Muslims Against Terrorism - A
Muslim Perspective On N.Y. & D.C. Terrorist Attacks
Syed B. Soharwardy
Founder and President
Muslims Against Terrorism (M-A-T)
Islamic Supreme Council
September 15, 2001
The September 11, 2001
terrorist attacks on the World
and the Pentagon did not only shock the Americans or the western world, these
attacks have put the entire Muslims of the world into a very defensive
position. From Morocco to Indonesia
all Muslim governments are stunned by these terrorists’ attacks. The Muslims
living in the western world were concerned about the backlash. The terrorists
have committed a great evil against Non-Muslims and Muslims alike. They have
not only spilled the blood of innocent people, but in doing so they have also
splashed that blood on all Muslims. Majority of Muslims believe that Muslims
could not commit these heinous crimes because of the sophistication and
precision in the planning and execution of these terrorist attacks. In the
midst of the attacks on WTC and Pentagon, people are being led to believe that
this kind of operation has been launched by someone from the dark corners of
the world putting the whole American intelligence apparatus at bay. Don't the
world understand as to who exactly are the real beneficiaries of this episode.
On the other side, who will be suffering the most from these terrorist attacks?
was attacked. Thousands of lives and billions of dollars in property and
business damages were lost. But the losses for Muslims are very severe as well.
Following are some of the losses, which the entire Muslim nation (Ummah) will
face after these attacks.
- The world focus on the new Palestinian Intifadha
has vanished. Now whatever Israel
does in the occupied Palestine
is no more important for the western world. Palestinian cause is no more
the centre of world's attention.
- The freedom movements in Palestine,
Chechnya, Kashmir, Kossovo and Macedonia will be affected
very badly. Any support to these movements will be seen as support to
terrorists. The financial and material support to these movements will end
or will be at minimum. Thus causing these movements to die.
- The Islamic political parties in Muslim
countries will further be oppressed or banned all together by the very
authoritarian governments in most of the Muslim countries.
- Potentially, Afghanistan,
Pakistan, Iraq, Lebanon,
Sudan, Syria, Libya,
and few other Muslim countries will be dragged into what is called war
against terrorism. Either, these Muslim countries will be directly
attacked by the US and
NATO forces OR the intelligence organizations of USA will
penetrate so deep in side these countries that they will try to create
civil wars in these countries.
- The activities of Muslim organizations in the
western world especially in North America
will be watched with microscope. Many Muslim organizations have already
canceled or delayed their fund raising activities to support local mosques
and Islamic schools.
- The hostilities and hate crimes against Muslims
living in the western countries are already on the rise and when USA and NATO forces will strike against Afghanistan
and potentially some other Muslim countries these hostilities and
discrimination against Muslims will increase. It may cause loss of lives
and property damage.
Islam is a faith of peace,
justice and service to humanity as well as a civilizing force for humanity
wherever it is introduced and established. Even though Islam forbids violence,
especially against innocent and defenseless people and even though Islam has
been in the west for centuries, Muslims are still left defending their faith
from hatred, contempt, and ignorance as if all Muslims are responsible for the
sins of a few. Everyone knows that many people have and will use religion
(inappropriately) and Scriptural verses (out of context) to justify their
otherwise evil behaviour. For example, many white
supremacist groups use Biblical verses to rationalize their racist beliefs and behaviours and many have very Christian-sounding names for
their churches and organizations. Why are they not
referred to as Christian supremacists, Christian fundamentalists, or Christian
extremists? We live in the age of information. Considering all the information,
groups, and other resources available to western world, Muslims should not have
to justify, defend, or apologize for the noble faith of Islam. There is no
cause, justification, or reason for violence or terror in Islam. Islam, like
the truth, speaks for itself.
As far the Osama bin Laden
is concerned, the investigation against him is in the early stages and it is
not conclusive. He is just a suspect. There is a procedure in any court of law
that it follows and without that no punishment is given to the suspect.
Majority of the Muslims feels that the greatness of character counts to a great
extent. Osama bin Ladin should present himself to
Americans who want him and say that I am ready to face the charges. He is a
single person and a single person's interests are not more important than the
interests of entire Muslim nation and a Muslim country. He should have
greatness of character in this time.
A very unfortunate
situation with the present Muslims is that they do not have a leader or leading
organization, which can help them in making critical decisions. There are two
leading Muslim organizations, OIC (Organizations of Islamic Countries) and
World Muslim League (WML) but both of these organizations have become very
ineffective. Muslims around the world realize that the United Nations is in
fact United States
and there is a big vacuum for the Muslims to be heard on the worldwide level. 99.99% of Muslims around the world are
shouting and telling the western world that they are too Against Terrorism.
They have also been victim of terrorism, hate and discrimination in Palestine,
Kashmir, Chechnya, Kossovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan,
Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, India, Burma, USA, Canada, UK and many other countries but
the voice of 1.5 billion Muslims falls on deaf ears. Do we know why?