Blog Post 27
January 10, 2020
From December 20 to 23, 2019, we attended MSA (PSG)’s 49th annual conference in Bethesda, Maryland, on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., the capital of the Great Shaitan. It was a refreshing break from the mundane work-a-day life in Canada. Everybody was genuinely excited about what Inked Resistance Islamic Publishing is doing, Mashallah.
The workshops were well-attended and enlightening, revolutionary and inspirational. We could feel the pulse of the attendees, moderators and lecturers and the pulse was beating strong and red. It seemed to me
that there had been a sort of pause over the last say ten or fifteen years in the pulse of the Muslims who are affiliated with the Islamic Revolution which culminated in the Islamic Republic of Iran more than forty years ago. What I mean is things had “settled” down, the Islamic Republic was reaping the rewards of the shahadahs it had willingly given and life on Earth was cruising along. The activist generation in the west had progressed into seniority status and their children who’d been born and flourished in the heydays of revolutionary piety and the bright light of Imam Khomeini (may Allah be pleased with him) were now having children of their own. Those who hadn’t been able to deepen their Islamic understanding and stick to the revolutionary path of Imam Husayn (a.s.) drifted off into the status quo and the dog-eat-dog world of me, me, me. It was very powerful to come across the new generation of young people who got the truth and stuck to it or at least got back to it. And their heartbeating pulse was palpable! Allahu Akbar!
The conference began with Jumah, Al-Hamdulillah! As we waited for the adhan, a senior brother came in the prayer room using a walker. Immediately, a brother about five men away from him on the same line got up and rushed to the senior brother. As he did that, the brother beside the senior brother also got up. These two brothers were now in competition to see who would have the honour of helping the senior brother get situated in the line. It was a close-up view of Islamic adab and akhlaq, love and devotion in practice and their actions warmed my heart. That’s how we all should act, I thought as I recognized that most of the crowd didn’t even know the senior brother had entered the room. May Allah bless the brothers and keep them ever on the Straight Path.
At the last workshop, a sisters’ only one, where the facilitators wanted us to nurture sisterhood and support each other in our everyday lives, the icebreaker was so engaging and interactive that we didn’t even get to the main event. What struck me, and many of us, was one young sister’s inability to express what she really wanted to say to the icebreaker question she received, an inability based not on intellect, interest or shyness, but on “fear.” The question, “If you could meet anyone now living, who would you choose and why?”, was met with “I don’t know.” Time was given for her to think, but her answer remained the same. One of the facilitators said, “You can’t think of anyone who’s alive that you’d like to meet?”, in a kind of desperate surprise. To that, the young sister said, “I can. But I don’t know if I should say who it is.” She was encouraged to give it a try. And when she said, “Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah,” a gasp erupted throughout our circle, and an older sister said, “Me, too,” and another sister said, “When my friends in Dearborn go home to Lebanon, I tell them to give my salaams to Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah.” The young sister was shocked! She said, “My dream is to meet him every time I go home,” and I said, “Can I come with you next time, inshallah?”
The “fear” she displayed was one well-intended, placed there on purpose by the powers that wanna be, the powers that want us to be afraid, even of each other. Al-Hamdulillah, the young sister realized that she was indeed in a safe place, a place where others think like she does, feel like she does, and wish for the same things as she does. She realized, inshallah, that there’s others who know what’s happening and that the space and the place to talk and discuss freely about those ideas and truths must be opened up and availed as often as possible. For it is when we come together and understand that we are not alone, that there’s lots and lots of people who get it, that we can truly feel the power of Islam, the power of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala and the power of our leaders and our communities and our families and ourselves.
On the other hand, in a workshop earlier on at the conference in which we were assisting a scholar with a university research paper. At one point, after we read about individual will, liberty and freedom, modernity, hedonism and egoism and he talked briefly about how these theories of the secular world have led people to believe that we own everything, like the water, the resources, the air, the forests, rather than accepting the fact that Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala owns everything, and we have been placed here in a position of responsible caretakers of all that and each other, I raised my hand and said, “They want us to believe that we all, everyone sitting here right now, that we all own all that stuff. But we don’t own it. They do. They own everything and do whatever they want to do with it. It’s a lie they’re telling that we all own it!”
At my statement, the workshop became privy to the true backdrop of what was happening and what was believed. Interrupting, the brother said (or words to that effect), “I do not believe that there is one man or a group of people who are behind all the misery in the world. I do not believe that there are people who in their heart intend to hurt other people. This is not what we are here today to talk about. That is not the focus of this workshop.”
Unbelievably, I accepted the smack-down and shut my mouth. Why? I have understood in my six decades that some people, or many people, don’t want to go there. It’s way too scary and they’re genuinely afraid. Afraid of losing what they’ve worked so hard to get. Afraid of people not accepting them for who they are. Afraid of standing out like a sore thumb. Afraid of the questioning, the harassment, the deportation, the lack of food and ice cream and air conditioning and heat and clean water and toilets. Afraid of jail and torture. Afraid of bombs and targeted killings. Afraid of death. And people who are afraid don’t want to hear the truth. In fact, they don’t even want the truth to be said out loud.
Is it naivete? Perhaps. But really it’s a lack of understanding. It’s a lack of believing that Allah’s Words in the Holy Qur’an are true. It’s a lack of knowing there’s only two parties – the party of Allah and the party of Shaitan.
“Those who ally themselves with Allah and His Messenger
and those who believe belong to the party of Allah.
Absolutely, they are the victorious.” (5:56)
“You will not find a people who believe in Allah and the Last Day loving those
who oppose Allah and His Messenger even if they were their fathers
or their sons or their brothers or their kindred.
Those He has decreed faith within their hearts and supported them
with a spirit from Him. And He will admit them to Gardens,
with the rivers flowing from underneath it, to abide forever in it.
Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him.
Those are the party of Allah. No doubt!
Indeed, the party of Allah, they are the successful ones.” (58:22)
“Shaitan has dominated them and has made them forget
the guidance of Allah. They are Shaitan’s party
and the party of Shaitan will certainly suffer a great loss.” (58:19)
So when the US criminal in the DC house boozing it up at his Palm Beach estate chose the option of sending a MQ-9 Reaper drone to launch several missiles against two vehicles and assassinate Major-General Qasem Soleimani, Deputy Chairman Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and eight other mujahideen outside Baghdad airport at 1:20 am on January 3, 2020, my thoughts turned to the “one man or a group of people” expression and the unafraidness of the major-general, the deputy chairman and the men with them, and Imam Khamenei, and Imam Khomeini, and Shaheed Mostafa Chamran, and Ayatullah Beheshti, and Ayatullah Mutahhari, and Ayatullah Tabatabai, and Ayatullah Bahonar, and President Rajai, and all the shohada of the Islamic Revolution those martyred by the deposed shah and by the enemies of Islam, and the eight-year imposed war and the Iran Air Flight 655, and Ayatullah Baqir al-Sadr and his sister Bint al-Huda, and Deir Yassin, and Ghazzah, and Sabra and Shatila, and the children, women and men ISIS, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban tortured and murdered, and 9-11, and the enslaved black people and the massacred native people…And Brigadier General Hossein Pourjafari, and Colonel Shahroud Mozafarinia, and Major Hadi Taremi, and Captain Vahid Zamanian, and Chief of Protocol and Public Relations Muhammed Reza al-Jaberi, and Mohammad al-Shibani, and Hassan Abdul Hadi and Heydar Ali, and, and, and…And the option of humiliation or victory. And the criminal intention of the one who chose that option.
Call it out for what they are! “The devils and the villainous in the world,” “the criminals who have stained their hands with his and the other martyrs’ blood,” “the murderers and criminals,” “US criminal terrorist act,” “the criminal killers,” “the most villainous individuals on Earth,” “state terrorism,” “the criminal act of attack,” “the brutality and stupidity of American terrorist forces,” “terrorist in a suit,” “heinous crime,” “a clear, blatant crime” and “US act of international terrorism.” It is intentional criminality!
Imam Ali Khamenei said on September 17, 2011:
Being frightened by the appearances of the arrogant powers
and a feeling of fear of America and other interventionist powers are the kinds of harm
that should be avoided. The brave and young should remove these fears from their hearts.
Trusting the enemy and falling into the trap of their smiles and promises
is another threat that needs to be avoided by the intellectuals and leaders.
The enemy must be identified no matter what cover it uses.
The nation and the revolution should be protected against the designs of the enemy,
which at times hide behind a façade of friendship and supportive gestures.
Another side to this matter is becoming overconfident and remiss about the enemy.
Bravery must be combined with wisdom and good judgment.
We must use all our God given talents in confronting the shaitans
from among the jinn and men. Creating division, pitting revolutionaries against one another
and penetrating into the front line of the struggle are other great harms
that need to be avoided with all our power.
What needs to be highlighted in the global resistance front and Islamic movements
is the important point that although there are threats, there are also ways to stay safe.
The mere presence of threats should not scare nations. Let the enemy fear you
and know that, “Indeed, Shaitan’s guile is always weak.” (The Holy Quran 4:76)
Don’t get fooled by Shaitain’s ploys and tactics. He uses our lowest self and its spiritual diseases:
pride (2:206; 2:287; 11:10; 37:35)
arrogance (17:37; 39:60; 40:35; 63:5)
false logic (6:112; 18:104)
jealousy (2:24; 7:12; 38:74; 2:109; 2:213)
temptations (4:91; 57:14)
deception (4:37; 7:27)
rebelliousness (4:55; 5:64 & 68; 9:84; 22:3; 38:75)
suspicion (9:110; 49:12; 50:25)
doubt (2:23 & 108 & 147; 6:114; 9:125; 10:94)
argumentation & dispute (3:20; 8:46; 11:118)
worldly gains (2:86 & 200 & 204 & 212; 3:14; 17:64; 63:9)
sins (2:81 & 168-169 & 283; 4:112)
evilness (2:14 & 81 & 169 & 268; 24:21; 42:91)
discontentment (20:131; 74:6)
envy (2:90 & 109; 4:54; 41:25; 113:5)
ego (10:23; 12:53; 45:17)
conceit (25:21; 57:23)
hatred (3:118; 5:8 & 64 & 91; 41:34; 43:78)
procrastination and laziness (4:142)
corruption (2:205; 8:73; 11:116)
lies (3:75 & 78 & 94; 7:27; 39:32 & 60; 63:1)
false promises (4:119-120; 14:22; 17:64)
ingratitude (2:152; 14:34; 16:112; 29:66)
disbelief (4:38; 8:30 & 36 & 73; 34:3 & 7 & 31)
ignorance (7:179; 23:54 & 63; 25:63; 49:6)
injustice (3:108; 4:30; 31:13)
persecution & oppression (2:217; 8:54 & 73; 16:110; 29:10; 85:10)
miserliness and greed (2:96; 17:27; 92:8)
to lure us off the Straight Path and straight to Hell.
“Surely, Shaitan is an enemy to you so treat him as an enemy.
He only invites his party that they may become
the dwellers of the Blazing Fire.” (35:6)
I wonder if the Great Shaitan knocked Ukrainian International Airlines (UIA) Flight PS752 out of the sky in Iran, killing all 176 people on board, including five people my family knows: Sister Saharnaz Haghjoo and her eight-year-old daughter Elsa Jadidi; Sister Alina Tarbhai and her mother Sister Afifabhai Tarbhai; and Brother Aliasghar Dhirani of Alamdar Group. It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that the Boeing 737-800 crashed shortly after takeoff from Imam Khomeini International Airport near Tehran a little less than five hours after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards showered ballistic missiles on two US military bases in Iraq at 1:20 am (note the time) on January 8, 2020 in retaliation for the assassination of Major-General Soleimani and the nine shaheeds travelling with him. 82 of the deceased are Iranian and 63 are Canadian, many of whom are Canadians born in Iran. It is also interesting that no one on board that plane was from the US. May Allah grant forgiveness, mercy and peace to the deceased and sabr and understanding to their families. From Allah we come and to Allah we return. Please recite Surah al-Fatiha.
And I wonder if the brother thinks it’s only Shaitan, Iblis, the one who refused to bow down to Prophet Adam (a.s.), who’s the enemy.
“His [Major-General Soleimani’s] blood will chase
Americans more than ever.”
- Yemeni Information Minister Dhaifallah al-Shami
2020 Baghdad International Airport airstrike. Wikipedia. Accessed from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_Baghdad_International_Airport_airstrike
General Soleimani was prominent figure in fight against global terrorism: Yemeni minister. (January 6, 2020). Press TV. Accessed from https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2020/01/06/615501/General-Soleimani-was-prominent-figure-in-fight-against-global-terrorism-Yemeni-min
“Ultimate victory” is for the Iranian nation. (January 5, 2020). Khamenei.ir. Accessed from http://english.khamenei.ir/news/7280/Ultimate-victory-is-for-the-Iranian-nation