Post US May Unleash Microwave Weapon in Afghanistan


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TAMPA, Fla. (June 17) -- A controversial nonlethal weapon that uses microwave energy to create intense pain is being considered for use in Afghanistan, AOL News has learned.

An Air Force military officer and a civilian employee at the Air Force Research Laboratory told AOL News at an industry conference here that the Active Denial System, which heats the top layer of skin via millimeter waves, was in Afghanistan for testing. The sources were not able to offer details on how or whether the weapon was being used in combat.

The weapon is designed to shoot an invisible beam of energy at people, creating an intense burning sensation that forces them to flee. The Air Force has called it the "goodbye effect." It has not been used before in military operations.
The Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate Active Denial System (ADS) is a counter-personnel, non-lethal, directed energy weapon.
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The Active Denial System, a nonlethal weapon being considered for use in Afghanistan, shoots at its target energy that causes a burning sensation on the skin. The heat quickly becomes intolerable and forces the target to move.

Defense Department representatives confirmed the weapon was being considered for use and did not deny it was in Afghanistan, but indicated it had not yet been used operationally.

"Consideration is under way for the appropriate employment of an Active Denial System," Kelley Hughes, a representative for the Joint Nonlethal Weapons Directorate, wrote in an e-mail to AOL News.

In 2008, the Pentagon considered deploying the Active Denial System in Iraq, but the effort was stymied over policy concerns. Whether it will become part of the U.S. arsenal is Afghanistan remains unclear.

"It is my understanding that there are discussions under way about deploying an ADS but no decision/approval yet," Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, wrote in an e-mail to AOL News when asked whether the Pentagon's civilian leadership had approved the weapon's use in Afghanistan.

Lapan was unable to respond by deadline to requests for further clarification.

True belief in Islaam

Anas, may Allaah be pleased with him, reported that the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "No one of you becomes a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself". [Al-Bukhaari &Muslim].
Islam, through its instructions and legislations, was keen to organize people’s relation with their Lord the Almighty, in order for them to attain happiness in both this life and the Hereafter. At the same time, Islam legislates what governs people’s relations amongst each other, in order for love and harmony to prevail in the Muslim community. This can be achieved only when each individual is keen to protect and guard the welfare of others just as he would his own, and only then will the Muslim community become strongly bonded and well-established.
For this great objective to be fulfilled, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, guided his nation to accomplish the principle of solidarity saying: "No one of you becomes a true believer until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself", clarifying that for faith to become deeply rooted in the heart one must love good for others just as he likes to attain it himself, whether it is to be blessed with bounty or relieved from an agony; this is the path towards a perfect level of belief in ones heart.
If we ponder the above narration, we find that accomplishing such a state of belief requires the soul to possess a high degree of excellence and good manners when dealing with others. In this state a person overlooks mistakes, perseveres regardless of the harm others may afflict on him and forgives ill treatment. Additionally, he shares the joy and sadness of his fellow Muslims; he visits the sick, comforts the needy, sponsors the orphan, provides for the widow and offers help to others and cheers them with a smile.
Just as he likes people to be happy, he also wishes that they prosper in the Hereafter, and thus he always strives to guide them to the right path, whilst remembering the saying of Allaah (what means): “And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, `Indeed, I am of the Muslims`” [Quran 41: 33]
The narration also goes beyond the boundaries of the Muslims to cover wanting good to reach disbelievers. He likes that Allaah blesses them with the bounty of belief and that Allaah rescues them from the darkness of associating with Allaah and disobedience. This meaning is substantiated with the narration in which the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Being a true Muslim is achieved by loving for people what you love for yourself". [At-Tirmithi]
Indeed, in the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, we have the best example; he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, once said, advising Abu Tharr, may Allaah be pleased with him: "O Abu Tharr! I see that you are a weak person, and I love for you what I love for myself, so never be in charge of (even as little as) two people, or be responsible for an orphan’s wealth". [Muslim]
Our Salaf (i.e. righteous predecessors), may Allaah have mercy upon them, took upon themselves the implication of this Prophetic advice, and were very sincere in its implementation in the best manner. Ibn ‘Abbaas, may Allaah be pleased with him, said: “I pass by a verse in the Book of Allaah, and wish that all people would have the knowledge I have about it.”
Another such example is when Waasi’ Ibn Muhammad, may Allaah have mercy upon him, wanted to sell a donkey of his once. The man who was buying it from him said to him: “Do you think it is good for me”. He, may Allaah have mercy upon him, replied saying: “Had I not thought so, I would not have attempted to sell to you in the first place.”
These two examples and many more reflect the loftiness in faith these people reached which yielded such results.

One of the implications of the narration we are addressing is that a Muslim should not want for others what he hates to happen to himself. This forces the person to shun many bad qualities, like envy, spite, selfishness, stinginess and other dispraised qualities which he would hate people to use when dealing with him.
Finally, one of the fruits of practically applying this great narration is that a virtuous community would be established for the Muslims when its members enjoy common love and a strong bond between them, so that they resemble one strong body that can not easily be defeated. Thus, the Muslim nation would achieve the sought after prosperity.


‘Estrangement and the strangers’


The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Islam began as something strange, and it will return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the strangers." [Muslim]
The meaning of ‘strange’ in the Hadeeth:
Many times in many situations the people that follow the religion of Allaah feel a sense of not belonging, of being out of place, of not fitting in, or, in other words, of being strange. This feeling is normal when being among non-Muslims, but, unfortunately, this feeling sometimes also occurs when one is among his fellow Muslims. A person sees his brothers and sisters doing acts that are contrary to Islam, or taking part in innovations that sometimes even border on Kufr (disbelief), yet he feels that he does not have enough power or courage to stop them.
Some Muslims, especially if they do not have enough Taqwa (piety) or Islamic knowledge, buckle under the pressure of their peers and join in these acts, knowing that this is not what Allaah wants them to do.
However, feeling helpless, since it seems that they are alone in their ideas and without any support to help them do what is right, they succumb to such pressures.
They should take consolation in the verses of the Quran and in the statements of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, describing this estrangement.
Why have they been called ‘strangers?'
Allaah Says (what means): "So why were there not among the generations before you those of enduring discrimination forbidding corruption on earth – except a few of those We saved from among them…?" [Quran 11: 116] This verse speaks of the few people on earth, the "strangers", who prohibit mankind from evil. These are the same people the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, spoke about when he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Islam began as something strange, and it will return to being something strange, so give glad tidings to the ‘strangers’.” [Muslim]
The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was asked: "O Messenger of Allaah, who are those strangers?" He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, replied: "Those who reform the people when they become corrupt." [Abu ‘Amr Ad-Daani]. In another narration, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said in response to the same question: "They are a small group of people among a large evil population. Those who oppose them are more than those who follow them." [Ibn ‘Asaakir]
These praiseworthy people are called ‘strangers’ since they are a small minority among mankind. Thus, Muslims are strangers among mankind; the true believers are strangers among Muslims; and the scholars are strangers among the true believers.
In reality, however, their estrangement is only because they are the minority and it is not because their actions and beliefs are strange. This is what Allaah Says what means: "And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allaah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying." [Quran 6: 116]
 Allaah also Says what means: "And most of the people, although you strive [for it], are not believers." [Quran 12: 103] and (what means): "…And indeed, many among the people are defiantly disobedient." [Quran 5: 49]
Therefore, Allaah, The All-Knowing Creator, knows that most of mankind will not follow the truth. Only a few will be set apart that truly and correctly believe in Him; they are the ‘strangers’ from among mankind.
The strangers in belief, however, and the strangers in character and actions are in reality the majority of mankind, for they are strange to Islam and to the laws of Allaah.
There are various types of estrangement, of which some are praiseworthy, some are blameworthy, and some are neither praiseworthy nor blameworthy. We will discuss these categories below.
The various types of estrangement:
The first type is that of the "People of Allaah and His Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam", who were mentioned previously. This estrangement is praiseworthy because it has been praised by Allaah and His Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam. Therefore, this kind should be sought after and its people must be supported. 
These ‘strangers’, then, are the true believers, because they only worship Allaah, and they do not follow any path except the path of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.
Thus, it is apparent that this estrangement does not cause its bearer any discontent. Rather, it is a comforting estrangement, a solace to the believers. The believer knows that Allaah and those who believe are with him.
Allaah, Almighty, sent His Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, to people because they had strayed. There were those who worshipped rivers, trees, idols, and there were Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians. Islam, when it first appeared among people, was strange to them. If a person from among them accepted Islam, he would be shunned and even tortured by his family and his tribe. He would live as a stranger among his own people. Eventually, however, Islam spread far and wide. Then the Muslims became stronger and more numerous, so much so, that the strangers were those who did not accept Islam.
But later, Satan deceived people again. Many people abandoned Islam, thus those who remained true believers became strangers again, just as when Islam began.
The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said that this nation would be divided into seventy-three groups, all of which would go to Hell except the one Saved Group (i.e. those who follow Allaah and His Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam).
The true believer should be prepared to resign himself to the life of a stranger among his people, just like his predecessors who accepted Islam were treated by their people.
The second type of estrangement, is the blameworthy one, for its people are the evil sinners, the ignorant and the arrogant from among mankind. Their estrangement is due to their refusal to follow the right path of Allaah and His Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam. This type is the estrangement of not conforming to the religion of Islam and, as such, it will remain strange even if its followers are numerous, its power is strong, and its existence is widespread. These are the strangers to Allaah.
The third type of estrangement is, in essence, neither praiseworthy nor blameworthy. It is the type that a traveler experiences when he travels to a different country, like a person who lives in a place for a short period of time, knowing that he has to move on. One aspect of this estrangement is that all of us, whether we realize it or not, are strangers in this life, for we will all go one day to our permanent abode in the Hereafter. This is the meaning of the Hadeeth of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, when he sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam told ‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Umar, may Allaah be pleased with him: "Live in this world as though you are a stranger or a wayfarer." Thus, this category of estrangement has the potential to become a praiseworthy one, if we realize the meaning of this statement of Allaah's Messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.
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