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Iraqi Journalist Throws Shoes At George Bush, Misses

An angry Iraqi journalist gains worldwide attention with the toss of a shoe. Or rather, with the toss of two. Muntadar al-Zeidi turned his frustration into action and launched two of what seems to be his own shoes straight at George W. Bush as he was about to shake hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a news conference in Iraq.

Now, based on the fact that he was using shoes, one may ask what exactly was he trying to accomplish? Best case scenario, Bush gets a black eye or a scoffed up nose. But you know what, I feel the disgruntled journalist, along with millions across the globe, could care less at the effectiveness of his weapons of choice. It was the statement that spoke loudest. Upset with the leader of the super powerful nation of the world? Take off your jutha (shoe) and chuck it at him. I can see the internet jokes of “epic shoe maneuver,” already.

And check out how quickly he launches the first one and then removes his other shoe (reloads) and fires away. Maybe he had them untied and ready for deployment? Or rather, perhaps he wore slip-ons or loafers that day.

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On a more serious and somber note, Shaykh Yasir Qadhi said:

One wonders the depth of anger that must have been present in him to be driven to such a drastic move: completely ineffective on the one hand, yet so symbolic on the other. The journalist knew he had nowhere to hide; he knew he would be facing at the minimum a prison sentence. It was nothing but sheer disgust that he felt, and millions of people around the world along with him, that drove him to commit such a trivial yet symbolic deed.

Here’s the report from AP:

Bush ducks shoes in Baghdad

BAGHDAD (AP) — It gives fresh meaning to the phrase shooed away.

President George W. Bush ducked a pair of shoes hurled at his head — one shoe after the other — in the middle of a news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Both shoes narrowly missed their target and thumped loudly against the wall behind the leaders.

“Don’t worry about it,” the president said as the room erupted into chaos.

Iraqi reporters started shouting what Bush later explained were apologies for the incident.

“So what if the guy threw a shoe at me?” Bush said, comparing the action to political protests in the United States.

“If you want the facts, it was a size 10,” he joked.

The shoe attack came as Bush and al-Maliki were about to shake hands. The assailant — later identified as television correspondent Muntadar al-Zeidi — leapt from his chair and hurled his footwear at the president, who was about 20 feet away.

“This is the end,” he yelled.

The crowd descended on al-Zeidi, who works for Al-Baghdadia television, an Iraqi-owned station based in Cairo, Egypt. He was wrestled to the ground by security officials and then hauled away, moaning as they departed the room. Later, a trail of fresh blood could be seen on the carpet, although the source was not known.

In Iraqi culture, throwing shoes at someone is a sign of contempt. When U.S. Marines toppled Saddam Hussein’s statue on Firdos Square in 2003, the assembled crowd whacked it with their shoes.

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97 Comments

97 Comments

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    ilmsummitee

    December 15, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    SubhanAllah, when this happened my father notified me immediately to go check it out…….I didnt believe him at first, but then I watched it over and over and over again.

    Mashallah, what courage to stand against the oppression that so arrogantly stands in front of you, the head of the source that has destroyed not just a country but a rich history of centuries of civilizations, and not just destroyed homes, infrastructers, lives, families, futures, hopes but killed so many in such a brutally ‘justifiable’ way for a ‘noble’ cause. Can you imagine what the punishment is for these people who cause so much suffering and indescribable pain?!?!?

    This journalist, only Allah knows what happened to him, if he had any family members or friends, neighbors killed/injured or how the occupation affected him and caused his suffering. His actions really touched me and I am praying for him specifically, who knows they probably took him to some secret torture prison, God forbid. Ya Allah help your servant who spoke in the name of those who could not speak for themselves, and sacrificed to stand up for the Haqq.

    May Allah ease the situation among the Muslims worldwide, and bring them victory, strength, and a resurgence of izzah. Ameen, ya ALLAH!

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    Siraaj

    December 15, 2008 at 2:02 AM

    Hilarious!

    Siraaj

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    Ron Ibn Abi Paul Al-Anti-Illuminati

    December 15, 2008 at 2:14 AM

    lol at the whole incident.

    Further lol at reporters pondering over the cultural significance of shoes being hurled at high velocities towards critical organs.

    “You see, in Muslim culture, it is customary for people to throw shoes to express contempt. While it is still unknown what this man’s intentions were, one thing is for sure: his mention of a goodbye kiss was purely figurative”

    In reality, it’s only Arab culture, not Muslim culture, that frowns upon directing the soles of your feet towards people. Throwing shoes at someone is pretty much universally understood to be an unfriendly gesture.

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    Dunia's Stranger

    December 15, 2008 at 2:31 AM

    This reminds me of the Austin Powers lines:
    “Who throws a shoe. Honesly?”

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    Naeem

    December 15, 2008 at 4:28 AM

    AA-

    And the craziest part of this entire fiasco is the ignorance displayed by Bush (surprise!) when asked about the incident, he responded: “I don’t know what the guy’s cause is.”

    You’ve just completed the systematic destruction of the man’s country and you seriously can’t figure out what his beef is?!

    Get a clue dude!

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    Ron Ibn Abi Paul Al-Anti-Illuminati

    December 15, 2008 at 5:45 AM

    lol yeah he was like “BY GOLLY! A man just hurled his footwear at me! This is a matter most peculiar! But why? Why would someone do such a thing? What might his cause be? I don’t know. I am just as baffled as you are, Madam Reporter! What’s that you say? He’s screaming about dogs, widows and children? MY GOD! This man is on crack! Away with him to the dungeons.”

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    Ar-Raheeq

    December 15, 2008 at 6:39 AM

    Hilarious…I started laughing immediately as i read the title…. I bet even one of the security guards trying to surround the angry journalist would have had a quite chuckle within themselves!!! Gee what a humiliating torment in this dunya itself….

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    Organica

    December 15, 2008 at 7:26 AM

    Ahh.

    He did it for all of us.

    He was a man!

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    Yasir Qadhi

    December 15, 2008 at 8:27 AM

    Should be titled: “From Iraq With Love” !

    The funniest part of the whole fiasco is how news ‘analysts’ are informing us that throwing a shoe at someone is considered a sign of disrespect in Arab / Muslim culture (said explicitly on CNN, Yahoo, AP and more).

    Well, thank God for such insightful cultural analysis! Of course, here in America, were someone to do the same we’d all understand this differently, hence the need for this profound societal background information. Here in America, without this deep thought, many would have assumed that the Iraqi journalist was merely welcoming the liberators with open arms.

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    abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    December 15, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    bismillah. i just dugg the article, because i think we’ve got more to offer than just the video. but the video itself over at MSNBC has already got over 7400 diggs!!!

    i’m thinking that maybe the journalist just came back from Hajj. :) ever been at the jamarat? a lot of emotional hujjaaj throw their shoes at the great shaytan. :P

    as for the President, he’s a dodgeball evil genius. for 8 straight years he’s dodged truth, morality, justice, human rights, you name it! his security detail was so slow the Iraqi had time to wind-up for each throw of his shoes. but Bush was a pro. did you see that first duck? if they remake that dodgeball movie, Bush should totally be cast as the evil gym owner.

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    abu abdAllah, the Houstonian

    December 15, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    bismillah. and i am praying for the family of that journalist. may Allah strengthen them — i would be amazed if the man and his family were spared by President Bush’s lackeys and surrogates.

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    Hassan

    December 15, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    I am deeply disappointed. He should have practiced well, to hit the target.

    Bush October 2001 93% approval rating, and feared.

    Bush December 2008 27% approval rating, and being thrown shoes at.

    Just a point for people who think.

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    Yasir Qadhi

    December 15, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    It is interesting to note that most American media outlets are not reporting the entire sentence that the man said.

    AP (an international agency) has the full quote:

    “This is a farewell kiss, you dog,” al-Zeidi yelled in Arabic as he threw his shoes. “This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq.”

    In related news, thousands took to the street demanding the release of the journalist, who was declared a hero. In yet another story, the police confiscated the shoes as evidence.

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    Nusaiba

    December 15, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    The incident reminds me of this hadith:
    “…And if Allah has abhorred a servant [of His], He calls Gabriel and says: ‘I abhor So-and-so, therefore abhor him.’ So Gabriel abhors him. Then Gabriel calls out to the inhabitants of heaven: ‘Allah abhors So-and-so, therefore abhor him.’” He (the Prophet – peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “So they abhor him, and abhorrence is established for him on earth.”
    [Muslim, Bukhari,Tirmidhi]

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    MM Associates

    December 15, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    bismillah. [by abu abdAllah]

    has anyone seen any flash-type games yet based on this incident? it’s sure to make a great stocking-stuffer: “throw your shoes at President Bush! your choice of dress shoes (so shiny!!), high heels (stilettos could poke out an eye!!), or gym shoes (available in biowarfare or plain-smelly-warfare). can you throw at full power? can he dodge your smelly missiles? will you play the enhanced version, where he throws back?! or will you play the Bush-years-commemorative-edition, where you get thrown into your choice of Abu Ghraib or Gitmo while Bush, Cheney, et al laugh their evil selves to sleep? available soon for all platforms, including PC, PSP, iPhone, and more!!

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    IbnAbbas

    December 15, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    yeah how he missed the target? but still he did a great job alhamdulillah! LOVED IT!

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    IbnAbbas

    December 15, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    i’m thinking that maybe the journalist just came back from Hajj. ever been at the jamarat? a lot of emotional hujjaaj throw their shoes at the great shaytan.

    LOL

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    ibnkhalil

    December 15, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    MashAllah….the brother really outdid himself.

    On a serious note, perhaps when the US president shows up everybody should be allowed in the room after they remove their shoes, just as a security measure. After all throwing shoes at someone in American culture (vs Arab culture) is a sign of great respect.

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    Hidaya

    December 15, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Man I thought throw was pretty good would have hit his face if he didn’t move his head…….but thats ok, mission was accomplished nonetheless =)

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    Ar-Raheeq

    December 15, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    SubhanAllah!!!
    The media news agency he was working for has stopped broadcasting regular news and has started broadcasting messages praising the journalist a hero of all Arabs!!! Source:Al-Jazeera

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    anon

    December 15, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    This has a nice slideshow

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/14/bush-visits-iraq-for-fina_n_150832.html

    What is amazing is that the Iraqi president seems totally unfazed, not even blinking! He knows the shoe is being thrown at Bush, so he doens’t even flinch… and second attempt he tries to ‘magically’ wave it away.

    and once again, we see how good Bush is at dodging things…but you gotta hand it to him, those were some fast moves!

  23. ibnabeeomar

    ibnabeeomar

    December 15, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/15/arabs-across-middle-east-_n_150996.html

    “Al-Zeidi is the man,” said 42-year-old Jordanian businessman Samer Tabalat. “He did what Arab leaders failed to do.”

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    Siraaj

    December 15, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Salaam alaykum all,

    Although I do agree that throwing shoes in any culture at someone is probably disrespectful, does it have special significance in Arab culture? I’ve seen other sources (Arab) reporting the same on this incident.

    Siraaj

  25. Yaser Birjas

    Yaser Birjas

    December 15, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Before we all get carried away with the comics of this incident…let us just make sure we keep this journalist on our list of du’a for safety for his life and his family’s from the Iraqi security gurds. Let us keep following his case with updates, otherwise he will be forgotten forever, and only Allah knows what he is going through right now as we all read through these few words.

  26. Amad

    Amad

    December 15, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    I am surprised they haven’t called this a “terrorist attack” yet, and taken the poor journalist to Gitmo.

    May Allah protect him from torture and other forms of retributions for making Iraq’s sham government look bad.

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    Joyhamza

    December 15, 2008 at 3:07 PM

    The funniest part of the whole fiasco is how news ‘analysts’ are informing us that throwing a shoe at someone is considered a sign of disrespect in Arab / Muslim culture (said explicitly on CNN, Yahoo, AP and more).

    Well, thank God for such insightful cultural analysis! Of course, here in America, were someone to do the same we’d all understand this differently, hence the need for this profound societal background information. Here in America, without this deep thought, many would have assumed that the Iraqi journalist was merely welcoming the liberators with open arms.

    hahahahaha!

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    Shooed

    December 15, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    What a waste of shoes.
    I say the guy only deserves Hell-fire thrown at.
    Allahuma Aameen.

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    Shooed

    December 15, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Also, to keep the balance, He should have thrown the second one at Noori Al Maliki instead.

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    AnonyMouse

    December 15, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Absolutely priceless.
    Ameen to the ad’iyah for the brother – the bit about a “trail of fresh blood” worries me.

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    sincethestorm

    December 15, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    I don’t want the journalist tortured or killed over this but whatever happened to Islamic manners. He was clearly out of his mind or maybe this was planned ahead of time. In either case, his aim was pretty darn good under the circumstances. I’m just wandering what they thought he would do when he bent down for the 2nd one. I guess the entire room was in shock except President Bush because he dodged the shoe perfectly.

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    someone

    December 15, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    it didn’t hit bush, but it hit the american flag

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    MM Associates

    December 15, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    bismillah. [by abu abdAllah]

    ameen to all the duas for the protection of this journalist and his family. indeed, this act was political speech and any sovereign should reflect that while his throw was strong and his aim true, he only threw his shoes. for bombs dropped, missiles fired, a country occupied, a people divided, in return only shoes hurled. let the man go free, and let him and his family be.

    @faraz, jazak Allah khayr, for the links.

    @sincethestorm, the journalist was clearly in grief over what America has done to his country and people. it’s fantastic that it was caught on video and that the video was not suppressed. someone should make a video with the Mission Accomplished appearance followed by the shoe-dodge.

    NYTimes story: Shoe-Hurling Iraqi Becomes a Folk Hero
    By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and SHARON OTTERMAN
    The Iraqi journalist who threw shoes at President Bush has stirred up a storm of emotions across Iraq and the Arab world.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/world/middleeast/16shoe.html?8au&emc=au

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    mofw

    December 15, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    I must admit this is the most honorable suicide attack I have ever seen.

    I call it a suicide attack because he is sure to be killed. He is a sunni while those in control of the iraqi government, especially Maliki’s body guards, are all shiite. With sectarianism aside I am sure this dude is gonna take a whole lot of heat just for the embarrassment this is going to cause them. Iraqis have been tortured to death for a lot less.

    Also, did you see maliki’s face? I watched this thing in slow mo and he’s not surprised so much as he is sporting this irritated frown on his face.

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    ilmsummitee

    December 15, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Quick update: The journalist, Muntathir Al-Zaydee, was born in Baghdad, is 28yrs old, works for Al-Baghdadiyah local newspaper has been reported to be in custody in some prison. His colleagues described him to be a fairly quiet guy, but he was also known for his political views of opposing the occupation. His family have publically acknowledged his heroism and feel honored yet at the same time afraid of his safety and whereabouts. The previous year, he himself was kidnapped by militias.

    What is funny and not so surprising, is that the American media did not show the entire video of how they struck the journalist down and roughly handled him (seemingly even hitting him and trying to silence him) while the Iraqi security tried to get all the cameras/vids to be put away. for those who understand arabic, you can hear it for yourself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2-4UM9OE14

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    shahgul

    December 15, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    This is a time for all of us who have grown arrogant to fall down in sajdah and ask Allah for forgiveness. He has humilitated the man entrusted with most power on earth. He can humiliate us too. All with the flick of a hand and the sole of a shoe.

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    anonymous

    December 15, 2008 at 8:48 PM

  38. Amad

    Amad

    December 15, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    this is funny
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmoN8WhRNZw

    Just noticed that Maliki tried to ward off the second shoe with his hand… but really Maliki deserves that shoe even more than Bush imho

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    IbnAbbas

    December 15, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    وما رميت اذا رميت ولكن الله رمى
    “And you didn’t throw when you threw but it was Allah who threw” – Surah Anfal: verse 17

    :)

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      shiney

      July 27, 2010 at 10:02 PM

      ASA,
      ok so the relation of the shoe-throwing incident w/ the Qur’anic ayah may be funny or even cool to some Muslims but I seriously think that negative actions done by Muslims should not be related to the Qur’an as that can be used by the non-believers as yet another way to defame Islam by saying that it is a violent religion. furthermore, to take an ayah out of context like that and try to relate it to an event out of nowhere is i think, not acceptable in islam. I don’t have much knowledge on the subject but i think it is forbidden to interpret something in the Qur’an as something else out of one’s own mind.

  40. Amad

    Amad

    December 15, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    MOFW

    I call it a suicide attack because he is sure to be killed. He is a sunni while those in control of the iraqi government, especially Maliki’s body guards, are all shiite. With sectarianism aside I am sure this dude is gonna take a whole lot of heat just for the embarrassment this is going to cause them. Iraqis have been tortured to death for a lot less.

    MOFW, u got that wrong dude. “Luckily” for him (unluckily for his akhira), he is not a sunni, he is Shi’a. Otherwise the Shiite Republic of Iraq would have hung him off the nearest pole. So now, the lunatic murderer Muqtada Sadr, can secure the release of this man and become even more popular. On a tangent, what I don’t get is that if Saddam was so ruthless with shias, how come these cult-leaders such as muqtada survive Saddam’s rule??

    [source]

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    DrM

    December 15, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    The shoes heard around the world……….

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    Yusuf

    December 15, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    @Ibn Abbas: That quoted Ayah from Surat al-Anfal was classic. Great timing.

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    MM Associates

    December 16, 2008 at 12:33 AM

    bismillah. [observation by abu abdAllah]

    @ibn abbas and yusuf: i agree with the enthusiasm. but not so much with the use of the ayat: Allah never misses, and His Punishment can never be ducked. but maybe you did not mean the shoes themselves: the ignominy of being the target of so much emotional outrage did hit home.

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    mudsir

    December 16, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Well just like how Muslims were enthusiastic about the Revolution in Iran initially but later realized that that the Iranian revolution had done more harm to the Ummah than any good due to the establishment of the Shia regime in Iran. This is going to be another attempt by the Shias to lure Muslims into shiaism.

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    hassan

    December 16, 2008 at 10:11 AM

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    To Mudsir

    December 16, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    To Mudsir,

    How do you know this is going to benefit Shiaism ?

    Why do you think we have Shaytan?

    Why does Allah SWT puts us in trials?

    Why does He SWT sends catastrophies on the people/communities where evil becomes more prevelent than good?

    If you find answers to these according to Quran and Sunnah, you will understand whats happening around you.

    ma salaam

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    FreeZaidi yahoo group

    December 16, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    As Salamalaikom,

    Please join the group and help in raising a colected voice for the release of our symbolic hero ZAIDI.

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreeZaidi/

    Jazakallah.

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    Hidaya

    December 16, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Thanks for the link for the show game, I was able to hit him several times =)

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    Valerie

    December 16, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    My only regret is that he didn’t hit Bush with the shoes and knock his psycho ass out!

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    Cindy Sheehan

    December 16, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Watch the Bush policies unfold in Afghanistan. We need peace not wars.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/dec/16/afghanistan-taliban-us-foreign-policy

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    sacbutteredtoast

    December 17, 2008 at 12:00 AM

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    Saad

    December 17, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Should have also thrown shoes at the “American” Muslim sheikhs/types who stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Bush after 9/11 and who stood, clapped, and cheered when Bush said “You are either with us or against us”.

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    mudsir

    December 17, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    @Saad

    Yes from now onwards this has to become our standard reaction.

    We don’t agree with this sheikh and that and start throwing shoes at everyone we disagree with.

    So muslims will at least come out of the terrorist tag and get the shoe throwers tag.

    Yes, I can see how the media will play this out to put this tag on Muslims. They will say that all muslims are not shoe throwers but all shoe throwers are Muslims.

    Yes the Ummah and all the Shaikhs should encourage throwing shoes from now onwards.

    Well I can see a series of lectures on the benefit of shoe throwing.

    Yes teach your children to throw shoes at an early age. And keep these shoe throwers in our duas.

    May Allah (swt) protect the shoe throwers.

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    Abu Ayesha Al Emarati

    December 17, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Assalaamualikum

    I do not understand why my comments were deleted.

    All I did was express a concern for Brother Anwar Al Awlaki’s views on this matter.

    The fact is, many young Muslims consider him to be an ”Imam” and a teacher which he is. This is exactly what makes his approval of the ”shoe-throwing” journalist rather disturbing

    Why praise an act that is contrary to the principles established by Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah? Does no one on here see how actions like this serve little to enhance the standing of the Ummah or to help the condition of the Muslims? Infact, the journalist has only brought fitnah upon himself (and probably is family) through his actions.

    Anyway, I hope this comment will not be deleted like the previous one and that it will only lend some perspective to the outright praise that has so far been expressed on here.

    Wassalaam

    Abu Ayesha

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      shiney

      July 27, 2010 at 10:29 PM

      i never read Imam Awlaki’s comment (i’ve been looking for it, though) but i agree with you. Many young Muslims (including me) laughed at this incident but it is certainly not the way of the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jama’ah. The Prophet (SAW) never resorted to violence (even if it be minor) so why should we? So overall, I agree w/ what you’re saying.

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    Abdullah

    December 17, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Asalamualikum,

    I thought Muslims were just in their criticism and dealings. However, i am disappointed to see unwanted and unjust critisism of SHEIKH Anwar al awlaki by brother Abu Ayesha. His(SHeikh Anwar) views are in accordance with quran and sunnah. The logic of human being doesn’t supercede the logic of Allah swt. If you have daleel from quran and sunnah that proves the criticism of Sheikh Anwar is not in accordance with quran and suinnah then we will definitely let the sheikh know.

    Unneccessary, raving and ranting and trying to assassinate the character of sheikh Anwar is not helping because the honour is not in the hands of mere human being, it is in the hands of Allah swt. Allah swt humiliates the lowly and protects the believers from humiliation.
    He has inspired and continues to inspire many youth to islam who otherwise might end-up in local pubs(not denying the guidance is from Allah swt). We ask Allah swt to honor him and to protect him from any harm and instill justice in the hearts of the believers..Ameen

    @ADMIN, Please be just and don’t delete the comment

    Wa Salam

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    Yusuf

    December 17, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    @ Abu Aleya:

    All I did was express a concern for Brother Anwar Al Awlaki’s views on this matter.

    You’re kidding, right?

    Why praise an act that is contrary to the principles established by Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah? Does no one on here see how actions like this serve little to enhance the standing of the Ummah or to help the condition of the Muslims? Infact, the..

    Ah yes, the Sunnah. Then let me ask you this:

    Did you send Imam Anwar a private email via his personal blog expressing your concerns? Or did you instead choose to “advise him” using a community platform like this blog? You do realize that even mundane adab dictates us to advise a brother in confidence, don’t you?

    Maybe you don’t.

    I was sent for the perfection of manners.” Prophet Muhammad صل الله عليه وسلّم

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    mofw

    December 17, 2008 at 3:39 PM

    abu ayesha,

    I don’t know why people see throwing shoes at Bush to be curious behavior. If anything it should be the norm. This journalist’s actions have been praised globally. As a matter of fact the only negative comments I have heard about this guy is that he missed.

    If more people had thrown shoes at Bush, I am sure that many lives and much suffering could have been avoided.

    Perhaps you would have preferred that our hero would have been content with shoveling Bush’s arrogant lies into a pail and splattering them all over some newspaper. Perhaps that would be in keeping with the “principles established by Ahlus Sunnah Wal Jama’ah.”

    Let me remind you that Bush is not your run of the mill Muslim hater, but rather, he is a man responsible for the massacre of literally millions of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Somalia and Pakistan. He is responsible for the wrongful imprisonment and torture of thousands.

    Criminals like this are normally tried for their crimes and if found guilty, executed. Remember Saddam?

    It’s funny because I don’t ever seeing you saying those words in public. Perhaps you too would get a vigorious shoe-ing.

    Viva la resistance!

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    mofw

    December 17, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    btw have you read Imam Anwar’s article: “Muslim for the sake of the Disbelievers?” It would be very instructive in this, our current farce of a discussion.

  59. Amad

    Amad

    December 17, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Let’s move on, and not make this post about Al-Awlaki.

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    Abu Ayesha Al Emarati

    December 17, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Yusuf

    How do you know I haven’t advised the brother in confidence?

    Do you even know me or my relationship with Al Awlaki?

    SubhaanAllah; quick to judge and slow to husn ad dhun.

    Anwar al Awlaki is man enough and strong enough (MashaAllah) to answer my concerns by himself without you having to rush to his defence. Defend the manhaj akhi, not personalities.

    The moment any individual assumes the mantle of guide, teacher, Imam, scholar his or her speech or writings is not like the speech and writing of the masses like you and I. The words of these people take on a special significance since the influence they have is great. The fact is that a great many people will make Taqlid of scholars and the mistakes of the scholars will become mistakes of the people.

    Imam Anwar Al Awlaki posted his article on a public forum. Why should comments on the article not be in public as well?

    Do not be reactionary. There is a tendency nowdays to exercise extreme laxity in views as a reaction to the harshness and rigidness of the ”super salafis” of the early to mid 2000s.

    Anyways, akhi, my comments are not meant to cause fitnah. They are meant to temper views and attitudes InshaAllah.

    Wassalaam

    Abu A

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    Mohammed

    December 17, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Salam Brothers,

    To Brother Amad,

    We need to respect our elders and scholars so it will be better if you will add Imam or Shaik instead of plain Awlaki. JazakAllah. No Offense please.

    Shoe Throwing Game

    http://www.sockandawe.com

  62. Amad

    Amad

    December 17, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    The best thing to do, Abu Ayesha, is to post your comments and your concerns on the post that you take issue with, because the post here did not have anything to do really with him, someone just posted the presence of a post on this subject (like the many other links people posted).

    Mohammed, jak for the advice.

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    abu isa

    December 17, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    although i salute the news reporter who threw the shoe, i must say that anwar al-awlaki has turned into a raving lunatic. he should be silenced. now he is working for tibyan publications, who support al-qaeda and say it is ok to target women and children, break covenants, etc.

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    mudsir

    December 17, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    What I don’t like about Anwar al awlaki and brothers like him is that they are very quick to judge. For them either you are with them and agree with their extreme views or you are a RAND muslim which is in effect for them a non-muslim. They do not tolerate other opinions, and in fact are against the major scholars and the government of Saudi Arabia. Last time I posted a comment in Brother Awlaki’s site, it was deleted.

    Labelling anyone is to be done by their creator that is Allah(swt) only and not by human beings. We speak against terrorism not because we are afraid of disbelievers and want to please them but because we being Muslims are against the indiscriminate killing of innocent human beings, women, and children. Now if some mere mortal thinks that I am a RAND muslim or whatever I should not really care. But it really hurts me when a fellow believer whom I love labels me.

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    mofw

    December 17, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    I always cringe when someone says “manhaj.”

    Anyway, time to maybe close the comments on the post, eh?

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    mohammed

    December 18, 2008 at 3:26 AM

    Salam brothers,

    To brother Mudsir,

    Brother you need to let us know what Imam Anwar said wrong with evidence. You cannot just backbite about him here. Remember the saying of our leader, role model, Habeeballah Mohammed (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) about backbiting? So you are not happy because he is against Saudi Government? Once Ameer al Mumineen, Umar Al Khattab, during his khilafa, asked the sahaba what will they do if he goes against shariah and the rule of Allah, one sahabi said they will correct Umar Al Khattab with their sword. He said I am happy that people like you exist.

    Now coming to our saudi government, can you raise your voice and tell them that your people are living in worst conditions in villages like wadi dawasir, kharj etc and th royal family wasting money in casinos, palaces etc. They are not forbidding evil rather promoting things that will bring wrath of Allah. They are not caring for muslims in palestine, and other places. They not even providing food for the hungry muslims in several parts of the world and gathering wealth. IS THIS NOT A GOOD REASON ISLAMICALLY TO OPPOSE THEM?

    Major scholars? Whom are we referring here? Listen my brother, every nation hated people who spoke the truth. Imam Anwar awlaki speaks the truth Alhamdulillah giving evidences from quran and hadith. You cannot deny the ahadith. If you can then bring your proofs.

    Our shoyookh here can correct me if I am wrong. Please no backbiting and I am correcting you here since you brought it here. May Allah reward you and me and unite muslims. Our main aim should be to please Allah. Look at the intentions of the brother and if he is judging then look at his daleel. If you do not agree then contact him instead of backbiting here.

    Jazakallah Khair

    Brother Amad, Jak means Jazakallah Allah Khair right? lol…I was trying to figure out at first what does “mohammed Jak” means.

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    mudsir

    December 18, 2008 at 6:07 AM

    Salam brothers,

    To brother mohammed,

    Brother I thought I made myself clear.
    As far as backbiting is concerned can you please stop backbiting against your brothers in the Saudi government. Has Brother Awlaki and you advised the SAudi government or just trying to incite the masses against a government that is governing by the sharia. They may be bad but by revolting against them an even evil scenario will result as seen in Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan where even though Muslims are in the majority there is no Sharia.

    So you are not happy about the Saudi Government? Go to Saudi and advice them. You cannot just backbite about them here or in any lectures where they have no oppurtunity to clarify themselves against things which you have said which might be true or may be lies.

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    Khan..

    December 18, 2008 at 7:23 AM

    Asslamo alaikum…

    i think Bush deserve that kind of polished kisses in dozens daily ….

    wasalam

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    Khan..

    December 18, 2008 at 7:28 AM

    Brother mudsi and Brother Muhammad …

    constructive criticism is a good thing but we should not blame each other and let not waste our words and time to prove some one wrong or right , the best thing is we should share our views in best manners .. we are not judge.. i think Allah knows every thing more than us.. hope we should not spoil the taste of sharing words with blaming each other…

    Regards

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    Abu Ayesha Al Emarati

    December 18, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Okay, I started this and I must try and stop this.

    As brother Amad pointed out I was wrong to take exception to Imam Al Awlaki’s post on this forum.

    Please Ikhwaan, lets stop debating this particular point here and lets direct our comments to the proper channel.

    Once again, apologies to everyone for the distraction I created.

    Wassalaam

    Abu A

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    mohammed

    December 18, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Salam Brothers,

    No more debate from my part after this….

    Brother mudsir, dont take it personal. May Allah reward you. I am not trying to blame anyone nor incite anyone. Let me clear few points here. Saudi government is not ruling by sharia since there is no kingship in shariah. There is only one king (malik) that is Allah. About correcting them, they will beat the hell out of us if we try to correct them. They will put us in jail and they did. They did put several people in jail for just trying to correct them. Yes we tried advising them several times and got beaten up. May Allah give us more knowledge. It will be great if any scholar here at MM can post about Backbiting. We would love to know what is allowed and what is not regarding backbiting.

    End from my side and no hard feeling.

    Jazakallah Khair

    wa salam ala man tabaa al huda

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    mofw

    December 18, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    wow … i haven’t been to the nytimes in ages! Down with corporate media.

    Sadly, Sh. Yasir, as enjoyable as this article was, I doubt most of the NY times readers will get it. They will probably even take the whole thing literally.

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    Yusuf

    December 18, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    i haven’t been to the nytimes in ages! Down with corporate media.

    Very true. In this day and age, we are almost always better off getting news from the internet than television – and from independent blogs than corporate news sites (aka mainstream media outlets) that serve a vested agenda.

    The past few years testify to that.

    Mainstream media, by the way, ultimately changes their tone and catches up – when it’s convenient later on.

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    mulsimah

    December 18, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    so in Egypt a man was so awestruck by what the man did he offered his daughter in marriage.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article5360397.ece

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    mulsimah

    December 19, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    salaam
    well he seems to be getting more proposals. (last paragraph in this latest update:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28309544

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    Cookies

    December 19, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    I hear he’s asking for pardon?

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28295066/

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    Algebra

    December 19, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Aslamu-alaikum:
    I hear its a forgery http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28309544/
    salam

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    Ibn fellah

    December 19, 2008 at 1:24 PM

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    Lucy

    December 20, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    this is so funny i love that guy

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    muslimah

    December 20, 2008 at 11:41 AM

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    Abdullah

    December 20, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Asalamualikum,

    Help Needed, Brothers/sieters!!!!

    Can anyone find me an article by Sheikh Abu Mohamad Al maqdisi called ” The dogs are barking and the caravan is moving…”?

    Much Appreciated

    Wa Salam

    Abu Dharaar.

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    mofw

    December 20, 2008 at 5:55 PM

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    MM Associates

    December 21, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    bismillah. maybe we should rename this MM article: “Journalist Throws Shoes, George Bush Ducks, and Iraq Rises.”

    The demonstration, which began early Friday, continued the theme of presenting Mr. Zaidi, a Shiite television journalist, as a unifier of a fractured nation.

    Signs pictured Mr. Zaidi, 29, in a traditional white Arab headdress, not commonly seen in Baghdad, proclaiming him in Arabic as “the son of Iraq” and “the humiliator of the occupiers.”

    At lunchtime, a group from the largely Sunni city of Samarra joined the mostly Shiite crowd in an unusual gesture of sectarian unity. The groups sat together on the park’s patchy grass, sharing large plates of rice, raisins and lamb.

    A few of the soldiers also ate the food offered them, although they stayed close to their military vehicles.

    excerpted from the end of this NYTimes story

    [comment by abu abdAllah]

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    MM Associates

    December 21, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    bismillah. [abu abdAllah]

    http://muslimmatters.org/2008/12/15/iraqi-journalist-throws-shoes-at-george-bush-misses/#comment-34568
    mashaAllah, mofw, that site is hilarious! i smiled so much… :)

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    cobbler

    December 21, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    buy my shoes… good business sense or ugly profiteering?

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    MM

    December 21, 2008 at 7:32 PM

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    coffee fiend

    December 26, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    these shoe throwing games are too funny

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    abu abdAllah Tariq Ahmed

    March 12, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    bismillah was salamu alaykum, if the sentence is carried out, may Allah guide and reward this brother and his family for every day of it, and curse his imprisoners and the target of his shoes, too, for every minute of it.

    http://wire.antiwar.com/2009/03/12/iraq-shoe-thrower-sentenced-to-three-years-in-jail/

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    Sister: No Non-sense please!

    March 12, 2009 at 11:44 PM

    I can never get enough laughs out of this. An absolutely amazing video!

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رد على الشيخ حبيب علي الجفري

 

بداية نود الاعتراف بوجوب احترام وتقديرهؤلاء الأفراد الذين كرسوا حياتهم لخدمة التمكين الديني والروحي للآخرين. فغالبًا ما تعمل قيادتهم العلمية والأخلاقية كمنارات للتوجيه ومصدر محاكاة للأمة. ومن المتوقع، لما لدورهم من أهمية بالغة، أن يتحدثوا ويتصرفوا وفقًا لأعلى مستويات الصدق والنزاهة الأخلاقية. لذلك فإن من المخيب للآمال، بشكل خاص، أن تصدر تعليقات خاطئة من عالم يجب أن يكون جزءًا من تراث الصرامة الفكرية العالية والسلوك الأخلاقي المتفوق. الأمر الأكثر إشكالية هو أن هذه التصريحات غير اللائقة تتعلق بمجموعة من إخوانهم المسلمين الذين يتعرضون لإكراه غير مسبوق للتخلي عن دينهم وهويتهم. 

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ومن المؤسف أن الشيخ حبيب علي الجفري، وهو عالم مشهور في العالم العربي، أساء استخدام محاضرته الأخيرة بنشر معلومات غير صحيحة أو متحيزة سياسياً أو تضر بحياة أمة مسلمة بأكملها مستعمرة ومضطهدة من قبل الصين. وعلى الرغم من أنه يقر بأن الصين قد ارتكبت خطأً تجاه الأويغور وأنها ليست بريئة تمامًا، إلا أن الكثير من ادعاءاته لا تزال غير دقيقة وتحتاج إلى لفت انتباهه وانتباه تلاميذه. وتحاول هذه المقالة استعراض بعض هذه المغالطات وتصحيح هذه الادعاءات التي تنزع الشرعية عن الحقيقة البائسة للأويغور والشعب التركي الآخر في تركستان الشرقية (والتي أعيد تسميتها ويشار إليها باسم سينجيان)  . 

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وتسلط المخطوطات القرآنية القديمة من المنطقة، وكذلك المخطوطات من القرنين التاسع عشر والعشرين، الضوء على الحفاظ على هذه التقاليد الإسلامية وأهميتها. وكثيراً من آلاف المساجد الجميلة المشيدة على الأرض، قام الحزب الشيوعي الصيني في الآونة الأخيرة بتدميرها. ونؤكد، لو أنها لم تكن أماكن زيارة وذات أهمية تاريخية، فلماذا قام الحزب الشيوعي الصيني بتجريفها؟ أصبحت كاشغر، عاصمة سلطنة الكراخانية و “جوهرة” طريق الحرير، مركزًا تعليميًا بارزًا للإسلام ومركزًا يعرض ماضي الأويغور الغني. 

ومن الواضح الآن أن الغالبية العظمى من الأويغور ليسوا مسلمين منذ القرن الحادي عشر فحسب ، بل أيضًا لا يمكن فصل تاريخ تركستان الشرقية عن تاريخ العالم الإسلامي. يتبع الأويغور بشكل موحد التيار السائد لأهل السنة حسب مدرسة الحنفية ، ولديهم حب كبير لأهل البيت النبيل (عائلة وأحفاد النبي ) – من الذي يدعي حبيب علي جفري أيضًا أصله – مثل جميع المسلمين الأتراك. وكان الأويغور قد أقاموا مقامًا لعالم من القرن الثامن وحفيد للنبي ، الإمام جعفر الصادق ، بالقرب من خوتان من تركستان الشرقية، والذي تم تدميره الآن من قبل نظام الحزب الشيوعي الصيني. 

إذا كانت شرائح من مجتمع الأويغور لا تمارس الاسلام اليوم ، فهذا يرجع في الغالب إلى القمع الايديولوجي الشيوعي منذ الحرب العالمية الثانية ، مثل سقوط محو الأمية الدينية والممارسات التي حدثت تحت الحكم السوفياتي في الجمهوريات التركية المجاورة. ومع ذلك ، فمن الجدير بالذكر أن نرى بعض جمهوريات آسيا الوسطى تشهد حاليًا إحياءً تدريجيًا للاحتفال الإسلامي بفضل زوال السياسات القمعية ، ملمحًا إلى الكيفية التي يمكن أن تزدهر بها الحياة الأويغورية الدينية عندما تتوقف السياسات القمعية بشأن تركستان الشرقية.

إن الأهمية التاريخية للأعمال التي أنتجها علماء الأويغور، والعديد من المدن القديمة الموجودة في جميع أنحاء تركستان الشرقية واضحة من العدوان الممنهج الذي سعت الحكومة الصينية للقضاء عليها. من حظر نشر النصوص باللغة الأويغورية ، وإغلاق جميع الأماكن الدينية ، وتحويل المواقع التاريخية إلى مراكز دعائية لنشر أويغورية علمانية مدعومة من الدولة ، دليل على أن الحزب الشيوعي الصيني ليس مهددًا فقط من قبل ثقافة الأويغور.

قبل وبعد ضريح الإمام الجعفري الصادق ايل آر ديسمبر١٠،٢٠١٣، ابريل ٢٠،٢٠١٩

رقم 2: يدعي أن مسألة القمع الأويغوري مسألة سياسية وليست دينية.

في حين أنه من الصحيح أن الاستعمار يُفهم في الغالب على أنه ظاهرة سياسية وليست دينية ، ولكن في هذه الحالة تم استخدام “الدين” كذريعة لتنفيذ عمليات الاعتقال والمراقبة الجماعية لشعب الأويغور.  وتدعي الصين أنها تقاتل ضد “التطرف الإسلامي” لحماية نفسها من ردة الفعل التي قد تواجهها نتيجة لوحشيتها في تركستان الشرقية. مثلها مثل الهند والعديد من الدول الغربية ، تستغل الصين تخوف العالم من “الإرهاب الإسلامي” لتبرير قمعها للمسلمين الأبرياء.

إن ممارسة الإسلام محظور بشكل قاطع في تركستان الشرقية ، على الرغم من الضمان الدستوري الصيني لحرية الدين. تحظر النصوص والأسماء الإسلامية ، ويُحظر ممارسة أركان الإسلام الخمسة ، وقد تم تدمير المؤسسات الإسلامية القديمة وتحويلها إلى مراكز دعائية شيوعية. اختفى علماء الدين ، أو حُكم عليهم بالسجن المؤبد أو قتلوا.

صورة الرئيس الصيني شي جين بينغ يصافح الأئمة الأويغور الموضوعة في مسجد عيد كاش التاريخي قاشغرفي تركستان الشرقية. علما أن الصورة في اتجاه صلاة المسلمين – القبلة

وبطبيعة الحال ، لن يكتمل التناغم في العرض بين الحزب الشيوعي الصيني دون الملايين من الصينيين الهان غير المسلمين الذين استقروا ، بمساعدة الحكومة ، داخل حدود تركستان الشرقية. في حين يتم نقل الأويغور بشكل منهجي خارج حدود وطنهم وداخل البر الرئيسي للصين للعمل كعمال قسريين أو للسجن و”إعادة التأهيل” ، فمن الصعب تجاهل الإزالة الديموغرافية للأويغور في تركستان الشرقية. ومع جلب المزيد والمزيد من الهان الصينيين إلى أراضي الأويغور ليحلوا محل السكان النازحين، دمر الحزب الشيوعي الصيني المساجد القديمة والمنازل والملاذات لإفساح المجال للمستوطنين الجدد. ويعتبر هؤلاء المستوطنون بمثابة تذكير مستمر لاختفاء الحكم الذاتي للأويغور وكذلك حراس على ما تبقى من سكان الأويغور على حد سواء. وهناك العديد من الروايات عن الصينيين الهان الذين يعيشون مع عائلات الأويغور في منازلهم على أنهم “أشقاء كبيرون” – يغذون الحكومة بالمعلومات عن كل خطوة تقوم بها العائلة ويساعدون في سجن الأويغور حتى في أدق المخالفات الدينية.

روى سجين سابق ، عادل عبد الغفور ، في مقابلة مع مؤلفنا المشارك السيدة أيدين ، كيف تم ضربه فاقداً للوعي من قبل سلطات السجن الصينية وأجبر على ارتداء كتلة من الأسمنت تزن 25 كجم لمدة شهر علقت بخيط رفيع حول عنقه لأنه قال ” بسم الله ” (بسم الله) في نومه. وقد تم اغتصاب عدد لا يحصى من النساء والرجال الأويغور ، الذين تم إرسالهم إلى المخيمات والسجون بسبب الممارسة الدينية ، وتعقيمهم قسراً ، وتخديرهم ، واستخدام أجسادهم لحصاد الأعضاء. ويعاقب الأويغور بالسجن لفترات طويلة. فقد حُكم على امرأة من الأويغور بالسجن 10 سنوات لترويجها ارتداء الحجاب ، وحُكم على رجل كازاخستاني بالسجن 16 سنة بعد أن وجدت السلطات الصينية تسجيلات صوتية للقرآن على جهاز الكمبيوتر الخاص به وقال العديد من اللاجئين الأويغور الذين قابلناهم أنه حتى التحيات الإسلامية – السلام عليكم – يمكن أن تسجنهم لمدة عشر سنوات. 

“مشهد منتشر في شوارع شينجيانغ # هذه الأيام. الرجال والنساء (بما في ذلك كبار السن) يتجولون بأندية ضخمة ، وهي جزء من “حرب الشعب” على الإرهاب

رقم 3:  يقول الشيخ إن السبب الذي يجعل الناس يكافحون من أجل تركستان الشرقية هو أنهم لا يريدون أن تبني الصين مبادرة حزام واحد بشارع واحد وتصبح أقوى بمرتين من أمريكا اقتصاديًا. 

يقلل هذا الادعاء من صراع تركستان الشرقية إلى ثنائي الصين مقابل أمريكا – وبالتالي يمحو العقود التي رزحتها تركستان الشرقية تحت الاحتلال الصيني. ففي عام 1759 ، غزت إمبراطورية مانشو تشينغ تركستان الشرقية وجعلتها مستعمرتها الجديدة . 

وقد وقع أحدث احتلال في عام 1949 عندما وصل الحزب الشيوعي الصيني إلى السلطة ، ومنذ ذلك الحين، تعرض ملايين التركستانيين الشرقيين لأشكال مختلفة من الوحشية المنظمة والإبادة العرقية والثقافية الجماعية.

إنه لمن دواعي الأسف الشديد ليس فقط بنزع الشرعية عن جهود الشعب المسلم في الوقوف ضد مضطهديهم ، ولكن أيضًا باعتبارهم ليسوا سوى مجرد بيادق أمريكية. 

وبالتالي ، من السخف حقًا فهم قضية استعمار الأويغور من خلال عدسة السياسة الصينية الأمريكية. بدأ استعمار تركستان الشرقية قبل وقت طويل من أن تصبح الصين منافسًا حقيقيًا في سعيها للهيمنة الاقتصادية الدولية وستستمر لفترة طويلة بعد أن تغير الولايات المتحدة أو الصين سياستها الخارجية .

مشهد من جولة على “مركز التدريب المهني”. يعزف محتجزو الأويغور الموسيقى لإظهار “الانسجام” و “السعادة” داخل المخيمات. المصدر: بي بي سي

رقم 4:  يسأل كيف يمكن أن يكون فيروس كورونا عقابًا إلهيًا إذا بقيت سلطات الحزب الشيوعي نفسها دون أن يمسها الفيروس بسوء.

 بينما نتفق مع الشيخ على أننا لسنا في وضع يسمح لنا بالحكم على ما إذا كان أي حدث دنيوي هو فعل مباشر للعقاب الإلهي فإننا نتساءل عن بعض الآثار المترتبة المقدمة خلال محاضرته. فعلى سبيل المثال ، يسأل الشيخ كيف يمكن أن يكون كوفيد-19 عقابًا إلهيًا إذا ظل الأفراد الذين اتخذوا القرارات الحكومية المباشرة التي شكلت الجزء الأكبر من القمع ضد الأويغور أنفسهم سالمين من الفيروس. ونحن نجيب: كيف يمكن للفيروس الذي يضعف الاقتصاد والبنية الاجتماعية لبلد ترتكب حكومته الإبادة الجماعية ضد ملايين الشعوب المستعمرة ، ولكن يمكننا ببساطة أن نسأل كيف يعرف الشيخ أن أياً من هؤلاء الأفراد لم يصب بالمرض؟ بالإضافة إلى ذلك ، نتساءل لماذا لا يمكن للعقاب الإلهي أن يستهدف نظامًا فاسدًا بالكامل ، وليس مجرد بعض الأفراد الذين قد يعتبرهم لا يتطلب الأمر فعلًا من العقاب الإلهي حتى ندرك عدم أخلاقية فعل أو حدث. نحن لا ننتظر أن تصيبنا صاعقة قبل أن ندرك أننا ربما ارتكبنا إثماً. وبنفس الطريقة ، لا نعرف ما إذا كان كوفيد-19هو عقاب إلهي ، لكننا نعرف أن اضطهاد الأويغور مدمر، وأن حجته ضد هذا ليست مقنعة.

محمد صالح حاج (٨٢) ، المعروف على نطاق واسع كأول باحث لقد ترجم القرآن الكريم إلى الأويغور الحديث ، هو من بين أحد الشهداء وقتل في الاحتجاز في يناير٢٠١٨

ملاحظات ختاميـة

نحن لا نسعى لمعرفة السبب وراء خطب الشيخ حول وضع إخواننا وأخواتنا الأويغور بشكل كبير على قضيتهم – ولا يمكننا معرفة السبب بالتأكيد. لكن ما يمكننا فعله هو التساؤل عن مصادر معلوماته وإبراز خطورة أفعاله وكلماته. فالملايين من المسلمين في الصين قمعوا لمجرد ارتكابهم أفعالاً إيمانية بسيطة يسعد الناس في أماكن أخرى القيام بها كل يوم – بما في ذلك قول “بسم الله” قبل أن يأخذوا لقمة من الطعام. ومع مرور رمضان بسرعة ، من المحزن التفكير في الأويغور الذين يجبرون على تناول الطعام والشراب ، ناهيك عن شرب الكحول وتناول لحم الخنزير ، خلال الشهر الكريم لإثبات بعدهم عن الإسلام وقربهم من الحكومة الصينية. وبينما نجلس نحن مع عائلاتنا للإفطار ، يعاني الأويغور وغيرهم من الأتراك بصمت في آلاف السجون ومعسكرات العمل البعيدة عن أسرهم.

هذا الباحث ، أو أولئك الذين أضلوه ، لم يتجاهلوا انتهاكات الحزب الشيوعي الصيني ضد ديننا والأمة عمومًا فحسب ، بل حاولوا أيضًا تثبيط مئات الآلاف من المسلمين الأحرار من مساعدة الأويغور في محنتهم ضد الحزب الشيوعي الصيني. وكما ذكرنا سابقًا ، نحن لا نسعى للعمل كمترجمين لمشيئة الله. بل على العكس ، نحن نسعى فقط للعمل وفق تقاليد إسلامية راسخة في أخذ عبرة ، ودرس مستمد من تجربة أخلاقية مما نلاحظه في العالم. وحتى أثناء إجراء هذه الملاحظة بعناية، فإننا نعترف بأن مصادرنا هي ظنية ، أو من عدم اليقين. ومع ذلك ، نعتقد أن تاريخنا وإيماننا قد دعوا بوضوح إلى العدالة والحرية الدينية بحيث تجاهل القمع المباشر للإسلام أو المسلمين ، خاصة من خلال وسائل عنيفة وقاسية مثل تلك التي يمارسها الحزب الشيوعي الصيني ، هو ارتكاب خطأ أخلاقي أكيد . 

إعلان استقلال جمهورية تركستان الشرقية الإسلامية، نوفمبر ١٩٣٣،١٢
ملاحظة: كما هو واضح، قاد العلماء / العلماء المحليون جهود الاستقلال

  

في الختام ، نطلب بتواضع من العالم الشيخ جفري التمسك بالتعاليم الأبدية للإسلام قبل الإدلاء بمثل هذه التعليقات العمياء التي تضر بشكل صارخ بصورة الملايين من الإخوة والأخوات المسلمين المضطهدين.  والقرآن ينصح بكل وضوح بعدم الوقوف مع الظالمين ضد إخوانكم المسلمين ، “ولا تركنوا إلى الذين ظلموا فتمسكم النار”. سوره هود:١١٤ 

وقد أكد زعيمنا بلا منازع ، النبي محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم ، أنه إذا أردت أن تقول شيئًا ، فقل شيئًا جيدًا ، وإلا فالتزم الصمت  “من كان يؤمن بالله واليوم الآخر فليقل خيراً أو ليصمت” متفق عليه.

 

١ .الاستمرار في الدعاء للمضطهدين من تركستان الشرقية والعالم.

مقاطعة المنتجات الصينية – لا ترضى بعمالة السخرة

٢. رفع الوعي حول محنة الأويغور وقضية تركستان الشرقية ، تعرّف على المزيد من موقع:

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٣. العمل على تقليل الاعتماد الاقتصادي لبلدك على الصين.

٤. بناء تحالفات مع جميع أصحاب الضمير للمطالبة بوقف قمع الصين لجميع الجماعات الدينية ، سواء كانت الأويغور المسلمون أو الهوي أو المسيحيون أو البوذيون التبتيون.

٥. تشجيع وتعزيز التجارة العادلة مع المسلمين وغيرهم بدلاً من الصين.

٦. الاستفسار عن أعضاء الشتات الأويغور في منطقتك.  تنظيم مساعدة للأيتام والأرامل والطلاب. 

 ٧. الضغط على الحكومات لتوفير الحماية القانونية للاجئين الأويغور المنفيين إما عن طريق الجنسية أو اللجوء.  أوقفوا “تسليم – ترحيل”  الأويغور إلى الصين!

٨. احصل على أوقاف جامعاتك للتخلص من الصين. رفع الوعي بالتجسس الصيني والبنادق المستأجرة في الأوساط الأكاديمية.  طلب الدعم الأكاديمي والمالي للعلماء والطلاب الأويغور.

  1. طلب المزيد من الاهتمام الأكاديمي والتمويل للدراسات المتعلقة بآسيا الوسطى والأويغور والتركستانية.

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Doors Of Mercy Are Open | Worship In The Days of Closed Masajid

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By Lisha Azad

WHATSAPP NEWSFLASH: Mosques to be indefinitely closed across the country for all prayers! 

As I crept out of bed, I could hear the imam at my neighbourhood masjid recite the Qur’an melodiously in prayer. And then a sad thought engulfed me – this would be the last Fajr Jama’ah (congregational) prayer for days to come.

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And no more Jumu’ah! 

This shocking WhatsApp message was followed by videos, audios, and writeups from imams across the globe who admitted that they broke down in tears at this news of mosque closures in their country, fearing that Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)’s displeasure on humanity could perhaps be the reason that was leading to this pandemic and now this worldwide shutdown. These fears were also echoed in our young imam’s words when he described this closure as the saddest day of his life. 

I am not a 5 times-a-day masjid-goer. As a woman, it is not fardh on me to attend prayers at a masjid. However, living in a Muslim-majority country close to a masjid means being able to listen to the Adhan and the Iqamah, LIVE, five times a day. From the comfort of my home. It’s a blessing being able to respond to these calls of prayer and thereby getting blessings and rewards for it. These calls to prayer remind the men in my family to rush to attend congregational prayers and reap its massive rewards.  

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Having lived the most part of my life in a Muslim-majority in the Gulf, the Adhan and Iqamah are also the most natural sounds of my daily life. Therefore, having to listen to a shortened Adhan commanding the believers to pray in our homes that day, Dhuhr onwards and thereafter no Iqamah feels surreal, to say the least. 

While the Shahadah is reiterated even in the shortened Adhan, what I miss the most are the words, “Hayya ‘Ala As-Salah, Hayya ‘Ala Al-Falah (Come to Salah, Come to Success)”.

Five times a day, I was so used to hearing these words urging the believers to hasten to prayer that would bring perpetual prosperity. From Tuesday onwards, I began to actually question myself as to how much I truly equated success with Salah. I also miss responding to those words of the Adhan with the words “La Hawla Wa La Quwatta Illa Billah (There is no might or power but with Allah)”. In hindsight, I have to admit that like many of my Muslim brothers and sisters, especially those living in Muslim countries, I too had taken the Adhan and the Iqamah for granted. 

As one of the world’s continuously resounding sounds, these calls to prayer are the most distinctive feature and clearly experienced symbol of Islam for more than 1000 years. Starting with the testimony of the Shahadah, the Adhan and thereafter the Iqamah helps both Muslims and non-Muslims bring to mind the very essence of Islamic beliefs and the importance of living our lives dedicated to the remembrance of the Almighty. 

My husband tells me of a colleague, Mr. Lee, who was visiting a Muslim country for the first time. He recalled how captivated Mr. Lee had been by the tuneful Adhan when he first heard it and how he wanted to know what it was all about. Those melodious words eventually led him to enquire and learn more about Islam. 

Although alarm clocks and mobile phones are sufficient to remind us to pray these days, both the Adhan and the Iqamah are proclamations of the greatness of Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He), of how we need to hasten to make Salah and how through Salah, we can attain success. Brothers and sisters, think about it!

If we are able to hear the Adhan and then the Iqamah being pronounced 5 times a day, it is as if we are announcing to the world that ours is a Muslim country or at least a country where Muslims are free to practice the Sunnah of the beloved Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and live their lives freely according to the dictates of Islam.  

While the reasons for the shortened Adhan, no Iqamah and cancellation of the daily/weekly community prayers that are being enforced today worldwide are completely legitimate, it’s the actual and indefinite closure of the mosques worldwide that’s disturbing.

In effect, here’s what we would be actually missing in the coming days (Hadith references at the end of the article):  

* The chance to erase our sins by walking to the mosque in a state of wudu

* The reward of walking to the mosque in a state of ablution (wudu) and gaining a’jr for every step we take

* The opportunity to make dua’ to bring light upon ourselves, to have the doors of His mercy opened to us and to ask for His abundant blessings upon us while walking to and entering/exiting His house

* The chance to make accepted dua’s between the Athan and the Iqamah

* The chance to pray Nafl prayers in the masjid after the Athan and before the Iqamah

* The rewards of the Jam’aah prayers – 25 to 27 times more reward than individual prayers prayed at home or in the marketplace! 

* The 5-a day chance and reward to personally exchange face-to-face salams with our neighbours 

* The weekly opportunity to meet our brothers and sisters from the Ummah at large

* The chance to engage in congregational dua’a and istighfar 

* The chance to be in the blessed company of angels while gaining knowledge 

* The chance to have the angels pray for us as we wait in the mosque 

As it is rightly said, “We only realize the value of a thing when it is lost.” So how could we bring back the value and reward of attending jama’ah prayers? I was deep in thought when I came across this Hadith,

Worship in a time of turmoil is as if he had emigrated to me.” (Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2948). What a fantastic thought to keep being motivated to perform acts of worship during difficult days! 

Therefore, here’s what I researched and came up with to avoid missing out on the above rewards (wherever possible, detailed references have been included at the end of the write-up):

  • Institute congregational prayers on time with our families – Praying on time is one of the best deeds that we can do. Scholars maintain that the smallest number that counts for prayer in congregation, apart from Jumu’ah prayer, is two: the imam and the person who is praying behind him, who should stand to his right. Even the Jumu’ah is valid if there are 3 or more people praying in congregation. (Source: Islamqa.info)
  • Start a family halaqah – Family halaqahs are a great way to involve all ages including the elderly and the very young in a circle of learning. And how much there is to learn and benefit from – dhikr, dua’a, knowledge of the Prophets and Sahabas, fiqh, Islamic history…what better way to have the angels lower their wings upon us as seekers of knowledge and pray for us! 
  • Make dua’a together as a family – This is another great way to have the angels make dua’ for us to be blessed with the same things that we make dua’ for, for the entire Ummah. Remember to use the most powerful dua’as and dhikr for maximum reward and effect. 
  • Use Quarantine is actually Qur’an-Time – Just as this phrase is trending these days, let us turn to reading/memorizing/perfecting the recitation our Noble Book. Let us actively seek to apply its timeless wisdom and teachings to correct and improve our lives whilst getting rewarded 10 times over for every letter recited. 
  • Increase the sending of Salawat on Prophet Muhammad ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) – One salat on the Prophet ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) is 10 blessings upon ourselves and through this simple act, we can also expect an increase of reward and erasure of sins as mentioned in the Hadith. Also, our salam reaches him wherever we may send it from and we will be rewarded for it always. What a great way to gain ajr! 
  • Connect creatively – The coronavirus pandemic has socially and severely distanced us. However, the Internet is now perhaps the best thing that ever happened in human history. What better time than to refresh those virtual friendships/relationships and drop a line to ask after others. We could also use other non-contact ways to connect with neighbours and friends by phoning/chatting with them on social media and once in a while, surprising them with a delicious dish on their doorstep! 

Finally, it pays to remember the Sahih hadith that states that acts of worship during times of difficulty/illness/travels are rewarded similarly as when done at home in times of good health and ease. Therefore let us set good intentions and act upon them by doing good deeds as much and whenever we can in our good times, so as to continue reaping the rewards during our difficult days. 

May Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) guide us, forgive us and keep us all steadfast on His Deen, Aameen! 

Hadith References

  • The Prophet said: Supplications (dua’s) offered in between the (two) calls for prayer (i.e. Adhan and Iqamah) will never be rejected.” – Abu Dawud 
  • Allah’s Apostle ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said, “The reward of the prayer offered by a person in congregation is twenty-five times greater than that of the prayer offered in one’s house or in the market (alone). And this is because if he performs ablution and does it perfectly and then proceeds to the mosque with the sole intention of praying, then for every step he takes towards the mosque, he is upgraded one degree in reward and his one sin is taken off (crossed out) from his accounts (of deeds). When he offers his prayer, the angels keep on asking Allah’s Blessings and Allah’s forgiveness for him as long as he is (staying) at his Musalla. They say, ‘O Allah! Bestow Your blessings upon him, be Merciful and kind to him.’ And one is regarded in prayer as long as one is waiting for the prayer.” – Narrated by Abu Huraira (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 11, Number 620)
  • Allah’s Apostle said, “The angels keep on asking for Allah’s Blessing and Forgiveness for anyone of you as long as he is at his Musalla (praying place) and does not do Hadath (passes wind). The angels say, ‘O Allah! Forgive him and be Merciful to him.’ Each one of you is in the prayer as long as he is waiting for the prayer and nothing but the prayer detains him from going to his family.” – Narrated by Abu Huraira (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 11, Number 628) 
  • He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allah will make the path of Jannah easy for him, and indeed, the angels lower their wings for the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does…” – As narrated by Abud-Darda (RA) and quoted in Abu Dawud & At-Tirmidhi
  • Whoever supplicates Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) to exalt my mention (i.e., send salah) Allah will exalt his mention (i.e., send salah) 10 times and remove from him 10 sins and raise him 10 degrees.” – As quoted in Sahih Muslim 

Lisha Azad is a children’s author with four published books, a freelance writer with hundreds of articles, features, opinion pieces and interviews published in the past 20-plus years in the Middle East. 

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When Racism Goes Viral: The Coronavirus And Modern Muslim Orientalism

Lumping an entire people together for collective punishment, reveling in their suffering, and sniggering at their food choices isn’t an exercise in science, Sunnah, or compassion. It’s good, old-fashioned orientalism.

In the eight weeks since it was identified, the 2019 novel coronavirus has infected nearly 12,000 people in China alone, 200 of whom did not survive. Symptoms are flu-like in nature, and global side effects include acute, apparently contagious… racism.

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Online, in Muslim as well as non-Muslim spaces, social media feeds are sniggering “Eww, you eat gross things! Of course you’ll get gross diseases!” In the midst of this human tragedy, orientalist tropes about the Chinese are being sloppily repackaged as health concerns over the coronavirus, and served with a side of bat soup.

Yes, bat soup.

The coronavirus in question is found in bats, and thanks to the scientific expertise of social media, videos of Chinese people consuming anything from bat soup to baby mice and rats are popping up as “proof” of the disease’s cause.

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However the coronavirus made the jump from bats to humans, the initial source of the outbreak seems to have originated from the Wuhan Seafood market, where a number of employees and a few shoppers were the first casualties to the infection. The 2019-nCoV is moving from person to person the same way the flu does, and what a person eats – or doesn’t eat – has no bearing on whether they contract the virus or not.

In an article titled, No, Coronavirus Was Not Caused by ‘Bat Soup’–But Here’s What Researchers Think May Be to Blame, Health.com writes:

“Coronaviruses in general are large family of viruses that can affect many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In rare cases, those viruses are also zoonotic, which means they can pass between humans and animals—as was the case with Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and severe acute respiratory system (SARS), two severe coronaviruses in people.

Initially, this novel coronavirus was believed to have started in a large seafood or wet market, suggesting animal-to-person spread, according to the CDC. But a large number of people diagnosed with the virus reportedly didn’t have exposure to the wet markets, indicating that person-to-person spread of the virus is also occurring. However, it’s still possible that the novel coronavirus began with an infected animal at the market—and then went on to person-to-person transmission once people were infected.”

Being uncomfortable with things you’ve never considered edible before isn’t necessarily a racist reaction. When my husband told me he ate a chocolate-covered cricket once, I hid my toothbrush for a week, but that’s not what’s happening right now. There is a deadly virus threatening a group of people, and the internet sees fit to make fun of them. Why? Because orientalism.

Orientalism is the “intellectual” framework through which Western societies create a clear and permanent line between Western superiority and “Oriental” inferiority. If orientalism were an Instagram filter, it would take any picture of any person, event, or thing, and distort its appearance to be “other,” and in some way inferior.

Orientalism is the “intellectual” framework through which Western societies create a clear and permanent line between Western superiority and “Oriental” inferiority. If orientalism were an Instagram filter, it would take any picture of any person, event, or thing, and distort its appearance to be “other,” and in some way inferior.Click To Tweet

The inferiorizing feature is step one, because in order to position yourself as a winner, the other guy has to be a loser in some way.

The otherizing is the step 2, and both steps are important because if you say that your little brother is a loser, in the end you’re still family and you’ve got his back. This would be inferiorizing, but not otherizing.

But if you say that other kind of guy is a loser, then you have no common ground. And when the other kind of guy is in trouble, you need only gloat and make nasty comments on Twitter. That’s inferiorizing with otherizing. Orientalism can be loosely translated as US vs THEM, normal versus weird, and local versus invasive foreign, or exotic.

The otherizing of orientalism is so subconsciously embedded in people that it even creates auditory illusions to maintain the “otherization” of the subject being viewed. As crazy as that sounds, everyone has their own experience. Mine for just last month played out as follows. A homeless man approached my window and said “Ma’am, do you have two dollars?”

I smiled and responded to him, “I have exactly two dollars!”

As I dug around for my wallet, he cocked his head and said, “Your accent. There’s something different about it. Something… foreign, exotic?”

“It’s Chicago,” I said, handing him two dollars.

He blinked a few times. “What’s Chicago?”

“My accent. It’s Chicagoan. English is my first language. My accent is from Chicago.”

He narrowed his eyes at me suspiciously, this gatekeeper of Chicagoness. “What part of Chicago?”

“North side, Lincolnwood area,” I said. “I grew up on Devon Ave.”

“Pulaski Park!” he beamed, pointing to himself. “I’m from Chicago too!”

We smiled at each other, basking for a moment in our mutual Chicagoness. Then I waved and drove away, adding his insistence of my  exotic“otherness” to the dozens of other peoples’ who have heard my perfectly flat, perfectly blandly midwestern accent and perceived something foreign. I call that one “hearing with your eyes.”

I have lost track of people who have tried to insist that I have an accent. One woman even went so far as to imply that I was lying about being a native English speaker, that I must have some other first language, because there’s “Something else in there, I can hear something foreign! But you’re very articulate though.”

(To form your own opinion on my exotic accent or the lack thereof, visit the MuslimMatters podcast here!)

Compliments like “You’re so articulate!” or “You’re so different!” give you partial credit for your exceptionality, while still discrediting every other member of your general race, religion, region, or hemisphere. The left-handed compliment has a long history, and follows a predictable pattern. Take, for example, this excerpt from The Talisman, a crusade-genre fiction published in 1825.

In this scene, our gallant, invading knight finds himself unable to defeat the enemy “Saracen,” aka – Muslim defender of the Holy Land. In grudging admiration, the knight concedes:

“I well thought…that your blinded race had their descent from the foul fiend, without whose aid you would never have been able to maintain this blessed land of Palestine against so many valiant soldiers of God. I speak not thus of thee in particular, Saracen, but generally of thy people and religion. Strange it is to me, however, not that you should have the descent from the Evil One, but that you should boast of it.”

Translation: “Your people and your religion are the spawn of satan, but not you. I speak not thus of thee in particular. You’re so cool for Muslim!” Spoiler alert: turns out it’s Salahuddin.

From the crusades to colonialism to America’s chronic invasion of Muslim lands, the misrepresentation of people from Over There is both a cause and effect of policy decisions. Orientalism creates the “bad guys” necessary to justify the “good guy” response by “proving” the bad guys to be so weird, inferior, and intrinsically bad that it becomes necessary to call for the good guy cavalry. That gives the good guys permission to take over the resources that the bad guys are too incompetent to manage anyway, and overthrow the governments they’re too stupid to run, and free the women that they’re too barbaric to appreciate.

One excellent reference on this is Dr. Jack Shaheen’s brilliant documentary Reel Bad Arabs, which summarizes a hundred years of Hollywood’s orientalist portrayal of “Arab Land,” a mythical, exotic, treacherous, incompetent, and seductive place, whose capital city is apparently Agrabah which, in 2015, a public policy poll found that 30% of GOP voters were in favor of bombing.

Another side effect of orientalism is the refusal to allow for individual accountability and the insistence on collective blame. “Western” men who harm and oppress women are rightly labeled as jerks and abusers who don’t represent Western morals, ethics, or ideals through their individual actions. Same for white racists, extremists, and criminals in general.

However, Muslims jerks who do the same are awarded representative status of the entire Muslim population (1.9 billion) and Islamic tradition (1441 years). The perception as all Muslim men based on only the worst of them seems ludicrous on paper, and such generalizations are no longer acceptable to make about race, but are still perfectly popular to make about minority religious groups.

Orientalism enables the belief that Muslims are terrible terrorists who are terrible to their women. If they say otherwise, it’s because their religion is terrible and lying about it is part of the religion too. They don’t deserve their own lands or resources, they’ll just use them for more terribleness. We should go in there and save them from themselves! And also, make lots of predictable, idiotic romance novels and movies in which a poor, beautiful Oriental Female is rescued through the power of Love and Freedom. Because just as violence is the natural state of the Muslim man, oppression is the natural state of the Muslim woman. Miskeena. Habibti.

Human beings can be horrible to each other. No ethnic, religious, or racial group is any exception. The problem arises when individual horribleness is elevated to collective attribution, and that collective attribution is used to justify collective punishment, as well as collective suffering.

When millions of Americans get sick from the flu, and tens of thousands die every year, why aren’t we making fun of the weird things that white people eat? Like Rocky Mountain Oysters (which are bull testicles) and sweetbreads (which are bits of an animal’s pancreas and thymus glands)?Click To Tweet

When millions of Americans get sick from the flu, and tens of thousands die every year, why aren’t we making fun of the weird things that white people eat? Like Rocky Mountain Oysters (which are bull testicles) and sweetbreads (which are bits of an animal’s pancreas and thymus glands)? What about snails, frog legs, crawfish, chocolate covered ants, and those tequila-inspired lollipops with an actual worm candied in the center?

The filtering effect of orientalism means that our weird foods – be it maghz masala and katakat– are quirky and fun, but their weird foods are disgusting and totally cause to celebrate infectious disease.

If the tables were turned and a deadly coronavirus originated from say, Saudi Arabia, would it be alright to ridicule Muslims for what they ate, or how they lived? What if that specific coronavirus actually originated in camels.

Yes, camels. The Islamophobic internet would have a field day with that one. Yes, we ride camels and prize camels and even eat camels – and they’re delicious I might add – but if a deadly virus originated from camels, found its way into humans in the Middle East, and from there caused death and destruction in other countries- would it be our fault? Would we deserve scorn? Would the suffering and death of our people be justified by how “gross” it is that we eat camels, even if only a few us actually do, and the rest of us prefer shawarma?

Pause for dramatic emphasis. Open the Lancet. Read.

“Human coronavirus is one of the main pathogens of respiratory infection. The two highly pathogenic viruses, SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, cause severe respiratory syndrome in humans and four other human coronaviruses induce mild upper respiratory disease. The major SARS-CoV outbreak involving 8422 patients occurred during 2002–03 and spread to 29 countries globally.

MERS-CoV emerged in Middle Eastern countries in 2012 but was imported into China.

The sequence of 2019-nCoV is relatively different from the six other coronavirus subtypes but can be classified as betacoronavirus. SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV can be transmitted directly to humans from civets and dromedary camels, respectively, and both viruses originate in bats, but the origin of 2019-nCoV needs further investigation.

The mortality of SARS-CoV has been reported as more than 10% and MERS-CoV at more than 35%.”

MERS-CoV, or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome –Coronavirus emerged in 2012, traveling from bats to camels to humans, killing 35% of the people who contracted it. It originated in Saudi Arabia and found its way across the continent all the way to China. So could the Chinese internet have been justified in ridiculing our deaths because we ate camels?

Could they legitimize posting “gross” videos of whole, pit-roasted camels? Could they say it was science, not racism, as they moved on to our other “gross” foods, like locusts and the dhab lizard?

Read more about the Sunnah of the Dhab Lizard.

Locusts and lizards have as much to do with MERS-CoV as mice and rats have to do with 2019 novel coronavirus, but doesn’t our grossness in general mean we deserve our fate?

No, it doesn’t. Making fun of what people eat isn’t science, epidemiology, or the sunnah. It’s racism, and it is hugely disappointing to see Muslims hurt others with to the same tropes that are used to hurt us.

No, it doesn’t. Making fun of what people eat isn’t science, epidemiology, or the sunnah. It’s racism, and it is hugely disappointing to see Muslims hurt others with to the same tropes that are used to hurt us.Click To Tweet

Orientalism is alive and kicking both of our communities in the teeth — Chinese and Muslim – but to further complicate the matter, there’s the ongoing genocide of the Uighur Muslims in China, and that’s rooted in orientalism too.

The Chinese government has imprisoned 3 million Muslims in concentration camps, a number equal to the entire Muslim population in America. It is not unexpected that some people wishfully assume the 2019 novel coronavirus epidemic to be the comeuppance that the Chinese government deserves for its cruelty, but that’s sad and wrong on many, many levels.

People cheering the coronavirus on fail to understand a few very big, very important things about the situation. I will list them, because the internet is no place for subtlety and these points have to stand out for those who would sail over the entire article so they can trash it in the comments. They are as follows:


  1. The entire population of China is no more responsible for the actions of its government than you are for yours. If you hate Donald Trump, his border wall, the separation of families, the Muslim Ban, cuts to medical benefits, and corruption in general but STILL live in America, then you understand that a great, frustrated, and powerless mass of citizens can have little to no effect on its government’s choices. Such is politics. Such is life. Such is China too.

    This guy is all our fault specifically. So I hope we all die of the flu.

  2. The coronavirus’s lethality is exponentially higher in people with poor health and weak immune systems. Like the flu, the coronavirus is overwhelmingly most lethal to children and elderly. The coronavirus is not targeted at, nor limited to the Chinese leadership for its crimes against humanity. Unfortunately, that is not how epidemics work.
  3.  The spread of Coronavirus – like all respiratory infections – is greatly accelerated through close living quarters as well as poor sanitation and hygiene. The 3 million Uighur Muslims interred by the Chinese government are imprisoned in distressingly cruel, cramped, and unhygienic conditions. Their close proximity as well as population density mean that if the virus makes it into the captive population, hundreds of thousands – if not millions of Muslims – would die. Don’t root for the coronavirus. It does not discriminate based on religion or race, even if you do.

And now we come full circle. When Muslims ridicule the Chinese for “being gross,” they are simply echoing the same racist, Orientalist talking points that labeled the Chinese – and later the Japanese – as the “Yellow Peril,” a filthy, faceless, monolithic mass deserving all of our scorn and none of the individual considerations that we insist on for ourselves.

Given the abuse that Muslims have been subject to by orientalist tropes, it should make us all the more aware of its dangerous cultural impact. We know what it’s like to be looked down on, laughed at, and blamed for our own suffering. We know what it feels like to have our foods gagged at, our accents mocked, and our cultural clothing turned into Halloween costumes.

Worse still, we know, very painfully and very currently, what it looks like for an entire people to be treated as a disease in and of themselves. China has declared Islam to be a contagious disease, an “ideological illness,” and on this very basis is it holding 3 million Muslims hostage. In an official statement loaded with situational irony, the Chinese Community Party officially stated,

“Members of the public who have been chosen for reeducation have been infected by an ideological illness. They have been infected with religious extremism and violent terrorist ideology, and therefore they must seek treatment from a hospital as an inpatient.

… There is always a risk that the illness will manifest itself at any moment, which would cause serious harm to the public. That is why they must be admitted to a reeducation hospital in time to treat and cleanse the virus from their brain and restore their normal mind … Being infected by religious extremism and violent terrorist ideology and not seeking treatment is like being infected by a disease that has not been treated in time, or like taking toxic drugs … There is no guarantee that it will not trigger and affect you in the future.” – source

The dangers of racism and orientalism are real, and the victims number the millions. Knowing how much damage orientalism causes in our community, we must commit to never, ever stooping to the same ideologies that are used to justify our own oppression. No matter how many bats people eat, or how evil their government can be, people are individual people. We stand on equal footing, equally deserving of respect, compassion, and acknowledgement of our humanity.



The Orientalist mindset that diminishes and distances us from each other strips us of our dignity, whether we are its victim, or its the perpetrator. Such racism is antithetical to the Prophetic compassion and mercy that Islam demands from us as Muslims. When Muslims celebrate the suffering of innocent people as some sort of epidemiological revenge for the suffering of innocent people, that’s not Islam.

That’s prejudice.

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