My Log – 9
Why They Hate Islam – and Muslims
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Muslims are so naïve they think the only reason “They” hate Islam is because “They” don’t know it.
Question: Who are “They”?
Answer: Those that hate Islam. If you hate Islam, you are one of them.
That is who “They” are.
First of all, let me explain a simple fact about life – and about science, to the extent I understand science, if I do at all: As a rule, a univariate model of reality is dead on arrival.
Meaning: Any attempt to understand or explain reality – any reality, meaning anything in this world – using only one variable or factor as its cause or explanation is almost always misleading – if not downright wrong.
So, there is not one single reason why “They” hate Islam – and Muslims. But there is a whole set of them: a whole lot of reasons and motivations why “They” hate Islam.
And often these reasons and causes work in concert with one another – work in tandem that is.
But Islam is nothing if not systematic – and from that point of view absolutely and positively scientific.
So, let me take first things first. And let me tackle them, one thing at a time.
Repeat Question: Who are “They” then – that “hate” Islam?
Answer: All those who “hate” Islam in any form or fashion and to any degree. That is who.
Whoever they may be. And whatever their reasons may be for hating Islam – and Muslims.
So, as I said earlier, if you hate Islam, you are one of them. Again, whatever your reasons may be for hating Islam – and Muslims.
Besides, the word “hate” here does not mean hate in all cases and in all its forms and manifestations.
The way I am using it here, hate is an omnibus expression to catch all forms of doubt, fear, suspicion, loathing, aversion, contempt and dislike.
And of course it also covers hatred as a lot of people understand hatred as strongly despising or loathing or detesting something.
That is why I put “hate” in quotation marks.
No, I don’t like the expression “Islamophobia.”
And I suspect it will die a natural death before too long through atrophy and disuse, even though many Muslims and non-Muslims seem to have clambered on its bandwagon post-haste.
I have my reasons for not liking it, not the least of which is how contrived and foreign it sounds to the English-speaking ear.
Also, its connotations could be misleading if etymology was ever a part of embracing it.
Etymology means the body of knowledge that deals with the roots, origin, history and development of words and expressions.
Muslims used to be kings of this turf once upon a not-too-distant time. Now they are not even camp followers.
More recently, many of them are happy to clean up other people’s garbage and pick from it what they think will address their immediate hunger.
But they have the albatross of Islam hanging around their neck that says: You are Muslims, and nothing will satisfy your need that does not measure up to the divine yardstick of not only Halal but also Tayyib.
And you thought Halalan Tayyiban (Qur’an: 16: 114) applied only to food!
Everything in life has a minimum threshold of Halal. And then, on top of that, it has a superstructure of Tayyib.
Muslims, having been fed on nothing but Halal, at least in a limited and narrow sense, for so long, should think twice before reaching for anything that is not also, at the same time, Tayyib. They should be extremely vigilant about not only what they put in their bellies, but also about what they throw into their systems of belief and behavior -- Iman and 'Amal.
And that includes their use of language and expression.
But Muslims are Muslims. And Muslims will be Muslims. Who can tell them anything?
Especially, in an age when every little boy – and many a little girl – among them wants to be a leader, sacred or secular?
Or make a pretty penny as they say selling Islam – and often also Muslims.
And wants to engage in power politics among Muslims. I am saying “among Muslims” because that is what their preferred turf is most of the time: fighting among themselves inside mosques and in Muslim organizations for grabbing and abusing power.
Therefore, what difference does it make, sacred or secular. The important thing is whatever works. That seems to be how many Muslims seem to operate these days.
And it is amazing how the sacred and the secular intertwine in the struggle for power and leadership among many Muslims and perform the nefarious function of perpetuating tyranny and domination on the bodies, minds, lands and resources of Muslims.
And on Muslim fates and destinies!
Hereditary Muslim kings and life-long potentates and dictators (secular leaders and tyrants) with Muslim names have legions of fail-safe Islamic sheiks (religious leaders and tyrants) at their beck and call that they deploy strategically to perpetuate and shore up their support among fearful, gullible and oppressed Muslim multitudes.
And many a so-called Islamic sheik or His Islamic Holiness has a go-to king or leader as their patron, financier and protector.
That is when they are not receiving money, support and patronage from such non-Muslim sources directly as maybe avowedly in the Islam-Muslim-hating camp such as the Tony Blair type British government sources for example.
As for Islam and Muslims, they go hand in hand. You sell one and the other is not far behind. It gets thrown into the bag almost automatically.
Also, that expression “Islamophobia” has interesting origins which may or may not suit the inner core of Muslim sensibilities.
Besides, the logic behind its adoption and advocacy by some Muslim groups is as perverse as it is morally and intellectually bankrupt.
While we are at it, let me mention this too: Phobia generally means fear.
So you think that is what this is all about: Fear of Islam?
That approach may suit some others. It does not meet Muslim needs.
You think Abu Jahl and Abu Lahab were shaking in their boots thinking:
“Oh, m’God, this black slave Bilal, and this other slave Ammar, will take all my power and wealth away. I have got to stop them!”
Do you think that is what it was all about?
You just don’t learn, do you Muslims?
So, to me it is lose-lose all the way. Khasirad dunyaa wal aakhirah – loss of this life as well as the loss of next life.
So, when I say “Those Who Hate Islam!” I mean precisely that: Those Who Hate Islam.
Well, more or less. And, well, in any form or fashion or manner.
And to any degree or level.
Now you see that word “hate” itself has many meanings and I include them all here.
Let me put it this way: You could consider it what these terminally educated people in universities would call a variable.
That means it has a range of values.
Different types of hate; different intensities of hate; and everything else you can imagine.
So, hating Islam may range starting out with a simple distaste or a feeling of discomfort in its presence or at its thought, which make you look at it as a nuisance and wish it will somehow go away and not pop up again in your presence or in your memory banks.
Or it could reach any degree of virulence which would then make you want to do something about it.
I mean take some active verbal and or other practical steps to put an end to it where it exists or raises it head.
Or at least work to slow or stop its march forward if you see that happening.
Or take it to a whole new diabolical level such as cultural genocide and physical annihilation of Islam and Muslims and the destruction and vaporization of their habitat and homes whenever and wherever possible or feasible.
As, for example, the British did in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And before that in India and Kenya and Nigeria and Egypt.
And as also, for example, the French did in Algeria and Tunisia.
And the Italians did in Libya.
Yeah, hating Islam comes in many forms. And unto each what fits.
So, those who hate Islam have many faces. And they come from multiple backgrounds.
And their reasons and motivations for hating Islam – and Muslims – span a wide spectrum.
So, remember this: Next time you wonder, or actually ask, why they hate Islam – and Muslims – you may as well pull a few answers from a hat.
Any number of them is sure to address your need for an answer on any day and with regard to any situation.
Having said that let me take you for a peek behind that magic spectrum of Islamic hate – meaning hate directed at Islam and Muslims.
Here, then, are some reasons why I may hate Islam and or Muslims, assuming I am one of those Islam-haters:
- “This Izlam thing is just plain too beautiful and it makes me sick to my stomach to have to look at it every day, first thing in the morning. Can’t it just go away? And leave me and leave everybody alone?”
- “Just look at the nerve of these Izlam people. Just who do they think they are?”
- “How can they be so cocky in their Izlam thing, when I can’t even hold on to one little thing from my own background?”
- “We got to admit it. This Izlam thing makes so much sense. Frankly, if Izlam comes we would need to fold up our tent and go.”
- “Look, all this land and all these natural resources. Too bad these Mozlem fellows are sitting on top of it all like so many dogs in the manger. We may need to find a way to shoo these Mozlem dogs off that manger.”
- “There is no way these Mozlem fellows will give up the fight so long as this Izlam thing is there to keep charging their batteries.”
- “You want to rule these crazy Mozlems? The only way to do that is to get rid of this Izlam thing first.”
- Here is how a professor or a think-tank expert may put it:
“In my carefully considered opinion, if you want to demoralize and defeat Mozlems – actually it is Muslims; that is how it is pronounced – then you need to go after Izlam – I mean Izlam – and destroy it.”
Question from the floor: “Destroy Islam? Is that possible?”
Answer from the podium: “Well, not physically annihilate it maybe. Perhaps that is a tall order. But it is possible to weaken its hold on people’s hearts and minds, which can be done by raising a range of doubts about it in the minds of its followers”
“And at the same time, you need to make it so unappetizing to those outside it that they will think twice before converting to it. Conversion to Islam is getting quite robust in many places, including the United Kingdom.”
“This is without Muslims doing anything special to convert people. The red line will be reached when Muslims actually start launching serious conversion campaigns. That is what we need to look for.”
So, Ladies & Gentlemen, there you have it.
These are some of the reasons why “They” may “hate” Islam – and Muslims.
Want more? Talk to me!
For, by the Grace of God, there is more where this came from.
So, will our naïve and clueless Muslim friends – I should say brothers and sisters, right? – still run around preaching to each other – they always preach to each other, that is how cute they are – that all they need to do is just go out and tell everyone in the world how wrong they are about Islam.
Islam the Misunderstood Religion, right?
If only the world knew the truth about Islam, right?
And these are the people who wish or expect to lead the world, right?
Stick to your league Muslims. This stuff is way bigger than you understand.
If you ever really and seriously want to make a dent in the nightmare that surrounds you, start by doing the following, but remember these are just some of the ideas offered here as a beginning:
- Stop trading in Islam and Muslims. Instead, go and learn how to make an honest living outside Islam as it were. Maybe by going out and fetching firewood and selling it in the market as Abdur Rahman bin 'Auf did when he first went to Madinah penniless during the time of Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.
- Stop your little boys – and also quite a few of your little girls, especially, lately – from wanting to make a living trading in Islam and Muslims.
- Learn Islam so you can be a real Muslim for the rest of your life, not because there is a pot of gold for you in terms of leadership and wealth and power at the end of its rainbow.
- Elevate to leadership those among you whose understanding of Islam is authentic and flawless and who are able, at the same time, to communicate that understanding in the language of the people, the way prophets of God, Alaihimus salaam, did in their own times and places. Go look and search for such people and hold on to them with hoops of steel as Shakespeare said when you find them.
- Repent from your past follies, and resolve not to repeat them.
- Then watch God’s miracles pour down from the sky as they did for Moses, Jesus and David, God Bless Them All!
Watch the impossible and the unthinkable then become the norm.
© 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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