[Please note that although every
effort has been made to translate the following statement from Arabic
into the English language as accurately as possible, some discrepancies
may still occur. Please take this into consideration. Islam4UK Team]
For one to speak from an angle of
expertise in any subject he has to know that (his speech) must be
knowledge based, subjective and neutral, hence the right of the
knowledge will oblige you to attribute the sayings to the one who said
it before analysing it, regardless what an experts personal position
and opinion is regarding the sayings and actions of whoever he may be
For that reason, when I was asked
approximately eight months ago as an expert in Islamic movements by a
media branch belonging to the BBC (Arabic) about the position of the
non-lebanese Salafi Jihadi movements and specifically regarding their
position on who they (Salafi Jihadi) believed was responsible for the
incident of the assassination of the late ex-Prime Minister Rafiq
Hariri, I answered in a very subjective and neutral manner, that was
based on prior information which I obtained before I arrived to
Lebanon,Â and thisÂ was that the overwhelming belief of the
Salafi Jihadi movement was that Ahmad Abu Addas was the one who carried
out the assassination.
And their evidence was what occurred in
the video tape which was attributed to Ahmad Abu Addas, that Al Jazeera
had also broadcast, in addition to what had been publicised in many of
the jihadi web forums which are very close to the Salafi Jihadi
movement; all of this was before my arrival to Lebanon and before the
international committee into the investigation of the assassination (of
Rafiq Hariri) even commenced.
And I would like to clarify that when I
conveyed the information in its context I was confident of the source
i.e. the Salafi websites and forums, but not necessarily confident
about all aspects of what had been mentioned whether from information,
news or comments and from amongst all that what was mentioned about
Ahmad Abu Addas being behind the operation or my answer when I was
asked about the perception and evaluation or reaction of the Salafi
Jihadi movement towards the assassination and also about their position
regarding the leaders and rulers who are leading the world and about
their benefit from the assassination.
Consequently, the clarification of the
sayings of the Islamic movements and groups was completely academic and
subjective and had been conveyed from their websites and literature,
again with neutrality and not necessarily carrying my personal opinion
or Islamic stance (regarding it).
And in reality the sequence of the
investigations aboutÂ theÂ assassination, clearly points
towards Ahmad Abu Addas as having no involvement in the incident
Any ordinary person would know that
clarifying the sayings of others as a journalist, correspondent, expert
or witness does not necessarily mean that he carries the same belief or
that he abides by it, which is similar to the clarification of the
Shari'ah rules to the people for example: to clarify the
verdictÂ about cutting the hand of a thief or killingÂ the
murderer or lashingÂ the fornicator -Â all of this does not
necessarily imply that you are inciting people to execute it.
This is why I would like for the BBC
(Arabic section), the Al-Mustaqbal Newspaper and Manar TV to implement
the subjectivity and to be truthful in conveying the news.
And everybody knows that I have been
infamously victimised by the Western media as well as those who carry
the news from them, and this is because of my strong affiliation to
Islam and my active expertise in a lot of the Islamic groups and
parties, which wasÂ achieved throughout my residency in the West,
as well as because of my position on Islamic standpoints and
involvement in Islamic projects, which were all to support the Islamic
Furthermore, I am from the ones who
have been labelled infamous as opposed to famous and for that reason I
have been exposed to a lot of false accusations as well as the twisting
of my views and sayings and in many cases even intentional fabrication
to my stances, which contradict to my Deen and belief.
All of this was committed by the
Western media, who are in line with the BNP (British National Party)
formerly known as Combat 18, and their website says enough about them:
As well as racist groups, for example
the 'White Wolves' and Zionist organisations, which have a lot of
strong media links with wide publicity just like the Sun, Daily Mirror,
News of the World and others, these newspapers have on many occasions
attributed to me remarks that are untrue and baseless, because I always
used to refuse to have an interview with them or even reply to them
because of their intentional lying, which they have exercised towards
me and many other Islamic activists residing in the West.
And unfortunately, a lot of the people
who are encouraging them to publicise such lies are some Muslims who
have become close to them, and they (Muslims) do this through trying to
refute what I have allegedly said taking it as if it were really my
words, without any verification from myself.
This is so that they (media) can validate the fabrication from those naive Muslims by using their â€˜refutation'.
Furthermore, these Muslims carry a lot
of Crusader â€˜honorary' titles which have been granted to them by
Queen Elizabeth and her government. And from among them is the Knight,
the Sir, Iqbal Sacranie and, the Sir, Zaki Badawi and the Lord Nazir
Ahmed among others like them, who are working for British governmental
institutes and high ranking security establishments.
This is why many of the people from the
media might try to abuse my remarks or stances whether to do with
Islamic knowledge or narrative news to attack Islam, Islamists or any
other political bodies for unclear motives.
Hence, we can see that from what the
Mustaqbal Newspaper has recently publicised about myself and my stances
is copied from the Sun Newspaper and the Zionist Jew â€˜Jon Ronson' and
then what the Manar TV copied from Mustaqbal Newspaper and others to
get at me and my honour or to put doubt in the truthfulness of my
sayings, or to even divert the direction of the investigation away from
the assassination of Rafiq Hariri.
Since my return to Lebanon in summer
2005, and after approximately thirty years of absence from the country
I have not been practising any political activity on behalf of any
political side and I do not belong to any Islamic group or body in
When I introduced myself as an Islamic
expert in Islamic groups, factions, movements, sects etc. the reason
for thisÂ was because of the experience and involvement which I
have earned over a long period of time in the field of da'wah ilallah
(calling to Allah (SWT)) as well as my continuous seeking of Islamic
knowledge and my vast studies of the Aqa'id (schools of belief) and
literatures of the various sects, factions, movements etc. both
contemporary and past for a period exceeding 37 years.
This was alongside all my practical
experience with many of the Islamic schools of thought until Allah
(SWT) guided me to Nahj us Salaf, Nahj ul Ahlus Sunnah Wal
Jama'aahÂ (the path of the pious predecessors).
In addition to all that, is my
continuous connection with a lot of Islamic leaderships around the
world, and all of the above is very well known to any ordinary person.
Consequently, this active and academic
experience has granted me the expertise of being a specialist in
Islamic groups (in both these levels), contrary to a â€˜secular expert'
in Islamic groups who has only theoretical experience.
In relation to the doubts that some
people are pushing concerning my role as a da'ee beside my role as an
Islamic expert, I would like to clarify that the original rule is for a
Muslim to carry dawah ilah deenillah (calling to Allah (SWT)) as an
Islamic obligation, and there is no difference between carrying da'wah
and the salah and theÂ siyaam (fasting)Â as well as the other
waajibat Shari'ah (Islamic obligations), which are compulsory upon
every Muslim according to his capability.
And I am not a secularist. And I am not from the ones who separate Islam from the systems of life in society or public affairs.
As far as the infamousness and the
stabbing of my honour and the false accusations that are thrown at me
are concerned every now and then, all I can say and repeat is:
hasbiallahu wa ni'mal wakeel (Allah is sufficient for me and He is the
One Who will look after my affairs), wa la hawla wa la quwatta illah
billah (and there is no power or might except in Allah).
And this is a tax that every truthful Muslim must pay.
11th Shawwal 1429, 11th October 2008
Sheikh Omar Bakri Muhammad Fostok
Contact Number: 0096170957759