In the Muslim World there exists an ideology and it needs to be blamed

By Umer Ali

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Beirut was rocked with bombing on Thursday, a day before Paris attack. There was no reaction from most of the Muslim world. It was just another day of terrorism for most. Some condemned but many thought it was a good riddance since Shias were killed. Many celebrated because Hezbollah’s stronghold was attacked. Rest didn’t just cared. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and it was over.
A day passes and Paris attack happens. Unlike the Muslim world, westerns are empathetic, alive and defiant people. They came out together to protest, to grieve.
Facebook introduced a “Mark yourself safe” feature and allowed its users to apply a French flag filter on their profile pictures to express solidarity with France.

Read more: Paris Attacks and our Extremist Mindset

This outraged a lot of people on Pakistani social media. Hamza Ali Abbasi was one of the first ones to point out the ‘hypocrisy’ of Facebook by asking why was there no filter for Palestine? Or Syria? Or Iraq?
Here is the Post:

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Interestingly, Hamza didn’t write any post condemning Beirut attack – like most of us. Also, filter feature was introduced by Facebook after LGBT rights were approved by the US – months after APS attack.
While I totally agree that there must not be selective outrage and Syria, Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan must not be ignored but an important question here is; do we care about them? I’m sure most of us can’t even locate Beirut on a map.
There is another section who blames it on West – that it funds extremist groups for their own vested interests (which I tend to agree with) and cry foul when these rogue groups come back haunting the West itself.

Before putting blame on the West for ‘creating’ likes of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, take a moment to ponder. Yes, US has been finding the terrorists for years but is that it? Does these groups thrive only on Western funding? During Afghan Jihad, funding might have come from West but it was a sentimental call for sacred war which drove thousands of Arabs to Afghanistan. Osama Bin Ladin was one of them.

Read More: Muslims, Islam and terrorism

In the same way, ISIS may or may not have been funded by Western money but its foot soldiers, the warriors who fight, people who join ISIS from all over the world, TTP warriors, Afghan Taliban – all of these groups don’t kill and die because US gives them money but because they think they are fighting a sacred war and are promised a big reward in the life after.
Also, putting the whole blame of Syrian conflict on West is a shallow and far-fetched conclusion. Anyone with even a remote knowledge of the issue would tell it’s not only the West but Iran and Saudi Arabia are the biggest players, both aiming to advance their influence in the region.
So, it’s the ideology that has to be blamed along with the funding source because money and resources come one way or another, it’s the ideology that needs to be countered instead of mere complaints.
If you are ready to be used, why wouldn’t your enemy take the advantage?
Moreover, West also needs to re-evaluate its policy. Gone are the times when you would fund and assist terrorists thousands of miles away from your home expecting to be safe.
We, Muslims claim to be one ummah but we are not. All Muslims countries together could have made a group to put forward demands for resolving outstanding issues but all of them have their own vested interests attached with these issues unresolved.
Instead of decrying West mourning over the Paris attacks, go figure what is missing within us that stops us to do so.
On a concluding note, among the list of ‘victim’ Muslim countries, I didn’t see Yemen – destroyed and wrecked by a fellow Muslim country.

  • dunkirk

    The arab religion has terror in its book. It is explicitly stated therein that muslims must terrorize non-muslims and kill them wherever possible by all stratagems. These “gems” of islam are its terror and fascist methods and goals.
    This is not new – it is going on against non-muslims from region to region to since 1400 years.

    Have muslims ever reurned or given up whatever they got through violence, aggression or deceit?
    It is the 1400 year old hypocrisy of the muslim liberals that they pretend to decry terror but retain whatever islam got through terror and deceit.

    Consequently all of muslims’ possessions are tainted by bad karma which will strike back against them But then they will blame non-muslism for it and accummulate more bad karma.

    the cry of allahu akbar precedes every muslim terror act. This shows that the islamic god is also participating in this terror and trying to profit from it. Otherwise he would not have allowed his name to be used.

  • Sajawal Bhatti

    @dunkirk before criticizing islam u should also try read the predesent verse of the verse u r referring to, it would make things pretty clear. Don’t do selective reading of Holy Quran just to condemn islam u won’t be getting any noble prize for this.

  • iamauk

    @dunkirk, In Quran rightly it is written but how makes it logical that you put just the punishment without reason ? Do you even know why Islam calls for such war with non-muslims ? You people are happy with media news and unaware of Real meaning of Islam. I think your whole clergy is even unaware of your own religious scriptures lesser than Single Dr. Zakir Naik. So sad that a person rejoices over foggy and sentimental thoughts do you have any dare to come and compare the religious scriptures with your neutral perception ? Grow up man grow up. BornVita would be better option.

  • saadhafiz

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/opinion/15-Nov-2015/the-fragile-foundations-of-democracy

    The fragile foundations of democracy by Saad Hafiz

    Arguably, the inability to build a forward-looking or modern political system has contributed greatly to the civilisational decline of Muslims. Currently, many Muslim countries remain authoritarian states devoid of transparency, rule of law, an independent judiciary, fully contested political pluralism, freedom of expression, press and the media, and an institutionalised separation of civilian and military rule as the latter continues to intervene in governmental decision-making and is unaccountable to elected civilian leaders. The democratic vacuum engenders despotism, fanaticism and misery, which today threaten the wider world.

    Indeed, Winston Churchill’s famous metaphor about dictators riding on tigers encapsulates the entire politics of significant swathes of the Muslim world. The tigers are a symbol for the people whom the dictators rule. The dictators use them as if they were beasts of burden. But unlike horses or mules, a tiger can kill and eat a human, so Churchill was saying that the oppressed people will rise up and overthrow the dictators. Hopes soared five years ago when a wave of unrest across the region led to the overthrow of four dictators — in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen — and to a clamour for change elsewhere, notably in Syria. But the Arab Spring’s fruit has rotted into renewed autocracy and war.

    Why key Muslim countries have so miserably failed to establish democracy, happiness or (aside from the windfall of oil) wealth for their people is one of the important questions of our time. What makes Muslim societies vulnerable to odious regimes and extremists bent on destroying them (and their perceived allies in the west)? Part of the answer certainly lies in the fact that the preconditions for democracy are lacking in the Muslim world. Monarchs, generals and clerics have stymied political evolution by emasculating the news media, suppressing intellectual inquiry, restricting artistic expression, banning political parties and co-opting regional, ethnic and religious organisations to silence dissenting voices. Moreover, existing feudalism, tribalism and traditionalism in Muslim societies tend to divide and destroy. These factors are major stumbling blocks to accommodating popular aspirations.

    Furthermore, regressive reinterpretations of Islam are at the core of some of the deep troubles in the Muslim world today. The claim, promoted by many of the leading lights in Islam, to combine spiritual and earthly authority, with no separation of mosque and state, has stunted the development of free political institutions. But the inadequacies of Muslim civil societies also have historical causes that transcend the policies of present dictators. Before the establishment of colonial regimes in the late 19th century, Muslim rulers enjoyed absolute power. With the connivance of pliant ulema (religious scholars), Muslim rulers hindered the development of autonomous and self-governing private organisations. Such a political setting prevented democratic institutions from taking root and ultimately facilitated the rise of current Muslim dictatorships.

    Many Muslim religious scholars and jurists refer to positive forms of democracy as Islamic democracy. On the other hand, they regard forms of irreligious or liberal ‘western’ democracy as evil ideologies, advising Muslims that they are religiously obliged to fight those kinds of secular principles and ideas. These scholars believe that, at the core of all kinds of racism, colonialism, communism and western capitalism, the dominant common ideological factor is anti-religious secularism. This spurious distinction between good and bad democracy serves as fodder for Muslim extremists in their relentless battle against ‘corrupt and hated’ western ideologies. The contempt for liberal democratic values is one more reason why Muslim countries have not yet succeeded in fostering the institutional prerequisites of democracy: the give-and-take of parliamentary discourse, protection for minorities, the emancipation of women, a free press, independent courts, universities and trade unions.

    Democracy requires checks and balances, and it is largely through civil society that citizens protect their rights as individuals, force policy makers to accommodate their interests and limit abuses of state authority. Civil society also promotes a culture of bargaining and gives future leaders the skills to articulate ideas, form coalitions and govern. Regrettably, Muslim civil society remains shallow by world standards. This chronic weakness of civil society suggests that viable Muslim democracies — or the leaders who could govern them — will not emerge anytime soon. A stronger civil society alone will not bring about democracy. But without a strong civil society, dictators will yield power except in the face of foreign intervention.

    Another significant challenge to the establishment of democratic institutions in the Muslim world is the unwillingness of western powers, particularly the US, to seriously confront the effects of supporting Muslim dictatorships that enforce stability at the cost of democracy. Ultimately, this support buys friendship with no one because supporting autocrats to repress radicalism largely serves only to empower those same radicals.

    One cannot subscribe to the suggestion that Muslims, as a people, lack talent or suffer from some pathological antipathy to democracy. Pluralism, education, open markets, these were once Muslim values and they could be so again. But the Muslim world has yet to make its tortuous transition from arbitrary rule by dictators to the democratic rule of law. Replacing authoritarian political structures with workable, democratic institutions will require commitment and sacrifice.

  • dunkirk

    to those who write against dunkirk



    Killing is no option as punishment for any crime. This is where islam/kuran and mohammad went wrong right in the beginning. Terrorizing is also not right thing to do – no matter what the crime of a person.
    Once killing is regarded a valid divine punishment then you will always have guys carrying it out with great joy and fanaticism.

    Kuran is written for 7th century arab tribals – and that is all that there is to it. Nothing more.
    The more you praise or enforce kuran the more will it lead to fascism of various types and subtelities.
    Muslims should become normal modern humans and stop being slaves of some book or agent of an arab god who claim to be final and perfect.

    Anyone claiming perfection of finality is making way for fascism.
    Your islamic education makes you incapable of understanding this plain truth.
    I have written this again and again here and the response only tells me how bad the situation in the muslim brains and souls is.

    Whether other religions are good or not – that is another valid debate. But islam definitely is evil, mad, bad, hate-filled and foolish.
    All attempts to defend or glorify islam will only lead to an increase in islamic fascism.
    You muslims are proving me to be right everday. No matter how much the good or liberal ones among you try to lament over this.

  • Rex Minor

    Saad Hafiz,

    welcome to the forum Sir! not all is lost with you is my first thought. An excellent write up about the sordid affairs of what is occurring in so called muslim states. It is good that you have also avoided to quote or associate the religion of Islam precarious cligion of M reonditions in several countries with the exception of one sentence, “Furthermore, regressive reinterpretations of Islam are at the core of some of the deep troubles in the Muslim world today”.

    There cannot be a regressive reinterpretations of Islam!

    I would urge that PTH publish your aricle upfront and not in commentries. There are not only sick and psychopaths like Ahem turned Dunkirk but also numerous other readers who must learn about the home grown dysfunctional authoritarian regimes in muslim countries who are resisting democracies-

    Rex Minor

  • W. A. Rahman

    I’m in total agreement with Saad Hafeez

  • saadhafiz

    Thanks Dr Minor! “Where the questions of religion are concerned people are guilty of every possible kind of insincerity and intellectual misdemeanor.”

    ― Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion

  • Rex Minor

    Saad Hafiz,

    As a jounalist, perhaps you have the access to info on my profile, it does not mean that you publicise it. I am no Dr.sir.

    Rex Minor

  • MilesToGo

    That ideology has a name – it’s called Quran o sunnat…

  • tajender
  • Kaal

    Kashmir Pandits package opposed
    Srinagar, Nov 19 (PTI) Controversial Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rasheed today opposed the Centre’s package of 3000 jobs and accommodation for migrant Kashmiri Pandits, terming it as an act of “provoking” Muslims in the Valley, and demanded that efforts to rehabilitate them should be stopped.

    He said the Central and Jammu and Kashmir governments should instead focus on the Muslims who upheld the Indian flag in the Valley despite their “unbelievable sufferings”.”

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    From Ikhwanis (counter-insurgents) to NC (National Conference) workers and from police jawans to informers of security agencies, it was Kashmiri Muslims who, despite being hated by a huge majority of Kashmiris for their acts, fought and sacrificed their lives for upholding the Indian Flag in Kashmir.”

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    It is Kashmiri Muslims and people of Chenab and Pirpanjal regions who deserve the packages for their unbelievable sufferings but the Central government is provoking them by treating Kashmiri Pandits like very important citizens,” he said while addressing a gathering in Sopore town, about 50 kms from here.

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    Rashid, who had triggered a major controversy two months back by holding a beef party, said it was the Kashmiri Muslims who had suffered the worst at the hands of state and non-state actors.”

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    Their children were deprived of education due to turmoil and used as human shields in encounters and were subjected to forced labour for more than 15 years.

    These Kashmiri Pandits didn’t care about Kashmir which they have been calling Matrabhumi (motherland),” he said.

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    Rashid asked the central and state governments to “wind up the industry established for so-called rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits” and appealed to the Kashmiri leaders to give up their personal agendas and egos to protect the rights of Muslim majority community in the state.

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    The Union Cabinet yesterday cleared a proposal for providing 3000 jobs and 6000 transitional accommodation to Kashmiri migrants in the Valley.

  • tajender
  • tajender

    asd

  • Kamath.

    Saadh Amigo: : This time I agree with Prof. Rex Minor that your column should appear as a major write up every week in PTH and not as a commentary. I

    In my view, your columns appear more often as laments of an idealist who mourns the passing of an era hoping for its come back and take its rightful place in the spectrum of human achievement. That said,

    I am little surprised that you seem to imply decline and demise of Islamic civilisation is because of its failure to construct a sound political structure towards achieving a democratic Islamic society. It is well known that empires and civilisations fall due to factors other than just politics . They are external factors such as enemy invasions, economic exhaustion due to constant wars, internecine conflicts, sloth, revolts, internal rot unnoticed or controlled, etc .

    Islamic civilisation hasn’t escaped some of these destructive factors . It is well documented that during the early centuries of Islam, there was a great quest and efforts to acquire and absorb accumulated knowledge of ancient societies in all walks of life – from China, India, Persia, Byzantium and Greeks etc. In the rule of early Khalifs, there was a tremendous encouragement for translating texts from other languages. Mind you they were not all Muslim scholars alone but included Eastern Christians too. These people must have must be following the advise of the Prophet himself who supposed to have advised his followers to travel even to China to acquire knowledge. Muslim intellectuals were greatly enriched by Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Seneca , Plotinus … Etc.

    On the whole, any one who studied a bit of history of man kind can not but admit that among world civilisations , Islamic civilisational achievements during medieval period were very impressive.

    Volumes have been written by historians and eminent writers that decline started after , world of Islam began to yield , if not cave in to orthodoxy. In any case, here we see slow the rise of the West. By the end of 1500s , Europe was the ascendant on the global scene. The decline and finally fall of Islamic world was then sealed.

    It is surprising that man of your learning did not include some of these factors in your column.

    Anyway, if I were you, I would not mourn the eclipsing of the Islamic civilisation which once shone as a bright star a thousand years ago. Perhaps , you could elaborate as to what it can offer to today’s world of violence, clashes of people’s based on ideologies, hunger , poverty, mass illiteracy , religious fanaticism, rising population – is one of the biggest obstacles – etc. to human progress.

    WaSalaam

  • Kaal

    Shah Rukh Khan takes back his words. Says never said India is intolerant.
    ….
    Wonder if Shah Rukh is backtracking due to pushback from sponsors. If so it shows how insincere these people are.

  • Kaal

    Parliament starts tomorrow. Aamir Khan just prepared ground for Cong to take on govt, wash-out entire winter session and stop important bills from being passed.
    Well played Aamir