He was one of the founders of the Muslim Canadian Congress in 2001 and served as its communications director and spokesperson until 2006. In this capacity, he has spoken out against the introduction of Sharia law as an option for Muslims in civil law in Ontario, Sharia banking in Canada, which he has described as a 'con-job', promoted social liberalism in the Muslim community and the separation of religion from the state, and endorsed same-sex marriage. He resigned as the communications director of the MCCinAugust2006, claiming that his public profile as a socially liberal Muslim had put him and his family at risk
And what he said, is, I'm sure as shocking to some modern liberals as the theory of Heliocentrism was when first proposed by Aristarchus of Samos, around the year two hundred BC. It's proponents remember, were heretics, outcasts, crazy people looking aimlessly at the sky and making shit up. Or so said the intellectually elite of the time. Christians you say? I remind you of history, it is inconvenient (but history does not start "once upon a time") So historians know, It would have been Aristotle's in crowd, the deep thinkers.
It was secularists, not theocrats who reached a consensus and saw no need to look to the sky for answers to the truth of the universe. They lived at a time when man was educated, all the accumulated knowledge of the world surrounded them. They were cosmopolitan and that term brought certain benefits (as all elite designations entail) it came with consequences as well, in shaping the way others were allowed to see, or describe the world. They were special, (the elite the cosmopolitan) they were in charge of the world. They were it's Masters really. And they just dismissed that crazy little dude talking his nonsense.
AS IF, we, are not the center of the universe!
AS If, we do not know!
If, it were the truth, we the elite, the cosmopolitan, would surely be the ones to announce it to you. Run along, silly little fellow, Aristarchus of Samos and go back to looking to the sky.(LOL)
It took a long, long time, before Copernicus, and then Galileo, convinced enough people of the truth. And then, that is blamed on the Catholic church, by people who don't know history.(or distort it)
With the advent of the Internet, the truth of Mr. Fatah's statements, "The Muslim brotherhood is a theocratic bunch of fascists" can be checked, and double checked. It's just ignorance, fear and superstitions, that stopped people from "looking through the star scope" then. And it's political correctness now, that stops anyone from checking out if Terek Fatah is right, now. Historically these people have been described as fools, blithering idiots, the deluded unwashed masses trapped in the populist dogma prevalent at the time, in other than polite words.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." - Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
The god of political correctness, is a false god, and needs exposure.
Just as the hierarchy of the church in the time of Galileo covered up the truth. Modern leaders deny the truth of Mr. Fatah's observation. Just as Aristotle's intellect (conceit, hubris) rejected the observations of Arisarchus of Samos. Our leaders reject what they don't want to know, or hear. It effects the world view that they have been selling us. If they are that wrong about that,we would never trust them again. If they (our leaders) could be so wrong about something so obvious to all willing to have a look themselves. How do we trust them?
"The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil." - Cicero (-106 to -43)
It's just too terrible if he is correct. He cant be, my world would start spinning out of control.
"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction." - Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
Hassan al-Banna's writings on jihad can be found here he was the founder of the Muslim brotherhood , his ideology is now coming to fruition in Egypt.
In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, and may his peace and blessings be upon Muhammad and upon his household and companions, and all those who follow him.
The Muslim world today is faced with tyranny and injustice. Indeed oppression and hardship is not just limited to the Muslim world, rather many non-Muslim states are subject to oppression at the hands of the world’s leading military and economic powers. Anyone who cares can only be saddened and hurt by the pain and suffering that accompanies so many faces. Islam has allowed jihad as a means to prevent oppression, yet the Muslims have forgotten this for too long.
Though jihad may be a part of the answer to the problems of the ummah, it is an extremely important part. Jihad is to offer ourselves to Allah for His Cause. Indeed, every person should according to Islam prepare himself/herself for jihad and every person should eagerly and patiently wait for the day when Allah will call them to show their willingness to sacrifice their lives. We should all ask ourselves if there is a quicker way to heaven? It is with this in mind that this booklet is being published.
It may be asked of ourselves and others here as to why we remain in this country while there is so much opportunity for reward. It is our understanding that today’s problems does not require the one solution whether this be jihad, working for the khilafah, purifying ourselves etc. but rather our situation today requires action on all fronts. Everybody has a roleto play in today’s great jigsaw, those who are attempting to establish the Islamic state have to continue doing so focusing their minds onto such a project, those who are faced with tyranny at the hands of neighbouring armies have to defend themselves with their lives and those that have the opportunity of giving Islam to the world should do so..
This is an important booklet for three reasons: firstly, it deals with an important issue - that of jihad. Secondly, it is important because it has been written by one of the most prominent Mujahideen of this century - Imam Hasan al-Banna, and thirdly it is important because it deals with an issue that the ummah seems to have misunderstood or forgotten.
Imam Hasan al-Banna isthe founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the pioneers of today’s Islamic revival. It is a shame that so many people are unaware of this man and his contribution towards what we see today. It is the right of the contemporary Muslim generation that they should have access to the writings of this great reformer; especially on this important topic.
The Imam, may Allah bless him, shows us that ultimately, and insha’Allah (God-willing) time will be a witness to this, only Islam can save mankind from itself. And jihad on the individual and international scale will be a necessary part of this process of change.
has anybody in the American government read this ?
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious, but it cannot survive treason from within." - Cicero (-106 to -43)
Who can best explain these ideas to a gullibile western audience. An introduction and some background information on tariq Ramadan, is in order. He is the Grandson of Hassan al-Banna (Founder of the brotherhood) and an apologist extraordinaire for Islam, it's text, and the actions of those submitted to the text. (the ideology of Mohammad.) A slick as talking a shyster, huckster, or carnival barker selling you what ever he can, as you are likely ever to find. In his case, it's disinformation, Taqiyya, Kitman and Darwah all wrapped up in a nice consumer friendly package. Sold for your consumption by the main stream media.
Have you ever heard a man talk and then ask? what do you mean by that because he is unclear. I had that problem with a used car salesman before.
But what does Ramadan mean by this?
He talks constantly of respect for European tradition (by which he means Judaeo-Christian religious thinking) but rarely gives any positive examples of what he means in terms of art, music or literature (the poet Rimbaud is quoted, but only in a distorted and misleading fashion). His only advice to Muslims in the US is to commit themselves to "the spiritual life" and "radical resistance".
That is what America is in need of? Muslims who are radical and resistant? Who cant see the wisdom in that ? the spiritual life, is of course "struggling in the way of allah"!! "jihad fi sibililliah" (pdf)
What is clear from Ramadan's writings is that, for young Muslims, integration into western society as it exists is not an option.
He refers to the concept of tawhid, faithin the unity of God, which he sees as a universal value.
allah, "it" claims, to be a universal god with universal values. Hmmm.
It is the west that has to be integrated into this totality. In other words, he does not see Islam adapting to local conditions -
Look up rules of dimmitude in the ninth century pact of Umar
as is the case with many more progressive Islamic thinkers such as Mohammed Taleb or Malek Chebel- but as an extension of the "house of Islam" into the land of the unbelievers. Muslims in Europe should not consider themselves a minority in alien territory but as leaders in the spiritual redemption of the west.
At his office in Saint-Denis, I put it to Ramadan that there is some justification in his critics seeing him as the enemy of a multicultural society. "It is important, I think, not to see Europe and Islam as two separate, monolithic terms," he says. "I am a Muslim and European, and the two identities do not always have to be in contradiction. I think multiculturalism is a way forward. But really, cultures are not separate beings.
Islam is and always was a participant in the history of Europe.
Islam conquered parts of Europe, almost as soon as there was such a thing as Islam. Mohammad died in 632 and the armies of 'allah' soon were to conquer parts of Europe. Making Islam a participant in European history.He is correct.
Europian Georgia, and Armenia had Islam as an unwelcome participant in their society since 641, only nine years after the death of Mohammad. Armenians (the people) also were an unwilling participant in an ethnic cleansing and genocide at the start of the twentieth century thanks to Islam. Yes, Mr.Ramadan, Islam is in quite a bit of the history of Europe. Unwelcome, unfriendly, uninvited, oppressive, supremest and persistent. 779 years to take Constantinople, that is persistent!!!
Under the leadership of Abd-al-Rahman, Muslims conquer southern areas of Azerbaijan, Daghestan, Georgia, and Armenia.
Cyprus's capital was ransacked in 649
Under Byzantine rule, the Greek orientation that had been predominant since antiquity developed the strong Hellenistic-Christian character that continues to be present in the Greek Cypriot community. Beginning in 649, Cyprus suffered from devastating raids launched from the Assyrian nations of the time for the next 300 years.
Byzantine churches did not survive from this period, thousands of people were killed, and many cities including Salamis were destroyed and never rebuilt
Sicily was attacked in 652
The earliest recorded Arab raid upon Sicily took place in 652. A general of Muawiyah I directed it, very likely from Syria, seemingly as part of a determined campaign against Byzantine sea power. Syracuse felt the impact most and lost much of its wealth and treasures and many of its citizens to the plunderers. In 669 an Alexandrian fleet of two hundred ships pillaged Sicily again. These two expeditions, originating in the eastern Mediterranean, were possible because the Arabs had shattered Byzantine eastern naval power in a series of battles between 649 and 655. Western Byzantine naval strength suffered a disastrous defeat in 698, when the Arab land and sea forces of Hassan ibn-an-Nu'man captured Carthage. With its capture the Arabs acquired another maritime base of operations and began their control over the western Mediterranean. Both were of ominous significance for Italy and the Italian cities.
The First Islamic Siege of Constantinople started in 674 and could be said the most influenced by the introduction of Islamic thought in to Europe. Cant say it for the better. It was a Europian city Founded 650 years before the birth of Christ, the intellectual heart of Europe as a matter of fact. Constantinople had fought the Persians, the Arabs, but when the Turkic people had been submitted to Islam, and migrated west and joined the fray, it was only a matter of time before it's eventual fall.
The first Arab siege of Constantinople is perhaps the single most important military action in the history of Western Civilization. But it is a battle that little is known about.
Approaching the city with 80,000-120,000 men, Mehmed was supported by a large fleet in the Sea of Marmara. In addition, he possessed a large cannon made by the founder Orban as well as several smaller guns. The lead elements of the Ottoman army arrived outside Constantinople on April 1, 1453 and began making camp the next day. On April 5, Mehmed arrived with the last of his men and began making preparations for laying siege to the city.
When Constantinople fell, it was sacked following religious laws and traditions.
Because the city had not voluntarily negotiated a surrender, it was, in accordance with Islamic law, to be given over to the soldiers for three days of plunder.
Get the "booty" son, gots to get me some...allah's down wit dat.
Hagia Sophia was stripped of it treasures, both the vessels of gold and silver and the cowering men and women who had taken refuge there. The tomb of Enrico Dandolo(in the south gallery), the Doge of Venice who had diverted the Fourth Crusade to Constantinople, was smashed open and his bones thrown to the dogs. So relentless had been the plundering after only the first day that Mehmet, upon entering the city, ordered it to stop to prevent any further destruction of what he intended to be his future capital.
The eventual fall of the city did not happen until 1453. There was no petition to the united nations, there was no "peace now" origination, there were only men not willing to submit, and men willing to die to force said submission. Hundreds of years it took for this game of submission to be played out.
But that's not fully accurate, I am leaving something out. The men were not really willing to die to force said submission, they preferred the "other" to do the dying for them .A great concept, to avoid dying for your cause is to force another human to do the dying for you, a slave or fully submitted person, without the right to object. A Janissary .A new class of less than human.
Janissary, also spelled Janizary, Turkish Yeniçeri, (New Soldier, or Troop), member of an elite corps in the standing army of the Ottoman Empirefrom the late 14th century to 1826. Highly respected for their military prowess in the 15th and 16th centuries, the Janissaries became a powerful political force within the Ottoman state. The Janissary corps was originally staffed by Christian youths from the Balkan provinces who were converted to Islām on being drafted into the Ottoman service. Subject to strict rules, including celibacy, they were organized into three unequal divisions (cemaat, bölükhalkı, segban) and commanded by an ağā.
Drafted, what a wonderful term. Americans were drafted in to the Army,yet they did not need to remain celibate, or change their faith, is there more to this ? I hate to say this, but it does sound a lot like slavery. Lets see if there is a less politically correct source for this "devshirme" system.
Under the scheme, non-Muslim children, mainly Christian, were “culled” from Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Armenia and Albania that had come under the Ottoman rule. On a fixed date, non-Muslim fathers (mostly Christian) were to bring their children to a designated public square. The Muslim recruiting agents used to choose the healthy, strong and handsome ones of them. After Sultan MehmetII conquered Constantinople in 1453, Dewshirme received a boost as notes Stephen O’Shea: ‘…following the conquest, Fatih (the Conqueror) expanded the heartless devshirme or ‘gathering’ system, whereby young Christians were abducted and moved to the capital… Once every few years roving Ottoman talent scouts, accompanied by soldiers, descended on the villages… and culled the most promising peasant boys from their playmates and siblings.’ The number of children collected as part of Dewshirme varies: ‘Some scholars place it as high as 12,000 a year, others at 8,000…’
These lots of the best of Christian, Jewish and Gypsy children were circumcised and converted to Islam, and were indoctrinated with the ideology ofJ ihad from this impressionable early age. They were meticulously trained solely for Jihadi warfare and served in a special unit of the Ottoman army, the Janissary Regiment. Barred from marriage and confined to their barracks, the Janissary soldiers single-mindedly focused on becoming deadly soldiers for waging Jihad against the infidels, their coreligionists of the yesteryear.
The policy proved a boon for the Ottomans. Muslim rulers had remained frustrated in their repeated failures to capture Constantinople—the greatest centre of Christianity, since the time of Caliph Mu’awiyah (d. 680). In their many early attempts to capture Constantinople, they often suffered disastrous reverses
Finally, the Janissaries launcheda devastating assault on Constantinople in 1453 and overran it, winning the greatest prize for Islam.
So it was slaves who won the day, for their Muslim slave masters,how Islamic of them.(video)
Spain, that entire nation along with Portugal in 711 ( Unexpectedly ) experienced Islam, it was hundreds of years before they expelled the Islamic experience. Spain underwent a name change as well, Andalusia (Muslim Spain) Think modern Londonistan, times ten!
In 711 the Berber Tarik invaded and rapidly conquered Visigothic Spain. Famously by 733 the Muslims reached Poitiers in France. There a battle, more significant to westerners than Muslims, halted the Muslim advance. In truth by that stage Islam was at its limits of military expansion. Tarik gave his name to "Jabal (mount of) Tarik" or, as we say, Gibraltar. In 712 Tarik's lord, Musa ibn-Mosseyr, joined the attack. Within seven years the conquest of the peninsula was complete
France was soon to experience an introduction to Islam.
Poitiers II was fought in 732 between Charles Martel and Eudes of Aquitaine against Abd. er-Rahman at Moussais (north of Poitiers) and Poitiers III was fought between Jean le Bon and Edward the Black Prince in 1356 at Nouaillé(south of Poitiers). Many historians agree that Poitiers II was the most significant of the three. It has been described in epic terms. Guizot (I:154) observes "It is quite certain that neither Franks nor Arabs, neither Charles nor Abd. er-Rahman themselves, took any account ... of the importance of the strugglein which they were on the point of engaging; it was a struggle between East and West, South and North, Asia and Europe, the Gospel and the Koran; and we now say, on the generalconsideration off events, peopleandages, that the civilization of the world depended upon it." Kitchen (106) observes that here "the young civilizations of Europe and Asia stood face to face, there the horsemen of the East met the footmen of the West." Even those who saw the battle in less grandiose terms recognized its importance. Fouracre(in McKitterickCMH88) notes; "Though not quite of the importance often still accorded to it, this Frankish victory did force the Arabs to retreat southwards ..." On the other hand. Lewis downplays the significance of this battle. In a footnote (p22) he observes "The advance north to Poitiers was a raid or razzia, not a Moslem attempt to conquer this part of France. Thus some historians have tended to overestimate the importance of Charles Martel's victory."
This second battle of Poitiersis also referred to as the battle of Tours, although it was not fought at a locale at all close to Tours
For centuries the Ottoman Empire held strategic aspirations for the capture of Vienna, not only as a base for the eventual conquest of Western Europe, but also because of its inter-locking control over Danubean (Black Sea to Western Europe) commerce and overland (Eastern Mediterranean to Germany) trade routes.
The Muslim-Christian conflict was a thousand years old in 1683. Since the time of the Prophet Mohammed, Islam, born in war, expanded the same way, commonly at the expense of Christian territory. The word Islam does not means "peace," but "submit to Allah" and practitioners of the faith did their best to see that mission fulfilled. Although inhabitants of Muslim states often were allowed to practice a religion of their choosing, it was Islam's mission to conquer non-Muslim states, which were required to pay what was in effect protection money to their Islamic overlords. Within conquered territories only Muslim law was considered valid, and infidels were not afforded even this protection. Perhaps the most despicable Muslim practice in Christian lands was the notorious devshirme, child levy, in which they abducted what was considered the most promising Christian children to raise as professional soldiers in the Sultan army.
Mr. Ramadan is correct about Islam being a participant in European history, and will be for some time.