Clash or Dialogue of Civilizations
Sayyed Fadlullah: America wants to burn the world starting by our region. Therefore, we ask those ardent supporters in our Islamic and Arab World and even in Lebanon if they want to become a partner in their Talmudic mission whom they themselves do not knows its consequences.
Asked in his weekly seminar the following question:What is the Islamic view regarding the clash or dialogue of civilizations?.
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Some might think
that talking about civilization building in such circumstances,
the ones the region and the entire world is passing through, is
an ideological self-indulgence, yet talking about civilization
is talking about the human being whom Islam wanted to be the
initiator of change whether in his own social and political
environment or the entire world in general.
Islam itself, and since
its very beginning, has always been a major civilizational and
developmental movement. It also acted as a scientific and conceptual
revolution, calling for resorting to the mind as the basis of
understanding nature and controlling it to serve mankind.
It also urged man to
learn, to the extent that it considered seeking knowledge as one of
the religious duties. Islam also encouraged the nation to interact
civilizationally on the basis of knowing one another.
It called for
participating in the process of building civilizations, and urged
humanity as a whole to establish a universal and comprehensive
civilization based on the system of values that raises the level of
man both materialistically and psychologically, as well as
spiritually and scientifically.
On the other hand,
Islam feels that any human development should not endanger humanity…
Scientific imagination should not take humanity to what might
violate the general ethical code that is based on protecting human
life and intellectual rights.
considers freedom as one of the basic civilization necessities that
no nation can rise without it.
Not only freedom in
Islam is a major component of our religious and ideological
composition, it is also a part of our social political and even
economic buildup, but provided that we do not violate the moral
values, or disrupt the internal balance of the society by
monopolizing or confiscating the rights of others.
Yet this does not mean
that we believe in chaos, for chaos does not build a civilization
but merely more tragedies and further turmoil.
In this respect, our
problem with the concept of clash of civilizations which those who
control the American Administration believe in lies in their attempt
to execute the strategy of creative or constructive chaos in our
Muslim and Arab world, creating a political quake that would lead to
economic and political catastrophes that only the US treasury and
the Israeli expansionist schemes benefit from.
We notice that as the
American Administration is besieging the Arab and Muslim countries
to prevent them from playing any independent regional role, it is
trying to present itself as a super regional power that controls all
the roles played by the countries that neighbor Iraq in an effort to
redraw the region in the way that comforts Israel.
And as we feel the
increasing dangers of the American occupation of Iraq with all the
tragedies it is creating, we are afraid that America seeks a way out
by indulging in a bigger adventure or waging additional aggressions
on one or more of Iraq’s neighbors.
The huge military bases
America is building in Iraq lead one to think in this way,
especially in view of the aggressive ambitions of the neo-cons, who
are trying to translate them in an acrobatic way by widening the
area of the Iraqi fire in several directions.
Taking part in the game
will only increase the sphere of chaos. It will not lead to
democracy, but to a state of political and military turmoil whose
consequences cannot be foreseen. America wants to burn the world
starting by our region. Therefore, we ask those ardent supporters in
our Islamic and Arab World and even in Lebanon: Do you want to
become a partner in their Talmudic mission whom they themselves do
not knows its consequences