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Background on Islam

Christian Witness Ministries presents this EXTRACT from the;

THE BEREAN CALL www.thebereancall.org - December 2001


Peace on Earth - Dave Hunt

A "multitude of the heavenly host praising God" announced the birth of Jesus with this declaration: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Lk 2:13-14). God was offering peace on His terms to a world deserving His judgment. Nor could this holy God forgive man except through the full payment of the penalty for sin which His own justice required. And that could only be accomplished by the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. The Son of God, eternally one with the Father, became a man through the virgin birth and "made peace through the blood of His cross" (Col 1:20). He is the world's only hope!

Hundreds of promises by Hebrew prophets inspired of Jahweh had foretold the coming of the Messiah, His life, teaching and miracles, His rejection by His own people, His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension to the Father. The Babe born of a virgin in Bethlehem that night would prove His identity by fulfilling all. Foretold too, and now fast approaching, was His triumphant return to reign forever in Jerusalem on the throne of His father David (Is 9:6-7; Lk 1:32-33).

No angels heralded the births and no prophecies foretold the lives and deaths of Buddha, Confucius, Muhammad or anyone else. Nor did these "messiahs" rise from the dead. Christ's grave is empty; theirs are occupied by the dust of their remains. And peace? Muhammad fought wars to force conversion of all Arabs to his new religion under threat of violent death. Islam's millions of converts were won with the sword. That same bloody sword keeps Muslims imprisoned today.

The town of Yathrib (later renamed Medina, "home of the Prophet"), in which Muhammad (a.d. 570-632) would be born (and where he was buried), had been founded by Jews. He killed every male Jew and sold the women and children into slavery. In Saudi Arabia, to this day, no Jew is allowed. Muhammad planned 65 campaigns of plunder and death against Arabs and personally led 27 of them, forcing all of Arabia to submit to Islam in the name of Allah.

Islam's prophet commanded, "He who relinquishes his faith, kill him!" That penalty is still the rule in Islam (though not always enforced). Executions are announced on Saudi radio and TV in advance and carried out before cheering crowds in Riyadh's "chop-chop" square. In October 1993, for example, a father and son were publicly beheaded for having believed in Jesus Christ. No non-Muslim place of worship may be built, and while it is technically legal to have a prayer meeting or Bible study in the privacy of one's home, participants could be jailed or deported. Such is the "freedom" and "peace" Muslims intend to force upon the entire world. Yet Muslim nations who, in the name of Allah, have supported terrorism now claim to be against it as America's coalition partners.

Only one of Christ's disciples, Peter, swung a sword. He ineptly cut off an ear. Christ rebuked him, healed the man's ear and declared that His kingdom is not of this world and that His servants don't fight in the cause of the gospel (Jn 18:36). Popes and crusaders, proving they were not Christ's servants and not of His kingdom, fought wars to establish a vast kingdom very much of this world, killing Jews, Muslims and true Christians in the process.

Upon Muhammad's death, Arabians abandoned Islam en masse. Abu Bak'r, Muhammad's successor, and his fierce jihad warriors, killed tens of thousands of Arabs, forcing them back into the "peace" of Islam. But Christ's disciples, shunning the sword, preached peace with God through faith in Christ and His sacrifice for sin -- and died testifying to His miracles and resurrection as facts they had witnessed and could not deny. Clearly no one is fool enough to die for what he knows to be a lie.

Islam's "martyrs" kill themselves while spreading terror through murdering innocent women and children. Suicide bombers are heroes whose images look down on admiring throngs throughout the Muslim world. Incredibly, just hours before the attack on America on September 11, Al-Hayat-Al-Jadida, Arafat's PLO-controlled newspaper, wrote, "The suicide bombers of today are the noble successors of the Lebanese suicide bombers who taught the U.S. Marines a tough lesson....These suicide bombers are the salt of the earth ...the most honorable people among us." And now Arafat supports the war against terrorism?

To become a Muslim one need only repeat the shahada (creed), "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet." Millions have done so under threat of death. How can Muslims imagine that sincere "faith" is produced under such intimidation? Common decency and common sense recoil. Like Herod, who sought to kill the baby Jesus, so Muslims today are killing those who believe in Him. Here, reported by International Christian Concern (ICC), are a few recent accounts from one small part of Indonesia:

The day the Jihad warriors attacked, we ran toward the jungles. My father quickly tired....the attackers...took his own machete and cut him to pieces...it was my Muslim neighbor who did this...!

The Islamist group Laskar Jihad ...proclaimed over loudspeakers its goal to exterminate all Christians [and] have posted this on their website.

To avoid being slaughtered we agreed to be circumcised to become Muslims. We still held Christ in our hearts.... Because of the help the Jihad received from the military...more than 400 people were slain and another 120 drowned while trying to escape in a boat.[1]

Just as the Allies turned a blind eye and deaf ear to the Nazi holocaust until it was too late, so we have forsaken today's victims of the holocaust which Muslims have perpetrated for nearly 1400 years ever since Muhammad. Had we acted in defense of the victims in Indonesia, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and elsewhere, we might have preempted the September 11 attacks. Will our response continue to be selfishly selective, or will we diligently pursue Islamic terrorism until we have stopped it everywhere?

Peace through Islam? The Muslim world has more unrest, uprisings, riots and assassinations than all the rest of the world together. Muslims betray and kill not only non-Muslims but fellow believers in bloody coups and brutal civil wars (the current fighting in Algeria has taken thousands of lives).

In Nigeria and the Philippines, as in Indonesia, mobs screaming "Allahu Akbar!" (Allah is great!) attack Christians, killing and maiming thousands while burning down hundreds of churches and homes. This is happening today. In the Sudan the Muslims from the north have brutalized and slaughtered millions of non-Muslims in the south and sold thousands into slavery. There is an active slave trade today in many Muslim countries.

Not only the terrorists who attacked America on September 11 but the vast majority of terrorists around the world are Muslims. Lest anyone suspect that fact to be more than coincidence, there is a rush to insist that Islam is "peace." Shakespeare would reply, "Me thinkest thou protesteth too loudly." Nor can the whitewashers offer one example of when, where or how Islam has ever brought peace into this world. There are none -- but there are hundreds of examples of wars and violence caused by this "peaceful" religion.

Israel is blamed for the violence in the Middle East. Yet the Arab world was full of hatred and violence long before modern Israel came to birth. Former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali admitted that in three decades "more than 30 conflicts between Arab states have erupted." [2] In the first 25 years following Israel's independence, there were "30 successful revolutions in the Arab world and at least 50 unsuccessful ones [and] 22 heads of state and prime ministers were murdered." [3] None of this violence among Muslims could be blamed upon the "existence of Israel."

Islam firmly rejects Christ, the One whom God gave to the world to bring peace. The Qur'an calls Jesus Isa, probably from Muhammad hearing Jews contemptuously refer to Him as Esau. Islam's central teachings in the Qur'an and hadith (tradition of equal authority to the Qur'an) directly oppose Christ and His salvation.

Islamic scholars all agree that Isa is not the Son of God and was not crucified for our sins. There is general consent that Allah put a likeness of Isa upon one of His disciples, probably Judas, who died in Isa's place. Taken alive to heaven (in one version), Isa is covered with feathers and flies with angels around Allah's throne until the time he returns to marry, have children and die a natural death!

Islam makes it clear that Isa is not divine and certainly not the Son of Allah (that Allah could have a son is denied sixteen times in the Qur'an). Though in the Qur'an he was born of a virgin, did miracles including raising the dead (Surah 3:45-49), was sinless and even the word of God, Isa is clearly not the Jesus Christ of the Bible. And yet some Christians imagine they can win Muslims to Christ by presenting Islam's Isa.

Bethlehem is where David, Israel's greatest king of the past, was born, as was the Messiah who will reign on David's throne forever. Bethlehem has nothing to do with the Muslims or Arabs, yet they lay claim to it just as they do to all of the land that was promised to Israel and in which the Jews have lived for the last 3,000 years. And today the PLO, pursuing Islam's false claims, has taken over Bethlehem and turned it from peace to such violence that most tour groups no longer visit the place of Christ's birth. The Israeli army has had to bring tanks into Bethlehem.

The September 11 terrorist attack exposed a shocking hypocrisy. Suddenly millions of people (who for years had no time for God) began talking and singing about Him -- of course, any god would do -- and attending or tuning in to prayer services. There was little recognition that God has moral standards, is grieved with our behavior and wants something more from us than just crying out for Him to "bless America" on our terms. Few seem concerned that America pollutes its youth and the world with R-rated movies, immoral videos and TV programs, slaughters millions of unborn babies (some murdered with only a few inches of the head barely held inside the birth canal) and mocks God with homosexual parades flaunting in His face the grossest perversion. Clearly, in these areas there is some truth in Muslim complaints against our immorality. It seems to have been taken for granted that, as soon as disaster struck, God would answer our prayers at our convenience. Such impertinence should be an embarrassment before the whole world and send a collective shudder through all Americans.

We are deeply grieved for the victims and survivors who have suffered such great loss. We love our country and are loyal to it. That is why we are concerned that America, which has long forgotten God, repeatedly broken His laws and flaunted its immorality in His face, imagines that without true repentance it can so easily merit His blessing. Should we not ask who this God is to whom we cry in deep distress, and what He expects of us if we are to receive His help?

Recent memorial services have featured representatives of many different gods. Imams praying in Arabic praise "Allah, the only true god" (we have shown that he is not the God of the Bible), joined by Buddhists for whom there is no God, Hindus for whom there are millions of gods (take your pick), and "Christians" who have forsaken God and His Word. The assumption is that God doesn't care how He is addressed or what caricature of Him forms the basis of one's "faith." But the biblical God does not answer to any but His own name and is not pleased to be identified with false deities which represent demons: "the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God" (1 Cor 10:20).

Christ said, "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink" (Jn 7:37). The Ethiopian who asked to be baptized was told the only condition: "If thou believest [in Christ] with all thine heart..." (Acts 8:37). God does not force anyone to believe in and serve Him. (Faith and love are not aroused by fear.) God pleaded with His people Israel to repent, wept when they didn't, and urged, "Come now, and let us reason together" (Is 1:18).

But there is no reasoning in Islam, only a blind submission under threat of death which breeds the fanaticism of raging mobs out of control wreaking mayhem almost daily in Muslim areas around the world. Who can forget the mobs in Pakistan chanting their support of Osama bin Laden, or the school children in Gaza chanting death to Israel? Peace necessarily involves freedom. Not one Muslim country offers the freedoms we hold dear in America ( of the press, of vote, of religion, etc.) because Islam cannot survive where men are free to choose. Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

Paul said, "we persuade men" (2 Cor 5:11), not with a sword, but with irrefutable evidence. Paul "confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ" (Acts 9:22). Apollos "mightily convinced the Jews...publickly, shewing [proving] by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ" (Acts 18:28). Lacking such proof, Islam resorts to violence.

The joyful liberation of Afghanistan has demonstrated that multitudes who were forced to submit did so only out of fear. Hearts and minds had never changed.

By employing intimidation and threats, Muslims prove that Islam cannot persuade with love and truth and dare not engage in serious discussion. That fact is the best reason for them to abandon terror and force. That the death penalty is required to keep Muslims in the fold proves Islam's inability to win hearts and minds. Muslims need to recognize that Islam presents itself as a big bully without any valid claim upon the hearts, minds and souls of its followers or would-be converts.

Let us pray that in the wake of the September 11 attacks the world will recognize the obvious dishonesty of Islamic countries suddenly claiming they are against terrorism, whereas, the day before, they supported and praised it. Let us pray that millions of Muslims will have their minds and hearts opened to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let us pray, too, that Islamic countries will at last allow their citizens-so long held in the bondage of fear-freedom of conscience and of faith, and that many will receive Christ. And let us do our part to bring this to pass. TBC



Endnotes
1 http://persecution.org/concern/2001/04/pl.html.
2 Foreign Affairs, Spring 1982; cited in Ramon Bennett,
Philistine (Jerusalem: Arm of Salvation, 1995), 27.
3 John Laffin, The Arab Mind (London: Cassell, 1975), 97-98;
cited in Philistine, 28.


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With the recent ( December 2001 ) focus on the USA "War on Terrorism" Christian Witness Ministries (CWM) has decided to present this EXTRACT from the web site at www.azzam.com which is PRO-Islam.

CWM does NOT recommend or endorse the sentiments expressed on this web site. We present it to you to show the bias against JEWS, CHRISTIANS, & NON-MUSLIMS. To give YOU a factual concrete idea of the thought processes, rhetoric and animosity being aimed at JEWS, CHRISTIANS, & NON-MUSLIMS. And that the reading of this extract, will help you to be better prepared should you be challenged from this quarter.

CWM recommends that you;
- constantly pray our Jesus Christ our Lord for spiritual strength and courage,
- read your Bible for moral and factual knowledge
- ask the Holy Spirit to keep you in The Way heading towards God our Creator.

What follows is an extract downloaded from the website, as an example of the real life opposition to JEWS, CHRISTIANS, & NON-MUSLIMS
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Farewell Message from Azzam Publications

"Do you really think that you will enter Paradise without such trials as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, 'When will come the Help of Allah?' Yes, certainly the Help of Allah is near!" [Quran 2:214]

In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Kind

Most of Afghanistan has been recaptured from the Taliban, thousands of Afghan Muslim civilians have been killed, cities have fallen and lives have been lost. Elsewhere, thousands of Muslims have been arrested and detained in America, where they are beaten (by both the prison guards and other prisoners), tortured, humiliated and denied access to lawyers and their families. Muslim homes are being raided and Muslims being detained across Europe. Muslim web-sites, businesses and banks are being closed. In the midst of all this, Western leaders are at pains to explain that this is not a war against Islam and that the West loves Muslims. Scenes of the bodies of both the Taliban and the Foreign Mujahideen lying on the streets have been broadcast around the World much to the delight of the disbelievers and their hypocrite allies from amongst the 'Muslims' (e.g. some 'official' American and British 'Muslim' Councils, etc.)

"If a good befalls you, it grieves them, but if some evil overtakes you, they rejoice at it. But if you remain patient and fear Allah, not the least harm will their plans do to you. Surely, Allah surrounds all that they do." [Quran 3:120]

Amidst all this, the Muslims are asking many questions. Is it really a war against Islam? Why did the Taliban withdraw from all these provinces? Is the Northern Alliance going to uphold Allah's Word on the Earth? Were the Taliban moderates or extremists? Are the Taliban finished? Are the Mujahideen finished? Has the West triumphed over Islam? Is it all over?

These are not the questions that Muslims should be asking, but rather, they should be asking themselves: Whose side am I on? Am I a 'moderate' or an 'extremist'? Was the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) a 'moderate' or an 'extremist'? What am I going to do about the situation? Am I going to sit at home and weep? Or go to the mosque and make dua? As for the Mujahideen whose bodies were shown on televisions across the World, they have nothing to worry about insha-Allah. They said they were going to fight to the last drop of their blood and they have remained true to their word, whilst others are waiting to follow in their footsteps:

"Among the believers are men who have been true to their covenant with Allah (i.e. they have gone out for Jihad whilst not showing their backs to the disbelievers), of them some have fulfilled their obligations (been martyred in Allah's Way) and some of them are still waiting, but they have never changed in their determination in the least." [Quran 33:23]

We have written these few words in expectation of our site being closed yet again. Therefore, we advise all the Muslims to save a copy of this page and ponder about what it says lest our site is closed and we are not able to say it again. We also advise the Muslims to copy, translate into other languages if necessary and distribute this message all over the Internet. For clarity of expression, we have listed the important points we wish to make.

1. This war is, in Bush's own words, a crusade. It is not a war against terrorism, but it is a war of Kufr (disbelief) against Islam. Any Muslim who disagrees with this has been defeated by the Western ideological warfare. The Muslims should not be naive and immature: they should know their enemies.

2. The history of this conflict does not go back to 11 September 2001. Nor does it go back to the bombing of a few embassies and ships. Rather, it goes back centuries from the time when the Jewish tribes gathered against the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) and the Christians launched the Crusades against the Muslims in the 12th Century of the Christian Era. Therefore, it is not a case of 'let's all join hands: Muslims, Christians and Jews and wipe out terrorism', but it is part of a deeper plot to try and destroy Islam in the World. Why did the British invade Afghanistan in 1842, when there was neither an Usama bin Ladin nor the Taliban?

3. The American Government is an enemy to Islam and the Muslims, despite all the sympathetic statements given by Bush when he meets Muslim leaders and organisations in America. The American Foreign Policy regarding Iraq, Palestine, Bosnia, Kashmir, etc. is proof of this. The illegal imprisonment, torture and humiliation of thousands of Muslims in America at this very moment is also proof of this. Those Muslims who think otherwise are kidding themselves.

4. We condemn those apologetic and defeatist Muslims in the West who are making apologetic statements siding with the West and not believing or supporting their own brothers. By these Muslims, we specifically mean the likes of the American Muslim Council and 'Sheikh' Hamza Yusuf, who have openly taken sides with the American Government, without shame; as well as the Muslim Council of Britain to a lesser degree. These 'official' organisations do not represent the Muslim Ummah as they are manned by individuals completely out of touch with the reality of the affairs of the Muslims. These, who have never expended a drop of sweat or blood in Jihad for the sake of Allah like the Prophet (SAWS), his Companions and the early generations of pious Muslims, preferring instead to attend 'official' dinners and gatherings standing by the sides of Presidents and Prime Ministers whose hands are still dripping with the blood of Muslims, nodding their heads when these leaders speak. Like Bush said himself, you are either with the disbelievers (us) or the terrorists (Muslims). Therefore, those Muslims who are condemning the Taliban etc. have already taken sides and that is the side of Zionist-controlled America.

5. We believe the word of Usama bin Ladin and the Taliban, as Muslims, when they say that they had nothing to do with this terrorist act, over and above the word of a lying disbeliever like Bush. If they did it, they would proudly say so because they are not afraid of the reprisals from anyone.

6. America was going to attack Afghanistan by mid-October anyway, according to the recent Berlin Anti-Terrorism summit. 11 September was an excuse to speed up the process and give a 'cause' for the crusade. The intentions behind this 'war against terrorism' is doubted even by non-Muslims, who do have good people within their ranks.

7. The Taliban Government have proved their Islamic legitimacy to the whole Muslim Ummah. Now, there are two sides: whoever is not on the side of the Taliban is a hypocrite. The Muslims all over the World must render as much financial, physical, medical, media and moral support to the Taliban as they can. If this means taking a year out from one's university or work, then this must be done as the situation demands it. In addition, the Muslims must continue to make dua for them because it seems like the Muslims have forgotten their brothers in Afghanistan. The Taliban have appealed for help from the Muslims but these appeals have fallen on deaf ears. Did not the Prophet (SAWS) say that "A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim, he does not forsake him and nor does he betray him." If you do not help your brothers in their time of need, do you really think that Allah will help in you in your time of need on the Day of Judgement?

8. According to the Four Schools of Thought as detailed in the article on our web-site on defending Muslim land under attack, once the first hostile disbeliever has entered Afghanistan and if the inhabitants of that country are not enough to defend themselves, defensive Jihad becomes Fard Ain upon every Muslim in the World without anyone's permission, whether parents, scholars or teachers. In this case, we also believe that any Muslims who are able to go there and do not go there without a valid excuse are liable to be punished by Allah in the Hereafter. Examples of valid excuses are disabling injuries or lack of travel papers. Fear of interrogation or arrest by the authorities upon one's return is not a valid excuse, since this is not certain to happen, whereas the Jihad is a certainty. The texts are clear in this regard. Those who prevent Muslims from going for Jihad are similar to those who stop a Muslim from making his Salah or fasting during Ramadan without valid excuse.

9. Regarding calls by Western leaders for 'moderate' Muslims tackling 'extremist' elements within their ranks, these are merely appeals to divide the Muslims. What is the 'moderate' Muslim that these leaders refer to? One that does not pray or fast or wear hijab; one that agrees with the Israeli occupation of Palestine, one that thinks cutting off a thief's hand is barbaric and one that thinks Islam is primitive and backward? There is no such thing as a 'moderate' or 'liberal' Muslim. If there was, in what category would be place the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS)? Would we say he is a moderate, a liberal, an extremist, a fanatic, a terrorist, a fundamentalist? He certainly would not be a moderate or liberal since he ordered 600-700 Jewish males to be beheaded in Madinah after the Jewish tribe of Banu Qurayzah betrayed the Muslims and stabbed them in the back. He also fought in 27 battles for the sake of Allah. Are we now going to call him a terrorist as well?

9. Any assistance that any Muslim gives to a disbeliever against the believers, whether financial, physical, language translation, clerical work, military, intelligence, or other, makes that Muslim an apostate, whose inheritance is forbidden for his children and upon whom the Janaza (Funeral) Prayer becomes forbidden. Therefore, if any Muslim lends any assistance to the disbelievers by spying on other Muslims or testifying against them, even for money, he does so at the expense of his religion. By refusing to assist the disbelievers against the Muslims does not mean that one automatically supports terrorist attacks against innocent civilians. One can agree or disagree with any action that takes place in the World but one cannot go against one's religion and one's people without him losing his religion. One of the ten things that make a Muslim into a disbeliever are to "assist disbelievers against Muslims'. It is not permissible for a Muslim to betray another Muslim in order to save himself. The Muslims should contact Muslim lawyers and attornies within their countries and ask for their rights concerning the law in speaking to law enforcement authorities. In most Western countries, e.g. Britain, one is under NO obligation to speak to either the intelligence authorities or the police, either willingly or unwillingly. One does not have to speak to them if they come to one's house. One can politely refuse to speak to them and ask them to leave. Most people speak to them or cooperate with them because they intimidate and threaten, e.g. by knocking on people's doors at 5am. Muslims should find out their legal rights and not be intimidated by this harassment. Those 'Muslim' organisations that are telling the Muslims to assist the FBI, etc. with translation and other efforts, are calling the Muslims to disbelieve in Allah and His Messenger and we ask Allah to raise these 'Muslims' up with the likes of the FBI on the Day of Judgement.

10. We expect our web-site to be opened and closed continuously. We also expect our Products ordering facility to close shortly but this is nothing to worry about because if that happens, we will put all of our books online through various sites, discussion boards and e-mail lists. Therefore, we urgently recommend any Muslims that are interested in our material to copy all the articles from our site and disseminate them through their own web-sites, discussion boards and e-mail lists. This is something that any Muslim can participate in, easily, including sisters. This way, even if our sites are closed down, the material will live on with the Grace of Allah. We cannot stress the importance of this: for the Muslims to copy and distribute all the material on our web-site, especially the stories in the Jihad Stories section. Furthermore, to frustrate the disbelievers in their war against Islam, we advise the Muslims to access our site via proxies or anonymous services, such as http://www.safeweb.com or http://www.anonymizer.com and the likes.

11. We advise practising Muslims to begin to plan to leave America and withdraw all their investments and cash from America. Recent events have shown the true bigoted nature of the American Government and some Americans. Thousands of Muslims are still imprisoned in America, they are being tortured, beaten, humiliated, their religion is being mocked at and they are denied basic rights. If anyone does not believe this, one only has to speak to a lawyer of some of the detainees. This shows the hypocrisy of leaders such as President Bush, who, every other day, tries to stress that this war is not against Islam or the Muslims and that the Muslims are loved by the American Government. Unfortunately, this does fool some Muslims especially when Bush opens fast with them, or attends their mosque. People will disagree with us calling for the Muslims to leave America and think about settling in Muslim countries. Just don't blame us if you end up in prison with all your assets siezed, and no prospect of a lawyer or a trial. We have warned you: America is no longer a safe place for Muslims.

12. The path to victory is long, arduous, difficult and full of difficulties and obstacles. One who thinks that the Muslim Ummah will recover from its decline without sacrifices, without blood, without fatigue, without hunger, without imprisonment, without torture, does not attach any value to this Deen nor understand the method of all the Messengers, as Allah said in the Quran which we have quoted above:

"Do you really think that you will enter Paradise without such trials as came to those who passed away before you? They were afflicted with severe poverty and ailments and were so shaken that even the Messenger and those who believed along with him said, 'When will come the Help of Allah?' Yes, certainly the Help of Allah is near!" [Quran 2:214]

13. The time has come for the Muslims all over the World to begin making sacrifices for the sake of Allah and render assistance to the Muslims in Afghanistan. This includes physical, financial, material and emotional sacrifices. If the Muslims do not wipe the blemish off their Ummah, WHO will? The Muslims must not be apathetic and think that the efforts of one of them will not make a difference. On the contrary, each and every single Muslim counts, whatever his race, age, ability, skills or residence. Allah gives victory to sincere, correct actions, not to material strength. We STRONGLY recommend the Muslims to read the article by Sheikh Abdullah Azzam in the Jihad in Afghanistan section of our web-site, titled: Martyrs: The Building Blocks of Nations.

14. The war in Afghanistan is the beginning of a long war that will last several years, perhaps decades and eventually end with victory for the believers and a good outcome for the Muslim Ummah. This is not just an optimistic opinion, but it is part of our religious belief to believe that Islam will eventually become victorious even though the disbelievers may detest it. Allah says in the Quran: "It is He who has sent His Messenger with the Guidance and the Religion of Truth that He may proclaim it over all other religions, even though the polytheists may detest it." [Quran 61:9] This time of tribulation and apparent 'defeat' for the Muslims is only a process whereby Allah purges the ranks of the believers of hypocrites and those with diseased hearts. In these times, the hypocrites within the ranks of the Muslims surface and begin to say things like "We told you so," and "See, the Muslims are no match for the World's Superpower", etc. The Companions of the Prophet (SAWS) went through tougher times and experienced more difficulties, but eventually the victorious outcome was for the believers. Therefore, those Muslims with faith in Allah know that this period is a test, preparing the Muslims for victory, separating the believers from the hypocrites and taking martyrs from amongst the ranks of the Muslims.

"These days (successes of war) we alternate between the people so that Allah may distinguish those who believe and that He may take from your ranks martyrs. And Allah does not the wrongdoers." [Quran 3:140]

15. The Muslims are lacking in media. Due to the advances of modern technology, it is easy to spread news, information, articles and other information over the Internet. We strongly urge Muslim internet professionals to spread and disseminate news and information about the Jihad through e-mail lists, discussion groups and their own web-sites. If you fail to do this, and our site closes down before you have done this, we may hold you to account before Allah on the Day of Judgement. As long as you mention that the source of the article was Azzam Publications and do not change them, you do not need our express permission to take all the material from our site.

16. Since our Products section will be closing shortly, we would like to inform our visitors that we are making arrangements for our books, audio tapes, videos and CD's to be available from Maktabah Al-Ansar Bookshop, http://www.maktabah.net,, who have secure, online ordering via credit card. Please check with them about stock availability before ordering. They will also be selling our new books such as the new edition of Join the Caravan. Bookstore owners and wholesalers interested in distributing some of our books through their stores should contact Maktabah Al-Ansar directly.

17. Due to financial restrictions being placed on Muslims donating to assist fellow Muslims, under the guise of financing terror, we urge the intelligent Muslim bankers, businessmen and others to take the initiative and find out new ways to collect money and send it directly to any Muslims who need it anywhere in the World, e.g. Pakistan. One of the easiest, safest and most convenient way to transfer money is by using the 'Hawala' transfer system. One just has to ask around Muslim businessmen, travel agents and shopowners for details on this system.

18. In case our site is shut down again, please make a written and bookmarked note of the central MSANEWS News service where you should check for details of our new sites or postings.

19. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those Muslims and non-Muslims who have given us support throughout the years. If they wish to continue to support us, we only ask that they copy everything on our site and distribute as widely as they can, especially the stories from the Jihad Stories section, and the articles.

20. We ask Allah to give victory to those fighting for His Sake in the four corners of the Earth, to destroy their enemies and the hypocrites and to enable the Muslim Ummah to produce millions of martyrs as the price for victory in this Life and achieving Allah's Pleasure in the Next.

Your brothers at Azzam Publications
10 December 2001


THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE

November 18th 2001

The following extract is from an article by Fouad Ajami titled;

What the Muslim World is Watching

Al Jazeera is an incendiary 5 year old Arabic TV news station. Its message is not subtle. Its footage at time grisly. Osama bin Laden is a star on this channel. It is estimated 35 million people watch the outpouring from its location in Doha, Qatar.

Their primary allegiance is to fellow Muslims and so challenges about the wisdom of the current batch of Arab rulers are regularly made.

Underlying all this outpouring is a virulent anti-American and anti-Israel bias. Due to the unrestrained influence of Al Jazeera, America is a stranger in the Arab world.

( This means that readers who are Westerners, by inference, are also in receipt of this outpouring. A goos defence is to read the balance of the articles that we have about Muslims.
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