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Do you Yahoo!? Al-Qaida does!

By Jeremy Reynalds
web posted March 29, 2004

It's time to launch an all out publicity blitz against Yahoo! – one of the leading internet purveyors of terror – and embarrass the heck out of them.

There is no better name for such a campaign than the one thought of by terror researcher Johnathan Galt. In a recent e-mail he suggested the phrase, "Do You Yahoo!? Al-Qaida does!"

For example. Global Islamic Media, with almost 6,000 members at last count, is one of Yahoo! many groups devoted to propagating Muslim murder, mayhem and madness.

As Galt commented in a recent e-mail, Global Islamic Media "is regarded by the world's terrorism experts and the news media as the 'official voice of al-Qaida.' The next attacks are discussed daily on Yahoo! (several months in advance). Global Islamic Media published in December 8, 2003 a more explicit threat, which hinted at the possibility of an attack against Spain outside of Iraq. After the attacks occur, they are celebrated at this group."

It is becoming quite evident that the Yahoo! abuse department so called does not enforce its acceptable use policy. With that in mind, it's time we let Yahoo! officials know we are sick and tired of their company's laissez-faire attitude toward terrorism and we're not going to take it any more. You can contact Yahoo!–and I urge you to do so quickly – by going to http://add.Yahoo.com/fast/help/us/groups/cgi_abuse.

In addition, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, call in radio talk shows, contact your U.S. congressional representative or senator and let them know what's going on with Yahoo!. Ask them to investigate.

Another anti-American terror purveyor is the Almuhajiroun Yahoo! group. Posts are more than a little incendiary in their vitriol.

Almuhajiroun is a part of radical Islamic cleric Omar Bakri Muhammad's London-based organization.

One recent post was headlined "Terrorism the Fashion of the 21st Century". Commenting on a verse in the Koran the post writer said "In this verse, Allah ... clearly informs us that he will terrorize and strike terror into the hearts of the disbelievers i.e. the non-Muslims ... Therefore, it is inevitable for the non-Muslims to live in fear and tremor, as they associate with Allah false gods that cannot benefit them or prevent harm from reaching them. They worship their desires, the law of the land, idols, priests, rabbis etc. And due to this great crime, Allah ... vows to terrorize them."

Justifying recent acts of Islamic terrorism the writer commented, "Allah orders the believers to terrorize ... the enemies of Allah and our enemies, by preparing as much artillery, power and weapons as possible ... Allah is directly ordering us to use terrorism against the aggressors and enemies of Allah, all praises are for him."

The writer explained that there are two types of terrorism. "One that is praised by almighty Allah ... one that is dispraised and worthy of severe punishment in this life and the hereafter. Violence is also of two, one that is pro-life and one that is against life. Violence against aggressors, oppressors and tyrants is pro-life, whereas violence initiated (such as that by the US and UK in Afghanistan and in Iraq) against young women, children and the elderly is against life."

Lambasting the United States, the United Kingdom and their allies the writer said that the activities of those countries are "indeed aggression, crime, corruption and tyranny – worthy of severe punishment and disgrace by almighty Allah, due to it being directed at people who have sanctity for their lives, wealth and property (i.e. Muslims). Whereas the terrorism used by the Mujaahideen is the praised, exalted and blessed form of terrorism due to it being against people who have no sanctity for their lives, who support aggressors and tyrants and spread corruption and evil on the earth. Furthermore, it is in response to the command of Allah, who orders the believers to terrorize His ... enemies."

The writer commented that Muslims should not be afraid of being called "terrorists, fundamentalists or extremists "because it is true; we are terrorists as Allah commands us to use terrorism ... it is just part of the disbeliever's propaganda against Islam and Muslims, which was also used against the messenger Muhammad (saw) and his companions; who were labeled as terrorists, extremists, magicians, liars and sorcerers"

Another post makes the Islamic hatred against both Israel and the Jews very clear. Beginning with the words "The existence of the State of Israel has long been a thorn in the side of the Muslim Ummah," the post concludes,

"We hereby reject the intervention of the UN or any other party in order to establish peace in Palestine, we reject the proposals made by either the Israeli government or the illegitimate PLO and declare that the verdict from Islam is to continue fighting the occupiers until every inch of Muslim land is returned and the honor of the Muslims is restored. The Oslo Accord, the Wye river memorandum and any visits by Colin Powell or any other cronies of George Bush have no significance whatsoever, because there can be no negotiations with those occupying Muslim land.

"Oh Muslims! It is time for us to realize that the only way for salvation is to remove these apostate rulers from our lands who act as a hindrance to our progress, to replace the existing system of governance with (Islamic) law and order ... so that subservience is to Allah ... exclusively. The very notion of accepting a Jewish entity on Muslim land is a violation of Islam and a recognition of blasphemy."

This group's stated claim is to "to embrace Islam as a spiritual and political belief, culminating in the objective of establishing the Khilafah i.e. the Islamic State, implementing Islam as the law and order."

But who is Muhammad? Well, in addition to being a prominent radical Muslim with suspected ties to al Qaida he was born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1958 and grew up in a wealthy Muslim family, becoming a serious student of Islam and the Koran. He received his B.A. in Shari'ah and the foundations of Islamic law from Shari'ah University in Damascus, obtaining a master's degree in Islamic jurisprudence from the University of Al-Imam Al-U'zaie in Beirut.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute, Muhammad portrays himself as being the spokesman for bin Laden's International Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders and according to MEMRI has admitted that the organization raises funds for the Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, and is "in touch" with the Hizbullah.

According to MEMRI, Muhammad has lived in London since 1985 and preaches at a number of London mosques. He also routinely presents himself as a spokesman for the International Islamic Front, which he describes as being the political wing of bin Laden's Islamic Front for Jihad against Jews and Crusaders.

Not surprisingly, Muhammad has no problem with airplane hijackings, according to MEMRI at one time reportedly telling an Egyptian newsweekly:

"The Islamic movement has the right to sacrifice whoever it sees fit. The rule is that (Muslim) children, women, and the weak should not be a goal except in one situation: if it is difficult to win without sacrificing them. So, if hijackers find (Muslim) women, and children and elderly people on a (hijacked) plane, they should set them free except if the goal of the hijackers is to free women, children, and elderly people held prisoners in countries. In this case, they can be kept, because the blood of Muslims is equal (to others blood), but they can sacrifice foreigners on the plane... and if you study Sharia you will know that. The fedya (ransom) of a Muslim is 12,000 dirhams, while that of a Dhimmi (i.e. a Christian or a Jew under Muslim rule) is 4,000 dirhams."

So here's the question. What you have just read describes the activities of just two Yahoo! terror groups. There are many more. Why won't Yahoo! at least enforce its own terms of service? Could it be that there is more of a terror connection than is immediately apparent? It's time we found out and you can play a very important part in helping find the answer and quite possibly helping prevent the loss of many innocent lives.

Until then, just keep in mind when you "Yahoo!," that you're keeping company with al-Qaida!

Jeremy Reynalds is a freelance writer and the founder and director of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter. He has a master's degree in communication from the University of New Mexico and is pursuing his PhD in intercultural education at Biola University in Los Angeles. He is married with five children and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work can be viewed here and weekly at www.americasvoices.org. He may be contacted by e-mail at reynalds@joyjunction.org.

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