Islamist Death List Includes U.S., Canadian Residents
by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, Salim Mansur
The Center for Islamic Pluralism vigorously protests the dissemination of death threats against a group of Arab intellectuals living in the West, including one of our founders, Imam Ahmed Subhy Mansour, and the distinguished liberal social critic Saad Eddin Ibrahim. We commit our utmost efforts to protection of those at risk.
Stephen Suleyman Schwartz, Executive Director
Salim Mansur, Canadian Director
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The text of the death threat follows, with web addresses for Arab-language sites that discuss the incident:
"Statement Number 1 from the Supporters of God's Messenger, Muhammad peace be upon him, to unbelievers, apostates, atheists and those who may ally with them.
"God, Allah almighty. said 'Say to the Unbelievers, if they desist their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already.' and also said 'O Prophet! strive hard against the Unbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be firm against them. Their abode is Hell, an evil refuge indeed.' And the messenger of God also said 'He who changes his religion, kill him'. [i] [See CIP Note below.]
"We, the Supporters of God's Messenger, after discussion and consultation with our brothers, the leaders of the Islamic groups and organizations in the Muslim lands, and after they were informed of the verdicts that we reached in our consultation committee, concerning the expulsion of the leaders of apostasy [from the community of Islam], along with those who publicly deny our prophetic tradition, and who also call on others to join in their unbelief. After they departed from Islam and the Muslim umma, they have publicly supported leaders of unbelief, the worshipers of the cross, the Christians with whom they attend conferences, helping them against our spiritual leaders, and even demanding for them the right of ruling over our Muslim lands. Also, they support and cooperate with the sons of pigs and monkeys [i.e. Jews] against our brothers in our homeland of our Al-Aqsa Mosque.
"The consultation committee decided to give those who were found guilty of apostasy, unbelief, and denial of the Islamic established facts, three days' time for them to announce their repentance and disavow their writings in denial of the traditions of the our prophet and to repent their support of the countries of unbelief and their rulers. They must announce this repentance publicly in the newspapers that they write in, and never to return to these writings and deeds again. If they do not respond to God and His messenger, we will hunt them in every place and every time. They are not far from the swords of the righteous, they are closer to our swords than to our shoes, they are under our eyes and ears (surveillance) day and night, we are totally aware of the their hiding places, residences, schools of their sons, and the times when their wives are alone at home. We have issued our commands to the soldiers of God to worship God by pouring out their blood and burning their homes.
"We thank God that most of these heads of unbelief and atheism do not live in Islamic lands, which will not be polluted by their rotten blood. They live in the lands of unbelief, the homelands of those who worship the cross and idols, countries like America, Switzerland, Canada and Italy. If they were in Islamic countries, we would wash the places in which they are killed seven times, once with dust to purify the Islamic homeland of their rotten blood. Their women are to be abducted; their children enslaved, and their money confiscated .This applies the ruling of Islam in handing over the possessions of the unbelievers to those who kill them.
"These are the names of those sentenced to be killed by the command of the consultation committee, if they do not repent three times before the end of three days, beginning April 10, 2006:
Ahmed Subhy Mansour, leader of the Ahl ul-Quran, who escaped to the United States, the land of unbelief, with his sons; Muhammad, Sherif, Amir, Hosam, Sameh, Moner, and his wife.
Signed by: Abu Dhar El Makdishi, media amir (commander)"
Translation by Center for Islamic Pluralism
Notes from CIP:
[i] This hadith is the subject of controversy and should not be taken as a simple dictum of the Prophet Muhammad, aleyhisalem, our Master Mustafa, peace be upon him.
[ii] It is unclear if some of the listed names are or are not members of the terrorist group delivering the threat. See the following commentary from the Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat [The Middle East] written by Munir al Mawry
"Washington D.C. [Asharq Al-Awsat] A number of Arab intellectuals living abroad, including several Egyptians, has received death threats from a previously unknown group. In an email message, seen by Asharq Al-Awsat, the 'Supporters of God's Messenger (Al-Munasirun li Rasul al Allah) threatened to kill so-called atheists, polytheists and their supporters unless they repent by today. The message was sent to a number of non- Muslim intellectuals and signed by Abu Dhar al Maqdishi, the media spokesperson for the group.
"Asharq al-Awsat spoke to several recipients of the email and asked them about their reactions to its threatening content.
"Dr. Wafa Sultan, who lives in California, pointed out that the source of the latest threat differed from the dozens she had previously received because it was made by a group and not an individual. She expressed fear for her life as the message included personal information about the recipients, as well as the names of some of their spouses and children. Sultan vowed to inform the U.S authorities of the email and seek their protection.
"For his part, Dr, Shakir Nabulsi, a resident of Denver, Colorado, said he was not afraid of the threat as he had received several others before and refused to be frightened by terrorists.
"Refusing to bow to the demands of terrorists, Dr. Ahmad Subhy Mansour, who lives in Virginia, said he would take the threat seriously and indicated the message was probably originated in Egypt .
"The Islamic thinker Gamal Al-Banna, brother of Hassan Al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, denied any knowledge of the organization calling itself Supporters of God's Messenger, which included his name in a list of 31 supporters. He described its threat as 'nonsense' and said the authors were 'Satan's soldiers.' "
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