Quotes by: Abu Bakar Bashir
Arab leaders worry more about making money from the profits they get from oil and gas that they turn the other way when Lebanon is being destroyed right next to them. Their neighbours are being murdered, but they only make calculations for their own benefit.
This is why I have always said that it would be better if Muslims were poor.
Because Islam in its original form was tough and hard, not weak and pliable.
But the weakness comes from these Westernised co-opted Muslim leaders who just want to look good in the eyes of the West and Western media.
Look at the Afghans, during the time of the Soviet invasion. They were among the poorest Muslims in the world, yet they were sustained by their faith in God, and God alone.
The Afghans did not have sophisticated weapons like the Soviets did, but with their faith they defeated a superpower.
Muslims must believe that all power, success and victory comes from God alone.
Laws are to be enforced justly but firmly, with an iron hand. This is the case anywhere, even in a family.
If my children do not behave according to Islam, if they do not pray for instance, I will punish them.
Our Prophet was a radical too- he fought against the injustices of his community and challenged the feudal order of his society, so they called him a radical. So what? We should be proud of that!
So we want an Islamic state where Islamic law is not just in the books but enforced, and enforced with determination. There is no space and no room for democratic consultation. The Shariah is set and fixed, so why do we need to discuss it anymore? Just implement it!
The Prophet defeated the enemies of Islam even when he and his followers were small in number.
There is not a single Muslim leader today who has the courage and commitment to defend Islam and Muslims, they are all in awe of the United States and other Western powers, and are indebted to them.
They are scared that the BBC or CNN may call them radicals, so they remain soft instead. The problem lies there, with the Muslim leaders, not the Muslim masses.
The Muslim leaders swallow the advice of the Western powers and bodies like the IMF and World Bank, even when it is bad for their countries and they know this.
But the West is trying to weaken Islam from outside and inside. They attack our people and invade our countries from outside, and they weaken us from within with ideas like secularism, liberalism and democracy. This is all designed to contaminate our pure Islam.
We should be proud that our Prophet came into the world with the message of Islam to change it for the better, and not for the worse, or to keep things as they are.
Today the Western powers and media want to domesticate us like sheep, to keep us tame and domesticated.
As long as Muslims were confident they could not be defeated, but now we are just puppets.