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Murdoch: End of a Dictator

As the Murdoch empire crumbles around Rupert and his executives, the world watches on as the News of the World newspaper is finished, Fox is under review in America, and Rupert’s hopes of full ownership of BSkyB are dashed. Even the British parliament is united in diminishing the power of Murdoch with the leader of the opposition Ed Miliband calling for the breakdown of Murdoch’s empire, and Murdoch having to meet with a Parliamentary select committee concerning the affairs of News of the World, and possibly News Corp.

However, no matter how powerful we assumed Murdoch was or is, it is the sunnah of Allah not to allow any single person or ideology, especially if he or it is anti-Islam, to retain dominance for a long period of time. Allah says,    
“And if Allah did not check one set of people by means of another, the earth would indeed be full of mischief. But Allah is full of Bounty to the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists).”[1]
This verse provides us with utmost confidence in Allah that he will always come to our aid, and thus, we are to rely on Him at all times.
Rupert Murdoch has no doubt been in control of what we hear and read about, as well as the fact that most politicians consider it political suicide to criticise him.[2]  It is, in this way, that public opinion is effectively controlled by one man and his whims. Besides being an advanced and particularly modern form of dictatorship, one wonders how the British nation has been succoured for so long by the deceptions of the Murdoch enterprise. How has this country allowed this to happen; were the government a part of the conspiracy or is their ignorance merely a show of how neglectful they are in regards to the welfare of this country? No one can predict the end of this scandal or who is involved in it. However, there is no doubt that Murdoch’s octopus-like empire will have its arms of influence extended all over the place. 
Indeed, the fall of NoW has exposed a number of things: that the police were paid off, that the Prime Minister David Cameron employed NoW editor Andy Coulson to operate at the heart of the government and then laughed at Ed Miliband for wanting to restrict the power of Murdoch, and that to some extent, the entire country has fallen prey to the rotten values espoused by News Corps.[3]
The fall of dictators, whether in the Middle East or the west, reveals that a number of major global changes are likely to happen in the coming few years. Not only have some of the tyrants of the Middle East fallen, but the Islamophobic media moguls who have more power than governments themselves are being exposed. Indeed, the will of Allah is truly incredible: the Tunisian regime followed by the Egyptian one fell because of a poor trader Bu Azizi, and this empire now may fall because of NoW’s bugging of Milly Dowler’s phone.
We must note that if such groups of people have taken to be dealing with one another in such unethical ways, then their treatment of Muslims can only be left to the imagination. Media moguls such as Rupert Murdoch must be overcome, we must work to rid them of their power by which they spread deception and misrepresentations so that the public comes to know the truth instead of the strategically thought-up lies we see on the news every day. Indeed, such a struggle is at the heart of enjoining in good and forbidding evil, and if we sit around idly, perhaps Allah may visit upon us what has already happened to them. Allah says, 
“If only there had been among the generations before you, persons having wisdom, prohibiting (others) from al-Fasad (disbelief, polytheism, and all kinds of crimes and sins) in the earth, except a few of those whom We saved from among them. Those who did wrong pursued the enjoyment of good things of (this worldly) life and were criminals.”[4] 



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[1] Qur’an 2:251
[4] Qur’an 11:116


About Shaykh (Dr) Haitham Al-Haddad

Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom's Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari'ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.


  1. HuH?
    Question Nelson, why have you named yourself Herodotus? A bit of an inferiority complex i suspect…There are some gaping holes in the logic you have offered, you would be cannon fodder for anyone who would choose to challenge you on that weakly presented argument.

    You and i aswell Need to read more about Islam inshallah, may Allah guide us all..

  2. Hadith in Sahihain
    The prophet (saw) said: “The blood of a person is not lawful (i.e. you cannot execute them) except for three, an adulterer, a life for a life and THE ONE WHO LEAVES HIS RELIGION, ABANDONING THE COMMUNITY”

  3. Clarifications
    Just some clarifications for the comments given here.

    The first is that the definition of a ‘Muslim’ is one who submits to the Will of Allah (God Almighty – the Creator of all that exists). That essentially means that he (the individual) puts aside his own preferences and desires in favour of the command of One who is more fit to decide for us (human beings) what is right and what is wrong. The Creator knows what is best for His creation, over and above anything else. His knowledge and wisdom is infinite and all-encompassing. Therefore, whether we “like” an Islamic law or not is irrelevant. The position of a Muslim is (or should be) ‘we hear and we obey’. Period.

    The second is in relation to those raising objections to the Islamic ruling on the one who apostates. An analogy here would be that of an individual who commits an act of betrayal or treachery against their own country. In most cases, one who does such a thing, will almost certainly face execution. Why? Because they have betrayed their own country and by extension, their own people. Most people will readily accept this as a fitting punishment for this individual. The leaving of Islam represents more than a betrayal of a people, a country or a nation. It is the betrayal against the Creator of the Heavens, the Earth and all that exists. An act that is far more severe in portent.

    Finally to confirm what some of the brothers have said, indeed the religion of Islam is never forced upon anyone and history testifies to this. Yes, the Islamic governance spread by force – no doubt about that. However, no individual was ever compelled by force to change their belief to Islam. Indeed, the Islamic Khilafah preserved and protected the rights of religious minorities under their rulership, to the degree, that when it came to settling disputes amongst themselves, they were allowed to settle the dispute using their own religious rulings. Imagine that! They could effectively choose to have their dispute settled according to the Islamic law, or their own law. To underline this point, the great and just Khalifah Umar Ibn Al Khataab (May Allah be pleased with him), once had a Christian slave, whom he trusted and admired. Umar, despite all his power and influence at the time, asked him to come to accept Islam as his religion. The slave refused. Umar replied with the ayat from Qur’an which roughly translates as, “there is no compulsion in religion”. No forced conversions, no coercion, no compulsion.

  4. Reply to “Allah has ruled the death penalty for those who reject faith after having known the truth”
    Can you quote me the exact verse of the Quran which says that? And if not beware of the Wrath of Allah for speaking a falsehood against him. Allah says “There is NO COMPULSION in religion”

  5. Reply to “Allah has ruled the death penalty for those who reject faith after having known the truth “
    Can you quote me the exact verse of the Quran which says that? And if you can’t then beware of the Wrath of Allah for a falsehood against Him. Allah says “There is NO COMPULSION in religion”

  6. to heroditus
    Why do you use the words such as “our muslim people” and then attack the laws of Allah (sw). No muslim would ever criticise what Allah and His Messenger (Muhummed pbuh) had ordered. Therefore i dont like your ‘islamic’ messages. Allah has ruled the death penalty for those who reject faith after having known the truth (la ilaha illallah) and then having gone back to praying to idols and making their desires their gods. If you are a muslim then you should ask Allah for forgiveness.

  7. just another bro

    to yusef
    the higher echelons of government and Murdoch share the same world view – there is a symbiotic relationship – the closeness of which is now demonstrably coming to the fore – its quite clear there has been a conspiracy. You can slavishly believe everything you’re told at the time you are told it if you like but as in the example given – it was well known to anyone who didn’t follow take their primary source as the Sun newspaper that the claim to WMD’s was a pack of lies. No doubt Murdoch wanted the war in Iraq otherwise he wouldn’t have pushed the envelope thereto.

  8. Nelson Horton

    “Islam is its own worst enemy.  The  threat of a death penalty for leaving Islam and suscribing to a different religions hangs heavily over the heads of all Our Muslim Peoples.  In effect, this “threat of punishment” is killing off individual initiative within all of Islam.  When People are not free to choose their own beliefs…and to exercise their individual initiatives..and to freely express a public opinion about all things…then their society suffers extreme poverty. 
    While Islam has been persecuted and oppressed since the end of World War 1 and the fall of the the Ottoman Empire….Islam is still its own worst enemy. I send this message because I have true respect and love for all Our Islamic Peoples.  I hope that someone out there will listen to what I say. Thank you. 
    Nelson Horton (Herodotus).”

  9. To just another bro

    You claim I am navie but yet it is apparently your position that Ruport Murdoch tricked Bush and Blair and the US Congress and Parliament into supporting an attack on Iraq by some smarmy writing in the Sun? Do I understand that correctly? That sounds a bit conspiratorial to me.

    Also note that the corrolary of your claim is that Bush and Blair should be off the hook. Of course, I am sure you have never held any ill will toward them, eh?

  10. just another bro

    to yusef
    dear dear you are naive. Murdoch was involved in the murders of many Muslims. It was the Sun that ran the headline WMD’s fired in 30mins which in turn gave the impetus for parliament to agree to the disastrous Iraq war. For decades these guys have been accessories to crimes and manipulators of global events by the spread of lies and obfuscation of truth.

  11. Everything will perish

    everything will perish
    Those who are in power in any country, past present or future all will be perished. I heard that Tony blaire is studying the Qur’an, May Allah Give him Guidance, will surely taste the mercy of Allah, if not he will have to taste the torment. Anyone it may be, in any country… will taste the truth of Islam before his/her death….

  12. Regardless of how much disliked Murdoch is by Muslims it might be worth remembering News of the World was not accused of hacking the phones of Muslims. That would be the Egyptian Secret Service, the Saudi Secret Service, the Syrian Secret Service, the Pakistani Secret service, the Iranian mullahs etc. Also, as far as we know, News of the World never actually caused the death of any Muslims. The current champions there are Quadaffi and Assad of Syria and Al Quaeda, but the real champion was Sadam Hussein. Can someone remind me how long he was in power and by what mechanism he was removed?

  13. Islam’s Treatment of Muslims
    While I hear much about prejudice against our Muslim Peoples…by far and large the mistreatment of Allah’s Peoples is coming from the Islamic Religion itself. The idea of a “death penalty” for leaving the Islamic Religion keeps freedom of individual expression and endeavor at an extremely low level throughout Islam itself. In the old American Cartoon, “Pogo”…Pogo once said, “We have met the enemy..and it is us !” Wake up Islam !! Truth does not harms us…but rather we are harmed when we refuse to face Truth itself. Thank you. Herodotus

  14. Assalamualaykum wa rahmatuallahi, jazaakumAllahkhayrun for the insight shaykh. Quick question: you mentioned that the tunisian empire feel due to(one of the reason) the brother Bu Azizi.

    However, didn’t the brother commit suicide?Burnt himself? Allah forgive me if that’s incorrect. But if it is correct, doesn’t it change the outlook in the revolution there?

    And just generally, aren’t alot of these demonstrators calling for democracy? These are questions I’m genuinely confused about so please answer if you can shaykh, jazaakumullahkhayrun.

  15. The media empire is being exposed but…

    What I am wondering about is that Ed Miliband is in the front line fighting the Murdoch’s empire!! I am very surprised of such action as Ed is a pro-zionist and supports the killing of innocents in our beautiful land of Palestine! A quick search on Google will get you all the Bio of this newly elected leader of Labour. Pro-zionist against another zionist?? Looks to me like a play in the theatre…

    Let’s wait and see the upcoming events unveiling this holy drama…

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