By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
08 March, 2014
Fanatics are religious zealots and apply fraudulent religious modes. Faithful apply the Code of their Creator intelligently and only for positively good outcomes.
In the case of Muslims, the former, operate under the guidance of their ignorant Religious priests. The later, the faithful intelligently obey Codes of behaviour as ordained in scripture Quran. A poet compares the two as:-
Deen-e-Kafir Fikr-O-Tadbbeer-e-Jihad—Deen-e-Mullah Fi Sabilillah Fasaad
The deniers’ code is to struggle for advancement—mullahs’ code is to struggle for rebellion and dissention!
The two are very different entities.
These two entities must be identified as separate in the context of the sources (plural) of the former and the only Source (singular) of the later.
This is deemed important to understand the “Islamophobia” that exists presently in the world.
The actions of the religious fanatics; and now they are not just a few, to be called minority; is erroneously linked with the faith Islam of Quran. These acts, of many different groups of Muslims, under the canopy of Islam are severely maligning the faith, both in the eyes of Faithful, Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
Would pictures like these endear anybody to Muslims practicing their Islam?
Would pictures like these endear anybody to Muslims practicing their Islam?
One of the killers as he rants following the killing of a soldier Zarmeena is being executed by Taliban
The non-Muslims naturally are quite vocal through the media, to express their disgust and quiet rightly so. The faithful majority though aghast and bewildered, remain less vocal to do so.
The Muslim sects, their various Religions with their traditions and politics, all profess and take the source Book of Islam, the Book Quran as one of their essentials of religions; the Quran therefore is supposedly the common denominator for all and so we refer to it.
The common denominator Quran rejects multiplicity of sources. The Deen of Islam forbids “lesser gods with God”; under Islam’s Canopy –Take not any authorities along with God 27-22.
Under the Canopy of the Islam, pluralism of Muslim religions, multiple scriptures of beliefs, sectarianism and divided communities are antitheses of its basic tenet laa-ilaaha –no other authority to obey. This is The essence of “unity - oneness”. And so it is argued that Quran debunks multiplicity in its system:
One is struck with the prime message of the Book; in order to maintain the oneness of the nation, and overall unity of humanity, there has to be that one “un-associated” “unadulterated” Authority in command; commands that are applicable to all humans ‘Annaas’ as equal in its creation.
10-19-All mankind are created as one community, which deferred later. Had it not been for the Code that went forth before from your Lord He would have settled their differences between them.
The fact that mankind was given the freedom to choose and that there is no compulsion in Deen 2-256 outside the canopy of Quran, there would not have been these differences.
But the condition is that once one accepts to enter under this canopy of Islam, the principle of human community as one and Brotherhood 49-10 (including sisters with or without the hood) of the faithful applies rigidly and no dissention is acceptable therein.
Common sense also shows that an enemy within, the hypocrites -Munafiq- are the most dangerous, for they cannot be differentiated as being a friend or foe, till long after the effect of the “differences” manifest and the family bond of genderless brotherhood of the faithful is well and truly broken for the enemies within and without to take advantage of the weakness.
This is the condition of Muslims prevailing now and has been over a millennium!
In 10-35 The Book pleads for this principle of Laailaaha thus: Say, is there any of your associates (lesser gods) who can guide to the truth? Say God alone (Illallah) guides to the truth. Is HE then who guides to the truth more worthy to be followed or he who finds not the way unless he himself is guided?
What is the matter with you? How do you judge?
So many questions to the “hypocrites” 3-167!
Is the Good Lord having second thoughts for having given mankind the freedom of choice?
The pluralism, the freedom of choice is but valid only outside this canopy of the Deen of Quran 109-6. To you be your way and to me mine- It is not applicable within the canopy; as is wrongly asserted by Muslims religions.
Similarly, multiple scriptures as paralleled-essentials to Quran are rejected. That is understandable too to one who has grasped the tenet of Islam, the tenet of totality of “oneness”.
Logically if multiplicity of scriptures is accepted, then importantly, it throws open the gate for hypocrites and intruders acting as guides and lesser gods; and arguments as to which of them is telling the “Truth”. And behind those scriptures what guild and who is the person or guide to whom reverence and obedience is due?
In this scenario then, the oneness is sacrificed at the altar of ‘cultism’, and hence divisions occur in the community as a result as is the case today.
7-194 is one out of many verses in this context: Those whom you call upon besides God are but people like yourself, so call on them then, let us see them respond to you, if you are truthful.
For that reason, loyalty to other Authorities live or dead, documents and Apocrypha is soundly chastised as in 45-6, 7& 8:
These are the verses of God which We recite to you with truth. In which verses other than God’s will they then believe in?
Woe to every sinful liar! Who hears the messages of God recited to him then persists in haughtiness, as though he had not heard them. So announce to them a painful chastisement.
As if to stress the argument further, it says:- Then woe to those who write the book with their own hands, and then say “this is from God” to traffic with it for miserable gains…2-79.
39-23 seals this argument: God has revealed from time to time the most beautiful Message in the form of a Book, consistent with itself, yet repeating its teachings in various aspects…. confirming the sameness of the Message throughout the long string of Messengers (2-4). As given right in the begging of the Book:- and those who believe in the revelation sent to you and to those before your time.
There was no dissention among the Messengers in the message of “oneness”. For example the first commandment of the Bible…Thou shall not worship any other god but God- but mankind created lesser gods later and hence the acrimonious differences!
With reference to Divisions; that is acrimonious, confronting and irreconcilable types under the Canopy of Islam, the good Book has this to say:- 30-32 Those who split up their religion, and become mere Sects, -- each party rejoicing in that which is with itself.
And warns these sects 3-105 Be not like those who are divided amongst themselves and fall into disputations after receiving clear signs: for them is a dreadful penalty!
In 6-159 the messenger is ordered not to have anything to do with them!
The nation of Islam has long forsaken this warning, and is therefore facing the penalty! It has made its choice to operate outside the canopy, yet insists that they belong to it. Unfortunately the rest of the world believes them!
As was argued above NO differentiating titles are accepted under the Canopy of Islam. Sunni and Shia sects and myriads of other hue and colours of sects and factions, title themselves as Muslim this or Muslim that and even more appallingly call themselves “Islamic”! Quran categorically rejects them.
The slam in Islam is antitheses of savagery and taking of innocent non-combatant life. As given in the news recently –“Muslim convert Michael Adebolajo, who murdered Drummer Lee Rigby in a London street attack in May last year…”
And:-“Islamic Militants slit throats of 64 students in Nigeria”.
This under the teaching of an African Marabout, founder of Boko Haram; not even a hermit but fluent in English language living in all the trappings of the West.
Mind boggling! Was the drummer armed? Were the students armed, combatants and adults even? Even if they were, was this savagery justified in Islam let alone humanity?
And where in Quran is the punishment for adulteress is death? And where is the adulterer? Oh yes! He is the one doing the shooting!
Another example of savagery of Fanaticism:- It was reported that in 2002 in Makkah the Vatican of Muslims,—A girls’ school caught fire and in the panic the students ran out, some without their head scarf. The “religious police” was reported to have forced the girls back into burning fire to retrieve the religious rags. The tragedy that was anticipated had occurred!
The Book has this to say about such savage animals: 7-179 …They are like cattle, nay more misguided…example of Brainless illiterate human savages of which there are many and were many in all religions throughout human history.
The group leaders and guides know very well that to recruit people in their ‘Savage Army’ the requirement for entry is ignorance and fanaticism. The acceptance of a quantum of virgins as a salary in the next world and touch of poverty assures entry in the Army. What they are not told is that they are companions of hell and there are no virgins there!
The employers are assured in their knowledge that the recruits will never return to question the contract, let alone renegotiate it.
This fraud of the religious Ulema leaders like Mohammad Yusuf of Boko Haram; and there are cheaper by the bakers dozen; must be exposed as a priority for one and all and outside the elite forums. The separation of Muslims, Islam and Islamic terminologies must be moderated to impart true meanings.
Particularly the young and healthy and educated male and female must take to the streets; at least in the West where they have State protection, for the sake of human sanity and dignity, to protest and expose such misguided religious frauds against the gullible, ignorant fools, who are fed “chaff along with the wheat” by the so called Ulema and priests.
Peaceful protests against of all sorts of injustice, political, military and religious must be included in the protests.
A regular contributor to New Age Islam, Rashid Samnakay is a (Retd.) Engineer