As fast as one Islamicist terror-promoting website is shut down, another springs up – with a new host, new sponsorship and new servers.
Take the case of Azzam Publications, which “signed off” on the Net officially Nov. 20. But some of its messages – filled with anti-American, pro-Taliban, pro-Osama bin Laden and pro-terror rhetoric – can be found on a new companion site.
“The American government is an enemy to Islam and the Muslims, despite all the sympathetic statements given by (President) Bush when he meets Muslim leaders and organizations in America,” says a current editorial by Azzam Publications, inspired by Sheikh Abdullah Azzam, a lieutenant of bin Laden.
The site attacks “those apologetic and defeatist Muslims in the West who are making apologetic statements siding with the West and not believing or supporting their own brothers.” The groups cited by name are the American Muslim Council and the Muslim Council of Britain.
“Like Bush said himself, you are either with the disbelievers (us) or the terrorists (Muslims),” explains Azzam. “Therefore, those Muslims who are condemning the Taliban etc. have already taken sides and that is the side of Zionist-controlled America.”
While falling just short of approving of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America, Azzam does clearly take sides with bin Laden and the Taliban.
“We believe the word of Osama bin Ladin and the Taliban, as Muslims, when they say that they had nothing to do with this terrorist act, over and above the word of a lying disbeliever like Bush,” it says. “If they did it, they would proudly say so because they are not afraid of the reprisals from anyone.”
Of course, bin Laden did eventually admit his role in the Sept. 11 attacks two months later. But Azzam only sees Muslim victims.
“Most of Afghanistan has been recaptured from the Taliban, thousands of Afghan Muslim civilians have been killed, cities have fallen and lives have been lost,” the message continues. “Elsewhere, thousands of Muslims have been arrested and detained in America, where they are beaten (by both the prison guards and other prisoners), tortured, humiliated and denied access to lawyers and their families. Muslim homes are being raided and Muslims being detained across Europe. Muslim websites, businesses and banks are being closed. In the midst of all this, Western leaders are at pains to explain that this is not a war against Islam and that the West loves Muslims. Scenes of the bodies of both the Taliban and the foreign Mujahedin lying on the streets have been broadcast around the world much to the delight of the disbelievers and their hypocrite allies from amongst the ‘Muslims’ (e.g., some ‘official’ American and British ‘Muslim’ Councils, etc.).”
Azzam says it expects its site to be shut down, again.
“Therefore, we advise all the Muslims to save a copy of this page and ponder about what it says lest our site is closed and we are not able to say it again,” it continues. “We also advise the Muslims to copy, translate into other languages if necessary and distribute this message all over the Internet.”
Azzam goes on to urge practicing Muslims to leave America and withdraw all their investments and cash from America.
“We have warned you: America is no longer a safe place for Muslims,” says the site.
The site also claims the war in Afghanistan is the beginning of a long conflict that will last several years – “perhaps decades and eventually end with victory for the believers and a good outcome for the Muslim Ummah.”
“The Muslims are lacking in media,” Azzam decries. “Due to the advances of modern technology, it is easy to spread news, information, articles and other information over the Internet. We strongly urge Muslim Internet professionals to spread and disseminate news and information about the Jihad through e-mail lists, discussion groups and their own websites. If you fail to do this, and our site closes down before you have done this, we may hold you to account before Allah on the Day of Judgment. As long as you mention that the source of the article was Azzam Publications and do not change them, you do not need our express permission to take all the material from our site.”
The Azzam website is one from which many “fatwas” have been issued demanding that Muslims everywhere rise up and kill Christians and Jews. It contains graphic pictures of torture of Chechens, allegedly at the hands of Russians. Another photo shows a Mujahedin fighter holding a trophy of a Russian’s liver on a stick.
In operation since 1999, it has indeed been shut down several times and brought up in other locations. It is mirrored around the world. The Qoqaz site is owned by Lara Palsemo of Sao Paolo, Brazil, but the e-mail, [email protected], is a London address. The Azzam site is, according to the registration, owned by Net Access Corporation in Parsippany, N.J. Neither Palsemo nor representatives of Net Access Corporation were available for interviews.
Azzam might be the most blatantly pro-terrorist website, but it is hardly the only one.
As WorldNetDaily has previously reported, Sheik Omar Bakri Muhammad runs a worldwide Islamist organization that defends Osama bin Laden. Part of his Al-Muhajiroun empire is an English-language website – one that calls for the death by crucifixion, or worse, of the real terrorists: Americans and their Muslim proxies in Pakistan.
According to Sheik Omar, Muslims in the West have very serious responsibilities in preparing the people to embrace Islam or to accept the Islamic way of life.
Al-Muhajiroun calls for Muslims in the West to “be the front line of the coming Khilafah … to become strong and united in order to become the fifth column, which is able to put pressure on the enemies of Islam and to be able to support the Muslim Ummah worldwide.” The organization believes that “bonding the Muslim community in the West with the Muslims globally” is the secret to setting off a “worldwide Islamic revolution.”
Almuhajiroun.com and Azzam.com are just two of dozens of radical Islamist, English-language websites that appear to be specifically designed to influence and recruit in the West.
Another one is Khalifornia.org.
No, this is not a site promoting California as the next Islamic state – not quite.
Here’s how the purveyors of this website explain the name: “When we came across the following explanation for the name of California, that being the domain of the Khilafah, we thought this would be a challenging name for a publication calling the Muslims to the full application of Islam and a return to the Khilafah State. However, it is not implied that California is in any way the chosen or designated for this state. Edward Hale, author of ‘The Man Without a Country,’ reported in the Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society that the name California was to be found in work of Montalvo, a Spanish author of popular romances of chivalry in the early 1500s. This was the same period as the Spanish conquest in America. … ‘Califerne was the domain of the Caliph, the ruler of the Mohammedan world.'”
A French etymologist suggests that “Montalvo was inspired to borrow the Frankish Califerne and Hispanicize it California,” explains Khalifornia.org.
Then there is the Sheffield Hallam University Islamic Society website, also out of the UK.
Like many of the other radical Islamic sites, this one reserves special angst for the Musharraf regime in Pakistan.
“Pakistan currently is subservient to the international order dominated by America,” it explains. “She is subjugated to economic enslavement by the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the World Bank and accepts the sovereignty of the United Nations over her. Currently, the government is planning to resume a $1.5 billion IMF loan program.”
Ramadhan.org prominently features an interview with bin Laden and horror stories about Muslims being persecuted in the United States in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.
Khilafah.com, one of the more sophisticated sites of its kind, leaves little doubt about where it stands on the issues of the day.
“President Bush’s ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ call evoked memories of how the ‘West was Won’ by a brutish and arrogant people,” notes one prominent article entitled “How the West Was Lost.” “The native Indian civilization was wiped out. Could it be that the West will be lost due to this continuing brutish and arrogant behavior?”
The article goes on to suggest that America’s action in Afghanistan “may well be the beginning of the end for the supremacy of the Western civilization if a viable alternative world order comes into being that is truly universal. This is not as crazy as it might sound.”
Hizb-ut-tahrir.org warns that an “alliance with America is a great crime forbidden by Islam.
The site blames the Jews for inciting the rulers of America to take revenge against the whole Islamic world for the Sept. 11 attacks.
Isla.org also gives prominence to an interview with bin Laden. Much of the rest of the site is in Arabic.
Does the Koran justify terrorist attacks like America witnessed on Sept. 11? Without a doubt, answers Tanzeem.org.
“Ameer of Tanzeem-e-Islami explained that the Islamic viewpoint on the matter is that an attack may be launched by Muslims, without any ultimatum, against an enemy with whom the Muslims are not bound by a treaty,” explains the website. “Whereas upon a nation with which Muslims have signed a treaty, it is not allowed to attack them without an ultimatum (in case they violate the terms of the treaty first). He said that guerrilla war is also condoned in Islam in a situation in which either a people are pushed against a wall and have no other means to raise their voices or where the enemy is overwhelmingly strong and cannot be otherwise defeated. He said that an attack in which civilians are killed is very much disliked in Islam. Nonetheless, the oppressed and the persecuted have the right to retaliate terror with terror.”
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