September 11 (Terrorist Attacks)
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Islamic Terror Hits America
September 11, 2001 or 9/11, is the date on which Islamic terrorists launched a direct attack against the United States of America on its own soil. Islamic terrorists simultaneously hijacked four commercial passenger jet airliners and used them as missiles to attack high profile buildings in America, in order to inflict maximum casualties and carnage. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre in New York City were hit by an aircraft each. A third airliner was flown into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia and the fourth crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. There were no survivors from any of those flights. 2,974 people (2,919 civilians and 55 military personnel) died on that day, excluding the 19 hijackers, plus an additional 24 people who remain listed as missing, taking the total death-toll to over 3,000.
Initially Al Qaeda did not claim responsibility for these attacks.
The Media speculated on possible motives for such a catastrophic attack:
- The United States providing AID to Israel
- The presence of non-Muslim US soldiers in cities that are considered 'holy' to Muslims.
- According Al Qaeda, the negative influences of the US in the way of life of the Saudi people.
- Aid of the Unites States to Muslim governments who are not Islamic enough according to Al Qaeda, e.g. Saudi Arabia.
- The struggle for Islamic rule in the world.
- The difference between poor and rich in the world.
The last 'motive' is given by Anita Roddick, founder of the successful international business The Body Shop as leader of the anti global movement. This claim makes little sense, as the majority of the 19 suicide Jihadists were well educated Saudi students and their Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was a multi-millionaire.
After the events of September 11, video messages were broadcast which featured Bin Laden. Al Qaeda did not claim responsibility for the attacks but praised the 19 hijackers by proclaiming they will be in "paradise" for sure. Since then, there has been much debate on whether or not Islamic terrorism as witnessed on 9/11 and the 7/7 London bombings etc. is in-line with orthodox Islamic teachings. Many apologists are of the 'opinion' that these things are not supported by Islam, the Qur'an or Muhammad's Sunnah. However, the Qur'an contains many references on the Jihad/struggle against "those who believe not in Allah" (Quran 9:29). Likewise the ahadith attest to the fact that the actions undertaken by the hijackers on that morning are in-line with Muhammad's teachings as found in the ahadith.
Several conspiracy theories appeared soon after the 9/11 attacks. The first to be reported were from Muslims who accused the Jews of orchestrating the 9/11 attacks. One can still sell these videos which are in demand, for example; in a London mosque. Other conspiracy theories regarding 9/11 are made by critics of George W. Bush, solely to use as ammunition against him. Some of the more absurd theories include; no planes whatsoever being flown into any building that day and that there were not actually any people on-board the airliners which were instead flown by remote control.
Conspiracy Theory Documentary "Loose Change"
One of the most famous Documentaries in regards to 911 is a video entitled Loose Change and covers all the main 'evidence' and 'proof' claimed by those who subscribe to these conspiracy theories. The central theme is that the United States Government is wholly responsible for the attacks on that day. Some of the evidence presented in the Documentary included the claim that the Government engineered the entire event; that there were 19 hijackers, and that they were claiming to follow Islam, but in reality were only paid by the US Government to act this way, so that the US could 'scapegoat' the religion of Islam, which was a “peaceful” and “unwilling” participant in all of this.
Claims about Islam in "Loose Change"
The Documentary presented a couple of pieces of evidence to prove that Osama bin Laden as shown in the tapes released after 911 was not the real Osama, but a paid 'lookalike'.
The two claims made by Loose Change are as follows:
- In some of the videos you can see that Osama is wearing a gold-colored ring (or rings). Since Islam prohibits the wearing of gold of any sort, this is not the real bin Laden.
- In some of the videos you can see that Osama is eating with his right hand. However Osama is Left-handed so this is not the real bin Laden.
It is true that Islam prohibits the wearing of gold jewelery for men; however there are no texts that say they cannot wear gold plated jewelery or bronze jewelery. All we see in the videos is jewelery of a 'gold color'. Regarding the claims about Osama eating with his right hand, a simple search of the ahadith shows why Osama (just like millions of other Muslims) would have been doing this:
Screw Loose Change - Not Freakin' Again edition
After the documentary was released, a rebuttal was produced, the aptly named Screw Loose Change. It layers text over the original documentary video in order to point out all of its errors, false claims and logical fallacies. This rebuttal documentary also pointed out the errant claims 'Loose Change' had made about Islam. This prompted the makers of 'Loose Change' to release a 'revised' version called Loose Change: Second Edition. Not surprisingly, the 'evidence' regarding Islam had been removed. There is now also a revised video rebuttal available to this 'new and improved' edition of 'Loose Change' named Screw Loose Change - Not Freakin' Again edition.
Just before the September 11 attacks, the Dutch Muslim broadcast organization NMO had broadcast a Qu'ran verse that stated that all non-Muslims should be burned in hell for eternity. After the official memorial broadcasting for the victims of 9/11, this recitation was repeated several times on Dutch television. Later they excused themselves saying that is was an accident and that they will adapt their programming in the future.
- September 11 Attacks - A hub page that leads to other articles related to the September 11 Attacks
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- SLC Claims 35 & 36 - Claims about Islam in Loose Change
- Screw Loose Change - Not Freakin' Again edition (video)
- No mosque at Ground Zero - Video by Pat Condell
- Mosque imam's associate calls WTC attacks an 'inside job'