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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Is this a new thing ?

In recent years, the world has seen an apparently new phenomenon. A chain of events in which either a book is written against Islam in a very derogatory way, or someone makes a cartoon to incite hatred and protest from 1.5 billion Muslims around the world and lately I found people talking about a movie which is to the same effect. The common thing in all the events are:

1) The events, authors, or publishers are well supported by the European and Western governments.
2) Irrespective of their previous literary accomplishments or the lack of them, and ignoring the junk quality of their literary works, they are showered with awards and international recognition and suddenly a loser becomes a hero in literary circles, not without the disgust of the real gems of the literary world.
3) Every such event, book or movie, elicits lot of reaction from the Muslim world and some of this leads to violence and loss of lives.
4) And after every such protest, those governments and groups promptly issue statements about how violent and savage Muslims are and how they were right about what they show in the movies.
5) And every such shameful act is justified in the name of 'freedom of speech' while they openly deny that same freedom to Muslim women who want to cover their own heads in France, by imposing a ban on head scarf, hypocrisy !

Now, is this a new phenomenon ?

The history of western animosity to Islam is centuries old. A French writer, Count Henri Decastri, wrote a book in 1896 entitled ‘Islam' in which he stated;

‘I cannot imagine what the Muslims would say if they heard the tales of the mediaeval ages and understood what the Christian orators used to say in their hymns; all our hymns even those which emerged before the 12th century emanated from one concept which was the cause of the crusades, these hymns were filled with hatred towards the Muslims due to the total ignorance of their religion. As a result of those hymns and songs, hatred against that religion became fixed in people's minds, and the erroneous ideas deeply rooted, some of which are still carried nowadays. Everyone used to regard the Muslims as polytheists, disbelievers, idol worshippers and apostates.'

A quick glance at history shows us that, this is nothing new and nothing creative. This was happening since 1400 years. During the time of the Prophet (saw) the propaganda against Islam started very early on during the Makkan period. Once the Da'wah started to take root in Makkah and shake the societal relationships, the Quraysh initiated a relentless campaign of libel and propaganda against Islam. This propaganda was not just confined to Makkah but spread to neighbouring tribes and even abroad to Abyssinia.

The Quraysh carefully planned how they could best discredit Islam especially during the Hajj season when Makkah would receive a huge influx of visitors. After a lengthy debate, the government of Quraysh agreed to accuse the Prophet (saw) of being a sorcerer possessing the Sihr al-Bayan (magic of words) and went around telling those in Makkah not to listen to him. Abu Lahab, the Prophet's (saw) hateful uncle followed him around everywhere telling people not to listen to his message.

Since, the birth of Islam the western world has looked at Islam as an enemy because Islam was accepted by the world like no other religion before. In a decade after the formation of the first Islamic Khilafah, one third of the world was being ruled by Islam. People entered into Islam community by community, nation by nation and this was seen as a threat by the Church ruled theocratic Europe. People loved Islam because, an Islamic state was not ruled by a Pope or theocratic system, nor was the system oppressive to anyone. Islamic state had rights for Muslims, rights for Non-Muslims and security was ensured for everyone. The generosity and the never seen beauty in any system can be seen in the way, Islamic state treated the Jews. While throughout centuries, the Church led oppression on the Jews always increased, they were homeless and eventually took refuge in Islamic Spain. The Church, was oppressive and barbaric to various sects in Christianity which did not believe as the Pope wanted them to believe, and this religious fanaticism and barbaric cleansing was termed as 'inquisition' which has nothing comparable in the history of mankind. The same Jews which were homeless for centuries had their 'Golden Age' of literature and culture under the fruitful system of Islamic Khilafah in Andalusia. Science and technology, art, literature, medicine, architecture and cultural development were at their best while under the system of Khilafah. Europe was in the dark ages, and the Church led rule, gave no hope. The power hungry priest rulers, started a campaign against Islam, using lies and deceit right from that time. Rumors were spread about how barbaric and uncivilized the Muslims are, and how backward their lands are, and how they mistreat the Christians in their lands. Thus, by spreading hatred and lies, they managed to gather the largest armies from Europe to bring bloodshed and misery to a growing and far superior civilization. They started their bloody 'crusades' and spared not even the Christians living in Jerusalem who were from a different sect of Christianity. Blood flowed in the streets of Jerusalem when the barbaric crusaders came in the name of their religion to 'liberate' Jerusalem. They were awestruck with the splendid city, the medical hospitals, the markets the system and prosperity, the only good thing they got from the crusades was a spark to cause renaissance in their backward barbaric and theocratic Europe, this period would first bring the Europe of Dark ages face to face with the Islamic world, the books were translated, arts exchanged, languages learnt, and thus Islam was still giving light to the dark theocratic Europe.

In the 11th century the propaganda against Islam was used to fuel the crusades against the Muslim holy land of Palestine and Al-Quds (Jerusalem). The savagery and hatred of these ‘religious' crusaders is well documented. On their entry into Jerusalem they slaughtered so many inhabitants that according to the account of one of the crusaders "the slaughter was so great that our men waded in blood up to their ankles."

Despite the atrocities of the crusaders, when Salahudeen Ayyubi re-opened Jerusalem two centuries later he did not take revenge on them and instead gave them safe passage back to Europe. His actions exemplified the objective of jihad , which is to make Allah's (swt) word the highest and not to simply slaughter and kill people in an indiscriminate holy war.

Since, the first said lies and deceit had worked against Islam, it never ended. Every years we have seen people write a book, make a movie or publish something derogatory to Islam. So much that even their present Pope could not stop himself from following the footsteps of his predecessors in this shameful display of lies and deceit.

In 1917 when Britain occupied Palestine, General Lord Allenby planting his sword in the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, boasted "Now end the Crusades!"

In July 1920 when the French general Henri Gouraud took charge of Damascus, he strode up to Salahudeen's tomb next to the Grand Mosque, kicked it and exclaimed, "Awake Saladin, we have returned. My presence here consecrates the victory of the Cross over the Crescent."

Islam is a religion, which has grown inspite of centuries of efforts to stop it, they can crush people, bomb homes, blast Mosques, blaspheme the Prophet, sabotage the media but can they stop hearts from being guided when they look to find the truth ? Muslims love every Prophet of God, right from Adam to Moses to Jesus to the final Messenger Mohammed (peace be upon them all), Muslims love their Messenger more than they love themselves, and is this the way you use 'freedom of speech' ? Abusing the Messenger is more hurtful to a Muslim than abusing his mother, and you do it repeatedly and when someone reacts in anger, you show that as a sign of his barbaric nature ?

If it was really 'freedom of speech' these people really honored. I would like to ask, if hurting a billion and a half people is justified in the name of 'freedom', why can't they let a Muslim girl cover her own body in the schools of France? Why can't a Muslim woman have the 'freedom of expression' when she wants to wear clothes as a human, isn't this hypocrisy, while you encourage abuse and hatred against 1.5 billion Muslims, you cannot accept that a woman has a right to wear her own clothes when she herself wishes to do it? And, they talk about liberating 'Muslim women' ! alas, when will you realize, Muslim women are more liberated then your women. Muslim women have the right to cover their own bodies and they do not enjoy displaying their bodies for you to feast upon, its your women who have no choice, your system exploited woman to the extent that it reduced her to a display piece and a physical 'thing' to be used.

How should the Muslims react ?
We all know the main aim of those derogatory works is nothing about literary value or contribution to research, rather the aims are all political. By inciting violence, they want a chance to show Muslims in the way they want the world to see us. Involving in blind violence against unknown civilians is not the Islamic way, nor did our Prophet teach such a thing. Had there been an Islamic Khilafah existing today, it would have raised it voice as a nation representing us, but alas we destroyed our khilafah ourselves by fooling ourselves with kufr concepts of nationalism, secularism, capitalism and democracy. Our lands are full of Muslims but led by people who have no backbone nor any interest in the affairs of the Ummah. Muslims, should speak out in the best way possible, use every means, write, speak, demonstrate but do not assume that this is the solution, it is only a temporary thing. At the same time, Muslims must work towards uniting, spreading awareness about the Islamic system, they should work towards implementing the Islamic khilafah governance in their lands and uproot the British\French\Portuguese gifted kufr systems left behind when they left our lands after looting it for centuries. Advancement and development does not come from kufr, but from Islam. The Islamic world was at the pinnacle of science and technology in every sector when the Islamic system of governance was implemented, and not to mention the social justice provided by laws revealed by Allah Himself.

Moreover, it is not for these reasons that Muslims should implement Islamic system. Being a Muslim itself, it becomes obligatory upon every Muslim to strive to implement the laws of Allah because Allah says in the Qur'an "He who rules by anything other than what Allah has revealed is a disbeliever 5:44" today the whole Muslim world is ruled by something other than what Allah has revealed? what do you make of it ? How could we ignore such a vital obligation and made ourselves busy in fighting over the length of the beard and how many rakah for taraweeh and about issues over which Islam is so flexible, while ignoring vital obligations and fard actions?
Allahu Alim, may Allah guide us. Allahhumma Ansurna Alal Qawmil Kafireen, alal Qawmidh'Dhalimeen, alal Qaemil munafiqeen, Ameen.

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