In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
It used to be said, “Silence beautifies the scholar and conceals the ignorance of the ignoramus”. This is what those ignorant journalists should have considered before manifesting their repugnant ignorance. The first reporter said about the fleeing Ukrainians, “This isn’t a place- with all due respect. Uh, you know, like Iraq or Afghanistan. This is a relatively civilized, relatively European. I have to choose those words carefully too. City where you wouldn’t expect that or hope that its going to happen”. The second reported said, “This is not a developing third world nation. This is Europe”. The third reporter said, “These are prosperous middle class people. These are not people trying to get away from areas in north Africa. They look like any European family that you would live next door to”. The fourth reporter said, “What could be a difference here from other conflicts, you know, that could seem very far away, you know, in Africa or middle east or whatever, I mean these are Europeans that we’re seeing being killed”.
Indeed, this is a ridiculous comparison to the conflicts in Africa, the middle east and Afghanistan, rather it is a desperate attempt to rewrite history and deny the role of America and some European countries in destabilising other countries – the so called third world countries! There is no doubt that war – even when justified – is painful, but the comparison between the recent war (Russia/Ukraine) and the suffering of the citizens of exploited nations -nations whose natives were brutalised and their natural resources looted for over 300 years – is outrageous and a complete distortion of history. Listen here: European Slavery – By Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] https://video.link/w/Qbaub https://video.link/w/lUZtb –
In 1884, the colonialists met in Berlin and decided to share the colonies between themselves. Then after looting with impunity for many years, they decided to offer a so called independence to the colonies and amazing indeed was this offer! In one offer of independence, the colonialists said to the colonized, “We’ll grant you independence, but before doing so you must agree to the following: you must deposit 85% of your bank reserves with our ministry of finance – under our central bank. And with regards to all your discovered minerals or yet to be discovered, our companies have the ‘Right of First Refusal’. Your official language has to be our language, we’ll have a military presence in your country, your military can only be trained by our military, you can only buy military equipment from us, you cannot have any military alliance with your neighbors and in the event of war you must be on our side”. This was the independence offered! The money deposited in their ministry of finance was invested in the colonial bank and all the profits belonged to the colonialists. This is the manner in which some of them treated the colonies, yet they have the audacity to tell the whole world that the countries they’ve looted and oppressed for nearly over 400 years are poor- the very countries they continue to oppress economically. In addition to this, they constantly seek to demoralize the former colonies and give their economic situations different descriptions- sometimes referring to them as “The Third World”, the “Under-developed countries”, the “Developing Countries” etc. All these descriptions are utilized to demoralize the former colonies.
Recently, we read a statement of the head of Afghanistan’s Central Bank that the country’s supply of physical U.S. dollars is “close to zero.” Afghanistan has some $9 billion in reserves, Ajmal Ahmady tweeted, but most of it is held outside the country, with some $7 billion held in U.S. Federal Reserve bonds, assets and gold. Ahmady said the country did not receive a planned cash shipment amid the Taliban offensive. “The next shipment never arrived,” he wrote. “Seems like our partners had good intelligence as to what was going to happen.” He said the lack of U.S. dollars will likely lead to a depreciation of the local currency and hurting the country’s poor. This is the manifest oppress by way of which the neocolonialists cripple the economies of other nations. Many of them talk about ethics, but how many are just in their mutual dealings?! Rather, self-interested individuals and groups do not give concern to anything other than finding ways and devising tactics to enslave the former colonies. The greedy neocolonialists also oppress other nations through Ribaa-Usury. Click this link to read about the severity and destructive consequences of Ribaa: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/the-grave-crime-of-usury-and-interest-riba-based-transactions-what-is-allowed-and-what-is-not/
Indeed, it is impossible for countries that are always in bondage to lenders to take control of their economies. A typical example is that as soon as a nation is heavily in debt, the lenders can easily gain the upper hand through Structural Adjustment Policies (SAPs) – securing repayment of the debt as well as demanding economic restructuring, therefore in some cases the weaker nation is forced to reduce spending on essential social services, such as health, education and development, whilst repayment of the debt is given priority as well as the possibility of giving the lender an easy access to the country’s raw materials. This is well known and whoever researches will come across a lot that has been written on the subject matter. Indeed, there is no benefit in providing financial assistance that is going to permanently make a nation dependent on another nation due to usury. Debt is a heavy burden, let alone when accompanied with usury. Aa’isha [may Allaah be pleased with her] narrated that the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] used to invoke Allaah in the salaah [before the Tasleem] saying: “O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave and from the trial and affliction of Maseeh Ad-Dajjaal and from trial and affliction of life and death. O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from sins and from being in debt.” [Bukhaari, Hadeeth Number: 832] Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: The Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] combined [in this supplication between seeking Allaah’s refuge] from sins and debt, because indeed sins necessitate loss in the afterlife and debt necessitates loss in the worldly life. [Al-Fawaa’id: page. 97]
Trade: Also with regards to buying and selling, Shaikh Abdul Waahid Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] stated: “The way that countries buy and sell with each other does not always help people in poor countries. Producers of crops like wheat and rice will usually sell to the country that will pay them the most for it, so poor countries cannot compete and therefore cannot buy crops to feed their people. So these poor people have to grow their own crops to feed themselves. In many poor countries the rich farmers grow cash crops such as fruit and flowers that they sell to rich countries and their profit often does not help the poor people. So the Muslim is always encouraged to give aid to those less fortunate, so that no one in the land remains hungry, unclothed or unsheltered. Islam has no problem with people becoming wealthy so long as the poor not are neglected; they must be taken care of, helped, educated and empowered to look after themselves. Wealthier Muslims are obligated to give in charity (zakāt) every year, and each Ramadān (zakāt al-fitr)”. (1)
Pay attention to what Shaikh Abu Khadeejah [may Allaah preserve him] stated above about empowering and educating poor people as opposed to what the greedy colonialists stated in the past! Cecil Rhodes stated: “We must find new lands from which we can easily obtain raw materials and at the same time exploit the cheap slave labour that is available from the natives of the colonies. The colonies would also provide a dumping ground for the surplus goods of our factories.” Nye Bevin stated: “Africa is a valuable source of manpower and raw materials. The US is very barren of essential minerals. In Africa we have them all.” Larry Summers stated: “I think the economic logic behind dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.” Indeed, these are a people who never deal justly with others; rather they take as much as they desire and give less or nothing in return.
And with regards to the history of war in Europe, those four ignorant journalists are reminded of the following: History of wars in Europe. Wars Fought in Europe 499 BCE to Present – Totally Timelines: https://www.totallytimelines.com/wars-fought-in-europe-499-bce-to-present-day/
Native Americans were slaughtered in the name of ‘Civilization: 1,500 wars and raids were authorized against the Indians and do you remember the Gnadenhutten Massacre in 1782?! The Hiroshima Bomb! Search for what Marcel Junod – a representative of the Red cross at the time – stated! Barbaric Sanctions and Invasion of Iraq: Do they remember the barbaric sanctions imposed on Iraq that resulted in the deaths of thousands of Iraqi children? Do you remember what some of your own journalists called an “act of military aggression launched on a false pretext!” There’s no need to give details regarding the suffering and lives lost because that is well documented. And do you remember the torture at Abu Ghuraib prison?!
Finally, every human or jinn with an atom’s weight of mercy would not wish to witness the suffering of innocent people, especially children, women and old people during to war. Therefore, may Allaah bring about a quick solution for the Russians and Ukrainians, and protect the world from the vile neo-Nazis and the opportunistic war profiteers Aameen. Indeed, we remind those four journalists that there is no need to lie, insult and belittle anyone whilst sympathizing with the victims of war regardless their race, nation, tribe or clan.
[Ref 1: https://www.abukhadeejah.com/the-causes-of-poverty-in-light-of-climate-change-population-growth-and-other-factors-part-ii-ethics-2-4/ ]