War against Islam, War on Islam or Attack on Islam, is a coined term to describe a perceived campaign to harm, weaken or annihilate the societal system of Islam, using military, economic, social and cultural means. The campaign is alleged to be waged by non-Muslims and fake Muslims.

        The alleged perpetrators of the war include Western powers (especially the United States with its “War on Terror”), pro-Western Muslim states, and non-Western, non-Muslim states such as Serbia (Genocide in Bosnia), Russia (for its actions in Chechnya and the Caucasus in general), and India (for the conflict in Kashmir) as well as Myanmar (Rohingya Muslim Genocide in Arakan).

by Syarif Hidayat

        Islam is a beautiful religion, full of wisdom and harmony.Islam is a religion of love and peace. Love is one of the noblest human principles and traits that cultivate the spirit of interaction, solidarity, and cooperation and add affection to human relationships and dealings. All heavenly and manmade religions cherish love in its top-down (God-creation), bottom-up (creation-God), and horizontal (interpersonal) dimensions. 

        We believe that Islam is the origin of true love in all its dimensions (top-down, bottom-up, and horizontal) and forms, quite independent of any other faith, except inasmuch as both come from the same source, as established by historians. Many Qur’anic texts and Prophetic hadiths undeniably prove the fact that love, in the broadest sense, is an intrinsic ideal of Islam.

        Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali said, “Love of Allah is the highest spiritual attainment. Whatever follows it is an outcome of it (such as passion, communion, fulfillment, etc.), and whatever precedes it is a step towards it”. Allah says, {Say (O Muhammad), “If you really love Allah, then follow me, and Allah will love you”}. He also says, {A people whom He will love and who will love Him}. And He says, {But those who have believed love Allah more (than anything else)}. All such verses show the merit of love and tell that it has degrees.

        In several hadiths, the Prophet established love as a prerequisite to religiosity. Allah says, {And among people are some who would take (i.e., associate) besides Allah rivals (to Him) whom they love as much as they love Allah. But those who have believed love Allah most}. Ibn Jazi Al-Kalbi wrote, “There are two types of love: imitation love and hearty love. To me, the latter is indicated in the second Verse, while the former is indicated in the first Verse”.

        Heartfelt love is the greatest of loves. It brings forth ultimate satisfaction and happiness. A Companion once told the Prophet, “I have not prepared for it (i.e., the Hereafter) much Prayer or fasting, but I love Allah and His Messenger”. The Prophet said, “One will (in the Hereafter) be in the company of those he loves”. Anas commented, “I have never seen Muslims delight at something, except for conversion to Islam, more than they did at hearing this”.

         Abu Ruzayn Al-`Uqayli asked, “O Messenger of Allah! What is faith?” The Prophet replied, “It is to love Allah and His Messenger more than everything else”. The Prophet also said, “None of you shall truly believe unless when Allah and His Messenger are more loved to him than everything else”. And he said, “No servant of Allah shall truly believe unless when I become more beloved to him than his family, property, and all people”. Another narration adds, “… and his own self”.

        The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) strongly urged for love. He said, “Love Allah for the graces He bestows upon you, and love me for Allah’s love for me”. An authentic hadith tells us that, while receiving the Shar`i penalty for being drunken, an alcoholic was cursed by a Companion.

        The Prophet blamed the curser, saying, “He (i.e., the penalized man) loves Allah and His Messenger”. Noticeably, though addicted to a sinful practice, the man still had something positive to commend: love. The deeper that love grows, the more deserved forgiveness becomes. A poet said, Indeed, my love for Umamah is not one that can be changed by tale-bearing or passage of time

         If this is true with romantic love, it will for sure be more applicable to love of Allah, the Sovereign, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful, Who has granted us His Graces, originated us with His Wisdom, provided for us with His Generosity, and run our affairs with His Kindness. It pleases Him when a servant repents and returns to His Obedience, as pointed out in an authentic hadith. Allah says, {Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who are self-purifying}.


Horizontal Love


         Mutual love among people is a basic notion in Islam, based on human fraternity. The Prophet said, “None of you shall truly believe unless when he loves for his brother what he loves for himself”. That hadith associates fraternity with love: “Brother” here means a fellow human, as interpreted by several hadith commentators, such as Ibn Rajab (Hanbali), An-Nawawi (Shafi`i), and Ash-Shabrakhiti (Malik).

        Also, there is “charity” — unlimited loving-kindness toward all others. The Prophet (peace be upon him) prayed, “Oh Allah! I ask you for (the ability to do) good deeds… and love for the poor”. In a Hadith Qudsi, Allah says, “And My servant will keep drawing closer to me by offering supererogatory acts of worship until I love him”.

          Love goes beyond living beings to include even nonliving things, nature, as well as good words and deeds. The Prophet described Mount Uhud saying, “This is a mount that loves us and is loved by us”. He further said, “Allah is Beautiful, and He loves beauty”. Allah loves to make things easy for people. The Prophet said, “Verily, Allah loves that His Exceptional Permissions be implemented”. Allah says, {And He (i.e., Allah) loves good-doers}.

         As early as his second speech after arrival at Medina, the Prophet focused on love, as documented by Ibn Ishaq. He said, “Love what Allah loves. Love Allah from the bottom of your hearts. Do not become weary of reciting Allah’s Words and extolments… Love one another with the spirit inspired by Allah among you. Verily, it angers Allah when His Covenant is broken. And peace be with you”.

         Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali said, “Let you know that the happiest of people in the Hereafter are those who love Allah most, because they will win the pleasure of meeting Him. The most blissful moment ever for a lover is when he meets his beloved after many years of longing, knowing that they will be together forever, without disturbance, restriction, or fear of separation.

        The pleasure depends on the degree of love: The stronger love is, the greater joy will be felt. Love of Allah is acquired in life and is found in every believer, because it comes from knowledge of Allah. However, when love grows so overwhelming that it turns into some sort of infatuation or extravagant passion, this elevated status is not found in most people”.

         Love is a human value. Everyone likes to be loved; hardly can there be someone who finds it ok to be hated by others. Someone can clash with others because they do not love him. He is reacting the wrong way; if love is shown by both sides, there will remain no hostility.

        Love involves feelings and behavior; it should be manifested in word and deed. The Prophet said, “When one of you loves his brother, let him inform him of this”. Why is love a value? Because it is seen as good by everyone, even those who do not have it. This is the criterion for value.

         Philosophers used various terms to refer to inner pleasure, such as “love of fate”, a term used by Nietzsche to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one’s life, including suffering and loss, as good. Moreover, it is characterized by an acceptance of the events or situations that occur in one’s life.

        Another example is “intellectual love of God”, a concept put forward by Spinoza to describe the highest good with which we attain “our salvation and blessedness and freedom”. It originates from God’s eternal and infinite essence. It is, then, simply one particular mode of God’s attribute. Intellectual love is also one part of God’s love for himself. This does not mean that intellectual love is eternal, but it signifies that essence of the human mind can be explained in the light of God’s eternity.


Now, how to solve the issue of misrepresenting Islam and Muslims?


And how to restore Islam’s true image of love and purity?


         If our religion kindles the flames of love for all humanity, how come we let its image be distorted due to some ignorant followers and lying enemies? Paradoxically, Islam is depicted as a religion of hatred, while the Prophet of Islam said, “Do not hate one another, do not turn your backs to one another, do not raise prices (in business bargains) for one another, and be brothers, O servants of Allah”. How to embody such tridimensional love in our behavior, discourse, and relations? And how to represent it in a friendly and likable manner despite false allegations from opponents?

        We should address a horde of misconceptions that form an ideological barrier to mainstreaming Islam and Muslims worldwide, such as relations with non-Muslims, which must be based on mutual acceptance, respect, and peacefulness.

        Another issue to deal with is the concept of Islamic jihad, which is taken by many either excessively or slackly. What does jihad mean lexically and technically? And what justification it has in the Qur’an? In Arabic usage, jihad is the “exertion of the utmost effort to achieve something that is probably desirable”.

       Religiously, jihad has three types, as identified by Ar-Raghib in Al-Mufradat (The Items): (1) jihad against a plain enemy, (2) jihad against Satan, and (3) jihad against one’s own self. The last two types are implied in several hadiths. For example, Imam Ahmad in his Musnad and Abu Dawud in his Sunan reported Fudalah Ibn `Ubayd as narrating that the Prophet said, “A true mujahid is the one who strives against his own self in obedience to Allah, the Almighty”.

       In a weak hadith reported by Al-Bayhaqi, Jabir narrated that, upon return from his last conquest Tabuk, the Prophet said, “We have returned from the minor jihad to the major jihad”. He interpreted it as meaning to resist one’s whims.

        In fact, taking care of one’s parents is a sort of jihad. The Prophet said, “Then let your taking care of them be your jihad”.

Ibn Taymiyyah defined jihad saying, “It encompasses all sorts of worship, inward or outward, including love of Allah, devotion to Him, reliance on Him, submission of one’s soul and property to Him, patience, asceticism, and continuing remembrance of Him. It takes all possible forms — physical, spiritual, mental, verbal, etc.”

Wala’ and Bara’

      The issue of Wala’ (loyalty to whatever belongs to Islam) and Bara’ (renunciation of whatever contradicts with Islam) is widely used in the literature of Takfir (i.e., accusation of blasphemy or unbelief) movements, which generalized it to encompass economic, commercial, political, military, and security relations with countries that cherish peace, provide technology, and promote development.

        In fact, the concept of Wala’ and Bara’ has to do with partisanship in the domain of creed or faith — that is, it depends whether one is believer or unbeliever. However, interaction with non-Muslims within the context of everyday dealings, good relations, and peaceful coexistence is not objectionable.

        The notion and fatwas of Takfir are unduly exaggerated. They contradict with the Islamic culture of peace, whose basics are found in many Islamic texts. For example, Allah says, {Allah does not forbid you from those who have not fought you due to religion}. He also says, {And say to people good words}.

        The Prophet said, “Keep dutiful to your (non-Muslim) mother”. He also said, “And say greetings to those you know and those you do not know”. And he said, “And treat people with kindness”.

         Other examples include the hadith on Hilf Al-Fudul (i.e., Alliance of the Virtuous), the Charter of Medina, the permission for Christians to perform their prayers at the mosque, and many other traditions, which range from authentic to good to weak.

       Broadly, they imply specification of the generalization, permitting dealings with non-Muslims as may be necessary for people’s benefit and, at the same time, warding off harm and evil by regulating the applicable contexts and outcomes.

         In fact, improving the image of Muslims is a basic Shar`i objective, as indicated by the questions of building the Kaaba on the same bases founded by Abraham and abstention from killing the hypocrites.

         The subject at hand is open for further study and contemplation, and the above is just a brief discussion on the culture of consolidated values, which can make the world a better place where love prevails and war comes to an end.


Religious tolerance is an essential principle of Islam


        Tolerance is the attitude that should govern the dealings of all people with one another. Religious tolerance is an essential principle of Islam and Muslims are ordered to have good relations with people of all religions and be kind and courteous to everyone.

        Muslims are ordered by the Qur’an to uphold their promises and agreements with non-Muslims and not betray or transgress against them. The lives, families, properties and honor of non-Muslims must be protected under any government that claims to apply Islamic law. Non-Muslims are also guaranteed the right and freedom to practice their own religions in an Islamic state.

         Islam is a religion of mercy and justice. It teaches its adherents to interact with all people and to cooperate with them for the betterment of mankind. More than ever today, Muslims need to work together with other groups that oppose oppression, bloodshed, corruption, promiscuity and perversion.

        They should also cooperate with non-Muslims in upholding truth and combating falsehood, in supporting the oppressed, and eliminating such dangers as pollution and disease.

        Only enemies who harbor hatred and contempt against Islam are addressed by those Quranic verses that warn Muslims against taking them as intimates and allies. Muslims are compassion as members of the human brotherhood.

         They are always to behave kindly toward any non-Muslim who are not hostile, whether by offering financial help, feeding the hungry, giving loans when needed, or interceding in connection with permissible matters, even if only by speaking kindly and advising them. The Quran addresses believers, saying:

       ” Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who are just.” (Quran, 60: 8 )

        Thus, it is not permissible under any circumstance for Muslims to mistreat a non-Muslim who has not committed any aggression against them; they are not allowed to harm, threaten or terrorize him, steal his wealth, cheat him or deprive him of his rights. It is obligatory upon Muslims as well to honor whatever lawful treaties and agreements are made with non-Muslim parties.

         Coexistence does not mean that we cease to promote our positive values. As an aspect of their kindness and concern for humanity, Muslims are expected to invite non-Muslims o the truth of Islam with words of wisdom, sound arguments and a pleasant manner. This is a debt owed by Muslims to the peoples of the world in gratitude to God for his guidance and countless blessings.


Islam is against Terrorism and Killing!


        In Islam, the right to life is an absolute value: Islam is against Terrorism and Killing! “By God (Allah SWT), he is not a true believer, from whose mischief his neighbors do not feel secure.” – Prophet Mohammed PBUH – (Hadith written by Bukhari and Muslim)

         In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. “Because of that We ordained for the Children of Israel that if anyone killed a person not in retaliation (in legal punishment) of murder, or (and) to spread mischief in the land – it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind. And indeed, there came to them Our Messengers with clear proofs, evidence, and signs, even then after that many of them continued to exceed the limits (e.g. by doing oppression unjustly and exceeding beyond the limits set by Allâh by committing the major sins) in the land!” – Al Qur’an, Surah Al-Maidah, Verse 32.

War on Terror is War on Islam

        Unfortunately more and more often, Islam has been associated with terrorism and violence due to the actions by the enemies of Islam individually and institutionally who have always been trying and continue to try to ruin the good image of Islam and Muslims including through the so-called “War on Terror” that was launched by the US under GW Bush administration.

        On the breakup of USSR, a US general was questioned by a journalist of any further utility of NATO. The general was sharp to reply, The enemy has changed from red to green, and hence NATO will stay. NATO was created to counter Warsaw pact countries that had a decisive strength to overrun Europe thus all the countries of the Western Europe and America were brought together in this alliance on both sides of Atlantic.

       NATO as per its charter had no justification to be outside of Europe but it was brought to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Libya (the next could be Syria or Iran) to further the aims of Zionist dominated West that gets its legal cover for any military adventurism from the Security Council of the UN.

        In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. More than 1.400 years ago, the God Almighty Allah SWT warned Muslims: “Never will the Jews nor the Christians be pleased with you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him ) till you follow their religion. Say: “Verily, the Guidance of Allâh (i.e. Islâmic Monotheism) that is the (only) Guidance. And if you (O Muhammad Peace be upon him ) were to follow their (Jews and Christians) desires after what you have received of Knowledge (i.e. Al Qur’ân), then you would have against Allâh neither any Walî (protector or guardian) nor any helper.” (Al Qur’an, Surah Al-Baqara,Verse: 120)

        War against Islam, War on Islam or Attack on Islam, is a coined term to describe a perceived campaign to harm, weaken or annihilate the societal system of Islam, using military, economic, social and cultural means. The campaign is alleged to be waged by non-Muslims and false Muslims.

        The alleged perpetrators of the war include Western powers (especially the United States with its “war on Terror”), pro-Western Muslim states, and non-Western, non-Muslim states such as Serbia (Genocide in Bosnia), Russia (for its actions in Chechnya and the Caucasus in general), and India (for the conflict in Kashmir) as well as Myanmar (Rohingya Muslim Genocide in Arakan).

        The global war on terror has become a thinly veiled excuse to wage a global war on Islam with increased arrests of Muslims, calls for regime change in Muslim countries and racial profiling, according to a leader with a national Islamic organization.

        “The tactic of terrorism—and yes it is a tactic, not an ideology—has been deployed by a multitude of groups of different religions, ethnicities and ideologies and yet the Islamic faith, unlike any other, is erroneously and incessantly associated with terrorism,” said Dr. Parvez Ahmed, a national board member of the Council on American Islamic Relations. “The association of a faith practiced by 1.2 billion people worldwide to terrorism creates the perception that the Global War On Terror (GWOT) is a war against Islam.”

         Around the world since 2001 there have been increases in the arrest and detention of Muslims. Dr. Ahmed explained that right after 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the federal government subjected 80,000 Arab and Muslim immigrants to fingerprinting and registration, sought out 8,000 Arab and Muslim men for FBI interviews and imprisoned over 5,000 foreign nationals in anti-terrorism preventive detention compounds.

         “These arrests and detentions did not result in the conviction of a single person for a terrorist crime. Thus the U.S. government’s record for the largest ethnic profiling campaign stood at 0 for 93,000,” he said.

         According to researchers in Paris, nearly 60 to 70 percent of all inmates are Muslim even though they only make up about 12 percent of the population. The Open Society Institute found that in the Netherlands 20 percent of adult prisoners and 26 percent of all juvenile offenders are Muslim while the country is only 5.5 percent Islamic.

        In Belgium, researchers found Muslims from Morocco and Turkey make up at least 16 percent of the prison population, though just two percent of the general population. In the United Kingdom, 11 percent of prisoners are Muslim, though Muslims are only 3 percent of the population.   

        “The Secret Services are stretched to capacity just in monitoring Muslims,” said Hillary Muhammad, student minister of Muhammad Mosque No. 1 in London. “Islam is the fastest growing religion in Europe. It’s like a fad here. Everyone young wants to be Muslim. When people are arrested they go in one way but they come out Muslims,” he said.

        “Jail is becoming the breeding ground for Islam especially for Black and Asian teens. People migrate from war torn countries like Eritrea and Sudan as asylum seekers. The young members of the family share Islamic philosophy. They are converting people to Islam right and left.”

         Frank Cillufro, vice president of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University told the media May 6 at the National Press Club that America has to recalibrate her response to terrorism.

         “We can’t kill and capture our way to victory. We can’t arrest away the problem. The solutions to this problem must come from within. I want to see more Islamic scholars be a part of the solution. They have to show how extremists are taking the dialogue out of context. “America has to win the hearts and minds of the people,” he said.


Suicide bombings are the product of modern political violence

        While the media has the world focused on Muslim countries, according to research, other groups commit the vast majority of worldwide terrorist acts. “Between 1980 and 2003, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan, a group that recruits from the predominantly Hindu Tamil population in Sri Lanka and whose ideology is intertwined with Marxism, was the world’s leader in suicide terrorism. Despite this, Islamic groups receive the most attention in the Western media,” said Dr. Ahmed.

        “Suicide bombings are the product of modern political violence. Suicide bombings by Muslims are not the result of any Islamic ideology, but rather they are the result of the sociopolitical conditions of occupations (such as Palestine, Chechnya and Iraq) and the outcome of proxy wars fought in Afghanistan, where America not only armed the mujihadeen, but also enabled a culture of drugs and violence,” he said.

        Dr. Ahmed also noted that terrorism is a word generally applied to “one’s enemies or those with whom one disagrees.” “Hence the decision to call someone or label some organization ‘terrorist’ becomes almost unavoidably subjective, depending largely on whether one sympathizes with or opposes the person/group/cause concerned,” he said.

        “If one identifies with the victim of the violence, for example, then the act is terrorism. If, however, one identifies with the perpetrator, the violent act is regarded in a more sympathetic, if not positive (or worst, an ambivalent) light; and is not terrorism,” Dr. Ahmed said.

        “In all aspects of this war we need a position of humility noting our own actions of the past,” said Dr. Douglas Johnston, of the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. “They (violent groups) are using scripture out of context. Religious legitimacy trumps everything. The answer to bad theology is good theology.

         “One person, one vote was the last thing on people’s minds in Iraq. They wanted the ability to practice their religion. We missed the bet by not having religious leaders at the table. They’re deemed as being absolutists and not willing to negotiate. We have to deal with the religious leaders. They are the moral authority. They have to feel ownership because they have unrivaled influence at the grassroots level.”


Fake Muslims

        Revelations that a Danish Muslim convert was in reality an undercover agent posing as extremist in an attempt to trap young Muslims are sending shockwaves across the sizable minority in Denmark. “The police and security services want us to trust them but they are sending agitators into our community to lead people astray,” Qadir Baksh, chairman of the Luton Islamic Center in Bury Park Road, told Luton Today newspaper on Wednesday, October 10.

        A Muslim convert, Morten Storm, has unveiled that he was an undercover agent for the Danish intelligence service (PET) and the CIA.

He told Jyllands-Posten daily that he was recruited by PET in 2006 to track down extremists in the Scandinavian country. He also said that he led the CIA to Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen Anwar Al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone attack last year.

        The convert moved to Luton in 1999, where he told community leaders that he wanted to start a new life after a history of extremism. However, he started to propagate his radical ideas in an effort to lure young Muslims into his line. “Certain people here propped him up, such as Al Muhajiroun,” Baksh said, referring to an outlawed Islamist group in Britain, which has an office in Denmark.

         “They made him their scholar.” The Muslim leader said that the undercover had tried hard to spread his radical ideas in the Muslim community. “He tried very hard to spread mischief in the community,” he said. “He would come to us and tell us his views, and we would send him away with his tail between his legs.”


Peaceful Muslims

         Baksh said the radical ideas championed by the undercover largely fell on the deaf ears of most Danish Muslims. “He was running around here, there and everywhere, with a corrupt version of Islam, and leading people astray,” he said. “There are extremist jihadists in Luton and he was propagating their thoughts among young people, spreading lies about Islam.

         “We thought he was probably being watched by the security services.”

The Muslim leader said that the behavior of the convert had raised suspicions in the community. “Early on I had my suspicions about him, but I didn’t have clear evidence,” Baksh said. “We know the CIA do conduct sting operations.”

         The CIA and FBI are used to use fake operations to trap what they say “potential terror” suspects. But the technique has sparked anger among US Muslims, who accuse the two agencies of trapping young Muslims into terrorism. In 2009, Muslim groups had threatened to suspend all contacts with the FBI over its tactics of sending informants into mosques to trap worshippers.

        “The vast majority of Muslims just want to get on with their lives and practise their religion in peace,” Baksh said. Denmark is home to a Muslim minority of 200,000, making three percent of the country’s 5.4 million population. The Scandinavian country was the focus of Muslim anger in 2005 after a newspaper published cartoons lampooning Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him).

         Following the cartoons crisis, Muslims worldwide took many initiatives to remove widely circulated stereotypes about Islam in the West.

Danish Muslims established the European Committee for Honoring the Prophet, a grouping of 27 Danish Muslim organizations, to raise awareness about the merits and characteristics of the Prophet.


US Muslims Haunted by Mosque Infiltration

        The Muslim community in Southern California is still seething with a sense of betrayal years after the FBI had instilled in their mosque an undercover informant to help the intelligence agency face what officials called Islam “threat” to the US national security.

       “The community feels betrayed,” Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, an umbrella group of more than 75 mosques, told the Washington Post.

         As the uproar over the FBI’s attempts to trap US Muslims into plots continues, Muslims in Southern California still bitterly recall how the FBI agents in early 2006    instructed an informant to infiltrate their mosques in quest for potential extremists.

         The FBI provided the informant, a convicted forger named Craig Monteilh, the undercover name Farouk al-Aziz, a French Syrian, with code name “Oracle.”

         “They got a guy, a bona fide criminal, and obviously trained him and sent him to infiltrate mosques,” Syed said. Working out his way, Monteilh, a non-Muslim, chose the Islamic Center of Irvin, close to his house, where he pretended to took shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, before worshipers.

         To the surprise of Muslims at the mosque, he replaced his western clothes, in only 10 months, with a robe, a white skullcap and sandals.

         “We started hearing that he was saying weird things,” said Omar Kurdi, a Loyola Law School student who knew Monteilh from the mosque and gym. “He would walk up to one of my friends and say, ‘It’s good that you guys are getting ready for the jihad.’ “

         But Monteilh’s mission as an informant backfired as the mosque community had felt uneasy with the informant’s attitude and rhetoric.

Muslims informed the FBI that Farouk was urging Muslim youth to take part in attacks.

        “They said Farouk had told them he had access to weapons and that they should blow up a mall,” Hussam Ayloush, executive director of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said.

         Moreover, the mosque went to Orange County Superior Court in June 2007 and obtained a restraining order against Monteilh. “They were convinced this man was a terrorist.”

        Monteilh’s infiltration backfired after the ties soured between the FBI and their spy. “When things went sour, they ditched him and he got mad,” says Syed.  “It’s like a soap opera, for God’s sake.”

          Monteilh has even gone public, suing the FBI, revealing their secret methods and charging that his “handlers” trained him to entrap Muslims and infiltrate their mosques, homes and businesses.

       “She asked if I wanted to infiltrate mosques,” he told the Post, recalling first time an official from the FBI asked him to target Muslims. In a later session, Monteilh said, the FBI agent told him that “Islam is a threat to our national security.”

        He was asked to report on a daily basis on the slightest details concerning the mosque congregation, including who opens the mosque for the fajr (dawn) prayer.

       They even asked him to date Muslim women if it gained him intelligence. The informant even helped build a terrorism-related case against Ahmadullah Sais Niazi, an Afghan-born Arabic-language instructor, who was accused of planning a terror attack.

        The Justice Department recently took the extraordinary step of dropping charges against Niazi, who Monteilh had caught on tape agreeing to blow up buildings, law enforcement officials said.

        FBI officials, however, deny Monteilh’s story, and say that the case does not represent their relations with Muslim community, praised as a reliable source for critical information.

         They further confirmed infiltration cases only in case of having evidence of crime, denying reports of targeting people based on religion or ethnicity.

        “[FBI agents may] conduct an activity that might somehow involve surveillance in and about a mosque,” said Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles field office.

        Monteilh’s case is not the first to reveal the FBI tactic of sending informants into mosques. Last year, Muslim groups threatened to suspend all contacts with the FBI over sending informants into mosques.

        US Muslims are particularly wary of the FBI’s history of targeting members of their community. Since 9/11, Muslims, estimated between six to seven million, have become sensitized to an erosion of their civil rights, with a prevailing belief that America was stigmatizing their faith.

       “The FBI wants to treat the Muslim community as a partner while investigating us behind our backs,” said Kurdi, the Loyola student.

“They can’t have it both ways.”


Undercover Police Anger British Muslims

      Meanwhile, British Muslims are angry over Greater Manchester police tactics of sending informants into mosques to spy on worshippers, warning that the move risks sewing mistrust between the religious minority and security agencies.

       “It’s alarming, you’ve got one community that is being targeted,” Yasmin Dar, a member of the Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Mosques and Community Forum, told the BBC.

         “I’ve not heard of any cases of undercover officers going into churches or synagogues, so why a particular faith? Relations with the police have hit rock bottom. “It’s created a lot of mistrust with the police.”

         Relations between the Muslim and police were strained following an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit in which officers posed as Muslims inside mosques. The police informants attended prayer meetings and services at a dozen mosques in Manchester.

        During such visits, they befriended four Muslim men for more than a year after which three of the men, Munir Farooqi, 54, Israr Malik, 24, and Matthew Newton, 29, were convicted of terrorism charges in September. Another man was acquitted.

        The court heard Farooqi had tried to recruit the undercover policemen to go to Afghanistan to fight British soldiers. Farooqi was given four life sentences, Newton was jailed for six years and Malik was given an indeterminate sentence and told he would serve at least five years.

        Moreover, the police decided to confiscate the home where Farooqi’s family live, leading to  all 15 members of the Mosques and Community Forum walking out of a meeting with the police earlier this month.

        At the meeting they had called on the Chief Constable Peter Fahy to reconsider the decision to apply to court for a forfeiture order. Facing British mistrust, Britain’s two million Muslims have taken full brunt of anti-terror laws since the 7/7 attacks.

        They have repeatedly complained of maltreatment by police for no apparent reason other than being Muslim. A Financial Times opinion poll has showed recently that Britain is the most suspicious nation about Muslims.


Society Scar

         The covert nature of the operation has led to tensions between Greater Manchester Police and its Islamic advisory group. “Mosques are a special place for Muslims and when people were told that this had happened they just felt betrayed,” Rabnawaz Akbar, another Forum member, said.

        “It’s left a scar on the good relations that had been built over the years.”

Imam Habib-ur-Rehman, the imam of the Madina Mosque in Levenshulme, says that he feels insulted by the fact that non-Muslims pretended to be part of the faith.

        Members of the Islamic communities were angered when they heard that police officers had posed as Muslims, he said.  “We will never welcome such people who record our messages secretly, not such undercover activities, definitely not. We will never support them,” the imam said.

       “We were disappointed and angry but at the same time we remained peaceful, we tried to remain law abiding – an angry person can do anything.”

         The Muslim Safety Forum (MSF) represents more than 30 Islamic organizations including the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Parliament, Federation of Student Islamic Societies, and mosques.

        It offers advice to the Metropolitan Police and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on Islamic issues. Its counter terrorism spokesman Shamiul Joarder argues Muslims are already taking the lead in the fight against extremism.

       “We’ve seen it through Finsbury Park Mosque – it was the Muslims who took out Abu Hamza.” He says the authorities need the support of the Muslim community in order to counter terrorist activity effectively.

        “The police haven’t managed to foster positive relationships with the Muslim community, otherwise they could use these channels to get the information they need. “This kind of infiltration is not the way forward.”









    GW Bush
    By John Kaminski

    America is frightening the world. The vaunted beacon of freedom has turned into a Ku Klux Klan bonfire.

    Maybe some sadists think that’s a good idea, but the genuinely decent people of this planet surely don’t.

    Incited by an endless barrage of dubious bluster about the sudden need for all-out war against a bomb-ravaged Third World nation, people in 38 different countries came out by the hundreds of thousands last weekend to sound the alarm about this spreading American madness.

    And we all know the reason why.

    The man who claims to lead the fight against terror is terrorizing the entire world.

    He terrrorizes little old American ladies by making them strip naked at airports and having their private parts probed by minimum-wage security Nazis searching for weapons of mass destruction. He terrorizes allies around the world with bribes and threats into saying exactly what he says regardless of what they actually think. He terrorizes opposition party politicians into nervous silence when planes fall out of the sky with no explanation.

    The belligerent little twit from Texas has singlehandedly has turned the world’s greatest democracy into a paranoid police state. He recently killed 5,000 people in Afghanistan without a shred of verifiable evidence, and now is threatening to do it again … and again and again and again.

    No single person in recent history has motivated so many people in so many places to interrupt their daily lives and stand out on some strange street in order to try to save the lives of innocent people they’ve never met.

    Colossal demonstrations took place last weekend in cities all over the United States, from Portland to Tampa to Montpelier. Washington drew 500,000 (in 20F degree weather, no less) and San Francisco saw 200,000 (although the pro-war, corporate shill TV networks cynically refuse to confirm those totals). Concerned people protested all over Europe as well, from London to Istanbul, and in Brazil, Japan and New Zealand. There was even a peace demonstration in Antarctica.

    Yet the plans for another United States war against its former ally Iraq continue at a frenzied pace, with rumors circulating across the Internet this weekend that America will begin dropping bombs on the Iraqi people at the exact moment George W. Bush delivers his State of the Union event this coming Tuesday night.

    How cynically telegenic! Death from the sky as a hot new TV show.

    Despite all the hysterical mumbo jumbo about unending terror alerts that never seem to materialize and draconian new laws that have gutted America’s fabled Bill of Rights, people of the world with the intelligence to analyze events without the aid of cutesy but ignorant commentators on the Fascist News Network (a.k.a. Fox) know that all the pro-war propaganda is just a screen of strident lies.

    People know America wants to steal Iraq’s oil, and if the U.S. gets away with this, there will be no reason for it not to continue its Genghis Khan-like rampage into Iran and Saudi Arabia, all the while trumpeting the hollow mantras of “national security” and “war on terror.”

    This is exactly the rationale a falsely speaking America used in Vietnam. “We had to destroy the village in order to save it.” Only now it’s: “In order to fight terror we must use terror.” It’s all just another variant of Orwell’s “war is peace.”

    America wants to enslave the entire world to make it “free.”

    Another raison d’etre for this continuing American aggression in Iraq is Israel, which seeks to expand its own borders far beyond what they are now, and having a U.S.-controlled Iraq in which to dump Palestinian exiles would fit nicely into the plans of this conscienceless neo-Nazi state.

    I myself, however, don’t believe that either oil or Israel are the primary reasons behind this new Iraq attack. I believe it’s really about controlling the focus of the news, manipulating the opinions of the population, and most of all, deflecting attention from the hunt for who really engineered the World Trade Center disaster.

    And, to a lesser extent, to divert the public’s attention from the criminal activities of Enron, Halliburton, and Harken, which robbed and in some cases continue to rob the American people of billions of dollars at the exact time when the American stock exchange is essentially bankrupt and certainly unworthy of the attention of intelligent investors.

    A war in Iraq keeps people from focusing on these more important issues, and the petro-connected corporate news media are only too willing to assist Bush in the deception.

    Just look at what has happened in the recent past. When people began asking questions about the 9/11 horror, anthrax attacks were invented to deflect the public’s attention.

    When crucial votes about new security measures effectively nullifying the U.S. Constitution caught the public’s eye, terror alert after terror alert grabbed the headlines, and the USA Patriot Act was passed without most of the members of Congress even reading it.

    Then, when the Enron effluent finally hit the fan, after tens of thousands of people had been robbed of substantial amounts of money by Texas billionaires, suddenly Iraq became a pressing problem, and the mass media has scarcely looked elsewhere since. It has had absolutely no time or space to property investigate Vice President Cheney’s conspiracy with energy executives to fleece the populace in the biggest scam since the S&L fire sales, which not-so-coincidentally was another Bush operation.

    Now, I’m sitting here on this bright, chilly Saturday morning watching CNN blather on about the supposed pros and cons of getting the government-mandated smallpox vaccine, but of course the beautiful anchorpeople fail to mention the most salient fact about this issue: that all smallpox epidemics throughout history have been caused by vaccination programs. This program was invented as a response to those staged anthrax attacks, which have never been solved and were dropped from the media lineup when the trail seemed to lead right back to the government.

    When was the last time you heard a word the criminal activities of Enron, or all those other corporations which helped enrich our leaders while it screwed ordinary people?

    But most importantly, when was the last time you heard a whisper about why the U.S. air defenses ALLOWED the 9/11 attacks to happen, why fires at the bases of three towers burned for 100 days, or why billions of dollars changed hands in stock machinations in the days immediately preceeding this unprecedented tragedy?

    A long time, for sure. All we’ve heard for the last six months is how Saddam is connected to al-Qaida (not proven), how Iraq is hiding weapons of mass destruction (not proven), and how Iraq is an imminent threat to the security of the United States (you couldn’t prove this in a court of law even if you bought the whole jury!). And all these repetitive lies have served the purpose of the criminals in charge, to distract us from the truly important issues.

    That’s why Bush can calmly comment about how peace demonstrations are a natural and expected part of American “freedom.” Although these statements make many people vomit for their blatant insincerity, he can express this thought because the demonstrations are an unwitting part of the coverup of the more important questions, which certainly are about what cabal of insiders engineered the execution of this “new Pearl Harbor” that a Republican think tank so urgently recommended more than a year before the 9/11 tragedy.

    Whatever happened to Osama bin Laden? He disappeared faster than last year’s hot new sitcom. I believe ” if he is not dead, or never existed in the first place ” that someone in American intelligence knows exactly where Osama bin Laden is, but that he’s fulfilled his contract with the CIA, served his purpose, and now is to be left alone. Hell, he’s probably in the federal witnesss protection program.

    And what of al-Qaida, the mystery revolutionary group that these days is blamed for just about every untoward event in the entire world. al-Qaida, like Saddam Hussein and Manuel Noriega, was originally funded by the United States for geopolitical intrigues in central Asia. This relationship, like the one with bin Laden, supposedly ended somewhere along the way, but the people who are telling us this are the same big media buffoons who insists that smallpox shots are safe, that Iraq is an imminent threat to the security of the United States, and that polls say Bush is the cat’s meow.

    Maybe he’s the dead cat’s meow.

    I don’t know if it’s really fair to call George W. Bush a terrorist president, because he is really only using the terrroristic threat of using the American military to get what he wants politically. But on the other hand, just as he did signing all those Texas executions, he does seem to be enjoying it, a Napoleonic martinet strutting upon the stage with his draft-dodging cronies, playing commander-in-chief with a warchest of deadly, high-tech toys. So maybe it is fair to call him a terrorist president.

    There’s an old biker legend that insists: when you fire a bullet at someone in anger, that bullet will ” someday, someplace, someway ” come back on you.

    Or, to put it more simply, as you sow, so shall you reap. Just think about what’s coming to us as a result of how our unelected president has terrorized the whole world.

    The real terrrorist is George W. Bush.

    John Kaminski is a writer who lives on the coast of Florida and knows that the American government is now treating its own citizens in the same way it treats everybody else in the world.

      • George W. Bush, the real American Terrorist
        George W. Bush and Dick Chaney are the 2 biggest terrorists this world has ever seen. with the body count of American soldiers well into the thousands and the number of innocent women and children uncountable it is time for the United States Congress and Senate to hold these men accountable for their actions and their pissing on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights with such acts as tapping every phone and Internet connection in the country to fight the War on Terror(WOT). As far as Chaney is concerned he made countless Millions from the WOT through Halliburton. Both need to be tried as Terrorists and if and WHEN found guilty should be stood in front of a firing squad and executed.

        From his “faulty” information to his need to rid Iraq of Saddam for his father, nothing this man did in office helped anyone making below $1,000,000 a year and also cost millions of Americans their jobs and homes. He had no problem sending Men and Women to fight “his” war yet not one of his family went off to fight. In the end Bush and Chaney are Terrorists and need to be held accountable for their actions.


    It’s time the president acknowledges that systematized discrimination against Muslims is real and thriving

    Uzma Kolsy, Saturday 31 August 2013

    I was watching President Obama employ his devilish charisma, in routine fashion, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in early August. The banter dissipated as the interview took a more serious turn to embassy closures, Edward Snowden and, finally, Russia. Obama condemned President Vladimir Putin for Russia’s recent “homosexual propaganda” bill saying:

    “When it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people’s basic freedoms, whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that should transcend every country.”

    I was left rattled by the president’s statement. Obama, who made history last year when he expressed his support for same-sex marriage, was comfortably unabashed in impugning Russian leadership on the reprehensible policy, as he should have been. But as a Muslim American, neither the irony nor the hypocrisy of his statement, championing “universal rights”, was lost on me.

    As we’ve witnessed time and time again domestically, most recently with the Associated Press revelation that the NYPD designated Muslim houses of worship and community centers as terrorist organizations, the United States is no stranger to legalizing discrimination. In the elusive pursuit of true equality, President Obama has made considerable and long overdue progress in securing the rights of the LGBT community. But he in no way can tout the badge of “basic morality” until he acknowledges that many Americans are being confronted with institutionalized discrimination in every tier of the government hierarchy. Racism, Islamophobia and prejudice run amok in our society, but when discriminatory practice is etched into law, it harkens back to a sinister time in our nation’s history.

    Regrettably, branding mosques as terrorist enterprises doesn’t exactly move the needle given the NYPD’s history of targeted surveillance and monitoring of the region’s Muslim community. Invidious policy and religious profiling are not confined to the NYPD either. This is just the latest in a mounting string of offenses by government agencies against Muslim Americans. The FBI maintains an intimidatingly lengthy catalog of 15,000 spies, three times as many as there were 25 years ago. In a post 9/11 climate many of them operate as informants in mosques throughout the nation. The mosque that I grew up attending in Irvine, California, was infiltrated by one such informant, who worked so hard to plant seeds of violence and terrorism in the minds of its congregants that members of the mosque immediately reported him.

    “Geo-mapping”, the FBI’s purported tactical crime fighting tool, was exposed as a covert mapping program to track and monitor Muslim communities engaging in constitutionally protected activity, without any suspicion of crime. Leaked FBI training materials have also cemented what we already know – the agency religiously profiles Muslims, instructing its agents that “mainstream” Muslims are terrorist sympathizers and the Muslim practice of giving charity is a cover for funding “combat”.

    It doesn’t end there. Seven states have passed anti-Shariah legislation, redundant and extraneous laws that explicitly prohibit the use of foreign law in American courts, as already established by our nation’s constitution. The bills passed in these states, most recently North Carolina, alienate the Muslim community and unfairly paint them as adherents of an archaic, anti-Western system, playing up longstanding stereotypes and stoking fears. Open-ended guidelines for Homeland Security initiatives, like the Suspicious Activity Reporting program, give credence to the subjective biases of citizens and law enforcement alike, allowing for religious profiling when dubbing something as “suspicious”. And that is apart from the FBI Watch List and the TSA’s No-Fly List.

    TSA memos have indicated that their passenger screening process includes “things passengers might do which also might be things a terrorist would do, eg, pray to Allah right before the flight that you might have 90 virgins in heaven”. Needless to say, many of these counter-terrorism measures disproportionately target Muslims. We see this disparity even in federal prison, where Muslims make up only 6% of the general federal prison population, but comprise two thirds of the inmates in Communication Management Units (CMU), prison units furtively created to isolate certain prisoners.

    And all the while, the president has remained unnervingly silent.

    I shouldn’t have to point to statistics that most informants actually acted as agent provocateurs in terrorism probes. I also shouldn’t have to cite that there is a dearth of evidence to prove that these national security measures, like the SAR program, are effective in combatting terrorism. I shouldn’t have to clarify that there is no specter of Shariah law looming on the horizon and that Muslims are not looking to prop up a crescent and star flag in state capitols. And I’ve come undone at the thought of having to explain, again, that the overwhelming majority of Muslims being spied on, monitored, tracked and, in the case of 16 year old US citizen Abdulrahman Awlaki, killed – by federal, state and local agencies- are innocent of any wrongdoing.

    My father’s Islamic name should not place him on a watch list. When I pray in the airport, I should expect law enforcement to protect my right to do so, not jot notes in a security memo. And I should be able to attend my mosque without fear of reprisal, from anti-Muslim bigots and FBI spies alike. Being Muslim does not make me a criminal. I shouldn’t have to say it, but secret measures that profile Muslims and veiled discriminatory policies assume as much.

    This is not a “new low for the NYPD”; it’s a dangerous manifestation of a foregone conclusion: in the name of national security, the civil rights afforded to Muslim Americans are being deliberately curtailed. It’s time that the president acknowledges that systematized discrimination against Muslims is real and thriving, and expands the reach of his advocacy for universal human rights to include Muslim Americans.

    Dark moments of institutionalized racism, alienation and ostracism besmirch this nation’s history. It is all too coincidental that we recently marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s legendary “I have a dream” speech – the impetus that led the FBI to surreptitiously launch one of the biggest surveillance operations in history – spying on Dr King himself. The idea that the government was looking for dirt on Dr King to discredit and destroy him seems ludicrous and offensive today. Here’s hoping the president sees the historical irony.

  3. Hey NYPD, Being Muslim Isn’t a Crime!
    Islam Is Against Terrorism
    by Dean Obeidallah Aug 29, 2013
    What’s it like being a Muslim in New York City? The NYPD may have monitored your mosque under suspicions that it was a terrorist organization. By Dean Obeidallah.

    How would you feel if the police considered you suspicious simply because of your religious faith? What would be your reaction if the police viewed your religion as probable cause to monitor where you pray, study, and eat? Would you even attend your place of worship if you knew that someone there is possibly an undercover police officer sent to investigate you?

    Well, that’s what it’s like to be Muslim in New York City. Paradoxically, as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech where he shared his hope that Americans “will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character,” we discover that the NYPD is still judging Muslims by their faith.

    By way of a brief background, in 2011 the Associated Press released documents revealing that the NYPD had engaged in the widespread surveillance of Muslims in NYC. The NYPD monitored Muslims at mosques, restaurants, bookstores and even Muslim college-student groups in neighboring states.

    And this week we found out that the NYPD surveillance of Muslims was more invasive and troubling than previously known. The NYPD had labeled at least a dozen NYC mosques as terrorist organizations under the “terrorism enterprise investigations,” or TEI.

    This designation allowed the NYPD to treat those attending a mosque as members of a terror cell. Police could monitor mosque leaders and attendees without any specific evidence of wrongdoing. It also empowered the police to infiltrate these mosques with undercover agents and informants.

    Is the NYPD aware that Arab and Muslim don’t mean the same thing?

    Oddly, the NYPD tried to secretly place an undercover officer on the board of the Arab-American Association of NY. This raises two questions for me: first, is the NYPD aware that Arab and Muslim don’t mean the same thing? Arabs can be any religion and, in fact, a majority of Arab Americans living in the U.S. are Christian.

    Secondly, I‘m the co-producer of an annual NY Arab-American comedy festival. Did the NYPD try to infiltrate our event? Perhaps that explains why some of the people auditioning were so bad.

    In response to the release of these documents by the AP, the NYPD once again denied that it targets Muslims based on their faith. But then again, the NYPD denied that they were racially profiling blacks and Latinos with their “stop-and-frisk” program. But they clearly were. And that’s not just my opinion, but also the recent ruling of a federal judge who found that NYPD program to be unconstitutional.

    Religious profiling is just as wrong. And there are currently three lawsuits pending in federal court to declare the NYPD’s profiling of Muslims as unconstitutional.

    I want to make one thing clear: I’m a Muslim, and if there was any credible evidence that Muslims were planning a terror attack, I would want the authorities to swiftly and vigilantly investigate and prevent it. I don’t want to see another terror attack perpetrated by a Muslim in the United States ever again.

    But that doesn’t mean that American Muslims should have any less rights than Americans of other faiths. There’s no Muslim exception to the protections afforded by our Constitution—nor should there ever be.

    Here’s the bottom line: we all agree that we want to prevent terrorism in our nation. The question that needs to be addressed is: what is the best way to achieve that?

    It’s a truism of law enforcement that one of the most effective ways to combat crime is by working closely with local communities and creating a partnership with them to help combat wrongdoing. However, the NYPD policy of religious profiling does the opposite. It causes law-abiding American Muslims to not see the police as their partners but as their adversaries.

    In contrast, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca hasn’t used confrontation but cooperation to build a close relationship with the Muslim community over the past few years. In fact, Sheriff Baca testified before the House Homeland Security Committee that out of all the diverse ethnic, racial, and religious groups in L.A. county, “Nowhere is that relationship more positive than that which exists between my agency and the American Muslim community.” Baca made it clear that law enforcement needs to build trust with Muslims, as well as all communities within its jurisdiction, in order “to maintain a safe society free of violent extremism.”

    The NYPD should follow the lead of Sheriff Baca, and stop the antiquated, illegal, and immoral ways of using religious and racial profiling. Just as Martin Luther King Jr. invoked in his historic speech 50 years, we must never forget the promise contained in our Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.”

    It’s time that we treat all Americans equally as well—regardless of their faith.

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    Dean Obeidallah is a former lawyer turned political comedian. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, including ABC’s The View, Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil special, and NBC’s Rock Center, and he is a frequent commentator on various cable-news networks. He is also the co-director of the soon-to-be released comedy documentary The Muslims Are Coming! His website is

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