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Wilfredo Amr Ruiz: ‘We Are Not at War With Islam’

Wildredo Amr Ruiz

Wilfredo Amr Ruiz

Is the oft-repeated phrase by both presidents George W. Bush and Barack H. Obama, “We are not at war with Islam” just hollow political-speak?

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Wilfredo Amr Ruiz: ‘We Are Not at War With Islam’

Former President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have persistently affirmed: “We are not at war with Islam,” trying to assure 1.7 billion Muslims that the military actions of the so-called “war against terrorism” do not constitute belligerence against Islam or Muslims. This incessant message of denial is hard to swallow by many sectors of our society, and the world at large, since the United States has engaged in multiple wars of occupation in Muslim countries including Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, it conducts routine military incursions and bombardment campaigns on Pakistan, Yemen, Libya and other Muslim countries.
Furthermore, thousands of Muslim citizens around the world are subjected to arrest without formal accusations or due process of law. Incarcerations and even torture takes place at a network of international secret prisons and “black hole” locations operated or accessed by the CIA and other intelligence agencies.Unfortunately, in the American political arena there is also the perception that the government security and intelligence agencies and military apparatus are at war with Islam and Muslims.
They substantiate this notion with continuous discriminatory and prejudiced policies affecting American Muslims and their institutions. Let us take, for example, the harsh experience New York Muslims are undergoing with the NYPD. They are subject to widespread and ongoing espionage policies from their own police department, which include the opening of dossiers based on ethnic and religious profiling.
This openly unconstitutional practice is not based on suspiciousness of them committing crimes or being engaged in an ongoing criminal enterprise. Rather, the information recorded documents the restaurants they frequent, the books they check out, and even the times and places where they conduct their daily prayers.Evidently, the constant Islamophobic discourses have resonated to the military branches, resulting in the offering of multiple training courses with discriminatory, bigoted and offensive materials.
Some of these academic materials recently discovered are taught at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., in which mainstream Muslim persons and organizations are characterized as radical, violent extremists. The course even calls for treating the Muslim civilian population the way the Japanese were dealt with at Hiroshima, with nuclear attacks on the holy cities of Mecca and Medina and wiping out civilians.
It promotes a total war on Islam affirming that there is no such thing as moderate Islam. The military training course participants are encouraged to think of themselves as a “resistance movement to Islam.” Other various training courses with xenophobic and bigoted content offered to the FBI have also been exposed. These are not isolated and unique classes, but multiple trainings held at numerous venues to hundreds of military officers and intelligence agents that are responsible for the safety and security of our nation.
Notwithstanding the military and FBI’s promises to review their courses and purge the training curriculums of Islamophobic materials, we need ask ourselves: How many other courses (most of them classified as “Secret”) have been offered and, perhaps, are still being offered in these highly secured and secret agencies without public exposure?
The sad reality is that our nation has institutionalized vigilance based on stereotypical ethnic and religious profiling. Let us just examine for a moment the recent incident at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, where an 18-month-old toddler, a daughter of American parents of Middle Eastern descent, was ordered off a plane by Jet Blue Airline’s officials who claimed she was on the TSA’s “no fly” list: a list obviously fed with the names of people selected based on ethnic and religious profiling. The toddler case is not the only one of its kind, as another 500 American citizens are also in these puzzling and sinister lists in the absence of due process. The lists are not only ineffective, but openly unconstitutional because individuals are included without notification or being told why they are on the list and without the chance to rebut the basis of their inclusion.

What will our political leaders do to try to erase the idea that the Nation is engaged in a war against Islam and Muslims? The major challenge they confront in this task is that the more time elapses, the more discrimination, oppression, persecution and injustices cements against American Muslims and their institutions.

President Obama still has the option and opportunity to rise to the occasion and confront this most delicate situation at the level it merits. He might, perhaps, start cleaning and straightening the Executive Branch from head to toe. The president should take steps that truly guarantee the elimination of racial and religious profiling exercised by law enforcement agencies and should swiftly end all the futile wars on Muslim countries once and for all. Perhaps, he should follow the Executive Order he signed back on Jan. 22, 2009, mandating the “Closure of Detention Facilities at Guantanamo” and the “Immediate Review of All Guantanamo Detentions.” Only such decisive actions will sustain the hollowed presidential words: “We are not at war with Islam.”

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  • Elmo

    “Halal Pork” wrote: It was the Prophet of Islam who divided the world into the House of Islam and non-Muslims as the House of Enemy.

    RESPONSE:

    That is completely false, you’re alluding to the concept of Darul-Harb (House of War) and Darul-Islam (House of Islam) which are OUT-DATED Medieval terms from the 12th century.

    The notions of “houses” or “divisions” of the world in Islam such as Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb does not appear in the Qur’an or the Hadith. This geo-political house of divisions was more acutely framed by another early Islamic scholar, Ibn Taymiyyah, who issued a treatise and a religious edict on the subject in response to the Mongol invasions of Muslim lands during the 13th and 14th centuries.[3]

    Contemporary Islamic scholars have pointed out the inapplicability of this early philosophical division of the world given its lack of scriptural backing and its reflection of an early Muslim response to geo-political realities that simply do not exist today in a globalized world of international law.[3]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divisions_of_the_world_in_Islam

    Then he declared permanent war against the Non-Muslims till they are subjugated by Muslims.

    RESPONSE:

    There is no “permanent war” against Non-Muslims, he only declared war against the COMBATANTS among the Non-Muslims and forbade the killing of women and children (genocide) that America upholds today (e.g. Japan).

    “Thus, when Muslims crossed the straits of Gibraltar from North Africa in 711 CE and invaded the Iberian Peninsula, Jews welcomed them as liberators from Christian Persecution.”

    (Zion Zohar, Sephardic & Mizrahi Jewry, pp 8-9)

    “…the Christians called down blessings on the heads of the Muslims, saying, ‘May God give you rule over us again and make you victorious over the Romans; had it been they, they would not have given us back anything, but would have taken all that remained with us.’”

    (Thomas Arnold , Preaching of Islam, p 61)

    In the first 100 years ,the Muslims did subjugate the Non-Muslims like wild fire and kept expanding till they were thrown out of Spain.

    RESPONSE:

    “Christians did not suffer in any way, on account of their religion, at the hands of Moors…not only perfect toleration but equality was the rule of the Arabs in Spain.’

    (Ulick R. Burke, A History of Spain, p 129)

    The Europeans then subjugated the Muslim lands and introduced civilised way of life to them.

    RESPONSE:

    That is wishful thinking, the goal was to steal the resources. IT wasn’t the SECULAR (godless) Western lifestyle (caused by the departure of the Church from power)they wanted to establish but STEAL the Resources AND establish the Secular lifestyle. When Europeans were in the ‘Dark Ages’ the Arabs/Muslims were LEARNING because the Quran commanded it. Today, the stagnation of the Muslim World is not caused by Islam but Traditionalism and Literalism, and dominance of pre-Islamic cultures. Islam is dually the Letter and Spirit. Muslims today ONLY follow the Letter, not the Spirit.The Divide and Conquer method of the Europeans WORKED.

  • ali

    Halal Pork, obviously you are clueless on Islam.

    Prophet (saas) said: “Whoever oppresses a dhimmi or burdens a weight over him more than he can carry, I will be his enemy.”

    “I am claimant of anyone who depresses a dhimmi. The one who I am claimant of (in this world), I am also claimant of on the Day of Judgment.” (Ajlouni, Kashf al-Khafa’ II, 218)

    In any one of the countries conquered at the time of Hazrat Omar, not even one place of worship was failed to respect. Abu Yusuf writes:

    “All places of worship were left as they were before. Neither were they demolished, nor the defeated people were deprived of their properties or belongings.” (Abu Yusuf, Kitabu’l-Haraj; Islam’da Devlet Nizamı, Abu’l-A’la Mawdudi, Hilal Yayınları, 1967, s. 74)

    Hazrat Ali said, “Whoever is our dhimmi, his blood is as blessed as ours, his property is as protected from damage as ours.” In another verse it is related that Hazrat Ali said the following: “The property and life of the ones who accept status of Dhimmi is blessed as ours (the Muslims).” (Islam’da Devlet Nizamı “Islamic State Order”, Abu’l-A’la Mawdudi, Hilal Yayınları, 1967, p. 76)

    “The religion, churches, lives, chastity and property of the entire Christians living in the East and the West are under the protection of Allah, His Prophet (saas) and all the believers. None of the people embracing the religion of Christianity will be forced to accept Islam. If one of the Christians suffers murder or injustice, Muslims are obliged to help him,” he narrated the verse: “Only argue with the People of the Book in the kindest way…” (Surat al-Anqabut, 29/46). (Ibn Hisham, Abu Muhammad Abdu’l-Malik, (v.218/834), as-Seerat an-Nabaweeyat, Daru’t-Turasi’l-Arabiyye, Beirut, 1396/1971, IV/241-242; Hamidullah, Al-Wasaiq, s.154-155, No.96-97; Doğu Batı kaynaklarında birlikte yaşama, “Living together in Eastern and Western sources”, p. 95)

    Caliph Abu Bakr as-Siddiq[3] to the non-Muslims of Najran:

    ‘In the Name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful. This is the written statement of God’s slave Abu Bakr, the successor of Muhammad, the Prophet and Messenger of God. He affirms for you the rights of a protected neighbor, in yourselves, your lands, your religious community, your wealth, retainers, and servants, those of you who are present or abroad, your bishops and monks, and monasteries, and all that you own, be it great or small. You shall not be deprived of any of it, and shall have full control over it…’

    Allah does not forbid you from showing kindness and dealing justly with those who have not fought you about religion and have not driven you out of your homes (i.e non-Muslims). Allah loves just dealers. (Quran, 60:8)

  • RDS

    doom and groom…

    Methinks you leally confused youl ls and rs, mr. polk.

  • Haddock

    Doom and Groom. There’s a joke there.

  • Sir David Illuminati membership number 16.69

    Good news
    I found the needle in the hay stack
    ” AS far as Mr.Bush is concerned,he had no knowledge about Islam ”
    The rest was the usual rubbish from Mr or is it Miss Pork.

    Sir David
    Vice Chair – West Anjou Branch of the Mooslim leftwing Alliance
    Holder of the Marine LePen Award for the Promotion of Foreign Culture in France

  • Halal Pork

    It was the Prophet of Islam who divided the world into the House of Islam and non-Muslims as the House of Enemy.Then he declared permanent war against the Non-Muslims till they are subjugated by Muslims.In the first 100 years ,the Muslims did subjugate the Non-Muslims like wild fire and kept expanding till they were thrown out of Spain.The Europeans then subjugated the Muslim lands and introduced civilised way of life to them.Now they wish to regain power through TERRORISM but every action has equal and opposite reaction{Depending on the leverage}.I can see a lot of doom and groom for Islam and Muslims in the coming days unless they mend their ways.The Muslim world is on fire just now,started by themselves.AS far as Mr.Bush is concerned,he had no knowledge about Islam and Obama tries hard to present a glossed over Immage of Islam which now enrages the American public.Honesty is always the best policy.

  • mindy1

    Things to make you think….

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