In their quest for global dominance, the modern day fascists jump to judging Islam’s underlying potential and goodness by the words and deeds of present day Muslims. Some of them try to invent a new version of Muslims and Islam to suit their totalitarian designs. The real problem, nevertheless, lies in the absence of real Muslims.
Daniel Pipes is the leading champion of claiming that Islam is not evil, it is “Islamism” that is evil. However, even his proof that Islam is not evil is limited to a couple of verses that are “moderate” and that in his view “there have been occasions of Muslim moderation and tolerance” ("The Evil Isn’t Islam," published in July 2002).
This gives the Islam-bashers, like Lawrence Auster, an opportunity to argue that this is “like saying that Nazi Germany showed some concern for the well-being of the German people, and individual Nazis had their kindly side, and therefore Nazism was not evil” (Front Page magazine, January 28, 2005).
What we actually need to understand is that the moral conduct of individual Muslims today is not a reflection of the Qur’an and Sunnah at all, nor can we judge the goodness and wisdom of the Qur’an on the basis of the words and deeds of present day Muslims.
The key questions are: What do a majority of Muslims usually do-“as opposed to what a few of them do in rare circumstances? What does Islam command its followers to do? Are a majority of Muslims violate the Qur’an all the time, or they practice it to the core?
What we see are the disobedient people for whose actions it is naivety to blame the religion. Of course Islam doesn’t tell its followers to kill innocent people, women and children or consider such inhuman acts a Holy War. Undoubtedly, there is no evidence that the Qur’an exhorts its followers to slaughter non-Muslims for no reason at all. But there is a whole lot of other injunctions that Muslims violate as a daily routine.
Killing oneself and others is not an easy task to undertake even if it is for the glorification of one’s deity. Just to please Allah, how can the so-called Muslims get engaged in self-destruction and indiscriminate killing of other human beings for no logical reason at all when they cannot follow other easy-to-obey-commands, such as to avoid interest (riba), adultery, bribery, drinking, lying, cheating, oppression and living by Islam day to day matters?
It is very interesting to note that Pipes is considered to be one of the most radical Islam-bashers. However, even he is not allowed by the super-fascists to give even a slightest benefit of doubt to Islam. He is attacked for arguing: “if one sees Islam as irredeemably evil, what comes next? This approach turns all Muslims-“even moderates fleeing the horrors of militant Islam-“into eternal enemies. And it leaves one with zero policy options. My approach has the benefit of offering a realistic policy to deal with a major global problem.”
Not allowing Pipes to argue this much means that we are obligated to believe that Islam is irredeemably evil. Period. While judging Islam, it is naÃ¯ve to argue that there is no factual or historical truth to claim otherwise. This amounts not only to throwing the history of the life of Prophet Mohammed and the period of four Caliphs after him into the dust bin, but also that their living by Islam to its core didn’t produce any good ever at all.
Quoting two lines from Serge Trifkovic’s book The Sword of the Prophet can never prove that Muslim civilisation which so many of the non-Muslims have described as glorious, was nothing but a “parasite civilisation” whose achievements “were mainly the work of its subject people such as Byzantines, Jews, and Indians.”
The best of the Islam bashers’ argument boils down to criticism of the concept of Jihad, Shari’ah, the status of women and Islam’s earlier conquests, ignoring that for the last couple of hundred years Islam has not been a dominant force in international relations and in its absence we have had the largest amount of wars and killings in human history.
One needs to compare the modern day facts with the myths associated with Islam to understand the reality. For example, think of the myth about the Islamic concept of dhimmi and compare it with the modern day fact of gentiletude reflected in Israel’s policy and the following statements:
All gentile children are animals. (Yebamoth 98a)
When a Jew murders a gentile, there will be no death penalty. What a Jew steals from a gentile he may keep. (Sanhedrin 57a)
Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg declared, "We have to recognize that Jewish blood and the blood of a goy are not the same thing." (NY Times, June 6, 1989)
Then consider the American Jihad in the Muslim world that is destroying the left over Muslim civilization This is the fighting creed that is sweeping over half the Muslim world, that is crushing and dispossessing entire populations, that subjects the survivors to the miserable choice between conversion to a new form of Islam -” the “civil,” “democratic,” “moderate” American Islam -” that treats Muslims struggling to live by Islam as a lower order of being, and that pronounces a death sentence on anyone who stands to the US, Israeli, Indian or Russian occupations or to the dictators they have imposed on Muslim populations.
While criticizing Islam’s past, Western supremacists do not look at the catastrophic human destructiveness of what they are promoting in the name of democracy in the Muslim world. They even deny their ideology’s aspirations to global social and religious dominance.
There is nothing inherently wrong with Islam. The problem is with Muslims and the Western supremacists. Western supremacism, which is accepted by a majority of Muslims as well, believes the US and its allies alone are right on all counts and they alone should rule and otherwise enjoy an exalted status over Muslims -” from the UN chambers to the streets in the Muslim world.
This mindset infects worldview of the analysts writing in the so-called liberal New York Times as much as in the dark recesses of the conservative White House or the neo-cons’ editing houses, like that of the Front Page magazine.
Those, whose bloody adventures in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq are not coming to an end, blame Islam for savage killings, treacherous and homicidal acts and 1,400 years old Islamic militancy.
Gibbon, a historian of world repute says, "A pernicious tenet has been imputed to Mohammadans, the duty of extirpating all the religions by sword." This charge based on ignorance and bigotry, says the eminent historian, is refuted by Quran, by history of Musalman conquerors and by their public and legal toleration of Christian worship. The great success of Mohammad’s life had been effected by sheer moral force, without a stroke of sword.
While associating militancy to the roots of Islam, the “intellectual” supporters of the horrors in Iraq and 21st century concentration camps forget that Mohammed PBUH took all actions both in self-defense, after repeated efforts of conciliation had utterly failed, and for establishing a way of life.
However, unlike the modern day fascists, whose shock and awe doesn’t come to an end, the Prophet of Islam changed the whole strategy of the battlefield. The total number of casualties in all the wars that took place during his lifetime when the whole Arabian Peninsula came under his banner, does not exceed a few hundreds in all. Compare this with the continued American and Israeli carnage in occupied lands.
Even on the battlefield the Prophet of Islam taught the Arab barbarians to pray, to pray not individually, but in congregation to Allah Almighty. To the Arabs, who would fight for forty years on the slight provocation that a camel belonging to the guest of one tribe had strayed into the grazing land belonging to other tribe and both sides had fought till they lost 70,000 lives in all; threatening the extinction of both the tribes to such furious Arabs, the Prophet of Islam taught self-control and discipline to the extent of praying even on the battlefield. Compare this with the inhuman, criminal behavior and mindset of those at work in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo.
The present day barbarians, who have turned Muslims into 21st century Jews in their respective countries, forget that Mohammed PBUH humanized even the Battlefield and strict instructions were issued not to cheat, not to break trust, not to mutilate, not to kill a child or woman or an old man, not to hew down date palm nor burn it, not to cut a fruit tree, not to molest any person engaged in worship. Compare this with Israel’s record in the occupied Arab lands and the US record in Afghanistan and Iraq, not to speak of its wars in indo-China, South America and the nuclear holocaust in Japan.
Compare the conquest of Mecca with the Islam-bashers’ conquest of Iraq and Afghanistan. At the conquest of Mecca, Mohammed PBUH stood at the zenith of his power. The city which had refused to listen to his mission, which had tortured him and his followers, which had driven him and his people into exile and which had unrelentingly persecuted and boycotted him even when he had taken refuge in a place more than 200 miles away, that city now lay at his feet. By the laws of war he could have justly avenged all the cruelties inflicted on him and his people. But what treatment did he accord to them? Mohammad’s heart flowed with affection and he declared, "This day, there is no REPROOF against you and you are all free." "This day" he proclaimed, "I trample under my feet all distinctions between man and man, all hatred between man and man."
In short, the problem is not with Islam, but with Muslims. If Muslims were real Muslims, living by Islam, it is highly unlikely that non-Muslims would not have inspired and impressed with their words, deeds and attitude. A real Muslim always fights against injustice, exploitation and tyranny. This is what is said in the Qur’an and is what the Prophet (PBUH) did in his life.
Muslims are the real culprit but there is nothing irredeemably evil with Islam. It is with the mindset that makes Islam-bashing fascists believes so.
For Muslims, they have no one to blame but themselves. The more they merely claim to be Muslims but keep running away from living by Islam, the more their misery and humiliation will perpetuate.
Stay tuned for the far worse treatment of the so-called Muslims in the near future than the treatment of Jews at the hands of Hitler.