The European coldness towards Arabs' attempts for rapprochements
want the dialogue with the West to start, but at the same time we ask
the Europeans to breakout with their outdated ideas and obsessions
towards Islam, and let us join hands and cooperate in opposing social
religious and political injustice in the entire world.
Asked in his
weekly seminar the following question: How
do you view the European coldness towards Arabs' attempts for
Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah, said:
We have always felt that our dialogue with
Europe leads to further rapprochement and interaction which will
in turn initiate a disclosure process on the political economic,
cultural and even religious levels, for Islam seeks to establish
a broad friendship with all the nations of the world.
And we have always felt that Europe which has
forgone the imperialist mentality could be closer to us than the
United States that not only seeks to plunder the wealth of the
Islamic nation, but is also implementing a plan to control the
world that is set by an aggressive mentality of some of the most
officials in the American Administration that have come to
despise Europe and call it with such names as "the Old
This Europe that understands us more and whose
stands are closer to our interests could become a good neighbor
to us, if not a strategic ally, and could maintain friendly
political relations and economic cooperation, now that the
sensitivities of history have withered.
But we have to be cautious in our yearning, for
showing so much affection for someone who is not interested
could be hurtful…
Moreover, Europe had left the Muslims in Bosnia
a lame duck, out of fear of becoming an effective state in post
USSR Europe. It also somewhat refuses Turkey's membership by
making new impossible conditions everyday, suggesting that its
complex towards Islam is the real obstacle that hinders
establishing better relations with Muslim people and states.
We are not going to discuss how much they
complied with the Vatican's call to preserve the Christian
personality of the EU, but we say to them: Why do you hide
behind your fingers, and refrain from engaging in a
comprehensive dialogue with the Muslim world and talk instead
about cultural differences. If this is true what about the
cultural difference between the members of the EU states
themselves, including those who joined the Union with such an
incredible speed. We believe that the issue is one that has to
do with Islam.
We also know that there are those who fuel these
obsessions and create false data and incidents to broaden the
gap. The Zionist media, in particular, works on inflating
Europe's concern towards the Muslim immigrates or citizens who
live in the continent.
We also note that some of the backward practices
of fanatic Muslims contribute in presenting a distorted image of
Islam to the European citizen who, as a voter, plays a big part
in improving or weakening relations with Muslim countries. But
this does not mean that the European officials, parties and
media are not responsible for creating sensitivities and even
hatred towards Muslim people and states.
Europeans should understand that the Muslims
have integrated in their communities as citizens, and those who
immigrate whether to study or earn a living are not seeking to
invade Europe, or cancel others. They are sharing the Europeans
their lives and even their interests. If they present and keep
their ideas and beliefs, it does not pose any threat or concern
of any act of distortion or subversion.
Based on my religious Muslim capacity, I call
for a broad Muslim-European dialogue that includes, on the one
hand, all European officials, political parties, research
centers and intellectuals, while, on the Muslim side, we call
for the participation of the religious authorities,
intellectuals, Islamic movements and Islamic research centers to
explain and clarify Islamic views towards the west and the
relations with the other whether the religious other or the
political or the secular one.
We also call on the Islamic states and regimes
to improve their record in human rights based on the Islamic
values of respecting man and refusing any abuse to any man
regardless of his religion or race.
We want the dialogue with the West to start, but
at the same time we ask the Europeans to breakout with their
outdated ideas and obsessions towards Islam, and let us join
hands and cooperate in opposing social, religious and political
injustice in the entire world.