Primer on Ramadan

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 9, 2008
Secretary Clinton With Foreign Ministers Miliband and Steinmeier

Last night, Secretary Rice hosted the annual State Department Iftaar dinner. Iftaars are meals held to break the fast during Ramadan. More than one billion Muslims around the world fast during Ramadan, which is observed during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. In the video above, Imam Mohamad Bashar Arafat provides a primer on Ramadan and the tradition of Iftaar.

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Akhter
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Bangladesh
September 13, 2008

Akhter in Bangladesh writes:

Its great pleasure for us , whole muslims of the world , that Secretary Condoleezza Rice have hosted Annual Iftar Dinnar in the honor of Muslims. We are grateful to her for her great public diplomacy. She siad Islam is a peaceful religion and she realizerd that , Real Muslims cannot involved in the Terorist activities unless and untill influenced and ignited by any International Great Power house/power centre.
Thanks for her compliments passed on that annual Iftar dinner about the Muslims of the World.We have appreciated.

Elliott
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Texas, USA
September 14, 2008

Elliott in Texas writes:

We are walking a tightrope. On one hand attempting to honor, reach out and show our respect to a world religion and its 1.2 billion adherants, while at the same time denying the triumphalistic ideology of the faith which we are honoring! Our hope is always to appeal to the 'moderate' Muslim community in order to marginalize the fundamentalists who take Mohammed at his word and are exhorted to Holy War against all who are not Islamic.

As USSTATE has banned the use of terms "Islamo-fascist" or "Jihad" in characterizing Muslim perpetrators of terror, we are supporting an illusion of moral equivalency between Islam with all other religions. Saudi Arabia holds no dinners honoring Christian and Jewish holidays.They fund Wahabi clerics and schools in the United States, which teach that Jews are descended of apes and pigs.

Do not be deceived. The words that we hear of peace have a very different meaning in the Islamic lexicon than what we in the west mean. Peace can only exist in Dar al Harb (the world not submitted to Allah or the world of war) when it has become part of Dar al Islam (the world of submission to Allah) either through outright conversion to Islam or accepting a second class or dhimmi status.

This is not to demonize a people, race or even harmless customs or traditions, such as fasting and prayer; however, religious freedom does not mean toleration of a triumphalist seditious ideology which is central to Islamic religious doctrine. Sedition trumps 1st Amendment guarantees.

I fear for our nation as the economic predominance of fundamentalist Islamic nations through their oil resources has made us 21st century vassals or dhimmis to dar al Islam.

Our founders dealt with Islam from 1783-1803, trying to appease Caliphate sponsored piracy (terrorism) against American merchant ships, no longer under the protection of the British navy. After 20 years of paying ever increasing "tribute", President Jefferson, finally drew the line, raised a Navy and sent the Marines to Tripoli.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams went to negotiate with Tripoli's envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman or (Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja). Upon inquiring "concerning the ground of the pretensions to make war upon nations who had done them no injury", the ambassador replied:

"It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once."

The Koran has not changed. Fundamentalist Islam still commands its followers to terrorize all who are not in Dar al Islam, "until they submit". In our time terrorism provides a 'cloud of war' under which "moderate" Muslims can fund our Middle Eastern Studies departments at those universities who train our future State Dept. leaders. Those in leadership who have yielded their careers to these interests are rewarded with honoraria for brief speeches and donations to their Presidential Libraries.

Meanwhile we force Israel to negotiate with Abbas (who masterminded the Achille Lorro attack) under a delusion that all that the Palestinians want is a spot of land and their own government.

We are in denial regarding the lexicon of Islam. "Peace" means submission to Allah. "Justice" means that the whole world must be under Islamic governance. It certainly means that any land that has EVER been under Islamic rule be restored to its 'just' ownership. Religious toleration means that Christians and Jews may maintain their religious practice, but become second class "dhimmi" citizens under Islam. They pay a jhizza or special dhimmi tax. The yellow star made infamous by Hitler during the Holocaust was borrowed from Islamic method of identifying Jewish dhimmis under the Ottoman caliphate.
Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem,Haj al-Amin Husseini, conspired to exterminate all the Jews in Europe and in the Middle East, pending defeat of the British by Rommel.

We are being compromised at the highest levels of our government, while our defenses are being infiltrated by those who are disloyal to the sovereignty of these United States, and look forward to the day that the flag of Islam will fly over our nation!

"Because of your tolerance, we will invade you. Because of our religion, we will triumph over you." This is attributed to a now deported British Imam.

Marie
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New York, USA
September 15, 2008

Marie in New York writes:

Why does my Monday morning in NYC look like this: Lehman Bros is going under and Merill was bought-up by BOA? Why are more troops getting killed in Iraq? What is wrong with you guys there in the White House? Geez -- and I think what could have been... After 9/11 we could have gone into Afganistan and gotten rid of the terrorists who came into NYC. Yet we went into Iraq -- WHEN WE WERE ATTACKED BY AFGANISTAN?!?!? I still can believe that. I hope you all are happy now that you repaid the debt by GHWB to Sadaam Hussein. I cant believe I voted for you. Now we are losing our jobs and soldiers are losing their lives and you guys are "staying the course". Are you kidding????

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