Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Abul Kasem, an ex-Muslim who is the author of hundreds of articles and several books on Islam including, Women in Islam. He was a contributor to the book Leaving Islam – Apostates Speak Out as well as to Beyond Jihad: Critical Views From Inside Islam.
FP: Abul Kasem, welcome to Frontpage Interview.
I would like to talk to you today about the Fort Hood massacre. Not surprisingly, the media is doing its best to paint Hasan as some kind of frustrated loner who acted out of mental imbalance. This is, of course, against all the tidal waves of evidence to the contrary.
Tell us a bit about what we have learned about Major Hasan and what, as an expert on the Islamic faith, and as ex-Muslim, you make of it.
Kasem: Thank you Jamie.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan chose November 5 as his day of Islamic duty of killing infidels. It was a Thursday. Interestingly enough, this date bears significance in Islam.
Let us read a Sahih Hadis:
_Sahih Bukhari volume 4, Book 52, Number 199
_Narrated by Ka’b bin Malik:
The Prophet set out on Thursday for the Ghazwa of Tabuk and he used to prefer to set out (i.e. travel) on Thursdays.
Echoing the same theme, Ma’ariful Qur’an, one of most respected Tafsirs (it is in eight volumes), of the Qur’an writes:
While marching out from Madinah for his battles, the blessed habit of the Holy Prophet was that he would conceal his intentions by advancing in a direction just the opposite of the direction in which he was to go for Jihad. The intention was to confuse spying hypocrites lest they sound off the enemy. And he used to say, ‘In war (such strategy of) deception (khudah) was permissible. (Maariful Qur’an, volume iv, p.481)
For his journeys, the Holy Prophet liked a Thursday, whether it was for Jihad or for some other purpose. (Maariful Qur’an, volume iv, p.489)
More facts are revealed about Major Hasan’s mindset—Islamic mindset. His family and the liberal media are saying how his rage was due to the supposed taunting he received for his religion and ethnic background. These are very nice alibis. All the blame is on the US kaffirs, not a single word is about his religious motivation to kill the infidels—as is stipulated in the Qur’an for Muslims to perpetrate. Everything and everyone is to blame except Hasan and Islam. This is very convenient.
Sadly, but typically, the US media is out to please Hasan’s family. Yes, there message is loud and clear: Americans are responsible for Hasan’s actions. We hear the same monotonous message—this has nothing to do with Islam; Islam is peace, Islam is tolerant. It is not Islamic terrorism, it is a lone lunatic doing his lunatic act after being frustrated with his job and being a victim of racial and religious persecution.
FP: And your thoughts on this PC and liberal mantra?
Kasem: Well, perhaps Qur’an 9:123 can tell us something:
O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty (unto Him.
This verse simply means a Muslim must start killing the nearest (neighbor) infidel when the situation is ripe.
Ibn Kathir, Islamic scholar and renowned commentator on the Qur’an, writes:
Allah commands the believers to fight the disbelievers, the closest in area to the Islamic state, then the farthest. A complete Muslim is kind to other Muslims and harsh with non‑Muslim enemies.
Major Hasan simply followed what the Qur’an dictates, and what every Muslim must do. He was not a hypocrite, but a true Muslim.
Such is the case with many other verses. For instance:
Those who believe fight in the way of Allah and those who disbelieve fight in the way of Taghut (idols). So fight the friends of Satan. So fight in the way of Allah. You are not responsible but for yourself. Allah is the strongest in war and the mightiest in punishment. (4:75, 76, 84)
Surely, the worst of all living, in the sight of Allah, are those who reject Faith, so they do not believe (the message of Islam). So, if you find them in war, make them an example (deterrent) for those behind them, so that they take a lesson. (8:55-57).
The infidels do not get it: Allah spoke of delivering his punishment through the hands of the Muslims.
That was exactly what Major Hasan did. It was not he who killed the infidels, it was Allah:
And if they speak evil of your Faith, then fight the leaders of infidelity. So that they may stop. Fight them, so that Allah should punish them at your hands and disgrace them, and help you win against them and bring relief to bosoms of a believing people, and remove the rage of their hearts.
If you get ready to fight them, help and support from Allah will be with you. They have already become Divine punishment because of their evil deeds but this punishment will not come down upon them from the heavens or up from beneath the Earth. Instead of that, says the verse: that is, ‘Allah will punish them at their hands. (Surat Al-Taubah, 9: 12-16).
That is, Allah will use the hands of his devotees, and with those human hands, Allah will deliver his punishment to the disbelievers here, in this life, and by so doing, Allah will:
mollify the hearts of Muslims after all those pains and sorrows continuously inflicted upon them by the disbelievers. Then, the anger which filled Muslims hearts (will be) removed by Allah Ta’alah when He punishes them [the unbelievers] at their hands. (Maariful Qur’an , volume 4, p.322)
Surah Al-Anfal; 8:5-6:
It is like when your Lord made you leave your home for the sake of truth.
Maariful Qur’an writes:
The Holy Quran has elected not to mention that the Holy Prophet came out for this Jihad on his own. Instead of that, the test states: your lord made you leave.’” (p.159)
Such was the case with Major Hasan.
Maariful Qur’an continues:
Embedded here is a hint towards the perfect servitude and obedience of the Holy Prophet. It signifies that his act is, in reality, the act of God which issues forth from the parts of his body—as it appears in an hadith al-Qudsi wherein the Holy Prophet is reported to have said: When a servant of Allah is blessed with nearness to Allah through obedience and servitude, Allah says about him (or her): ‘I become his eye. What he sees, he sees through me. I become his ears. What he hears, he hears through me. I become his hands and feet. Whomsoever he grips, he overpowers through me and towards whomever he walks, he walks through me.’ (p.159)
Surah Al-Taubah: 9: 19-23:
O those who believe, do not take your fathers and your brothers as friends, if they prefer infidelity over Faith, And Whoever from you has friendship with them, then such people are the wrongdoers.
Maariful Qur’an writes:
…of basic importance. It settles that the relation with Allah and His Messenger should be given precedence over all relations of kinship and friendship. The relation that clashes against it deserves to be broken. This was the way of the noble Companions. This was why they rose to be the superior most people of the Muslim Ummah…. bonds of linage and tribe had to be cast aside. …on the battlefields swords were crossed between father and son and between brother and brother. These are significant evidence of the creed they held dear. (p.336)
The real bond is the bond of Islam and Iman—all bonds of lineage and country must be sacrificed for it.
Jamie, I can simply go on and on. More facts about Major Hasan’s devotion to Islam is reported here.
FP: Hasan had given many signs of his commitment to jihad, yes?
Kasem: Of course. It’s all on the record. Relatives and friends said in interviews that Major Hasan had become unhappy with his seven-year commitment to the Army, which had provided him with his medical training. They said he had grown more openly vocal in his opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and had also become more religiously observant, often praying five time a day at a local mosque. He began his rampages, according to witnesses, by bowing his head as if praying and saying, “Allahu akbar” — “God is Great.”
Former classmates in a master’s program at a military college said that Major Hasan had expressed anti-American views, justified suicide bombings and contended that Islamic law took precedence over the Constitution, but that their complaints to faculty about his views did not result in any action against Major Hasan.
How accurate had been our foresight about the Islamists destroying America from within. It is amazing that the US administration does not see that we see so clearly. Instead of exercising caution about the Islamists within the US administration who are religiously duty-bound to sabotage the nation from inside, the PC government acts cowardly. Where the Muslims must be trained on displaying patriotism and loyalty to their country that feeds them, nurtures them, educates them, and provides them with gainful employment, the US administration wants the non-Muslims to be trained on Islamic sensitivity, Islamic correctness, and Islamic dhimmitude.
Instead of the minute Muslim community being urged to be tolerant and understanding of the definitive people of the western societies, the majority is asked to be tolerant and subservient to the Muslim community. One may wonder very soon that the US government might want its soldiers to learn the rules of Islamic prayers, Hajj, Zakat, Ramadan and so on. There is already an unwritten rule that the non-Muslims must not offend the fasting Muslim during the Ramadan.
The US military says they desperately need Muslim soldiers to fight the war. They want more good Muslims to join the US army. But the Islamic terrorists are the good Muslims. Major Hasan is a good Muslim.
Did Hasan teach the US army, the U.S administration, and our society a few good, painful and tragic lessons? I would say yes. But who is listening and who is willing to learn?
FP: Abul Kasem, thank you for joining us.
[To get the whole story on the nature of the jihadi threat and why the liberal Left forbids the naming of it, read Jamie Glazov’s new book, United in Hate: The Left’s Romance with Tyranny and Terror.]
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