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The Muslim Ummah is Killing Itself | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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If you look at the world’s map, you will find that acts of killing and bombing are primarily rife in the Islamic countries. In Palestine, Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan you can see bloodshed, death, attacks on the infrastructure, and destruction of buildings. You will see factions accusing each other of apostasy. You will see fatwas flying around rendering someone’s blood forfeit, declaring him exiled from the Muslim community, and banning him from Paradise.

What has happened to the nation of Islam? What has happened to the Shariaa rules that command amity, fraternity, unity, and peace? Is anyone heeding the injunction of the Creator, the Exalted and Majestic “and hold fast, all together, by the rope which God stretches out for you,” and the injunction “the Believers are but a single brotherhood.” (Koranic verses, the Family of Imran 3:103, the Dwellings 49:10)

Does anyone heed the prophet’s declaration, may God’s prayers and peace be upon him: “He who raises arms in our face is not of us.” Remember also the prophet’s command: “You are forbidden to shed each other’s blood or encroach on each other’s property or honor. It is forbidden to you to do this just as it is forbidden to you to violate this holy day in this holy month in this holy land.”

Why is the rest of the world engaged in manufacture, construction, production, creativity, invention, and discovery while the nation of Islam is immersed in hostility, divisions, infighting, and mutual accusations of apostasy? The nation of Islam’s news is at the forefront of the world’s news bulletins in the newspapers and satellite television stations. You hear nothing except the news of bodies torn limb from limb, skulls crushed, children orphaned, wives widowed, buildings demolished, bridges blown up, cities set on fire, economic development hindered, innocent people terrorized, and the progress of knowledge and development obstructed.

Where are the nation’s Ulema, statesmen, wise men, and intellectuals? Until when will these massacres continue? When will the bloodshed end? When will the chapters of this satanic, hate-filled saga be closed? When will this filthy game be terminated? When will our conscience awake? When will we go back to our senses and obey our holy scriptures in the Koran and the prophet’s Sunnah, which call for mercy, security, concord, and the renunciation of divisions, hatred, and infighting? Do not those killers in the cities of Islam who raise arms against innocent, unarmed civilians and their children feel any shame? Do not we have enough poverty, unemployment, and injustice in the Islamic countries so that new sects should arise to add calamities to our calamities?

The world’s nations are occupied with their economic, intellectual, and creative activities while our nation is in a state of mourning over its dead, wounded, and missing. Whenever we turn on our television sets, we hear news of such disasters in the Muslim countries as are sufficient to dazzle the mind, blind the senses, and kill the soul. Our nerves are wracked and our minds are dismayed by the events we see in the Muslim lands: crushed skulls on the roads, blood flowing in the streets, and mosques abandoned by worshipers, homes burned before the world’s eyes, universities, schools, and factories razed to the ground or demolished over their occupants` heads. Is there no religion to forbid this, no minds to deter, no gallant feelings to forbear, no zeal to defend, no eyes to shed tears?

Until when will this sad saga continue? When will the siren proclaim the end of this bloody tragedy that is unfolding in Muslim lands, in the name of Islam, buttressed by quotations from scriptures, and carried out by Muslim hands? Each side makes preparations, builds an army, and waits for an opportunity to pounce on its brothers in faith. Factions raise the banners of Islam, exhort their followers to become martyrs in God’s cause, promise them paradise, assure them of victory and empowerment, and declare the lives of the members of other parties forfeit after branding them as apostates and announcing their eternal damnation in hell.

All this is accompanied by hate-filled indoctrination that causes young men to grow up full of anger and aggression and ready to brand their opponents as apostates. They bear arms against their own societies and demonstrate an intention to kill their people.

We pray to God to lift this lash of suffering from the Islamic nation’s back, end its calamitous condition, remove this dark cloud from its mind, restore it to its senses, unite its ranks, and guide it again to the right path.