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Open Letter to the American People from the Iranian President

  • Author: MR
  • Filed under: Islam, News
  • Date: Nov 29,2006 | 02:38 PM

Although I am a Muslim Sunni American and he is a Muslim Shia Iranian, I have to say that this letter was very good and respectful towards the people of America. This is what he said comparing America and Iran:

Both our nations are God-fearing, truth-loving and justice-seeking, and both seek dignity, respect and perfection.

Both greatly value and readily embrace the promotion of human ideals such as compassion, empathy, respect for the rights of human beings, securing justice and equity, and defending the innocent and the weak against oppressors and bullies.

We are all inclined towards the good, and towards extending a helping hand to one another, particularly to those in need.

We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoples’ rights and the intimidation and humiliation of human beings.

He ends the letter with the words of Allah:

“But those who repent, have faith and do good may receive Salvation. Your Lord, alone, creates and chooses as He will, and others have no part in His choice; Glorified is God and Exalted above any partners they ascribe to Him.” (28:67-68)

Here is the full text of the letter:

Message of H.E. Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
To the American People

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

O, Almighty God, bestow upon humanity the perfect human being promised to all by You, and make us among his followers.

Noble Americans,

Were we not faced with the activities of the US administration in this part of the world and the negative ramifications of those activities on the daily lives of our peoples, coupled with the many wars and calamities caused by the US administration as well as the tragic consequences of US interference in other countries;

Were the American people not God-fearing, truth-loving, and justice-seeking, while the US administration actively conceals the truth and impedes any objective portrayal of current realities;

And if we did not share a common responsibility to promote and protect freedom and human dignity and integrity;

Then, there would have been little urgency to have a dialogue with you.

While Divine providence has placed Iran and the United States geographically far apart, we should be cognizant that human values and our common human spirit, which proclaim the dignity and exalted worth of all human beings, have brought our two great nations of Iran and the United States closer together.

Both our nations are God-fearing, truth-loving and justice-seeking, and both seek dignity, respect and perfection.

Both greatly value and readily embrace the promotion of human ideals such as compassion, empathy, respect for the rights of human beings, securing justice and equity, and defending the innocent and the weak against oppressors and bullies.

We are all inclined towards the good, and towards extending a helping hand to one another, particularly to those in need.

We all deplore injustice, the trampling of peoples’ rights and the intimidation and humiliation of human beings.

We all detest darkness, deceit, lies and distortion, and seek and admire salvation, enlightenment, sincerity and honesty.

The pure human essence of the two great nations of Iran and the United States testify to the veracity of these statements.

Noble Americans,

Our nation has always extended its hand of friendship to all other nations of the world.

Hundreds of thousands of my Iranian compatriots are living amongst you in friendship and peace, and are contributing positively to your society. Our people have been in contact with you over the past many years and have maintained these contacts despite the unnecessary restrictions of US authorities.

As mentioned, we have common concerns, face similar challenges, and are pained by the sufferings and afflictions in the world.

We, like you, are aggrieved by the ever-worsening pain and misery of the Palestinian people. Persistent aggressions by the Zionists are making life more and more difficult for the rightful owners of the land of Palestine. In broad day-light, in front of cameras and before the eyes of the world, they are bombarding innocent defenseless civilians, bulldozing houses, firing machine guns at students in the streets and alleys, and subjecting their families to endless grief.

No day goes by without a new crime.

Palestinian mothers, just like Iranian and American mothers, love their children, and are painfully bereaved by the imprisonment, wounding and murder of their children. What mother wouldn’t?

For 60 years, the Zionist regime has driven millions of the inhabitants of Palestine out of their homes. Many of these refugees have died in the Diaspora and in refugee camps. Their children have spent their youth in these camps and are aging while still in the hope of returning to homeland.

You know well that the US administration has persistently provided blind and blanket support to the Zionist regime, has emboldened it to continue its crimes, and has prevented the UN Security Council from condemning it.

Who can deny such broken promises and grave injustices towards humanity by the US administration?

Governments are there to serve their own people. No people wants to side with or support any oppressors. But regrettably, the US administration disregards even its own public opinion and remains in the forefront of supporting the trampling of the rights of the Palestinian people.

Let’s take a look at Iraq. Since the commencement of the US military presence in Iraq, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, maimed or displaced. Terrorism in Iraq has grown exponentially. With the presence of the US military in Iraq, nothing has been done to rebuild the ruins, to restore the infrastructure or to alleviate poverty. The US Government used the pretext of the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but later it became clear that that was just a lie and a deception.

Although Saddam was overthrown and people are happy about his departure, the pain and suffering of the Iraqi people has persisted and has even been aggravated.

In Iraq, about one hundred and fifty thousand American soldiers, separated from their families and loved ones, are operating under the command of the current US administration. A substantial number of them have been killed or wounded and their presence in Iraq has tarnished the image of the American people and government.

Their mothers and relatives have, on numerous occasions, displayed their discontent with the presence of their sons and daughters in a land thousands of miles away from US shores. American soldiers often wonder why they have been sent to Iraq.

I consider it extremely unlikely that you, the American people, consent to the billions of dollars of annual expenditure from your treasury for this military misadventure.

Noble Americans,

You have heard that the US administration is kidnapping its presumed opponents from across the globe and arbitrarily holding them without trial or any international supervision in horrendous prisons that it has established in various parts of the world. God knows who these detainees actually are, and what terrible fate awaits them.

You have certainly heard the sad stories of the Guantanamo and Abu-Ghraib prisons. The US administration attempts to justify them through its proclaimed “war on terror.” But every one knows that such behavior, in fact, offends global public opinion, exacerbates resentment and thereby spreads terrorism, and tarnishes the US image and its credibility among nations.

The US administration’s illegal and immoral behavior is not even confined to outside its borders. You are witnessing daily that under the pretext of “the war on terror,” civil liberties in the United States are being increasingly curtailed. Even the privacy of individuals is fast losing its meaning. Judicial due process and fundamental rights are trampled upon. Private phones are tapped, suspects are arbitrarily arrested, sometimes beaten in the streets, or even shot to death.

I have no doubt that the American people do not approve of this behavior and indeed deplore it.

The US administration does not accept accountability before any organization, institution or council. The US administration has undermined the credibility of international organizations, particularly the United Nations and its Security Council. But, I do not intend to address all the challenges and calamities in this message.

The legitimacy, power and influence of a government do not emanate from its arsenals of tanks, fighter aircrafts, missiles or nuclear weapons. Legitimacy and influence reside in sound logic, quest for justice and compassion and empathy for all humanity. The global position of the United States is in all probability weakened because the administration has continued to resort to force, to conceal the truth, and to mislead the American people about its policies and practices.

Undoubtedly, the American people are not satisfied with this behavior and they showed their discontent in the recent elections. I hope that in the wake of the mid-term elections, the administration of President Bush will have heard and will heed the message of the American people.

My questions are the following:

Is there not a better approach to governance?

Is it not possible to put wealth and power in the service of peace, stability, prosperity and the happiness of all peoples through a commitment to justice and respect for the rights of all nations, instead of aggression and war?

We all condemn terrorism, because its victims are the innocent.

But, can terrorism be contained and eradicated through war, destruction and the killing of hundreds of thousands of innocents?

If that were possible, then why has the problem not been resolved?

The sad experience of invading Iraq is before us all.

What has blind support for the Zionists by the US administration brought for the American people? It is regrettable that for the US administration, the interests of these occupiers supersedes the interests of the American people and of the other nations of the world.

What have the Zionists done for the American people that the US administration considers itself obliged to blindly support these infamous aggressors? Is it not because they have imposed themselves on a substantial portion of the banking, financial, cultural and media sectors?

I recommend that in a demonstration of respect for the American people and for humanity, the right of Palestinians to live in their own homeland should be recognized so that millions of Palestinian refugees can return to their homes and the future of all of Palestine and its form of government be determined in a referendum. This will benefit everyone.

Now that Iraq has a Constitution and an independent Assembly and Government, would it not be more beneficial to bring the US officers and soldiers home, and to spend the astronomical US military expenditures in Iraq for the welfare and prosperity of the American people? As you know very well, many victims of Katrina continue to suffer, and countless Americans continue to live in poverty and homelessness.

I’d also like to say a word to the winners of the recent elections in the US:

The United States has had many administrations; some who have left a positive legacy, and others that are neither remembered fondly by the American people nor by other nations.

Now that you control an important branch of the US Government, you will also be held to account by the people and by history.

If the US Government meets the current domestic and external challenges with an approach based on truth and Justice, it can remedy some of the past afflictions and alleviate some of the global resentment and hatred of America. But if the approach remains the same, it would not be unexpected that the American people would similarly reject the new electoral winners, although the recent elections, rather than reflecting a victory, in reality point to the failure of the current administration’s policies. These issues had been extensively dealt with in my letter to President Bush earlier this year.

To sum up:

It is possible to govern based on an approach that is distinctly different from one of coercion, force and injustice.

It is possible to sincerely serve and promote common human values, and honesty and compassion.

It is possible to provide welfare and prosperity without tension, threats, imposition or war.

It is possible to lead the world towards the aspired perfection by adhering to unity, monotheism, morality and spirituality and drawing upon the teachings of the Divine Prophets.

Then, the American people, who are God-fearing and followers of Divine religions, will overcome every difficulty.

What I stated represents some of my anxieties and concerns.

I am confident that you, the American people, will play an instrumental role in the establishment of justice and spirituality throughout the world. The promises of the Almighty and His prophets will certainly be realized, Justice and Truth will prevail and all nations will live a true life in a climate replete with love, compassion and fraternity.

The US governing establishment, the authorities and the powerful should not choose irreversible paths. As all prophets have taught us, injustice and transgression will eventually bring about decline and demise. Today, the path of return to faith and spirituality is open and unimpeded.

We should all heed the Divine Word of the Holy Qur’an:

“But those who repent, have faith and do good may receive Salvation. Your Lord, alone, creates and chooses as He will, and others have no part in His choice; Glorified is God and Exalted above any partners they ascribe to Him.” (28:67-68)

I pray to the Almighty to bless the Iranian and American nations and indeed all nations of the world with dignity and success.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

29 November 2006


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  • 33 Responses for "Open Letter to the American People from the Iranian President"

    1. Yahya November 29th, 2006 at 9:54 pm

      I enjoyed the article. You shouldn’t have to justify why you posted it, nationality and even branch of Islam should matter little. You are both Muslims alhamdulillah and that is what is most important in my opinion. Allahu Ahlam.

    2. Ibraheem November 29th, 2006 at 11:26 pm

      Salaams,

      I agree with Yahya. I don’t get why you had to put the disclaimer that you did before posting his letter. What does it matter if you are a sunni American Muslim and he is a Shia? Aren’t you both Muslims at the end of the day? Why do we have categorize ourselves and make it clear to everyone which “tribe”…sorry I mean sect…we belong to. The Prophet (pbuh) came to eliminate such tribalism. Don’t want to come across as being too harsh bro. I appreciate your blog.

      Wasalaam

    3. Mujahideen Ryder November 29th, 2006 at 11:31 pm

      I don’t want Muslims thinking I’m shia for posting this.

    4. Ibraheem November 29th, 2006 at 11:35 pm

      So what if they think your Shia? Does that make you any less Muslim? I’m sorry but thats pretty sad that you care so much whether people think your a Sunni or a Shia.

    5. IK November 29th, 2006 at 11:39 pm

      Guys be bitin Amir on every word these days..

    6. Mujahideen Ryder November 30th, 2006 at 12:23 am

      Ibraheem on November 29, 2006 at 11:35 pm said:

      So what if they think your Shia? Does that make you any less Muslim? I’m sorry but thats pretty sad that you care so much whether people think your a Sunni or a Shia.

      I do care, because my personal belief is that the Shia are misguided. I don’t want to be known as misguided. They are my brothers and sisters, of course, but I still disagree with them.

      I am Sunni, alhamdulillah! I love my Shia brothers and sisters for the sake of Allah.

    7. egyptian gumbo November 30th, 2006 at 12:35 am

      I agree with MR. we have to seperate truth from falsehood. so if someone thinks he’s shia, they may reject or overlook his other posts that are part of the ‘aqeedah of ahl as-sunnah wal jama3ah. wallahu alem. yes we are one ummah, no doubt. however, doesnt mean that there’s no misguidance when it comes to different sects.

    8. Ibraheem November 30th, 2006 at 12:59 am

      So you love your Shia brothers and sisters but you think that they are “misguided”. Can you contradict yourself anymore. Everyone is entitled to choose their own beliefs, but that doesn’t give people – such as yourself- the right to make judgement calls on who is guided and who isn’t. Leave that to Allah swt.

      I am sure those are same type of judement calls which are made when sunni and shia militants kill each other on the streets of Iraq (fueled of course by the current socio-economic circumstances there).

    9. Mujahideen Ryder November 30th, 2006 at 1:06 am

      Ibraheem on November 30, 2006 at 12:59 am said:

      So you love your Shia brothers and sisters but you think that they are “misguided”. Can you contradict yourself anymore. Everyone is entitled to choose their own beliefs, but that doesn’t give people – such as yourself- the right to make judgement calls on who is guided and who isn’t. Leave that to Allah swt.

      I am sure those are same type of judement calls which are made when sunni and shia militants kill each other on the streets of Iraq (fueled of course by the current socio-economic circumstances there).

      You are right. I shouldn’t condemn anyone. I do not agree with my Shia brothers and sisters. That is all.

      Allah knows best.

    10. MR Fan November 30th, 2006 at 11:36 am

      Ibraheem, stop the arguments with MR. You need to take a walk.

    11. Defender of Islam November 30th, 2006 at 4:04 pm

      Quotes from egyptchick7 (Taken from HAhmed.com)…

      1) “I am not going to go into details…I hate bush and the war and everything, but this guy [Ahmadinejad] is really a total freak and a lunatic.” – stated in response to this letter.

      2) “Happened on my bf’s ( sooooo haram I know) block” – she has a boyfriend.

      3) “Can anyone PLEASE tell me why he [Sami Yusuf] sings in Arabic???? Apparently he was born in Iran and is of Azeri decent but raised in England correct? So he sings in Arabic for the Islamic language? Even though I sam arab I would so dig it if he sang in Azeri, or farsi.

      A little birdy told me recently that most of these Islamic singers, like Native Deen or maybe Sami Yusef or 786 were originally focused on pop careers, rather than Islamic careers. When they saw more success by singing Islamic songs, bc there was a market for it,

      OKay guys call me a backbiter, but this may explain my question as to why Sami Yusef sings in Arabic ( vs. Azeri) to appeal to a greater crowd. ”

      4) “I also Support our [American] Troops [in Iraq]…” – This quote is referring to the fact that while she is “against” the war she does support american troops.

      Okay you may be asking how these quotes are relevant to this discussion. Well before I answer that I could ask the same thing about egyptchick’s comments (quote #1). What do her comments have anything to do with this letter? What is so wrong with this letter that egpytchick felt she had to insult a muslim brother?

      The reason I provided the above quotes by egyptchick is simply to show the readers where she is coming from. I’m not attacking her or judging her, all I did was quote her, so you can’t attack me for that, those are HER words.

      I don’t necessarily agree with everything that Ahmadinejad does, but he is doing some good things and we muslims should support that. Ahmadinejad helped a lot of poor people when he was mayor of Tehran and the poor people appreciated that and that’s why they voted for him and that’s why they support him to this day. Is it right to call such a leader a “total freak and lunatic”? Leaders who speak out against Israeli oppression and American foreign policy are routinely villified (e.g. Chavez). Egpytchick7 chooses to inuslt muslims who are actually trying to do something positive for the ummah. Again I don’t agree with everything Ahmadinejad does, but I don’t see the need to insult him like the non muslims in the west do.

    12. Egyptian Gumbo November 30th, 2006 at 5:07 pm

      Ibraheem on November 30, 2006 at 12:59 am said:

      So you love your Shia brothers and sisters but you think that they are “misguided”. Can you contradict yourself anymore. Everyone is entitled to choose their own beliefs, but that doesn’t give people – such as yourself- the right to make judgement calls on who is guided and who isn’t. Leave that to Allah swt.

      I am sure those are same type of judement calls which are made when sunni and shia militants kill each other on the streets of Iraq (fueled of course by the current socio-economic circumstances there).

      as muslims we should love other muslims no matter what sect, more than we love non-muslims. and no they are not contradicting.. what if someone’s father is “misguided” and does not pray for instance… you still love him.. but you do not approve of his actions.

      similarly, any ‘aqeedah that strays from Ahl As sunnah wal jama3ah is somewhat misguided.. we ask Allah subhana wa ta’ala to guide us all.ameen. but on another note we should not single people out and tell them they are misguided, that alone is up to Allah to judge.

      adeen nasheeha- the Deen is Nasheeha. wallahu alem

    13. Egyptian Gumbo November 30th, 2006 at 5:10 pm

      Defender of Islam on November 30, 2006 at 4:04 pm said:

      Quotes from egyptchick7 (Taken from HAhmed.com)…

      1) “I am not going to go into details…I hate bush and the war and everything, but this guy [Ahmadinejad] is really a total freak and a lunatic.” – stated in response to this letter.

      2) “Happened on my bf’s ( sooooo haram I know) block” – she has a boyfriend.

      3) “Can anyone PLEASE tell me why he [Sami Yusuf] sings in Arabic???? Apparently he was born in Iran and is of Azeri decent but raised in England correct? So he sings in Arabic for the Islamic language? Even though I sam arab I would so dig it if he sang in Azeri, or farsi.

      A little birdy told me recently that most of these Islamic singers, like Native Deen or maybe Sami Yusef or 786 were originally focused on pop careers, rather than Islamic careers. When they saw more success by singing Islamic songs, bc there was a market for it,

      OKay guys call me a backbiter, but this may explain my question as to why Sami Yusef sings in Arabic ( vs. Azeri) to appeal to a greater crowd. ”

      4) “I also Support our [American] Troops [in Iraq]…” – This quote is referring to the fact that while she is “against” the war she does support american troops.

      Okay you may be asking how these quotes are relevant to this discussion. Well before I answer that I could ask the same thing about egyptchick’s comments (quote #1). What do her comments have anything to do with this letter? What is so wrong with this letter that egpytchick felt she had to insult a muslim brother?

      The reason I provided the above quotes by egyptchick is simply to show the readers where she is coming from. I’m not attacking her or judging her, all I did was quote her, so you can’t attack me for that, those are HER words.

      I don’t necessarily agree with everything that Ahmadinejad does, but he is doing some good things and we muslims should support that. Ahmadinejad helped a lot of poor people when he was mayor of Tehran and the poor people appreciated that and that’s why they voted for him and that’s why they support him to this day. Is it right to call such a leader a “total freak and lunatic”? Leaders who speak out against Israeli oppression and American foreign policy are routinely villified (e.g. Chavez). Egpytchick7 chooses to inuslt muslims who are actually trying to do something positive for the ummah. Again I don’t agree with everything Ahmadinejad does, but I don’t see the need to insult him like the non muslims in the west do.

      We should not reveal the mistakes of others. if you want to give someone nasheeha give it to them directly, not publicly. and further, you should ask Allah to guide you and likewise all the muslims…it could be something we say or do that drives people even more away from the deen.

      (and im not talking about egyptchick specifically, just in general)

      wallahu alem.

    14. MR Fan November 30th, 2006 at 5:59 pm

      final exams are coming, everyone needs to go study

    15. Defender of Islam November 30th, 2006 at 6:02 pm

      You are absolutely right egyptian gumbo. May Allah forgive me. May Allah guide me and all the muslims, ameen.

    16. Tariq Ahmad MD November 30th, 2006 at 6:22 pm

      MR fan, don’t assume that everyone that posts on here is still in school, how self centered!

    17. egyptchick7 November 30th, 2006 at 8:31 pm

      I don’t know what Ahmadinejad has “revealed” in this letter. He didn’t expose anything. We already know this, and so do many other liberals of America. The leaders of the Muslim world need to move on and find another solution besides Isreal and its mostly innocent ppl being wiped off the map. And yes, Ahmadinejad is really a total freak and a lunatic.

    18. Hina November 30th, 2006 at 8:45 pm

      As a muslim gal I dislike criticism of fellow sistas deen as much as any1 else. But i have 2 say its amazin dat 4 some1 whos got a bf thinks shes got da rite to call a fellow muslim bro whos exposin the atrocities dat have happened to the palestinian ppl a ‘lunatic’. Hazrat Ali (saaw) said that ‘a person who remains silent while opression is being done is as bad as the opressor’. Egypt chick u shud be supporting the fact that finally a muslim president has got da guts to expose this, rather than being a puppet of the America like most of da other arab leaders incl da Egyption govt well known for their routine torture of our fellow muslim bros’s on their ‘war on terror’;

      ‘Authorities in Egypt use torture on a wide scale. Suspected Islamist militants have borne the brunt of these practices’-Human Rights Watch

    19. common sense November 30th, 2006 at 9:45 pm

      When Ahmadinejad said israel should be wiped off the map, he didn’t mean it’s civilians should be annihilated. He was stating that the zionist regime should no longer exist because of it’s long standing oppressive policies towards innocent muslims and christians.

    20. twentysomething November 30th, 2006 at 10:23 pm

      Why should egyptchick care about other muslims? She’s living in the USA, in her comfy home, with plenty of food, clean water, and job opportunities available to her. She’s having too much fun with her boyfriend to worry about the problems other muslims are suffering through.

    21. egyptchick7 November 30th, 2006 at 11:15 pm

      Wow…this is the real egyptchick7- uhm someone disgusting decided to use my name and post the above- true I did post the above but that wasn’t everything I said, 2nd, I am in total total shock….my opinions are my opinions and I cannot believe the hatred people on both blogs are having for my opinion.

      Please read the full comment on hahmed.com/blog

      MR, I respect you, walahi I do and appreciate this blog and I respect your opinions. You might be angry with me bc Amir from haseebs blog wrote a comment saying how I am a sellout and you replied subhanallah. I don’t believe in badmouthing other commenters unless they do so first.

      Please find the culprit of comment 17 and tell that person to stop. I know you have our e-mail addresses. OH and I truly think comment 18 was placed by the same person, not Hina.

    22. Mujahideen Ryder November 30th, 2006 at 11:25 pm

      everyone needs to calm down. who’s hungry? let’s get some lasagna. italian food is maddd good

      mmm yummmu 😀

    23. egyptchick7 November 30th, 2006 at 11:42 pm

      if it makes it any better ppl, I am in pain bc I got a tooth extracted today…does that make ppl feel relieved that I am in pain? i don’t know why I have to be caught completely off guard for having my opinions…I am muslim and I have made mistakes. That guy up there chose to expose me as a fraud without even me commenting on this blog. Again I shoulda nvr mentioned the bf before it would bite me the ass. I am less credible as a human or Muslim bc I have a bf. And care less about muslims bc I am having oh so much joy with my bf.

      While I was the one to protest the war in Wash DC a week before the war started and in NYC when it started. And signed petitions against hate crime at Pace. And help someone be guided towards Islam. I am really really sad about the conduct of these blogs. I know I shouldn’t take any of the attacks on me personally but I do. I mean most of you don’t even know who Egyptchick7 is, and I bet you if you did you would love me. As so many of my close Muslim friends do. Along with a few MSA Sisters and bros. I think the reason such hatred is habored on blogs is bc it’s a blog. If it were a civil discussion it would be diff. I dunno…maybe I dug my own grave…

    24. Sariea December 1st, 2006 at 1:03 am

      Salamu alaikum
      Typical hippocrit. Subhana allah they destroyed the muslim ummah when they were almost in control of France and they will keep holding islam back today and in the future, may allah curse the misguided amongst them and guide the true believers.

      salam

    25. rahma December 1st, 2006 at 11:45 am

      Bismillah irahma niraheem…

      To egyptchick and everyone else ….ussalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu!

      You have a right to be upset egyptchick. You have been wronged, the people who wrote those things up above did the wrong thing. What I say next is a reminder to myself first and then to all of you. For the pleasure of Allah (swt), let’s all try to be more moderate in our speech. Recently, I have been following the comments on here and on HAhmed.com. Egyptchick, you have a right to your opinion, but you have to admit your comments haven’t always been so kind and respectful. Take for instance this discussion on Ahmadinejad’s letter. I’m sure you realize that many muslims all over the world admire Ahmadinejad. Now I know you don’t like him and that’s fine, you are entitled to your opinion, but wouldn’t it have been better if you stated your opinion less harshly? Knowing that so many muslims like Ahmadinejad, is it really wise to come out and call him a freak and lunatic? Once again, you are entitled to your opinion, but just because you have a right doesn’t mean you always have to exercise that right. You even stated on HAhmed.com that you knew you were going to get a beating for your comments and you further said “I guess y’all can bring it on”! Well if you knew that, maybe it would have been better if you stated your opinion in a more respectful tone. For instance you could have said, “Now I know all of you approve of Ahmadinejad, but here is why I respectfully disagree…” and then you could have listed your reasons. In this way maybe people would not have been so offended and you still would have gotten your point across. Let me give a crude analogy if I may. If you go give dawa to a group of christians the last thing you want to do is begin by critcizing the bible and telling them it’s filled with errors. You wouldn’t make too many friends that way. Show respect for people’s beliefs and inshAllah you will likewise receive respect.
      To all those that attacked egyptchick, ok you disagree with her, but is it really necessary to lash out at her like that? Is that really the sunnah? That RIS trailer is really great, “The neglected sunnah: patience in the face of rejection”. Isn’t that really sad? That’s its’ such a neglected sunnah! The prophet (saws) even prayed for his enemies. SubhanAllah! We should learn from that and implement that into our lives. If someone wrongs you, let’s exercise restraint and patience, respond in kindness and respect for that is the sunnah. InshAllah if you do that, you will also receive kindness and respect.

      Egyptchick or anyone else, if I have offended you, please forgive me, that is not my intenion. Anything wrong I have said comes from the weakness of my nafs and anything good I have said comes from the guidance of Allah (swt). Wassalaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu.

    26. yazubair December 1st, 2006 at 12:02 pm

      The real lunatic is bush, not Ahmadinejad. Bush started an illegal war based upon lies and is responsible for killing innocent muslims. Ahmadinejad hasn’t done any of that.

    27. saif December 1st, 2006 at 1:17 pm

      Egyptchick, grow up please. You attacked Ahmadinejad (a muslim brother) and then you whine and complain that people are attacking you?!? That is so hypocritical. And how are they attacking you? I read the comments on both blogs. They are just stating their opinion, they are entitled to their opinion just as you say you are entitled to your own. If you are going to make such comments then you have to accept the consequences.

    28. lamb kabob December 1st, 2006 at 3:37 pm

      That is pretty low to spread malicious rumors about native deen and sami yusuf.

    29. little birdy December 1st, 2006 at 5:45 pm

      tweet! tweet! Pssssst…hey…egyptchick7, ahmadinejad’s letter is great! He is defending muslims and standing up to the bullies, pass it on…tweet! tweet!

    30. Fatal Skillz December 1st, 2006 at 9:01 pm

      I wanna help that Brother

    31. Ali December 2nd, 2006 at 3:39 am

      LOL…This is fitnahville….

    32. Ibraheem December 5th, 2006 at 9:06 am

      Why should anyone care where the truth comes from? The truth is the truth regardless of whose tongue it rolls off of. If you truly think the Shia are misguided (I disagree with many of the things they do) they are still your brothers and sisters in Islam so make dua’ for them and yourself. I don’t agree with what the President of Iran says sometimes but this letter is right on.

      And egyptchick7, you are entitled to your opinion but we are equally entitled to disagree with it. Hence Freedom of Speech…for now (glares at patriot act).

    33. common sense December 12th, 2006 at 2:50 pm

      Egyptchick7 is wrong, further proof of what Ahmadinejad meant when he said Israel should be wiped off the map, this is what he said today at the holocaust conference…

      “Just as the Soviet Union was wiped out and today does not exist, so will the Zionist regime soon be wiped out,” he [Ahmadinejad]added.

      This quote was taken from this news article …

      http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061212/wl_nm/iran_holocaust_dc

      egyptchick7 on November 30, 2006 at 8:31 pm said:

      I don’t know what Ahmadinejad has “revealed” in this letter. He didn’t expose anything. We already know this, and so do many other liberals of America. The leaders of the Muslim world need to move on and find another solution besides Isreal and its mostly innocent ppl being wiped off the map. And yes, Ahmadinejad is really a total freak and a lunatic.

      So egyptchick7, you were wrong to imply that Ahmadjinejad wants to kill israeli civilians. The Soviet Union was wiped out, not by killing of civilians, so too Ahmadjinejad is saying israel should be wiped out.

      I would also like to remind people that Jersualem fell to the christian crusaders in the year 1099 AD. Salahuddin Ayyoobi and his muslim army crushed the crusaders and recaptured jersualem in 1187. So jersualem fell into enemy hands for 88 years. The modern zionist nation of israel has only been in existence for 58 years. So for those of you who have given up hope and say that zionist israel cannot be defeated and that we should just allow zionist israel to exist and move on, I suggest you think again. Allah (SWT) has commanded us muslims to fight oppression, it is our duty to protect the innocent, weak, and oppressed people of the world, and inshAllah one day the zionist regime will be wiped out.

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