“The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has reached a deal [hudna] with the Filipino government”

by 1389 on October 11, 2012

in 1389 (blog admin), Asia, Islamic terrorism, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), The Jawa Report

The Jawa Report has the story:

MILF Jokes Temporarily On Hold

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has reached a deal with the Filipino government. I give it two weeks before “radical” MILFS decide the “moderates” have sold them out and that that the Islamic Emirate can only be established when the moderates have all been beheaded:

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels agreed on a deal to end a 40-year conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people, President Benigno Aquino said on Sunday, paving the way for a political and economic revival of the country’s troubled south….The MILF and the government still need to thrash out details of their broad agreement in the months ahead as a 15-member commission drafts a law by 2015 to send to Congress.

The two sides agreed only that there would be “just and equitable” sharing of resources, which are believed to include large reserves of natural gas. Determining how much power the area will have over law, such as its scope to administer sharia justice, is another remaining challenge for negotiators.

Thanks to Lou.

PS — Never do a Google image search for MILF vs. MILF with the office door open!

So why am I calling this deal a “hudna”?

Times of Israel: ‘Hudna’: Neither a truce nor a cease-fire

By David Bedein, June 22, 2012, 1:28 pm

As a torrent of Gaza aerial attacks hit southern Israel, the Gaza regime offers an occasional hudna  to stop firing, a term  which is too often misconstrued to mean a “truce” or a “cease fire.”

However, a hudna connotes no more than a temporary respite and does not remotely resemble either a “truce” nor a “cease fire.”

Here, then, are the four terms now in use:

• Hudna: a tactical pause intended only for rearmament,

• Tahida: a temporary halt in hostile activity which can be violated at any time

• Hudaybiyyah: No fighting for 10 years: invoking after the “treaty of Hudaybiyyah” in 628 AD

•  Sulch: a total cessation of hostile activity

The reality is that a hudna, tahida or hudaybiyyah do not compare to the mu’ahada treaty of peace that Egypt signed with Israel in 1979, or the mu’ahada treaty of peace that Jordan signed with Israel in 1994.

The authoritative Islamic Encyclopedia (London, 1922) defines “hudna” as a “temporary treaty” which can be approved or abrogated by Islamic religious leaders, depending on whether or not it serves the interests of Islam, and that a “hudna” cannot last for more than 10 years.

That Islamic Encyclopedia mentions the Hudaybia treaty as the ultimate “hudna.”

Arafat also referred to a hudna in his speeches when he would refer to the Oslo accords. In the words of the Islamic Encyclopedia:

The Hudaybia treaty, concluded by the Prophet Muhammed with the unbelievers of Mecca in 628, provided a precedent for subsequent treaties which the Prophet’s successors made with non-Muslims. Muhammed made a hudna with a tribe of Jews back then to give him time to grow his forces, then broke the treaty and wiped them out. Although this treaty was violated within three years from the time that it was concluded, most jurists concur that the maximum period of peace with the enemy should not exceed ten years since it was originally agreed that the Hudaybia treaty should last ten years.

The time has come to ask the media to note which terms are used in Arabic.

A truce was achieved at the end of World War I, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918.

A hudna, tahida or hudaybiyyah would not have ended the hostilities in World War I or in any war.

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