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Moro Islamic Liberation Front renews call for jihad against Philippines gov't



Philippines Jihad Update. "MILF: Religious leaders calling for jihad vs govt," from GMA News, September 20:


September 22, 2008



MANILA, Philippines — Religious leaders in Lanao are calling for a jihad (holy war) in fighting "oppressors" against Islam, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) claimed Saturday.

In a statement on its website (, the MILF said the calls were made in sermons of religious leaders during Friday congregational prayers.

"Sermons of the religious leaders of Lanao provinces in Friday's congregational prayers called on the Bangsamoro to unite and wage jihad fi sabilillah in fighting the oppressors, religious persecutors and enemies of Islam," it said.

That is, jihad for the sake of Allah, which refers to armed conflict.


The government has not immediately responded to the alleged jihad calls.

It added that after the prayers, religious folks voiced concerns that the government might again launch massive military offensives during the Eid Al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.

The MILF recalled that the government started its all-out war campaign in 2003 against the MILF and the Bangsamoro people on Feb. 11 at Buliok Islamic Center.

Buliok was where the late MILF Chairman Salamat Hashim was delivering a khutbah (sermon) for the Eid Al-Adha (the feast of pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah in Saudi Arabia).

On the other hand, the MILF noted that while President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo joins some Muslim groups in their iftar (meal to break the fast at sundown), other Muslim communities in Mindanao are sore at her for government's "unprincipled attacks" on their homes.

The MILF said the Muslim populace of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte assailed the attacks launched Friday by the military as "totally insensitive and unprincipled."

The Geneva Convention never really said much about being gauche.


"Heavy bombardments were unleashed by the AFP when we Muslims were partaking suhur (allowable early morning meals before fasting starts) and the iftar," the MILF quoted text messages from the Muslims in Lanao.

The government has responded since this report, and they sound much more nonchalant about it than they should be. "Political gambit, Palace says of MILF 'jihad'," also from GMA News, September 20:


MANILA, Philippines - Calling it a political gambit, Malacañang on Saturday dismissed the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF)'s claim that religious leaders in Mindanao were calling for a jihad against the government.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said there was no basis for the call because the pursuit against rogue MILF commanders was not about religion. [...]

Also, Ermita said a jihad could only be waged [if] there was an actual justification. However, he said the MILF had no religious basis to call for a holy war.

In Ermita's opinion. The only problem is, the jihadists aren't going to look to a government they're fighting to make that call.


Posted by Marisol at September 22, 2008 12:01 AM

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yea, right.



Posted by: oppressiondetester  at September 22, 2008 12:09 AM

that's a fact!



Posted by: oppressiondetester  at September 22, 2008 12:10 AM



Muslims feel oppressed by the mere fact that non-Muslims exist, and live free of Sha´ria. Surely this filth must be fought. We non-Muslims are so intolerant like that.


Now here is some oppression.


Islam is social religious persecution, by definition the Orthodoxy of Islam today is a crime against humanity. Most Islamic societies today should be sanctioned as Apartheid states like South Africa was.


Posted by: ethoman  at September 22, 2008 12:45 AM

so, who are they going to look to, to make the call?


Posted by: oppressiondetester  at September 22, 2008 12:54 AM

Religious leaders in Lanao are calling for a jihad (holy war) in fighting "oppressors" against Islam

imo mud-lims feel oppressed when the are not the majority faith in a country and must follow the law of the land


Posted by: ISLAMSNOTFORME  at September 22, 2008 1:46 AM

"They want to kill and control the world subjugating us to their ways"


Who has invaded the most countries since 1950?

Who has military bases throughout the world, and whose warships sail in oceans 10000s of miles away from its borders?

Who has killed the most civilians and dropped the most bombs?

Who through threat of economic, and possibly military, reprisals ensures that all nations use the dollar as their reserve currency?

Who interferes in the politics of others, eg through regime change or political assassinations or sponsored coup


The best way to make people believe a lie is to keep saying it, and boy does that pig Bush and ugly Rice keep saying the same stuff as do all US politicians.


Also, why has the blessed Sheikh Osma Bin Ladens accusations against the USA never been refuted? Why are they ignored and instead lies are attributed to his motives?


If you was wrongly accused by an angry neighbour of stealing his sheep, exploiting his land and killing his children, you would directly refute his accusations by saying, for example,


"I was 200 miles away on the day his sheep got stolen".


If you was guilty you would sidestep his accusation and instead attribute another reason for his hatred to you, eg you would say "ahhh he is mad and angry because he hates my freedom."


You would say this despite the fact that your neighbor has given perfectly rational motives for his anger to you. And if you speak louder or say it enough times, peoples perception of you neigbour will be based on what you say not what he says.


Posted by: jowen  at September 22, 2008 7:40 AM

"ISLAMIC Liberation Front renews call for jihad against Philippines gov't."


How the Philippines tolerates ISLAMIC minarets in its community is a question that needs to be asked. At some point responsibility to end the Islamic orgy of murder and violence has to be shifted back to the community from which it originates. In the west we have always believed it is wrong to visit the sins of the parents on the children or to punish someone unless the guilt of the individual has been established beyond a reasonable doubt. However, the jihadist ISLAMIC orgy of murder and violence has originated consistently out of a specific community. At some point we must shift responsibility to end the jihad to the community itself. We must shift responsibility to end Islamic jihad violence to the Islamic community itself.


An Islamic community that refuses to police its own, becomes an illegitimate community. Perhaps the world should treat Islam like Saudi Arabia treats other non Muslim communities and religions.



Posted by: David England  at September 22, 2008 7:48 AM

AS long as there is Islam there will be abundant Violent death...The Philippine government and the rest of the NonMuslim government should be preparing for all out is coming and the Muslims are bringing it..


Posted by: pulsar182  at September 22, 2008 10:09 AM

JOJO Sez" "The best way to make people believe a lie is to keep saying it,...."


JOJO is right...Muslims have been hearing the same lies for 1400 years..


Posted by: pulsar182  at September 22, 2008 10:16 AM

JoJO asks:



"Who has invaded the most countries since 1950?'




What is considered an "Invasion"?


Muslims have been attacking in many locations...maybe not with massive armies but attacking...They continue to attack inside their own countries as well...The countries suffering Muslim attacks continue to swell...The attacks are not only militaristic in nature, but also by attacks of the silent JIHAD type...the attacks from within...demands for special priviledges for Muslims on the job, in the airport, in the neighborhood, in the government, in the the same time Muslims are demanding great restrictions in freedom of speech, not wanting the truth about Islam to get out...demanding great restrictions on law enforcement agencies in their abilites to gather information on those whose main goals are to destroy the countries who are not Muslim...Muslims are the greatest invaders since 1950...



"Yep, it's all about Iraq and...


India and the Sudan and Algeria and Afghanistan and New York and Pakistan and Israel and Russia and Chechnya and the Philippines and Indonesia and Nigeria and England and Thailand and Spain and Egypt and Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia and Ingushetia and Dagestan and Turkey and Morocco and Yemen and Lebanon and France and Uzbekistan and Gaza and Tunisia and Kosovo and Bosnia and Mauritania and Kenya and Eritrea and Syria and Somalia and California and Kuwait and Virginia and Ethiopia and Iran and Jordan and United Arab Emirates and Louisiana and Texas and Tanzania and Germany and Australia and Pennsylvania and Belgium and Denmark and East Timor and Qatar and Maryland and Tajikistan and the Netherlands and Scotland and Chad and Canada and China and Nepal and the Maldives and Argentina and Angola and...


...and pretty much wherever Muslims

believe their religion tells them to:


"Fight those who do not believe in Allah, ... nor follow

the religion of truth... until they pay the tax in acknowledgment of superiority and they are in a state of subjection." Qur'an, Surah 9:29"


Posted by: pulsar182  at September 22, 2008 10:38 AM

Wake up, Eduardo Ermita.


Listen to some advice from wiser heads of long ago, that may be helpful for the government of the Philippines, as it confronts this ongoing and violent Muslim Jihadi challenge to its authority and to the freedom, safety and way of life of all non-Muslim Filipinos.


First, an anonymous political commentator in the North China Herald, writing during a time when the Muslims in western and south-western China had risen up in a Jihad rebellion:


“If politeness and ceremony be observed toward Mohammedans, they imagine they are feared and become arrogant; but in showing severity and rudeness, they are impressed with fear and respect, and they are supple and manageable.”


--North China Herald,1867.


Secondly, the great 19th-century American statesman and campaigner against slavery, John Quincy Adams, on Islam, and the response to jihad:


“As the essential principle of his [Mohammed's] faith is the subjugation of others by the sword; it is only by force, that his false doctrines can be dispelled, and his power annihilated."


Thirdly, from Sir Winston S. Churchill, from his 1899 book, 'The River Wars', which chronicled the suppression, by the British Empire, of a Jihad in the Sudan, these words, echoing John Quincy Adams sixty years earlier:


"No terms but fight or death were offered. No reparation or apology could be made. . . The red light of retribution played on the bayonets and the lances, and civilization—elsewhere sympathetic, merciful, tolerant, ready to discuss or to argue, eager to avoid violence, to submit to law, to effect a compromise—here advanced with an expression of inexorable sternness, and rejecting all other courses, offered only the arbitration of the sword."




Posted by: dumbledoresarmy  at September 22, 2008 7:10 PM

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