Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
09 February 2017
Just as the nature’s law which Newton
simply articulated as ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction” does
not mean that the reaction is unqualified and always “good and beneficial” to
the performer or to whom it is performed for, similarly the Core Values of a
nation do not necessarily mean that those values are universally beneficial to
it or of benefit to the other nations that interact with it on this planet.
In Quranic terms, therefore every action- A’mal
is required to be qualified as Saleh- to produce goodly and beneficial
reaction. There is nothing in it extraordinary and nothing religious, just a
statement of universal truism.
However it is generally assumed that a
nation’s core values are of qualified goodly nature and that they are the ones
which makes it ‘assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal
station’ (American Declaration of Independence) which then defines the nation’s
place in the world.
This was demonstrably presented to the
world recently by the Speaker of the British House of Commons who expressed his
opposition to the potentiality of the newly elected President of the United
States of America addressing the House of Commons on his State visit to the
United Kingdom. His objection was on the basis of the President’s policy seen
as being contrary to British core values and that ‘he would refuse to invite
the US president to speak at Westminster because of parliament’s long held
opposition to “racism and to sexism”’.
Not everybody in the Parliament and outside
agreed with his action, though that is not the issue; for there never is an
example in the world where such unilateral and individual’s actions are
accepted by everybodyایسا بھی ہے کوئی سبھی
اچھا کہیں جسے
is there anyone that all would consider as good?
The disagreement was on procedural matters
that the Speaker of House of Lords, as an equal partner of the two houses was
not consulted and a joint statement was not agreed upon. That said, it is
interesting to note the following comment by the Speaker of the House of Lords:
“However, the Speaker (of the House of
Commons) contacted me this morning. He told me that while he maintained his
view on the issue he was generally sorry for failing to consult with me.
Obviously, I accepted that apology” ……and went on to say “Allow me to say that
I have spent the last 30 years campaigning against prejudice and
discrimination, particularly for the rights of LGBT people and those with
HIV/Aids,…”. So it seems that he too agrees with the Speaker’s core values.
The history of British political system
involving the Crown, House of Lords and House of Commons is amazing and
colourful, going back to sixteenth century. The ceremony of the session of
Parliament’s opening by the Monarch, the Queen is seen today the world over in
its full colour, pomp and glamour. Yet one aspect of the ritual of the ceremony
is not appreciated by many. On the monarch’s arrival to the House of Lords, the
officer of the ‘Black Rod’ is sent to summon the House of Commons but the door
is shut in his face. The officer knocks on the door three times with his rod.
It is then the door is opened and the members including the Speaker march to the
Lords to attend and listen to the Monarch’s speech, which is written by the
Government of the day for her to deliver.
Though the power of the monarchy is largely
symbolic, yet any head of State visiting the UK is supposed to be at the
invitation of the Queen as the head of State and Defender of the faith of the
United Kingdom. Yet the independence of the house is well and truly symbolized
in this ceremony. It is the Speakers of both the houses who invite the visiting
dignitary to address them!
One must then assume that the invitation is
extended on the basis that the nation’s core values as represented by the
visiting dignitary are synchronized with the British nation’s as represented by
the parliament. This is hotly debated though.
In this case the speakers of both houses of
British parliament seem to have agreed what those core values are and so: “…our
opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law
and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House
This sentiment is also echoed in the UK by
over a million people so far, signing a petition against the US President’s
proposed visit. Democracy in its true colour in action to their credit, at
There have been similar expressions however
of ‘people power’ against US President’s visit. One vaguely remembers the
cancellation of President Dwight Eisenhower’s planned visit to Japan due to
protest against his visit there. The protest perhaps was against nuclear bombs
that the US was piling up as arsenal of war and Japan’s core value of opposing
it, having experienced two such bombs dropped on its cities of Hiroshima and
Aside from protesting against planned
visits by head of states, many nations in the Far East also have shown the courage
to resist their corrupt and inapt governments and have brought them down,
against heavy odds.
There was some hope that the Muslim
majority nations would show some signs of awakening when tremendous courage was
shown by the Iranians when they sent packing the most powerful emperor of
recent times in their revolution of change, not once but twice; for he was
restored to the throne by the Super power custodian of democracy, after the
After a long pause lasting over decades a
similar seed of change germinated in the so called Arab Spring in the Middle
East only a few years back, culminating in the overthrow of an Egyptian pharaoh
- Mubarak, always supported by the same super power. Alas, that seedling was
soon crushed by his political and military offspring!
Democracy, by the Muslim leaders and the
custodians of democracy it seems: is not considered suitable for them, even if
it was overwhelmingly voted in. So the pharaoh’s political offspring was
installed in power and is there today: زاغوں کے تصوف میں ہیں عقابوں کے نشیمن Eagles’ nests are in
use of the crows!
Their streets are adorned with portraits of
head of States that are invited to visit even if that visitor is less than
welcome in other countries of the world because of what they are perceived as
representing in values. But the expectation of handouts and assurances of
protection of ruling class’s thrones becomes paramount consideration.
The Muslim majority countries and the so
called Islamic Republics in particular are a prime example of neglect of their
duty in following their Book with regards to ruling a country, in spite of
their claim they believe in it as being the Book annunciating their Core
Hence the Muslim nations now are defined by
other than universal core values and the lack of courage to defend them. The
earthly gods have forsaken them as has the Creator of the universe:
6-117- The Lord knows best who has strayed
from His ways…!
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When overall context on this subject is looked at, the
significance of “clean/unclean” is seen as not specifically the cleanliness or
otherwise of the body or clothes of the person attending a public gathering or
entering a place but the mental and spiritual enlightenment and cleanliness,
that is, belief/unbelief of the person entering such an institution – Gods
house, not the physical windowless “dark hole” that is, of mental/vision
Quran does not stop an enlightened mature menstruating woman
entering a mosque but does prevent a person with “befogged/clouded” mind!
The Church cannot see beyond physical tangible ideas.
triliteral root nūn jīm sīn (ن ج س) occurs only once in the Quran, as the noun
najas (نَجَس) in verse 9:28. “Taharat” is the opposite of “najasat,” and it
means cleanliness and purity. A Muslim who does not perform Taharat or wash
himself when washing is prescribed will also be considered najis until he
performs Taharat for his body and his clothes. The polytheists were banned only
from the Kaba and not from any other mosque. This may have had more to do with
their practices in Kaba which were considered unclean and sought to be put an
end to rather than with anything else. The polytheists are not considered
inherently najis since they are not banned from entering any other mosque.The comparison with what is inherently considered najis is therefore incorrect and simply hate-mongering.
Aayina: I am sorry
if hurt you by sharing the article exposing the criminal conspiracy of the
communal parties in Godhra, simply to kill the Muslims and polarize the Hindu
votes, to win the assembly elections in 2002. The same communal game the Hindu
extremist group played in Muzaffarnagar, Kairana etc which can very well be
understood by Mr. Modi’s statement today while playing the communal cards as he
sees the inevitable defeat , “ Kabristan banao to shamshan bhi banao” and “Ramzan
men light do to Diwali men bhi do”.
How stupid his statement
is, you should also admit it, as everybody in North India knows the conditions
of electric supply in Ramzan at the time of Sehri and iftar. On the other hand,
24-hours electricity is provided in every city during Durga Puja and Diwali.
You must admit the divide and rule policy of communal parties.
prominent person of Gujarat said that if they had not conducted fake
encounters, Modi would not become prime minister. What have you to say upon
You have got every
right to love or hate any book, religion, ideology, faith etc, but you have no
right to poke your nose in other ’s matters, It is better you mind your own
business and do whatever your ideological books or granths command you or do
whatever you like to do.
You asked, “Mr
Abdulla better you answer why Quran is showing to much hatred mushrikin”, this
is the question many Non-Muslim commentators have asked before, but they don’t
know, it is the verse of Qur’an revealed by Allah and He only can answer this
question. You better wait a little bit, and ask this question to Allah.
Aayina: I do not read the comments of Hats off type fake
people as replying to them is promoting them, silence will frustrate them or
let them continue or live with their Muslim-hatred speech, which is the source
of their bread and butter.
I used to read your comment but you too spew hatred by
simply looking from the point of view of hating only. The history is full of
loot, destruction, attack, seizure, blood bath for power and governance spread
over centuries by the kings of all faiths. The people like you who are reading
to dilute history, to take revenge at the behest of their ancestors are the
Non-Muslims - clan of Modi and anti-Muslim brigade.
Naseer Sb has well said in a sentence, “So
make up your mind whether you want live in the past or the present. Don't mix
up the two” It is up to you to take some wisdom from him or keep on bragging rhetoric.