What is wrong with Muslims today?

downloadAs I am compiling this piece there is crisis in almost entire Muslim world. There is a proxy war going on in Syria where thousands have already lost their lives, Egypt has erupted into a Civil war with fissures deep into the nation after Democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi was toppled by General Al-Sisi in one of the world’s most shameful coup; Pakistan has lost its integrity with its people divided on all grounds among fundamentalists and far-Liberals, both unable to stand each other, and hence, annihilating the national interests into speckles of gunfire on every argument. Sudan, which was till recently, Africa’s largest Islamic nation divided, with south Sudan in deep crisis right now. Iraq after Saddam, has seen Sunni’s and Shia’s blowing up each other in Mosques, buses and on roads. Afghanistan, which once prematurely and insanely celebrated the fall of Taliban by American onslaught, is now incurably debilitated into pieces of dirt and sand, with its people sick of American toys capable of shooting hell-fire missiles at them from skies.

These are a few in a long list of Islamic nations that are in one or the other degree of conflict with itself or with the rest of the world. It inflicts pain in my heart to see Islamic nations in shatters, its people in a mad race of arms, killing each other on alibi which they call “revolution” and boast of it as “Jihad”- the holy war. I really don’t understand how terribly mentally challenged could these people be to kill a human who they differ with on politico-ideological front and deem it Islamic.

Most of the violence in the Muslim world particularly in Middle-East began with “Arab Spring” which was a result of decades of autocratic and authoritarian rule. It was at the individual level, for and by the people towards positive change. Change that would provide them freedom at discrete and collective levels, and accountability for the people at helm. Change that was supposed to bring Arab nations out of oblivion and away from the western influences into the affairs of running the nations. In Egypt, unexpectedly and to the disgust of US, it up-rooted America’s long ally Hosni Mubarak who in order to amuse his western masters always choose not to interfere into the atrocities in the neighboring Palestine by Israel and in their favor blocked all the passages of exit from Gaza at times when Israel would bomb this small strip of densely populated land, an example of a loyal Dog he had set up.

Interesting to analyze is how this movement for the upliftment, advancement and unity, which would mean lesser foreign influence in the political matters was hijacked and used as an impetus to divide the same people who started and took part in it. Today, after a couple of years of its inception, Arab Spring has turned into a monster with a killing machine in its hands, inexorably conquering city after city and village after village in the Arab World, leaving rubble of bodies on streets, ripples of divide running strong into the inhabitants which now have turned into factions and sub-factions, each interested in defending its own small group from the other. The hijack of the emotions and situation is such that the Muslims (term “Muslims” has been used deliberately instead of “people” to signify the gravity of the decline in the sense of brotherhood within the community) of a nation are being made to recognize and realize subtle ideological differences or differential interpretations of their religion as lines of separation and factionalism.

The western Powers who are always on prowl for acquiring more and more resource- filled Muslim lands, particularly, the Arabian Peninsula, seem to delve onto their ever favorite “regime change” policy, should there be any hindrance in their foreign policy goals by the existing regimes. Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya (North Africa) are the proven examples where Western powers, particularly, United States, meddled into the internal affairs of sovereign nations, provoked people against their regimes which had become unfavorable for western interests and aggravated them into fighting each other. The proxy wars thus began, fuelled by the evoked sectarian sentiments and the supply of arms and ammunition from CIA and others. In Syria, Shia and Sunni interpretations of Islam have been so grossly exploited that the Sunni Muslims (which form the major part of the so-called rebels) cannot stand to be ruled by Bashar Al- Asad, a Shia Muslim. The situation is immensely distressing, to the extent that Abu Sakkar, the beast in the skin of a man (Commander of the Farouq Brigade, a major rebel group fighting against government troops), not only kills his fellow brothers, who till recently were regarded as great soldiers of the Syrian government, but chops out their hearts with sharp knives and eats them whilst chanting Allah u Akbar. What a shame!

Dread in their eyes and out for manslaughter with guns and bazookas provided by the Western Powers to kill their own brethren for the benefit of their masters and they call themselves Muslims. What a mental condition these men are inflicted with not to observe the fact that they are waging a war against their own people, for and under the guidance of people, who do no service to the Humanity unless for their “national interests”, which often cross all borders and become “international”. What a shameful mis-understanding of situation these people are into, believing that these super powers are concerned with the development of the people of Arab. Doing so they are ignoring what these proponents of democracy did in Iraq and Libya; and they played a significant role to topple democratically elected leadership of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

In this profane carnage Muslims are massacring fellow Muslims whilst shamelessly calling upon Allah u Akbar. Even women and children are not spared. Sadly, this whole affair is costing not only Muslims as individuals but Islam as a religion. Two of the Islam’s historical mosques, Khalid bin Waleed Mosque in Homs and Umayyad Mosque in Damascus caught fire in the cross-firing. The image of Islam as a religion of peace has been devastated. Muslims are considered to be the people with fundamentalist approach to society which is exactly opposite to what Islam actually teaches but then as the saying goes “actions speak louder than words”.

It is important for Muslims to analyze any given situation in a rationale sense and that is what Islam taught. Islam teaches tolerance, patience and civility even in worst possible scenarios. It taught brotherhood among the community and with non-Muslims. Our Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) taught us the affairs of rule, and; the manners through which to seek change of rulers. I feel terribly sorry that Muslims instead of safeguarding each other are rather collaborating with forces that want us divided for their sinister interests. It is extremely important to propagate kinship and not let another Reconquista smudge the face of Muslims.

May Allah guide the Muslims to the right path and make us able to distinguish between friends and foes!

Published By Rising Kashmir on February 01, 2014


Freedom of Expression, A Paradox


Social sense, a sense of community defines the basic tenet of the well-being of a community and a population. It is this sense of realization of the presence of another person, though, usually only in thought rather than the material presence, that  brings a sort of togetherness in a society. And that is the reason we as children in the schools are necessarily enrolled for Social Sciences subject to make us understand the priorities of a society for its felicity and functioning. This subject of behavior with other humans deals in depth with our day to day connections with the rest of the humans in our society in particular, and the entire mankind in general. Hence, the social sense is supposed to make us aware of the sentiments and sensibilities of a population. When we understand our responsibilities of being socially sensed and charactered we are supposed to behave and act responsibly keeping in mind the sensitivities and beliefs of other people. This social awareness makes people tolerant towards others and at the same time inculcates into us the realization of acting such that it does not hurt the feelings or sentiments of others in the population and thus acts as kinaesthetic sensory perceptions for the alleviation of different parts of a society, a prosperous and convivial society, with a feeling of brotherhood and chumminess.

In the present world with easy access to internet and a reach far beyond boundaries and borders, we sometimes tend to ignore the lessons of social sense, and sometimes out of acerbity act in a way that violates the basic paradigm of the social stability, culminating into  widespread truculence and incendiary leading to fissures and divide into the population we are a part of and often hiding behind the armament of “Freedom of Expression”. Take for instance the recent incidents like “a movie denigrating the Prophet of Islam (S.A.W.) leading to protests worldwide and even the death of a diplomat or a movie named Vishwaroopam by Kamal Hassan, which saw the angers flaring in Southern India as Muslims protested against certain derogatory comments against Islam in the movie, or the Danish cartoon works”. In all of these incidents the liberals have come in apt support of the “lets for some time call them-offenders” with the shield of freedom of expression fluttering in newspapers and on internet servers . Apart from protests and inferno as its immediate effects such incidents as part of their delayed effects have caused a communal divide and a sense of bullying, Muslims or rather Islam often at the receiving end. This hence has lead to further the conflict of ideologies that divides Muslim world with rest often transcending into violence.

Now my point of view is not against the freedom of expression but its ambiguous application. For example, a man in UK was arrested for posting a derogatory comment about the British soldiers killed in Afghanistan(who believed that British soldiers killed in Afghanistan should go to hell as they invaded a sovereign country), another was arrested for posting a picture that depicted a burning paper poppy (considered a symbol of  honor and remembrance of dead in war) and like wise some other cases. However, the liberal media and liberals this time did not consider the fact that even such people have their own right to say or express what they perceive of a particular situation, and hence are entitled to their “Freedom of Expression”, and there was no debate on the arrests of these people. Hence, freedom of expression does not suffice explicitly in the world and that it pops up usually when the Muslims are offended. Having said that, it seems to me that offending Islam which of course antagonizes Muslims serves different purposes and prodigiously shoots the offender to fame or his business (in case of Vishwaroopam) and thus serves as a newly found marketing tactic.

However, all of such reprobate actions or actions-out-of bad Judgement calcitrate the concept of responsible society and citizenry. And, those lessons of oratory or behavior that our elders would teach us-“to be good to people, not to talk incessant to people etc.” would loose to the concept of Freedom of Expression and hence the concept of “being good mannered” will fail at the behest of total Freedom of Expression. Now, the question is, how would the society survive then? And the answer lies in judgmental use of  our rights and at the same time upholding and recognizing those of others. Hence, it is this self restrain imposed by adjudication and the sense of distinction between right and wrong that will let the societal norms prevail, or else, a person or a population takes dig at other and the other retaliates with the same (each exercising their right to expression) and the world becomes a bad place to live in.

Published by Kashmir Reader on March 27, 2013