There are many Non-Muslims who clearly understand how those dictators in Muslim lands are thieves and crooks, and how they brutalize the People and pillage and squander their wealth.
And how in many cases they are doing the bidding of their foreign masters and mentors to the detriment of the genuine interests and needs of their own people, nations, societies and region.
Now it seems Allah is getting rid of some of these dictators and tyrants on his own.
Out of the blue sky, as they say.
Miracles of cataclysmic social and political change are sweeping what the Colonial Masters and their dutiful slaves call the “Middle East,” right before our eyes.
Everybody else can see that – including many non-Muslims. Why can’t the Muslims?
I suspect, Allah will judge us, not so much by where our bodies were, in the mosque or in the market.
But more perhaps by where our hearts were, with the Tyrants or with the People.
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.
Did we ever take a few seconds to think about God’s Big Mercies on us?
And the Small Ones as well?
Did we ever catalog or inventory any of his mercies on us – small or big.
Or are we waiting for the next Thanksgiving to do so?
You are now in perfect sync, harmony and balance with the rest of the universe, with the rest of God’s creation.
You have now become the one who embraces and exudes peace and love, joy and optimism, forgiveness and compassion!
Like the rest of the universe.
Who would have thought the path to peace – and to salvation and eternal bliss – would be that easy?
And the divine message of Islam would be that much within everyone’s easy reach!
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.
I feel I am trivializing it by putting it this way, but that is the image that comes to mind. And it is not even apt or appropriate, really.
But when I see people falling over themselves, and not even minding if they trample each other, to get to their coveted bargains in all these sales, I say: All right, here is another sale for all you sale lovers of the world. [...]
That is how it was that over fourteen centuries ago Islam forever nailed the three interrelated concepts of Gender Neutrality, Gender Respect and Gender Inclusiveness in all forms of human communication.
And Islam did so using a single word that the Qur’an called Annaas, which means a perfectly gender-neutral concept: “People.”
Not the exclusively and heavily male-gendered expression “Mankind,” which created such havoc in the world at so many levels of human thought, discourse and behavior for so many centuries.
And which subjected women, one half of the human race, to serfdom and second-class status throughout the world.
The Qur’an uses instead the expression “People” that, unlike “Mankind,” includes, in equal measure, both genders: male as well as female; men as well as women.
And the Qur’an uses that expression Annaas – People – not just one or two or 10 times, but close to 250 times.
And not once does the Qur’an use the male-centered “Mankind.”
My issue is a simple one:
Just where, O Where, are the sundry mealy mouths and bleeding hearts in universities and other places, and where are all those media mercenaries, when we need them?
Heroes come in all shapes, sizes and colors. And there are men among them as well as women.
I am used to heroes – for, that is the story of Islam: one unbroken chain of heroes, male as well as female – so I have no difficulty in knowing or picking my heroes.
I had picked out Bill Gates and Warren Buffet as my heroes a long time now.
I recently added the name of Elizabeth Edwards to the list, for she left a mark on my mind, in her life as well as in her death.
So, here is the first My Log of the day, week, year, century. And it is mostly directed at the willful and deliberate Liars-Liars-Pants-on-Fires.
And of course it is also for those who may be genuinely and honestly confused or unaware or misled or misinformed. May God Almighty forgive, guide and help them and make it easy for them to learn and understand.
The Qur’an actually pioneers, promulgates and promotes something you would never know, for, they haven’t drilled that into your heads yet: Gender Respect and Gender Inclusiveness.
Tell them that the Qur’an goes way beyond Gender Neutrality and teaches and promotes something that the world has yet to learn: the 25th Century, or even the Fourth Millennium, concepts of Gender Respect and Gender Inclusiveness.
And here is how the Qur’an does it – unlike anything you ever heard or saw or thought possible – that I paraphrase here directly from the Qur’an...