It’s looking more and more like Orlando shooting had nothing to do with ISIS


In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring 

While it really doesn’t make it any better, knowing something about why the monster Omar Mateen did what he did is still important. And as investigators continue their search for answers, one thing seems to be becoming increasingly clear: 

…intelligence officials and investigators say they’re “becoming increasingly convinced that the motive for this attack had very little — or maybe nothing — to do with ISIS.

Read the rest at http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2016/06/its-looking-more-and-more-like-orlando-attack-had-nothing-to-do-with-isis.html#Ay4XhPJ2Mvu2GkM1.99

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In the Wake of Brussels: My Perpetual Condemnation – Again


In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring 

I leave aside the fact that no other community is expected to condemn the actions of its criminal fringe. I leave aside the fact that the perverse logic of assigning blame to the whole for the actions of a few tends to be applied to Muslims preferentially. I leave aside the fact that most of the victims of “Islamic terror” are other Muslims themselves. I leave aside the fact the attention of the world to acts of terror in Western countries is much more than that in Muslims countries (see recent attacks in Turkey and compare for yourself).

I put all of that aside today. I put all that aside and condemn what happened in Brussels – which took the lives of 34 people – with all of my heart, all of my soul, and all of my mind.

It’s very true that such terror is being rained on scores of innocent Muslim populations by their own governments on a daily basis. It’s very true that terror has no religion or ethnic group or nationality. It’s true that Western governments have supported brutal dictatorships in the Muslim majority world to serve geopolitical interests. That is all true.

That’s does not even begin to justify, however, attacking innocent people anywhere in the world. And just as the double standards with respect to Muslims and Islam must be called out every time, terror in the name of Islam must also be called out and condemned for what it is: pure unadulterated evil.

Read the rest here: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2016/03/in-the-wake-of-brussels-my-perpetual-condemnation-again.html

ISIS Cannot Be Reading The Same Qur’an As The Rest Of Us


In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring

I could not believe my eyes when I read the headline: “ISIS Militant ‘Kills His Own Mother’ In Public Raqqa Execution.”

A member of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) killed his own mother in a public execution in the city of Raqqa on Thursday, according to activists.

The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), which monitors the Syrian civil war using a wide network of sources on the ground, and Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered, an activist group inside the ISIS-held city, both reported the execution.

Ali Saqr, 20, reportedly killed his 45-year-old mother Leena Al-Qasem “for apostasy” in front of an audience of hundreds of people outside a post office building where she was employed in the city.

I didn’t think the savages of ISIS could stoop any lower than killing innocents in Paris or Istanbul. Clearly, however, I was wrong.

Yet, such savagery shows that these monsters cannot be reading the same Qur’an as the rest of the Muslim faithful…

Read the rest at: http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/commonwordcommonlord/2016/01/isis-cannot-be-reading-the-same-quran-as-the-rest-of-us.html#ixzz3xBc81RPI

Dr. Hassaballa Featured in PRI’s “The World”


In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring

By the grace of God, I was featured on PRI’s “The World” show today, discussing the Muslim condemnation of ISIS. It is a great honor for me, as I am a big fan of the show. I discussed how ISIS’ invoking God to justify their savagery is blasphemy:

The fact that ISIS kills in the name of Islam is what disturbs Hesham Hassaballa the most. He’s a physician from Chicago who blogs at BeliefNet. In Hassaballa’s view, the extremists of ISIS are committing the sin of blasphemy.

“We live in a time when religious faith may not be important to many people. It still is to me. It’s still a very precious gem and jewel that I hold onto very strongly. So, if someone, some savage, tries to take that precious thing and defile it with murder … barbarism … coldhearted bloodthirstiness, that’s offensive,” Hassaballa says.

“I’m not going to fight [ISIS] on the battlefield, but what I can do is speak out against them in the strongest manner possible.”

May God rid us of the scourge of these savages once and for all. Amen.

The Refugee Crisis and the Rejection of ISIS 


In the Name of God: The Extremely and Eternally Loving and Caring 

ISIS and many Islamophobes have surprisingly found a common ground: they agree that ISIS’ interpretation and practice of Islam represents “true” Islam. Both push this narrative in their literature and other forms of propaganda, and there is evidence this viewpoint has gained some traction in the U.S. According to a study published in February, 27% of Americans believe ISIS represents true Islamic society.

It would be nice if we heard from more in the Muslim world coming out and condemning what the Islamic State is doing,” Fox and ABC contributor Laura Ingraham said on her show in August. “You’re not hearing enough of those voices, if any. I mean, where are those people?”

Talk show hosts keep asking why moderate Muslims don’t speak out against terrorism, but they seem to ignore the vociferous, unequivocal condemnations of ISIS by Islamic scholars and Muslim activists worldwide. Numerous parodies of ISIS all across the Muslim world show a clear rejection of the brand of Islam practiced by the group, revealing that ISIS and its ilk are a laughing stock to most Muslims.

There is, however, another proof of the overwhelming rejection of ISIS that has not gained much attention from media analysts and pundits…

Read the rest here. 

The Stupidity of The Savages of ISIS Knows No Bounds 


In the Name of God: the Eternally and Everlastingly Loving and Caring

This was first published at the Muslim Observer

The almost breathtaking brutality of the savages of ISIS, or as I like to call them, “KIL” (The Kharijites of Iraq and the Levant) almost knows no bounds. They rape, kill, maim, murder, and destroy at will. They are among the worst criminal gangs this world has seen in recent history. I would care less about them and their filth, were it not for the fact that they commit said crimes in the name of God, Islam, and our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Yet, alongside all this savagery, I cannot help but be rendered speechless by ISIS’ sheer stupidity. The U.N. has confirmed that the ancient temple of Baal in the Syrian city of Palmyra has been completely destroyed. The simultaneous feelings of both rage and silence are hard to put in words. What possible purpose could destroying such a precious, ancient site of human heritage fulfill? How could this possibly benefit humanity?

Yes, Islam is staunchly and fiercely monotheistic. Yes, the Qur’an is full of references attacking the very premise of idolatry, in all its forms. In fact, there are verses that mention the very god Baal, temple of which was destroyed by the savages:

AND, BEHOLD, Elijah [too] was indeed one of Our message-bearers. when he spoke [thus] to his people: “Will you not remain conscious of God? Will you invoke Baal and forsake [God,] the best of artisans? God, your Lord and the Lord of your forebears of old?” (37:123-126)

Yes, one of the primary missions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was to cleanse the Holy Sanctuary in Makkah and the Arabian Peninsula from its hundreds of idols. Yet, that mission was fulfilled. There is no reason whatsoever now to destroy religious temples and artifacts that are thousands of years old and lasting relics of human religious history.

Do these ignorant, brutal savages think they know more about Islam than the Prophet (pbuh)? Do they think they know more about Islam than the Companions? When the Companions expanded the Islamic realm, they did not busy themselves with destroying every single temple dedicated to gods other than God.

In fact, when the Companions conquered Syria, that very temple of Baal, now destroyed by ISIS, was still there, and the Companions left it alone. In Egypt, the land of my ancestry, there were tons of temples, statues, and other edifices of ancient Egyptian idolatry. They were all left alone by the Companions who conquered Egypt. They didn’t waste their time destroying ancient, and empty, temples of old.

And thank God they did, for now the entire world can lose its breath at the beauty of those ancient Egyptian relics. Thank God the Companions of the Prophet (pbuh) left all the very relics at which my wife and I marveled when we visited the Musee du Lovre in Paris. The same goes for the Code of Hammurabi, which was also at the Lovre museum. In fact, many of the relics and artifacts that ISIS has destroyed were left alone by Muslims infinitely better in faith and religious understanding.

Yet, these savages of ISIS are anti-humanity. They seek to destroy human heritage itself, claiming that they are doing so in the name of God. They are completely mistaken. They are exactly as the Prophet Muhammad described them:

There would arise from my Ummah (i.e., followers) a people who would recite the Qur’an, and your recital would seem insignificant as compared with their recital, your prayer as compared with their prayer, and your fast, as compared with their fast. They would recite the Qur’an thinking that it supports them, whereas it is an evidence against them. Their prayer does not get beyond their collar bone; they would swerve through Islam just as the arrow passes through the prey.

May God destroy these savages before they destroy any more traces of human history. Some think that the evil shown by ISIS is the true face of Islam. They could not be more incorrect. True Islam is nothing like that practiced by the savages of ISIS. The vast, vast majority of Muslims reject the Islam of ISIS. This is because the Islam of ISIS is nothing less than satanic.

Muslims have no good reason to join ISIS: Dr. Hassaballa In The Muslim Observer


In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord

All praise due to the Lord, I am now a regular columnist for The Muslim Observer, a newly launched American Muslim new site. God willing, I will be publishing a bi-weekly column, “In His Love.” My first column is below:

http://muslimobserver.com/18398/

As the savages – “barbarian” is too kind of a word – of ISIS continue their vicious rampage across Iraq and Syria, one thing about them continues to boggle my mind: why so many young Muslims from the West have joined their ranks. The exact numbers are hard to come by, but there is no doubt that a good number of young Muslims from the West have joined the ranks of ISIS (or as I like to call them, “KIL,” The Kharijites of Iraq and the Levant).

Why? Why would young Muslims – living relatively comfortable lives in the West – flock to join this horrifically barbaric group, which shows absolutely no regard for human life? While no studies have been conducted on this phenomenon, as far as I know, one thing that I posit is that these young, misguided men and women have lost hope. They have lost hope for a life of meaning, and thus they think that this can be regained by joining the “Khilafah.”

Nothing, however, can be farther from the truth. First, this group cannot be considered “Islamic,” even though they use symbols, phrases, and cloaks of Islam to cover their barbarity. Everything they stand for – everything they do – is wholly antithetical to both the letter and spirit of Islam.

They are nothing more than a criminal gang, calling themselves the “Islamic State” to dupe unsuspecting Muslims. Most fortunately, the overwhelming majority of Muslims see through their ruse and have rejected them.

Moreover, the door of God’s mercy is wide open, and murder and barbarity is not the way to gain this mercy. The Qur’an is full of positive messages of hope for the mercy of God:

Say: “[Thus speaks God:] ‘O you servants of Mine who have transgressed against their own selves! Do not despair of God’s mercy: behold, God forgives all sins – for, verily, He alone is much-forgiving and a dispenser of grace!’” (39:53)

“… With My chastisement, I do afflict whom I will – but My grace overspreads everything …” (7:156)

There is no need to burn people alive to gain the Mercy of God. There is no need to enslave women for sexual gratification in order to seek the pleasure of our Lord. God has no need for pillage, and murder, and mayhem on this earth. In fact, He expressly forbids the spreading of corruption. He said it himself, multiple times:

“Call unto your Lord humbly, and in the secrecy of your hearts. Verily, He loves not those who transgress the bounds of what is right: hence, do not spread corruption on earth after it has been so well ordered. And call unto Him with fear and longing: verily, God’s grace is ever near unto those who do good.” (7:56)

“Seek instead, by means of what God has granted you, [the good of] the life to come, without forgetting, withal, your own [rightful] share in this world; and do good [unto others] as God has done good unto thee; and see not to spread corruption on earth: for, verily, God does not love those who spread corruption!” (28:77)

“And do not deprive people of what is rightfully theirs; and do not act wickedly on earth by spreading corruption.” (26:183)

These misguided men and women are playing with fire, literally. They think that, by joining ISIS and committing horrific atrocities, they can attain pleasure in the Hereafter. They must think again.

I pray they see the error of their ways. I pray that those who have joined their ranks can come back to the mainstream, all the while facing justice for whatever crimes they have committed. I could care less about the Satanic forces behind ISIS. They will face the Lord for their crimes.

But I pray the ranks of the savages of ISIS is starved of further young Muslim recruits. Those that join them are toying with their very salvation.