Islamic definition of terrorism
Sayyed Fadlullah: We ask the world and the EU in particular to voice its
protest against this terrorism and oppression that will lead only to
more chaos and more devastation, and not to appease the Administration
by adding more names to the list of terrorism.
Asked in his
weekly seminar the following question: What is the Islamic definition of
terrorism in view of the America's continuous use of the term?
The Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad
Hussein Fadlullah, said:
One of silent
features of this stage is that what the Americans have termed as
the war on terrorism has become an integral part of the
political culture of the world and especially the arrogant
powers, that aims at waging preemptive wars on terrorism without
actually defining terrorism from the Islamic point of view is
when a party commits aggression without any right or legitimacy
against the other or against civilians in which the aggressor
commits killing, plundering and destroying individuals and the
society without being in self-defense or in a legitimate war.
But in any definition
of terrorism, occupation cannot be excluded, since it uses
collective terrorism, and even states terrorism.
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operations that have been resorted to way of necessity since the
fighters for freedom in the occupied lands were left with no other
means to defend their security and those of their people. Such
operations are not terrorist operations since they are a compulsory
way of self-defense in issues that have to do with the future of the
Terrorism, before being
an aggressive practice is a mentality of conceit and exclusivity.
Those who call for fighting it should first aim at confronting this
mentality being the real basis of terrorism.
This is why we saw that
when Islam laid the foundation of tolerance and dialogue, it was
offering the humanistic alternative for the culture of aggression
that finds justifications to every terrorist act. Islam was aware of
this issue right from the beginning. It studies the causes and the
elements that constitute terrorism, and laid the appropriate
foundations to confront it before having to meet its consequences in
a direct and violent way.
In our monitoring of
the so called "war on terrorism" that is waged by political circles
and international research institutes for well known reasons, we
have noticed that there is real terrorism in the terms used. Those
terms are actually cultural weapons that pave the way for political
and military invasions.
We also noticed that
America which has failed to achieve any victory in its war against
what it calls terrorism wants to cover these failures by waging
media and political wars on several levels and holding several
political conferences to keep its political culture in circulations
suggesting that their war is succeeding and that it has become on
the political agenda of several countries which did not use to
conceive it as a priority.
American Administration that claims to fight terrorism to reach a
safer world has failed completely since it only managed to spread
terrorism and create a favorable atmosphere for spreading it. It is
responsible -along with Israel- for the state of chaos that the
world has sunk in, as well as for the explosions, killings and
destructions in the region. America that failed to present itself to
the world as a moral leader that protects it from terrorism is
trying to compensate by raising the slogan of spreading democracy in
another attempt to run forward, but in a way that serves its
expansionist project in the region and decreases the internal
We ask the Americans
who say that there are 45 states in the world that do not adopt
democracy. How many states are there that occupy the lands of
others? Is the Israeli occupation an expression of democracy? What
about the American occupation of Iraq? Substituting the fight
against terrorism by spreading democracy is only a means of
increasing political and military pressures that will lead to
oppressing civil freedoms in the name of protecting them.
In this respect, the
biggest enemy of democracy is occupation which has demonstrated all
its barbarism in Palestine.
And the place where
terrorism is practiced in its most severe form is in Iraq where the
American occupation practices have led to devastating consequences.
Thus the American Administration that presents itself as an enemy of
terrorism, and that tries to pressurize the EU to include additional
Islamic movements on the terrorism list is quite hypocritical, since
those who practice terrorism in its most brutal form cannot preach
We agree with what has
been said on terrorism by a European member in the Madrid Summit.
The fall of innocent victims creates anger, which nourishes terror.
And this is what the American catastrophic policies in the last few
years have led to.
We ask the world and
the EU in particular to voice its protest against this terrorism and
oppression that will lead only to more chaos and more devastation,
and not to appease the Administration by adding more names to the
list of terrorism.
We also warn against
accepting the various offers on the ground of having to bow with the
wind. These offers aim only at serving the Israeli interests, and
not those of our peoples who know how to stand in the face of storms
by enhancing their unity and by being wise in their discourse,
actions and reactions.