Intellectual (or Ideological) War- Part 1: By Imaam Abdul Azeez Bin Baaz

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Question: What is the definition of intellectual (or ideological) war in your view?

Answer: Intellectual (or ideological) war is a modern term meaning a host of efforts undertaken by one nation to overcome or influence another nation until it leads it to a specific orientation. It is more dangerous than a military expedition, because indeed an intellectual (or ideological) war tends to be in secret and the aims are hidden at the beginning; so the nation being invaded (intellectually or ideologically) neither perceives it nor is it prepared to stop and confront it, until it falls prey to it. And the result is that this nation will become decadent in thought and perception – loving what its enemy wants it to love and hating what it wants it to hate. It is a chronic disease that destroy nations, takes away their personality and removes the meanings of their true identity and strength in that. The nation that is afflicted by it neither perceives what has befallen it nor knows about it, so therefore it becomes a difficult task to cure this nation and making it understand the path to guidance is something difficult. This (intellectual or ideological) war takes place through the general educational and cultural curricula, mass media, literature (or publications) – small and large, and other matters relating to nations. The enemy behind (this nation) hopes to divert it from its (sound) creed and make it cling to what it presents to it. We ask Allaah for safety and wellbeing. (1) [End of quote]

To be continued InShaaAllaah

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