Ramadan Reflections: MUJCA-NET's First Year
By Kevin Barrett
Founding Member, MUJCA-NET
As MUJCA-NET's first birthday approaches, I find myself in the middle of the sacred month of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting. It is an ideal time for reflection and contemplation. Going without food, drink, drug, or sex during daylight hours changes your whole outlook—indeed, changes the quality of consciousness on which your outlook is based. Fasting, Aldous Huxley wrote, is the royal road to religious experience: It induces compassionate contemplation, a purity of focus that Muslims call taqwa or God-consciousness, and sometimes (especially when taken to a usually inadvisable extreme) even visions and paranormal phenomena.
This change of consciousness is not just a private individual matter. During the month of Ramadan, about one sixth of the world's population is fasting for religious reasons. Those who are attuned to subtle perceptions may notice that the world takes on a special fresh, clean quality during the sacred month. While we Muslims have our own scriptural reasons for believing this, non-Muslims who are aware of the work of such scientists as Rupert Sheldrake and Dean Radin (google them), or science-savvy theologians in the mold of de Chardin, might agree that a billion people fasting at the same time could have a profound effect on the collective consciousness of humanity.
The Birth of MUJCA-NET
The idea for MUJCA-NET was born almost one year ago during Ramadan—on the sacred night, the Night of Destiny, the night that the Qur'an descended on the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him. On the 27th of Ramadan last year, I was glued to the al-Jazeera news channel as US troops launched their long-dreaded assault on Fallujah. The shock of that event, compounded by the special sensitivity that is the product of fasting, and the awe induced by the Night of Destiny, almost drove me insane. I simply could not believe that someone, somewhere, had decided to conduct what was bound to be a bloody, near-genocidal assault on Iraq's City of Mosques...on the Night of Destiny! That would be like trying to win Christian hearts and minds by laying waste to the Vatican, gang-raping the nuns, and cutting the Pope's throat...all on Christmas Eve. Invading Fallujah was an absolutely lunatic idea on any day of the year; it could only result in a holocaust for the city's civilian population as well as some of the most important religious-architectural heritage in the world. Every single one of the world's 1.2 billion Muslims would have to seriously consider take up arms upon hearing of such an assault; at the very least, it would demolish any US claim to legitimacy in Iraq. And on the Night of Destiny!? No sane occupation force would even dream of picking the Night of Destiny to invade Fallujah. It had to be a mistake. It couldn't really be happening.
On the Night of Destiny, one is supposed to stay up all night if possible, praying, contemplating, and reciting Qur'an. One is supposed to focus on the peace that passeth understanding, “peace unto her (the night/the descending angel) until the rising of dawn” (Quran, Surat al-Qadr). Last year I certainly didn't get much sleep—but it wasn't because I was spending the night in Qur'an-inspired inner peace. Instead, I was horrified at the wrong that was being done in my name, and desperately imploring God to make it right. And there emerged in me the realization that if it was to be made right, I was going to have to do my part. I would have to give everything I had—my life, if necessary—to stop this madness.
During the next few days it only got worse. Reports emerged that US soldiers had gotten juiced up for the Fallujah slaughter through headbanging “Christian heavy metal” sessions. They had perpetrated innumerable atrocities, starting by going room to room in the hospital slaughtering patients and any medical personnel who resisted, then taking up sniper positions on rooftops and randomly murdering women and children in the streets, shelling mosques and living quarters, and executing the wounded with point-blank shots to the head. One such execution-style murder—of a helpless, badly-wounded old man in a mosque—was broadcast repeatedly on al-Jazeera.
The root of this evil, I saw, was the hatred whipped up by 9/11, which I had already investigated and found to be a probable inside job. But even if it wasn't—whether you blame Osama Bin Laden or Osama Bin Cheney—the event was obviously intended to incite hatred and violence and bigotry between the faiths. I wrote to various religious scholars and 9/11 truth activists outlining the idea of MUJCA-NET, and quickly garnered support, endorsements, and advice from many quarters. David Griffin was especially helpful, and Faiz Khan signed on as a co-founder. I quickly learned the bare basics of website design and put mujca.com on the cyberspace map.
What have we accomplished during the past year? First, we brought David Griffin to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his stunning talk 9/11 and the American Empire: How Should Religious People Respond? brought a capacity crowd of 450 people to their feet in a prolonged standing ovation, all witnessed by a nationwide television audience during several rebroadcasts on C-Span. That event was immortalized as the DVD offered on mujca.com's home page—a perfect organizing and educational tool, especially for religious communities and congregations. Besides that breakthrough event, we co-sponsored David Griffin's October, 2005 talk in New York titled “The Destruction of the Trade Towers: A Christian Theologian Speaks Out”; a workshop on 9/11 religious activism at the Washington, D.C. Truth Convergence in July; and the second annual Marathon 9/11 Truth Teach-In at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on 9/11/2005. As a founding member of MUJCA-NET, I have led educational outreach events at two area churches, made numerous local television and local and national radio appearances, published and/or e-published a number of essays and letters, and led a team of editors on a book project that grew out of David Griffin's 9/11 and the American Empire talk.
It has not been an easy year for me personally. The emotional and financial stresses of 9/11 activism have taken their toll on me, and on my family. I have had to negotiate an endless compromise: how much time and energy can I devote to my children in the here-and-now, and how much can I devote to trying to build a world that will be worth growing up in? Under normal circumstances, the answer would be easy: To heck with the world, I'll take care of my children. But these are not normal circumstances. An America (and thus a world) run by the perpetrators of the 9/11 Big Lie would not be worth living in—not for me, not for my children. As David Griffin put it in the conclusion of his “Destruction of the Trade Towers” talk: “The welfare of our republic and perhaps even the survival of our civilization depend on getting the truth about 9/11 exposed.”
For guidance in this struggle I look to the example of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him, who was entrusted with a far more powerful and frightening and important truth, and who endured far worse hardships than I have. On the Night of Destiny, in this same blessed month of Ramadan nearly 1400 years ago, the Qur'anic revelation descended on him, almost crushing the breath out of him as it demanded that he recite the divine message. He and his wife Khadija, the first Muslim believer, along with their small but growing band of companions, endured a decade of scorn and persecution, and another decade of all-out warfare aimed at their extermination.
Muhammad's message was much scarier than the 9/11 truth message. Through the Qur'an, God made it clear that the stakes we are playing for in this life are almost unimaginably high. To give even a faint taste of the different outcomes of righteousness and unrighteousness, it offered images of the pleasure garden versus cataclysm and hellfire. Your behavior—in conjuction with the quality of your heart—makes all the difference.
Like many prophets before him, Muhammad set an example for good people everywhere by persisting in speaking an unpopular but necessary truth. He and his companions suffered much, and risked their lives, as the faithful custodians of that truth.
All of us in the 9/11 truth movement, of whatever faith, are the custodians of a lesser, but still extremely important, truth. The Qur'an makes it clear that whole civilizations can be killed by unrighteousness, their ruins left as warnings to those who come after. In the same conclusion quoted above, David Griffin argued that however devastating 9/11 truth would be for America's self-image, “Far more devastating to the American psyche, the American form of government, and the world as a whole will be the continued rule of those who brought us 9/11, because the values reflected in that horrendous event have been reflected in the Bush administration's lies to justify the attack on Iraq, its disregard for environmental science and the Bill of Rights, its criminal negligence both before and after Katrina, and now its apparent plan not only to weaponize space but also to authorize the use of nuclear weapons in a preemptive strike.” These evils, all stemming from the 9/11 Reichstag fire, have pushed the USA closer to economic, environmental and social collapse.
I hope that by next year's Night of Power, insha'allah, we will have taken even more small but persistent steps toward the truth that will set us free.
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Photos of the assault on the civilians of Iraq
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A billion people coming together in a new way:
Anniversary of the Assault on Fallujah
Written by Kevin Zeese
Tuesday, 08 November 2005
Italian Film Documents Use of Chemical Weapons by the United States
One year ago the United States began an assault on Fallujah. Today, an Italian film, Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre,
http://tinyurl.com/9qcsu ) by Sigfrido Ranucci and Maurizio Torrealta, was broadcast on RAI
network. The film documents, in gory details, the use of chemical weapons, in particular 'White Phosphorus,' and the killing of civilians. The film interviews U.S.soldiers, shows the bodies of corpses effected by more than conventional weapons.
One U.S. soldier, Jeff Engelhart, described the killing of civilians: "I was personally involved with escorting a commander to Fallujah for Operation Phantom Fury. We were told going into Fallujah, into the combat area, that every single person that was walking, talking, breathing was an enemy combatant. As such, every single person that was walking down the street or in a house was a target." When asked how he would describe the battle of Fallujah to his children he says "It seemed like just a massive killing of Arabs. It looked like just a massive killing."
Regarding chemical weapons, Englehart says he is "certain" that White Phosphorus was used. He describes commands over the radio saying the bombing of 'Whiskey Pete' - slang for White Phosphorous was commencing. He describes its effects:
"The gases from the warhead of the white phosphorus will disperse in a cloud. And when it makes contact with skin, then it's absolutely irreversible damage, burning of flesh to the bone. It doesn't necessarily burn clothes, but it will burn the skin underneath clothes. And this is why protective masks do not help, because it will burn right through the mask, the rubber of the mask. It will manage to get inside your face. If you breathe it, it will blister your throat and your lungs until you suffocate, and then it will burn you from the inside. It basically reacts to skin, oxygen and water. The only way to stop the burning is with wet mud. But at that point, it's just impossible to stop."
http://tinyurl.com/cf2rh) about the chemical describes it as a "Spontaneously flammable chemical used for battlefield illumination. Contact with particles causes burning of skin and flesh
Seven months ago I wrote an open letter
http://tinyurl.com/7eqse to Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about these and other reported atrocities in Fallujah, and still have not received a response.
An excerpt of Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre can be seen at
http://www.rainews24.rai.it/ran24/inchiesta/video/fallujah_ING.wmvor with tinyurl (less susceptible to line wrapping)http://tinyurl.com/9qcsu
Democracy Now prints the transcript of an excerpt of Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre at
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/08/1516227 or with tinyurl (less susceptible to line wrapping)http://tinyurl.com/adn2p and debates White Phosphorous at
http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/08/1516232 or with tinyurl (less susceptible to line wrapping)http://tinyurl.com/98day
Open Letter from Kevin Zeese to Donald Rumsfeld concerning atrocities and their cover up in Fallujah, April 19, 2005 at
http://democracyrising.us/content/view/203/151/ or with tinyurl (less susceptible to line wrapping)
Unembedded journalist Dahr Jamail reports on Fallujah
http://dahrjamailiraq.com/weblog or with tinyurl (less susceptible to line wrapping)
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