To: Mohtaram Pope Benedict XVI
Cc: To Whom It May Concern
Re: Remembering our Letter Dated 11 November 2004 sent to HH Pope John Paul ll
Reference Holy Pope's Speech Dated 10 Nov.2004 on Psalm 61.
Remembering our Letter Dated 11 November 2004 (copied hereunder) sent to HH Pope John Paul ll, commenting on Holy Pope's Speech Dated 10 Nov.2004 on Psalm 61.
We think that the letter continues to be relevant today in the context of continuation of Persecution of Believers and Mustazafins by the Materialists and Mustakberins.
With best regards and best wishes.
Kazi Azizul Huq
(ibn Abdulhuq ibn Izzatullah ibn Abdulhamid)
International Affairs Secretary, Bangladesh Khelafat Andolon
COPY OF OUR ABOVE REF. LETTER DATED 11 Nov.2004:-
(In the Letter Head of Bangladesh Khelafat Andolon)
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.
Dhaka, 11 Nov.2004
TO: HH Pope John Paul II
RE: YOUR ADDRESS TO GENERAL AUDIENCE ON 10th NOV. 2004
We agree to and give our support to your recitation and interpretation of Psalm 61 in which "two types of trust are contrasted. They are two fundamental choices, one good and one perverse, which entail two types of moral conduct. There is above all trust in God...'God is my rock and my salvation; my fortress, I shall not be shaken'." This is the same what according to the Quran and the Tradition (Hadis) of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallaho Alaihissalam) we Muslims are required to uphold "TAWHID" i.e. the ultimate Faith in and Dependence on God alone, and "AMR-BIL-MAARUF WA NAHI-ANIL-MUNKAR" i.e. enjoin the good and resist the evil.
Since the so-called European Renaissance it is being claimed and propagated by the secularist atheists that religions are responsible for hatred and wars among peoples. In this pretext they imposed secularization of states and societies. But mankind has seen that the secularist materialists killed and maimed more men, women, children and old in 2 World Wars within less than 40 years which is much higher in quantity and cruelty than total casualties of all major wars during last 1500 years. They devised Weapon of Mass Destruction and used it against Japanese civilians to terrorize the mankind that any people daring to disobey them shall face more severe consequences. Now they are terrorizing the Muslims and in a Hippocratic way accusing that the Muslims are terrorists(?).
We expect your Excellency to speak clearly that the acts of US-led Coalition is the prime organization of terrorism in today's world. Your language of condemning violence and terrorism should not give the impression that you are orchestrating US propaganda.
May Allah bless the doer of good and save us from the perverts?
Kazi Azizul Huq
Bangladesh Khelafat Andolon
International Affairs Department
24/A, Joar Shahara (Olipara)
Copy of VATICAN Press Release on Holy Pope's Speech Dated 10 Nov.2004
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2004 14:20:03 +0100
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VIS internet Press Office 11.10.2004 Fourteenth Year - N.190
AUDIENCE: DO NOT BASE YOUR LIFE ON FALSE VALUES
VATICAN CITY, NOV 10, 2004 (VIS) - Today's general audience was celebrated in two parts. The first took place in St. Peter's Basilica where the Holy Father addressed the faithful in German and English, following which he went to the Paul VI Hall to meet with other pilgrims.
The Pope spoke about Psalm 61 in which "two types of trust are contrasted. They are two fundamental choices, one good and one perverse, which entail two types of moral conduct. There is above all trust in God...'God is my rock and my salvation; my fortress, I shall not be shaken'."
"There also exists," he continued, "another type of trust, of an idolatrous nature, which the psalmist focuses on with critical attention. It is a trust that moves one to seek safety and stability in violence, covetousness and riches."
John Paul II referred to "the first false god, the violence which humanity unfortunately continues to resort to even in these bloody days. Accompanying this idol is an immense procession of wars, oppression, perversions, torture and killing, inflicted without any trace of remorse."
"The second false god is robbery which is expressed in extortion, social injustice, usury, political and economic corruption. Too many people cultivate the 'illusion' of satisfying in this way their own greed. Finally, riches is the third idol to which 'man's heart attaches itself' in the false hope of being saved from death and being assured of gaining power and prestige."
The Pope indicated that "if we were conscious of our mortality and of the limits of man, we would not choose to trust in idols, nor would we organize our life on a series of fragile and inconsistent pseudo-values. We would aim rather for another type of trust, one whose center is in the Lord, source of eternity and peace."
"The Second Vatican Council applied to priests the invitation of this psalm 'to keep our heart detached from riches'. ... However, this call to reject perverse trust and to choose trust that brings us to God is valid for all and must become a guiding star in our daily behaviour, moral decisions, in our choice of lifestyle."
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