Year’s Hajj Claimed 250 Human Qurbanis.
pilgrims were crushed to death in a hajj stampede last Sunday and a
similar number were injured during the
annual stoning of Satan ritual. This ritual dates back to pre-Islamic
era characterized by Muhammad as Jaheliyah (The Age of Ignorance). Despite
that it was incorporated in Islam and is practiced by
Muslims up to this day.
Minister Iyad Madani said. "All precautions were taken to prevent
such an incident, but this is God's will. Caution isn't stronger than
fate," Madani said.
year, 14 pilgrims were trampled to death during the ritual and 35 died
in a 2001 stampede. In 1998, 180 pilgrims died.
seems that each year the appetite of Allah for blood keeps increasing.
Muslims are required to sacrifice (qurbani) animals during the hajj and
spill blood of sheep or camel by slitting their throats to please Allah.
However, as we can witness and the Hajj Minister Madani has testified,
Allah’s will now also include human qurbani. According the Muhammad
Allah has everything under his control and nothing happens without his
will. Therefore as the Minister Madani has pointed out, it is Allah who
is taking lives of the pilgrims overriding all precautions. Has Allah
developed a taste for Muslim blood as well.
always knew that ”instilling terror into the hearts of the unbelievers
and smiting above their neck and finger-tips” pleased Allah 8:12,
he would accompany Muslim warriors to slay the unbelievers. 8:17, He
would encourage his prophet to rouse the believers to fight and would
promise them victory over the nonbelievers ten times their number 8:65,
as of the late, his fighters are on the run and the enemies are winning.
May be it is because of this that Allah is taking the lives of the
Muslims and slaying them instead when they go to worship him.
there was also something good in this year’s hajj. Sheik Abdul Aziz
al-Sheik, Saudi Arabia's top cleric, addressed 2 million Muslim pilgrims
and denounced the Islamic terrorists, calling them an affront to Islam.
Abdul Aziz al-Sheik said there were those who claim to be holy warriors,
but were shedding Muslim blood and destabilizing the nation.
"Is it holy war to shed Muslim blood? Is it holy war to shed the
blood of non-Muslims given sanctuary in Muslim lands? Is it holy war to
destroy the possession of Muslims,"
commentators thought this is a great
step forward. A Muslim cleric is calling the terrorist an affront to
Islam! This is much different from what we are used to hear from the
Mullahs in Iran or even in London. Or is it? Pay attention, the good
Sheikh is condemning the terrorists for shedding the blood of Muslims
and those who have been given sanctuary in Muslim land. He is not
condemning the killing of non-Muslims in kafir land.
let us not be too technical. I am pretty sure Sheikh Abul Aziz is
against terrorism everywhere. However, why he is not saying killing the
non-Muslims in non-Islamic countries is just as evil as killing the
Muslims? Why Sheikh talks about Muslims and non-Muslims? Isn’t every
life precious? Is there any difference between Muslim life and Muslim
possession and the lives and possessions of non-Muslims?
fact is that, Sheikh Abul Aziz al Sheikh cannot say the lives of the
infidels living in non-Islamic lands are worth the same as the lives of
the Muslims, not because he does not want to say it but because he
can’t. He can’t because that would go against the Quran and what
Muhammad said. Muhammad divided the world in two camps: Dar al Harb
(House of war) and Dar al Islam (House of Islam). The land of the
unbelievers is Dar Al Harb. Muslims are required to wage war in Dar al
Harb whenever they have the means and the power to do so and claim it as
House of Islam. During the last few centuries, Muslims have been weak
and unable to wage war against the West. When they are weak they are
supposed to make peace treaties and remain patient until Allah gives
them the strength and the opportunity. So Sheikh Abul Aziz al Sheikh
could not say it is wrong to kill another human being or destroy his
possessions. He would have been saying something contrary to the Quran.
That is why he emphasized that it is wrong to kill Muslims or
non-Muslims who have been given protection in Islamic land.
who have been given protection in Islamic land fall under the category
of dhimmi. Dhimmi is a Jew or a Christian who is allowed to live in a
land ruled by Islam, provided he pays Jizzyah with “willing submission
and feel subdued”. 9:29
Due to Western influence and fearing their anger, which would mean
economical sanctions, hardly any Islamic country practices this law
Sheik reminded the millions of Muslims who followed his televised speech
in many Islamic countries the last sermon of the Prophet: "every
Muslim is a Muslim's brother, and the Muslims are brethren. Fighting
between them should be avoided." Note that this brotherhood does
not extend to human race but only to Muslims. As far as others, the
Quran says "Verily, the Mushrikûn (unbeleivers)
are Najasun (impure) 9:28.
them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power,... to strike
terror into their hearts". 8:60
Abul Aziz al Sheikh also defended the Wahhabism, the streak of Islam
with a strict interpretation of Sharia (Islamic law) that is applied in
Saudi Arabia and is being blamed by Bush for the rise of Islamic
fundamentalism worldwide: "This country is based on this
religion and will remain steadfast on it." Said the Sheikh.
so that there be no false expectations for those who think this is a
turning point for the Muslims and they are going to open up to the West
in spirit of amity and love, calling America "the greatest
Satan," some pilgrims threw pebbles at one pillar where someone
what was that speech all about? The speech was an admonition of the
terrorists who have targeted Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries in
their zest to kill the non-Muslims and their alleged collaborators. In
this speech Sheikh Abul
Aziz al Sheikh was not asking the Muslim terrorists to stop their
attacks against America or non-Muslim civilians living in western
countries. He was angry because Muslim holy warriors had gone too far
and bombed buildings in Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries.
fact is that not this Sheikh nor anyone else can change what Allah has
ordained in the Quran. To call Muslims to abandon altogether the fight
against the unbelievers, goes against the philosophy of Islam and is
deemed to be heresy. No Muslim cleric or politician would dare to say
This would leave Islam with no purpose and raison
d’etre. The goal of Islam is to conquer the world not to become
just another religion in the pantheon of many religions. The means to do
that is through Jihad. Jihad is one of the five pillars of Islam. No one
can question or oppose it.
although Jihad cannot be discarded altogether, it can be postponed until
a propitious time.
example in October 2003 the "moderate" Malaysian Prime
Minister, Dr. Mahathir, addressed
all the Muslims and their
holy warriors and in a passionate speech televised across the Islamic
world urged them to "postpone" their Jihad until, in
his words, "Ummah
can produce its own weapons and not rely on its detractors and
enemies for what it needs most”. That can happen only, said
the Prime Minister, when Muslims have a sizeable arsenal of
“guns and rockets, bombs and warplanes, tanks and warships” and
only then, they should strike.