Farrakhan delegation to Guantanamo
- Farrakhan calls for delegation to be sent to Guantanamo
May 25, 2005, 02:30 pm Refer this article
CHICAGO, IL (FinalCall.com) - Nation of Islam leader, Minister Louis
Farrakhan held a news conference in Chicago, IL. on May 25, 2005 in
response to reports of abuse at the Guantanamo detention facility. He
called on the U.S. Government to allow a delegation of religions and
political leaders to visit Guantanamo detention facility.
The following is the press statement released by the Nation of Islam.
For the complete news conference including questions and answers from
the press, logon to: http://www.finalcall.com/webcast/05-25-2005 to
view the audio/video webcast.
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE BENEFICENT, THE MERCIFUL.
By the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Delivered at Mosque Maryam
Click here for audio/video webcast
including Questions & Answers from the Press
The recent furor allegedly created by a Newsweek article that stated
that the Holy Book of the Muslims, The Qur'an, was flushed in a toilet
and that this was responsible for the demonstrations and, riots that
have taken place in many parts of the Muslim World is at best only
The article in and of itself was a trigger, but the real truth is that
the detainees who have left Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq and Guantanamo
Base in Cuba and other facilities have complained that American and
British soldiers and other Foreign Nationals have been grossly
disrespectful and filled with hatred for Islam, Muslims, Prophet
Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and the Holy Qur'an.
The hatred of the American government in the Arab and Muslim World is
not only due to an article in Newsweek magazine, but it is the
policies of the Government of the United States that have also
incensed the whole Arab and Muslim World.
Although Newsweek magazine is backing down from the story that it
published due to tremendous governmental pressure, the truth still
remains that there is gross disrespect of the culture and way of life
that Muslims strive to follow as guided by the Holy Qur'an and the
example of Prophet Muhammad Ibn Abdullah (Peace Be Upon Him).
Currently, this anti-Muslim behavior has its roots high up in the
Government of the United States of America and is being preached from
various pulpits by certain highly influential Christian leaders.
We have seen and heard, from the time of 9/11, many respected
Christian leaders saying that Islam is a religion of violence and
hatred; that the Religion of Islam sees Christians and Jews as
infidels and teaches that they should be killed; and that the God of
Islam or the God of Muslims is the devil. This has created an
atmosphere of hatred, fanned by the media, that causes Muslims to be
persecuted as we move about doing our daily work, pursuing our careers
or just being normal citizens who believe in the Religion of Islam.
Members of the Muslim community in America are some of the most
law-abiding, well-behaved citizens in this country. Muslim scholars
have added much to academia, medicine, science and technology,
business, banking, paying into the tax structure and into this
economy, while at the same time suffering injustice and abuse, trying
to travel in the country or out of it, being harassed when returning.
Many Muslims who support the Intifadah (uprising of the Palestinian
youth), Hamas or organizations that see themselves as fighting against
the illegal occupation of land and territory because of the power of
the Government of the United States are labeled as terrorists. Muslims
who give charity to these organizations are prosecuted, persecuted and
are now being sent to prison or deported. This gross injustice must
not, and will not, be tolerated.
The disrespect of the Holy Qur'an, a Book believed in by 1,600,000,000
Muslims, is unacceptable. In truth, however, there are many Muslims
who will not read the Bible and have shown disrespect for the
scriptures of the Bible. When we disrespect what Allah (God) has
revealed through His Prophets, we are also being disrespectful of the
people who believe in that scripture.
This is why, in today's context, the work of the Messiah is so
important. In the Qur'an, Allah (God) says that the Messiah will be
taught Al-Kitab (The Book)Qur'an, and he will be taught the wisdom,
the Torah, and the Gospel, or the Injil.
Why would the Messiah be taught the wisdom of the Qur'an, the Torah
and the Injil? It must be because His Mission is the unification of
all of the children of AbrahamMuslims, Christians and Jews. Each
Book, the Torah, Injil and Qur'an, were revealed for the elevation of
human beings that we may, by following such Guidance, reclaim the
original position that the Creator intended for human beings.
From the Biblical point of view, that position is to be a reflection
of the Creator and to rule His Creation by His Guidance and Permission.
From the Qur'anic point of view, the original position is to be
Khalifah, or one who stands in the place of Allah (God) to rule His
Creation also by His Guidance and Permission.
So, should not the human being for whom these Books are revealed be
looked upon as equal in importance, or even more important, than the
Books revealed for our evolutionary development?
The Qur'an that is being flushed in a toilet has no feeling. The
Qur'an that is urinated upon has no feeling. Nothing that anyone does
to the Qur'ansitting on it, standing on it, kicking itdiminishes the
Power of the Word contained in this Book to transform human life. This
manifests gross ignorance, contempt and hatred of those who do these
acts for a Book that was revealed for the elevation of all human
beings. Should we rise up because of the desecration and disrespect of
the Qur'an? Yes, but we should rise up even more so when we see the
persecution of those who believe in the Book because they have
feelings and it is they who can feel torture and pain, and not the
disrespect of this Holy Book, and it was for them for whom the Book
For the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, and the Secretary of
State, Condoleezza Rice, to say, "How terrible was the article in
Newsweek, which they say was false, that led to the killing of 17
persons and the wounding of hundreds more." But how much more heinous
and evil was it to drop bombs on the Muslim and Christian populations
of Iraqi and Afghanistan; to kill tens of thousands of Iraqis and
Afghans; to wound hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans; to kill
nearly 1,700 Americans; and wound thousands of American soldiersall
on the basis of a lie? Which is worse, what Newsweek did or what the
Government of the United States did?
Yes, we are insulted when the Qur'an is disrespected but, as followers
of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, we are equally insulted when the
Bible or Torah is disrespected. All of us who love Allah (God) and
what is revealed are insulted when any Divine Revelation is spat upon
and desecrated, but what is even more horrible is to see the slaughter
of human beings over words in a Book that cannot express feelings and
Even if the Newsweek article is retracted, the Red Cross, Human Rights
Watch, Doctors without Borders and other organizations have issued
similar reports, which have been ignored. So, as Muslims, we say
enough is enough. We are mobilizing Arab and Muslim countries to say
to the Government of the United States: "If these Muslims are guilty,
then charge and try them, but to hold them for years without a charge
is inhumane and unjust. We, in the Muslim Ummah, cannot tolerate this.
We are asking that you try them and, if you have no charge, let them
go to their people or their homes."
To stop this furor, we are asking the Government of the United States
to allow a delegation of Muslims, Christians, Hebrews and Jews, led by
members of the United States Congress, to visit the Guantanamo Base
detention facility and speak to some of the detainees. Should we find
that these allegations are true, then the Government must take steps
to correct this, so that America's image in the world will not be
further sullied, and the repair of damaged relationships can begin.
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