THE book “The Absent Truth” killed its owner Faraj Fouda, because he was an “apostate and infidel” according to what the killer said at court.
During the court session, the judge asked the killer: Why did you assassinate Faraj Fouda?
The killer: Because he is an infidel.
The judge: Did you conclude that he is an infidel from his books?
The killer said: I haven’t read his books.
The judge: How so?
The killer: I neither read nor write.
The one who shouts “Allah is great” when committing a crime is no different from the elements of ISIS, Takfir wa al-Hijra, the Muslim Brotherhood Group, the Hezbollah, and the rest of the gangs who have taken Islam as their theme in order to practice their reprehensible crimes against those who they claimed to protect and promised justice, i.e. Muslims.
This was just a slogan adopted by the killer who forces the victim to utter it.The killer screams “Allah is great”, and the victim screams “Allah is great” before his blood is shed, However, Almighty Allah has nothing to do with these abominations that do not express Islam – the religion of tolerance, justice and dialogue.
This phenomenon is not new. It is drawn from the history of rule in the Muslim states, starting with the Umayyads, through the Abbasids, then the Fatimids, the Mamluks, and finally the Ottomans and Persians. It was based on the rulers’ quest to impose their prestige and power and consolidate their rule.
The third Caliph of Muslims – Othman ibn Affan (may Allah be pleased with him) – was killed by Muslims. The fourth Caliph Ali bin Abi Talib (may Allah honor him) was killed by a Muslim in a mosque while he was performing the Fajir (dawn) prayer. After that his son Al-Hussein (may Allah be pleased with him) was also killed by Muslims.
On the other hand, Abu Jahal, the arch-enemy of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), did not dare to hit the Kaaba with catapults and demolish parts of it the way the commander of the army of Abdul-Malik bin Marwan (fifth Umayyad ruler) did during the siege of Makkah
Also, neither the Jews nor the unbelievers dared to desecrate the mosque of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as the commander of the army of Yazid bin Muawiyah (second Umayyad ruler) did for three nights after he turned the mosque into a stable in which the horses urinated.
Few are the caliphs who died in their beds due to old age, but the majority of them died either by poisoning or stabbings by those close to them.
It is said that Muawiyah bin Yazid (third Umayyad ruler), who is considered to be a righteous man, unlike his father, was asked while in his death bed to entrust his reign to whomever he favored in his family.
The dying ruler said: “By Allah, I have not tasted the sweetness of my reign, so how can I bestow its burden to someone else while I have forsaken it?
When his mother (the wife of Yazid bin Muawiyah, who killed Hussein ibn Ali) heard this, she instantly condemned him and wished she did not hear those words.
While there are accounts that say his family poisoned him due to his refusal to fight the Muslims, after he assumed the caliphate for only three months at the age of 22 years old, Al-Waleed bin Utbah bin Abi Sufyan prayed for him, and they had chosen him as his successor, but he was stabbed while praying and fell dead before completing the funeral prayer.
So they presented Othman bin Utbah bin Abi Sufyan to be the caliph, and they said, “We pledge allegiance to you”.
He said, “On the condition that I neither fight nor engage in combat”.
They refused, and so he went to Makkah and joined Abdullah bin Al-Zubair (leader of Zubair dynasty in Makkah that rivaled the Umayyad), and he met his death there.
The matter did not differ with the Abbasid Dynasty, because the sequence of killing took place on everyone. Conspiracy was the order of the palace, starting with Abu Muslim Al-Khursani and all the way to the last Abbasid caliph.
Same was the case during the Fatimid and Mamluk dynasties, as well as the Ottomans, as after the death of Ertugrul, a dispute arose between his brother Dundar and his son Osman, This resulted in Osman killing his uncle and seizing power, and thus establishing the Ottoman Empire.
Also, his grandson Murad I killed his two brothers, Ibrahim and Khalil, for fear of their ambitions to rule. When he was on his deathbed in 1389, he issued instructions to strangle his son, Yaqub, so that the latter would not compete with his brother in his succession.
As for Sultan Muhammad II (conqueror of Istanbul), he issued a legal fatwa in which he ordered the killing of his brother for the sake of the unity of the dynasty and its higher interests. Sultan Murad III killed his five brothers immediately after his inauguration to succeed his father.
His son Muhammad III was no less of a criminal, as he killed his nineteen brothers as soon as he took over. However, that wasn’t enough, as he went on to kill his 16-year-old son Mahmoud so that the power would remain for his 14-year-old son.
The same thing was prevalent in the Safavid Dynasty during which brothers had their eyes chopped off, their noses sliced off, their heads cut off, and poisoned, in the most terrible power struggle. Indeed, the current Khomeinist state began with mass killings through massacres and bombings, and the killing of opponents, which continues to this day.
There is no doubt that the slogan of the Muslim caliphate tempts many people who aspire for power. They employ everything, starting with religion and not ending with money and killing in order to achieve their aspirations.
Hence, when the spark of the so-called “Arab Spring” broke out, we saw how these groups worked to attribute all their criminal acts to “Halal murder” in order to achieve their goals and drag the mob behind it by tickling their religious sentiments.
Our societies cannot move towards openness, awareness, and sustainable development, except in one case, which is to reconsider the false history being taught to our children who turn into extremist and terrorist projects eventually.
What happened during the past five decades is the best example of getting out of this tunnel … otherwise we will keep getting out of the era of the Muslim Brotherhood Group only to enter a Talibani era from where we will exit and end up entering the era of ISIS and Hezbollah that claims divinity”. Meanwhile, Muslim blood is being shed with the cry of “Allah is great”. The “Absent Truth” will continue to kill intellectuals and the elite of Arab and Islamic societies.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, the Arab Times