Gunman Opens Fire: Kills 12 Wound 31 Ft. Hood

In the name of God, The Beneficent, The Most Merciful,

With deep sadness and regret I hate to report that early reports suggest that the alleged gunmen was Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan.

I’m sad for those killed and wounded by a traitor to both God and our country, and I regret that I even feel that I have to write something on the subject.  Words cannot express my emotions and the instant headache I received when notified by my dear sister Sheila Musaji over at The American Muslim (TAM) concerning the alleged culprit.

They have not yet released further details such as the motive but I will state for the record that no true Muslim could ever commit such a crime against humanity.  As Muslims we are reminded that to take one innocent life is as if one killed of all mankind.  Muslims are also commanded to keep their oaths when given.

That said as an American Muslim who like thousands of other American Muslims who serve and have served in America’s armed forces and kept their oaths to God, Country, and in my case Corps, condemn these actions and pray for the victims of this madman.

May God give the families strength and be quick in His reckoning.  If it turns out it was indeed this Major and the  media in error claims he was a Muslim, know that no true believer in Islam considers him part of the fold.  My prayers go out to the victims and their families, our nation, and our men and women in uniform.

May God bless us all,

Semper Fidelis

As Salaam Alaikum

Also:

Islamic Information Center Condemns the Attack on Fort Hood

(WASHINGTON DC – November 5, 2009) The Islamic Information Center, in conjunction with all the major Muslim organizations nationwide, strongly condemns the attack on U.S. Military Base Fort Hood in Texas that took place today. American Muslims stand with their fellow citizens in offering prayers for the victims, and sincere condolences to the families of those killed or injured. While several news reports have cited one of the gunmen to be Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, IIC strongly emphasizes that this attack and its perpetrator are in no way is representative of the Muslim people or the peace-loving religion of Islam.

Eleven people plus a gunman were dead and 31 wounded after the gunman opened fire Thursday on a soldier-processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, officials said. The gunman was a soldier, and two other soldiers have been detained as suspects, Army Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said. For more information about the attack, please read the Google News collection of stories on the topic.

Islam, as taught by the Holy Prophet and his family, strongly advocates peaceful dialogue and discussion and rejects all violence. The Prophet Muhammad (May God Bless Him) condemned all forms of terrorism against all people. The individuals who perpetrated this attack blatantly acted against the teachings of Islam and humanity.

The Islamic Information Center, under the guidance of Imam Syed Naqvi, works to bring understanding among people of all faiths and background in an attempt to build bridges for the future to prevent hate crimes through education and tolerance. IIC also works to correct any misinformation about matters relating to the Holy Religion of Islam.

Officials: 11 killed, plus gunman, in Fort Hood shootings

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19 Comments

  1. As with all people tonight  my heart goes out to the families of those who died and to those who have been injured at Fort Hood.  May God shower healing upon them.  I also wish to express my sorrow for Muslims in the armed forces who may  now be seen by some as less than loyal.  As the mother of a military man I wish them all peace of both mind and body.

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  2. Shipmate,
    I’m posting this comment with respect for you and what you’re about, so please know I’m not merely criticizing to bash but instead criticizing to offer possible improvement.  Or maybe you have an answer I don’t have.
     
    I get what you’re saying, but fear that this post’s sentiment, while necessary, is not sufficient.  Merely announcing that the people who do bad things and say they’re of your faith doesn’t address systemic issues inside the faith, or the large contingent of folks who say that they are the true followers and you are the one who needs takfir declared.
     
    From outside the umma and where I’m deployed, I don’t see shame, I don’t see overt and loud acts to suppress the hirabi until very recently (this week the guys I’m advising are fighting AQ directly al hamdu lillah), I don’t see a massive effort to change until recently.  I don’t know if this is going to be enough.  I see CAIR and ISNA driving policy, not other forms of bridging organizations.  The faith’s extremists are winning mindshare this way while others spin and reframe events to fit perceived sensitivities.  What Muslim is doing what, for example, Rusty Shackleford is doing in outing and exposing on-line mutatarifeen?  Why is that not some brother’s jihad?
     
    In WWII, many Japanese-Americans felt collective shame, and many brave Americans of Japanese heritage felt that they had something to prove because of the actions of others with their group name.  This action stood them well in and after the war, as they were acting honorably enough to uphold the highest traditions of the U.S. and its military.  Although I have Muslim comrades-in-arms in my chosen military branch who are acting as though this is true, none say it…or, perhaps, can say it.  That’s an additional humiliation for them on top of everything else, and it sucks.
     
    The Jacksonian tradition is getting stronger in the American psyche.  It’s going to take more than denying the stated faith of those who say they’re of the faith to change this trend.    I’ll be doing my part to counter the bad feeling this weekend, with a Marine Corps birthday ball to include Americans of all faiths during a time when bullets are flying, in an Islamic country.
     
    I hope my comment is of value.  This is a tough thing.
     
    r/c.

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    1. Wow, I haven’t been called shipmate in years! 🙂 I appreciate the comments Chap, but your comparing apples to oranges as Japanese is one ethnicity from one homeland, Muslims of course are divided in more ways than one can count, so it’s impossible to even use the word “Muslim” and “collective” in the same sentence. That said, I’m positive American Muslims are universally slack-jawed over this incident, but as usual due to our many divisions, I’m certain reactions too will be just as divided.

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  3. Listening to NPR this morning it sounds like this man had some issues.  How does a man with “issues” obtain the rank of major.  Have we become so politically correct that we have lost common sense.  For myself this man says nothing about Islam, he is just another nut.

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  4. True, Japanese and German are ethnic groups, although both had religious aspects driving WWII (Shinto emperor worship and arguably national socialism).  Good point that folks will be divided.  What I’m focusing on here is that folks in the umma tend to be of a shame culture, and that I’m not seeing enough of the reaction I think that needs to be done to denormalize and destabilize this stuff.  At the same time I see events like yesterday hardening American public opinion and the two trends worry me.

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  5. Robert, your extensive butt kissing and siding with the kuffar against the Muslims means  I’m considering you for this months Uncle Tom award on my blog.
    Do you have any comment’s to make before I publish?

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    1. Dear Abu Abdillah,

      Your comments were so funny that I had to post them. I have rarely been accused of siding with the kuffar, and the Uncle Tom thing is hilarious beyond belief given my cultural leanings. I have to wonder if you know the meanings of either terms that you are accusing me of being associated with? I mean correct me if I’m wrong but I thought a Kafir was one who deliberately hided the truth (as in the Oneness of God) which according the Qur’an normally includes polytheists, pagans, etc. however, Christians and Jews are referred to as Ahl al-Kitab, People of the Book, because they received revelation beforehand and believe in the oneness of God, considering this country is 75% Christian, I tend to assume that the majority of people are people of the book, so unless you can prove that those who were killed or those I’m supposedly siding with are not, then how does that stick? The Uncle Tom thing of course as a black American I’m very familiar with this cultural term it’s normally applied to a black person who is accused of siding with white people in the persecution of their race, please exhibit how I have done that! LOL. Have your award on your blog, backbite, malign, whatever makes you and your readers feel better. Allah (swt) knows best. Your brother, RS

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      1. Robert,

        Many times a word or phrase or saying will have one meaning and a few years down the line quite another. The word ‘gay’ being the classic example used to show the changing meaning of words from something good to something quite disgusting and vile.

        I am well aware of the orginal meaning of uncle tom, or perhaps more strong ‘house negro’ but amongst most Muslims in the UK it is used to refer to one who sides with the kuffar against the believers (as I stated in my post).

        The term kafir is not a term which can change in meaning, being used in the Quran, its meaning is fixed in classical arabic and that meaning is not one who ‘deliberately’ hides the truth of islam, this is a bogus innovated meaning that has come about and become prevelant recently. Kafir means one who hides the truth, yes, but the adding of deliberate hiding changes the meaning out of recognition when it comes to classifying people.

        The muslims under Abu bakr stated those who had refused to pay the zakaat, stating they were kuffar, just like those who had followed false prophets, even though they all claimed Islam still. The muslims fought them all and would not accept them back into the fold of islam until they testified they were upon falsehood, and that the dead of the muslims were shaheed inshallah and their own dead in the hellfire having died upon kufr.

        So to deny aspects of islam, even one aspect can be an act of kufr akbar, alliance is one of the most important matters which leads some people who claim islam to exit its fold (as I will mention later)

        Ahlul kitab and kuffar are also not multually exclusive, Allah swt calls the jews and christians ahlul kitab yes, giving them a status above that of the other kuffar but they are still kuffar.

        Allah says in Surah al-Tawbah,

        “They (the disbelievers, the Jews and the Christians) want to extinguish Allaah’s Light (with which Muhammad has been sent — Islamic Monotheism) with their mouths, but Allaah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the Kaafiroon (disbelievers) hate (it).

        Also, from Surah at-Tawbah,

        “And the Jews say: ‘Uzair (Ezra) is the son of Allaah, and the Christians say: Messiah is the son of Allaah. That is their saying with their mouths, resembling the saying of those who disbelieved aforetime. Allaah’s Curse be on them, how they are deluded away from the truth!

        31. They (Jews and Christians) took their rabbis and their monks to be their lords besides Allaah (by obeying them in things which they made lawful or unlawful according to their own desires without being ordered by Allaah), and (they also took as their Lord) Messiah, son of Maryam (Mary), while they (Jews and Christians) were commanded [in the Tawraat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] to worship none but One Ilaah (God — Allaah) Laa ilaaha illa Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He). Praise and glory be to Him (far above is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him)”

        al-Tawbah 9:30, 31

        So the Jews and Christians are ahlul kitab, and kuffar as this is confirmed in the Quran and whomever denies one single ayat of the Quran has denied it all and exited the fold of Islam.

        As Allah himself calls the Jews and Christians Kuffar so we should likewise do the same though there is nothing wrong with saying ahlul kitab also if we don’t want to cause offense if we are trying to give them Da’wah.

        But to kill of any doubt the Jews and Christians are kuffar, we need only look to the seerah and hadith, where Rasoolullah (saws) when dictating the terms of the treaty of medina called the jews kuffar in this treaty.

        You seem to be saying it ok to ally with the Christians of america, I understand your point of view as Allah states quite clearly you cannot ally with the mushrikeen (even though the jews and christians are also mushrikeen as they associate partners with Allah)

        But are you also not aware Allah also states in Surah al Maeda that it is specifically not allowed to ally with the jews and christians? Here is the verse, it is very important to this discussion if this is your justification.

        O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for awliya (friends, protectors, allies); they are awliya of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a wali (sing. awliya), then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.

        Surah al Maeda, 5:51

        I do not understand why you feel it is not permissable to fight against the people of the book when Jihad was waged against them by Rasoolullah (saws) and the rightly guided khulifa after him?

        If you doubt this then as a military man research the battle of khaybar and the campaigns of khalid bin al waleed (ra) under the rulership of Abu Bakr and Umar (ra), khaybar being against the jews and the later being against the christian romans.

        I would recommend you look into the tafsir of Surah an-nisa, verses 97 and 98 which point to a clear duty for people like you and me to leave these lands of the disbelievers who are at war with Islam and the Muslims and migrate to the somewhere better so that we may aid the believers in their struggles against the kufr of secularism, liberalism and democracy.

  6. I don’t blame Obama for his inappropriate “shout out” or using the shooting to advance his political agenda. Or going to Camp David instead of Fort Hood… I blame the Amercan people who voted him into office and giving him the power to do so.

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  7. As-Salaam’mu Alaikum Wa Rahmatuallah wa barakha thu

     May Allah continue to guide you and Bless you in all of your endeavors. So with that being said my friend, The prophet Muhammed(saw) reminds us also in the Qur’an to “investigate all matters throughly”,so before we refer to a individual as a traitor or “not acting as a Muslim”,maybe we should get all the facts first.
     Secondly, I believe Allah(swt) is testing the followers of Muhammed(pbuh) as a community, as you stated earlier in another blog; we are deeply divivded as a Ummah(community). I believe Allah is seperating the wheat from the chaff, as the Bible states,”you cant serve two masters,because you will love one and despise the other”. Brother, as Muslisms,we can’t stradle the fence on who we are as believers of God,Allah’s wrath is slowly descending upon the Muslims in America. When you study the History of America and the things she has participated in, I think Malik Shabazz stated it best,”The chickens have came home to roost!”
    Allah mentions in the Qur’an how the Prohphet Muhammed(pbuh),wanted to mention three other pagan gods along with Allah’s name, a sort of a homage, just to show good faith toward the non-Muslims in Makkah and to keep the PEACE, so the Muslim would be able to co-exist in Makkah, Allah told the Prohphet he would have destroyed him,if he would have showed respect to those pagan dieties. In today’s society are pagan dieties may not be carved from wood and stone, but more like plastic(usury) and Cloth(red,white and blue)! Take care my Brother…Peace

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    1. Wa Alaikum As Salaam,

      On investigating first, the guy was shot and captured. He broke his oath that he pledged as a member of the armed forces, I have taken the very same oath several times. As a Muslim he was the direct cause of terror which is against the teachings of the Prophet (saw). So on that point, let’s not dilly dally and jump around the Qur’an. Furthermore, let’s not quote Malcolm Al-hajj Malik Shabazz out of context, the context of which is totally not related to this subject, but also stated when he was a young minster in the NOI and was admonished for such words, that later in his life he too considered foolish. Lastly, and this goes for all Muslims, if you have a problem with this country, It’s perfectly OK to go overseas if they would accept you, especially if you happen to have a similar ethnic background as I do. Just as I won’t tolerate the foolish commentary from non-Muslims, know I find it equally foolish when Muslims will live in America use all the benefits that come with being an American, and then speak of the country as if it’s the most wicked place in the world. Either roll up your sleeves and work to make this nation better, or go where things are great in your mind. I doubt you will find another nation that will give you the freedoms you enjoy here. I understand your guidance is sincere and may Allah (swt) reward you for that, but this is my opinion and Allah (swt) knows best.

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      1. Robert,

        Sheikh ash-Shuaibi, an alim from Saudi dealt with the issue of whether it is permissable to keep a covenant with a kaffir when that kaffir was at war with the muslims and he brought strong daleel to show it wasn’t.

        More recently Sheikh Anwar al-Awlaki dealt with the same issues showing such alliance and covenants are not allowed,

        So in general principle we should keep our agreements, when a kaffir attacks a muslim then the existing agreement between that kaffir or group of kuffar and any other muslims is broken as the muslims are one body and you cannot ally with a kaffir against a muslim, and if you do you become one of them.

  8. As a sufi : i cringe at the Imam’s comment about the need for american muslim service men to rise up and strike americans. Once again how can we claim to be a peaceful (islam) religion when we are nothing more than a political tool of alqaeda. How will our clergy ever hold their heads up in the world with Imam’s spouting poisonous rhetoric like that.

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  9. philmro, what are you talking about?
    Do you actually know anything about the history of Islam? have you ever read the seerah of our beloved Rasool? (saws) He fought in battles, killed and ordered others to kill in the path of Allah.
    We are peaceful with those who are peaceful with us, everyone else gets the opposite.
    Didnt you ever wonder why in the classical books of ahadith along with the book of Hajj and book of fasting there was a book of Jihad?

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