it all started in these pages with an essay on the immorality of not resisting aggression and then moved to a look at the other side of the coin, in which i insisted that it was a moral imperative to resist aggression. as i was looking for some support for this later proposition, (an imperative to defend one's self or one's neighbor is an ethical command to do so, as opposed to a lesser ethical obligation which is merely permissive), anticipating i might find something in augustine or acquinas or perhaps kant to that effect, i instead came across the website of one sayyed muhammed hussein fadlallah who set out the islamic view on the nature of self defensewith some concision and brevity, and in a manner which fit my purposes.
fadlallah's website is found here.
i concluded that based on the views enunciated by sayyed fadlallah, that islam establishes pretty clearly that i as an infidel have a duty to protect myself and my community from the aggressions and depredations of islam, as represented by both jihad terror and the stealth jihad which seeks to exploit the west's own morality and legalism's to advance islamic conquest of the west.
sayyed fadlallah said of the scope of those things that trigger the right to self defense:
defensive jihad does not stop at defending oneself, property, honor, etc., rather it goes far beyond this circle to cover the defense of others, be they muslim or non-muslim. furthermore, it goes beyond driving away direct threat to one's own being to that which is indirect, e.g. that which may result in undermining society, the land as a sovereign entity, and all that which relates to its security, economic welfare, political interests, and so on of the type which makes the individual and society function according to what allah has ordained.
i thought there some irony in those observations, and in the turn of the argument.
a reader by the name of "a muslim" took me to task for interpreting islam in such a manner, saying that islam sanctified human life, and that to take human life was very bad in the eyes of islam. (yes, friends, this is a classic example of "taqiyya" when a deliberate lie is used in order to try and caste islam in a favorable light, or to try and disguise islamic aims, usually decrying all notions that islam aims toward conquest as a way of "conversion" to the faith). but, this is not what humored me, after a fashion.
"a muslim" went on to say that my assertions about islamic doctrine lacked merit because i had in essence picked a "nobody", a "know nothing" by whom to falsely portray islamic doctrine. said "a muslim:"
"if you really like to know about islam try to read the quran or the teachings of prophet which are the only authentic sources of islam!! i repeat the only!!!
"who told you to go and read some fatwa by some person or some so called scholar."
well, the "nobody", ... , grand ayatollah sayyed muhammed hussein fadlallah died in beruit, lebanon this past sunday at age 74, suffering internal bleeding, and not a moment too soon in my view. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38084642 . he is described in the reuters dispatch authored by laila bassam as " ... one of shi'te islam's highest religious authorities ..." and an early mentor [and leader:jjjay] of the "militant" group hezbollah.
the quote in the article sums up rather nicely the status of this "some person" and "some so called scholar" disparaged by "a muslim" as not knowing beans about the true islam (keep in mind the function of "taqiyya" when you try and understand "a muslim's" misdirection here:)
"he was a guide not just for lebanon but for the whole world and for muslims," said mourner abu muhammed hamadeh outside the hassanein** mosque where men and women wept openly, some of them clutching his picture. "with his death, he has left a very large void in the arab and muslim world."
fadlallah was a supporter of iran's islamic revolution and one of the first backers of the iraqi dawa party of prime minister nuri al-maliki. he was also the spiritual leader and mentor of the shi'ite guerrilla group hezbollah when it was formed after israel invaded lebanon in 1982, though he later distanced himself from its ties with iran."
yes, you may justifiably be just a bit dubious about the assertion in the latter part of that last quoted sentence, with regard to fadlallah "distancing" himself from iran, and the theocracy of the mullahs. important update: there is far more at atlas shrugs with regard to grand ayatollah sayyed muhammed hussein fadlallah, here. i remain of the opinion that we use his rifle, his bullets and his grenades against islam. read below, you will understand.
in short, you may also take any assertion by mr. "a muslim" with regard to grand ayatollah sayyed muhammed hussein fadlallah's lack of standing to explain islamic doctrine on the scope and parameter of self defense as, ... , well, ... , utter bullshit. "a muslim's" attempt to falsely portray islam's position in these matters is pure "taqiyya", and an attempt to gull the gullible into believing that islam is pure enlightenment and charm.
a day later i challenged "... any muslim who draws breath ... " to refute my viewsthat islam obliges me to defend myself from both islamic terror, the jihad, and from the efforts of islam to weaken the underpinnings of western society in order to establish shari'a over the west, the stealth jihad as it has been termed by robert spencer and illustrated by pamela geller.
you may or may not be both pleased and amused to find out, that as of yet, not one single muslim of the teeming 1.5 billion assembly of islam has chosen to refute my view of the grand ayatollah fadlallah's teachings of the islamic view of self defense, nor my view that as an infidel i may properly assert fadlallah's views as an ethical, moral, legal and religious ground upon which to defend myself from islamic depredation, aggressive attack, or encroachment upon western values.
this is what he taught. who am i to ignore the learned advice of an enemy, especially when i may use it to my advantage and to the advantage of my fellows. were i on the battlefield of contesting armies, and i came upon a fallen enemy soldier, would i be not foolish to pick up his rifle and his ammunition and his grenades, for my own use and protection, and also to deny the enemy of the use of those things against me. i do no less here, by telling you, that islam quite properly teaches us that we may use islamic doctrine to defend ourselves from islamic attack.
this is what he taught.
and, before i set the following out, know that the reason that fadlallah was declared a terrorist by the united states was his role in the bombing of the marine corps barracks in beruit, lebanon which took the lives of 241 united states marines in those barracks. this is the man who died sunday, and it is only fit and proper that we should use his teachings to defeat him, and to defeat islam, and to assert our own right to exist.
this is what he taught:
"today we lost a merciful father and a wise guide," hezbollah leader sayyed hassan nasrallah said.
"that is what he was to this generation... since we were youths praying at his mosque and learning at his pulpit."
"we learnt at his school ... to be people of dialogue, and to reject oppression and to resist occupation."
a fierce critic of the united states, which formally designated him a terrorist, fadlallah used many of his friday prayer sermons to denounce u.s. policies in the middle east, particularly its alliance with israel.
it is only fitting and proper that we, you and i, use his rifle and his bullets and his grenades taken from his fallen body, and that we use his teachings, to defend ourselves from the aggressions of islam. he is dead, o merciful g_d, but his teachings live on. it is only fitting and proper that we use his teachings to destroy and defeat his disciples.
john jay @ 07.05.2010
p.s. and, you may also properly regard "a muslim" as a lying and deceitful bastard. i wonder if he will come back, and in what other wonderful lies and deceptions he may indulge himself. t.a.q.i.y.y.a. learn the concept. "some guy" grand ayatollah sayyed muhammed hussein fadlallah turned out to be, eh?
but, learn from "a muslim." he lied to you because he thought you and i credulous, and easily gulled. he was not a stranger to this lying business, i think. and, you should know, this is a grand tradition of islam. liars to the bone, if it serves islam. or, if it doesn't serve islam.
**hassanein, rhymes with "asinine."