[lit-ideas] Re: New Orleans

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 23:53:07 -0400

Wouldn't it be nice if there were no religion in the world?

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Sent: 9/1/2005 11:32:10 PM 
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: New Orleans

The People Of the Book (Jews, Christians, and Muslims) seem to have a very 
strange notion of the Main Character.  The sentiment below echoes statements 
already made by the "Christian Right" and a very right-wing sect of Jews.

How sad.

Julie Krueger

========Original Message======== Subj:[lit-ideas] Re: New Orleans
Date:9/1/05 8:53:33 P.M. Central Daylight Time
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Hey, forget Germany. Here's Kuwait on the hurricane. Kuwait is an American 
ally. --andreas

> Senior Kuwaiti Official: "Katrina is a Wind of Torment and Evil from 
> Allah Sent to This American Empire"
> "The Terrorist Katrina is One of the Soldiers of Allah..."
> To view this Special Dispatch in HTML, visit 
> http://www.memri.org/bin/opener_latest.cgi?ID=SD97705
> "...As I watched the horrible sights of this wondrous storm, I was 
> reminded of the Hadith of the Messenger of Allah [in the compilations] 
> of Al-Bukhari and Abu Daoud. The Hadith says: 'The wind is of the wind 
> of Allah, it comes from mercy or for the sake of torment. When you see 
> it, do not curse it, [but rather] ask Allah for the good that is in 
> it, and ask Allah for shelter from its evil.' Afterwards, I was [also] 
> reminded of the words of the Prophet Muhammad: 'Do not curse the wind, 
> as it is the fruit of Allah's planning. He who curses something that 
> should not be cursed - the curse will come back to him.'
> "When the satellite channels reported on the scope of the terrifying 
> destruction in America [caused by] this wind, I was reminded of the 
> words of [Prophet Muhammad]: 'The wind sends torment to one group of 
> people, and sends mercy to others.' I do not think - and only Allah 
> [really] knows - that this wind, which completely wiped out American 
> cities in these days, is a wind of mercy and blessing. It is almost 
> certain that this is a wind of torment and evil that Allah has sent to 
> this American empire. Out of my absolute belief in the truth of the 
> words of the Prophet Muhammad, this wind is the fruit of the planning 
> [of Allah], as is stated in the text of the Hadith of the Prophet.
> "But I began to ask myself: Doesn't this country [the U.S.] claim to 
> aspire to establish justice, freedom, and equality amongst the people? 
> Isn't this country claiming that everything it did in Afghanistan and 
> Iraq was for truth and justice? How can it be that these American 
> claims are untrue, when we see how good prevails in the streets of 
> Afghanistan, and how it became an oasis of security with America's 
> entrance there? How can these American claims in the matter of Iraq be 
> untrue, when we see that Iraq has become the most tranquil and secure 
> country in the world?"
> "But how strange it is that after all the tremendous American 
> achievements for the sake of humanity, these mighty winds come and 
> evilly rip [America's] cities to shreds? Have the storms have joined 
> the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization?
> "The Disaster Will Keep Striking the Unbelievers for What They Have 
> Done"
> "How sad I am for America. Here it is, poor thing, trying with all its 
> might to lower oil prices which have reached heights unprecedented in 
> all history. Along with America's phenomenal efforts to lower the 
> price of oil in order to salvage its declining economy and its 
> currency - that is still falling due to the 'smart' policy America is 
> implementing in the world - comes this storm, the fruit of Allah's 
> planning, so that [the price of] a barrel of oil will increase further 
> still. By Allah, this is not schadenfreude.
> "Oh honored gentlemen, I began to read about these winds, and I was 
> surprised to discover that the American websites that are translated 
> [into Arabic] are talking about the fact that that the storm Katrina 
> is the fifth equatorial storm to strike Florida this year... and that 
> a large part of the U.S. is subject every year to many storms that 
> extract [a price of] dead, and completely destroy property. I said, 
> Allah be praised, until when will these successive catastrophes strike 
> them?
> "But before I went to sleep, I opened the Koran and began to read in 
> Surat Al-R'ad ['The Thunder' chapter], and stopped at these words [of 
> Allah]: 'The disaster will keep striking the unbelievers for what they 
> have done, or it will strike areas close to their territory, until the 
> promise of Allah comes to pass, for, verily, Allah will not fail in 
> His promise.' [Koran 13:31]."
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