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Kosovo Chaos Undercuts Clinton ‘Success’

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Exclusive: President Bill Clinton’s Kosovo war of 1999 was loved by neocons and liberal hawks – the forerunner for Iraq, Libya, Syria and other conflicts this century – but Kosovo’s political violence and lawlessness today underscore the grim consequences of those strategies even when they “succeed,” writes Jonathan Marshall.


By Jonathan Marshall

The insatiable appetite of America’s bipartisan foreign policy elites for military intervention — despite its record of creating failing states in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen — traces back to the marriage of liberal and neoconservative interventionists during the Clinton administration’s 78-day bombing of Serbia to create the break-away state of Kosovo in 1999.

One scholar-advocate has called NATO’s campaign “The most important precedent supporting the legitimacy of unilateral humanitarian intervention.” Even Sen. Bernie Sanders was proud to support that use of American power, ostensibly “to prevent further genocide.”

Kosovo Foreign Minister Hashim Thaci.

Kosovo Foreign Minister (and former leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army) Hashim Thaci.

But Kosovo, which is still not recognizedas an independent state by nearly half of all UN members, and which still relies on4,600 NATO troops to maintain order, is hardly a showcase for the benefits of military intervention. With anunemployment rate of 35 percent, Kosovo is wracked by persistent outbreaks of terrorism, crime, and political violence.

Following a series of violent street protests and wild disruptions of parliament, the leader of the radical nationalist party, Vetëvendosje, announced on Feb. 19, “This regime is now is in its final days. They will not last long.”

That day, members of Vetëvendosje set off tear gas cannisters in parliament and tussled with police in the latest of their many protests against an agreement reached by the government last summer to grant limited powers to the country’s Serbian minority, in return for Serbia’s recognition of Kosovo. Opposition lawmakers also rail against endemic corruption and the country’s under-performing economy.

Two days earlier, at least 15,000 Kosovars gathered in the central square of Pristina, the country’s capital, to demand the government’s resignation. In January, thousands of protesters clashed with police, hurling Molotov cocktails, setting a major government building and armored police cars on fire, and wounding 24 police officers.

“The aim of this protest was to overthrow the government with violence,” the government said in a statement. The U.S. ambassador chimed in, “Political violence threatens democracy and all that Kosovo has achieved since independence.”

This violence gets little attention from the American media in part because, unlike the Ukrainian demonstrators who overthrew their democratically elected government in 2014, Kosovo’s protesters are targeting a pro-Western government that eagerly seeks membership in the European Union.

But it’s no wonder that Kosovo’s political fabric is so rent by violent confrontations. The rump state was created by a violent secessionist movement led by the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA). That guerrilla band of Albanian nationalists was covertly backed by the German secret service to weaken Serbia. Its terrorist attacks on Serbian villages and government personnel in the mid-1990s prompted a brutal military crackdown by Serbia, followed by NATO’s decisive intervention in 1999.

During the fighting the KLA drove tens of thousands of ethnic Serbs from Kosovo as part of an ethnic cleansing campaign to promote independence for the majority Albanian population. Itrecruited Islamist militants — including followers of Osama Bin Laden — from Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Afghanistan and other countries.

President Bill Clinton’s special envoy to the Balkans, Robert Gelbard, called the KLA “without any question, a terrorist group,” and a Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder added, “most of its activities were funded by drug running.”

None of that, however, stopped Washington from embracing the KLA’s cause against Serbia, a policy spearheaded by the liberal interventionist First Lady Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Without authorization from the United Nations, NATO began bombing Serbia in March 1999, killing some 500 civilians, demolishing billions of dollars’ worth of industrial plants, bridges, schools, libraries and hospitals, and even hitting the Chinese embassy. (“It should be lights out in Belgrade,” demanded New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. “Every power grid, water pipe, bridge, road and war-related factory has to be targeted. Like it or not, we are at war with the Serbian nation.”)

Following Serbia’s capitulation, according to Human Rights Watch, “elements of the KLA” engaged in “widespread and systematic burning and looting of homes belonging to Serbs, Roma, and other minorities and the destruction of Orthodox churches and monasteries. This destruction was combined with harassment and intimidation designed to force people from their homes and communities. By late-2000 more than 210,000 Serbs had fled the province . . . The desire for revenge provides a partial explanation, but there is also a clear political goal in many of these attacks: the removal from Kosovo of non-ethnic Albanians in order to better justify an independent state.”

Former KLA leaders, including its political head Hashim Thaçi, went on to dominate the new Kosovo state. A 2010 report by the Council of Europe declared that Thaçi, who was then Kosovo’s prime minister, headed a “mafia-like” group that smuggled drugs, guns and human organs on a grand scale through Eastern Europe. The report’s author accused the international community of turning a blind eye while Thaçi’s group of KLA veterans engaged in “assassinations, detentions, beatings and interrogations” to maintain power and profit from their criminal activities.

Prime Minister Thaçi and the Kosovo government strenuously denied the allegations and succeeded for years in resisting accountability. Their American friends were eager to put the past behind as well. In 2012, Madeleine Albright and a former Clinton special envoy to the Balkans bid to take control of the country’s state-owned telecommunications company despite widespread allegations of corruption, the attempted assassination of the telecommunications regulatory chief, and the murder of the state privatization agency’s chief.

No one seemed immune from corruption. A study of the European Union’s own legal mission to Kosovo suggested that its members may have taken bribes to drop investigations of senior Kosovo politicians for rampant criminal activity.

In 2014, a three-year E.U. investigation concluded that “senior officials of the former Kosovo Liberation Army” should be indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity, including “unlawful killings, abductions, enforced disappearances, illegal detentions in camps in Kosovo and Albania, sexual violence, other forms of inhumane treatment, forced displacements of individuals from their homes and communities, and desecration and destruction of churches and other religious sites.”

Under tough pressure from the United States and E.U., Kosovo’s parliament finally agreed last summer to permit a special court to prosecute former KLA leaders for war crimes. The court will begin operating this year in The Hague.

“The sad thing is that the United States and European countries knew 10 years ago that Thaçi and his men were engaged in drug smuggling and creating a mafia state,” said one European ambassador last year. “The attitude was, ‘He’s a bastard, but he’s our bastard.’”

Whether delayed justice will clean up Kosovo’s “mafia state,” and whether belated granting of rights to the Serbian minority will ease or aggravate Kosovo’s explosive ethnic tensions, remain to be seen. One thing’s for sure: a great many people have died in the name of this great “humanitarian intervention,” and many more are still suffering for it. Kosovo is no Libya or Syria, but neither is it any kind of showcase for the benefits of U.S. armed intervention.

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Assad ‘will be removed by force’ if peace talks fail, Zio-Wahhabi F M claims



‘Bashar al-Assad will leave – have no doubt about it’
Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said if the Syrian peace process fails, ‘then it becomes clear that there is no option to remove Bashar al-Assad except by force’ JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will be removed by force if the peace process fails, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister has said.

“Bashar al-Assad will leave – have no doubt about it,” Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told CNN. “He will either leave by a political process or he will be removed by force.”

Saudi Arabia has sent troops and fighter jets to a Turkish military base ahead of a possible ground invasion of Syria.

Mr Jubeir said Saudi Arabia is prepared to contribute ground troops to the fight in Syria, but only as part of a US-led coalition.

There were reports of Royal Saudi Air Force F-15 jets arriving at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey on Saturday morning

He added: “We will push as much as we can to ensure that the political process works. But if that doesn’t work, it will be because of the obstinance of the Syrian regime and that of its allies.

“And should that prove to be the case, then it becomes clear that there is no option to remove Bashar al-Assad except by force.”

Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin

On Sunday, he told a press conference in Riyadh that previous efforts to prop up Assad by Iran had failed.

“Now, [President Assad] has sought the help of Russia, which will fail to save him,” he added.

Drone video shows levels of devastation in Homs, Syria

The Foreign Minister’s comments come as Syrian government forces, backed by Russian air strikes, have taken rebel ground near Aleppo and are poised to advance on the Isis stronghold of Raqqa province.

The move could be aimed at pre-empting any Saudi plans to send ground forces to fight Isis in Syria.

Although world powers agreed to a temporary “cessation of hostilities” within a week, there is little hope for a long-term peace as President Assad vowed to regain control of the entire country by force, which he said would “take a long time and will incur a heavy price”.

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The racial purification of Nazi parliament

The racial purification of Israel’s parliament
The racial purification of the Knesset

By Uri Avnery

Right after the foundation of Israel, God appeared to David Ben-Gurion and told him: “You have done good by my people. Utter a wish and I shall grant

“I wish that Israel shall be Jewish, democratic and encompass all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River,” Ben-Gurion replied.

“That is too much even for me!” God exclaimed. “But I will grant you two of the three. You can choose between a Jewish and democratic Israel in a part of the country, a democratic state in all of the country that will not be Jewish or a Jewish Israel in all of the country that will not be democratic.”

God has not changed his mind.

Dictatorship of the majority

While I am writing this, Binyamin Netanyahu is totally absorbed in enacting a new law, a law that would be a watershed in the history of Israel. The public looks on in a bemused way, as if it were happening in Kamchatka.

This law would (I might say “will”) enable 90 of the 120 Knesset members to evict any or all the other members from the Knesset altogether. The grounds for such a decision are nebulous: supporting “terrorism” – by speech as well as by deed – denying the Jewish character of the state, and such.


…it may be argued that a bereaved mother is a bereaved mother, irrespective of the cause of her son’s death, and that to offer condolences is a human virtue. But that may be too humanistic for Likud members.


Who decides? The majority, of course.

The immediate impetus for proposing this bill was provided by the three Arab Knesset members who visited the parents of Arab “terrorists” in annexed East Jerusalem. I have already mentioned this in my last article. They had a good pretext: to help them obtain the bodies of their sons, who had been shot dead on the spot. But the obvious reason was to pay their condolences.

Now, it may be argued that a bereaved mother is a bereaved mother, irrespective of the cause of her son’s death, and that to offer condolences is a human virtue. But that may be too humanistic for Likud members.

In the good old times, when we were the “terrorists” and the British were the occupiers, I would certainly have paid my condolences to a neighbour whose son had been shot during an Irgun raid. I don’t think the British would have arrested me for that.

By law, Knesset members are immune from prosecution for any act committed in the line of their duties. For Knesset members to visit their voters in such circumstances may be such an act. Therefore, a new law is necessary.

And what a law!

“Imagine such a thing happening in England or the US,” Netanyahu thundered, “an MP or congressman supporting terrorists!”

“Imagine such a thing happening in Britain or the US,” I would reply, “a law allowing three quarters of Parliament or Congress to evict the others!”

Netanyahu was brought up in the US. He most surely has been taught there that democracy does not mean only the rule of the majority. Adolf Hitler was probably supported by the majority. Democracy means that the majority respects the rights of minorities, including the right of free speech.

The right of free speech does not mean the right to express popular views. Popular views do not need any protection. Free speech means the right to utter views that are detested by almost everyone.

It certainly means the right of minorities to express their views by peaceful means. And that is the crux of the matter.

“The Knesset will be Jewish, pure and simple”

Everybody understands that the right of 90 to evict 30 is a threat to evict the Arabs from the Knesset. The “Arab” faction in the present Knesset comprises 13 members and will probably get larger in the next few elections.

(It’s a bit complicated. The “Arab” faction includes a Jewish member, who is much respected. The “Jewish” factions include some token Arab members, who dare not open their mouths on serious matters.)

This is not a law against “terrorist” sympathisers. This is a law against the Arab minority. The Knesset will be Jewish, pure and simple.

Going back to God’s deal with Ben-Gurion, It will be a Jewish state in all of the country, without being democratic.

Jews have been minorities since the Babylonian exile, some 2,500 years ago. All Jews have been minorities for some thousands of years.

One would have believed that 80 generations are enough to learn how a state should behave towards minorities. Indeed, one could have believed that all the states of the world would be sending delegations to Israel to learn how minorities should be treated. The founder of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, certainly thought so, and described the idyllic relations  between the Jewish state and its Arab inhabitants in his futuristic novel Altneuland (Old-New-Land).

Alas, this did not come to be. The times when a young and fresh Israel attracted progressives from all over the world to see the kibbutzim andmoshavim (cooperative villages) are long gone. (It now appears that Bernie Sanders, one of the US Democratic candidates for president, once was a volunteer worker in a kibbutz). Even before the proposed law is enacted, Israel is one of the least democratic countries in the Western world, to which Israel wants to belong.

“One of the least democratic countries in the Western world”

In the West Bank, which is governed by Israel, there live about 2.5 million people who are devoid of any civil and human rights. Just this week Amira Hass, the courageous Israeli chronicler of the occupation, described how the comfortable home of a Palestinian bourgeois family was invaded in the middle of the night by an army squad and they were told to clear their living room, which became an army outpost. The soldiers brought with them a portable chemical WC, but relieved themselves freely from the balcony.

We believed for a time that Israel could remain “the only democracy in the Middle East” while holding large occupied territories. Didn’t the British hold hundreds of millions of Indians in subjugation, while the home country remained the world’s shining example of democracy? Sure, but an Englishman needed several weeks to sail from Liverpool to Bombay, time enough to change his personality, while one needs only five minutes to cross from Israel into the West Bank.

The Arab citizens of Israel proper constitute some 20 per cent of the population. These were the remnants of a large majority, most of whom had fled or were evicted.

This percentage has remained so from the beginning of the state until now, a time in which the population of Israel has grown more than tenfold.

A miracle? Almost. The huge natural increase of the Arab population has been balanced by Jewish immigration, first from the Islamic countries, then from Russia, and lately from Ethiopia. They are still 20 per cent, as God foresaw.

The first generation of “Israeli Arabs” – as Jews called them, much to their dismay – were meek and docile, still shocked by the immense catastrophe that had befallen their people. They were subjected to a “military government”, which restricted their movements. An Arab could not go from his village to the next, much less buy a tractor or send a son to study, without a written military permit. This system was abolished only after 17 years.

“If two thousand years have not taught us anything, when will we ever learn?”

One may wonder why they were granted voting rights at all. Well, since they were so docile, Ben-Gurion, a party man through and through, decided that they would bolster his party’s majority at the polls. This indeed did happen.

But now there is a third generation of Arab citizens. There are Arab university professors, chief physicians, entrepreneurs, even police commanders. There are Palestinian nationalists, Islamists, Communists. They have feelings, demands, even the chutzpah to demand full equality.

That would be a large enough problem in a normal situation. But the situation here is not normal. Israel’s national minority is a part of the Palestinian people, whose entire territory the present Israeli leadership wants to take away.

In the back of my mind I have a script for a movie. I am ready to give it away for free.

Two Jewish boys, call then Abraham and David, escape Nazi Germany. David goes to the US, Abraham goes to Palestine.

David, of course, joins the movement of Martin Luther King, becomes a leading civil rights activist and is now a fervent campaigner for the rights of minorities. He also supports BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions[, which calls for the boycott of Israel.

Abraham, who calls himself Rami, is a colonel in the Israeli army, a fervent nationalist and regular Likud voter, an admirer of Netanyahu. By sheer accident (this is a movie, after all) he once was a member of the kibbutz in which Bernie Sanders was a volunteer worker.

He is in charge of a large part of the West Bank, and happens to be responsible for the order under which Palestinians are thrown out of their homes for security purposes.

David heads an American human rights delegation that comes to investigate what’s happening in the occupied territories; Rami has the task of preventing them getting there. And so on.

Coming back to God, He is shaking his head. These humans, He asks Himself, will they never learn?

No country has ever profited from throwing out its minorities. Nazi Germany threw out its Jewish scientists, some of whom went to the US and built the atomic bomb for America. Long before that, the Catholic kings of France threw out the Protestant Huguenots, who emigrated to Prussia and turned a small garrison town named Berlin into a world centre of industry and culture. There are many more examples.

If two thousand years have not taught us anything, when will we ever learn?

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Confessions of a British Spy


Section OnePART ONE

Hempher says:


Our Great Britain is very vast. The sun rises over its seas, and sets, again, below its seas. Our State is relatively weak yet in its colonies in India, China and Middle East. These countries are not entirely under our domination. However, we have been carrying on a very active and successful policy in these places. We shall be in full possession of all of them very soon. Two things are of importance:


1- To try to retain the places we have already obtained;


2- To try to take possession of those places we have not obtained yet.


The Ministry of Colonies assigned a commission from each of the colonies for the execution of these two tasks. As soon as I entered the Ministry of Colonies, the Minister put his trust in me and appointed me the administrator of the company of East India. Outwardly it was a company of trade. But its real task was to search for ways of taking control of the very vast lands of India.


Our government was not at all nervous about India. India was a country where people from various nationalities, speaking different languages, and having contrasting interests lived together. Nor were we afraid of China. For the religions dominant in China were Buddhism and Confucianism, neither of which was much of a threat. Both of them were dead religions that instituted no concern for life and which were no more than forms of addresses. For this reason, the people living in these two countries were hardly likely to have any feelings of patriotism. These two countries did not worry us, the British government. Yet the events that might occur later were not out of consideration for us. Therefore, we were designing long term plans to wage discord, ignorance, poverty, and even diseases in these countries. We were imitating the customs and traditions of these two countries, thus easily concealing our intentions.


What frazzled our nerves most was the Islamic countries. We had already made some agreements, all of which were to our advantage, with the Sick Man (the Ottoman Empire). Experienced members of the Ministry of Colonies predicted that this sick man would pass away in less than a century. In addition, we had made some secret agreements with the Iranian government and placed in these two countries statesmen whom we had made masons. Such corruptions as bribery, incompetent administration and inadequate religious education, which in its turn led to busying with pretty women and consequently to neglect of duty, broke the backbones of these two countries. In spite of all these, we were anxious that our activities should not yield the results we expected, for reasons I am going to cite below:


1- Muslims are extremely devoted to Islam. Every individual Muslims is as strongly attached to Islam as a priest or monk to Christianity, if not more. As it is known, priests and monks would rather die than give up Christianity. The most dangerous of such people are the Shiites in Iran. For they put down people who are not Shiites as disbelievers and foul people. Christians are like noxious dirt according to Shiites. Naturally, one would do one’s best to get rid of dirt. I once asked a Shiite this: Why do you look on Christians as such? The answer I was given was this: “The Prophet of Islam was a very wise person. He put Christians under a spiritual oppression in order to make them find the right way by joining Allah’s religion, Islam. As a matter of fact, it is a State policy to keep a person found dangerous under a spiritual oppression until he pledges obedience. The dirt I am speaking about is not material; it is a spiritual oppression which is not peculiar to Christians alone. It involves Sunnites and all disbelievers. Even our ancient Magian Iranian ancestors are foul according to Shiites.”


I said to him: “Well! Sunnites and Christians believe in Allah, in Prophets, and in the Judgement Day, too; why should they be foul, then?” He replied, “They are foul for two reasons: They impute mendacity to our Prophet, Hadrat Muhammad may Allah protect us against such an act! (1) And we, in response to this atrocious imputation, follow the rule expressed in the saying, If a person torments you, you can torment him in return’, and say to them: ‘You are foul.’ Second; Christians make offensive allegations about the Prophets of Allah. For instance, they say: Isa (Jesus) ‘alaihis-salam’ would take (hard) drinks. Because he was accursed, he was crucified.”


In consternation, I said to the man that Christians did not say so. “Yes, they do,” was the answer, “and you don’t know. It is written so in the Holy Bible.” I became quite. For the man was right in the first respect, if not in the second respect. I did not want to continue the dispute any longer. Otherwise they might be suspicious of me in an Islamic attire as I was. I therefore avoided such disputes.


2- Islam was once a religion of administration and authority. And Muslims were respected. It would be difficult to tell these respectable people that they are slaves now. Nor would it be possible to falsify the Islamic history and say to Muslims: The honor and respect you obtained at one time was the result of some (favorable) conditions. Those days are gone now, and they will never come back.


3- We were very anxious that the Ottomans and Iranians might notice our plots and foil them. Despite the fact that these two States had already been debilitated considerably, we still did not feel certain because they had a central government with property, weaponry, and authority.


4- We were extremely uneasy about the Islamic scholars. For the scholars of Istanbul and Al-adh-har, the Iraqi and Damascene scholars were insurmountable obstacles in front of our purposes. For they were the kind of people who would never compromise their principles to the tiniest extent because they had turned against the transient pleasures and adornments of the world and fixed their eyes on the Paradise promised by Qur’an al-karim. The people followed them. Even the Sultan was afraid of them. Sunnites were not so strongly adherent to scholars as were Shiites. For Shiites did not read books; they only recognized scholars, and did not show due respect to the Sultan. Sunnites, on the other hand, read books, and respected scholars and the Sultan.


We therefore prepared a series of conferences. Yet each time we tried we saw with disappointment that the road was closed for us. The reports we received from our spies were always frustrating, and the conferences came to naught. We did not give up hope, though. For we are the sort of people who have developed the habit of taking a deep breath and being patient.


The Minister himself, the highest priestly orders, and a few specialists attended one of our conferences. There were twenty of us. Our conference lasted three hours, and the final session was closed without reaching a fruitful conclusion. Yet a priest said, “Do not worry! For the Messiah and his companions obtained authority only after a persecution that lasted three hundred years. It is hoped that, from the world of the unknown, he will cast an eye on us and grant us the good luck of evicting the unbelievers, (he means Muslims), from their centers, be it three hundred years later. With a strong belief and long-term patience, we must arm ourselves! In order to obtain authority, we must take possession of all sorts of media, try all possible methods. We must try to spread Christianity among Muslims. It will be good for us to realize our goal, even if it will be after centuries. For fathers work for their children.”



A conference was held, and diplomats and religious men from Russia and France as well as from England attended. I was very lucky. I, too, attended because I and the Minister were in very good terms. In the conference, plans of breaking Muslims into groups and making them abandon their faith and bringing them round to belief (Christianizing them) like in Spain was discussed. Yet the conclusions reached were not as had been expected. I have written all the talks held in that conference in my book “Ila Malakut-il-Masih.”


It is difficult to suddenly uproot a tree that has sent out its roots to the depths of the earth. But we must make hardships easy and overcome them. Christianity came to spread. Our Lord the Messiah promised us this. The bad conditions that the east and the west were in, helped Muhammad. Those conditions being gone, have taken away the nuisances (he means Islam) that accompanied them. We observe with pleasure today that the situation has changed completely. As a result of great works and endeavors of our ministry and other Christian governments Muslims are on the decline now. Christians, on the other hand, are gaining ascendancy. It is time we retook the places we lost throughout centuries. The powerful State of Great Britain pioneers this blessed task [of annihilating



Section OnePART TWO

In the Hijri year 1122, C.E. 1710, the Minister of Colonies sent me to Egypt, Iraq, Hijaz and Istanbul to act as a spy and to obtain information necessary and sufficient for the breaking up of Muslims. The Ministry appointed nine more people, full of agility and courage, for the same mission and at the same time. In addition to the money, information and maps we would need, we were given a list containing names of statesmen, scholars, and chiefs of tribes. I can never forget! When I said farewell to the secretary, he said, “The future of our State is dependent on your success. Therefore you should exert your utmost energy.”


I set out on a voyage to Istanbul, the center of the Islamic caliphate. Besides my primary duty, I was to learn very well Turkish, the native language of the Muslims being there. I had already learned in London a considerable amount of Turkish, Arabic (the language of the Qur’an) and Persian, the Iranian language. Yet learning a language was quite different from speaking that language like its native speakers. While the former skill can be acquired in a matter of a few years, the latter requires a duration of time several times as long as this. I had to learn Turkish with all its subtleties lest the people should suspect me.


I was not anxious that they should suspect me. For Muslims are tolerant, open-hearted, benevolent, as they have learnt from their Prophet Muhammad ‘alai-his-salam’. They are not skeptical like us. After all, at that time the Turkish government did not have an organization to arrest spies.


After a very tiresome voyage I arrived in Istanbul. I said my name was Muhammad and began to go to the mosque, Muslims’ temple. I liked the way Muslims observed discipline, cleanliness and obedience. For a moment I said to myself: Why are we fighting these innocent people? Is this what our Lord the Messiah advised us? But I at once recovered from this diabolical [!] thought, and decided to carry out my duty in the best manner.


In Istanbul I met an old scholar named “Ahmad Effendi.” With his elegant manners, open-heartedness, spiritual limpidity, and benevolence, none of our religious men I had seen could have equalled him. This person endeavored day and night to make himself like the Prophet Muhammad. According to him, Muhammad was the most perfect, the highest man. Whenever he mentioned his name his eyes would become wet. I must have been very lucky, for he did not even ask who I was or where I was from. He would address me as “Muhammad Effendi.” He would answer my questions and treat me with tenderness and with compassion. For he considered me a guest who had come to Istanbul to work in Turkey and to live in the shadow of the Khalifa, the representative of the Prophet Muhammad. Indeed, this was the pretext I used to stay in Istanbul


One day I said to Ahmad Effendi: “My parents are dead. I don’t have any brothers or sisters, and I haven’t inherited any property. I came to the center of Islam to work for a living and to learn Qur’an al-karim and the Sunnat, that is, to earn both my worldly needs and my life in the Hereafter.” He was very delighted with these words of mine, and said, “You deserve to be respected for these three reasons.” I am writing down exactly what he said:


“1- You are a Muslim. All Muslims are brothers.


2- You are a guest. Rasulullah ‘sall-allahu alaihi wa sallam’ declared: ‘Offer kind hospitality to your guests!’


3- You want to work. There is a hadith ash-Sharif stating that ‘a person who works is beloved to Allah.’ ”


These words pleased me very much. I said to myself, “Would that there were such bright truths in Christianity, too! It’s a shame there aren’t any.” What surprised me was the fact that Islam, such a noble religion as it was, was being degenerated in the hands of these conceited people who were quite unaware of what was going on in life.


I said to Ahmad Effendi that I wanted to learn Qur’an al-karim. He replied that he would teach me with pleasure, and began to teach me (Fatiha sura). He would explain the meanings as we read. I had great difficulty pronouncing some words. In two years’ time I read through the whole Qur’an al-karim. Before each lesson he would make ablution himself and also command me to make ablution. He would sit towards the qibla (Kaba) and then begin teaching.


What Muslims call ablution consisted of a series of washings, as follows:


1) Washing the face;


2) Washing the right arm from fingers to elbows;


3) Washing the left arm from fingers to elbows;


4) Making masah of (moistening both hands and rubbing them gently on) the head, backs of ears, (back of) neck;


5) Washing both feet.


Having to use the miswak vexed me very much. “Miswak” is a twig with which they (Muslims) clean their mouth and teeth. I thought this piece of wood was harmful for the mouth and teeth. Sometimes it would hurt my mouth and cause bleeding. Yet I had to use it. For, according to them, using the “miswak” was a muakkad sunnat of the Prophet. They said this wood was very useful. Indeed, the bleeding of my teeth came to an end. And the foul breath that I had till that time, and which most British people have, was gone.


During my stay in Istanbul I spent the nights in a room I had rented from a man responsible for the service in a mosque. This servant’s name was “Marwan Effendi”. Marwan is the name of one of the Sahaba (Companions) of the Prophet Muhammad. The servant was a very nervous man. He would boast about his name and tell me that if I should have a son in the future I should “name him Marwan, because Marwan is one of Islam’s greatest warriors.”


“Marwan Effendi” would prepare the evening dinner. I would not go to work on Friday, a holiday for Muslims. On the other days of the week I worked for a carpenter named Khalid, being paid on a weekly basis. Because I worked part time, from morning till noon, that is, he would give me half the wage he gave the other employees. This carpenter would spend much of his free time telling about the virtues of “Khalid bin Walid.” Khalid bin Walid, one of the Sahaba of the Prophet Muhammad, is a great mujahid (a warrior for Islam). He accomplished various Islamic conquests. Yet his (Khalid bin Walid’s) dismissal from office by ‘Umar bin Hattab during the latter’s caliphate chafed the carpenter’s heart (2).


“Khalid”, the carpenter for whom I worked, was an immoral and extremely neurotic person. He somehow trusted me very much. I do not know why, but perhaps it was because I always obeyed him. He ignored the Shariat (Islam’s commandments) in his secret manners. Yet when he was with his friends he would display obedience to the commandments of the Shariat. He would attend the Friday prayers, but I am not sure about the other (daily) prayers.


I would have breakfast in the shop. After work I would go to the mosque for noon prayer and would stay there till afternoon prayer. After the afternoon prayer I would go to Ahmad Effendi’s place, where he would teach me such lessons as (reading) Qur’an al-karim, Arabic and Turkish languages for two hours. Every Friday I would give him my weekly earnings because he taught me very well. Indeed, he taught me very well how to read Qur’an al-karim, requirements of the Islamic religion and the subtleties of Arabic and Turkish languages.


When “Ahmad Effendi” knew that I was single, he wanted to marry me to one of his daughters. I refused his offer. But he insisted, saying that marriage is a sunnat of the Prophet’s and the Prophet had stated that “A person who turns away from my sunnat is not with me.” Apprehending that this event might put an end to our personal dealings, I had to lie to him, saying that I lacked sexual power. Thus I ensured the continuance of our acquaintance and friendship.


When my two-year stay in Istanbul was over, I told “Ahmad Effendi” I wanted to go back home. He said, “No, don’t go. Why are you going? You can find anything you might look for in Istanbul. Allahu ta’ala has given both the religion and the world at the same time in this city. You say that your parents are dead and you have no brothers or sisters. Why don’t you settle down in Istanbul?…” “Ahmad Effendi” had formed a compulsive dependence upon my company. For this reason he did not want to part company with me and insisted that I should make my home in Istanbul. But my patriotic sense of duty compelled me to go back to London, to deliver a detailed report concerning the center of the caliphate, and to take new orders.


Throughout my stay in Istanbul I sent reports of my observations monthly to the Ministry of Colonies. I remember asking in one of my reports what I was to do should the person I was working for ask me to practice sodomy with him. The reply was: You can do it if it will help you attain your goal. I was very much indignant over this answer. I felt as if the whole world had fallen down on my head. I already knew that this vicious deed was very common in England. Yet it had never occurred to me that my superiors would command me to commit it. What could I do? I had no other way than to empty the drug to the dregs. So I kept quiet and went on with my duty.


As I said farewell to “Ahmad Effendi”, his eyes became wet and he said to me, “My son! May Allahu ta’ala be with you! If you should come back to Istanbul and see that I am dead, remember me. Say the (sura) Fatiha for my soul! We will meet on the Judgement Day in front of ‘Rasulullah’.” Indeed, I felt very sad, too; so much so that I shed warm tears. However, my sense of duty was naturally stronger.



My friends had returned to London before I did and they had already received new commands from the Ministry. I, too, was given new commands upon returning. Unfortunately, only six of us were back.


One of the other four people, the secretary said, had become a Muslim and remained in Egypt. Yet the secretary was still glad because, he said, he (the person who had remained in Egypt) had not betrayed any secrets. The second one had gone to Russia and remained there. He was Russian in origin. The secretary was very sorry about him, not because he had gone back to his homeland, but because perhaps he had been spying on the Ministry of Colonies for Russia and had gone back home because his mission had been over. The third one, as the secretary related, had died of plague in a town named “Imara” in the neighborhood of Baghdad. The fourth person had been traced by the Ministry up to the city of San’a in the Yaman and they had received his reports for one year, and thereafter his reporting had come to an end and no trail of him had been found despite all sorts of efforts. The Ministry put down the disappearance of these four men as a catastrophe. For we are a nation with great duties versus a small population. We therefore do very fine calculations on every man.


After a few of my reports, the secretary held a meeting to scrutinize the reports given by four of us. When my friends submitted their reports pertaining to their tasks, I, too, submitted my report. They took some notes from my report. The Minister, the secretary, and some of those who attended the meeting praised my work. Nevertheless I was the third best. The first grade was won by my friend “George Belcoude”, and “Henry Fanse” was the second best.


I had doubtlessly been greatly successful in learning Turkish and Arabic languages, the Qur’an and the Shariat. Yet I had not managed to prepare for the Ministry a report revealing the weak aspects of the Ottoman Empire. After the two-hour meeting, the secretary asked me the reason for my failure. I said, “My essential duty was to learn languages and the Qur’an and the Shariat. I could not spare time for anything in addition. But I shall please you this time if you trust me.” The secretary said I was certainly successful but he wished I had won the first grade. (And he went on):


“O Hempher, your next mission comprises these two tasks:


1- To discover Muslims’ weak points and the points through which we can enter their bodies and disjoin their limbs. Indeed, this is the way to beat the enemy.


2- The moment you have detected these points and done what I have told you to, [in other words, when you manage to sow discord among Muslims and set them at loggerheads with one another], you will be the most successful agent and earn a medal from the Ministry.”


I stayed in London for six months. I married my paternal first cousin, “Maria Shvay”. At that time I was 22 years old, and she was 23. “Maria Shvay was a very pretty girl, with average intelligence and an ordinary cultural background. The happiest and the most cheerful days of my life were those that I spent with her. My wife was pregnant. We were expecting our new guest, when I received the message containing the order that I should leave for Iraq.


Receiving this order at a time while I was awaiting the birth of my son made me sad. However, the importance I attached to my country, doubled with my ambition to attain fame by being chosen the best one among my colleagues, was above my emotions as a husband and as a father. So I accepted the task without hesitation. My wife wanted me to postpone the mission till after the child’s birth. Yet I ignored what she said. We were both weeping as we said farewell to each other. My wife said, “Don’t stop writing to me! I shall write you letters about our new home, which is as valuable as gold.” These words of hers stirred up storms in my heart. I almost cancelled the travel. Yet I managed to take control of my emotions. Extending my farewell to her, I left for the ministry to receive the final instructions.


Six months later I found myself in the city of Basra, Iraq. The city people were partly Sunnite and partly Shiite. Basra was a city of tribes with a mixed population of Arabs, Persians and a relatively small number of Christians. It was the first time in my life that I met with the Persians. By the way, let me touch upon Shiism and Sunnism.


Shiites say that they follow ‘Ali bin Abu Talib, who was the husband of Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salam’ daughter Fatima and at the same time Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salam’ paternal first cousin. They say that Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’ appointed Ali, and the twelve imams, ‘Ali’s descendants to succeed him as the Khalifa.


In my opinion, the Shiis are right in the matter pertaining to the caliphate of ‘Ali, Hasan, and Husain. For, as far as I understand from the Islamic history, Ali was a person with the distinguished and high qualifications required for caliphate. Nor do I find it alien for Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’ to have appointed Hasan and Husain as Khalifas. What makes me suspect, however, is Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salam’ having appointed Husain’s son and eight of his grandsons as Khalifas. For Husain was a child at Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salam’ death. How did he know he would have eight grandsons. If Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’ was really a Prophet, it was possible for him to know the future by being informed by Allahu ta’ala, as the Messiah had divined about the future. Yet Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salam’ prophethood is a matter of doubt to us Christians.


Muslims say that “There are many proofs for Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salam’ prophethood. One of them is the Qur’an (Koran).” I have read the Qur’an. Indeed, it is a very high book. It is even higher than the Torah (Taurah) and the Bible. For it contains principles, regulations, moral rules, etc.


It has been a wonder to me how an illiterate person such as Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’ could have brought such a lofty book, and how could he have had all those moral, intellectual and personal qualifications which could not be possessed even by a man who has read and traveled very much. I wonder if these facts were the proofs for Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salam’ prophethood?


I always made observations and research in order to elicit the truth about Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salam’ prophethood. Once I brought out my interest to a priest in London. His answer was fanatical and obdurate, and was not convincing at all. I asked Ahmad Effendi several times when I was in Turkey, yet I did not receive a satisfactory answer from him, either. To tell the truth, I avoided asking Ahmad Effendi questions directly related to the matter lest they should become suspicious about my espionage.


I think very much of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’. No doubt, he is one of Allah’s Prophets about whom we have read in books. Yet, being a Christian, I have not believed in his prophethood yet. It is doubtless that he was very much superior to geniuses.


The Sunnites, on the other hand, say that “After the Prophet’s passing away, Muslims considered Abu Bakr and ‘Umar and ‘Uthman and ‘Ali suitable for the caliphate.”


Controversies of this sort exist in all religions, most abundantly in Christianity. Since both ‘Umar and ‘Ali are dead today, maintaining these controversies would serve no useful purpose. To me, if Muslims are reasonable, they should think of today, not of those very old days (3).


One day in the Ministry of Colonies I made a reference to the difference between the Sunnites and the Shiites, saying, “If Muslims knew something about life, they would resolve this Shiite-Sunnite difference among themselves and come together.” Someone interrupted me and remonstrated, “Your duty is to provoke this difference, not to think of how to bring Muslims together.”


Before I set out for my travel to Iraq, the secretary said, “O Hempher, you should know that there has been natural differences among human beings since God created Abel and Cain. These controversies shall continue until the return of the Messiah. So is the case with racial, tribal, territorial, national, and religious controversies.


“Your duty this time is to diagnose these controversies well and to report to the ministry. The more successful you are in aggravating the differences among Muslims the greater will be your service to England.


“We, the English people, have to make mischief and arouse schism in all our colonies in order that we may live in welfare and luxury. Only by means of such instigations will we be able to demolish the Ottoman Empire. Otherwise, how could a nation with a small population bring another nation with a greater population under its sway? look for the mouth of the chasm with all your might, and get in as soon as you find it. You should know that the Ottoman and Iranian Empires have reached the nadir of their lives. Therefore, your first duty is to instigate the people against the administration! History has shown that ‘The source of all sorts of revolutions is public rebellions.’ When the unity of Muslims is broken and the common sympathy among them is impaired, their forces will be dissolved and thus we shall easily destroy them.”


Section OnePART FOUR

When I arrived in Basra, I settled in a mosque. The imam of the mosque was a Sunnite person of Arabic origin named Shaikh ‘Umar Tai. When I met him I began to chat with him. Yet he suspected me at the very beginning and subjected me to a shower of questions. I managed to survive this dangerous chat as follows: “I am from Turkey’s Igdir region. I was a disciple of Ahmad Effendi of Istanbul. I worked for a carpenter named Khalid (Halid).” I gave him some information about Turkey, which I had acquired during my stay there. Also, I said a few sentences in Turkish. The imam made an eye signal to one of the people there and asked him if I spoke Turkish correctly. The answer was positive. Having convinced the imam, I was very happy. Yet I was wrong. For a few days later, I saw to my disappointment that the imam suspected that I was a Turkish spy. Afterwards, I found out that there was some disagreement and hostility between him and the governor appointed by the (Ottoman) Sultan.


Having been compelled to leave Shaikh ‘Umar Effendi’s mosque, I rented a room in an inn for travelers and foreigners and moved there. The owner of the inn was an idiot named Murshid Effendi. Every morning he would disturb me by knocking hard at my door to wake me up as soon as the adhan for morning prayer was called. I had to obey him. So I would get up and perform the morning prayer. Then he would say, “You shall read Qur’an-al karim after morning prayer.” When I told him that it was not fard (an act commanded by Islam) to read Qur’an al-karim and asked him why he should insist so much, he would answer, “Sleeping at this time of day will bring poverty and misfortune to the inn and the inmates.” I had to carry out this command of his. For he said otherwise he would send me out of the inn. Therefore, as soon as the adhan was called, I would perform morning prayer and then read Qur’an al-karim for one hour.


One day Murshid Effendi came to me and said, “Since you rented this room misfortunes have been befalling me. I put it down to your ominousness. For you are single. Being single (unmarried) portends ill omen. You shall either get married or leave the inn.” I told him I did not have property enough to get married. I could not tell him what I had told Ahmad Effendi. For Murshid Effendi was the kind of person who would undress me and examine my genitals to see whether I was telling the truth.


When I said so, Murshid Effendi reproved me, saying, “What a weak belief you have! Haven’t you read Allah’s ayat purporting, If they are poor, Allahu ta’ala will make them rich with His kindness’? (4)” I was stupefied. At last I said, “All right, I shall get married. But are you ready to provide the necessary money? Or can you find a girl who will cost me little?”


After reflecting for a while, Murshid Effendi said, “I don’t care! Either get married by the beginning of Rajab month, or leave the inn.” There were only twenty-five days before the beginning of the month of Rajab.


Incidentally, let me mention the Arabic months; Muharram, Safar, Rabi’ul-awwal, Rabi’ul-akhir, Jemaziy-ul-awwal, Jemaziy-ul-akhir, Rajab, Shaban, Ramadan, Shawwal, Zilqada, Zilhijja. Their months are neither more than thirty days, nor below twenty-nine. They are based on lunar calculations.


Taking a job as an assistant to a carpenter, I left Murshid Effendi’s inn. We made an agreement on a very low wage, but my lodging and food were to be at the employer’s expense. I moved my belongings to the carpenter’s shop well before the month of Rajab. The carpenter was a manly person. He treated me as if I were his son. He was a Shiite from Khorassan, Iran, and his name was Abd-ur- Rida. Taking the advantage of his company, I began to learn Persian. Every afternoon Iranian Shiites would meet at his place and talk on various subjects from politics to economy. Most often than not they would speak ill of their own government and also of the Khalifa in Istanbul. Whenever a stranger came in they would change the subject and begin to talk on personal matters.


They trusted me very much. However, as I found out later on, they though I was an Azarbaijani because I spoke Turkish.


From time to time a young man would call at our carpenter’s shop. His attirement was that of a student doing scientific research, and he understood Arabic, Persian, and Turkish. His name was Muhammad bin Abd-ul-wahhab Najdi. This youngster was an extremely rude and very nervous person. While abusing the Ottoman government very much, he would never speak ill of the Iranian government. The common ground which made him and the shop-owner Abd-ur-Rida so friendly was that both were inimical towards the Khalifa in Istanbul. But how was it possible that this young man, who was a Sunni, understood Persian and was friends with Abd-ur-Rida, who was a Shii? In this city Sunnites pretended to be friendly and even brotherly with Shiites. Most of the city’s inhabitants understood both Arabic and Persian. And most people understood Turkish as well.


Muhammad of Najd was a Sunni outwardly. Although most Sunnites censured Shiites, in fact, they say that Shiites are disbelievers this man never would revile Shiites. According to Muhammad of Najd, there was no reason for Sunnites to adapt themselves to one of the four Madhhabs; he would say, “Allah’s Book does not contain any evidence pertaining to these Madhhabs.” He purposefully ignored the ayat al-karimas in this subject and slighted the hadith ash-Sharifs.


Concerning the matter of four Madhhabs: A century after the death of their Prophet Muhammad ‘alaihis- salam’, four scholars came forward from among Sunnite Muslims: Abu Hanifa, Ahmad bin Hanbal, Malik bin Anas, and Muhammad bin Idris Shafi’i. Some Khalifas forced the Sunnites to imitate one of these four scholars. They said no one except these four scholars could do ijtihad in Qur’an al-karim or in the Sunnat. This movement closed the gates of knowledge and understanding to Muslims. This prohibition of ijtihad is considered to have been the reason for Islam’s standstill.


Shiites exploited these erroneous statements to promulgate their sect. The number of Shiites was smaller than one-tenth that of Sunnites. But now they have increased and become equal with Sunnites in number. This result is natural. For ijtihad is like a weapon. It will improve Islam’s fiqh and renovate the understanding of Qur’an al-karim and Sunnat. Prohibition of ijtihad, on the other hand, is like a rotten weapon. It will confine the Madhhab within a certain framework. And this, in its turn, means to close the gates of inference and to disregard the time’s requirements. If your weapon is rotten and your enemy is perfect, you are doomed to be beaten by your enemy sooner or later. I think, the clever ones of the Sunnites will reopen the gate of ijtihad in future. If they do not do this, they will become the minority and the Shiites will receive a majority in a few centuries.


[However, the imams (leaders) of the four Madhhabs hold the same creed, the same belief. There is no difference among them. Their difference is only in worships. And this, in turn, is a facility for Muslims. The Shiites, on the other hand, parted into twelve sects, thus becoming a rotten weapon. There is detailed information in this respect in the book Milal wa Nihal].


The arrogant youngster, Muhammad of Najd, would follow his nafs (his sensuous desires) in understanding the Qur’an and the Sunnat. He would completely ignore the views of scholars, not only those of the scholars of his time and the leaders of the four Madhhabs, but also those of the notable Sahabis such as Abu Bakr and ‘Umar. Whenever he came across a Koranic (Qur’an) verse which he thought was contradictory with the views of those people, he would say, “The Prophet said: I have left the Qur’an and the Sunnat for you.’ He did not say, I have left the Qur’an, the Sunnat, the Sahaba, and the imams of Madhhabs for you (5).’ Therefore, the thing which is fard is to follow the Qur’an and the Sunnat no matter how contrary they may seem to be to the views of the Madhhabs or to the statements of the Sahaba and scholars (6).”


During a dinner conversation at Abd-ur-Rida’s place, the following dispute took place between Muhammad of Najd and a guest from Kum, a Shiite scholar named Shaikh Jawad:


Shaikh Jawad. Since you accept that ‘Ali was a mujtahid, why don’t you follow him like Shiites?


Muhammad of Najd Ali is no different from ‘Umar or other Sahabis. His statements cannot be of a documentary capacity. Only the Qur’an and the Sunnat are authentic documents. [The fact is that statements made by any of the Ashab-i kiram are of a documentary capacity. Our Prophet commanded us to follow any one of them (7)].


Shaikh Jawad Since our Prophet said, “I am the city of knowledge, and ‘Ali is its gate,” shouldn’t there be difference between ‘Ali and the other Sahaba?


Muhammad of Najd, If ‘Ali’s statements were of a documentary capacity, would not the Prophet have said, “I have left you the Qur’an, the Sunnat, and ‘Ali”?


Shaikh Jawad Yes, we can assume that he (the Prophet) said so. For the stated in a hadith ash-Sharif, “I leave (behind me) Allah’s Book and my Ahl al-bayt.” And ‘Ali, in his turn, is the greatest member of the Ahl al-bayt.


Muhammad of Najd denied that the Prophet had said so.


Shaikh Jawad confuted Muhammad of Najd with convincing proofs.


However, Muhammad of Najd objected to this and said, “You assert that the Prophet said, I leave you Allah’s Book and my Ahl al-bayt.” Then, what has become of the Prophet’s Sunnat?”


Shaikh Jawad. The Sunnat of the Messenger of Allah is the explanation of the Qur’an. The Messenger of Allah said, “I leave (you) Allah’s Book and my Ahl al-bayt.” The phrase ‘Allah’s Book’ includes the ‘Sunnat’, which is an explanation of the former.


Muhammad of Najd. Inasmuch as the statements of the Ahl al-bayt are the explanations of the Qur’an, why should it be necessary to explain it by hadiths?


Shaikh Jawad When hadrat Prophet passed away, his Ummat (Muslims) considered that there should be an explanation of the Qur’an which would satisfy the time’s requirements. It was for this reason that hadrat Prophet commanded his Ummat to follow the Qur’an, which is the original, and his Ahl al-bayt, who were to explain the Qur’an in a manner to satisfy the time’s requirements.


I liked this dispute very much. Muhammad of Najd was motionless in front of Shaikh Jawad, like a house-sparrow in the hands of a hunter.


Muhammad of Najd was the sort I had been looking for. For his scorn for the time’s scholars, his slighting even the (earliest) four Khalifas, his having an independent view in understanding the Qur’an and the Sunnat were his most vulnerable points to hunt and obtain him. So different this conceited youngster was from that Ahmad Effendi who had taught me in Istanbul! That scholar, like his predecessors, was reminiscent of a mountain. No power would be able to move him. Whenever he mentioned the name of Abu Hanifa, he would stand up, go and make ablution. Whenever he meant to hold the book of Hadith named Bukhari, he would, again, make ablution. The Sunnis trust this book very much.


Muhammad of Najd, on the other hand, disdained Abu Hanifa very much. He would say, “I know better than Abu Hanifa did (8).” In addition, according to him, half of the book of Bukhari was wrong (9).


[As I was translating these confessions of Hempher’s into Turkish (10), I remembered the following event: I was a teacher in a high school. During a lesson one of my students asked, “Sir, if a Muslim is killed in a war, will he become a martyr?” “Yes, he will,” I said. “Did the Prophet say so?” “Yes, he did.” “Will he become a martyr if he is drowned in sea, too?” “Yes,” was my answer. “And in this case he will attain more thawab.” Then he asked, “Will he become a martyr if he falls down from an aeroplane?” “Yes, he will,” I said. “Did our Prophet state these, too?” “Yes, he did.” Upon this, he smiled in a triumphant air and said, “Sir! Were there aeroplanes in those days?” My answer to him was as follows: “My son! Our Prophet has ninety-nine names. Each of his names stands for a beautiful attribute he was endowed with. One of his names is Jami’ul-kalim. He would state many facts in one word. For example, he said, ‘He who falls from a height will become a martyr.’ ” The child admitted this answer of mine with admiration and gratitude. By the same token, Qur’an al-karim and hadith ash-Sharifs contain many words, rules, commandments and prohibitions each of which denotes various other meanings. The scientific work carried on to explore these meanings and to apply the right ones to the right cases, is called Ijtihad. Performing ijtihad requires having profound knowledge. For this reason, the Sunnis prohibited ignorant people from doing ijtihad. This does not mean to prohibit ijtihad. After the fourth century of the Hegiral Era, no scholars were educated so highly as to reach the grade of an absolute mujtahid [scholar profoundly learned (enough to perform ijtihad)]; therefore, no one performed ijtihad, which in turn naturally meant the closure of the gates of ijtihad. Towards the end of the world, Isa (Jesus) ‘alaihis-salam’ shall descend from heaven and Mahdi (the expected Islamic hero) shall appear; these people shall perform ijtihad.


Our Prophet ‘sall-allahu alaihi wa sallam’ stated, “After me Muslims shall part into seventy-three groups. Only one of these groups shall enter Paradise.” When he was asked who were to be in that group, he answered, “Those who adapt themselves to me and my Ashab.” In another hadith ash-Sharif he stated, “My Ashab are like celestial stars. You will attain hidayat if you follow any one of them!” In other words, he said, “You will attain the way leading to Paradise.” A Jew of Yaman, Abdullah bin Saba, by name, instigated hostility against the Ashab among Muslims. Those ignorant people who believed this Jew and bore enmity against the Ashab were called Shii (Shiite). And people who obeyed the hadith-Sharifs, loved and followed the Ashab al-kiram were called Sunni (Sunnite).]


I established a very intimate friendship with Muhammad bin Abd-ul-wahhab of Najd. I launched a campaign of praising him everywhere. One day I said to him: “You are greater than ‘Umar and ‘Ali. If the Prophet were alive now, he would appoint you as his Khalifa instead of them. I expect that Islam will be renovated and improved in your hands. You are the only scholar who will spread Islam all over the world.”


Muhammad the son of Abd-ul-wahhab and I decided to make a new interpretation of the Qur’an; this new interpretation was to reflect only our points of view and would be entirely contrary to those explanations made by the Sahaba, by the imams of Madhhabs and by the mufassirs (deeply learned scholars specialized in the explanation of the Qur’an). We were reading the Qur’an and talking on some of the ayats. My purpose in doing this was to mislead Muhammad. After all, he was trying to present himself as a revolutionist and would therefore accept my views and ideas with pleasure so that I should trust him all the more.


On one occasion I said to him, “Jihad (fighting, struggling for Islam) is not fard.”


He protested, “Why shouldn’t it be despite Allah’s commandment, ‘Make war against unbelievers (11).’?”


I said, “Then why didn’t the Prophet make war against the munafiqs despite Allah’s commandment, ‘Make Jihad against unbelievers and munafiqs. (12)’?” [On the other hand, it is written in Mawahibu ladunniyya that twenty- seven Jihads were performed against unbelievers. Their swords are exhibited in Istanbul’s museums. Munafiqs would pretend to be Muslims. They would perform namaz with the Messenger of Allah in the Masjid an-Nabawi during the days. Rasulullah ‘sall-allahu alaihi wasallam’ knew them. Yet he did not say, ” You are a munafiq,” to any of them. If he had made war against them and killed them, people would say, “Muhammad ‘alaihis- salam’ killed people who believed in him.” Therefore he made verbal Jihad against them. For Jihad, which is fard, is performed with one’s body and/or with one’s property and/or with one’s speech. The ayat al-karima quoted above commands to perform Jihad against unbelievers. It does not define the type of the Jihad to be performed. For Jihad against unbelievers must be performed by fighting, and Jihad against munafiqs is to be performed by preaching and advice. This ayat al-karima covers these types of Jihad].


He said, “The Prophet made Jihad against them with his speech.”


I said, “Is the Jihad which is fard (commanded), the one which is to be done with one’s speech?”


He said, “Rasulullah made war against the unbelievers.”


I said, “The Prophet made war against the unbelievers in order to defend himself. For the unbelievers intended to kill him.”


He nodded.


At another time I said to him, “Mut’a nikah (13) is permissible.”


He objected, “No, it is not.”


I said, “Allah declares, In return for the use you make of them, give them the mahr you have decided upon’.” (14)


He said, “‘Umar prohibited two examples of mut’a practice existent in his time and said he would punish anyone who practiced it.”


I said, “You both say that you are superior to ‘Umar and follow him. In addition, ‘Umar said he prohibited it though he knew that the Prophet had permitted it (15). Why do you leave aside the Prophet’s word and obey ‘Umar’s word?”


He did not answer. I knew that he was convinced. I sensed that Muhammad of Najd desired a woman at that moment; he was single. I said to him, “Come on, let us each get a woman by mut’a nikah. We will have a good time with them. He accepted with a nod. This was a great opportunity for me, so I promised to find a woman for him to amuse himself. My aim was to ally the timidity he had about people. But he stated it a condition that the matter be kept as a secret between us and that the woman not even be told what his name was. I hurriedly went to the Christian women who had been sent forth by the Ministry of Colonies with the task of seducing the Muslim youth there. I explained the matter to one of them. She accepted to help, so I gave her the nickname Safiyya. I took Muhammad of Najd to her house. Safiyya was at home, alone. We made a one-week marriage contract for Muhammad of Najd, who gave the woman some gold in the name of “Mahr.” Thus we began to mislead Muhammad of Najd, Safiyya from within, and I from without.


Muhammad of Najd was thoroughly in Safiyya’s hands now. Besides, he had tasted the pleasure of disobeying the commandments of the Shariat under the pretext of freedom of ijtihad and ideas.


The third day of the mut’a nikah I had a long dispute with him over that hard drinks were not haram (forbidden by Islam). Although he quoted many ayats and hadiths showing that it was haram to have hard drinks, I cancelled all of them and finally said, “It is a fact that Yazid and the Umayyad and Abbasid Khalifas had hard drinks. Were they all miscreant people and you are the only adherent of the right way? They doubtless knew the Qur’an and the Sunnat better than you do. They inferred from the Qur’an and the Sunnat that the hard drink is makruh, not haram. Also, it is written in Jewish and Christian books that alcohol is mubah (permitted). All religions are Allah’s commandments. In fact, according to a narrative, ‘Umar had hard drinks until the revelation of the ayat, ‘You have all given it up, haven’t you (16)?” If it had been haram, the Prophet would have chastised him. Since the Prophet did not punish him, hard drink is halal.” [The fact is that ‘Umar ‘radi-allahu anh’ used to take hard drinks before they were made haram. He never drank after the prohibition was declared. If some of the Umayyad and Abbasid Khalifas took alcoholic drinks, this would not show that drinks with alcohol are makruh. It would show that they were sinners, that they committed haram. For the ayat al-karima quoted by the spy, as well as other ayat al-karimas and hadith ash-Sharifs, shows that drinks with alcohol are haram. It is stated in Riyad-un-nasihin, “Formerly it was permissible to drink wine. Hadrat ‘Umar, Sad ibni Waqqas, and some other Sahabis used to drink wine. Later the two hundred and nineteenth ayat of Baqara sura was revealed to declare that it was a grave sin. Sometime later the forty-second ayat of Nisa sura was revealed and it was declared, ‘Do not approach the namaz when you are drunk!'” Eventually, the ninety-third ayat of Maida sura came and wine was made haram. It was stated as follows in hadith-i- Sharifs: “If something would intoxicate in case it were taken in a large amount, it is haram to take it even in a small amount.” and “Wine is the gravest of sins.” and “Do not make friends with a person who drinks wine! Do not attend his funeral (when he dies)! Do not form a matrimonial relationship with him!” and “Drinking wine is like worshipping idols.” and “May Allahu ta’ala curse him who drinks wine, sells it, makes it, or gives it.”]


Muhammad of Najd said, “According to some narratives, ‘Umar drank alcoholic spirits after mixing it with water and said it was not haram unless it had an intoxicating effect. ‘Umar’s view is correct, for it is declared in the Qur’an, ‘The devil wants to stir up enmity and grudge among you and to keep you from doing dhikr of Allah and from namaz by means of drinks and gambling. You will give these up now, won’t you (17)?’ Alcoholic spirits will not cause the sins defined in the ayat when it does not intoxicate. Therefore, hard drinks are not haram when they don’t have an intoxicating effect (18).”


I told Safiyya about this dispute we had on drinks and instructed her to make him drink a very strong spirit. Afterwards, she said, “I did as you said and made him drink. He danced and united with me several times that night.” From them on Safiyya and I completely took control of Muhammad of Najd. In our farewell talk the Minister of Colonies had said to me, “We captured Spain from the disbelievers [he means Muslims] by means of alcohol and fornication. Let us take all our lands back by using these two great forces again.” Now I know how true a statement it was.


One day I broached the topic of fasting to Muhammad of Najd: “It is stated in the Qur’an, ‘Your fasting is more auspicious for you (19).’ It is not stated that fasting is fard (a plain commandment). Then, fasting is sunnat, not fard, in the Islamic religion.” He protested and said, “Are you trying to lead me out of my faith?” I replied, “One’s faith consists of the purity of one’s heart, the salvation of one’s soul, and not committing a transgression against others’ rights. Did not the Prophet state, ‘Faith is love’? Did not Allah declare in Qur’an al-karim, ‘Worship thine Rab (Allah) until yaqin (20) comes to thee (21)’? Then, when one has attained yaqin pertaining to Allah and the Day of Judgement and beautified one’s heart and purified one’s deeds, one will become the most virtuous of mankind.” He shook his head in reply to these words of mine.


Once I said to him, “Namaz is not fard.” “How is it not fard?” “Allah declares in the Qur’an, ‘Perform namaz to remember Me (22).’ Then, the aim of namaz is to remember Allah. Therefore, you might as well remember Allah without performing namaz.”


He said, “Yes. I have heard that some people do dhikr of Allah instead of performing namaz (23).’ I was very much pleased with this statement of his. I tried hard to develop this notion and capture his heart. Then I noticed that he did not attach much importance to namaz and was performing it quite sporadically. He was very negligent especially with the morning prayer. For I would keep him from going to bed by talking with him until midnight. So he would be too exhausted to get up for morning prayer.


I began to pull down the shawl of belief slowly off the shoulders of Muhammad of Najd. One day I wanted to dispute with him about the Prophet, too. “From now on, if you talk with me on these topics, our relation will be spoilt and I shall put an end to my friendship with you.” Upon this I gave up speaking about the Prophet for fear of ruining all my endeavors once and for all.


I advised him to pursue a course quite different from those of Sunnites and Shiites. He favored this idea of mine. For he was a conceited person. Thanks to Safiyya, I put an halter on him.


On one occasion I said, “I have heard that the Prophet made his Ashab brothers to one another. Is it true?” Upon his positive reply, I wanted to know if this Islamic rule was temporary or permanent. He explained, “It is permanent. For the Prophet Muhammad’s halal is halal till the end of the world, and his haram is haram till the end of the world.” Then I offered him to be my brother. So we were brothers.


From that day on I never left him alone. We were together even in his travels. He was very important for me. For the tree that I had planted and grown, spending the most valuable days of my youth, was now beginning to yield its fruit.


I was sending monthly reports to the Ministry of Colonies in London. The answers I received were very encouraging and reassuring. Muhammad of Najd was following the path I had drawn for him.


My duty was to imbue him with feelings of independence, freedom and skepticism. I always praised him, saying that a brilliant future was awaiting him.


One day I fabricated the following dream: “Last night I dreamed of our Prophet. I addressed him with the attributes I had learnt from hodjas. He was seated on a dais. Around him were scholars that I did not know. You entered. Your face was as bright as haloes. You walked towards the Prophet, and when you were close enough the Prophet stood up and kissed between your both eyes. He said, ‘You are my namesake, the heir to my knowledge, my deputy in worldly and religious matters.’ You said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! I am afraid to explain my knowledge to people.’ ‘You are the greatest. Don’t be afraid,’ replied the Prophet.”


Muhammad bin Abd-ul-Wahhab was wild with joy when he heard the dream. He asked several times if what I had told him was true, and received a positive answer each time he asked. Finally he was sure I had told him the truth. I think, from then on, he was resolved to publicize the ideas I had imbued him with and to establish a new sect (24).



Section OnePART FIVE

It was on one of those days when Muhammad of Najd and I had become very intimate friends that I received a message from London ordering me to leave for the cities of Karbala and Najaf, the two most popular Shiite centers of knowledge and spirituality. So I had to put an end to my company with Muhammad of Najd and leave Basra. Yet I was happy because I was sure that this ignorant and morally depraved man was going to establish a new sect, which in turn would demolish Islam from within, and that I was the composer of the heretical tenets of this new sect.


‘Ali, the fourth Khalifa of the Sunnites, and the first one according to the Shiites, was buried in Najaf. The city of Kufa, which was a distance of one fersah (league), i.e., an hour’s walk from Najaf, was the capital of ‘Ali’s caliphate. When ‘Ali was killed, his sons Hasan and Husain buried him outside Kufa at a place called Najaf today. In the course of time, Najaf began to grow, while Kufa gradually fell into decay. The Shiite men of religion came together in Najaf. Houses, markets, madrasas (Islamic schools and universities) were built.


The Khalifa in Istanbul was kind and generous to them for the following reasons:


1- The Shiite administration in Iran was supporting the Shiites. The Khalifa’s interfering with them would cause tension between the states, which in turn could lead to warfare.


2- The inhabitants of Najaf included a number of armed tribes supporting the Shiites. Although they did not have much significance in terms of weaponry and organization, it would be unwise for the Khalifa to run the risk of getting into trouble with them.


3- The Shiites in Najaf had authority over the Shiites all over the world, particularly those in Africa and India. If the Khalifa disturbed them, all the Shiites would rise against him.


Husain bin ‘Ali, the Prophet’s grandson, i.e., his daughter Fatima’s son, was martyred in Karbala. The people of Iraq had sent for Husain in Medina and invited him to Iraq to elect him their Khalifa. Husain and his family were in the territory called Karbala when the Iraqis gave up their former intention and, acting upon the order given by Yazid bin Muawiya, the Umayyad Khalifa living in Damascus, set out with the intention of arresting him. Husain and his family put up a heroic last-ditch fight against the Iraqi army. The battle ended in their death, so the Iraqi army was the winning side. Since that day, the Shiites have accepted Karbala as their spiritual center, so that Shiites from all over the world come here and form such a huge crowd that our religion of Christianity does not have a likeness to it.


Karbala, a Shiite city, contains Shiite madrasas. This city and Najaf support each other. Upon receiving the order to go to these two cities, I left Basra for Baghdad, and thence to a city named ‘Hulla’ situated alongside the Euphrates.


The Tigris and Euphrates come from Turkey, cut through Iraq, and flow into the Persian Gulf. Iraq’s agriculture and welfare are due to these two rivers.


When I was back in London, I proposed to the Ministry of Colonies that a project could be drawn up to change the beds of these two rivers in order to make Iraq accept our proposals. When the water was cut off, Iraq would have to satisfy our demands.


From Hulla to Najaf I traveled in the guise of an Azarbaijani tradesman. Establishing close friendships with Shiite men of religion, I began to mislead them. I joined their circles of religious instruction. I saw that they did not study science like the Sunnites, nor did they have the beautiful moral qualities possessed by the Sunnites. For example:


1- They were extremely inimical towards the Ottoman State. For they were Shiites and the Turks were Sunnites. They said that the Sunnites were disbelievers.


2- The Shiite scholars were entirely absorbed in religious teachings and had very little interest in worldly knowledge, as was the case with priests during the period of standstill in our history.


3- They were quite unaware of Islam’s inner essence and sublime character, nor did they have the smallest notion of the time’s scientific and technical improvements.


I said to myself: What a wretched sort of people these Shiites are. They are sound asleep when the whole world is awake. One day a flood will come and take them all away.

Several times I attempted to entice them to revolt against the Khalifa. Unfortunately, no one would even listen to me. Some of them laughed at me as though I had told them to destroy the earth. For they looked on the Khalifa as a fortress impossible to capture. According to them, they would get rid of the caliphate with the advent of the promised Mahdi.


According to them, Mahdi was their twelfth imam, who was a descendant of Islam’s Prophet and who disappeared in the Hijri year 255. They believed he was still alive and would one day reappear and rescue the world from this state of utter cruelty and injustice, filling it with justice.


It is consternating! How come these Shiite people believe in these superstitions! It was like the superstitious doctrine, “Jesus Christ will come back and fill the world with justice,” held by our Christians.


One day I said to one of them: “Isn’t it fard for you to prevent injustice like the Islamic Prophet did?” His reply was: “He managed to prevent injustice because Allah helped him.” When I said, “It is written in the Qur’an, If you help Allah’s religion, He will help you in return (25).’ “If you revolt against the torture of your shahs, Allah will help you” He answered, “You are a tradesman. These are scientific matters. You cannot understand this.”


The mausoleum of Ali the Amir-ul-Muminin was profusely decorated. It had a splendid yard, a gold-covered dome, and two tall minarets. Every day great numbers of Shiites visited this mausoleum. They performed namaz in jamaat in it. Every visitor first stooped in front of the threshold, kissed it, and then greeted the grave. They asked for permission and then entered. The mausoleum had a vast yard, which contained numerous rooms for men of religion and visitors.


There were two mausoleums similar to that of ‘Ali’s in Karbala. One of them belonged to Husain and the other belonged his brother Abbas, who had been martyred with him in Karbala. In Karbala the Shiites repeated the same practices as they did in Najaf. The climate of Karbala was better than that of Najaf. It was surrounded with graceful orchards and lovely brooks.


During my mission to Iraq I met with a scene that gave relief to my heart. Some events heralded the end of the Ottoman Empire. For one thing, the governor appointed by the administration in Istanbul was an uneducated and cruel person. He acted as he wished. The people did not like him. The Sunnites were uneasy because the governor restricted their freedom and did not value them, and the Shiites felt indignant over being governed by a Turk while among them there were Sayyids (26) and Sharifs (27), the Prophet’s descendants, who would have been a much better choice for governorship.


The Shiites were in an utterly woebegone situation. They lived in squalid and dilapidated environments. The roads were not safe. Highwaymen always awaited caravans, and attacked whenever they saw that there were no soldiers escorting them. For this reason, convoys would not set out unless the government would appoint a detachment to escort them.



The Shiite tribes were mostly warlike with one another. They killed and plundered one another daily. Ignorance and illiteracy were dreadfully widespread. This state of the Shiites reminded me of the time when Europe had been under an ecclesiastical invasion. With the exclusion of the religious leaders living in Najaf and Karbala and a small minority, who were their votaries, not even one out of every thousand Shiites knew how to read or write.


The economy had collapsed entirely, and the people were suffering utter poverty. The administrative system was quite out of order. The Shiites committed treasons against the government.


The State and the people viewed each other with suspicion. As a result, there was no mutual aid between them. The Shiite religious leaders, totally given to vituperating the Sunnites, had already relinquished knowledge; business, religious and worldly alike.


I stayed in Karbala and in Najaf for four months. I suffered a very serious illness in Najaf. I felt so bad that I completely gave up hope of recovery. My illness lasted three weeks. I went to a doctor. He gave me a prescription. Using the medicine, I began to recover. Throughout my illness I stayed in an underground room. Because I was ill, my host prepared my medicine and food in return for an insignificant sum of money and expected great thawab for serving me. For I was, so to speak, a visitor of ‘Ali the Amir-ul-Muminin. The doctor advised me to have only chicken broth during the first few days. Later on he permitted me to eat chicken as well. The third week I had rice soup. After becoming well again I left for Baghdad. I prepared a report of one hundred pages on my observations in Najaf, Hulla, and Baghdad and while on the way. I submitted the report to the Baghdad representative of the Ministry of Colonies. I waited for the Ministry’s order on whether I should remain in Iraq or return to London.


I wished to go back to London. For I had been abroad for a long time. I missed my homeland and my family. Especially, I wanted to see my son Rasputin, who had been born after my departure. For this reason, I appended to my report a petition for permission to return to London for a short time at least. I wanted to give an oral report of impressions about my three years’ mission in Iraq and to get some rest in the meantime.


The Iraq representative of the Ministry advised me not to call on him often lest I should arouse suspicion. He also advised to rent a room in one of the inns alongside the Tigris River, and said, “I shall inform you of the Ministry’s answer when we receive the mail from London.” During my stay in Baghdad I observed the spiritual distance between Istanbul, the capital of the caliphate, and Baghdad.



When I left Basra for Karbala and Najaf, I was very much anxious that Muhammad of Najd would swerve from the direction I had led him. For he was an extremely unstable and nervous person. I feared that the aims I had built upon him might be spoilt.


As I left him he was thinking of going to Istanbul. I did my best to dissuade him from the notion. I said, “I am very anxious that when you go there you may make a statement whereby they will pronounce you a heretic and kill you.”


My apprehension was quite the other way round. I was anxious that upon going there he should meet profound scholars capable of setting his fallacies right and converting him to the Sunni creed and thus all my dreams should come to naught. For there was knowledge and Islam’s beautiful morality in Istanbul.


When I found out that Muhammad of Najd did not want to stay in Basra, I recommended that he go to Isfahan and Shiraz. For these two cities were lovely. And their inhabitants were Shiites. And Shiites, in their turn, could not possibly influence Muhammad of Najd. For Shiites were inefficient in knowledge and ethics. Thus I made it certain that he would not change the course I had charted for him.



As we parted I said to him, “Do you believe in Taqiyya?” “Yes, I do,” he replied. “The unbelievers arrested one of the Sahaba and tormented him and killed his parents. Upon this he made Taqiyya, that is, he said openly that he was a polytheist. (When he came back and said what had happened), the Prophet did not reproach him at all.” I advised him, “When you live among the Shiites, make Taqiyya; do not tell them that you are Sunni lest they become a nuisance for you. Utilize their country and scholars! Learn their customs and traditions. For they are ignorant and stubborn people.”


As I left, I gave him some money as zakat. Zakat is an Islamic tax collected in order to be dealt out to the needy people. In addition, I gave him a saddled animal as a present. So we parted.


After my departure I lost contact with him. This made me utterly uneasy. When we parted we decided that both of us were to return to Basra and whichever party was back first and did not find the other party was to write a letter and leave it with Abd-ur-Rida.



Section OnePART SIX

I stayed in Baghdad for a time. Then, receiving the message ordering me to return to London, I left. In London, I talked with the secretary and some officials of the Ministry. I told them of my activities and observations during my long mission. They rejoiced greatly at the information I gave about Iraq and said that they were pleased. On the other hand, Safiyya, the girl friend of Muhammad of Najd, sent a report agreeing with mine. I found out also that throughout my mission I had been followed by men from the Ministry. These men also sent reports concurrent with the reports I had sent and with the account I had given to the secretary.


The secretary made an appointment for me to meet the Minister. When I visited the Minister, he met me in a manner that he had not shown towards me upon my arrival from Istanbul. I knew that I occupied an exceptional place in his heart now.


The minister was very pleased to know that I had obtained Muhammad of Najd. “He is a weapon our Ministry has been looking for. Give him all sorts of promises. It would be worth while if you spent all your time indoctrinating him,” he said.


When I said, “I have been anxious about Muhammad of Najd. He may have changed his mind,” he replied, “Don’t worry. He has not given up the ideas he had when you left him. The spies of our Ministry met him in Isfahan and reported to our Ministry that he had not changed.” I said to myself, “How could Muhammad of Najd reveal his secrets to a stranger?” I did not dare to ask this question to the Minister. However, when I met Muhammad of Najd later, I found out that in Isfahan a man named Abd-ul-karim had met him and ferreted out his secrets by saying, “I am Shaikh Muhammad’s [meaning me] brother. He told me all that he knew about you.”


Muhammad of Najd said to me, “Safiyya went with me to Isfahan and we cohabited with mut’a nikah for two more months. Abd-ul-karim accompanied me to Shiraz and found me a woman named Asiya, who was prettier and more attractive than Safiyya. Making mut’a nikah with that woman, I spent the most delightful moments of my life with her.”


I found out later that Abd-ul-karim was a Christian agent living in the Jelfa district of Isfahan and working for the Ministry. And Asiya, a Jewess living in Shiraz, was another agent for the Ministry. All four of us coordinated to train Muhammad of Najd in such a way that in future he would do what was excepted from him in the best way.


When I related the events in the presence of the Minister, the secretary, and two other members of the Ministry whom I did not know, the Minister said to me, “You have deserved to receive the greatest award of the Ministry. For you are the best one among the most significant agents of the ministry. The secretary will tell you some State secrets, which will help you in your mission.”


Then they gave me a ten-day leave during which I could see my family. So I went home right away and spent some of my sweetest moments with my son, who resembled me very much. My son spoke a few words, and walked so elegantly that I felt as if he were a piece from my own body. I spent this ten-day leave so cheerfully, so happily. I felt as if I were going to fly from joy. It was such a great pleasure to be back home, to be with my family. During this ten-day leave I visited my old paternal aunt, who loved me very much. It was wise of me to visit my paternal aunt. For she passed away after my departure for my third mission. I felt so sad about her decease.


This ten-day leave elapsed as fast as an hour. Whereas cheerful days such as these go by as quickly as an hour, days of grief seem to take centuries. I remembered the days when I had suffered that illness in Najaf. Those days of affliction had seemed like years to me.


When I went to the Ministry to receive new orders, I met the secretary with this cheerful face and tall stature. He shook my hand so warmly that his affection was perceptible.


He said to me, “With the command of our minister and the committee in charge of Colonies, I shall tell you two State secrets. Later you will benefit very much from these two secrets. No one except a couple of confidential people know these two secrets.”


Holding my hand, he took me to a room in the Ministry. I met with something very attractive in this room. Ten men were sitting around a round table. The first man was in the guise of the Ottoman Emperor. He spoke Turkish and English. The second one was dressed in the attire of the Shaikh-ul-islam (Chief of Islamic Matters) in Istanbul. The third one was dressed in an attirement identical with that of the Shah of Iran. The fourth one was in the attire of the vizier in the Iranian palace. The fifth one was dressed like the great scholar leading the Shiites in Najaf. The last three of these people spoke Persian and English. Each of these five people had a clerk sitting beside him to write down whatever they would say. These clerks were imparting to the five men the information collected by spies about their archetypes in Istanbul, Iran, and Najaf.


The secretary said, “These five people represent the five people there. In order to know what their archetypes think, we have educated and trained these people exactly like their archetypes. We intimate the information we have obtained about their originals in Istanbul, Teheran and Najaf to these men. And these men, in their turn, imagine themselves to be their originals in those places. Then we ask them and they answer us. We have determined that the answers given by these people are seventy-percent agreeable with the answers that their originals would give.


“If you like, you may ask questions for assessment. You have already met the scholar of Najaf.” I replied in the affirmative, for I had met the great Shiite scholar in Najaf and asked him about some matters. Now I approached his copy and said, “Dear teacher, would it be permissible for us to wage war against the government because it is Sunni and fanatical?” He reflected for a while, and said, “No, it is not permissible for us to wage war against the government because it is Sunni. For all Muslims are brothers. We could declare war on them (Sunnite Muslims) only if they perpetrated cruelty and persecution on the Ummat (Muslims). And even in this case we would observe the principles of Amr-i-bi-l-maruf (28) and Nahy-i-ani- l-munkar (29). We would stop interfering with them as soon as they stopped their persecution.”


I said, “Dear teacher, may I have your opinion concerning the matter that Jews and Christians are foul?” “Yes, they are foul,” he said. “It is necessary to keep away from them.” When I asked the reason why, he replied, “It is done so in retaliation for an insult. For they look on us as disbelievers and deny our Prophet Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’. We therefore retaliate for this.” I said to him, “Dear teacher, isn’t cleanliness an issue of iman? Despite this fact, the avenues and streets around the Sahn-i-Sharif [the area surrounding hadrat ‘Ali’s mausoleum] are not clean. Even the madrasas, which are the places of knowledge, cannot be said to be clean.” He replied, “Yes, it is true; cleanliness is from iman. Yet it cannot be helped because the Shiites are negligent over cleanliness.”


The answers given by this man in the Ministry were precisely concurrent with the answers I had received from the Shiite scholar in Najaf. Such accurate identity between this man and the scholar in Najaf amazed me utterly. In addition, this man spoke Persian.


The secretary said, “If you had met the archetypes of the other four personages, you would talk to their imitations now and see how identical they are with their originals.” When I said, “I know how the Shaikh-ul-islam thinks. For Ahmad Effendi, my hodja in Istanbul, gave a detailed description of the Shaikh-ul-islam to me,” the secretary said, “Then you can go ahead and talk with his model.”


I went near the Shaikh-ul-islam’s model and said to him, “Is it fard to obey the Khalifa?” “Yes, it is wajib,” he replied. “It is wajib, as it is fard to obey Allah and the Prophet.” When I asked what evidence he had to prove this, he answered, “Didn’t you hear about Janab-i-Allah’s ayat, ‘Obey Allah, His Prophet, and the Ulul amr from among you (30)’?” I said, “Does this mean that Allah commands us to obey the Khalifa Yazid, who permitted his army to plunder Medina and who killed our Prophet’s grandson Husain, and Walid who drank alcoholic spirits?” His answer was this: “My son! Yazid was the Amir-ul-Muminin with Allah’s permission. He did not command the killing of Husain. Do not believe in the Shiite lies! Read the books well! He made a mistake. Then he made tawba for this (he repented and begged for Allah’s forgiveness and mercy). He was right about his ordering Medina-i-munawwara plundered. For the inhabitants of Medina had become quite unbridled and disobedient. As for Walid; yes, he was a sinner. It is wajib not to imitate the Khalifa, but to obey his commandments compatible with the Shariat.” I had asked these same questions to my hodja Ahmad Effendi and received identical answers with slight differences.


Then I asked the secretary, “What are the ultimate reasons for preparing these models?” He said, “With this method we are assessing the mental capacities of the (Ottoman) Sultan and the Muslim scholars, be they Shii or Sunni. We are searching for the measures that will help us cope with them. For instance, if you know what direction the enemy forces will come from, you will make preparations accordingly, post your forces at suitable positions, and thus rout the enemy. On the other hand, if you aren’t sure about the direction of the enemy assault you will spread your forces here and there in a haphazard way and suffer a defeat. … By the same token, if you know the evidences Muslims will furnish to prove that their faith, their Madhhab is right, it will be possible for you to prepare the counter-evidences to rebut their evidences and shock their belief with those counter- evidences.”


Then he gave me a book of one thousand pages containing the results of the observations and projects carried out by the aforenamed five representative men in areas such as military, finance, education, and religion. He said, “Please read this book and return it to us.” I took the book home with me. I read through it with utmost attention during my three-week holiday.


The book was of a wonderful sort. For the important answers and the delicate observations it contained sounded genuine. I think that the answers given by the representative five men were more than seventy percent agreeable with the answers that their archetypes would have given. Indeed, the secretary had said that the answers were seventy percent correct.


Having read the book, I now had more confidence in my State and I knew for certain that the plans for demolishing the Ottoman Empire in time shorter than a century had already been prepared. The secretary also said, “In other similar rooms we have identical tables intended for countries we have been colonizing as well as for those we are planning to colonize.”


When I asked the secretary where they found such diligent and talented men, he replied, “Our agents all over the world are providing us intelligence continuously. As you see, these representatives are experts in their work. Naturally, if you were furnished with all the information possessed by a particular person, you would be able to think like him and to make the decisions he would make. For you would be his substitute now.”


The secretary went on, “So this was the first secret I was ordered by the Ministry to give you.


“I shall tell you the second secret a month later, when you return the book of one thousand pages.”


I read the book part by part from the beginning to the end, focusing all my attention on it. It increased my information about the Muhammadans. Now I knew how they thought, what their weaknesses were, what made them powerful, and how to transform their powerful qualities into vulnerable spots.


Muslims’ weak spots as recorded in the book were as follows:


1- The Sunnite-Shiite controversy; the sovereign-people controversy (31); the Turkish-Iranian controversy; the tribal controversy; and the scholars-states controversy (32).


2- With very few exceptions, Muslims are ignorant and illiterate (33).


3- Lack of spirituality, knowledge, and conscience (34).


4- They have completely ceased from worldly business and are absorbed in matters pertaining to the Hereafter (35).


5- The emperors are cruel dictators (36).


6- The roads are unsafe, transportation and travels are sporadic (37).


7- No precaution is taken against epidemics such as plague and cholera, which kill tens of thousands of people each year; hygiene is altogether ignored (38).


8- The cities are in ruins, and there is no system of supplying water (39).


9- The administration is unable to cope with rebels and insurgents, there is a general disorderliness, rules of the Qur’an, of which they are so proud, are almost never put into practice (40).


10- Economical collapse, poverty, and retrogression.


11- There is not an orderly army, nor adequate weaponry; and the weapons in stock are classical and friable. [Are they unaware of the systematic army established by Orhan Ghazi, who ascended to the (Ottoman) throne in 726 (C.E. 1326), Yildirim (The Thunderbolt) Bayazid Khan’s immaculate army, which routed the great army of crusaders in Nighbolu in 799 (C.E. 1399)?]


12- Violation of women’s right (41).


13- Lack of environmental health and cleanliness (42). After citing what was considered as Muslims’ vulnerable spots in the paragraphs paraphrased above, the book advised to cause Muslims to remain oblivious of the material and spiritual superiority of their faith, Islam. Then, it gave the following information about Islam:


1- Islam commands unity and cooperation and prohibits disunion. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Hold fast to Allah’s rope altogether.” (43)


2- Islam commands being educated and being conscious. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Travel on the earth.” (44)


3- Islam commands to acquire knowledge. It is stated in a hadith, “Learning knowledge is fard for every Muslim, male and female alike.”


4- Islam commands to work for the world. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Some of them: O our Allah! Allot to us whatever is beautiful both in the world and in the Hereafter.” (45)


5- Islam commands consultation. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Their deeds are (done) upon consultation among themselves.” (46)


6- Islam commands to build roads. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Walk on the earth.” (47)


7- Islam commands Muslims to maintain their health. It is stated in a hadith, “Knowledge is (made up) of four (parts): 1) The knowledge of Fiqh for the maintenance of faith; 2) The knowledge of Medicine for the maintenance of health; 3) The knowledge of Sarf and Nahw (Arabic grammar) for the maintenance of language; 4) The knowledge of Astronomy so as to be aware of the times.”


8- Islam commands development. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Allah created everything on the earth for you.” (48)


9- Islam commands orderliness. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Everything is based on calculations, orders.” (49)


10- Islam commands to be strong economically. It is stated in a hadith. “Work for your world as though you would never die. And work for your hereafter as if you were going to die tomorrow.”


11- Islam commands to establish an army equipped with powerful weapons. It is stated in the Qur’an, “Prepare as many forces as you can against them.” (50)


12- Islam commands to observe women’s rights and to value them. It is stated in the Qur’an, “As men legally have (rights) over women, so women have rights over them.” (51)


13- Islam commands cleanliness. It is stated in a hadith, “Cleanliness is from iman.”


The book recommended to degenerate and to impair the following power sources:


1- Islam has negated racial, lingual, traditional, conventional, and national bigotry.


2- Interest, profiteering, fornication, alcoholic spirits, and pork are forbidden.


3- Muslims are firmly adherent to their ‘Ulama (religious scholars).


4- Most of the Sunni Muslims accept the Khalifa as the Prophet’s representative. They believe that it is fard to show him the same respect as must be shown to Allah and the Prophet.


5- Jihad is fard.


6- According to the Shii Muslims, all non-Muslims and Sunni Muslims are foul people.


7- All Muslims believe that Islam is the only true religion.


8- Most Muslims believe that it is fard to expel the Jews and Christians from the Arab peninsula.


9- They perform their worships, (such as namaz, fast, hajj…), in the most beautiful way.


10- The Shii Muslims believe that it is haram (forbidden) to build churches in Muslim countries.


11- Muslims hold fast to the principles of the Islamic belief.


12- The Shii Muslims consider it fard to give one-fifth of the Humus, i.e. booties taken in Holy War, to the ‘Ulama.


13- Muslims raise their children with such education that they are not likely to abandon the way followed by their ancestors.


14- Muslim women cover themselves so well that mischief can by no means act on them.


15- Muslims make namaz in jamaat, which brings them together five times daily.


16- Because the Prophet’s grave and those of Ali and other pious Muslims are sacred according to them, they assemble at these places.


17- There are a number of people descending from the Prophet, [who are called Sayyids and Sharifs]; these people who remind of the Prophet and who keep Him always remain alive in the eyes of Muslims.


18- When Muslims assemble, preachers consolidate their iman and motivate them to do pious acts.


19- It is fard to perform Amr-i-bi-l-maruf [Advising piety] and nahy-i-ani-l-munkar [admonishing against wrongdoing].


20- It is sunnat to marry more than one women in order to contribute to the increase of Muslim population.


21- Converting one person to Islam is more valuable to a Muslim than possessing the whole world.


22- The hadith, “If a person opens an auspicious way, he will attain the thawabs of people who follow that way as well as the thawab for having attained it,” is well known among Muslims.


23- Muslims hold the Qur’an and hadiths in very profound reverence. They believe that obeying these sources is the only way of attaining Paradise.


The book recommends to vitiate Muslims’ staunch spots and to popularize their weaknesses, and it prescribed the methods for accomplishing this.


It advised the following steps for popularizing their vulnerable spots:


1- Establish controversies by inducing animosity among disputing groups, inoculating mistrust, and by publishing literature to further incite controversies.


2- Obstruct schooling and publications, and burn literature whenever possible. Make sure that Muslim children remain ignorant by casting various aspersions on religious authorities and thus preventing Muslim parents from sending their children to religious schools. [This British method has been very harmful to Islam].


3-4- Praise Paradise in their presence and convince them that they need not work for a worldly life. Enlarge the circles of Tasawwuf. Keep them in an unconscious state by encouraging them to read books advising Zuhd, such as Ihya-ul-‘Ulum-id-din, by Ghazali, Masnawi, by Mawlana, and various books written by Muhyiddin Arabi (52).


5- Wheedle the emperors into cruelty and dictatorship by the following demagogic falsifications: You are Allah’s shadows on the earth. In fact, Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, ‘Ali, Umayyads and Abbasids came to seize power by sheer force and the sword, and each of them was a sovereign. For example, Abu Bakr assumed power with the help of ‘Umar’s sword and by setting fire to the houses of those who would not obey him, such as Fatima’s house (53). And ‘Umar became Khalifa upon Abu Bakr’s commendation. ‘Uthman, on the other hand, became the president with ‘Umar’s order. As for ‘Ali; he became head of the State by an election held among bandits. Muawiya assumed power by the sword (54). Then, in the time of the Umayyads, sovereignty was turned into an inheritance transferred through paternal chain. So was the case with the Abbasids. These are the evidences for the fact that in Islam sovereignty is a form of dictatorship.


6- Delete death penalty for homicide from the penal code. [Death punishment is the only deterrent to homicide and banditry. Anarchy and banditry cannot be prevented without death penalty]. Hinder the administration in punishing highwaymen and robbers. Make sure that traveling is unsafe by supporting and arming them.


7- We can make them lead an unhealthy life with the following scheme: Everything is dependent on Allah’s foreordination. Medical treatment will have no role in restoring health. Does not Allah say in the Qur’an, “My Rab (Allah) makes me eat and drink. He cures me when I am ill. He alone will kill me and then resurrect me.” (55) Then, no one will recover from an illness or escape death outside Allah’s will (56).


8- Make the following statements for encouraging cruelty: Islam is a religion of worship. It has no interest in State matters. Therefore, Muhammad and his Khalifas did not have any ministers or laws (57).


9- Economic decline is a natural consequence of the injurious activities advised so far. We can add to the atrophy by rotting the crops, sinking the trade ships, setting fire to the market places, destroying dams and barrages and thus leaving agricultural areas and industrial centers under water, and finally by contaminating their networks of drinking water (58).


10- Accustom statesmen to such indulgences as [sex, sports,] alcohol, gambling, corruption which cause sedition and intriguing, and spending the State property for their personal advantages. Encourage the civil servants to do things of this sort and reward those who serve us in this way. Then the book added the following advice: The British spies assigned this duty must be protected secretly or openly, and no expense must be spared to rescue the ones arrested by Muslims.


11- Popularize all sorts of interest. For interest not only ruins national economy, but also accustoms Muslims to disobeying the Koranic rules. Once a person has violated one article of law, it will be easy for him to violate the other articles, too. They must be told that “interest is haram when in multiples, for it is stated in the Qur’an, ‘Do not receive interest in multiples.’ (59) Therefore, not every form of interest is haram.” [The pay-off time of a loan must not be appointed in advance. Any extra payment agreed on (at the time of lending) is interest. This type of interest is a grave sin, be the extra payment stipulated worth only a dirham. If it is stipulated that the same amount (borrowed) must be repaid after a certain time, this is interest according to the Hanafi Madhhab. In sales on credit, time of repayment must be appointed; yet if the debtor cannot pay off at the appointed time and the time is protracted and an extra payment is stipulated, this kind of interest is called Muda’af. The ayat-i- karima quoted above states this type of interest in trade].


12- Spread false charges of atrocity against scholars, cast sordid aspersions against them and thus alienate Muslims from them. We shall disguise some of our spies as them. Then we shall have them commit squalid deeds. Thus they will be confused with scholars and every scholar will be looked upon with suspicion. It is a must to infiltrate these spies into Al-Azhar, Istanbul, Najaf, and Karbala. We shall open schools, colleges for estranging Muslims from scholars. In these schools we shall educate Byzantine, Greek and Armenian children and bring them up as the enemies of Muslims. As for Muslim children; we shall imbue them with the conviction that their ancestors were ignorant people. In order to make these children hostile towards Khalifas, scholars, and statesmen, we shall tell them about their errors and convince them that they were busy with their sensuous pleasures, that Khalifas spent their time having fun with concubines, that they misused the people’s property, that they did not obey the Prophet in anything they did.


13- In order to spread the calumniation that Islam abhors womankind, we shall quote the ayat, “Men are dominant over women,” (60) and the hadith, “The woman is an evil altogether.” (61)


14- Dirtiness is the result of lack of water. Therefore, we must deter the increasing of the water supplies under various schemes.


The book advised the following steps for destroying Muslims’ strongholds:


1- Induce such chauvinistic devotions as racism and nationalism among Muslims so as to retract their attention towards their pre-Islamic heroisms. Rejuvenate the Pharaoh period in Egypt, the Magi period in Iran, the Babylonian period in Iraq, the Attila and Ghengiz era[tyrannisms] in the Ottomans. [They contained a long list on this subject].


2- The following vices must be done secretly or publicly: Alcoholic spirits, gambling, fornication, pork, [and fights among sports clubs.] In doing this, Christians, Jews, Magians, and other non-Muslims living in Muslim countries should be utilized to a maximum, and those who work for this purpose should be awarded high salaries by the treasury department of the Ministry of the Commonwealth.


3- Sow suspicion among them concerning Jihad; convince them that Jihad was a temporary commandment and that it has been outdated.


4- Dispel the notion that “disbelievers are foul” from the hearts of Shiites. Quote the Koranic verse, “As the food of those given a (heavenly) Book is halal for you, so is your food halal for them,” (62) and tell them that the Prophet had a Jewish wife named Safiyya and a Christian wife named Mariya and that the Prophet’s wives were not foul at all (63).


5- Imbue Muslims with the belief that “what the Prophet meant by Islam’ was ‘a perfect religion’ and therefore this religion could be Judaism or Christianity as well as Islam.” Substantiate this with the following reasoning: The Qur’an gives the name ‘Muslim’ to members of all religions. For instance, it quotes the Prophet Joseph (Yusuf ‘alaihis-salam’) as having invoked, “Kill me as a Muslim,” (64) and the Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail as having prayed, “O our Rab (Allah)! Make us Muslims for Yourself and make a Muslim people for Yourself from among our offspring,” (65) and the Prophet Yaqub as having said to his sons, “Die only and only as Muslims.” (66)


6- Repeat frequently that it is not haram to build churches, that the Prophet and his Khalifas did not demolish them, that on the contrary they respected them, that the Qur’an states, “If Allah had not dispelled some people by means of others, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques wherein Allah’s name is mentioned very much would have been annihilated (by now),” (67) that Islam respects temples, that it does not demolish them, and that it prevents those who would otherwise demolish them.


7- Confuse Muslims about the hadiths, “Deport the Jews from the Arabic Peninsula,” and, “Two religions cannot coexist on the Arabic peninsula.” Say that “If these two hadiths were true, the Prophet would not have had a Jew wife and a Christian one. Nor would he have made an agreement with the Najran Christians.” (68)


8- Try to hamper Muslims in their worships and make them falter about the usefulness of worships by saying that “Allah does not need men’s worships.” (69) Prevent them from their worship of Hajj as well as from any sort of worship that will bring them together. Likewise, try to obstruct construction of mosques, mausoleums and madrasas and the restoration of Kaba.


9- Mystify the Shiites about the rule that one-fifth of the Ghanima property taken from the enemy in combat is to be given to the ‘Ulama and explain that this one-fifth belongs to the Ghanima property taken from (Dar-ul-harb) and that it has nothing to do with commercial earnings. Then add that “Humus (the one-fifth mentioned above) is to be given to the Prophet or to the Khalifa, not to the ‘Ulama. For the ‘Ulama are given houses, palaces, animals, and orchards. Therefore, it is not permissible to give them the (Humus).”


10- Insert heresies into Muslims’ creedal tenets and then criticize Islam for being a religion of terror. Assert that Muslim countries are retrogressive and that they have undergone shocks, thus impairing their adherence to Islam. [On the other hand, Muslims established the greatest and the most civilized empire of the world. They declined as their adherence to Islam deteriorated].


11- Very important! Alienate children from their fathers, thus depriving them of their elders’ education. We shall educate them. Consequently, the moment children have parted from their fathers’ education, there will no longer be any possibility for them to maintain contact with their belief, faith, or religious scholars.


12- Provoke the womenfolk to get rid of their traditional covers. Fabricate such falsifications as “Covering is not a genuine Islamic commandment. It is a tradition established in the time of the Abbasids. Formerly, other people would see the Prophet’s wives and women would join all sorts of social activities.” After stripping the woman of her traditional cover, tempt the youth towards her and cause indecencies between them! This is a very effective method for annihilating Islam. First use non-Muslim women for this purpose. In the course of time the Muslim woman will automatically degenerate and will begin to follow their example. (70)


13- Exploit every opportunity to put an end to performing namaz in jamaat by casting aspersions on the imams in mosques, by revealing their mistakes, and by sowing discord and adversity between them and the jamaats (groups of Muslims) who perform their daily prayers of namaz behind them.


14- Say that all mausoleums must be demolished to the ground, that they did not exist in the Prophet’s time. In addition, deter Muslims from visiting the graves of Prophets, Khalifas and pious Muslims by arising doubts about visiting graves. For instance say, “The Prophet was buried by his mother and Abu Bakr and ‘Umar were buried in the cemetery called Baki’.’Uthman’s grave is unknown. Husain’s head was buried at (a place called) Hannana. It is not known where his body was buried. The graves in Kazimiyya belong to two caliphs. They do not belong to Kazim and Jawad, two descendants of the Prophet. As to the one in Tus (city); that grave belongs to Harun, not to Rida, a member of the Ahl al-bayt (the Prophet’s Family). The graves in Samerra belong to the Abbasids. They do not belong to Hadi, Askari, and Mahdi, members of the Ahl al-bayt. As it is fard to demolish all the mausoleums and domes in Muslim countries, so is it a must to bulldoze the cemetery called Baki’.”


15- Make people feel skeptical about the fact that Sayyids are the Prophet’s descendants. Mix Sayyids with other people by making non-Sayyids wear black and green turbans. Thus people will be perplexed in this matter and will consequently begin to distrust Sayyids. Strip religious authorities and Sayyids of their turbans so that the Prophetic pedigree will be lost and religious authorities will not be respected any more. (71)


16- Say that it is fard to demolish the places where Shiites mourn, that this practice is a heresy and aberration. People should be prevented from visiting those places, the number of preachers should be decreased and taxes should be levied on preachers and owners of the places for mourning.


17- Under the pretext of love of freedom, convince all Muslims that “Everyone is free to do whatever he likes. It is not fard to perform Amr-i-bi-l-maruf and Nahy-i-anil- munkar or to teach the Islamic principles.” [On the contrary, it is fard to learn and teach Islam. It is a Muslim’s first duty]. In addition, imbue them with this conviction: “Christians are to remain in their own faith (Christianity) and Jews are to abide by theirs (Judaism). No one will enter another person’s heart. Amr-i-maruf and Nahy-i-anil-munkar are the Khalifa’s duties.”


18- In order to impede Muslims from increasing in number, births must be limited and polygamy must be prohibited. Marriage must be subjected to restrictions. For instance, it must be said that an Arab cannot marry an Iranian, an Iranian cannot marry an Arab, a Turk cannot marry an Arab.


19- Make sure to stop Islamic propagations and conversions to Islam. Broadcast the conception that Islam is a religion peculiar to the Arabs only. As an evidence for this, put forward the Qur’anic verse which reads, “This is a Dhikr for thee and thine people.”


20- Pious institutions must be restricted and confined to the State monopoly, to the extent that individuals must be unable to establish madrasas or other similar pious institutions.


21- Arouse doubts as to the authenticity of the Qur’an in Muslims’ minds; publish Koranic translations containing excisions, additions, and interpolations, and then say, “The Qur’an has been defiled. Its copies are incongruous. A verse one of them contains does not exist in another.” Excise the verses insulting Jews, Christians and all other non-Muslims and those commanding Jihad, Amr-i-bi-l- maruf and Nahy-i-anil munkar. (72) Translate the Qur’an into other languages such as Turkish, Persian, Indian, thus to prevent Arabic from being learned and read outside Arabic countries, and again, prevent the (Ad-han), (Namaz), and (Dua) from being done in Arabic outside Arabic countries.


Likewise, Muslims will be made to feel doubts about hadiths. The translations, criticisms and interpolations planned for the Qur’an should be applied to hadiths as well.


When I read through the book, which was entitled How Can We Demolish Islam, I found it really excellent. It was a peerless guide for the studies I was going to carry on. When I returned the book to the secretary and told him that it afforded me great pleasure to read it, he said, “You can be sure that you are not alone in this field. We have lots of men doing the same job as you have been carrying on. Our Ministry has assigned over five thousand men to this mission. The Ministry is considering increasing this number to one hundred thousand. When we reach this number we shall have brought all Muslims under our sway and obtained all Muslim countries.”


Sometime later the secretary said: “good news to you! Our Ministry needs one century at the most to realize this program. We may not live to see those happy days, but our children will. What a beautiful saying this is: I have eaten what others sowed. So I am sowing for others.’ When the British manage this they will have pleased the whole Christian world and will have rescued them from a twelve-century-old nuisance.”



The secretary went on as follows: “The crusading expeditions which continued for centuries were of no use. Nor can the Mongols [armies of Ghengiz] be said to have done anything to extirpate Islam. For their work was sudden, unsystematic, and ungrounded. They carried on military expeditions so as to reveal their enmity. Consequently, they became tired in a short time. But now our valuable administrators are trying to demolish Islam by means of a very subtle plan and a long-range patience. We must use military force, too. Yet this should be the final phase, that is, after we have completely consumed Islam, after we have hammered it from all directions and rendered it into a miserable state from which it will never recover again and fight against us.”


The secretary’s final words were these: “Our superiors in Istanbul must have been very wise and intelligent. They executed our plan precisely. What did they do? They mixed with the Muhammadans and opened madrasas for their children. They built churches. They were perfectly successful in popularizing alcoholic spirits, gambling, indecencies, and breaking them into groups by means of instigation [and football clubs.] They aroused doubts in the minds of young Muslims. They inserted controversies and oppositions into their governments. They spread mischief everywhere. They depraved administrators, directors, and statesmen by filling their houses with Christian women. With activities of this sort they broke their forces, shocked their adherence to their faith, corrupted them morally, and disrupted their unity and communication. Now the time has come to commence a sudden war and extirpate Islam (73).”



Having enjoyed the first secret, I was looking forward to knowing the second secret. Eventually one day the secretary explained the second secret he had promised. The second secret was a fifty page scheme prepared for the high ranking officials working in the Ministry for annihilating Islam altogether within a century’s time. The scheme was comprised of fourteen articles. The scheme was closely guarded for fear that it might be obtained by Muslims. The following are the articles of the scheme:


1- We have to form a well-established alliance and an agreement of mutual help with the Russian Tsar in order to invade Bukhara, Tajikistan, Armenia, Khorasan and its

neighborhood. Again, a sound agreement must be established with Russians in order to invade their neighbor, Turkey.


2- We must establish cooperation with France in demolishing the Islamic world both from within and from without.


3- We must sow very ardent rows and controversies between the Turkish and Iranian governments and emphasize nationalistic and racist feelings in both parties. In addition, all the Muslim tribes, nations and countries neighboring one another must be set against one another. All the religious sects, including the extinct ones, must be recovered and set against one another.


4- Parts from Muslim countries must be handed over to non-Muslim communities. For example, Medina must be given to the Jews, Alexandria to the Christians, Imara to the Saiba, Kermanshah to the Nusayriya group, who have divinized ‘Ali, Mousul to the Yazidis, the Iranian gulf to Hindus, Tripoli to the Druzis, Kars to the Alawis, and Masqat to the Khariji group. The next step should be to arm these groups so that each of them will be a thorn on the body of Islam. Their areas must be widened till Islam has collapsed and perished.


5- A schedule must be concocted to divide the Muslim and Ottoman States into, as small as possible, local states that are always at loggerheads with one another. An example of this is today’s India. For the following theory is common: “Break, and you will dominate,” and “Break, and you will destroy.”


6- It is necessary to adulterate Islam’s essence by adding interpolated religions and sects into it, and this we must devise in such a subtle manner that the religions we are to invent should be compatible with the sensuous tastes and aspirations of the people among whom we are going to spread them. We shall invent four different religions in the Shiite countries: 1- A religion that divinizes hadrat Husain; 2- A religion that divinizes Jafar Sadiq; 3- A religion divinizing Mahdi; 4- A religion divinizing Ali Rida. The first one is suitable for Karbala, the second one for Isfahan, the third one for Samarra, and the fourth one for Khorasan. In the meantime, we must degenerate the existing four Sunnite Madhhabs into four self-standing religions. After doing this, we shall establish an altogether new Islamic sect in Najd, and then instigate bloody rows among all these groups. We shall annihilate the books belonging to the four Madhhabs, so that each of these groups will consider themselves to be the only Muslim group and will look on the other groups as heretics that are to be killed.


7- Seeds of mischief and malice, such as fornication, pederasty, alcoholic spirits and gambling, will be scattered among Muslims. Non-Muslims living in the countries concerned will be used for this purpose. A tremendous army of people of this sort is on requisition for the realization of this goal.


8- We should spare no effort to train and educate vicious leaders and cruel commanders in Muslim countries, to bring them into power and thus to pass laws prohibiting obedience to the Shariat (religious injunctions). We should put them to use, to the extent that they should be subservient enough to do whatever the Ministry (of the Commonwealth) asks them to do, and vice versa. Through them we should be able to impose our wishes on Muslims and Muslim countries by using laws as an enforcement. We should establish a social way of life, an atmosphere wherein obeying the Shariat will be looked on as a guilt and worshipping as an act of regression. We should trick Muslims into electing their leaders from among non-Muslims. For doing this, we should disguise some of our agents as Islamic authorities and bring them into high positions so that they may execute our wishes (74).


9- Do your best to prevent the learning of Arabic. Popularize languages other than Arabic, such as Persian, Kurdish, and Pushtu (Pashto). Resuscitate foreign languages in the Arabic countries and popularize the local dialects in order to annihilate literary, eloquent Arabic, which is the language of the Qur’an and the Sunnat.


10- Placing our men around statesmen, we should gradually make them secretaries of these statesmen and through them we should carry out the desires of the Ministry. The easiest way of doing this is the slave trade: First of all we must adequately train the spies we are to send forth in the guise of slaves and concubines. Then we must sell them to the close relatives of Muslim statesmen, for instance, to their children or wives, or to other people liked or respected by them. These slaves, after we have sold them, will gradually approach the statesmen. Becoming their mothers and governesses, they will encircle Muslim statesmen like a bracelet girding a wrist.


11- Missionary areas must be widened so as to penetrate into all social classes and vocations, especially into such professions as medicine, engineering, and book-keeping. We must open centers of propaganda and publication under such names as churches, schools, hospitals, libraries and charity institutions in the Islamic countries and spread them far and near. We must distribute millions of Christian book free of charge. We must publish the Christian history and intergovernmental law alongside the Islamic history. We must disguise our spies as monks and nuns and place them in churches and monasteries. We must use them as leaders of Christian movements. These people will at the same time detect all the movements and trends in the Islamic world and report to us instantaneously. We must institute an army of Christians who will, under such names as ‘professor’, ‘scientist’, and ‘researcher’, distort and defile the Islamic history, learn all the facts about Muslims’ ways, behavior, and religious principles, and then destroy all their books and eradicate the Islamic teachings.


12- We must confuse the minds of the Islamic youth, boys and girls alike, and arouse doubts and hesitations in their minds as to Islam. We must completely strip them of their moral values by means of schools, books, magazines [sports clubs, publications, motion pictures, television], and our own agents trained for this job. It is a prerequisite to open clandestine societies to educate and train Jewish, Christian and other non-Muslim youngsters and use them as decoys to trap the Muslim youngsters.


13- Civil wars and insurrections must be provoked; Muslims must always be struggling with one another as well as against non-Muslims so that their energies will be wasted and improvement and unity will be impossible for them. Their mental dynamisms and financial sources must be annihilated. Young and active ones must be done away with. Their orders must be rendered into terror and anarchy.


14- Their economy must be razed in all areas, their sources of income and agricultural areas must be spoilt, their irrigation channels and lines must be devastated and rivers dried up, the people must be made to hate the performance of namaz and working, and sloth must be made as widespread as possible. Playgrounds must be opened for lazy people. Narcotics and alcoholic spirits must be made common.


[The articles we have cited above were explained very clearly with such aids as maps, pictures and charts]. I thanked the secretary for giving me a copy of this magnificent document.


After a month’s stay in London, I received a message from the Ministry ordering me to go to Iraq to see Muhammad of Najd again. As I was leaving for my mission, the secretary said to me, “Never be negligent about Muhammad of Najd! As it is understood from the reports sent by our spies up until now, Muhammad of Najd is a typical fool very convenient for the realization of our purposes.


“Talk frankly with Muhammad of Najd. Our agents talked with him frankly in Isfahan, and he accepted our wishes on terms.


The terms he stipulated are: He would be supported with adequate property and weaponry to protect himself against states and scholars who would certainly attack him upon his announcing his ideas and views. A principality would be established in his country, be it a small one. The Ministry accepted these terms.”


I felt as if I were going to fly from joy when I heard this news. I asked the secretary what I was supposed to do about this. His reply was, “The Ministry has devised a subtle scheme for Muhammad of Najd to carry out, as follows:


“1- He is to declare all Muslims as disbelievers and announce that it is halal to kill them, to seize their property, to violate their chastity, to make their men slaves and their women concubines and to sell them at slave markets.


“2- He is to state that Kaba is an idol and therefore it must be demolished (75). In order to do away with the worship of hajj, he is to provoke tribes to raid groups of hajjis (Muslim pilgrims), to plunder their belongings and to kill them.


“3- He is to strive to dissuade Muslims from obeying the Khalifa. He is to provoke them to revolt against him. He is to prepare armies for this purpose. He is to exploit every opportunity to spread the conviction that it is necessary to fight against the notables of Hedjaz and bring disgrace on them.


“4- He is to allege that the mausoleums, domes and sacred places in Muslim countries are idols and polytheistic milieus and must therefore be demolished. He is to do his best to produce occasions for insulting Prophet Muhammad, his Khalifas, and all prominent scholars of Madhhabs.


“5- He is to do his utmost to encourage insurrections, oppressions and anarchy in Muslim countries.


“6- He is to try to publish a copy of the Qur’an interpolated with additions and excisions, as is the case with hadiths (76).”


After explaining this six-paragraph scheme, the secretary added, “Do not panic at this huge programma. For our duty is to sow the seeds for annihilating Islam. There will come generations to complete this job. The British government has formed it a habit to be patient and to advance step by step. Wasn’t Prophet Muhammad, the performer of the great and bewildering Islamic revolution, a human being after all? And this Muhammad of Najd of ours has promised to accomplish this revolution of ours like his Prophet.”


A couple of days later, I took permission from the Minister and the Secretary, bid farewell to my family and friends, and set out for Basra. As I left home my little son said, “Come back soon daddy!” My eyes became wet. I could not conceal my sorrow from my wife. After a tiresome journey I arrived in Basra at night. I went to Abd-ur- Rida’s home. He was asleep. He was very pleased when he woke up and saw me. He offered me warm hospitality. I spent the night there. The next morning he said to me, “Muhammad of Najd called on me, left this letter for you, and left.” I opened the letter. He wrote the was leaving for his country, Najd, and gave his address there. I at once set out to go there, too. After an extremely onerous journey I arrived there. I found Muhammad of Najd in his home. He had lost a lot of weight. I did not say anything this concerning this to him. Afterwards, I learned that he had gotten married.



We decided between us that he was to tell other people that I was his slave and was back from some place he had sent me. He introduced me as such.


I stayed with Muhammad of Najd for two years. We made a programma to announce his call. Eventually I fomented his resolution in 1143 Hijri [A.D. 1730]. Hence by collecting

supporters around himself, he insinuated his call by making covert statements to those who were very close to him. Then, day by day, he expanded his call. I put guards around him in order to protect him against his enemies. I gave them as much property and money as they wanted. Whenever the enemies of Muhammad of Najd wanted to attack him, I inspirited and heartened them. As his call spread wider, the number of his adversaries increased. From time to time he attempted to give up his call, especially when he was overwhelmed by the multitude of the attacks made on him. Yet I never left him alone and always encouraged him. I would say to him, “O Muhammad, the Prophet suffered more persecution than you have so far. You know, this is a way of honor. Like any other revolutionist, you would have to endure some difficulty!”


Enemy attack was likely any moment. I therefore hired spies on his adversaries. Whenever his enemies meant harm to him, the spies would report to me and so I would neutralize their harm. Once I was informed that the enemies were to kill him. I immediately took the precautions to thwart their preparations. When the people (around Muhammad of Najd) heard about this plot of their enemies, they began to hate them all the more. They fell into the trap they had laid.


Muhammad of Najd promised me that he would implement all the six articles of the scheme and added, “For the time being I can execute them only partly.” He was right in this word of his. At that time it was impossible for him to carry out all of them.


He found it impossible to have Kaba demolished. And he gave up the idea of announcing that it (Kaba) is an idol. In addition, he refused to publish an interpolated copy of the Qur’an. Most of his fears in this respect were from the Sharifs in Mecca and the Istanbul government. He told me that “If we made these two announcements we would be attacked by a powerful army.” I accepted his excuse. For he was right. The conditions were not favorable at all.


A couple of years later the Ministry of Commonwealth managed to cajole Muhammad bin Su’ud, the Amir of Der’iyya, into joining our lines. They sent me a messenger to inform me about this and to establish a mutual affection and cooperation between the two Muhammads. For earning Muslims’ hearts and trusts, we exploited our Muhammad of Najd religiously, and Muhammad bin Su’ud politically. It is an historical fact that states based on religion have lived longer and have been more powerful and more imposing.


Thus we continuously became more and more powerful. We made Der’iyya city our capital. And we named our new religion the WAHHABI religion. The Ministry supported and reinforced the Wahhabi government in an underhanded way. The new government bought eleven British officers, very well learned in the Arabic language and desert warfare, under the name of slaves. We prepared our plans in cooperation with these officers. Both Muhammads followed the way we showed them. When we did not receive any orders from the Ministry we made our own decisions.


We all married girls from tribes. We enjoyed the pleasure of a Muslim wife’s devotion to her husband. Thus we had stronger relations with tribes. Everything goes well now. Our centralization is becoming more and more vigorous each day. Unless an unexpected catastrophe takes place, we shall eat the fruit we have prepared. For we have done whatever is necessary and sown the seeds.


Warning: A person who reads this book with attention will realize that Islam’s arch enemy is the British and will know very well that the Wahhabi sect, whose votaries have been attacking the Sunnite Muslims all over the world, was founded and is being supported by the British.


This book proves with documentaries that the Wahhabi sect was founded by British unbelievers with a view of annihilating Islam. We hear that heretics in every country are striving to spread Wahhabism. There are even people who claim that Hempher’s confessions are imaginary stories written by others. But they cannot furnish any evidence to prove this claim of theirs. Those who read Wahhabite books and learn the inner, essential facts about them realize that these confessions are true. Wahhabis help demolish Islam. No matter how hard they may try, they will not be able to annihilate the Ahl as-sunnat, who are true Muslims, but they themselves will perish, instead. For Allahu ta’ala gives the good news through the eighty-first ayat of Isra sura that the heretics that will appear will be beaten and annihilated by the people of the right way.



(1) Whereas those who impute mendacity to our Prophet are Shiites and Christians. The deviating beliefs, words and dirty works of Shiites which do not conform with those of our prophet and the Qur’an al- karim are written and refuted each in the books of Ahl as-sunnat such us As-Sawaiq ul-muhrika, Tuhfa-i ithna ashariyya, Te’yeed-i Ahl as-sunnat, Nahiye, Ashab-i kiram, Hujaj-i kat’iyye, and Milal wa Nihal. The writer of Sawaiq Ahmad ibni Hajar Makki died in Mecca in 974 [1566 A.D.]; Tuhfa’s writer Abdul ‘Aziz died in Delhi in 1239 [1824 A.D.]; Te’yeed’s writer Imam-i Rabbani Ahmad Faruqi died in Serhend in 1034 [1624 A.D.], Nahiye’s writer Abdul ‘Aziz Farharavi died in 1239 [1824 A.D.]; Ashab-i kiram’s writer Abdulhakim Arwasi died in Ankara in 1362 [1943 A.D.]; Hujaj’s writer Abdullah Suwaydi died in Baghdad in 1174 [1760 A.D.]; Milal’s writer Muhammad Shihristani died in Baghdad in 548 [1154 A.D.].


(2) When Abu Ubaida bin Jarrah, who was appointed for Khalid bin Walid’s place, continued the conquests, it was realized that the reason for the conquests was the help of Allahu ta’ala, not Khalid himself.


(3) In Shiism it is essential to talk and to have a certain belief on matters concerning the caliphate. According to Sunni belief these are not necessary. The young Englishman confuses religious information with information pertaining to worldly matters. In worldly knowledge, Muslims have, like he advises, always thought of novelty and improvement, and have always made progress in science, technique, mathematics, architecture, and medicine. When the famous Italian astronomer Galileo said that the earth was rotating no doubt he had learnt the fact from Muslims not only was he anathemized by priests, but he was also imprisoned. It was only when he made penance, renouncing his former statement and saying that “No, it is not rotating,” that he saved himself from the priests’ hands. Muslims follow Qur’an al-karim and hadith ash-Sharifs in knowledge pertaining to Islam and iman. Unlike Christians, they do not interpolate this knowledge, which is beyond mind’s periphery of activity.


(4) Nur sura, ayat: 32


(5) This statement of his denies the hadith ash-Sharif which commands us to follow the Sahaba.


(6) Today in all the Islamic countries ignorant and traitorous people disguised as religious people have been attacking the scholars of Ahl as-sunnat. They have been commending Wahhabism in return for large sums of money they receive from Saudi Arabia. All of them use the above mentioned statements of Muhammad of Najd as a weapon on every occasion. The fact is that none of the statements made by the scholars of Ahl as-sunnat or the four imams is contrary to Qur’an al-karim and hadith ash-Sharifs. They did not make any additions to these sources, but they explained them. Wahhabis, like their British prototypes, are fabricating lies and misleading Muslims.


(7) A Muslim who has seen the beautiful, blessed face of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’ is called Sahabi. Plural for Sahabi is Sahaba, or Ashab.


(8) Some ignorant people without a certain Madhhab today, say so, too.


(9) This allegation of this person shows that he was quite unaware of the knowledge of Hadith.


(10) Hempher’s confessions were translated into Turkish and, together with the author’s explanations, formed a book. This version is the English translation of that Turkish book.


(11) Tawba sura, ayat: 73


(12) Tawba sura, ayat: 73


(13) Nikah means a marriage contract as prescribed by Islam. Mut’a nikah means a contract made between a man and a woman to cohabit for a certain period of time. Islam prohibits this type of marriage.


(14) Nisa sura, ayat: 24


(15) Mut’a nikah is similar to today’s practice of having a mistress. It is permissible according to the Shiites. ‘Umar ‘radi-allahu anh’ did not say so. Like all other Christians, the English spy bears hostility towards hadrat ‘Umar and inveighs against him on this occasion, too. It is written in the book Hujaj-i-Qatiyya: “‘Umar ‘radi-allahu anh’ said that Rasulullah had forbidden mut’a nikah and that he was not going to permit a practice forbidden by the Messenger of Allah. All the Ashab al-kiram supported this statement of the Khalifa’s. Among them was hadrat ‘Ali, too.” (Please see the book Documents of the Right Word.)


(16) Maida sura, ayat: 91


(17) Maida sura, ayat: 91


(18) However, our Prophet stated, “If something would intoxicate in case it were taken in a large amount, it is haram to take even a small amount of it which would not intoxicate.”


(19) Baqara sura, ayat: 184


(20) All the Islamic books agree that (Yaqin) in this context means (death). Hence this ayat al-karima purports, “Worship till death.”


(21) Hijr Sura, ayat: 99


(22) Taha sura, ayat: 14


(23) Our Prophet stated, “The namaz is Islam’s pillar. He who performs the namaz has constructed his faith. He who does not (perform the namaz) has ruined his faith.” and (in another hadith), “Perform the namaz as I do.” It is a grave sin not to perform the namaz in this manner. What signifies the heart’s purity is to perform the namaz correctly.


(24) The book Al-fajr-us-sadiq, written by Jamil Sidqi Zahawi Effendi of Baghdad, who was a mudarris (professor) of Aqaid-i-Islamiyya (Islamic creed) in the Dar-ul-funun (university) of Istanbul and passed away in 1354 [C.E. 1936], was printed in Egypt in 1323 [C.E. 1905] and reproduced by offset process by Hakikat Kitabevi in Istanbul. It is stated in the book, “The heretical ideas of the Wahhabi sect were produced by Muhammad bin Abd-ul-Wahhab in Najd in 1143 [C.E. 1730]. He was born in 1111 [C.E. 1699], and died in 1207 [C.E. 1792]. The sect was spread at the cost of a considerable amount of Muslim blood by Muhammad bin Su’ud, the Amir of Der’iyya. Wahhabis called Muslims who would not agree with them polytheists. They said that all of them (non-Wahhabis) must perform the hajj again (even if they had performed it), and asserted that all their ancestors as well had been disbelievers for six hundred years. They killed anyone who would not accept the Wahhabi sect, and carried off their possessions as booties. They imputed ugly motives to Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’. They burned books of Fiqh, Tafsir, and Hadith. They misinterpreted Qur’an al-karim in accordance with their own ideas. In order to deceive Muslims, they said they were in the Hanbali Madhhab. However, most Hanbali scholars wrote books refuting them and explaining that they were heretics. They are disbelievers because they call harams ‘halal’ and because they belittle Prophets and the Awliya. The Wahhabi religion is based on ten essentials: Allah is a material being. He has hands, a face, and directions. [This belief of theirs is similar to the Christian creed (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost)]; 2- They interpret Qur’an al-karim according to their own understanding; 3- They reject the facts reported by the Ashab al-kiram; 4- They reject the facts reported by scholars; 5- They say a person who imitates one of the four Madhhabs is a disbeliever; 6- They say non-Wahhabis are disbelievers; 7- They say a person who prays by making the Prophet and the Awliya intermediaries (between himself and Allahu ta’ala), will become a disbeliever; 8- They say it is haram to visit the Prophet’s grave or those of the Awliya; 9- He who swears on any being other than Allah will become a polytheist, they say; 10- A person who makes a solemn pledge to anyone except Allah or who kills an animal (as a sacrifice) by the graves of Awliya, will become a polytheist, they say. In this book of mine it will be proved by documentary evidences that all these ten creedal tenets are wrong.” These ten fundamentals of the Wahhabi religion are noticeably identical with the religious principles Hempher prompted to Muhammad of Najd.


The British published Hempher’s confessions as a means for Christian propaganda. In order to mislead Muslims’ children they wrote lies and fabrications in the name of Islamic teachings. Therefore, with a view to protect our youth from this British trap, we publish this book, which is a correction of their lies and slanders.


(25) Muhammad sura, ayat: 7. To help the religion of Allahu ta’ala means to adapt oneself to the Shariat and to try to promulgate it. To revolt against the Shah or the State would mean to destroy the religion.


(26) Descendants of hadrat Husain ‘radi-allahu anh’.


(27) Descendants of hadrat Hasan ‘radi-allahu anh’.


(28) Teaching, preaching, and commending the Islamic commandments.


(29) Admonishing, warning against the Islamic prohibitions.


(30) Nisa sura, ayat: 59


(31) This assertion is entirely wrong. It contradicts his former statement that “it is fard to obey the Padishah.”


(32) This is sheer calumniation. The written will of Uthman (‘Uthman) Ghazi, (the first Ottoman Padishah), is a detailed example of the value and honor the Ottoman administration set on the scholars. All the Padishahs granted the highest positions to the scholars. When the jealous adversaries of Mawlana Khalid Baghdadi slanderously denounced him to Mahmud Khan II and demanded that he be executed, the Sultan gave this widely known answer: “Scholars would by no means be harmful to the State.” The Ottoman Sultans granted a house, provisions, and a high salary to every scholar.


(33) The books on religion, ethics, iman, and science written by thousands of Ottoman scholars are known universally. Peasants, who are supposed to be the most illiterate sort of people, were very well informed of their faith, worships, and craft. There were mosques, schools, and madrasas in all villages. Villagers were taught how to read and write, religious and worldly knowledge in these places. Women in villages knew how to read Qur’an al-karim. Most scholars and Awliya were brought up and educated in villages.


(34) The Ottoman Muslims were very firm spiritually. The people would run for Jihad in order to attain martyrdom. After each of the (five) daily prayers of namaz, as well as during every Friday Khutba, the religious men would pronounce benedictions over the Khalifa and the State, and the whole congregation would say “Amin”. Christian villagers, on the other hand, are mostly illiterate, totally unaware of their faith and worldly knowledge, and therefore take the priests’ sermons for granted and adhere to the lies and superstitions they have fabricated in the name of religion. They are like senseless flocks of animals.


(35) Unlike Christianity, Islam does not separate the religion from the world. It is a worship to busy oneself with worldly matters. Our Prophet stated, “Work for the world as though you would never die, and (work) for the Hereafter as if you were going to die tomorrow.”

(36) The emperors brought pressure to bear on the people for the execution of the principles of the Shariat. They did not perpetrate oppression like the European kings.


(37) The roads were so safe that a Muslim who set out from Bosnia would travel as far as Mecca comfortably and free of charge, staying, eating and drinking in the villages on the way, and the villagers would most of the time give him presents.


(38) There were hospitals and asylums everywhere. Even Napoleon was cured by the Ottomans. All Muslims adapt themselves to the hadith ash-Sharif, “He who has iman will be clean.”


(39) These slanders are not even worth answering. Firuz Shah, the Sultan of Delhi, passed away in 790 [C.E. 1388]. The orchards and gardens irrigated by the wide 240 km canal constructed with his command relapsed into a wasteland during the British invasion. The remains of the Ottoman architecture are still dazzling the eyes of tourists.


(40) They must be confusing the Ottomans with those French generals who were awarded for pouring their kings’ excrement into Seine.


(41) At a time when the British were totally oblivious to arts, weaponry, and women’s rights, the Ottomans formulated these concepts in the most exquisite way. Would they have the face to deny the fact that the Swedish and the French kings asked for help from the Ottomans?


(42) The streets were extremely clean. In fact, there were health services allotted to cleaning the spittles in the streets.


(43) Al-i-Imran sura, ayat: 103


(44) Al-i-Imran sura, ayat: 137


(45) Baqara sura, ayat: 201


(46) Shura sura, ayat: 38


(47) Mulk: 15


(48) Baqara sura, ayat: 29


(49) Hijr: 19


(50) Anfal sura, ayat: 60


(51) Baqara sura, ayat: 228


(52) Zuhd, which is commended by books of Tasawwuf, does not mean to cease from worldly labor. It means not to be fond of the world. In other words, working for the world, earning worldly needs, and using them compatibly with the Shariat will provide as much thawab as worships will.


(53) There are indications in hadith ash-Sharifs that Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, and ‘Ali ‘radi-allahu anhum’ would become Khalifas. Yet there is not a clear statement concerning their times. Rasulullah ‘sall- allahu alaihi wa sallam’ left this matter to his Sahaba’s choice. The Sahaba had three different kinds of ijtihad in electing the Khalifa. Caliphate was not a property to be inherited by one’s relatives. Abu Bakr, who had been the first person to become a Muslim, who had caused others to become believers, behind whom our Prophet had performed namaz by telling him to be the imam and conduct the namaz, and with whom the Prophet had migrated (to Medina), was the most suitable candidate. Some (of the Sahaba) went to hadrat ‘Ali’s place. One of them, namely, Abu Sufyan, said, “Hold out your hand! I shall pay homage to you! If you like, I shall fill all the place with cavalrymen and infantrymen.” Hadrat ‘Ali refused this, answering, “Are you trying to break the Muslims into groups? My staying home is not intended for being elected Khalifa. Bereavement from Rasulullah has shocked me. I feel demented.” He went to the mosque. He paid homage to Abu Bakr in the presence of all the others. Upon this Abu Bakr said, “I don’t want to be Khalifa. I accept it willy-nilly to prevent confusion.” ‘Ali replied, “You are more worthy of being Khalifa.” The statements of praise hadrat ‘Ali made of Abu Bakr that day are quoted in our (Turkish) book Se’adet-i Ebediyye. Hadrat ‘Umar accompanied hadrat ‘Ali to his house. Hadrat ‘Ali would say, “After Rasulullah, Abu Bakr and ‘Umar are the highest of this Ummat (Muslims).” People who believed the Shiite lies and slanders are responsible for the wretched state Muslims are in today. The British are still pushing on this instigation.


(54) Hadrat Muawiya became Khalifa upon hadrat Hasan’s paying homage to him. Please read the book Documents of the Right Word.


(55) Shura sura, ayats: 79-80-81


(56) British agents distort the meanings of ayat-i- karimas and hadith ash-Sharifs in order to mislead Muslims. It is sunnat (something done, advised, recommended, liked by the Prophet) to have medical treatment. Allahu ta’ala has created a curing effect in medicine. Our Prophet commanded to take medicine. Allahu ta’ala, the creator of everything, is the healer. Yet He has created a law of causation and commands us to obey this law by holding on to the causes. We must work hard, discover the causes, and use them. To say, “He cures me,” means to say, “He gives me the means that will cause healing.” It is a commandment (of Islam) to do research to find out the causes. Our Prophet stated, “It is fard both for men and for women to study and acquire knowledge.” At another time he stated, “Allahu ta’ala likes those who work and earn.”


(57) Worship does not only consist of namaz, fast and hajj. It is also worship to do worldly business because Allahu ta’ala commands it but in a manner compatible with the Shariat. It is very thawab (deserving reward in the Hereafter) to work for useful things.


(58) See the savagery, the cruelty perpetrated by the British, who call themselves civilized and repeat the phrase ‘human rights’ so often!


(59) Al-i-Imran sura, ayat: 130


(60) Nisa sura, ayat: 34


(61) It is stated in a hadith ash-Sharif, “A woman (wife) who obeys the Shariat is one of the blessings of Paradise. A woman who follows her sensations and disobeys the Shariat is evil.” A poor single woman’s father has to subsist her, be her unmarried or widowed. If he does not, he is to be imprisoned. If she does not have a father, or if her father is (too) poor (to subsist her), her mahram relatives will (have to) care for her. In case she does not have such relatives, either, the government will have to allot a salary for her. A Muslim woman will never have to work for a living. The Islamic religion has burdened man with all the needs of his woman. In return for this heavy burden, man might as well have been made the only inheritor of his progenitors; yet, as another kindness toward womankind, Allahu ta’ala has commanded that they should be given half the property inherited by their brothers. A husband cannot force his wife to work within or without the house. If a woman wants to work, she can do so with her husband’s permission, with the proviso that she should be covered and there should not be men at the place where she works; and in this case her earnings will belong to her. No one can force a woman to relinquish earnings of this sort or property she has inherited or the mahr (she has deserved through marriage agreement). Nor can she be forced to spend it for her or her children’s needs or for anything needed in the house. It is fard for the husband to provide all such needs. In today’s communist regimes, women as well as men are made to work in the heaviest jobs for food only, like animals. In Christian countries, said to be free world countries, and in some Arabic countries said to be Muslim countries, women work like men in factories, in fields, in trade businesses under the sophistry that “life is common.” As it frequently appears in daily newspapers, most of them regret having married, so that law courts teem with files of divorce suits. Utterances spoken by the blessed mouth of the Messenger of Allah are of three kinds: The first kind comprises utterances which come from Allahu ta’ala both in tenor and in vehicle. These utterances are called ayat al-karima, which make up the Qur’an al-karim collectively. The utterance, “Every good and useful thing coming to you is willed and sent by Allahu ta’ala. Every evil and harmful thing is wished by your nafs. All these things are created and sent by Allahu ta’ala,” is the seventy-eighth ayat of Nisa sura. The second kind includes utterances whose words belong to our Prophet while their meanings are inspired by Allahu ta’ala. These utterances are called hadith-i-qudsi. The utterance, “Be inimical towards your nafs. For it is My enemy,” is a hadith-i-qudsi. In the third kind are those utterances belonging to our Prophet both in wording and in meaning. They are called hadith ash-Sharif. The utterance, “A woman who obeys the Shariat is one of the blessings of Paradise. A woman who follows her nafs is evil,” is a hadith ash-Sharif. Hadrat Muhyiddin-i-Arabi explains this hadith ash-Sharif in the first volume of his book Musamarat. The British spy withholds the first half of the hadith and reveals only the latter half. If women all over the world knew about the value, the comfort and peace, the freedom and the right to divorce Islam has conferred on them, they would immediately become Muslims and endeavor to disseminate Islam all over the world. It is a shame that they cannot realize these facts. May Allahu ta’ala bless all humanity with the fortune of learning Islam’s luminous way correctly!


(62) Maida sura, ayat: 5


(63) Hadrat Safiyya, whom the British call a Jew, had already become a Muslim (when she married our Prophet). As for Mariya, an Egyptian, she was not one of the blessed wives of the Messenger of Allah. She was a jariya. She, too, was a Muslim. (When she passed away), ‘Umar ‘radi-allahu anh’, who was the Khalifa at that time, conducted the ritual prayer (performed when a Muslim dies). According to the belief of Ahl as-sunnat, a Christian woman can be a jariya as well as a wife (for a Muslim man). Contrary to the Shiite credo (in this respect), disbelievers are not foul themselves. What is foul in them is the belief they hold.



(64) Belief in the information a Prophet has brought from Allahu ta’ala is called Iman. The information to be believed is of two sorts: (1) Information to be believed only; (2) Information both to be believed and to be practiced. The first sort of information, which is the basis of iman, comprises six tenets. All Prophets taught the same basic principles of iman. Today, all the Jews, Christians, scientists, statesmen, commanders all over the world, and all these so-called modernists believe in the Hereafter, that is, in resurrection after death. Those who call themselves modern people have to believe, like these people. On the other hand, Prophets’ Shariats, i.e. the commandments and prohibitions in their religions, are not the same. Having iman and adapting oneself to the Shariat is called Islam. Since each Prophet has a different Shariat, the Islam of each Prophet is different from that of another. Each Messenger of Allah brought a new Islam, abrogating the Islam of the Prophet prior to him. The Islam brought by the last Prophet Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’ shall remain valid till the end of the world. In the 19th and 85 th ayats of surat Ali Imran, Allahu ta’ala commands Jews and Christians to give up their former Islams. He declares that those who do not adapt themselves to Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’ shall not enter Paradise and that they shall suffer eternal burning in Hell. Each of the aforenamed Prophets, i.e. Ibrahim, Ismail, and Yusuf, supplicated for the Islam that was valid in his time. Those Islams, going to church, for instance, are not valid today.


(65) Baqara sura, ayat: 128


(66) Baqara sura, ayat: 132


(67) Hajj sura, ayat: 40


(68) See the footnote 2 on page 56.


(69) Worships are performed because Allahu ta’ala has commanded them. Yes, Allahu ta’ala does not need His born servants’ worships. Yet the born servants themselves need worshipping. These people (Christians) go to church in crowds. On the other hand they prevent Muslims from going to mosques.


(70) Before the revelation of the ayat of Hijab (veiling), women would not cover themselves; they would come to the Messenger of Allah, ask him questions, and learn from him what they did not know. Whenever the Messenger of Allah visited one of them in her home, other women would go there, too, sitting, listening, and learning. Six years after the Hijrat Nur sura was revealed to prohibit women from sitting or talking with men (other than spouse or other close relatives). From them on, the Messenger of Allah commanded women to learn what they did not know by asking his blessed wives. These disbelievers are misleading Muslims by withholding the fact that women covered themselves after the revelation of the ayat of Hijab.


Umm-i Salama ‘radi-allahu anha’, blessed wife of Rasulullah, narrates: Maymuna ‘radi-allahu anha’, another wife of Rasulullah ‘sall-allahu alaihi wa sallam’ and I were with the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-allahu alaihi wa sallam’, when Ibn-i-Umm-i-Maktum ‘radi-allahu anh’ asked for permission and entered. When the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-allahu alaihi wa sallam’ saw him he said to us, “Withdraw behind the curtain!” When I said, “Isn’t he blind? He won’t see us,” the Messenger of Allah answered, “Are you blind, too? Don’t you see him?” That is, he meant, “He may be blind, but you aren’t.” This hadith ash-Sharif was quoted by Imam-i-Ahmad and Tirmuzi and Abu Dawud ‘rahimahum-ullahi ta’ala.’ According to this hadith ash-Sharif, as it is haram for a man to look at a woman who is not his spouse or a close relative, so is it haram for a woman to look at a man who is not her spouse or a close relative. Our Madhhab imams took other hadith ash-Sharifs into consideration as well, and said that “It is haram for a woman to look at a na-mahram man’s awrat parts. It is easy to do this. These easy commandments and prohibitions are called (Rukhsat). It is Azimat for a woman not to look at a na-mahram man’s head and hair. A man’s awrat part for a woman (the part which is forbidden for a woman to look at) is between his knee and navel. And (obeying) this (rule only, without paying attention to the Azimat), is (called) Rukhsat. As is seen, the Azwaj-i-tahirat (the pure wives of the Messenger of Allah) ‘radi-allahu ta’ala anhunna’ and the Ashab al-kiram ‘radi-allahu anhum’ would always act on the Azimat and they would refrain from the Rukhsat. The Zindiqs who try to destroy Islam from within put forward the fact that women did not cover themselves before the revelation of the ayat of Hijab and say that “Women did not cover themselves in the Prophet’s time. Women’s veiling themselves like ogres, a practice which is so common today, did not exist at that time. Hadrat Aisha, for one, would go out bare headed. Today’s practice of veiling was invented by the bigoted men of fiqh afterwards.” The hadith ash-Sharifs quoted above show clearly that these statements of theirs are lies and slanders. The four right Madhhabs, which are the explanations of the commandments and prohibitions of Allahu ta’ala, give different accounts pertaining to men’s awrat parts, that is, parts of their body which are forbidden (for others) to look at or (for them) to show to others. It is fard for every man to cover those parts of his body which the Madhhab he is in prescribes to be haram. It is haram to look at someone else’s parts of awrat. The following hadith ash-Sharifs are written in the book Ashi’at-ul-Lama’at:


“Let men and women not look at the awrat parts of people of their own sex.” In the Hanafi Madhhab, a man’s parts of awrat for other men are the same as those of a woman for other women: the area between the knees and the navel. A woman’s parts of awrat for men na-mahram to her, on the other hand, are all her body with the exception of the hands and face. (Any member of the opposite sex who is not one of a person’s close relatives called mahram is called na-mahram. Islam names one’s mahram relatives. They are eighteen). A woman’s hair is within her parts of awrat. It is haram to look at someone’s parts of awrat even without any feeling of lust.


“If you see a woman, turn your face away from her! Although it is not sinful to see one unexpectedly, it is sinful to look at her again.”


“O ‘Ali! Do not open your thigh! Do not look at someone else’s thigh, be it a corpse or a person who is alive.”


“May Allah curse those who open their parts and those who look at them!”


“A person who makes himself like a community will become one of them.” This hadith ash-Sharif shows that a person who adapts himself to enemies of Islam in ethics, behavior or styles of dressing will become one of them. Those who adapt themselves to disbelievers’ wicked fashions, who name harams ‘fine arts’, and who call people who commit harams ‘artists’, should take this hadith ash-Sharif as a warning. It is written as follows in Kimya-yi-saadat: “It is haram for women and girls to go out without covering their heads, hair, arms and legs or in thin, ornamented, tight, perfumed dresses. If a woman’s parents, husband or brothers condone her going out in this manner, they will share her sin and the torment (she will suffer for this sin in the Hereafter).” If they make tawba they will be pardoned. Allahu ta’ala likes those who make tawba.


(71) Sayyid Abd-ul-Hakim Arwasi ‘rahmat-ullahi alaih’, a great scholar, states in the book (Ashab al-kiram), which he wrote in Istanbul: “Hadrat Fatima, the blessed daughter of the Messenger of Allah, and all her offspring till the end of the world are members of the Ahl al-bayt. It is necessary to love them even if they are disobedient Muslims. Loving them, helping them with one’s hearts, body, and/or property, respecting them and observing their rights will cause one to die as a believer. There was a law court allotted for Sayyids in Hama, a city in Syria. In the time of the Abbasid Khalifas in Egypt, the descendants of Hasan ‘radi- allahu anh’ were named Sharif and it was decided that they were to wear white turbans, and Husain’s ‘radi-allahu anh’ sons were named Sayyid, who were to wear green turbans. Children born from these two families were registered in the presence of a judge and two witnesses. During the reign of Sultan Abd-ul-majid Khan ‘rahmat-ullahi alaih’ Rashid Pasha, the masonic vizier, cancelled these law courts under the directions of his British bosses. People without any known genealogical origin or religious Madhhab began to be called Sayyid. Bogus Iranian Sayyids spread far and wide. It is stated in Fatawa-i-hadithiyya, In the early days of Islam anyone who was a descendant of the Ahl al-bayt was called Sharif, e.g. Sharif-i-Abbasi, Sharif-i-Zaynali. Fatimi Rulers were Shiite. They called only the descendants of Hasan and Husain Sharif. Ashraf Shaban bin Husain, one of the Turcoman Rulers in Egypt, commanded that Sayyids should wear green turbans so that they be distinguished from Sharifs. These traditions spread widely, though they do not have any value from the Islamic point of view.’ There is detailed information in this subject in Mirat-i-kainat and in the Turkish version of Mawahib-i-ladunniyya and in the third chapter of the seventh section of the commentary called Zarqani.”


(72) These British contrivances came to naught. For Allahu ta’ala has been protecting Qur’an al-karim from interpolation. He did not promise also that He would protect the Injil (the heavenly Book revealed to hadrat Isa). It is for this reason that false books in the name of Bible were written. Even these books were changed in the course of time. The first interpolation in them was made by a Jewish convert named Paul. The greatest of the changes that were made in every century was the one constituted by the three hundred and nineteen priests who convened in Nicea in 325 upon the order of Constantine, the first Roman emperor in Istanbul. In 931 [C.E. 1524], Martin Luther, a German priest, established the Protestant sect. Christians who followed the Pope in Rome were called Catholics. The massacres of Saint Bartholomew and Scotland, the catastrophic mass killings after the tribunals called Inquisition are recorded in Christian history as well. In 446 [C.E. 1054], Michael Kirolarius, Patriarch of Istanbul, dissented from the Pope and established the Orthodox Church. The Syrian Monophysite sect was founded by Jacobus (Baradaeus), d. 571 C.E.; the Syrian Maronite sect by Maro, d. 405; and the Jehovah’s Witnesses by Charles Russell in 1872.


(73) The British applied the twenty-one article destruction plan, which they had prepared in order to annihilate Islam, to the two great Islamic Empires, Indian and Ottoman. They established heretical Islamic groups, such as Wahhabi, Qadiyani, Tabligh-i-jamaat, and Jamaat-i-Islamiyya, in India. Then the British army easily invaded India and destroyed the whole Islamic State. They imprisoned the Sultan and butchered his two sons. Extremely valuable articles and the choicest treasures that had been preserved throughout centuries were plundered and shipped to London. They stole the precious stones, such as diamonds, emeralds and rubies, ornamenting the walls of the mausoleum called Taj-mahal, which the Indian Sultan Shah-i-Jihan had built in 1041 [C.E. 1631] over the grave of his wife Erjumend Beghum in Aghra, plastering their places on the walls with mud. Today these plasters shout out the British savagery to the whole world. And the British are still spending this stolen wealth for the annihilation of Islam. As is expressed by an Islamic poet, “If the cruel have oppression, the oppressed have Allah with them,” the divine justice rose and they had their deserts in the Second World War. Fearing that the Germans might invade Britain, most of the wealthy British, clergymen, households of Statesmen and ministers, and tens of thousands of enemies of Islam boarded ships and were on their way to America, when the magnetic mines released from the two German warships of Graf von Spee and two similar ships caught and sank their ships. They all drowned in the Atlantic Ocean. After the war, upon a decision taken by the center of United Nations Human Rights in New York, they receded from their colonies all over the world. They lost most of their sources of income which the Ministry of the Commonwealth had been exploiting for centuries. They were confined to the island called Great Britain. food and consumer goods were rationed. I remember the Chief of Turkish General Staff, General Salih Omurtak, saying at a dinner party in 1948, “In London, an official guest as I was, I always left the meal table without being fully fed. In Italy, on my way back, I fed myself up by eating plenty of spaghetti.” This I am quoting because I was seated opposite the general at the dinner table and I heard exactly what he said. His words are still echoing in my ears.


Thenaullah-i-Dahlawi ‘rahmatullahi alaih’ makes the following observation in his explanation of the eighty-second ayat al-karima of Sura-i-Maida: “Muhy-is-sunnat Husain Baghawi stated that not all Christians are polytheistic. For polytheism means to deify something, i.e. to worship it. Polytheists, like Jews, bear bitter enmity towards Muslims. They kill Muslims, devastating their homelands and demolishing their mosques. They burn copies of Qur’an al-karim.” Imam-i-Rabbani ‘rahmatullahi alaih’ states in the third letter of the third volume (of his Maktubat), “A person who worships any being other than Allahu ta’ala is called a polytheist. A person who has not adapted himself to a Prophet’s Shariat is a polytheist.” Christians all over the world today deny Muhammad ‘alaihis-salam’ and are therefore disbelievers. Most of them are polytheistic because they say that Isa ‘alaihis-salam’ is a god, or that he is one of the three gods. Some of them, who profess that “Jesus is a born slave and a prophet of God”, are Ahl-i-kitab (people of the book). All these people maintain an inimical attitude towards Islam and Muslims. Their attacks were administered by the British. We have been informed in 1412 [1992 A.D.] that the Christians recently concocted ten questions and distributed them in Muslim countries. Islamic savants in Bangladesh by preparing answers to these questions disgraced the Christian priests. Hakikat Bookstore in Istanbul, distributes these answers throughout the world under the title of Al-Ekazib-ul-Jadidi-tul-Hristiyaniyye.


(74) The British were successful in these endeavors of theirs. They brought their masonic disciples, such as Mustafa Rashid Pasha, Ali Pasha, Fuad Pasha, and Tal’at Pasha, and degenerate people of Armenian or Jewish origin into power. And other masonic men of religion, such as Abdullah Jawdat, Musa Kazim, and Abduh, were made religious authorities.


(75) Persons, statues, (or icons) worshipped, offered prostrations to, and looked on as the only authority to provide one’s wishes is called an ‘idol’. Muslims do not offer their prostrations to Kaba. Turning towards Kaba, they offer their prostrations to Allahu ta’ala. In each prayer of namaz, after performing their prostration towards Kaba, they recite the Fatiha sura. It is purported in this sura, “O Thou, the Unique [only one] Rabb of alams (universe)! Thee, alone, do we worship. From Thee, alone, do we ask for everything.”


(76) It would be a very grave slander to assert that there are additions and excisions in the hadith-i- Sharifs in the well-known and authentic books (of hadith). A person who has learned how thousands of hadith scholars compiled hadith ash-Sharifs could never tell such an abominable lie, nor would he believe lies of this sort.

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Shameless and blatant BBC propaganda describes murderous US as a reluctant global security guard

Graham Vanbergen
Mark Urban is the diplomatic and defence editor of BBC’s Newsnight that goes by the strap-line “This is where the global struggle for peace and security gets incisive, informed, coverage”He has just written and headlined with US remains reluctantly tied to global security role” – categorized under US/Canada.

Urban’s article starts with “America’s military finds itself pulled in several directions – and even the $582bn (£403bn) defence budget rolled out earlier this month will not be enough to satisfy all of its needs. New challenges – from Russia and the so-called Islamic State (IS) group – are forcing the Pentagon to change its plans, and reopening old arguments about whether its allies are doing enough. One of the headlines to come out of the new budget was a quadrupling of spending on US military preparations to defend allies in Europe. When Nato boss, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, says the alliance is facing its “most challenging security environment in a generation”, he is thinking principally of the challenge posed by a “newly assertive Russia”.

Urban continues with a quote; “The US is doing what they’ve always done – bail out Europeans unprepared to fund defence properly,” says General Sir Richard Shirreff, Nato’s number two soldier until two years ago, “but more than that it’s recognition that Europe is strategically vital for the US and that the withdrawal of the last of the US heavy brigades a couple of years ago went too far in the face of the very real threat posed by Putin.”

Urban is clearly deluded. The ‘new challenges’ the US are facing are self imposed. ISIS, a deliberately manufactured and well funded terror group is designed to carry out American operations in Syria. In the meantime, Russia has made no threat of any kind to the European Union or any members of it in the context of his report.

Is this is the same global security guard that the BBC refers to where General Wesley Clark, Retired 4-star U.S. Army general, Supreme Allied Commander of NATO admitted that “We’re going to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran..”? (see the enlightening Global Research Article and video interview HERE). 
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The  described the recent war in Libya as follows; “France and Great Britain, leading a NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) alliance, are effectively at war in Libya on the pretext of a United Nations’ mandate. The United States led the early charge against Libya’s Gaddafi from the air, but has taken something of a back seat and allowed Britain and France to continue what can now be considered a war of aggression against a sovereign African state, far beyond the mandate of the UN.” Is that the description of a world peacekeeper or security guard?Another description of US security comes via Tony Cartalucci and Global Research “Without a UN mandate or even a cohesive narrative, the United States and its regional allies have begun unilaterally bombing targets in Syria.”

Together with it’s so-called coalition the US is in the driving seat – “the very sponsors of extremists groups fighting inside of Syria, including the Islamic State, its offshoot al Nusra, and other Al Qaeda aligned factions – the US has opened a new chapter on global anarchy. Unlike other campaigns of naked military conquest, the US appears to have foregone the facade of UN approval, moral or legal justification, and has instead applied a scatter-shot strategy of proposing multiple pretexts for its aggression – all equally implausible, many contradictory – hoping at least one will stick.”Is being the architect of ‘global anarchy’ the description of a global security guard – No, I didn’t think so either.

The Centre for International Strategic Studies 2015 report entitled “ISIS and the Failed State Wars in Iraq and Syria” highlights the rise of Islamic State and its devastating aftermath in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Libya, all (compared to US military firepower) nations barbarically attacked by the US leaving millions of innocent civilians dead or displaced and a power vacuum ideal for thugs, gangsters and maniacal terrorists to thrive.

The entire European Union project, one where the objective to harmonise a continent that had been in conflict for centuries is now under threat, described by TIME as A migrant crisis that threatens the fall of the EU” and likens it to the fall of Rome. The migrant crisis is largely the result of US foreign policy in the Middle East and Africa in its selfish and unrelenting pursuit for power, money and glory.

Urban’s assertion that the US is “bailing out Europeans who are unprepared to fund defence properly” is a crass and unwarranted statement whose hypothesis lies in the depths of state propaganda. The EU is currently enduring an existential economic meltdown that is driving an austerity programme not witnessed since the aftermath of the first world war. And yet, it spends 2% of its $18.5 trillion or $370 billion on its military capability when the bloc is not at war. Urban states that the US has stepped up spending on EU defence from $800m to $3.1billion – less than 1% of the EU budget. America has funded that increase by slashing $1.4 billion off its own budget on US war veteran healthcare that sees nearly one million appointments a week and over 8,000 veteran suicides each year.

In comparison, the permanently at war nation of the US declares an annual military budget that actually turns out to be $726billion. Just last year alone, the US spent about £1million a day since the birth of Christ – in a global killing spree of innocent victims whilst gorging on the profits of war. The irony of ‘God Bless America’ unfathomable.

The US has not been attacked by any sovereign state since the second world war but has invaded, usurped, destabilised or destroyed around forty unsuspecting countries and left a trail of death in the tens of millions and indescribable destruction and misery in its avoidable egregious path.

Canadian geographer Professor Jules Dufour and CRG Research Associate produced a study published by Global Research in 2007. Its findings were that the US has military bases in 156 countries around the world. There are 737 facilities covering 30 million acres with 255,000 military personnel. The total land area occupied by US military bases within the US and internationally is of the order of 2,202,735 hectares, which makes the Pentagon one of the largest landowners worldwide. The reason? To have control over the world economy and its natural resources. The BBC describes this as the US being a reluctant global security guard – this is nothing but shameless blatant propaganda and a misuse of taxpayers funding.

Comment: Despite Mark Urban’s attempt to paint the US as some kind of reluctant hero for truth and justice, which is in such stark contrast to reality that it is both disgusting and pathetic, the US’ actions prove it to be a bloodthirsty and power-hungry bully that the world would be much better without.

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MSF doctors refused to disclose hospital coordinates to Syria and Russia


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Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) does not provide GPS coordinates of health facilities it supports in Syria to either Damascus or Moscow over fears of “deliberate” attacks, the medical charity said, blaming a recent strike on “probably” Syrian or Russian forces.”We gave to the Russian ambassadors in Paris [and] in Geneva coordinates for three hospitals located in very intense conflict zones, but not for all of them, and it was a decision taken together with the medical staff of the health facilities that we support,” said MSF operations director Isabelle Defourny.

At least 25 people were killed, including nine medical personnel and 16 patients, when airstrikes destroyed a hospital supported by MSF. Ten others were wounded when four missiles reportedly struck the hospital initially at around 9:00am local time Monday, according to accounts provided by medical staff on site. Forty minutes later, after rescuers arrived, the hospital was allegedly bombed again.

According to MSF, the coordinates had not been shared with the authorities or relevant Russian representatives because of safety concerns that were voiced by doctors operating in Syria.

“The staff of the hospital [and] the director of the hospital didn’t know if they would be better protected if they give the GPS or not,” Defourny said.

The operations director also noted, citing a deadly US airstrike in October on an MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that even offering GPS location would not serve as a safety guarantee. But now, after the latest strikes, the charity seeks to remedy the situation and expects its affiliated medical staffers to share their coordinates with the Syrian government officials.

The NGO seeks an independent investigation into the strikes, but has already accused the Russian air force and the Syrian Army of “probably” hitting the Maaret al-Numan hospital, yet at the same time acknowledging that it has no evidence into their assertion.

“We say a probability because we don’t have more facts than the accounts from our staff,” said Dr. Joanne Liu, MSF’s international president.

The Pentagon has also failed to provide any additional intelligence to back the claims of Russia and Damascus involvement in the deadly attack, with Operation Inherent Resolve spokesperson Colonel Steven Warren admitting it was all “unclear.”

“Unclear to us whether it was the Russian aircraft, Syrian aircraft or a Russian missile or a Syrian missile, that part at this point is a little bit unclear to us,” Warren said on Wednesday.

“It is important to note that there were no coalition strikes in that area and in fact there have been no coalition strikes in Aleppo this year,” he added,contradicting the information shared by the Russian defense ministry last week.

While the Syrian ambassador said Damascus has “intelligence information” that showed US warplanes had struck the hospital, the Russian presidential spokesman met allegations that the Russian Air Force delivered the strike with a flat denial, urging detractors to provide proof of the “empty” and “unfounded” accusations.

“We vehemently reject such allegations, particularly because those making those statements have always proven to be unable to deliver any proof of their unfounded accusations,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

MSF says that attacks against civilian infrastructure and hospitals became “routine”, saying that 101 shelling attacks have hit some 70 MSF-supported facilities over the last 13 months in Syria. At the same time, the MSF noted that it never received official permission from Damascus to carry out work in Syria and operates mainly in areas held by anti-government forces.

The NGO president also noted the dire situation on the Turkish border, where Ankara continues its cross-border shelling of the Syrian Kurds gaining more ground.

“100,000 people are caught in northern Syria, near Azaz. They’re trying to escape the escalating air strikes and ground combat,” Liu said. “They are trapped between the Turkish border and a frontline.”

Comment: Further reading on the recent reports of bombed hospitals in Syria:

The Syrians and Russians do not deliberately target civilians (that’s a job for the U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Daesh). That at least raises the possibility of an accidental strike of this hospital, given that MSF withheld vital information that would’ve protected it. But even more likely is that the U.S. is doing what they do best: lying. Knowing that the Russians don’t know, it’s entirely possible that the MSF hospital was targeted with the intention of blaming it on Russia.

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Shame! British Air Force not targeting ISIS with Brimstone missiles in Syria


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Britain’s sophisticated air-to-surface Brimstone missiles have not killed any terrorists in Syria so far, although at least nine missiles have been fired. A single missile using radar homing and laser guidance technology costs £100,000.The Huffington Post UK made a freedom of information (FOI) request to the British Defense Ministry and discovered the much-touted Brimstone missiles with promised standalone precision have not claimed any terrorist scalps yet.

After British MPs voted in favor of the Royal Air Force joining the Syria campaign in December, the expensive missiles were held back for at least the first month of operations.

Brimstone’s first recorded deployment took place on January 10, the Independent reports. It was aimed against terrorist supply trucks in Raqqa. By the end of January, Brimstone missiles had been used in nine raids.

“We are playing a crucial role in a campaign that will take time and patience. Using the right weapon for each scenario, RAF jets have struck Daesh [Arabic acronym for Islamic State] almost 600 times,” a British MoD spokeswoman said, adding that the RAF is driving Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) out of Sinjar and Ramadi in Iraq and has “severely weakened” key terrorist infrastructure in Syria.

According to MoD information, between December 2, 2015 and January 29, 2016, RAF airstrikes in Syria have managed to deplete IS manpower by just seven combatants. Two jihadists were killed with Paveway IV laser-guided bombs (US$20,000 each) and five were killed by US-made Hellfire missiles ($70,000 apiece) fired from Reaper UAVs.

The British MoD insists that killing terrorists is not a primary goal of the RAF in Syria. Instead, the aim is to target jihadist infrastructure, such as oil fields under terrorist control, to disrupt and degrade Islamic State’s military infrastructure, logistics’ routes and revenues.

Yet razing stationary oil extraction infrastructure does not require expensive precision weapons – an old-fashioned drop bomb would do the job.

Brimstone missiles have an 11-kilometer range and are armed with a low-powered yet “highly focused” explosive warhead. They can engage targets moving as fast as 110 km/h. That means that in theory no terrorist pickup truck with a machine-gun mounted on it can escape. However, the target’s worth is practically guaranteed to be many times lower than the price of the weapon.

Ahead of the RAF joining the campaign in Syria, British Prime Minister David Cameron praised Brimstone as a tool to “cut off the ‘head of the snake'” in the terrorists’ self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa. MP Sir Gerland Howarth said Brimstone missiles represented a “key difference between us and other coalition partners,” hinting that neither the US nor France have such missiles to deal with jihadists. Conservative minister David Jones simply described the weapons as “unique.”

The combat effectiveness of the new weapon and the cost of participation in the Syrian campaign urgently needs objective evaluation, according to the Scottish National Party (SNP) MP, Alex Salmond. As the party’s international affairs spokesman in Westminster, he said the Huffington Post’s findings “contrast dramatically” with David Cameron’s previous argument.

“It is now the common practice of this prime minister to mislead the country into military engagement and then to only devote a passing interest towards these crucial issues as his case crumbles before our eyes,” Salmon said, stressing that he has “no doubt” that Libya is going to be the “new crucial theater of engagement” once again.

The only operators of the Brimstone weapon are the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, which is not only playing a role in the US-led anti-Islamic State coalition, but has also announced the creation of an anti-terrorist coalition of its own.

The Royal Air Force in Syria can only deploy Brimstone missiles from older Tornado jets, which carry both Brimstone missiles and Paveway bombs. The newer Typhoons jets drop Paveway bombs and have not been modernized to fire Brimstone missiles. British Reaper UAVs brought from Washington use American-made Hellfire missiles and bombs.

Comment: So the UK’s telling us they’ve bombed 600 targets over a period of 2 months, and killed 7 guys? Sounds legit… Not. The ‘not targeting ISIS’ knife cuts both ways, guys. Either you’re fighting Daesh for real, or you’re not. The answer looks pretty clear.

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Dick Cheney’s toxic legacy: Media silence on the disastrous effects of burn pits

Justin Gardner
The legacy of death and misery from the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan continues today, and, once again, Dick Cheney plays a central role. A new book by Joseph Hickman, a former U.S. Marine and Army sergeant, titled The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers details how soldiers and local civilian populations were exposed to constant streams of toxic smoke from the burning of waste.The infamous Kellog, Brown, and Root (KBR), which was a part of Dick Cheney’s corporate empire under Halliburton, operated about 250 burn pits which contributed to the $40 billion that Halliburton made during the Iraq occupation. Every type of waste imaginable” was burned, including “tires, lithium batteries, asbestos insulation, pesticide containers, Styrofoam, metals, paints, plastic, medical waste and even human corpses.”

This reprehensible practice proves yet again that nothing is sacred when it comes to the military machine.

Just as the U.S. laid waste to Vietnam’s human health and jungle environment with Agent Orange, it wrecked human health and environmental quality in Iraq. That country will suffer from this toxicity for decades, as evidenced by sharp increases in birth defects and cancer and leukemia rates.

Likewise, U.S. veterans and their families are bearing the brunt of this travesty.

The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers begins with the story of a healthy young soldier sent to Iraq who was constantly exposed to smoke from burn pits. When he returned home with respiratory problems, the Veterans Administration (VA) denied him care, and he later developed brain cancer and died.

Those who do survive are having children with birth defects at a rate three times higher than normal, according to the book. The denial of medical coverage by the VA for burn pit-related illnesses is a central strategy in denying that burn pits even posed a health hazard.

Beau Biden, the son of vice president Joe Biden, died of brain cancer after serving in Iraq in the vicinity of burn pits. Even this tragedy, which is similar to many stories of exposure and death, never brought attention to the issue of burn pits.

Salon interviewed author Joseph Hickman, who provided even more shocking details, and how the Department of Defense (DoD) does all it can to keep this knowledge from the public.

“I think the Department of Defense does its best to squash this story and so does Veterans Affairs. They really don’t want this out at all.”

Hickson interviewed one former KBR employee who was very reluctant to even talk about burn pits for fear of repercussions, as he was harassed by KBR when he previously came forward about the issue. By using private contractors for such operations, the DoD facilitates these egregious assaults on human and environmental health because contractors are not held to the standards of the military.

This dependency on contractors feeds their tendency for carelessness. According to Hickson, the upper management said at one point, “If they’re going to investigate us over these burn pits, don’t worry about it. If we pull out, they can’t run this base.

The U.S. government, in its effort to conceal the impact of burn pits, even managed to influence a World Health Organization report that downplayed the effects. It stands in stark contrast to several independent researchers who found large increases in birth defects, leukemia, cancer and other carcinogenic diseased in populations living near burn pits.

“There’s a large group of epidemiologists that absolutely believe that that report was influenced by the U.S. government. Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, a widely respected environmental toxicologist, has been there and seen the birth defects and how we literally destroyed that country with pollution. There are birth defects there that don’t even have medical names yet.”

The evidence compiled by Hickson and presented in his book makes it downright criminal for the DoD and politicians to continue denying the issue. When veterans suffering from burn-pit illnesses contact their Congressmen, there is silence because they are in bed with the defense industry.

General David Petraeus and other top DoD officials have denied the health effects of burn pits, but veterans have no recourse because they can’t sue the government. There is a lawsuit against KBR, but the DoD will not acknowledge that the burn pits were misused.

While politicians and military brass issue patriotic platitudes about honoring those who serve their country, the reality is that soldiers are just a name and a number, and they’re thrown away when the military machine is done with them. Defense corporations reap billions as veterans and local populations suffer sickness and death.

Please share this article in the hope that exposure can force accountability for the toxic legacy of burn pits.

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It’s all Russia’s fault! Declassified papers reveal UK policy of accusing Soviets of everything


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Declassified papers from the British Cabinet Office have put an end to the long-standing myth of Moscow’s unwillingness to cooperate with the West, revealing the UK’s efforts to blame every problem on Russia.

The papers date back to 1983, when the UK Foreign and Cabinet offices were ecstatic at the outcome of the Madrid review conference on the implementation of the Helsinki Final Act on security and cooperation in Europe.

“… We now have a provisional mandate for a CDE (Conference on Disarmament in Europe) which establishes four basic criteria, all of which have required concession on the part of the Soviet Union and her allies,” officials in Whitehall wrote at the time.

But it was the fourth of the criteria that was the most exciting for the West.

“The fourth [proposal-NG] is a significant breakthrough for the West. It represents recognition for the first time that the West has a legitimate security interest in the whole of the European part of the Soviet Union.”

But although Moscow showed its cooperation, the West wasn’t as eager to be a team player, with one memo indicating how the Soviet Union had failed to gain “a corresponding concession in the exercise of the droit de regard [right of access/inspection] over Western military activities beyond Europe.”

The West’s unwillingness to cooperate with Russia didn’t stop there.

When Moscow confirmed it was willing to discuss the extension of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) with NATO to European Russia, its proposal that NATO should agree to include the US and Canada in the plan was called a “geographic ploy” by the alliance, and was rejected.

‘It’s all Russia’s fault’

And when Soviet leader Yuri Andropov – who had been portrayed as an ex-KGB hardliner in the West – made a goodwill gesture to allow the extension of CBMs up to the Urals, the move was seen as a sign of weakness. Indeed, a memo shows how Western leaders felt they could use the situation to “put pressure to bear on the East” and leave the Soviets with the problem of “explaining publicly why the eminently sensible measures proposed are not acceptable to them.”

Another memo stressed that if any problems were encountered, those issues would be promptly blamed on Moscow.

“Any failure to resolve existing problems (or even to engage in meaningful debate) should be seen to be attributable to the Soviet Union (and its allies) and not to the West,” reads a Steering Brief for the UK delegation at the CSCE Cultural Forum in Budapest, issued by the Foreign Office on October 15, 1985.

Such words seem bizarre, considering they were written at a time of thawing relations between the West and the USSR, particularly since former President Mikhail Gorbachev had visited the UK and taken part in a conversation with then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher regarding disarmament and improving international security. He went so far as to show Thatcher a secret map of Soviet missile targets in the UK, in an effort of transparency.

‘Criticism worth preserving’

Despite the appearance of cooperation between the West and Russia, there was another mission taking place behind the scenes in London.

Assessing the value that the Madrid review of the Helsinki process had on Britain, a Foreign Office memo stated: “This standing to criticize the Eastern European governments’ policies, both domestic and foreign, in an international forum is well worth preserving.”

A similar memo was passed around ahead of the Budapest Cultural Forum, stating: “…We must be ready to…refute any assertion by the East that they must protect themselves from Western cultural pollution – pornography, propaganda for racialism and violence.”

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World bully US State Dept. accuses China and Russia of increasing global tensions


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A US State Department spokesman has taken a swipe at Beijing and Moscow, saying their militarization is making the world unsafe. John Kirby said this is a view shared by “much of the rest of the international community.”Spokesperson Kirby for the US Department of State told a press briefing on Thursday that US military expansion into Eastern Europe and the South China Sea is at the behest of its allies, while dismissing that this could be perceived as a threat by Russia and China.

“Our allies and partners, I think, find [it] pretty comforting and reassuring [that there is a] US military presence in the region, which will continue,” Kirby replied when asked about NATO’s move towards the east not being perceived as a threat, or US ships sailing into the South China Sea.

For years, Russia has complained of NATO expansion towards its borders, with the US-led bloc going against its word.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet president at the time, confirmed that there was a promise not to enlarge NATO, not even “as much as a thumb’s width further to the east.” But this commitment was never formally documented, and since then the alliance has grown drastically, from 16 member states in 1990 to 28 currently.

Likewise, China has grown increasingly annoyed at provocative actions carried out by the US military in the Pacific. In January, the US Navy sent a guided missile destroyer within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island in the Paracel Islands archipelago in the South China Sea – an area which China, among other regional states, claims sovereignty over.

Kirby was challenged by AP’s Matt Lee, who said: “Surely you can understand, yes or no, that from the Chinese perspective, that is also militarization and it raises tensions?”

However, Kirby, who accused Lee of “speaking for the Chinese government,” simply stated that the actions carried out by Washington are “not militarization,” while mentioning it is not a case of “we’re right and you’re wrong” and that the US is keeping its promises to its allies in the region.

“I’m not going to characterize how they’re viewing each and every flight or navy ship that sails through the South China Sea. But you said it’s, ‘You want them to accept your explanation,'” Kirby stated.

“It’s not just the United States’ explanation. It’s the explanation, it’s the view of… much of the rest of the international community about what the prime source of tension is there, and that is the further reclamation of features and the militarization that we’ve seen on many of them,” he added.

While Washington may be appeasing its regional allies such as Vietnam, South Korea and Japan in the South China Sea, Victor Gao, director of the China National Association of International Studies, told RT that the actions carried out by the US are further turning Chinese public opinion against Washington.

“Whatever China is doing, including the land reclamation…is completely within Chinese sovereign right… I think the more pressure the US wants to put on China, the more re-bounce there will be from China,” Gao mentioned.

“Definitely it is not [viewed] in a positive manner by the Chinese government or by the Chinese people. They tend to interpret what the US is really up to as interference into Chinese domestic affairs…”

Lee also hit back at Kirby, questioning Washington’s logic in sending warships and military planes into areas deemed sensitive by Beijing.

“The fact of the matter is the tensions are rising, and when you sail military ships or put military aircraft in there, it doesn’t reduce the tension. It just makes the tension rise more. And I don’t see why,” Lee said.

Concerning the idea that Russia and China would want to take counter-measures to ensure their national security, such as Moscow deploying its S-400 missile defense system, Kirby squarely put the blame back on Beijing and Moscow, saying: “The point is that militarization of these features does nothing to reduce tensions.”

Comment: Any country that is not compliant to the US’ wishes is considered a threat and must leave itself defenseless to prove they are not a threat. How ridiculous is that?

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