Sunday, July 17, 2005

Harry Potter is no Martyr

Jerusalem cleric praises child 'sacrifices'
'The younger the martyr, the greater and the more I respect him'

By David Kupelian
© 2000

The Mufti of Jerusalem, the city's highest Muslim religious authority, is calling for the complete "liberation" by Palestinians not only of Jerusalem, but of all of Israel, and stresses that "sacrifice" and "martyrdom" of Palestinian children prove that "the new generation will carry on the mission with determination."

Meanwhile, some of our Moslem cousins are equally concerned about children turning out right, but caution against...Yup, Harry Potter novels.

There is a difference between the West and the Islamic world that the Left and some idiot apologists on the Right refuse to accept. Right dhimmi stooges take money for their connivvance in murder and terrorism; but the Left, being sanctimonious, take money for the same thing and paint it "Tolerance of Others." Until people will look this evil in the eye and call it what it is, we'll have more dead babies and who cares about Harry Potter sales anyway. We can worry ourselves sick over the mote in our own eye when we've forced the Islamic world to stop smashing their own children with the beams of Islam.

Aren't we killing babies every day in Iraq? Afgahanistan? so-called Palestine? who knows where else? Aren't we far worse for dropping bombs on entire villages at random, for humiliating local populations by our invasive neo-colonialism, for putting a pair of panties on some wanker's head?

Let's get our priorities straight here rather than pretending the Islamic world is some kind of Natural paradise that we of the West and the Modern world have turned into a giant lager for the sake of our lust for oil and power. The Modern world is reluctantly and half-heartedly at war with the primitives of Islam, so reluctant, in fact, that we allow Islam to flourish in our native lands, and refuse in public to even acknowledge that it is our enemy at all. Who is killing the children? Look no further than the parents of the primitives. Don't we kill a thousand times more of theirs every day? Well, if we did would it really be a problem? It would be a problem if we did so because we demanded that the primitives live in squalor and hopelssness forever because of our psychotic ideology of death worship and superstition. The fact is, last time I looked, kids die in wars. Should we be mature intellectuals and "understand" the hatred we cause when primitives' children die in war?

We in the West make a fundamental error when we approach the primitives with the idea of reasoning. There is a gulf between us that is inseperable, and can only be crossed by giving in completely to one side or the other, because the two cannot join. When the difference is so greeat and so unbridgable, and when one side is so desperate to resolve the crisis of culture and internal dissonance that it provokes war, then the only right response if total war, dead children and all, till one side is victorious. There is no reasoning with parents who raise their children to die as Human bombs. There is no understanding submission to the total way of life that is Islam.

We in the Modern West raise our children to live and think and be independent. Moslems do not because they cannot within the confines of the fascist toatalitarianism of fascist Islam do anything other than murder their own children, and ours as well if they can. There is no meeting of minds, no compromise possible, and because of that some kids will die along the way till we either put a stop to the fascist monstrousness that is Islam or until we lie down in dhimmitude and die.

Below we'll look at the priorities of Islam in the lives of children. If you can "understand" it, please stay away from this site.

Harry Who?

An Islamic Analysis of the Harry Potter Phenomenon

By Um Noah

Magic is an old human practice. It is sometimes defined as deception by showing something to an audience, which is contrary to reality. Magic is listed as the third major sin after Shirk and Murder, according to Adh-Dhahabi in his book 'Al-Kaba'ir' The Major Sins.

In the light of the above definition, Islam considers magic to be an act of blasphemy.

Certainly, reading is important. Allah says:

Read! In the Name of your Lord, Who has created (all that exists)
Has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).
Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous,
Who has taught (the writing) by the pen.

(96 1-4)

But do you really think that Harry Potter is the kind of reading Allah had in mind?

The Prophet tells us that witchcraft, sorcery, and magic are evil. He (peace be upon him) said, "There are three who will not enter paradise: one who is addicted to wine, one who breaks ties of relationship, and one who believes in magic." (Ahmad)

Speaking to the Egyptian weekly, Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, Sheik 'Ikrima Sabri, the Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, addressed several issues regarding the Israeli-Arab conflict -- including his admiration for the child "martyrs." Over 40 Palestinian youths reportedly have died in the last six weeks of clashes between Palestinians and Israelis after the meltdown of the doomed Clinton-brokered "peace process."

Imaginary (or virtual) experiences and well-written fantasies can affect the mind and memories as much, if not more, than actual experiences. Designed to stir feelings and produce strong emotional responses, a well-planned myth with likeable characters can be far more memorable than the less exciting daily reality, especially when reinforced through books, toys and games as well as movies. It is no wonder Harry Potter fans have been counting the days to see the sorcery, magic, potions and spells.

"We haven't sacrificed enough yet to be worthy of liberating Al-Aqsa," said Sabri. "To liberate Jerusalem, Salah Al-Din Al-Ayyubi made great sacrifices for a long time, and we have to sacrifice until Allah's victory is completed ..."

Reiterating the long-held Arab nationalistic view that Mideast peace can only come if and when all of Israel is "liberated" and the Jews expelled from the region, the Mufti said: "The land of Palestine is not only Jerusalem; this land stretches from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. Naturally, the [Palestinian] problem relates to all of this land. We cannot establish a homeland by only liberating Jerusalem. It is true that Salah Al-Din did not rest until Jerusalem was liberated, but this does not suggest that the rest of this blessed land is to be neglected or given up. ..."

Our children need good, moral characters to identify with. When they have been accustomed to reading and now seeing this fantasy we must ask ourselves as their protectors and educators if these are the types of role models we want for them.

Stressing that "Every Palestinian is, in fact, in a state of Jihad," Sabri praised the Palestinian "martyrs," and particularly the children that are proudly thrust by their parents and other combatants into the frontlines of conflicts with Israelis.

"I feel the martyr is lucky because the angels usher him to his wedding in heaven," he said.

By overexposing our children to the Harry Potter kind of material we run the risk that they may lose their natural aversion for the devious spirits represented by the creatures and symbols in these stories. Caught up in the exciting story, they absorb the suggested values and store the fascinating images in their minds, making the forbidden world of the occult seem more normal.

"There is no doubt that a child [martyr] suggests that the new generation will carry on the mission with determination," said the Mufti, appointed by Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. "The younger the martyr, the greater and the more I respect him. ... One wrote his name on a note before he died. He wrote: 'the martyr so and so.' In every martyr's pocket we find a note with his name on it. He sentences himself to martyrdom even before he becomes a martyr."

Fun fantasies and strategic entertainment have a special way of altering values, compromising beliefs and changing behavior in adults as well as in children. This learning process has been named "edutainment" a favored way to educate and entertain at the same time, for example Sesame Street. Its power to influence beliefs and behavior is illustrated by today's marketing firms; which spend billions on entertaining ads that touch emotions, ignore the facts, and yet motivate people to buy the product.

In response to the interviewer's question, "Is this why the mothers cry with joy when they hear about their sons' death?" Sabri answered:

"They willingly sacrifice their offspring for the sake of freedom. It is a great display of the power of belief. The mother is participating in the great reward of the Jihad to liberate Al-Aqsa ... I talked to a young man ... [who] said: '... I want to marry the black-eyed [beautiful] women of heaven.' The next day he became a martyr. I am sure his mother was filled with joy about his heavenly marriage. Such a son must have such a mother."

Asked, "How do you feel about the Jews?" Sabri answered: "I enter the mosque of Al-Aqsa with my head up and at the same time I am filled with rage toward the Jews. I have never greeted a Jew when I came near one. I never will. They cannot even dream that I will. The Jews do not dare to bother me, because they are the most cowardly creatures Allah has ever created. ..."

Teach your children Allah's Truths and train them to see reality through the teachings of Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him) and not through the world's perspective. To succeed, we must be ever-conscious of their surroundings. Is it possible to shield them from contrary values, I'm sure it's not, however it is possible to offer them clear understandings of these things in light of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Once they have learned to love what Allah loves and hate what Allah hates, and to see life from His Words, they will demonstrate their wisdom by choosing to say "no" to Harry Potter and the like.

Palestinian children are taught almost from birth to hate Jews and to glorify "jihad" (holy war) -- even to the point of their own death and "martyrdom" -- as an essential part of their culture. As WorldNetDaily reported recently, a Sesame Street-like television program called the "Children's Club," complete with puppet shows, songs and a Mickey Mouse character, celebrates violence and terror, teaching Palestinian children songs like "When I wander into Jerusalem, I will become a suicide bomber." A video documenting the children's program also shows kids singing songs about taking up "a machine gun" to direct "violence, anger, anger, anger" against Israelis. View video of the "Children's Club."

In the Oct. 27 Jerusalem Post, writer Gerald M. Steinberg revealed the shocking aftermath of the recent violent deaths of some Palestinian children.

"Interviewed by journalists after [recent] tragedies, some of the parents of these young victims refer to their children as shaheeds (martyrs), whose lives were given willingly and proudly to the Palestinian cause in fighting the hated Zionist enemy," Steinberg said.

Young Palestinian parades defiantly during October Intifada demonstration

"In an unbelievably shocking scene, one mother boasted that she bore her son precisely for this purpose, and the father proudly claimed credit for providing the training. The parents will also receive a sizeable financial 'reward' from the Palestinian Authority," he added.

Not all Palestinians agree with sacrificing their children for the sake of the "Jihad" against Israel, however.

Recently, a pro-Palestinian Arab journalist with the London-based Arab daily, Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, condemned the use of children in the struggle with Israel:

"Some Palestinian leaders ... consciously issue orders with the purpose of ending their childhood, even if it means their last breath," wrote Huda Al-Husseini in the Oct. 27 edition.

"I want to know why we, the Arabs, insist on dying instead of living for our homeland," she said. "If these children have nothing to lose, and they think the training is ... a game, are we supposed to continue pushing them with hypocrisy and stupid enthusiasm to actually lose their lives? Have we exhausted all means, and every argument, have we exhausted ... our brains, having nothing left but to gamble with the lives of children and push them to confront Israel? Or maybe the Palestinian leaders -- those who are in the PA or those who are getting ready to fill a role in it -- put their trust in the humanity of Israel? If this is what they do, then they are wrong.

"What kind of independence is built on the blood of children while the leaders are safe and so are their children and grandchildren?" she asked. "Are only the miserable destined to die in the spring of their lives? Those children who are killed may not, in their short lives, have enjoyed a fresh piece of bread, sleeping in a warm bed, the happiness of putting on a new piece of cloth, or carrying books with no torn pages to school."

Arguing that "the time of Arafat and the people around him has reached its dusk," the Palestinian journalist and activist chastised the dominant culture of the Palestinians today:

"First of all, these children deserve to live, before we push them to find death. But what are we doing to them? We abuse their innocence, we supply them with tons of stones, while we sit in our offices and commend their death. Then we accept an invitation for a working lunch or dinner and talk about those children who died holding stones, those that died, probably hungry."

Translation into English of Oct. 28 Al-Ahram Al-Arabi interview with Sheik 'Ikrima Sabri and Oct. 27 Al-Sharq Al-Awsat article by reporter Huda Al-Husseini was done by the Middle East Media and Research Institute, MEMRI, an independent, non-profit organization providing translations of the Arab media and original analysis and research on developments in the Middle East.

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