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The Death of American Ambassadors: Our Position - Director of Operations, The Peace Thru Justice Foundation

17 September 2012

By El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

It has been narrated in al-Musnad of Ahmad b. Hanbal (and by a number of other respected authorities) that representatives of Musaylama the liar (a false claimant to prophet-hood) visited the last divinely sent Messenger of ALLAH (pbuh) and arrogantly confessed to their own apostasy - with what would seem to many, then and now, as a surprising result.  

Abd Allah b. Mas'ud reported:

I was in the presence of ALLAH's Messenger (pbuh) when this man [Abd Allah b. Nuwaha] and another man came as official representatives of Musaylama the liar. The Messenger of ALLAH asked them, "Do you bear witness that I am the Messenger of ALLAH?" They replied: "We bear witness that Musaylama is the Messenger of ALLAH!" ALLAH's [true] Messenger then said: "I believe in ALLAH and His Messengers; were I to execute ambassadors, I would have executed both of you!" 

This sound hadith from the Sunnah of the Last Prophet (Mohammed ibn Abdullah, peace be upon him) reflects the Shariah (Islamic law) position on the immunity accorded to ambassadors – and, by extension, even to the embassies of hostile nations. It is also worth noting that this was the character of committed Muslims (who followed the example of the Prophet) many centuries before the evolution of what is today known as "international law."

On the basis of Al-Islam's clearly established position on such matters, we denounce the assault on the embassy in Benghazi, Libya, and the tragic deaths of four U.S. diplomats. Our position on the matter does not stop there, however.

The deaths of Ambassadors J. Christopher Stevens, 52, Sean Smith, 34, and two other diplomats (who have yet to be identified), is being viewed by some well informed people as an example of the chickens coming home to roost. (Remember that phrase?) Ambassador Stevens (whose death has received the lion's share of attention) has been described both as a gifted career diplomat and America's man in Benghazi during the tumultuous removal of Muammar Qadhafi from power.

Stevens reportedly served in Israel, Egypt, Syria and Saudi Arabia, and became the number two diplomat in Libya from 2007 to 2009. According to The Washington Post ("A Diplomat of charm, resolve," by Anne Gearan, 9/13/12) he also became "the Obama administration's envoy to the opposition" after the so-called "Arab Spring" reached Libya. (I don't think there is any real need for this writer to go into some of the things that this assignment entailed.)

The fact is, the deaths of these American ambassadors – at the hands of "rebels" who were probably armed by the U.S. and/or its allies – was as much a consequence of America's success in Libya, as the belligerents' success in breaching the walls of the U.S. Embassy. And as sad as many Muslims in America genuinely feel for the loss of any innocent life, I can assure America's policymakers, and their equally wrong-headed apologists, that any feeling of remorse for the demise of these diplomats pales in comparison to the pain and outrage felt (by many Muslim Americans) in response to the innocent Muslim lives being routinely destroyed by the unending wars on Muslim lands; the drone attacks and other targeted killings; the unjust open-ended imprisonments (both here and abroad), and the heart-wrenching familial disruptions that come in their wake!

People of sincere good will of all faiths long for the day when these cycles of destruction come to an end! Until then, the struggle continues…

El-Hajj Mauri' Saalakhan

Director of Operations

The Peace Thru Justice Foundation


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