Who Killed Shaikh Emad Effat?
I generally don’t talk about people. And I generally don’t comment on current events.
I mostly limit myself to talking about Allah and his Deen. And to making the wonderful teachings and principles of the Qur’an and Hadith come alive to the new era in which we live.
Especially to those whose primary language is English – in the West and in all parts of the world.
So, I have generally no interest in talking about this or that event in some part of the world or about this or that individual who may or may not be up to something good or no good.
Unless, of course, these events and individuals symbolize larger underlying principles or fundamental teachings of Islam, in which case I am left with no option but to address those events and talk about those individuals.
Thus, Pharaoh to me was a model – an idealized representation if you will – of corruption and arrogance, just as Karbala and the killing of Husain by King Yazid and his Muslim soldiers to me was a turning point in the history of the nascent democratic movement that was sweeping the world, starting from Makkah and Madinah.
The brutal killing of Husain at Karbala, today’s Iraq, set back the global movement for the Government of the People by the People, that Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, had set in motion, by a thousand years.
Not till Enlightenment Europe hummed and hawed its way to it, and America actually discovered and embraced it in the late 1800s, was this movement able to reassert itself in the world, even though a brief interlude of a couple of years did occur when Omar bin Abdul Aziz deliberately returned power to the People.
This was nearly 40 years to the killing of Husain by King Yazid and his men – about 100 Hijri or so.
But then when the People, of their own free will elected him ruler and insisted that he accept, Omar bin Abdul Aziz relented and became Khalifah.
But, though the ruler of a mighty state, he lived the life of a saint and worked day and night to establish peace, justice, liberty and equality on earth.
So, the history of Islam really is the history of humanity’s pursuit of the goal of the Government of the People by the People with all the accoutrements of prayers, fasting, pilgrimage, charity and everything else.
Ever since the days of Husain and Omar bin Abdul Aziz, Muslims have been locked in mortal combat with the forces of Evil and Tyranny – both domestic and foreign – that have sought to deny them their God-given right to freedom and democracy.
The bloody events currently unfolding in Egypt are only the latest chapter in this ongoing saga of Muslim struggle for establishing a Government of the People by the People on their land.
It is obvious that while Muslims, in Egypt and elsewhere, want freedom and democracy, there are those in this world who do not wish Muslims that. So, they want to do everything in their power to deny Muslims – everywhere – that right.
And they have some fairly powerful logic on their side – those who would deny Muslims their basic rights.
To begin with, by divine dispensation, Muslims everywhere seem to be sitting on oceans of oil and mountains of all kinds of riches. There are those in this world who covet that.
Even though the Bible teaches “Thou Shalt not Covet!” these folks covet like there were no tomorrow.
And they do everything in their power to turn that coveting into all manner of intrigue, conspiracy, aggression, exploitation, invasion, domination and occupation of Muslim lands.
Next, Muslim lands in many instances have what is called “Strategic Value.” That means others in this world have a need to control those Muslim lands to fulfill their own social, political, economic and military agendas and goals.
That is why the various European countries conquered and colonized Muslim lands: for land and for the wealth that the land contained.
And that is also why the so-called Middle East was such an obvious Slave Plantation for the past 100 years, run so brutally and barbarically by the British, the French and other colonial masters.
And that is also why many, if not most, if not all, of those in power in Muslim lands over the past 100 years have been tyrants and dictators of one kind or another – military as well as civilian; hereditary as well as otherwise.
They were mostly appointed, supported and controlled by their Colonial Masters who charged them to enslave and brutalize the masses and patriotic leadership of Muslims in ways most normal people in other parts of the world cannot even imagine.
The native Thugs and their foreign Colonial masters crushed Algerian People’s demand for freedom and Democracy in a 10-year bloodbath toward the end of the last millennium.
And they killed, hanged, imprisoned and tortured the finest flowering of Egyptian popular and intellectual leadership over the past nearly 100 years.
And they, under the present dictator’s father Hafez Al-Assad filled the streets of Syria with Muslim corpses whose only sin was to hope and ask for freedom – for a Government of the People by the People.
But then out of nowhere 2011 happened.
The coward Ben Ali, the small-time Thug from Tunis, let it all get out of control by running away at the first sign of trouble in Tunisia and hiding in plain sight in a mansion in Jeddah.
Freedom-loving Muslims everywhere tasted blood. And they wanted more.
There was trouble in Bahrain and in Yemen and in Syria – and elsewhere. Muslim hunger for Government of the People by the People was now insatiable.
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