In the post below Desee says:
In a sermon entitled The Intifada and the Signs of Victory, and delivered at the al-Muntada al-Islami mosque in London, Haitham Al Haddad describes Jews as ‘eternal enemies’ and quotes from the anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion:
“[W]e must reflect on the reality of the conflict between us and the Jews, the enemies of God, and the descendants of apes and pigs.
O brothers! The conflict between us and the Jews is religious, historic, civilizational, and infinitely complex; it is not bounded by time or place, and it has more than one dimension.
Yes, o brothers, this is the nature of the conflict. It is not a military conflict for a limited period on the land of Palestine. The battle in Palestine, such as that underway at the moment and that which took place in the past, is but one small part of this conflict.
There is no better example of this, o brothers, than our recognition based on an investigation of reality, that although the Jews do not occupy all our land in Palestine, in time they will take over parts of the Arab countries indirectly in a manner perhaps worse than the military occupation. For example: political and economic control, and all their efforts to gain cultural control, as well as their hard work towards normalisation [of relations]. This is only part of their management of this battle, of which realise its importance and our ignorance.
We know that the Jews are using all that they can to end this conflict in their favour. They are doomed and will lose. They are one of the armies of the devil, of which Allah the Almighty said: And incite [to senselessness] whoever you can among them with your voice and assault them with your horses and foot soldiers and become a partner in their wealth and their children and promise them. But Satan does not promise them except delusion. [17:64]
Did Allah not commands us to seek refuge from the devils of mankind and the jinn? Indeed, the devils of mankind are perfectly represented by these Jews. Do their Protocols [of the Elders of Zion] not say: “We must seduce the world with women and wine, through gambling and recreation, and if this is not sufficient then their reality will testify to this.”
O brothers: their weapons in this battle are like the weapons of Satan: all kinds of desires, money, women, alcohol, games, media, so-called sports and art. All of these are amongst their weapons.”
In another sermon delivered at the same mosque entitled Who are the Innocents?, al-Haddad justifies the killing of apostates:
“Capital punishment in Islamic law is permissible…for those designated as ‘innocent’ according to international law [such as] the one who leaves his religion…just as the married adulterer, is a “criminal eligible for the death penalty”, according to the Islamic legal principle of consensus.
And this reminds us, o Servants of Allah, of the stories of those who compose heretical writings, that you cannot tolerate esoteric interpretation, you rule on their apostasy and desertion of the religion…in the West they are known as creative writers, and are considered as amongst the most innocent, but to us they are apostates, and their blood is halal.“
He then goes on to justify suicide bombing:
“This category is mentioned in what the scholars call at-Tatarrus, which permits Muslims on the battlefield to kill a group of non-Muslims if they are using Muslims as a type of shield and there is no other way to get at them. This way, even if it leads to the killing of some Muslims, as long as non-Muslims are killed, is permissible a fortiori.
Thus it is understood that, although these people were not fighting, one may kill them unintentionally…”
In another sermon at al-Muntada al-Islami entitled Conditions for the Relationship with the People of the Book, al-Haddad calls for the worldwide implementation of Islamic law:
“O Nation of jihad! The second of the sources that depend on the accusation of their [non-Muslims] disbelief is thatMuslims should prevent them from ruling any country with a law other than the shari’ah and Muslims should rule the entire planet with this Islamic law, and should this lead to fighting the People of the Book, Allah said: “And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and worshipping of others along with Allah) and (all and every kind of) worship is for Allah (alone). [2: 193].
The aim of Jihad is primarily for Allah’s law to govern the whole earth, and for no other law to remain.”
Jews and Christians must be hated:
“O servants of Allah! Here’s another warning more important than its predecessor, namely: declaring Jews and Christians to be kuffār, and the necessity of hating them, and avoiding them.“
Muslims must avoid non-Muslims completely and it is forbidden to celebrate their festivals:
“O Nation of Islam! The remaining provisions concerning the People of the Book are numerous: it is ḥarām [forbidden]to imitate them; it is essential to force them to pay the jizyah [discriminatory poll tax levied on non-Muslims] in Muslim countries; and to prohibit their residence in the Arabian Peninsula…but here I conclude with one rule, considering its importance to us these days, especially in this country, and in the face of this adversity, that is, the forbiddance of joining the Christians in their festivals, or congratulating them.
O servants of Allah! If we agree that their religion is an infidel religion , it means that their religious rites are a manifestation of infidelity and symbols of war against Allah and His Messenger, and there is no doubt that the festivals of each sect is associated with their religion and their faith, and it is these festivals which distinguish it from others, and the festivals are specifically distinguished by [non-Muslim] laws, just as Ibn Taymiyyah said.
So do you see that if a Muslim is pleased with the appearance of these manifestations of disbelief, as well as congratulating the non-Muslims on these festivals, let alone participating in them, that this is what makes congratulation of the kuffār on their religious rites categorically forbidden, and that the sin is multiplied if Muslims participate in these manifestations of disbelief?
Ibn al-Qayyim said: “As for congratulating non-Muslims on the rituals of disbelief, it is forbidden by consensus, just as it is forbidden to congratulate them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘Merry Christmas to you!’ or ‘Enjoy your festival!’ and the like, for this equates to the speaker accepting disbelief and it is forbidden.” It has the same status as congratulating someone for prostrating in front of the Cross. This is the greatest sin to Allah and more odious than celebrating by drinking wine, committing suicide and practising illegal sexual intercourse and the like. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall in this trap and they do not know the ugliness of what they have done, for whosoever congratulated someone for a sin or heresy or disbelief exposes himself to the loathing of Allah and his indignation.
Allah said: “And it has already been revealed to you in the Book (this Quran) that when you hear the Verses of Allah being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would be like them . Surely, Allah will collect the hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell.”[4:140]
O servants of Allah, Ibn Taymiyyah said: “It is also evil to encourage Muslim children to respect or love these festivals of disbelief…”
What an evil parent you are if you don’t forbid your family and your children from that and knowledge of it: that it is not permissible for us to participate in the Christian festivals or imitate them.
O servants of Allah! I do not know how it can be pleasurable for a believer to congratulate the cross-worshipers,the swine-eaters, the wine-drinkers, on their festivals of immorality, obscenity and adultery, where naked women dance with men, where cups of wine are passed round, noisy songs are sung, shamelessness and depravity abound, and then tell them after that, ‘ Have a happy time!’”
HP Comments: Haitham Al Haddad is being promoted by FOSIS and is scheduled to speak to the LSE ISOC. He appeared at the East London Mosque/London Muslim Centre in December.
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