Violence is a reaction to
arrogant and Israeli terror
violent phenomenon in the East is a result of the educational or
social backward mentality which Islam is not responsible for.
Moreover, it does not accept the backward phenomenon of violence
against women, or repressing freedoms and human rights.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following
question:How do you view the
spread of violence in the World in general and in the Middle
East in particular?
Authority Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
It is obvious that
violence is a general human state that is usually provoked by
the various economic, social, political and even cultural
pressures that an individual or a group are subjected to. It
could be also a reaction to another violence or a result of a
cultural mentality, following the distortion of basic cultural
principles of religion, which do not approve of violence, except
Although the region
has witnessed waves of violence in the previous centuries,
violence as a renewed and rooted phenomenon was the result of
the birth of the Jewish entity and the pressures on the Arabs
and Muslims to secure a favorite atmosphere to facilitate this
birth. Several international axes sought to nourish violence in
the Arab countries that are close to occupied Palestine to
ensure the settling down of the Zionist entity, until it became
an established reality that the Arabs and Muslims can not
believe that the Arab and Muslim region was a victim of the
Jewish violence that was nourished and aided in the beginning by
the political and military British support, as well as a victim
of the West in general which encouraged and promoted
fragmentation trends, and which staged coups and dictatorships
with all the terror they practiced.
In addition, there
are the ideas that came from both the West and the East which
called for change through bloody violence, and influenced
certain radical groups in the region.
Islam does not, in
any way, call for this kind of mad violence that kills
individuals or targets groups. Any violent phenomenon in the
East is a result of the educational or social backward mentality
which Islam is not responsible for. It does not accept the
backward phenomenon of violence against women, or repressing
freedoms and human rights.
We believe that the
American Administration is responsible for all violence that is
spreading in the world, and especially in the Arab and Muslim
region, through its direct involvement in acts of violence in
Iraq and Afghanistan and its support of all massacres committed
by the Zionists in Palestine. These massacres have led to a
counter violence that is still growing and will certainly expand
to new areas, for what is going on is no less than crushing the
dignity and values of the nation. Such acts of continuous
killing could not bring about a feeling of peace of peace or
has to admit that it was wrong when it waged a war on terror in
this way. It has to admit that its actions generated these
successive waves of violence.
It is not enough
for the American officials to talk about the need to eliminate
the culture of violence. Violence was the result of many other
political, economic and military causes that were created by the
US itself due to its policy of support to Israel that led the
Palestinians to a state of despair, as well as following its
agenda of occupying the region to secure its hegemony over its
(the regionís) vast oil resources.
vehemently denounce all uncalled for an illegitimate violence
actions that target Muslims and non-Muslims, like the one that
was staged lately in al-Khobar. We do not know what kind of a
mentality that makes these people target non-Muslim foreigners
whom the countries of the region may need their expertise. We
also cannot imagine how could these people claim that their
kidnapping and killing of innocent people is based on Islam
which respects not only the right of man to live but also his
right of having a different opinion. We find this mentality not
that different of Bush's mentality who staged a
"crusade". And although he then said that he did not
mean it, he went on in waging it.
The world needs a
great political movement to reform the means of political action
that were distorted by the American culture of aggression. It
needs a cultural revolution against the culture of killing,
terror and intimidation practiced by America and Israel and the
forces that claim to confront them but use their methods.
We claim that Islam
is the force that is qualified to lead this movement, which
could attract all these who care about human life in the world.