on the victory of the Muslims in Turkey
Sayyed Fadlullah: Campaigns to distort the image of Islam make Muslims more attached to their religion.
in his weekly seminar about the rise of Muslim movements despite the
distortion campaign against Islam. The Religious Authority H.E. Sayyed
Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah said:
The rise of the
Islamists in several countries of the Islamic world proves beyond
doubt the falseness of what many have claimed concerning the imminent
fall of the Islamic revival. The latest election experiments have
proved that Islam, when given the freedom to act freely, will move
quickly to the forefront. It also proved that when people are given
the freedom of choice they will choose Islam, regardless of the high
political economic and even security prices they know beforehand that
they are going to pay.
This proves what we
have repeatedly pointed out to about Islam being the major political
player, despite all the threats and pressures those who belong to
Islam are subjected to. The parties, organizations and factions might
not represent the ideal Islamic civilization movement, yet they
indicate how great the impact of Islam is on this region, and on the
world. And this explains why they are facing such a campaign that aims
at hindering their unification into one strong and effective force.
As we feel proud that
the Islamic people insist on voting for Islam, and to whom they feel
close to their principles, even if they had to change their names to
non-Islamic ones, as in the case of Turkey , we warn that the struggle does not
end here. The victory in the elections is but a chance to consolidate
their position, because this stage is not the stage of Islamic rule,
even though the Islamists could become the leading party. There are
certain circumstances, complications and alliances that are ready to
thwart these experiments; to besiege the popular Islamic spread and
hinder its development into a power that has a major say in this
country or this region.
Yet their success
shoulders on them a great responsibility.
They have to work hard to respond to the voter’s ambitions.
They should strive to prove that they are dedicated in seeking to
maintain the political and security stability and economic progress of
the countries they are in. In addition, they should adopt a political
discourse and a development agenda that responds to the contemporary
problems of development, globalization, freedoms, and the other
concepts of the current world order. This does not mean that they
should adopt those concepts as such, but rather, they should
authenticate them on an Islamic basis, proving that Islam is a viable
alternative on all levels.
success of Islamists in the various political and electoral levels
proves that the campaigns aimed at distorting the image of Islam only
makes the Muslims more attached to their religion. It also proves that
all non-fatal blows will only make you stronger. Thus, as we
appreciate the western calls for a “Just vision” of Islam and for,
as the French foreign minister stated, “explaining the profound
nature of Islam, its peace inspiration and it desire for
reconciliation”, we call on the western countries to understand
Islam from outside the context of the political complications that
America, are trying to associate it with, and we say to them: “There
are many Islamic movements that seek openness, flexibility and real
politics, to coexist with others in a climate of openness and
dialogue. Such a vision keeps away from the logic of exclusion and
even violence which was not adopted in the first place, were it not a
reaction to what Israel made and what America fed in the Islamic and Arab Worlds.