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The Muslim leaders swallow the advice of the Western
by Abu Bakar Bashir

The Muslim leaders swallow the advice of the Western
powers and bodies like the IMF and World Bank,
even when it is bad for their countries and they know this.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Muslims must believe that all power,
success and victory comes from God alone.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

But the weakness comes from these Westernised co-opted
Muslim leaders who just want to look good in the eyes
of the West and Western media.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Because Islam in its original form was tough and hard,
not weak and pliable.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

 

The Afghans did not have sophisticated weapons like the Soviets did,
but with their faith they defeated a superpower.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

The Prophet defeated the enemies of Islam even when
he and his followers were small in number.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Today the Western powers and media want to domesticate us like sheep,
to keep us tame and domesticated.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

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Look at the Afghans, during the time of the Soviet invasion.
They were among the poorest Muslims in the world,
yet they were sustained by their faith in God,
and God alone.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

This is why I have always said that it would be better if Muslims were poor.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Why should we use the Dollar even when we trade among ourselves?
- Abu Bakar Bashir

They are scared that the BBC or CNN may call them radicals,
so they remain soft instead.
The problem lies there, with the Muslim leaders,
not the Muslim masses.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

The only model to follow is pure Islam.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

What use is revelation or religion if it doesnt change anything?
- Abu Bakar Bashir

What honour have we got left, when nobody is listening to us?
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Islam's laws are fixed and that is why Islam is stable.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

We should be proud that our Prophet came into the world
with the message of Islam to change it for the better,
and not for the worse, or to keep things as they are.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Islam is perfect, there is nothing to be added or changed.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

If my children do not behave according to Islam,
if they do not pray for instance, I will punish them.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Likewise the leader of any state has to do the same,
he has to enforce Shariah firmly, for he will be held
in account later in the afterlife if he fails.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

As long as Muslims were confident they could not be defeated,
but now we are just puppets.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Laws are to be enforced justly but firmly,
with an iron hand.
This is the case anywhere, even in a family.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

You are right, but the weakness does not come from
the millions of Muslims in the world.
They do not mind being radical, they have no fear to
speak out and to protest and to jihad.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

But the leaders of the OIC could not even accept Mahathir's proposal,
yet they talk about respect and honour.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Islam is fixed, stable, ordered and disciplined,
and so are Muslims.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Oil wealth has been a curse on us, made us weak and docile.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

There is not a single Muslim leader today who has the
courage and commitment to defend Islam and Muslims,
they are all in awe of the United States and other Western powers,
and are indebted to them.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

So we want an Islamic state where Islamic law is not
just in the books but enforced,
and enforced with determination.
There is no space and no room for democratic consultation.
The Shariah is set and fixed, so why do we need to
discuss it anymore? Just implement it!
- Abu Bakar Bashir

But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside.
They attack our people and invade our countries from outside,
and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism,
liberalism and democracy.
This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Arab leaders worry more about making money from the
profits they get from oil and gas that they turn the
other way when Lebanon is being destroyed right next to them.
Their neighbours are being murdered,
but they only make calculations for their own benefit.
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Our Prophet was a radical too- he fought against the
injustices of his community and challenged the feudal order of his society,
so they called him a radical.
So what? We should be proud of that!
- Abu Bakar Bashir

We have shown that Islam can rule the world perfectly for 14 centuries,
and during this time of Muslim power we did not borrow
ideas like democracy from others,
so why do we need to learn democracy from them now?
- Abu Bakar Bashir

Unfortunately, more and more Muslim voices are calling
for boycotts of the United States and its products.
- Richard Neal

Unbeliever is he who follows predestination even if he be Muslim,
Faithful is he, if he himself is the Divine Destiny.
- Muhammad Iqbal

Today, the Muslim world is the poorest of the global powers.
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

At the beginning of the twentieth century,
every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west,
and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France.
- Karen Armstrong

The attacks on the Paris Metro in the 1990s were committed
by members of the local Muslim community,
immigrants from the Maghreb region of North Africa.
- Otto Schily

As you look at the flow of Muslim fundamentalism,
or fundamentalism in various areas and various religions,
they all play on the people who have very little.
- James Wolfensohn

The hatred Muslim extremists feel against the West
feeds on certain conflicts in the world.
- Otto Schily

US presidents can make all the commitments and declarations
they want until they are blue in the face,
in the Muslim world they will always be perceived as partisan.
- Daniel Barenboim

I am a Muslim Arab, in my actions oriented very to the left,
in my convictions.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I lived in the Muslim world for 10 years.
- Juan Cole

Where are the Muslim people's sponsors? Where are its
kings? Where are its leaders? The Muslim people is calling upon you,
Jerusalem is appealing to you, will anyone answer?
- Ahmed Yassin

Even as we pour hundreds of billions of dollars into
our efforts in the Middle East,
there is much that needs to be done to win the war
of ideas in the Muslim world and beyond.
- Herb Kohl

I am not against Muslim schools.
But as I believe in integration, I think we would be
better off overall if we did not have denominational schools at all.
- Frank Dobson

I, therefore, demand the formation of a consolidated
Muslim State in the best interest of India and Islam.
- Muhammad Iqbal

Britons seem to have given up on assimilating their Muslim population,
with many British elites patting themselves on the
back for their tolerance and multiculturalism.
- Linda Chavez

Therefore, the observation must be explicitly made:
In the Middle East and in the Muslim world,
suspicions linger concerning the objectives of the West and notably the US.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

We need spies that look like their targets,
CIA officers who speak the dialects terrorists use,
and FBI agents who can speak to Muslim women who might be intimidated by men.
- Jane Harman

I think race has been a burden for black Americans.
Being Muslim has also been a challenge because so many
people do not understand Islam.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

He who becomes a Muslim does so in his own interest.
- Abu Bakr

Violence is almost an everyday occurrence in some Muslim lands:
it should not be exacerbated by revenge attacks on
more innocent families and communities.
- Cat Stevens

Islam expect every Muslim to do this duty,
and if we realise our responsibility time will come
soon when we shall justify ourselves worthy of a glorious past.
- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Western countries in particular can today no longer
be separated from Muslim societies,
because they have them within themselves.
They are themselves internally globalized.
- Ulrich Beck

I don't think Osama is a Muslim.
I don't think Osama is a human being.
- Hamid Karzai

It's important that we work very closely with moderate Muslim forces locally,
nationally and internationally.
- Gijs de Vries

Muslim organisations tend to have a low level of organisation.
The communities in Europe are quite diverse.
- Gijs de Vries

A woman as the leader of the Free World is an impossibility.
Muslim countries won't talk to you.
- Geena Davis

In spite of this fact, the Western powers have never
given sufficient importance to the Muslim world.
They have always been inclined to treat it as a big
backward and lethargic child.
- Aly Khan

People's identities as Indians, as Asians,
or as members of the human race, seemed to give way -
quite suddenly -
to sectarian identification with Hindu,
Muslim, or Sikh communities.
- Amartya Sen

Do not look down upon any Muslim, for even the most
inferior believer is great in the eyes of God.
- Abu Bakr

Moderation is part of faith, so those who accuse Muslim
schools of fostering fanaticism should learn a bit more about Islam.
- Cat Stevens

At times one feels that what is being said in the West
is that the fact that you are a Muslim predisposes you to this blind,
stupid terrorism.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

There exists an unmistakable demand in the Middle East
and in the wider Muslim world for democratization.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
- Salman Rushdie

I'm a Muslim, but I think Jesus would have a drink with me.
He would be cool.
He would talk to me.
- Mike Tyson

Iran is central to our foreign policy in the Middle East,
a major player in global energy markets,
and a key country in terms of our interaction with the Muslim world.
- Howard Berman

Even if you didn't see the movie, you'd see two words
you'd never seen put together before -
comedy and Muslim.
Comedy is friendly - it's the least offensive word in our language.
- Albert Brooks

It is part of my faith as a Muslim to try to help those
who are suffering from poverty or economic or political injustice.
- Cat Stevens

All I wanted with that film was to represent the possibility
that there might be normal people who are Muslim or
Arab with the same fears,
responsibilities, hopes.
- Tony Shalhoub

The vast majority of Muslims living here are peaceful citizens.
Unfortunately, however, we also see religious and political
fanaticism among Muslim groups in Germany.
- Otto Schily

The Muslim world is deeply hurt by the campaign of
violence initiated against our Palestinian brothers.
- Ahmet Necdet Sezner


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