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Stands >2005 Stands >The Stand of Rabi' I 24 1426H /May 03, 2005 A.D.

 

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.

Moreover, Islam 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