The Culture of Hate

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“The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilization. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages, and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights on the one hand, and the violation of these on the other hand.  It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilization. Civilization do not clash but compete.

The Muslims are the one who began this expression.  The Muslims are the one who began the clash of civilizations.  The Prophet of Islam said, “I was ordered to fight the people until they believe in Allah and His Messenger.”  When the Muslims divided the people into Muslims and non-Muslims, and called on to fight the others until they believe in what they themselves believe, they started this clash and began this war. In order to stop this war, they must examine their Islamic books and curricula which are full of call of takfir and fighting the infidels.

My colleagues has said that he never offends other people’s beliefs. What civilization on the face of this earth allows him to call other people by names they did not choose for themselves. Once he calls them Ahl Al- Dhimma, another times he calls them “People of the Book”, and yet another times he compares them to apes and pigs or he calls the Christians “those who incur Allah’s wrath.” Who told you that they are ‘People of the Book”?  They are not the “People of the Book”, they are people of many books. All the useful scientific books that you have today are theirs, the fruit of their free and creative thinking. What gives you the right to calls them “those who incur Allah’s wrath”  or those “who have gone astray”, and then come here and say that your religion commands you to refrain from offending the belief of others?

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“Why does a young Muslim, in the prime of life, with a full of life ahead, go and blow himself up? How and why does he blow himself up in a bus full of innocent passengers? In our countries, religion is the sole source of education, and is the only spring from which terrorists drank until his thirst was quenched. He was not born a terrorist, and did not become a terrorist overnight. Islamic teachings played a role in weaving his ideological fabric, thread by thread, and did not allow other sources, – I am referring to scientific sources, to play a role.  It was these teachings that distorted this terrorist and killed his humanity. It was not the terrorist who distorted the religious teachings and misunderstood them, as some ignorant people claim.  When you recite to a child still in his early years the verse; “They will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate side cut off “, regardless of this verse’s  interpretation, and regardless of the reasons it was conveyed or its time, you have made the first step towards creating a great terrorist.

Murder is terrorism regardless of time or place, but when it is committed as a decree from Allah, this is another matter. The Crusaders wars about which the professor is talking, these wars came after the Islamic religious teachings, and as a response to this teachings. This is the law of action and reaction.  The Islamic religious teachings have incited to the rejection of other, to the denial of the other, and to the killing of the other. Have they not incited to the killing of the Jews and Christians? If we had heard that a tribe in the distant corner of China has  a holy book and religious teachings calling to kill Muslims – would the Muslims stand idly by in the face of such teachings? The Crusaders war came after this Islamic religious teachings. When this Islamic teachings were delivered, America did not exist in the face of the the earth, nor was Israel in Palestine.

Why doesn’t he talks about Muslim conquests that proceeded all the wars he is talking about? Why doesn’t he mentioned that when Tariq bin Ziyyad entered Andalusia with his armies, he said to his people; “The sea is behind you, and the enemy is in front”? How can you storm a peaceful country, and considered all its inhabitants as your enemies, merely because you have the right to spread your religion? Should religion be spread by the sword and through fighting?

Can you explain to me the killing of a hundred of thousand of children, women and men in Algeria, using the most abominable killing methods? Can you explain to me the killing of 15,000 Syrian civilians? Can you explain the abominable crime in the military artillery school in Aleppo? Can you explain the crime in Al-Asbaqiya neighborhood of Damascus, Syria? can you explain the attacks of the terrorists on the peaceful village of Al-Kisheh in Upper Egypt, and the massacre of 21 Coptic peasants? Can you explain to me what is going on in Indonesia, Turkey and Egypt, even though these are Islamic countries which opposed the American intervention in Iraq and which don’t have armies in Iraq, yet were not spared by the terrorists? Can you explain these phenomena, which took place in Arab countries? Was all this revenge on America or Israel? Or were they merely to satisfy bestial wild instincts aroused in them by religious teachings, which incite to rejection of the other, to the killing of the other, or to the denial of the other. When Saddame Hussein buried 20,000 Shiites and Kurds alive, we did not hear a single Muslim protesting. Your silence served to acknowledge the legitimacy of these killings, didn’t it?”

 

(Excerpts from Wafa Sultan)

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