Sunday, 20 March 2011

Counter-Enlightenment ideology in the Hamas charter

In recent posts on this and my other blogs, I have been exploring some writings of the European Christian Counter-Enlightenment.  In this post, I want to draw attention to some elements of Counter-Enlightenment thought that reappear in the 1988 Hamas Charter.

Anti-secularism and theocratic governance

As for the objectives:  They are the fighting against the false, defeating it and vanquishing it so that... from its mosques would the voice of the mu'azen emerge declaring the establishment of the state of Islam, so that people and things would return each to their right places and Allah is our helper.  (Art. 9)

Secularism completely contradicts religious ideology.  Attitudes, conduct and decisions stem from ideologies.  That is why... we are unable to exchange the present or future Islamic Palestine with the secular idea.  The Islamic nature of Palestine is part of our religion and whoever takes his religion lightly is a loser.  (Art. 27)

The Islamic Resistance Movement, being based on the common coordinated and interdependent conceptions of the laws of the universe, and flowing in the stream of destiny in confronting and fighting the enemies in defence of the Moslems and Islamic civilization and sacred sites... urges the Arab and Islamic peoples, their governments, popular and official groupings, to fear Allah where their view of the Islamic Resistance Movement and their dealings with it are concerned.  (Art. 33)

Revolutions and the Judaeo-Masonic conspiracy

With their money [the enemies] stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein.  They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there.  With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests....  You may speak as much as you want about regional and world wars. They were behind World War I....  They obtained the Balfour Declaration [and] formed the League of Nations....  They were behind World War II....  It was they who instigated the replacement of the League of Nations with the United Nations and the Security Council....  There is no war going on anywhere, without having their finger in it....  (Art. 22)

The Zionist invasion.... does not refrain from resorting to all methods, using all evil and contemptible ways to achieve its end.  It relies greatly in its infiltration and espionage operations on the secret organizations it gave rise to, such as the Freemasons, the Rotary and Lions clubs, and other sabotage groups.  All these organizations, whether secret or open, work in the interest of Zionism and according to its instructions.  They aim at undermining societies, destroying values, corrupting consciences, deteriorating character and annihilating Islam.  It is behind the drug trade and alcoholism in all its kinds so as to facilitate its control and expansion.  (Art. 28)

The Islamic Resistance Movement calls on Arab and Islamic nations to take up the line of serious and persevering action to prevent the success of this horrendous plan, to warn the people of the danger emanating from leaving the circle of struggle against Zionism.  Today it is Palestine, tomorrow it will be one country or another.  The Zionist plan is limitless.  After Palestine, the Zionists aspire to expand from the Nile to the Euphrates.  When they will have digested the region they overtook, they will aspire to further expansion, and so on.  Their plan is embodied in the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion", and their present conduct is the best proof of what we are saying.  (Art. 32)

[The enemies] consider that if they are able to direct and bring [Muslim women] up they way they wish, far from Islam, they would have won the battle.  That is why you find them giving these attempts constant attention through information campaigns, films, and the school curriculum, using for that purpose their lackeys who are infiltrated through Zionist organizations under various names and shapes, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, espionage groups and others, which are all nothing more than cells of subversion and saboteurs.  These organizations have ample resources that enable them to play their role in societies for the purpose of achieving the Zionist targets and to deepen the concepts that would serve the enemy....  The Islamic peoples should perform their role in confronting the conspiracies of these saboteurs. The day Islam is in control of guiding the affairs of life, these organizations, hostile to humanity and Islam, will be obliterated.  (Art. 17)