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Many Muslims have an amazing ability of making the world hostile towards them and turning friends into enemies. For example, we find that political discourse in some Arab and Islamic states carries threats and menace toward other states. Yet, these same weak and lamentable Arab and Islamic states are incapable of providing bread and security to their respective peoples and to remedy their illiteracy!

I saw on the Al-Arabiya satellite television channel an Iranian reformist thinker deriding his country’s regime and saying: I do not know where the death slogan list is going to take us! In fact, the regime began with the slogan ‘Death to America,’ and then added ‘Death to Israel. Then, it had doubt over Britain and added ‘Death to Britain!’ And when a French newspaper reported news of demonstrations in Iran, they added ‘Death to France!’ Similarly, if Russia fails to use its veto to bloc any sanctions decision against Iran then they will add ‘Death to Russia!’ Perhaps Somalia will be the next to be added to the list, in addition to Burkina Faso and Ghana because of their good relations with the United States! In the end they will chant ‘Death to the World!’

Tell me, by God, are people with such minds showing respect to themselves when they uphold the slogan of Islam? Islam urges you to turn an enemy into a friend, not a friend into an enemy. Almighty God said: “Repel [evil] with what is better; then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate.” [Koranic verse, Al-Mu’minun, 23:96] God Almighty also said: “It may be that Allah will grant love (and friendship) between you and those who ye (now) hold as enemies.” [Partial Koranic verse, Al-Mumtahinah, 60:7]

Moreover, some imams invoke God, saying: O God, destroy the Jews and those who are complaisant to them, the Christians and those who are complaisant to them, the Magi and those who are complaisant to them, the Buddhists and those who are complaisant to them, the Chinese and those who are complaisant to them. Then, their list of the accursed shrinks, and they invoke evil on political opposition parties, on misled groups and sects who brought innovation in Islam! In the end, the only one to be spared is these imams’ neighbors. Some imams have gone to the extent of invoking God to damage the economy of the West and to inflict diseases on the westerners. Yet, if this happens to them, it will adversely affect us because our economy is linked to theirs. Any epidemic hitting them is bound to reach us, because we live on the same planet!

Some generalize their invocation of evil on the unbelievers, whether the aggressors or others, yet all those who have made the microphones that are installed in mosques, discovered electricity, prospected for gas, and discovered the telephone, radio, and Internet are unbelievers. Many of them have not fought us because they are busy with their discoveries and inventions. They are always in their workshops, absorbed by their research, while we are preoccupied with folklores dances and popular festivals.

Why are some of us eager to make the world hostile to us, to threaten the world, and to invoke evil and disasters on the planet? What interest is there in warning the distracted, waking up those who are asleep, and clamoring that we are coming and prepared to fight the world? Is this Islam’s line? Is this the religion’s logic? Is this reason? Or, rather, is it foolishness itself, real stupidity?

We need to reassure the world, increase the number of our friends, and make our opponents neutral, because our message is a universal one. It includes mercy, peace, and security. Almighty God said: “We sent thee not, but as a mercy to all creatures.” [Koranic verse, Al-Anbiya, 21:107]

Someone made a speech to hungry, oppressed, and powerless masses. He wore a military uniform even though he had never won a victory. He wore medals on his chest, stars on his shoulders and a crown on his head. In fact, he was the one that had colonized the country and then made inflammatory speeches in which he threatened the superpowers with fire and destruction while his country was going through a crisis of high cost of living and misery. He had never tasted victory. Quite the contrary, he is always defeated, in this life and in the afterlife!

O Muslims, scholars, preachers, politicians, intellectuals, and writers, let your discourse be reasonable, wise, and responsible. Let it carry only compassion, leniency, and mercy toward mankind! Enough defeats, misleading slogans, claims of illusory achievements, and thoughtless ideas that befit only the psychologically disturbed, those with juvenile minds, and those who are spiritually defeated!

Our Shariaa urges us to have ties of piety with non-Muslims if they do not fight us. Almighty God said: “Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for [your] faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loveth those who are just.” [Koranic verse, Al-Mumtahinah, 60:8]

Why should some of us make the peaceful world hostile to us, and threaten the nations of the earth recklessly and foolishly, while they are incapable of living in peace in their own land?

Dr. Aaidh al-Qarni

Dr. Aaidh al-Qarni

Dr. al-Qarni is a Saudi-born Islamic preacher and scholar. His book, Don't Feel Sad (La Tahzan), has sold millions of copies worldwide.

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