Tragically, a gang of bloodthirsty savages, whom many of us Muslims call “Khawarijites“, took the lives of eleven innocent people. Many people are pointing their fingers at multiculturalism, Islam, and immigration; …and of course, there are those who are claiming this is a “false flag.” None of these answers are necessarily wrong. Certainly, broken mass immigration policies, a twisted interpretation of Islam, and likely outside involvement are part of the problem.
Those dimensions of the event are already being discussed, but what exactly is the “Traditionalist” dimension of this event? Should we accept the claim of these “Islamic extremists” that they’re even Islamic at all? As a Muslim, especially as a Shiite Muslim, I have nothing but contempt for them and I pray every day for their destruction. True Islam cannot possibly justify these actions, but it can point toward a just solution. A world of cooperation between Christians and Muslims is commanded by the Quran. History has shown that not only is this possible, it happens every day.
Guenon, Schuon, Nasr, and Dugin, four luminaries of the Traditionalist School have written about how within the confines of modern religion exist two extremes. One extreme is of course the “modernized” form of religion, which reduces everything to allegory and to cultural relativism. On the other end are the fundamentalists, who are founded on the same root as the “liberal” believers. They both reduce religion down to its base meaning. For the fundamentalists, they are like the prisoners in Plato’s cave, they only care about what they can quantify. For them, religion is only a box of rules and rituals. They don’t care about actually being spiritually fulfilled, about traveling through the higher spheres of being until they achieve a state of spiritual perfection.
Something unique to those who have a modern religious mentality (be they on the left or right ends of the spectrum) is that they are less concerned with the salvation of their immaterial souls and more concerned with the success of religion in “this” life and “this” reality. This is not to say that the “Orthodox” or “Traditional” way is complete apathy and aescetism, for the Prophet (saws) said “Strive for this world as if it never ended, strive for the next as if the world ended tomorrow.” Rather, so-called “cultural believers” rather they are Muslim, Christian, Jewish, or Hindu, only identify with their religious tradition because it provides for them a need to be part of an identity. It is their ancestors’ religion; they have not experienced the touch of an angel or the light of God that puts them on the right path.
Religious Traditionalism, or Orthodoxy, emphasized the importance of becoming one with God. In Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Roman Catholicism, this doctrine is known as Theosis, whereas for Sufism this is known as achieving a state of perfection called “marafat.”
Aleksandr Dugin has aptly called Devils like ISIS “Islamic Protestants”. Their heresy is a rebellion against the commandments of God. Modernism, rather it be in liberal or conservative forms, destroys the spiritual bliss of any religion by transforming it into an ideology. Shiite Islam is not an ideology, nor a political movement. The sacrifice of the Prophet’s grandson, Hussein Ibn Ali (as), permanently separated the Imamate, the true lineage of the Prophet’s successors from any action taken by those who would call themselves “Muslims.”
When the holy Imam went into battle, only a small handful, only 72 of his most faithful companions went with him. The majority of the Muslim ummah had chosen to either follow the usurper Yazid (la), or desert the Imam in his time of need. The allegiance of every faithful Twelver Shiite Muslim is only to the Twelfth Imam. It does not matter to me what the actions of some, many, most, or all the Muslims do or what they decide on. It does not matter what the Ali Khameni, Sistani, or any other “Marja Taqlid” says is the law. There is no rightful authority besides an Imam, in the sense of someone related by both blood and spirit to the Prophet Muhammad (saws). The current and last Imam of the age exists hidden from those of us in the material world, and all faithful Shiites await his return.
As a Shiite Muslim, the only response I have is that the recent barbarisms in Paris, as well as the actions taken by devils like ISIS, al-Queda, and the like is that it is completely inexcusable. Those who committed these acts need to face the full wrath of both the law and God. Not just these individual perpetrators, all who brandish the flag of violent extremism and perpetuate mass-murder whether they are in France, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Chechnya, or Afghanistan.
If the Prophet (saws) is a role model for Muslims, then Muslims should emulate him by enduring and ignoring those who insult him. Those who have truly committed blasphemy are not the cartoonists, be they in France or in Denmark, nor even Pastor Terry Jones or Fred Phelps. The true blasphemers, the true enemies of God are those who have betrayed and brought hatred on everything they claim to believe in. Had these satanic beasts read and understood their own scripture; there is no possible way they could have committed such barbarous acts. The Holy Quran, as well as the traditions of the Prophet recorded in the books of Hadith makes it clear that the responses for those who insult God and his Prophet are to be ignored.
- “The Messenger’s duty is only to preach the clear (Message).” (The Noble Quran 24:54)”
- “If it had been thy Lord’s will, they would all have believed,- all who are on earth! wilt thou then COMPEL mankind, against their will, to believe! (The Noble Quran, 10:99)”
- Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it):……(The Noble Quran, 18:29)”
- “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy handhold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things. (The Noble Quran, 2:256)”
- “Say : O ye that reject Faith! I worship not that which ye worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship. To you be your Way, and to me mine. (The Noble Quran, 109:1-6)”
- “O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah , witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” (The Noble Quran 5.9)
- “And do not obey the disbelievers and the hypocrites but do not harm them, and rely upon Allah . And sufficient is Allah as Disposer of affairs.” (The Noble Quran 33:49)
- A group of Jews asked permission to visit the Prophet (and when they were admitted) they said, “As-Samu ‘Alaika (Death be upon you).” I said (to them), “But death and the curse of Allah be upon you!” The Prophet said, “O ‘Aisha! Allah is kind and lenient and likes that one should be kind and lenient in all matters.” I said, “Haven’t you heard what they said?” He said, “I said (to them), ‘Wa ‘Alaikum (and upon you). (Sahih Bukhari volume 9, book 84, number 61)
- As if I am looking at the Prophet while he was speaking about one of the prophets whose people have beaten and wounded him, and he was wiping the blood off his face and saying, “O Lord! Forgive my, people as they do not know.” (Sahih Bukhari volume 9, book 84, number 63)
- A man came to the Prophet and demanded his debts and used harsh words. The companions of the Prophet wanted to harm him, but the Prophet said, “Leave him, as the creditor (owner of the right) has the right to speak.” (Sahih Bukhari 3, Book 41, number 586)
These are only a few of the verses that demonstrate that those who assumed themselves to be avenging the Prophet (saws) are only blaspheming against him and God.
Regarding Christian-Muslim relations, there are those who think of Islam as the enemy of Christianity and Western Civilization. While tragedy has certainly struck relations between our faiths; it doesn’t have to be this way. There have been times in both history and in the modern day where Christians and Muslims have stood side-by-side. The first begins with the Prophet Muhammad (saws), who vowed that Christians would be under his protection. His first wife, Hazrat Khadija (ra) had a Christian cousin who was a mentor to the Prophet (saws) in his youth.
When the Muslims were initially persecuted by the Meccan Pagans, the first place which they took refuge was in the Christian kingdom of Ethiopia. During the Prophet’s reign in Medina, Christians lived and thrived under his protection. Christian travelers were even allowed to practice mass within the Prophet’s Moque in Medina. In fact, a letter survives detailing the Prophet’s letter to the Christian community. He promised that not only would the Christians be forever under his protection, but that anyone, it does not matter their position, would invoke the wrath of God if they dare harmed the people of the scriptures.
“This letter contains the oath given unto them, and he who disobeys that which is therein will be considered a disobeyer and a transgressor to that whereunto he is commanded. He will be regarded as one who has corrupted the oath of God, disbelieved His Testament, rejected His Authority, despised His Religion, and made himself deserving of His Curse, whether he is a Sultan or any other believer of Islam. Whenever monks, devotees and pilgrims gather together, whether in a mountain or valley, or den, or frequented place, or plain, or church, or in houses of worship, verily we are [at the] back of them and shall protect them, and their properties and their morals, by Myself, by My Friends and by My Assistants, for they are of My Subjects and under My Protection.”
So there we have it, any Muslim who fails in his duty to protect his Christian brethren has invoked the curse of God. Those who are persecuting Christians in the Islamic world, or those who are harming and defacing Churches in Europe are violating the commandments of God and his Prophet. In fact, destroying churches is an act specifically rejected by the Quran, because God’s name is in them. Even when the Prophet (saws) entered Mecca, victorious over the pagans, he protected a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary (as) and the Prophet Isa (as), while he cleared the Kaabah of all pagan idols.
“Those who have been driven from their homes unjustly only because they said: Our Lord is Allah – For had it not been for Allah’s repelling some men by means of others, cloisters and churches and oratories and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft mentioned, would assuredly have been pulled down. Verily Allah helpeth one who helpeth Him. Lo! Allah is Strong, Almighty.”
Furthermore, for Christians to have been in a state of exodus now, it means that they were living with Muslims for generation after generation. While relations were often strained, there were also often instances of cooperation. For example, take the combined might of Muslims and Christians in Syria and Iraq. The brave Syrian army, made up of faithful Muslims, Sunni and Shiite alike, have scored numerous victories against the scum of ISIS and al-Nusra, putting their lives on the line rescuing Christians from the dogs of hellfire.
In Iraq, the combined might of the Iranian military and local resistance fighters have been driving back the vermin who have been destroying churches in spite of the teachings of the Quran. Furthermore, not only has ISIS been targeting churches, they have also been targeting shrines sacred to both Sunni and Shiite Muslims. They leveled the grave of Prophet Yunus (as) and have threatened to destroy the third holiest site of Shiite Islam, the grave of the Prophet’s successor Imam Ali (as), as well as the grave of the Prophets Adam (as) and Noah (as).
Outside the Middle East, Muslim-Christian unity exists among Albanians. The Christian former Janissary George Skanderbeg is a revered hero for Albanian Muslims. Throughout Christian Europe during the middle ages, George Skanderbeg was seen as the hero who prevented the Ottomans from sacking Europe. Among the Bektashi Sufi order, a Shiite Sufi order based in Albania, who are quite culturally European, as evidenced by their music, revere Skanderbeg with an almost religious fervor.
There is a popular legend that a Bektashi dervish blessed Skanderbeg’s sword, vowing that the Turks would never penetrate Europe as long as the Sword was in place. Legend has it that the Sword rests in Vienna, which is why the Ottomans could never breach it. To return to the question of Russia, despite what anyone may say, the majority of Russia’s vast and diverse Muslim population is loyal to the motherland. In the previously referenced article, Aleksandr Dugin has stressed that Islam is a part of Russian civilization, and that what is needed in Russia is an alliance between Orthodox Christians and Muslims against the threats of Globalism.
While the monstrosity of the Paris attack, as well as the violence perpetuated by vipers like Baghdadi invokes the anger of every civilized person, I hope that I can reach an audience who will understand that not only are these rats contrary to true Islam, but that we can come together in common ground against these vermin.