Hatred and radicalism in the West
Fadlullah : When will we be able to differentiate between
those who are trying to punish us as part of their hatred to
Islam and between those whom we might have some marginal
political or cultural differences with?
his weekly seminar the following question: In their war
against Islam certain Western circles claim that the Islamic
texts impel Muslims to hate the others. : How does Islam view
the issue of love and hatred? And how do you view what the
others are plotting against Islam?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed
Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
Islam views man as an entity in which
emotions are integrated with the mind, and this gives man an advantage
that distinguishes him from other creations.
But despite the fact that mind is the
fundamental judge of emotions, it does not mean that Islam has a negative
attitude towards emotions.
On the contrary, it considers that the
relations with other are strengthened by the emotional element. On this
basis, we criticize the religious calls that spread hatred among people
in the name of religion.
This is because religion, as it is
asserted in the Holy Hadith, is nothing but love, which is the basis of
the relation with the other and with all human beings.
Hatred on the other hand, is the
exception, which undermines this general role. Yet even hatred could be
justified when one feels that he has to take a stand against those who
oppress him. This does not mean he is taking it personally, since he is
taking a stand from the evil itself while he might sympathize with those
who practice it. The Prophet(p.) who represented love to all mankind used
to feel sorry for his enemies as well as the ignorant among his people
who practiced all kinds of aggression again him. He used to call God to
forgive them for they were ignorant of the implications of their deeds.
He did not let hatred govern the relations with them. And that is why he
forgave them, when he gained the upper hand after opening Mecca.
Thus, we do not feel that there is any
justification for the ongoing war against Islam and Muslim in several
Western circles. Their claim that Muslims are not able to integrate in
Western societies, which makes them resort to violence is untrue and
based on a deep hatred that leads them to interpret certain social
phenomena in a political manner that aims in the first place at fighting
Islam itself claiming that its concepts spread the culture of violence
and impel Muslims to constantly clash with the others.
It is this hatred that has spread in
certain Western political and even cultural circles that have led to
violence and radicalism in certain Muslim circles. Those Muslims feel
that they are hated and live a state of frustration and despair, which
would lead them to protest in ways that might turn to turmoil. But the
way to address this problem is by addressing its causes- and not by
circumventing the problem in a way that appropriates the right of Muslims
to understand Quran and interpret it.
We want the Western states to safeguard
their security, and we want the Muslims to help promote law and order
wherever they are, since they have promised to do so when these countries
allowed them to live there, but we reject that the laws that supposedly
aim at fighting terrorism would be used to try Islam itself, thus
considering all Muslims guilty until proven innocent. We have also
noticed that the Israelis have went along with this trend, suggesting to
the Europeans that Israel too is confronting the Islamic civilization,
and that it is ready to try Islamic concepts through the trail of certain
individuals, thus turning it into a war against Islam and against the
We are afraid that this blind policy will
lead to catastrophic and devastating consequences. We also warn the
Muslims that the war on Islam has become an integral part of the
political and security strategies of several Western countries. It has
also become a part of their cultural policies, since we have begun to
hear a political- cultural orchestra that plays the tune of revenge
against Islam and treats Muslims as savages.
But what is really more dangerous is that
we are preoccupied with our internal sectarian and political differences.
The big question is: When will we be able
to differentiate between those who are trying to punish us as part of
their hatred to Islam and between those whom we might have some marginal
political or cultural differences with?