Islam and the West
The evolution of the 'Muslim problem' in France cannot be fully understood without reference to the changing relationships between France, Islam and Arabic, "the language of the Quran", since the Enlightenment. While appearing to be about secularism, the debate has been very much informed by Catholicism....
Osama bin Laden
Some American writers have published articles under the title 'On what basis are we fighting?' These articles have generated a number of responses, some of which adhered to the truth and were based on Islamic Law, and others which have not. Here we wanted to outline the truth - as an explanation and warning - hoping for Allah's reward, seeking success and support from Him. While seeking Allah's help, we form our reply based on two questions directed at the Americans:
(Q1) Why are we fighting and opposing you?
Q2) What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you? ....
The truth is that neither of the remaining candidates has a coherent plan for dealing with the very real issue of fundamentalism in France. That is both shocking and inexcusable. We have seen more than enough attacks in Europe to be able to identify patterns, commonalities, and recurring issues. So why haven’t any of the candidates attempted to grapple with them?...
Donald L. Losman
Surely, if a religious majority label was employed to be enlightening, statements such as these would be quite clarifying. Importantly, any of them would change the flavour of discussion from one of a hateful U.S. religious jihad to the issue of why people from some Muslim countries were banned, but the majority were not....
Abigail R. Esman
These past several months, eyes across the world have been trained on a growing far-right movement sweeping Europe and America – from the neo-Nazi groups in Germany and the United States to the increasing popularity of France's National Front. But another, far less noticed but sometimes equally-radical movement is also emerging across Europe: the rise of pro-Islam political parties, some with foreign support from the Muslim world. And the trend shows no sign of stopping....
Prof Dr Vladislav B Sotirovic
The US military forces committed a classical example of the aggression on one sovereign and independent state on April 6th, 2017 by bombing a territory of Syrian Arab Republic by 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles killing civilians who are proclaimed as usually as “collateral damage”. A formal excuse for the aggression was based as many times before (from Vietnam, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya… cases) on traditional political false flags.....
The world seems awash in chaos and uncertainty, perhaps more so than at any point since the end of the Cold War. Authoritarian-leaning leaders are on the rise in Europe, and liberal democracy itself seems under siege. The post-World War II order is fraying as fighting spills across borders and international institutions — built, at least in theory, to act as brakes on wanton slaughter — fail to provide solutions. Populist movements on both sides of the Atlantic are not just riding anti-establishment anger, but stoking fears of a religious “other,” this time Muslims....
Aijaz Zaka Syed
No wonder words like the UN resolutions, peace process and international community invariably evoke cynicism in the Middle East. The UN has been extraordinarily prompt and effective in dealing with the so-called rogue regimes across the Muslim world but has been totally helpless in the face of real offenders and crimes against humanity.....
To think that by backing anti-Assad forces or removing him from power will lead to a flowering of democracy and peace is a fantasy. It would behoove this administration to examine the tumultuous French experience in Syria under the League of Nations mandate; we are not dealing with Anglo-Saxons. Unless the United States and the West is prepared to put troops on the ground, who would be first welcomed and then shot at, it is advisable to stay out and make them sort it out on their own...
The prospect of a strategic defeat in Afghanistan is playing into the growth of US rivalries and tensions with Russia. With growing stridency, American military and strategic figures are making provocative accusations that the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin is supporting the Taliban in order to undermine the Kabul government and the US position in the country....
I say pantomime because surely no one believes the event was not set up to mask the true level of male control in Islam. If you doubt it, look at the laws on marriage, or succession, or rape in marriage among our key migrant source Islamic countries: Lebanon, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia. A striking feature of the laws is that they distinguish the application of the law by religion. Religion first; the rule of law second....
During an era when Europe had only two universities, the Moors had seventeen. The founders of Oxford University were inspired to form the institution after visiting universities in Spain. According to the United Nations’ Education body, the oldest university operating in the world today, is the University of Al-Karaouine of Morocco founded during the height of the Moorish Empire in 859 A.D. by a Black woman named Fatima al-Fihri.....
Aijaz Zaka Syed
April 6, 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the United States’ reluctant plunge into the World War I. Fearful of foreign entanglement, America stood watching for three years while on the other side of the Atlantic young men slaughtered each other. Finally, Congress gave the go-ahead and President Woodrow Wilson declared war against Germany on April 6, 1917. One is not sure if President Donald Trump had been conscious of the historic backdrop of his decision when he ordered the US missile attack on Syria last week, on April 6....
The plan, a convenient corollary of the German-Ottoman alliance, was formally launched by Turkish Sultan Mehmed V shortly after the start of the war. From a mosque in Constantinople, the Sultan declared Britain, France and Russia the enemies of Islam, calling upon the Muslim subjects of those countries and their colonies to resist their oppressors. According to the fatwa that was subsequently issued, any Muslim that engaged in war against the Ottomans would have to pay the highest penalty.....
This year – which marks 50 years of occupation, 10 years of the siege of Gaza strip and 100 years since the Balfour declaration – is an apt time for Britain to redress this century-old wrong, to work to end occupation and create an independent, sovereign Palestine. Otherwise the region will continue to be destabilised for years to come. Britain will be haunted by the consequences of Israel’s conduct, and its own complicity with it....
Since the bloodless coup, in 1970, that brought the family to power, the Assad dynasty—the founding father, Hafez, and his heir and second son, Bashar—has exasperated nine American Presidents. “Time-consuming, nerve-racking, and bizarre,” Kissinger said of his sessions with Hafez al-Assad. Republican and Democratic Administrations alike have coaxed and cajoled, prodded and praised, and, most recently, confronted and condemned the Assads to induce policy changes...
Thomas L. Friedman
One is “virtual ISIS.” It is satanic, cruel and amorphous; it disseminates its ideology through the internet. It has adherents across Europe and the Muslim world. In my opinion, that ISIS is the primary threat to us, because it has found ways to deftly pump out Sunni jihadist ideology that inspires and gives permission to those Muslims on the fringes of society who feel humiliated — from London to Paris to Cairo — to recover their dignity via headline-grabbing murders of innocents....
One of the least reported yet most significant developments of the Trump administration's foreign policy has been its warm embrace of the ultra-conservative, theocratic Saudi monarchy. Immediately after he entered office, Trump made a pact with Saudi Arabia to escalate aggression in Yemen. After a friendly White House meeting with Trump and Steve Bannon, the architect of Trump's Muslim ban, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman hailed Trump as “his Excellency,”...
This thinking is rooted in a failure to understand the difference between Islamists — a sizable but distinct minority of Muslims who adhere to a radical utopian ideology — and the majority of Muslims, among whom are found friends and allies. President el-Sisi, who has publicly called out extremism to clerics in Egypt, understands this. After all, Egypt is not the only state in which the Brotherhood engaged in attempts to kill its way to power. It did the same in Syria in the early 1980s.....
mission of the United Nations should not be confined to such symbolic gestures.
The United Nations should rather take serious action to restore peace and
justice, because wherever there is justice and mercy, the religion of God will
prevail and this can be done without the need to dive in the sea of
interpretation; that is difficult and need skillful handling…..
Robert F. Worth
over the head scarf is part of a broader effort by the French state, which
harbours a quaint ambition to reach some sort of grand bargain with Islam as it
did with the Catholic Church in 1905. That arrangement nowhere mentioned the
word laïcité, but it reset the boundaries between church and state, reining in
church influence in the public sphere and appropriating most ecclesiastical
property. This is far more difficult to do with Muslims in France, who are
extremely diverse, with no equivalent to the Catholic hierarchy....
Robert F. Worth
He says beards,
head scarves and other public displays of religiosity are incidental to Islam.
We spoke in the library of his home, with high shelves of Arabic and French
scholarship above us. Oubrou told me cheerfully that political Islam had been a
“total failure” and that Islam in general was in need of a fundamental
rethinking, so that people could stop “trying to turn themselves into
seventh-century Arabs.” The Quran, he said, was a “point of departure and not a
point of arrival.”...
have drowned and there is no saviour; you have become prey for the soldiers of
the caliphate in every part of the Earth; you are bankrupt, and the signs of
your demise are evident to every eye,” the spokesman said, according to a
translation by Reuters. “There is no more evidence than the fact that you are
being run by an idiot who does not know what Syria or Iraq or Islam is.”....
often-overlooked casualty of this fear mongering is the roughly 47 million
Muslims living and working peacefully in Western countries. Many Muslims feel
increasingly pressured to differentiate themselves from those individuals seen
committing the atrocities we’ve sadly become accustomed to, even going so far
as to hide the extent to which they practice Islam, or the fact that they’re
Muslim at all from their co-workers.....
has already been pinned on ISIS, and ISIS has already adopted him as one of its
combatants. Both decisions are self-serving—the one to deny any native role for
the production of Masood and the other to uplift a flagging insurgency.
Masood’s own convulsions with racism, his own desire to seek glory above his
miserable situation: these are not taken seriously. “Home-grown” terrorists
have ‘home-grown’ problems. But the term ‘terrorist’ allows the “home-grown” person
to be exported—as it were—to other countries, to defer blame to them—to ISIS,
in this case....