The Truth About the Radical Muslim Chaplains: Root Causes of Islamic Fanaticism and Terror
By Prof. Nitza Nachmias
Dean, Israel Leadership Institute
Nabeel Al Awadhi, a Kuwaiti Muslim, calls himself an "Alem" (scientist, Islam expert), theologian, writer, chaplain, and a pious Muslim who shows Muslims the right path to Paradise.
He wrote in the daily Al Watan (February 8, 2009), "We Arab Muslims must start thinking of producing nuclear bombs. We can finance that with our petrodollars, and use Egyptian brains to make that dream come true. Our prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, ordered us "to prepare every thing possible to fight the infidels" (meaning Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, etc.). These people understand only the language of power. We'll tell the world, "Aslem Taslam" ("Either you submit to Islam, or you'll have to die").
In Hawalli mosque, he said in a Friday preach (January 9, 2009), "It is not true that the Americans liberated Kuwait in 1991. It was Allah. He simply used the American troops to liberate our country. Therefore, we must thank Allah, not the Americans."
On Kuwait TV, he told his audience (February 2, 2009), "I know of many cases of Muslims who were infected with cancer. They drank Zamzam water (from "holy" Mecca) and were completely cured. You just need to believe in it, believe in Islam and his prophet." Very often Al Awadhi narrates the following "Islamic miracle:" after a house in Cairo completely burned down, the firefighters found a copy of the Koran. It was barely touched by fire. It survived the fire. "Do you know why? Because it is Allah's book. It is the only true holy book on the earth."
Al Awadhi also preaches that Muslims do not need to read any other book than the Koran. It has everything: "Instructions on how to abide by Shari'a, the law of Allah, and all kinds of scientific theories, which the West is using to develop all kinds of technology" (in Al Watan, November 17, 2008).
Occasionally, Al Awadhi repeats the following myth. A valiant, pious Muslim went to Napoleon Bonaparte (after the latter invaded Egypt in the 18th century) and told him, "You're not a just ruler." According to Al Awadhi, Bonaparte was angry and ordered jailing the man in a small cell, and asked his soldiers to bring a hungry lion and release it into the cell. They did so. The following day, the soldiers opened the cell and were astounded. The man was still alive; he was sitting on one end of the room and the lion on the other end.
The soldiers asked the man, "What happened? Why didn't the lion devour you?" The man looked at them with a triumphant smile and said, "I was praying as you released the lion into the cell. Allah prevented the lion from coming close to me." Then they asked him, "Weren't you scared?" "Actually I was only afraid that it (lion) would tarnish my ablution. That is all," the man said. Al Awadhi ends the story by saying, "After learning about the story, many French soldiers at the time converted to Islam. Allahu-Akbar!"
Al Awadhi concludes most of his preaches by calling Allah to infect all non-Muslims with AIDS and hit them with natural devastating catastrophes. He also comforts his fellow Muslims by saying, "Our prophet Muhammad will sit next to Allah on the Day of Judgment and convince Him that all good Muslims should enter Paradise."
Al Awadhi is in good society. He cherishes and ad nauseum repeats what his fellow radical chaplains disseminate among Muslims. "We reject the Western concept of freedom. It is un-Islamic. The only thing that is Islamic is obedience to Allah." Al Awadhi and his fellows are the kind of Sheiks who dominate the Fatwa-market (religious ruling) in the Muslim world. They have free access to all print and audio-visual media. Their stories and hallucinations are voraciously consumed by illiterate and half-illiterate Muslims, of which the Arabian Peninsula, in particular, has quite a few.
Al Awadhi and his peers are perfect coaches of fanatic Muslims. Further, fanaticism is the pre-stage to blindly maiming and killing. Young men and women who listen to Al Awadhi and his fellow chaplains are perfect candidates for becoming suicide and car bombers. There lie the root causes of terrorism.
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