Thursday, April 26, 2012

Movie: "King of The Sands" - The Bloody History of Saudi Wahabi Terrorism

This is an excellent new movie showing how the bloody Saudi Wahabi Terrorist ideology started 70 years ago when the KSA was formed.  The first victims of Saudi Wahabi Terrorists were the Muslim Turkish Ottoman Empire...with the help of one British Lt. T.E. Lawrence aka "Lawrence of Arabia".  

Ottomans Denouncing The Killers of Imam Hussain (as)

Where are the Ottomans when you need them...oh that's right, the Saudi Wahabi Extremists lead by the British Imperial officer T.E. Lawrence killed them!

Prince Mustafa sword Ceremony (Oath of the Turkmen) Şehzâde Mustafa'nın Kılıç Kuşanma Töreni (Türkmen)

Ottoman Sultan's Guard...The Janissaries (Shia Bektashi Sufis) denouncing Muawiyah in their duas Masallah! "Aye Muawiyah Ummati, aye dushman Muhammadi...Ya Ali!"

Translated means "Oh people of Muawiyah, oh enemies of Muhammad...oh Ali!"

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Holy Qur'an (English) by Yusuf Ali and Edited by Babak Darvish

Here is the first edition of The Holy Qur'an interpretation translated by Yusuf Ali and edited by Babak Darvish without commentary.  It is a simple version of the Yusuf Ali translation for those who want to read the Qur'an in english without anything extra, please send us feedback of improvements that could be made to this first edition which is for Kindle only on

Friday, April 20, 2012


According to two narrations in Sahih Bukhari, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) asks Allah (swt) to bless the areas of Sham (Syria) and Yemen. When his companions said "Our Najd (Saudi Arabia) as well," he replied: "There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there will come out the side of the head (e.g. horns) of Satan." In a similar narration, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) again asked Allah (swt) to bless the areas Medina, Mecca (Sacred Hijaz), Sham (Syria), and Yemen and, when asked specifically to bless Najd (Saudi Arabia), repeated similar comments about there being earthquakes, trials, tribulations, and the horns of Satan.

"O Allaah bestow your blessings on our Shaam. O Allaah bestow your blessings on our Yemen." The people said, "O Messenger of Allaah, and our Najd." I think the third time the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, "There (in Najd) will occur earthquakes, trials and tribulations, and from their appears the Horn of Satan."

As we have seen, the source of 9/11 and Terrorism in general against Muslims and Non-Muslims comes from the 15 of 19 Saudi Hijackers on 9/11.  Every news report you read that has to do with murder, death, and terrorism is somehow related to the Wahabi ideology of Najd in Saudi Arabia...Let's read these new reports:

by Shaukat Jafri

Acts of terrorism associated with the horrific tragedy of 9/11 have documented that 15 of the 19 hijackers involved in causing that mayhem were Saudi citizens. Almost 3000 innocent civilians lost their lives which does not include several hundred workers, most of whom were undocumented in terms of their immigration status, as they held menial jobs in those large buildings. Furthermore, what happened on that somber day in Washington D.C,  resulted in additional innocent lives that will never come back to be with their loved ones who were left behind with feelings of endless sorrow and sufferings. The enclosed article filed by a New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau, casually outlines the progress made so far in this crime of the century. Former senators Bob Graham of Florida & Bob Kerry of Nebraska were gracious as well as honest in filing sworn affidavits substantiating that there exists compelling evidence, well beyond a reasonable degree of doubt, that directly implicates the Saudi government in this heinous and evil endeavor. Almost a decade has gone by and aside from thousands of lives already perished, scores of people are still dying stemming from numerous environmental effects on the health of those individuals who were involved with the post 9/11 rescue efforts. The economic impact caused due to this tragedy considered to be insurmountable, as the cost estimates continue to mount. According to the experts in the field, the total numbers are well beyond any one's imagination .

Saudi Arabia, in most likelihood, stands to pay the compensation in the tune of trillion of dollars to the families of the victims, as well as to the parties that were hit with incalculable material losses. The U.S. government must also pursue the most injurious impact, this travesty has caused to this nation's overall economy. The wicked Wahhabi/Salafi regime deserves a swift and just treatment for unleashing this campaign of terror against the innocent people. This all started soon after this evil empire began amassing billions of Petro -dollars in the Kingdom's coffers.The Saudi state apparatus, accompanied by a cunningly crafted religious foundations system, launched a adopted a strategy that perpetuated hatred and bigotry, and advocated an exclusionary brand of Islam that despises minority sects. According to their thought process, Christians, Jews and people of other faiths are routinely described in the most inhuman and uncivil terms. The Saudi satans initiated their campaign of hate, first against Shia Muslim population centers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq,Syria, Lebanon and Bahrain. In particular, they established laboratories of bloodshed and terror in Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and a few African countries. Most of their fellow Arab states always looked down at these Bedouins and as such did not permit these genocidal gypsies to invade their borders.    

During the late 1970's, the global Wahhabi establishment decided to proceed towards the Western shores. The most tolerant and gullible west with their lax security infrastructures was a haven for these zealots who used the most sacred religion of Islam to advance their bloody agenda. The West, soon became confronted with a spiral in the number of Mosques and Madrassas, financed by the Wahhabi/Salafi treasure mushrooming in their neighborhoods.   Also, a number of civic and religious organizations sponsored and financed by the Saudi funds were established in the name of Islam, only to plant fief of falsehood, fear. The rest is history.

The most crucial piece of information provided in this report pertains to the comments made by the two senators that they did not have enough time to uncover all the details associated with this crime. This will never be acceptable to the relatives of victims who are well acquainted with the late Libyan despot Moammar Qaddafi who led a similar campaign of terror that culminated in downing of a Pan Am plane in Locker bee, Scotland. Although number of people died in that 1988 episode Qaddafi's criminal regime paid in billions to the relatives of the victims, yet not enough to compensate for their loss and emotional tragedies. Although no statue of limitation exists on the crimes of this nature, and given the fact that both senators are alive and well, it is imperative that the wheels of justice move and move fast.

As someone very aptly stated that, " Justice delayed is the Justice denied".


Saudi Arabia May Be Tied to 9/11, 2 Ex-Senators Say By  ERIC LICHTBLAUPublished: February 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — For more than a decade, questions have lingered about the possible role of the Saudi government in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, even as the royal kingdom has made itself a crucial counterterrorism partner in the eyes of American diplomats.

Now, in sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, two former senators who were privy to top secret information on the Saudis’ activities say they believe that the Saudi government might have played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.

“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the September 11th attacks and the government of  Saudi Arabia,” former Senator  Bob Graham, Democrat of Florida, said in an affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought against the Saudi government and dozens of institutions in the country by families of Sept. 11 victims and others. Mr. Graham led a joint 2002 Congressional inquiry into the attacks.

His former Senate colleague,  Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, a Democrat who served on the separate 9/11 Commission, said in a sworn affidavit of his own in the case that “significant questions remain unanswered” about the role of Saudi institutions. “Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the September 11th attacks has never been fully pursued,” Mr. Kerrey said.

Their affidavits, which were filed on Friday and have not previously been disclosed, are part of a multibillion-dollar lawsuit that has wound its way through federal courts since 2002. An appellate court, reversing an earlier decision, said in November that foreign nations were not immune to lawsuits under certain terrorism claims, clearing the way for parts of the Saudi case to be reheard in United States District Court in Manhattan.

Lawyers for the Saudis, who have already moved to have the affidavits thrown out of court, declined to comment on the assertions by Mr. Graham and Mr. Kerrey. “The case is in active litigation, and I can’t say anything,” said Michael K. Kellogg, a Washington lawyer for the Saudis.

Officials at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, who have emphatically denied any connection to the attacks in the past, did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment.

The Saudis are seeking to have the case dismissed in part because they say American inquiries — including those in which Mr. Graham and Mr. Kerrey took part — have essentially exonerated them. A recent court filing by the Saudis prominently cited the 9/11 Commission’s “exhaustive”  final report, which “found no evidence that the Saudi government as an institution or senior Saudi individuals funded”  Al Qaeda.

But Mr. Kerrey and Mr. Graham said that the findings should not be seen as an exoneration and that many important questions about the Saudis’ role had never been fully examined, partly because their panels simply did not have the time or resources given their wider scope.

Terry Strada of New Vernon, N.J., whose husband died in the World Trade Center, said it was “so absurd that it’s laughable” for the Saudis to claim that the federal inquiries had exonerated them.
Unanswered questions include the work of a number of Saudi-sponsored charities with financial links to Al Qaeda, as well as the role of a Saudi citizen living in San Diego at the time of the attacks, Omar al-Bayoumi, who had ties to two of the hijackers and to Saudi officials, Mr. Graham said in his affidavit.

Still, Washington has continued to stand behind Saudi Arabia publicly, with the Justice Department joining the kingdom in trying to have the lawsuits thrown out of court on the grounds that the Saudis are protected by international immunity.

State Department officials did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday on the impact of the court declarations.
The senators’ assertions “might inject some temporary strain or awkwardness at a diplomatic level,” said Kenneth L. Wainstein, a senior national security official in the George W. Bush administration. Even so, he said, “the United States and the Saudis have developed strong counterterrorism cooperation over the last decade, and that relationship will not be undermined.”

A version of this article appeared in print on March 1, 2012, on page  A 19  of the  New York edition  with the headline: Saudi Arabia May Be Tied To 9/11, 2 Ex-Senators Say.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Turkish Shias Fear Contagion

As Hostilities Worsen Between Ankara and Damascus, Minority Sects Worry the Tensions Next Door Will Spread


ANTAKYA, Turkey—As violent clashes continue to boil in Syria and its government is increasingly alienated from neighbors and allies, shopkeeper Ferit Kilic is worried about his own fate over the border in Turkey.
Mr. Kilic is an Alawi, a Turkish offshoot Shiite sect similar to the Alawite sect of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Alawite-dominated government that rules over a Sunni majority. He is one of hundreds of thousands of Arabic-speaking Turkish Alawis, most living near the Syrian border, and fears the sectarian conflict next door could open the same fault lines in Turkey—especially as relations between the two former allies become increasingly hostile.
"For now, we live in harmony with Sunnis here," said Mr. Kilic, as he tallied the cost of sweets a mother was buying for her child. "But in the past there were provocations to get the Sunni and Alawites to fight each other."
Turkey's Arabic-speaking Alawis haven't been silent. In early February, thousands organized two marches here to protest the government's changing attitude toward Damascus, with some openly voicing support for Mr. Assad.
Later that month, more than 20 homes in Turkey's southeast were mysteriously marked by red paint. They all belonged to Alevis, a Turkish and Kurdish-speaking Shiite offshoot who vastly outnumber Arabic-speaking Alawis. Together the two groups constitute an estimated 15 million, or one fifth of a national population of 75 million.
The events have raised concern that Syria's sectarian conflict could drive a wedge between Turkey's Sunni majority and the country's Shiite sects. As record numbers of Syrian refugees have poured into Turkey in recent days, fleeing attacks from pro-government forces ahead of Tuesday's United Nations-backed cease-fire deadline, the spectre of sectarian tensions also has stoked fears that this border city could see a replay of the violence that left hundreds dead in the region in the aftermath of a 1980 military coup.
There are marked cultural and religious differences between Turkey's Alawis and the more numerous Alevis—including language and religious rituals, where Alevis place more prominence on the role of music and dance. Turkish and Kurdish-speaking Alevis also share less affiliation and family ties with the Syrian regime than do the Arabic-speaking Alawis—but people from both groups have become unsettled by Ankara's increasingly hawkish Syria policy.
Last month, sectarian barbs appeared to infect Turkey's domestic debate on Syria. In a speech,Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Sunni, accused the leader of the country's opposition, an Alevi, of being in sympathy with Syria's president. "Don't forget that a person's religion is the religion of his friend," the prime minister said of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the opposition leader, who like many of his sect, is a member of Turkey's secular Republican People's party.
The prime minister and other top officials have stressed that if the swell of Syrians seeking refuge in Turkey continues to rise, Ankara could be forced to take harsher steps, including opening a buffer zone on Syrian territory, to protect civilians and ensure national security.
Representatives of Turkish Alevis have repeatedly criticized the Assad regime's crackdown but are also unnerved by the prime minister's increasingly bellicose stance.
"As Turkish Alevis, we do not support an antidemocratic, an antihumanist regime, but we cannot understand why the prime minister so suddenly became an enemy of the Syrian administration," said Selahattin Ozel, chairman of the federation of Alevi associations in Turkey.
The breakdown of relations between the neighbors has been swift and severe. Ankara and Damascus were close allies until the summer, when Turkish officials said President Assad's refusal to end a bloody crackdown forced a shift. Turkey has sheltered thousands of Syrian refugees, including members of the rebel army; the opposition Syrian National Council in December opened an office in Istanbul.
As Mr. Assad ignored Ankara, Mr. Erdogan's attacks have grown increasingly personal. He likened Mr. Assad's crackdown to the tactics of Hitler's dictatorship, in some of the strongest language of any leader on Syria.
For some Alawis and Alevis, Mr. Erdogan's rhetoric reflects a religious divide that runs below the surface of Turkish politics and society. "In Turkey, we have not solved our ethnic questions, and democracy has not yet taken hold," said Mehmet Guzelyurt, an Alawite dentist from Antakya. "This is why we know that violence could spark at any time."
Mr. Erdogan has taken some steps to widen minority rights, and in November reached out by apologizing for a 1937 massacre in the city of Dersim which killed some 13,000.
Turkey's government acknowledges Alawis' and Alevis' concerns, but stresses that the Prime Minister's apology for the Dersim massacre was historic and that Turkish foreign policy would never be based on a religious or sectarian calculation. "Our Foreign Minister rejected meeting with the Syrian National Council until they widened their base to include different religions and sects," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Some analysts say the government needs to deliver on its promise to pass a new constitution, granting greater freedom for minorities, if it is to offset that perception—and the political momentum for constitutional change has eased.
"This tension could be dangerous. ...If the Turkish government does not give very wide rights to Alevis during this period when Sunni-Shia tensions are rising in the region, it may regret it later," said Kerem Oktem, a fellow of the European Studies Centre at Oxford University. Alevis have demanded official recognition as a separate religious minority and recognition for their places of worship, which would enable their religious authorities to get financial support from the Turkish state.
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A version of this article appeared April 10, 2012, on page A8 in some U.S. editions of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Turkey's Shiites Fear Contagion.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Unity of Allah from The Shia vs. Wahabi Points of View

The negation of reasoning {ta‘aqqul} in the Wahhabi school and its consequence

A kind of intellectual negation can be observed in the school of Wahhabism. Although Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab regarded himself an enlightened person, criticizing the four Sunni schools of thought, some Shia beliefs, and reproaching them for speculatively interpreting the verses of the Qur'an, he used to resort to secondary issues concerning the teachings about God, the Exalted. He believed in a sort of anthropomorphism for God and in this regard he used to content himself with the outward purport of the verses.

His supporters also reject reflection and reasoning about the verses of the Qur'an and the Prophetic traditions, negating the rational sciences, philosophy and mysticism {'irfan}. They are afflicted with a close-mindedness and intellectual frigidity to the extent that they are incapable of applying the precepts of the school {madrasah}, the Qur'anic verses and the traditions to the demands of time. It was for this reason that they initially declared the telephone, mass communication devices and others as religiously unlawful, and strongly resisted them, but later they finally relented.

Since they are incapable of applying the concepts such as intercession {shafa'ah}, tawassul and infallibility {'ismah} of the Prophet (s) in the light of contemporary thinking their viewpoint concerning the prophets, the Holy Prophet (s) in particular, and the saints is narrow. They treat the spiritual station of the prophets and the saints as identical with the rest of people, thinking them as being annihilated and nonexistent after death, while the Shi`ah and other Islamic schools of thought consider them to be present and watching over us. In a result, the Wahhabis consider tawassul to the prophets and awliya', entreating them and asking for their shafa'ah an innovation in religion {bid'ah} and polytheism.


A few words from Martyr Professor Murtada Mutahhari

Martyr Professor Murtada Mutahhari says:

The Wahhabis believe that God has two realms. One is related to His Essence and no one has the right to enter into this realm. Worship {'ibadah} and tawassul pertain to God and are exclusive to this axis. The other realm is related to the natural affairs of the world in which the will and discretion of man have a role and it has nothing to do with God.[15]

He also says:
According to us, however, conceiving of two realms for the creation; thinking of God as belonging to one realm and the creatures, man in particular, to be in the other realm; and considering these two as distinctly separated is unacceptable and itself as a kind of polytheism. We should not separate God from His acts and His creatures; for, we believe that:

﴿أَنَّ الْقُوَّةَ لِلَّهِ جَمِيعًا.

That power, altogether, belongs to Allah,[16]

لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إلاَّ بِاللهِ العَلِيِّ العَظِيمِ.

“There is no might and power except from Allah, the Exalted and Great.”[17]

Then, he says:
Contrary to common notions, Wahhabism is not only an anti-Imamate theory but rather, before being anti-Imamate, it is anti-tawhid and anti-human. It is anti-tawhid because it advocates the division of work between the Creator {khaliq} and the creature {makhluq}. In addition, it upholds a sort of hidden polytheism in Essence {shirk-e dhati}. It is anti-human because it fails to comprehend the talent of man that makes him superior to the angels, and according to the text of the Qur'an, elevates him to the status of vicegerency of Allah {khilafat Allah} who ordered the angels to prostrate before him. It reduces him into a mere natural animal.”[18]


Tawhid according to the Shi`ah philosophers and scholastic theologians {mutakallimun}

In the light of the blessed Surah at-Tawhid (or al-Ikhlas), the following headings about the cognition of the Essence and Attributes of God can be deduced:

Tawhid of Essence {Tawhid-e dhati}

God has a Perfect Essence and the Attributes of Perfection and Beauty. Thus, this Essence must be regarded as One and Unique. That is, whatever we say concerning His Oneness and Unity, we have to believe also with respect to His Essence. Those who acknowledge such Essence also believe in theTawhid of Essence.

Shirk {polytheism} in Essence

This means that we believe in two or more essences for God, the Exalted. This type of polytheism is called “polytheism in Essence”. God is One in Essence and has no partner. So, those who maintain that God has a son or equal, or that He has been begotten profess polytheism in Essence. The Holy Qur'an strongly condemns this type of belief.

Tawhid in Attributes

The Essence of God has Attributes which we can understand through Their effects, such as the Knowledgeable {al-'Alim}, the Living {al-Hayy}, the Wise {al-Hakim}, and the Ever-Living {al-Qayyum}. We relate these Attributes to the Essence, saying that God, the Blessed and Exalted, is One in Essence and Attributes. Since all these Attributes relate back to the Essence, there is no multiplicity in the Attributes and all Attributes are one. Every Attribute is identical with the other Attribute. For example, His Knowledge {'Ilm} is His Power {Qudrah}. Therefore, the plurality of Attributes according to our understanding is related to the effects of the Single Essence. As such, His Attributes and Essence are One and not that He has One Essence and many Attributes.

Tawhid in Actions

Tawhid in Actions is also like Tawhid in Essence in the sense that the origin of every action in the world of being is the Divine Sacred Essence, and will finally relate to Him. We should know that every Action that we ascribe to Him will be the same as His other Action, and there is no difference and distinction among the Actions of God, and the apparent duplicity in the Actions of God is caused by our perception:

﴿وَلاَ تَقُولَنَّ لِشَيْءٍ إِنِّي فَاعِلٌ ذَلِكَ غَدًا إِلاَّ أَنْ يَشَاءَ اللَّهُ وَاذْكُرْ رَبَّكَ إِذَا نَسِيتَ.

Do not say about anything, 'I will indeed do it tomorrow,' without {adding}, 'if Allah wishes.' And when you forget, remember your Lord.[19]

So, all our wishes are within the domain of His will and all the actions of God are one:

لاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إلاَّ بِاللهِ العَلِيِّ العَظِيمِ.

“There is no might and power except from Allah, the Exalted and Great.”

Those who have such belief, attributing all actions to God have the belief in Tawhid in Action.

Polytheism in Action {shirk-e af‘ali}

Polytheism in Action {shirk-e af'ali} means to believe that a creature has a divine will independent of the will of God in the sense that whatever the said creature does is outside the domain of God's will. This is contrary to what God has attributed to Himself as stated in the Holy Qur'an, thus:

﴿وَمَا رَمَيْتَ إِذْ رَمَيْتَ وَلَكِنَّ اللَّهَ رَمَى.

And you did not throw when you threw, rather it was Allah who threw.[20]

While we all know that the Prophet (s) threw earth and stones toward the enemy during the Battle of Badr.

Tawhid in worship

Having attributed the Tawhid of Essence, Attributes and actions to God, Tawhid in worship is confirmed for Him in the sense that only His Essence is worthy of worship, and if we consider anyone as His partner in worship, as the idol-worshippers and others do, it means that we are afflicted with polytheism in worship. The following verses of the Qur'an express thisTawhid in worship:

﴿إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ.

You {alone} do we worship, and to You {alone} do we turn for help.[21]

And along this line, another verse states:

﴿قُلْ إِنَّ صَلاَتِي وَنُسُكِي وَمَحْيَاي وَمَمَاتِي لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ.

Say, 'Indeed my prayer and my worship, my life and my death are all for the sake of Allah, the Lord of all the worlds'.[22]

Tawhid in worship is understood from the phrase, “indeed my prayer and my worship” while Tawhid in Lordship {rububiyyahi} is discerned from the phrase, “my life and my death”.


The foundations of Tawhid according to the Wahhabis

The Wahhabis regard Tawhid as having three parts: (1)Tawhid in Lordship {rububi}, (2) Tawhid in Divinity {uluhi}, and (3) Tawhid in the Names and Attributes {asma' wa sifat}.


Tawhid in Lordship {rububi}

It means that only the Essence of God has all the absolute and perfect Attributes. In other words, Tawhid in Lordship is theTawhid in recognizing and proving God whose proofs are the verses of Surah al-Kafirun,[23] the verse,

﴿قُلْ يَا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ تَعَالَوْا إِلَى كَلِمَةٍ…﴾

Say, 'O People of the Book! Come to a word common[24]

and other verses.

Tawhid in Divinity {uluhi or uluhiyyah}

It is the belief in the fact that only God is worthy of worship and praise, and there is not other that god worshipped being beside Him.

Tawhid in the Names and Attributes

The Attributes and Names of God are pre-eternal {qadim}.[25] The Wahhabis consider this aspect of Tawhid in the place of the Tawhid in Attributes, worship and actions. This belief is traceable from the belief of the Ash'arites {asha'irah}, a group of scholastic theologians {mutakallimun} during the 2nd century AH. The Ash'arites also believed in the “pre-eternality” {qidmah} of the Divine Names and Attributes. Anchored on this belief, the Wahhabis reckon the Qur'an as pre-eternal and the attribute of an act of God. They also consider the dotted Arabic letters {huruf al-mu'jam} as pre-eternal.

They regard as Attributes of the Essence those attributes such the Eye {'ayn}; Soul {nafs}; Knowledge {'ilm}; Life {hayah}; Hearer {sami'}; Seer {basir}; Face {wajh}; Speech or Word {kalam}; Pre-existence {qidam}; Hand {yad}; Foot {rijl} (The Wahhabis believe that God—God forbid—has hands and feet!), Dominion {mulk}; Grandeur {'azamah}; Greatness {kibriya'}; Eminence {'uluww}; Richness {ghina}; Mercy {rahmah}; Power {qudrah}; Wisdom {hikmah}; etc.

They consider as Attributes of Act the attributes such as surprise {ta'ajjub}; laughing {dahik}; satisfaction {rida}; anger {ghadab}; aversion {karahah}; equality {istiwa'}; coming {maji'} (the alleged appearance of God on the Day of Resurrection); coming down {nuzul} (it refers to the belief of the Wahhabis that God is sitting on the Throne and He descends from heaven at the dawn!); disagreement; and gladness.[26]

After stating the parts and examples of Tawhid from the point of view of Wahhabism, it is now proper to examine polytheism {shirk} according to this sect. Thereafter, we shall compare it with Shi`ah monotheistic thought.

Shirk {polytheism} and its limits according to the Wahhabis

Shirk {polytheism} from the viewpoint of Wahhabism means associating partner with God and considering other beings as independent from Him. Wahhabism also regards turning for help to the prophets and seeking the intermediation {tawassul} of the saints as acts of polytheism.

According to this viewpoint, kissing and visiting the graves of the infallible Imams ('a) and the Prophet (s) are all acts of polytheism, unlawful and religious innovation {bid'ah}. According to the Wahhabis, the Shi`ah are polytheists or at least their beliefs have elements of polytheism.

The socio-political consequences of Tawhid and shirk {polytheism} according to the Wahhabis

The late Muhammad Jawad Mughniyyah thus writes:
Based on the Wahhabi creed, mere utterance of ”La ilaha illallah wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan rasul Allah” {There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah} is not enough for the acceptance of Islam. After uttering it, one should rather not seek the intermediation of other than God; not have the intention of paying homage to the Prophet (s); not touch and kiss his grave; not swear by the Prophet (s); and not call on him and addressing him, thus: “O the Messenger of Allah!” and “O my master!”

During his control of Mecca, Muhammad ibn Sa'ud (one of the rulers of Saudi Arabia) had said in his speech that with the exception of the Wahhabis, all Muslims are polytheists and must be reformed at the point of the sword so as to embrace Wahhabism. Contrary to his statement, however, King Faisal, the king of the Wahhabis, in his message issued in 1342 AH, says while addressing the Wahhabis: “And all Muslims, from Egypt, India, etc. are your brothers.”

This means that, “You should not be pessimistic with respect to the Muslims and you are not supposed to act according to this creed of Shaykh Muhammad ibn 'Abd al-Wahhab.”

Maintaining this belief by the Wahhabis would have such socio-political consequences as considering all Muslims as polytheists and spreading sedition {fitnah} and chaos, for such a belief is an imperialist and anti-Islamic one.

The Wahhabi-Shi`ah difference of perspective on Tawhid

As stated earlier, there are qualitative and quantitative differences between the Wahhabis and the Shi`ah aboutTawhid.

We shall find out later on that this classification from the perspective of Wahhabism has significant political implications.

It can probably be argued that there is no problem with the classification of the Wahhabis. In addition, this issue is only an intellectual limitation, and difference of opinion between Muslim philosophers and mystics {'urafa'} concerning this issue can also be observed. But that which cannot be ignored is the difference in understanding.

Shi`ah 'ulama' have divided Tawhid into (Tawhid in) Essence, Attributes, acts and worship while the Wahhabi 'ulama' have divided it into (Tawhid in) Lordship, Divinity and the Names and Attributes.[27] If we compare them, and pair Tawhid in Essence with that of Lordship and Tawhid in Divinity with that of Tawhid in acts and worship, nothing remains to compare with Tawhid in the Names and Attributes. Meanwhile, to believe in the pre-eternity {qidmah} of the Names and Attributes demands the acceptance of “the multiplicity of pre-eternals”, and this is an Ash'arite belief which is false.

Shi`ah 'ulama' believe that the Names of God can be divided into two: particular and general. The particular aspect pertains specifically to the Essence of God, the Exalted, such as “Allah”. The general aspect relates to the Attributes of God which can also be applied to His servants such as rahman {All-beneficent}, rahim {All-merciful} and karim {All-kind}. The intellect of man has separated this aspect of Attributes and ascribed it to God.

If this difference merely had an ideological dimension, it would not then be so acute and sensitive, but since they are utilizing it for a political end, it ought to be analyzed.

The Wahhabis have taken this way of dividing the levels ofTawhid from Ibn Taymiyyah who, in turn, had adopted it from Ahmad ibn Hanbal.

Similarly, by dividing the Attributes into Acts and Essence, the Wahhabis have ended up believing that God has an actual hand and foot and that He can physically come and have an appearance. They have contented with the literal meaning of the verses in this regard while rejecting rational understanding and analysis. They reject as ”mu'awwilun” {allegorical interpreters} those who oppose this creed, particularly the Shi`ah who, by taking inspiration from the lofty teachings of the Prophet (s) and the infallible Imams ('a), interpret the verses related to God's seeing, hearing, His having a hand, foot and His coming on the Day of Resurrection as allegorical. For instance, the Shi`ah regard the verse,

﴿الرَّحْمَانُ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ اسْتَوَى.
The All-beneficent settled on the Throne,[28]

to mean the sovereignty and authority of God on the Throne and not in the sense of God's actual sitting on the Throne.

[15]        Murtada Mutahhari, Jahan Bini-ye Tawhidi [Monotheistic Worldview], vol. 2, p. 116.
[16]        Surat al-Baqarah 2:165.
[17]        Jahan Bini-ye Tawhidi, ibid.
[18]        Ibid.
[19]        Surat al-Kahf 18:23-24.
[20]        Surat al-Anfal 8:17.
[21]        Surat al-Fatihah 1:5.
[22]        Surat al-An‘am 6:162.
[23]        Surat al-Kafirun 109:1-6: “O faithless ones! I do not worship what you worship, not do you worship what I worship; nor will I worship what you have worshipped nor will you worship what I worship. To you your religion, and to me my religion.”
[24]        Surat Al ‘Imran 3:64: “Say, ‘O People of the Book! Come to a word common between us and you: that we will worship no one but Allah, and that we will not ascribe any partner to Him, and that we will not take each other as lords besides Allah’.”
[25]        Here, the word “pre-eternal” [qadim] is not in contrast to the notion of “new” [jadid]. It is rather the opposite of “created” [hadith]; that is, to have existed from the very beginning and not to have come into being sometime in the past.
[26]        Fath al-Majid, pp. 33, 41, 57.
[27]        Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, At-Tawhid wa’l-Qawl as-Sadid fi Maqasid at-Tawhid, p. 13.
[28]        Surat Ta Ha 20:5.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Terrorist: Norwegian Christian Crusader Tears For Vlad The Impaler

Terrorist Anders Breivik

Tears of a mass murderer: Norwegian killer Breivik breaks down as film of his hero Vlad the Impaler is played (but stays stony-faced as court describes way he slaughtered 77)

  • Court played 3minute phone call from terrified girl being stalked by Breivik
  • Smiling killer, in dark suit, flashed 'right-wing salute' at court cameras
  • Then told judge he did not recognise authority of the court
  • Trial over events of July 22, 2011, expected to last 10 weeks
  • Killed 8 in Oslo bomb blast then gunned down 69 on Utoya island
Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik broke down in tears on the first day of his terror trial today - when a video clip he had created, mentioning Vlad the Impaler, was screened.
The 33-year-old, who admits killing eight in an Oslo bomb blast and 69 in a shooting spree on the island of Utoya last July, remained emotionless as prosecutors spent two hours describing in graphic detail how each of his victims died.
But he suddenly became emotional when shown an anti-Muslim 12-minute video he had posted on YouTube before the carnage, wiping away tears with trembling hands.
A smug looking Breivik had earlier entered the Oslo court room, dressed in a dark suit, grinning as a guard removed his handcuffs.
He then flashed a closed-fist 'right wing' salute, before shaking hands with prosecutors and court officials, and told the judge he did not recognise the court.
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Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik,
Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik,
Tears of a mass murdered: Breivik broke down in court today when his promotional video, including a clip of Vlad the Impaler' was screened
Uncuffed: Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik pictured grinning, after entering the Oslo courtroom, as his handcuffs are removed
Uncuffed: Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik pictured grinning, after entering the Oslo courtroom, as his handcuffs are removed
Playing to the camera: Breivik, charged with killing 77 people, clenched his fist in the courtroom and held it to his chest
Playing to the camera: Breivik, charged with killing 77 people, clenched his fist in the courtroom and held it to his chest
Defiant: Breivik then pumped his arm out, in what is believed to be a far-right salute, before saying he did not recognise the authority of the court
Defiant: Breivik then pumped his arm out, in what is believed to be a far-right salute, before saying he did not recognise the authority of the court
He said: 'I don't recognise Norwegian courts because you get your mandate from the Norwegian political parties who support multiculturalism.'

He also said he does not recognise Judge Wenche Elisabeth Arntzen's authority, because he said she is friends with the sister of former Norwegian Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Gro Harlem Brundtland.
When asked for his employment status, he described himself as a writer. He had admitted playing his part in the deaths, but pleaded not guilty to terror and murder charges saying he was acting in self-defence.
Prosecutors then read out the names of those killed and injured, and graphic details of how each one happened, in the devastating shooting spree. Some of the methods were so horrific that Norwegian media bleeped the sound when they were read out.
Factory: Images of Breivik's bomb-making were screened during the first day of his trial today
Factory: Images of Breivik's bomb-making were screened during the first day of his trial today
Bomb making
Bomb making
Plans of a killer: The court was shown pictured of Breivik's bomb-making factory (left) and a patch he wore on his clothes as he carried out the attrocity (right)
Plans: Breivik gave police detailed drawings on he constructed his bombs
Plans: Breivik gave police detailed drawings on he constructed his bombs
After a lunch break, Breivik was again expressionless as he watched prosecutors present surveillance footage of the Oslo explosion. 
The blast ripped through the high-rise building that housed government headquarters, blowing out windows and filling surrounding streets with smoke and debris.
He did not flinch as prosecutors played a three-minute recording of a young woman's frantic phone call to police from Utoya.
Pictures of equipment and materials used by Breivik
Pictures of equipment and materials allegedly used by Breivik were shown to the court today - including this rifle
Pictures of equipment and materials used by Breivik
More equipment allegedly used by Breivik which was shown to the court - it is unclear what exactly this is 
Pictures of equipment and materials used by Breivik
Another gun shown to the court on the opening day of the proceedings
Renate Taarnes, 22, said with panic in her voice: 'Shot have been fired. I'm pretty sure that there are many injured. 
More than a dozen shots in close succession could be heard as Taarnes fell silent.'
'Are you still there?' the police officer asked. Yes,' she whispered. She fell silent again, breathing into the phone as more shots cracked in the background.
The opening day, in front of five judges, saw prosecutors try to to drown out the self-styled Knight Templar's attempt at showcasing his radical views.
The fear is that his right-wing rhetoric could take centre-stage as, after the opening statements, the man who confessed to murdering 77 people testifies for five straight days in a row.
Show trial: Breivik, pictured on the centre table, at the start of the 10-week trial against him
Prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh, left, reacts in front of accused Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik at the courtroom
Trial: Breivik, pictured on the centre table, at the start of the 10-week case against him (left) as prosecutor Inga Bejer Engh (right) reacts in front of Breivik at the courtroom
Arrival: The police van carrying Anders Behring Breivik to a court in Oslo this morning, where he faces trial for killing 77 people last summer
Arrival: The police van carrying Anders Behring Breivik to a court in Oslo this morning, where he faces trial for killing 77 people last summer
Crime scene: The white van was believed to have been driven onto the island of Utoya by the gunman who then opened fire on groups of children attending a summer camp
Crime scene: The white van was believed to have been driven onto the island of Utoya by the gunman who then opened fire on groups of children attending a summer camp
Chilling: Anders Behring Breivik walks with a gun in hand among bodies on Utoeya island July 22, last year
Chilling: Anders Behring Breivik walks with a gun in hand among bodies on Utoeya island July 22, last year
Teenagers on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya had to 'swim for their lives' and hide in trees when the gunman fired indiscriminately at them
Terror: Teenagers on the Norwegian holiday island of Utoya had to 'swim for their lives' and hide in trees when Breivik fired indiscriminately at them
No remorse: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, pictured moments after his arrest,
No remorse: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, pictured moments after his arrest, still in the police clothes he wore for when he killed 77 people in twin attacks on July 22, last year


Massacre: Anders Behring Breivik set off a bomb in Oslo, killing eight, and then killed 69 people, mostly teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya island, outside the Norwegian capital
Breivik (right) is not lawyer Geir Lippestad's first unpopular client - after in 2002 he represented a neo-Nazi who knifed to death a mixed-race teenager in Oslo.
The murder of Benjamin Hermansen - son of a black Ghanaian father and white Norwegian mother - sparked public outcry in Norway.
His decision to represent Ole Nicolai Kvisler put him in the national spotlight, and his reputation for helping brutal murderers receive a fair trial is set to be demonstrated again.
Lippestad, 47, initially said no. The killing spree received global attention, and the lawyer is a member of the Labour Party, whose youth camp was attacked on Utoya island.
But after talking to his wife he decided he should take the case on. He will be assisted in the trial by Vibeke Hein Baera, Tord Jordet and Odd Ivar Groen.
Breivik first appeared in court in Oslo on July 27 last year. Lippestad said his client had wanted to revolutionise Norway's society and had 'confessed to the factual circumstances' of the atrocities but denied criminal responsibility.
He described Breivik as a 'very cold' person who appeared to have no idea of the worldwide revulsion at his acts.
A psychiatric report presented to the Oslo district court on Tuesday backed up Breivik's own claim that he is sane, and contradicted an earlier assessment that declared him psychotic.
It will mean the world will be forced to hear his 'reasons' behind his deadly rampage - and will be followed by testimonies from fellow right-wing extremists.
'It's going to be 10 weeks of hell ... to hear this man, to hear his explanation of why he did it, and how he did it,' said Trond Henry Blattmann, whose son was among the victims.
Breivik will explain why he set off a bomb in Oslo, killing eight, and then killed 69 people, mostly teenagers, at a Labour Party youth camp on Utoya island, outside the Norwegian capital.
Since Breivik has confessed to the July 22 attacks - claiming they were necessary to protect Norway from being taken over by Muslims - the key issue that remains unresolved is his mental health.
The 33-year-old Norwegian was found insane in one examination that recommended committing him to compulsory psychiatric care, while a second assessment found him mentally competent to be sent to prison.
It will be up to the judges in Oslo's district court to decide which diagnosis they find most believable.
If deemed mentally competent, he would face a maximum prison sentence of 21 years. 
Alternatively, he could be kept in custody for as long as he is deemed a danger to society.
Those who survived the shooting massacre are bracing for the horror to return during the trial.
'I do not know how I will react, I do not think you can prepare for it,' said Stine Renate Haaheim, a 27-year-old Labour Party lawmaker who survived the massacre by swimming away from the island.
Haaheim said she is concerned that Breivik will use the intense media focus during the trial to draw attention to his extremist views.
A man lies injured in the road amid wreckage from the blast as emergency service personnel rush to help him
Carnage: A man lies injured in the road amid wreckage from the Oslo blast as emergency service personnel rush to help him
CCTV: Surveillance footage shows Anders Behring Breivik, dressed in police uniform and carrying a pistol, as he walks away from a car after placing a bomb in Oslo last year
CCTV: Surveillance footage shows Anders Behring Breivik, dressed in police uniform and carrying a pistol, as he walks away from a car after placing a bomb in Oslo last year


Right-wing fanatic Anders Breivik sees himself as a 21st century crusader battling against Islam in Europe.
He's confessed to the attacks but denies criminal guilt, saying he acted to stop colonisation by Muslims, happening because of the immigration policies of those in power.
A psychiatric assessment found him to be psychotic and suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, but he insists he is sane - a view supported by a second assessment ordered by the Oslo District Court.
Judges at his trial will decide whether he is insane or not.
Breivik attempted to justify his views in a 1,500-page manifesto published on the internet before the atrocities.
He claimed to be part of a secret organisation modelled on the medieval Christian military order the Knights Templar, which aimed to purge Europe of Muslim influence in a revolution that would target what he called 'cultural Marxists' in the initial phase.
The document spelt out Breivik's extreme nationalist philosophy as well as his methods. It described how he bought guns, tons of fertiliser and other bomb components, hid collections of weapons and evaded police suspicion in the run-up to the attacks.
Before the killings, Breivik spent much of his time absorbed in online gaming, mostly playing the World of Warcraft series.
He was a high school dropout and, the court heard, made money by forging diplomas and certificates under the company name Diplom Service, which folded in 2006.
Police were unable to substantiate his claims of being in a group and believe he acted alone.
It was widely reported in the wake of the attacks that Breivik had made postings on British nationalist websites.
But Norwegian authorities said there was no evidence of links to the English far-right.
Although she is curious about what snapped inside Breivik to turn him into a mass killer, she said: 'I don't think it will give any meaning to what has happened.'
Police this morning sealed off streets around the court building, where journalists, survivors and relatives of victims can watch the proceedings in a 200-seat courtroom built specifically for the trial.
Thick glass partitions have been put up to separate victims and their families from the defendant. 
Norway's NRK television will broadcast parts of the trial, but is not allowed to show Breivik's testimony.
In a manifesto he published online before the attacks, Breivik wrote that 'patriotic resistance fighters' should use trials 'as a platform to further our cause'.
Breivik surrendered to police 1 hour and 20 minutes after he arrived on Utoya.
The police response was slowed by a series of mishaps, including the lack of an operating police helicopter and the breakdown of an overloaded boat carrying a commando team to Utoya.
Breivik claims he targeted the government headquarters in Oslo and the Labour Party youth camp to strike against the left-leaning political forces he blames for allowing immigration in Norway.
Breivik told investigators he is a resistance fighter in a far-right militant group modelled after the Knights Templar medieval crusaders, but police have found no trace of the organisation and say he acted alone.
Anxious to prove he is not insane, Breivik has called right-wing extremists and radical Islamist to testify during the trial, to show there are others who share his view of clashing civilizations.
His defence lawyer, Geir Lippestad, said Breivik's only regret is that the death toll wasn't higher. 'It's difficult to understand, but I am telling you this to prepare people for his testimony,' Lippestad said.
Victims: Just some of the 77 killed by Breivik in a day of carnage last year
Victims: Just some of the 77 killed by Breivik in a day of carnage last year
Victims: Just some of the 77 killed by Breivik in a day of carnage last year


The carnage caused by mass-murderer Breivik began with a bomb in Oslo and culminated in a massacre of young people on the island of Utoya.
Eight people were killed when his device exploded at the high-rise building in Oslo at 3.26pm local time on July 22 last year. It left a dust-clogged square covered in twisted metal and shattered glass.
Police described it as an 'Oklahoma city-type' bombing, targeting a government building, perpetrated by a home-grown assailant and using the same mix of fertiliser and fuel that blew up a building in the U.S. in 1995.
The bomb was packed into a panel truck outside the building. An agricultural supplier said Breivik bought six tonnes of fertiliser in the weeks before the explosion.
But as police battled to deal with the effects of the bomb, a much more deadly attack was about to begin 20 miles north-west of the capital.
Breivik, dressed as a policeman, drove to a lake outside the capital and took a ferry to the island of Utoya, where hundreds of young people were attending a summer camp organised by the youth wing of the Labour Party.
At around 4.50pm he opened fire, claiming another 69 lives. It is claimed that he beckoned to his young victims before shooting them one by one.
Survivors of the shooting spree described hiding and fleeing into the water to escape.
Police arrived on the island an hour and a half after the gunman first opened fire, because they did not have quick access to a helicopter and could not find a boat to reach the scene just several hundred yards away.
When the armed officers did locate a boat they overloaded it, causing it to breakdown. Breivik surrendered when officers finally reached him on Utoya at 6.35pm.
Oslo police director Oeystein Maeland said later: 'I regret we weren't able to arrest the suspect earlier than we did. Could police have been faster? The answer is yes.
'If the boat hadn't been over capacity, police would have been on Utoya faster. If it would have led to another and better result is nothing we know for sure, but we can't rule it out.
'And it's tough, like I've said before, to think that lives thereby would have been saved.'
Chilling accounts soon emerged of what happened at the camp. A 15-year-old, Elise, said she heard gunshots but then saw a police officer and thought she was safe. 
Then the man started shooting people in front of her. She said: 'I saw many dead people. He first shot people on the island. Afterwards he started shooting people in the water.'
Dana Berzingi, 21, said several victims 'had pretended they were dead to survive'. But after shooting them with one gun, he blasted them in the head with a shotgun, he added.
Tragic day: Police have now pieced together the series of events on Utoya island

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