Ahmadinejad Invites Bush to MonotheismThe Letter refers many times to GOD. Baron Bodissey at Gates of Vienna quite correctly points out in Laughing Into 1939 that
The following is the text of the letter of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to American President George W. Bush.
Mr. George Bush, President of the United States of America
For sometime now I have been thinking, how one can justify the undeniable contradictions that exist in the international arena -- which are being constantly debated, especially in political forums and amongst university students. Many questions remain un answered. These have prompted me to discuss some of the contradictions and questions, in the hopes that it might bring about an opportunity to redress them.
Can one be a follower of Jesus Christ (PBUH), the great messenger of God,Feel obliged to respect human rights,present liberalism as a civilization model, announce one's opposition to the proliferation of nuclear weapons and WMDs,make "war and terror" his slogan,and finally,work towards the establishment of a unified international community -- a community which christ and the virtuous of the earth will one day govern...
"this “God” he’s talking about is not Yahweh. It’s not Brahman. It’s not the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. It’s Allah, the only true god, who must be worshipped by all, and to whom the whole world must submit."So, when reading the Letter, put "ALLAH" wherever "God" is used and it will make far more sense. Because of the Trinity (the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost), Islam believes Christianity is a "polytheistic" (many gods) religion hence the invitation to "monotheism" (one god.)
Ahmadinejad's Letter is most importantly a prelude to a DECLARATION OF WAR which Atlas Shrugs analyzes succinctly. This is the first step: state the causes which lead to the conflict. The second is to read the causes at Friday prayers throughout the umma (worldwide Muslim community) and the third step is the issuance of a fatwa (religious ruling) which, in this case, is the equal of a formal declaration of war. The first step is demanded by the Koran and Hadith.
"Muhammad sent Khalid Ibn al-Walid to the tribe of the children of Haritha and told him: `Call them to accept Islam before you fight with them. If they respond, accept that from them, but if they refuse, fight them.' Khalid told them: `Accept Islam and spare your life.' They entered Islam by force. He brought them to Muhammad. Muhammad said to them: `Had you not accepted Islam I would have cast your heads under your feet"' (ibn Hisham, "The Biography of the Apostle", part 4, p. 134; also Al Road Al Anf, part 4, pp. 217, 218.)This is not a declaration of offensive war, but that of a defensive war. President George Bush has not accepted the invitation to join the umma and become a Muslim with the United States of America following as an Islamic nation. By declining, we have given insult to Allah, his Messenger, and Islam and therefore have committed a great offense. This is interpreted as an act of war answerable only by defending the faith ending only in the eventual subjugation of the enemy.
"The apostle of God started to send military detachments from among his followers to the various Arab tribes which were scattered in the Arab Peninsula to carry out the task of calling (these tribes) to accept Islam. If they did not respond, they would kill them. That was during the 7th Higira year. The number of the detachments amounted to ten." (Dr. Muhammad Sa'id Ramadan al-Buti, "Jurisprudence in Muhammad'’s Biography",7th ed., p. 263.)
"Ali Ibn Abi Talib encountered a man called 'Umru and told him, `I indeed invite you to Islam.' 'Umru said, `I do not need that.' 'Ali said, ‘Then I call you to fight.' (This was the same policy Muhammad used with those who rejected his invitation.) 'Umru answered him, `What for my nephew? By God, I do not like to kill you.' `Ali said, `But, by God, I love to kill you"' (ibn Hisham, "The Biography of the Prophet", part 3, p. 113; see also Al Road Al Anf part 3, p. 263.)
Ibn Kathir says that Muhammad's followers met a man and asked him to become a Muslim. He asked them, "What is Islam?" They explained that to him. He said, "What if I refuse it? What would you do to me?" They answered, "We would kill you." Despite that, he refused to become a Muslim and they killed the poor man after he went and bade his wife farewell. She continued to weep over his corpse for days until she died of grief over her slain beloved who was killed for no reason. (ref: Isma'il Ibn Kathir in his book, "The Prophetic Biography", part 3, p. 596.)
"Islam has approved war so that the Word of God becomes supreme. This is war for the cause of God (Holy War). Muhammad, therefore, sent his ambassadors to eight kings and princes in the neighborhood of the Arab Peninsula to call them to embrace Islam. They rejected his call. Thus, it became incumbent on the Muslims to fight them." (Afif, Abdul-Fattah, The Spirit of the Islamic Religion, p. 382.)
"Islamic law demands that before Muslims start fighting infidels (unbelievers), they first deliver the message of Islam to them. It was proven that the prophet never fought people before he called them to embrace Islam first. He used to command his generals to do so also." (Afif, Abdul-Fattah, The Spirit of the Islamic Religion, p. 384.)
"God had made it clear to us that (we should) call for acceptance of Islam first, then wage war. It is not admissible to wage war before extending the invitation to embrace Islam first, as the Qur'an says. `We verily sent our messenger with clear proofs and revealed to them the scripture and the balance, that mankind may observe right measure, and he revealed iron, wherein is mighty power and uses for mankind and that Allah (God) may know him who helps Him and his messengers. Allah is strong, Almighty"' (Surah Iron 57:25). (Dr. Muhammad al-Amin, "The Methodology of Islamic Law", p. 17.)
Any land not possessed by the umma is a land of perpetual warfare until it is returned to Islam. Muslims call this The House of War or The land of warfare; that's where we live. At the outset of Islam, Mohammad said the Allah had given over the entire world to Islam, therefore, every country belongs to Islam. If it is under the control of infidels then that land has been stolen from Muslims and must be retaken by force if necessary.There it is. War has been declared on all infidels for all time. In the words of Muslims and even Allah's Messenger boy himself. Before September 11, Osama bin Laden released his Letter to America in which he followed the same process the Iranian government is following now. He bid us all to convert and when we declined his al Qaida attacked the West initiating World War IV. The ENTIRE PLANET belongs to Islam and the umma; war will not end until they get what they deserve - the planet or death everlasting. Which will it be? Will the West embrace Islam and live in servitude to barbaians, abandoning the culture of freedom and reason in favor of savagry and superstition or will we take up arms opposing tyranny, defending the ideals and philosophies which have created the most progressive, enlightened civilization the world has known?
The theological basis for Daru'l-Harb is the doctrine (found in the hadith as well as in the Qur'an) that the earth belongs to Allah and to his Messenger. In the Qur'an too Allah promises the world to his followers. This leads to the idea that jihad is a defensive war - liberating what already belongs to Allah and to his Umma. Hence the Muslims by waging jihad are taking back what is theirs. Even the whole world.
Since the world belongs to the Umma, any power that prevents them from having it is by definition oppressive, and upsurping the Umma's rights.
In the earliest hadiths, Umar says to his generals: "When you will take the land that God gives you back..." This means that jihad - even ‘offensive’ jihad is ALWAYS a defensive war of liberation. Territory not owned by the Muslims is by definition to be an object of war, until liberation takes place and territory is returned to its rightful owners: the Umma.
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