The Great Muslim Default
When I open my eyes and look -- and when are the eyes of a Believer ever completely shut? -- my heart fills with a sadness I cannot describe in words.
Not at all the most terrible and egregious things the world is doing to the Muslims, which the world is, but more so at what the Muslims themselves are doing:
(a) To themselves.
(b) And to the world.
God commissioned Muslims to invite the world to him and to Islam.
To take the Qur’an to every home and heart that needs it,
as it were, and which one does not?
But Muslims seem to be doing everything but that.
The result is what you see:
(a) Muslims in terrible shape.
(b) World in worse shape.
And not a voice to admonish and alert them. And to cry halt.
Fake News Nation and Steve Bannon’s Beef with the Media!
Presidential advisor Steve Bannon says media are the opposition party. And he may be right.
Even though Bannon holds some extremely foolish and wrong-headed political views, such as Islam being the nemesis of everything decent, good, noble, nice and Judeo-Christian in the world, he is spot on the money when it comes to figuring out the media.
And the media’s adversarial relationship is not with an individual or a party but with Truth and with the American People.
That is because media live to make money – by any means necessary. And to service all kinds of political, social and other agendas, both domestic and foreign.
So, between extreme political expediency and sycophancy and rabid money mongering, the media must lie to live. And the media know a million ways of lying, dissembling, creating distractions and covering up.
Therefore, the media are the flag carriers of fakeness in our society – a society that has waged its own painful struggle with truth ever since its founding. So much so that when we piece together the pieces of fakeness pouring into our lives from everywhere, it is hard not to call ourselves the Fake News Nationof the modern world.
Not only do the media have a million ways to lie, they are also very, very good at it. The media create facts and build news with breakneck speed to fill their ravenous bellies.
Here is an example. A simple Feb. 11 headline proclaims: “Trump Capitulates to China.”
Fact: Trump may not have, does not, did not.
When Trump took the call from the Taiwanese president, it was not necessarily a repudiation of the two-China policy. It may not have been more than a simple act of courtesy.
And Trump said so.
For others, it may have been a big deal. Especially to the media. To them it was big news. Another stick to beat Trump with.
To Trump, it was just being civil.
Trump made a lot of news. Stirred the pot a bit. Got everybody’s attention, including China’s, and then told the Chinese President in a personal phone call later that the entire ballyhoo was generated by the media, and he himself had no problem with the one-China policy.
I am sure President Xi understood.
So do the American people!
One Thing Islam Has, Others Don’t!
In this world of ours, there is Islam. And then there are all these people called Muslims. They are not one and the same thing.
Even though, generally speaking, it may perhaps be so to many non-Muslims. And that is due, at least in part, to the methodology many non-Muslims use to understand what they call “Religion” and the world in general.
To many of them, Islam is what Muslims do. And what Muslims are in their daily life.
But to the Muslim mind, that is a most terrible thing to do: To equate Islam with Muslim behavior and practice.
And that is because Islam is from God Almighty. And Muslims are merely people. Like everybody else in the world.
As a result, Islam is perfect and complete and wonderful and every inch a most beautiful and practical thing.
Muslims on the other hand are frail, fragile and fickle human beings, like everybody else on the face of this earth, buffeted by the vicissitudes of time, space and circumstance. They bob up and down in the whirlpools of life’s turbulent waters, pretty much like all other people do.
And part of the reason why Islam stands out so clearly in a class of its own is because Islam has something that others don’t. Islam, most fundamentally, has the Qur’an. Others don’t.
No one, but no one, has a book quite like the Qur’an. There are no ifs or buts about it.
The Qur’an is a book that exists in the original, in exactly the same form, with precisely the same wording and organization in which Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, gave the world well over 1400 years ago.
Whether or not that book is from God is a matter of investigation, discussion and belief. But what brooks no doubt, debate or discussion is the fact that this book that the world has in its hands today is that very same book.
Nor does it bear discussion or questioning that no one else in the world has a book like that. The world today does not have a book given by Moses, Jesus, Krishna, Rama, Buddha or Jaina or anyone else.
It is as simple as that.
Islam has it, others don’t.
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