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A Perfect Muslims-Islam-Qur’an Whodunit
Truth is what truth-tellers tell.
And who are the truth-tellers of our time? They are the ones with their fingers on people’s purse-strings, mental make-ups and heartbeats.
And what is the truth? Why, of course, truth is what they tell – the truth-tellers I mean.
Sounds a bit circular? Well, that is how most life is.
Begins with a chicken. Ends up as an egg. Which then morphs into a chicken.
Ad infinitum, as they say. Meaning forever.
Or, to tell you the truth, it could be perfectly the other way around. You know: first the egg; then the chicken; and then of course the egg and so on.
That is how it seems to be when it comes to all the terrible things attributed to Islam and Muslims.
Who attributes these terrible things to Islam and Muslims?
Why, of course, those with the power, the ability, the means and a reason or two to attribute them to Islam and Muslims.
Allow me to mention a few of them here:
- Those in politics, for example. They have both the reason and the motivation as well as the power and ability to do it. Islam and Muslims are Manna from Heaven for any number of them.
- Those in the media: newspapers; magazines; radio; television; blogs; the Internet as a whole. Many of them can and do also build their careers doing it.
- Those in the academia, meaning professors and all kinds of scholars and researchers.
When the government and the rich and powerful in a society want to demonize and destroy a people or culture or faith or religion, many in the card-carrying academic community are ever-ready to tell them what exactly to do and how precisely to do it.
- Those in the Think Tank Industry and in other research and investigative arms of the rich and the powerful.
- Those in Religion Business: the zealots, leaders and activists who see in Islam and Muslims a threat to their own respective religion franchises.
- Those in the Lobbying Business: representing all kinds of countries, organizations, individuals, businesses, interests, corporations and associations who fear and hate Islam and Muslims for whatever reason.
- And all kinds of others.
- You name it.
Here is a real-life Whodunit in the form of a perfect chicken-or-egg circle: Is it Islam or is it the Muslims: Who is the real culprit when it comes to all the terrible things that are going on in the world?
And at whose door should the blame be placed: Muslims as good-for-nothing people, or Islam as a failed philosophy and religion? Or the Qur’an where all this stuff is supposed to come from?
Everybody is asking that question.
The political mealy-mouths are. The media mercenaries are. The sundry traffickers in their own as well as other people’s bodies, minds and souls are.
They are asking that question even as they shake their heads knowingly.
So, why shouldn’t we ask that same question ourselves? I suggest we join the fun.
But we will do it just a tad bit different. We will ask: What do they want? I mean the Anti-Islam, anti-Muslim crusaders. What are their real motivations and secret desires?
Is it Muslim Land they are after?
Is it all those Natural Resources including oceans of oil Muslims are sitting on that they covet, even though the Bible teaches we should not covet anything belonging to our neighbor?
Is it the mortal fear they have that should Islam become known in its true form around the world then many other contenders may have to close shop and go home?
Is it the trepidation that should Islam be allowed to succeed in informing and empowering the lives, cultures and societies of a billion and a half people around the world, then there will be hell to pay in many quarters?
And then one wonders what is it that they really hate? I mean these anti-Islam and anti-Muslim crusaders? Is it Islam they hate or Muslims? Or is it both?
Sometimes it is not really clear, as the lines blur after a while, and as anti-Islam and anti-Muslim all run into one another.
Often the twain doesn’t really seem to part. And to tell you the truth, it shouldn’t.
So, is it Islam, or Muslims, or both?
Is it the chicken, or the egg, or both?
It is an argument you can never really lose. I could pick the correct answer out of a hat 100 times out of 100.
That is because I have figured out the answer – the Truth – to the Chicken-or-Egg question.
And that answer is: It is “and” and not “or.” It is both and not one “or” the other.
That means it is a conjunction, as some of these academics would say and not disjunction. And they were both brought into this world by God.
Let me explain how.
Me: “Supposing you ask me a question and I give you an answer and we proceed in that way till we come to the happy ending.”
Me: “What do you say?”
You: “Let us go! What is keeping us?”
Me: “So, go ahead, shoot. Oops! Did I say that?”
You: “Yes, you did.”
Me: “My bad. I didn’t mean it to come out that way.”
You: “What did you mean then?”
Me: “I meant what is your question. Go ahead and ask your question. That is what I meant.”
You: “What was that? What did you say?”
Me: “I said ‘Sorry!’”
You: “It didn’t sound like sorry I thought.”
Me: “That is because I said it in Arabic.”
You: “You said sorry in Arabic?”
Me: “I said it in the words God teaches us to use whenever we do something terrible. Something we should not have done.”
You: “God teaches you?”
Me: “That is right. In the Qur’an: he says ask forgiveness for your sin. And that is what I did.”
Me: “I asked God for forgiveness.”
You: “God teaches you how to do that?”
Me: “Yep, he does indeed. The words I used were the exact words of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.”
You: “What…what was that thing again?”
Me: “Astaghfirullah! Meaning: I implore God to forgive me.”
Me: “Anyway, what were you going to say? What were you going to ask?”
You: “Oh, ok. Here is my question: Why are the Muslims so messed up?”
Me: “Messed up, did you say?”
You: “Messed up, that is what I said.”
Me: “Messed up, how?”
You: “You know! Muslims are the ultimate Bad News Bearers of the world? Blowing up everything in sight, including themselves. Lopping off women’s genitals at every opportunity. Stoning every adulterer in sight to death. You know the routine.”
You: “You give Muslims half a chance and they will use it to do something most terrible in the world.”
You: “You know what I am talking about.”
Me: “I suppose I do. But how do you know?”
Me: “How do you know all this stuff? Who is telling us all this?”
You: “What, you don’t follow the media? That is who is telling us? What planet do you live on? Does your Planet La-La have television?”
Me: “I live right here, next door to you. And yes, I follow the media, and I get some of the same standard media fare about Muslims that you do. You know that.”
You: “Then what is your problem? Why are you asking me where I get all this stuff from?”
Me: “And you believe everything you read and hear and see in the media? And you think the media are telling you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”
You: “Of course I do. Don’t you? Well, maybe not everything. Maybe not some of the details. But how can they go wrong on some of the big stories? The big picture I mean?”
Me: “Who else is telling you all this?”
You: “The politicians of course, among others. Including your MP. What, you never heard the man? You guys elected him, didn’t you?”
Me: “Well, you elected him too. And he is more your MP than mine, even though technically he is mine too. You don’t believe in False Flag operations?”
You: “I don’t believe it! I don’t go by Conspiracy Theories!”
Me: “So, you don’t believe there is such a thing as False Flag stuff?”
You: “No, no, no! That is not what I meant. What I said was I don’t believe you would say such outlandish things in this context. False Flag, my foot.”
Me: “Your foot is not false, it is real. And thank God for that. Otherwise, they will have to cut it off and put a prosthetic in its place.”
Me: “But you know in the world of covert operations False Flag is a given. You set off a blast and blame someone else. A convenient target you want to implicate or demonize. This goes on all the time, don’t you know that?”
You: “I know all about False Flag operations and I know all about PSYOP.”
Me: “It is just that you do not believe our media or our politicians will ever lie – let me correct that: Misrepresent facts? To suit their purposes, shall we say?”
You: “No, no, not that. The issue is a bit deeper than that. There is a clear theoretical path.”
Me: “Deeper issues, theoretical path, what is all this, a Structural Equations seminar?”
You: “It is the Koran you see. It is Islam.”
Me: “What on earth are you talking about: it is the Qur’an and it is Islam? How is the Qur’an and how is Islam involved in any of this?”
You: “Oh, the Koran is involved all right. If the Muslims are messed up it is because that is what the Qur’an teaches them. That is Islam for them.”
Me: “You lost me again.”
You: “Well, it is like this. Muslims are messed up, right? Where do they get that stuff from? From the Qur’an of course. It is the Qur’an that teaches them violence and all sorts of other terrible things. Otherwise, where will the Muslims get this sort of stuff from if not from their Islam?”
Me: “The Qur’an teaches Muslims bad things, does it? All right, let me ask you this: How do you know the Qur’an has bad things to teach?”
Me: “Did you ever read the Qur’an?”
You: “No, as a matter of fact, I did not. But it is obvious, is it not?”
You: “If the Muslims are doing this, and they follow the Qur’an, and they believe in Islam, then the Qur’an and Islam must have taught it to them to begin with.”
You: “Otherwise, how will Muslims get it if not from the Qur’an and if not from Islam?”
Me: “Let me see if I got this straight. Muslims are bad. Muslims follow Qur’an. Muslims follow Islam. At least so they say. So, Muslims must have gotten all this bad stuff from the Qur’an and from Islam? Is that what you are saying?”
You: “Thus far, yes. That is right.”
Me: “And then you are saying if Muslims got all this bad stuff from the Qur’an, then the Qur’an and Islam must be bad to begin with. Is that also what you are saying?”
You: “But it is obvious, is it not?”
Me: “What is obvious to me is that this looks like a perfect Chicken-and-Egg argument: Muslims are bad because Qur’an is bad; and Qur’an is bad because Muslims are bad. That is what it sounds like to me: a perfect circle of an argument.”
You: “You may call it what you want. But facts are facts.”
Me: “Are they?”
You: “Are they not? If Muslims are not doing all this mayhem and all these terrible things, then who is?”
Me: “Who indeed? That, as Shakespeare would say, is the question.”
Me: “Why not? There is nothing like raw fish to bury a chicken-and-egg argument in.”
Did I imagine all this? I don’t know.
But that is how this perfect Muslims-Islam-Qur’an Whodunit was solved, if it was solved at all, with some help, not from Agatha Christie, but from a local chicken-and-egg combo.
© 2011 Syed Husain Pasha
Dr. Pasha is an educator and scholar of exceptional
talent, training and experience. He can be reached at DrSyedPasha [at]
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