Mahmoud said.
More recently, Charles has been careful not to express his views on Iraq. The Prince also spoke of his sympathy for the US after the 2001 terrorist attacks, which killed nearly 3000 people. He said he wanted to promote better relations between the different religions of the world.
Those present at the meeting in 2001 included Sir Iqbal Sacrani, the secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, and Hashir Faruqi, the chief editor of Impact International, a respected Islamic affairs magazine.
Charles wants Americans - including Mr Bush - to share his fondness for Islam. He has agreed to attend a seminar on religions at Georgetown University, Washington, on Thursday.
"The seminar will look at how faith groups can alleviate social problems in their community," an aide said.
Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, will attend functions with the Bushes at the White House on Wednesday.
The word "Islam" means "submission." One may ask submission to what or whom? A Muslim is a person who is obedient to the will of "Allah." According to the words of the Prophet of Islam, Allah is the author of the holy book of Quran, thus a Muslim is a person who must do what the book says to do. If he or she does not follow the words of the Quran, then he or she is not considered to be a Muslim.
Muslims insist that the almighty Lord of all living thing is synonymous with what is known in Arabic as "Allah." Muslims confess that every word in the holy book of Quran is the word of Allah. It contains 114 Surahs (chapters) and more than 6,000 verses. Ironically, the greatest enemy of Islam is this very book, which Muslims vow to be free of errors.
Islamic scholars proudly state that the Quran is unrivalled in its recording and preservation. They proudly say that the holy book has remained unchanged to the letter -- even after fourteen hundred years.
However, they won't allow any one to question any part of the teaching. Questioning any part of the holy book will result in death. As we have witnessed, the Islamic zealots do not tolerate opinions contrary to their own. For Quran's teachings you may go to: http://www.faithfreedom.org/Quran.htm
Nowadays, we all hear from the Muslim apologists that the holy religion of Islam has been hijacked by the militant Muslims. Even some friends in the United States utter the same thing.
Muslims keep repeating that Islam means "peace," something my friends in the states say as well. In reality though, Islam means war. It is through so many wars that Islam established itself as another religion. It is through fear, intimidation, and indoctrination of innocent people that Islam has made its loyal follower to adhere to this ideology of hate. It is through sacrifices and the killing of innocent people that Islam has lasted as long as it has. It is with the sword of Islam that people became Muslims.
There is no such phenomenon called good Muslims or bad Muslims. Good Muslims are non-Muslims, the ones who have never read the holy book of Quran and do not understand or do not want to understand the nature of Islam. They merely were born into a Muslim family. Those who think Islam has been hijacked by the bad Muslims are not true Muslims. Bad Muslims are those who execute the words of Allah. Therefore, the bad Muslims are the true believers who follow the path of the prophet of Islam. In other words, the Islamic terrorists are the true sons and daughters of the Islamic faith.
Understanding what "Islamic Terrorism" is and identifying the signs or association those who are or may become Islamic terrorists, may help the society to detect and prevent or capture the terrorists before they commit crimes against the innocent civilians. A better understanding of the true nature of Islam will alarm people of the dangers of "Islamic Terrorism."
Islam rewards those who are willing to die for "Allah." "Everybody hates death, fears death. Only those, the believers who know the life after death and the reward after death, would be the ones who would be seeking death.
Have no unbelieving friends. Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.
If the unbelievers do not offer you peace, kill them wherever you find them.
Those who oppose the messenger and become unbelievers will go to hell.
Christians are wrong about the Trinity. For that they will have a painful doom. The holy Quran
Everyone eventually will face death. However, the destination after death is not the same. Those who believed in Allah --and followed what Allah's messenger said-- will be in paradise. In other words, those who commit crimes against humanity, murder the infidels, rape little girls or boys, burn the cities of disbelievers, hijack airplanes to fly them into buildings, and bringing down the towers and casting terror in the lives of people, will spend their eternal rest in heaven. To top it all off, 72 virgin women will greet them at the gate with a bottle of French wine.
For those who deviate from executing the words of Allah, an eternal blazing Fire (Hell) will be awaiting them. In other words, every good person, kind person, giving person and innocent person on earth will taste eternal fire.
Muslims still insist that "Allah" is the same as the Eternal God, Creator of the Universe, Lord of all lords, King of all kings, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful, yet he needs blood and lots of it.
Since its inception fourteen hundred years ago, Islam has been at war with the people of this planet. Millions of people have been literary butchered with the sword of Islam. Some may argue that all religions at one point in time in have committed crimes against humanity. That may be so, but none of the existing world religions' foundations have been based upon shedding the blood of its innocent victims. Islam lives, breaths and grows on blood. Once we take away this red element from Islam, Islam will vanish completely. Islam cannot possibly live in the hearts and minds of its believers. Islam needs to shed the blood of the infidels, meaning all non-Muslims. Islam is about world domination. It is utterly part of being Muslims.
Islam is worse than a plague, worse than leprosy, worse than hunger and famine, which cause bodily damage to humans. Islam slowly, like a canker, gnaws at the soul and the spirit. Islam stops your brain from thinking, and empties out your love and kindness for others. Islam will turn you into a killing machine. We may be able to cure the plague, leprosy and other diseases, but we are unable to deal with Islamists. We can't cure them with medical technology. We can't take them to a doctor to see where it hurts. Once you become an Islamist, no earthly medicines are able to cure you. True Muslims literary have turned into walking missiles.
You can't reason with people blinded by hate. You can't argue with people blinded by Islamic faith. Islam hates the power of the individual. Islam hates the achievements of women. Islam hates progress. Islam hates the religious freedom of others. Islam hates the pre-Islamic heritage of other nations. Islam hates the light of truth. Islam is against free-will and hates democracy, liberty and justice for all. Islam simply loves to eat you alive. That is what Islam does and that is what Islam is. Worshipping that? NEVER!
Citizens of the United States are slowly waking up from a long winter sleep on this issue. However, there are still millions who are extremely naïve about the dangers of Islamic terrorism. Those in the states are good people; they are sympathetic people; they are giving people; they like to see the goodness in human beings and for that, they unconsciously refuse to believe that in a faith -- teachings can make wild animals out of its believers.
The greatest threat facing the United States today is its own ignorance about Islam.
Until citizens of the United States understand the threat of Islam to its society and on its own soil -- people will continue to die in these sporadic attacks. Until there is a true understanding of this faith and a means to control it, we, along with other people will continue to die as a result of its teaching. The threat of Islam is real. Until the United States understands that all violent Islamic fundamentalist groups, including al-Qaeda and Hezbollah and others are true Muslims and wish to kill all non-believers, we will continue to be at their mercy.
No, Islam has not been hijacked by the Islamic militants. The cult of Islam has hijacked humanity for almost 14 centuries. Until we digest this and do something to circumvent the trend, our risk and exposure grows greater in between each attack.
January 28, 2007
The Federal Government
refuses to ban a radical Muslim group that has sparked outrage by bringing to
Australia its calls for an Islamic superstate.
Indonesian firebrand cleric Ismail Yusanto outlined his vision for an Islamic utopia before a crowd of about 500 Muslims at Lakemba, in Sydney's south-west, today.
Dr Yusanto and fellow members of the extremist group Hizb-u-Tahrir believe it can ease suffering around the world by creating an Islamic superstate - ruled by Sharia law - through jihad, or holy war.
The NSW government and federal opposition are outraged, demanding the Commonwealth follow Britain, Germany and several Middle Eastern countries in banning the group.
But Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said today there was not enough evidence to justify using anti-terrorism laws to outlaw Hizb-u-Tahrir.
To be proscribed as a terrorist organisation, a group has to urge the use of force or violence.
"Evidence to sustain that has to be available," he told reporters.
"Just because people have messages that I don't regard as broadly in keeping with Australian values doesn't mean they can be proscribed as terrorist organisations," Mr Ruddock told reporters.
Hizb-u-Tahrir spokesman Wassim Doureihi defended the group, saying it was only advocating change through peaceful means in the Muslim world, not in Australia.
"We do not engage in physical violence, we are not advocating terrorism," he told reporters.
"We are advocating peaceful political change within the Muslim world."
But his message appeared at odds with Dr Yusanto's comments advocating jihad during the Lakemba meeting.
Dr Yusanto said if the utopian superstate fell, "all military-aged Muslims" and "Muslims living outside of the boundary" of the Sharia state should obtain military training and "join the jihad".
"Once successful, the new order would be just the beginning of the new era in the application of Islamic ideology," he said.
"There is no victory and glory without sacrifice and hard work. No pain no gain."
NSW Premier Morris Iemma said he believed the group should never have been allowed to meet in Australia.
"This is not a case of someone being different, someone advocating a different point of view," he told Sky News.
"This is an organisation that is basically saying that it wants to declare war on Australia, our values and our people. That's the big difference.
"And that's why I believe that they are just beyond the pale, enough is enough and it's time for the Commonwealth to review this organisation's status and take the lead from other countries and ban them."
Opposition immigration spokesman Tony Burke called on newly appointed Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews to consider cancelling Dr Yusanto's visa.
"There are clear character provisions in the Immigration Act that mean that if the government didn't want Ismail Yusanto here it could have stopped him from coming," he told reporters.
"The only reason we have someone in western Sydney right now preaching Sharia law is because the federal government chose to allow him to be here.
"My question and my comment to anyone from around the world who hates Australia is simple - if you hate the place, don't come here."
Jimmy Carter Visits Calif. Campus
By Associated Press
May 4, 2007
IRVINE, Calif. -- Former President
Jimmy Carter urged students at a Southern California university with a history
of strained relations between Jewish and Islamic groups to set differences aside
and work together to find solutions.
"I'd like to see the leaders form a combined group and take my invitation to go to Palestine and see what's going on for yourselves," Carter told a crowd of about 3,300 students and faculty at University of California, Irvine on Thursday.
"If you take me up on it, I'll raise
the money to pay for your trip," he said.
The hourlong talk included discussion of the 82-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner's book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," which has been criticized by some as being slanted against Israel. Carter reiterated his belief that Palestinians "are being persecuted horribly."
At the Irvine campus, tensions between Jewish and Islamic groups have surfaced in recent years. Last year, the U.S. Office for Civil Rights began an investigation into anti-Semitism there. In 2003, a memorial to Holocaust victims was vandalized. A year later an anti-Zionism mural erected by the Society of Arab Students was set on fire.
On Thursday, campus police reported no disturbances. Anteaters for Israel, a Jewish student group, passed out literature before Carter's speech. The Irvine mascot is an anteater.
"We're supportive of dialogue on both sides," said 19-year-old Emily Shaaya, co-president of the Jewish group. "We'd have much rather not had President Carter speak on this campus or at least have him speak in a much more debate-oriented format."
Carter's 20-minute speech was followed by half a dozen questions submitted in advance. Carter, who has written 23 books since leaving office in 1981, did not receive a fee for his appearance.
Carter said pro-Israel lobbyists have stifled debate in the U.S. about the Israeli-Palestinian situation and urged students to get involved.
"There's political fear in Congress and among U.S. presidential candidates to speak out on a balanced position with anything that relates to Israel. But college students can play a crucial role in this debate," he said. "You have nothing to lose."
Yasser Ahmed, a Muslim majoring in economics, said he was "amazed at the manner in which (Carter) portrayed the conflict."
"As he mentioned in his speech, it is something that is not mentioned in this country," Ahmed said.
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