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28Sep/110

Israel and Muslims

Dear Mr. Irfan Hussain

With regard to your (mostly
one-sided) column http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/26/enough-enough-enough.html
 on the Palestinian statehood bid at UN,
you have pointed to Barack Obama’s abdication of his commitment to Middle East
peace and the unreasonable stance of Israel.  You have however not mentioned anything about
the Muslim-Arab-Palestinian intransigence which is the root cause of the
conflict.

To your credit, at the end of the
column, you mention that Israel’s millions of opponents need to accept it as a
member of the international community. In view of this however, your lament about
Obama’s proposed veto of Palestine’s bid is contradictory. How can a state of
Palestine be allowed to be created if it does not recognize the right of the
Jewish state of Israel, its neighbor to exist. And it is clear from several
indicators, from speeches of Palestinian diplomats to the statements from Hamas
and others in the Arab world that statehood is only a small battle in the
Palestinian cause while the final war remains for eradication of the Jewish
state of Israel as it exists.

It is noted that there is no
basis for institutionalized hatred for Muslims or Christians anywhere in the
Jewish scriptures or from the lives of their holy figures. On the other hand
however, Jew hatred is enshrined in Muslim scriptures of Koran, Hadees &
sira of its prophet Mohammed. Jews are much vilified in Islamic texts and all
are well aware by now of various suras and ayahs of the holy scripts where such
vilification is there for all to see. Mohammed is known to have carried out
several expeditions against the Jew tribes of Arabia in his time. It is also
noted that on his deathbed, Mohammed is known to have declared that the two
great religions (namely the Jews and Muslims) could not co-exist in the holy
land (of Arabia) and thus set his seal on Jews to be banished forever from the
holy land. It is due to this proclamation of their prophet which the Muslims deem
to be their religious duty, that the Muslims remain so resolutely and irreconcilably
opposed to the Jewish nation state of Israel. Thus it can be seen that
Palestine issue is not about land or self-rule of Palestinians but is all about
eradication of the state of Israel in accordance with Islamic injunction.

The above was the reason of
banishment of Jews from Arabia. It was the reason of the uniting of several Arab
states to undertake several hostilities against Israel and their continuing to
not recognize Israel’s legitimacy as a nation. It was the reason that Gamal
Nasser of Egypt was deemed a great hero amongst Arabs to have undertaken war
against Israel. It was also the reason, why Anwar Saadat of Egypt was assassinated
(for making peace with Israel). It is the reason why Khomeini & Ahmadinejad
of Iran vow publicly to eradicate the Israeli regime. It was the reason why
Yasser Arafat did not conclude the best ever peace deal offered to him by
Clinton and Barak for he feared that such a deal would render him a villain
akin to Saadat in the eyes of the Muslims and that he would meet the same fate
of Saadat if he did so. It is the reason why Palestinians continue to choose
terrorists like Yasser Arafat earlier and Hamas at present who vow to on a fight
to death against Israel. It is the reason why the terrorist outfit Hamas which
now rules Gaza, urges Abbas of Fatah to not submit statehood bid to UN as it
would in some way legitimize Israel. It is the reason which unites the
otherwise disparate and opposed Islamic factions of Sunnis and Shias like Iran,
Hezbollah, Hamas etc. to come together to wage war on Israel. It is the reason,
why the Arabs refuse to make peace with Israel and move-on despite the fact
that Israel occupies such a miniscule of an area in the Arabian Peninsula. See
pic. http://twitpic.com/57sphi

It is the reason that
Palestinians instigate intifadas of terrorism against Israeli military and
civilians. It is the reason why Israel required building separation walls and
check-points to secure themselves against the Palestinians. It is the reason
why Israel needed to cordon off Gaza to stop Gaza rulers Hamas to acquire
weapons and attack Israel.

In view of above, it is disingenuous
and downright inappropriate to suggest that the Palestinians should be granted
any concession before they change their attitude of unreasonable hatred and
hostility against Jews and Israel. Justice demands that there should be equity
amongst all parties and no party usurp any rights of the other. However, if the
parties remain unreasonably opposed to each other and if one party remains
adamant on not allowing the other party to exist, then it is only fair that the
rights of the intransigent party be curtailed and it not allowed its freedoms
until it agrees to abide by the ‘live and let live’ principle.

Mr. Hussain also hinted that
Hamas was created by Israelis to counter the PLO, thereby suggesting that it is
in cahoots with them. However, as we know, Hamas and Israel remain resolutely
opposed to each other which is known to all. In an earlier column, Mr. Hussain
had mentioned of the ‘Occam’s razor’ principle of accepting facts as they
present themselves, without looking for deeper and indirect meanings into them,
which advise he had given to the Muslims of Pakistan when considering issues of
terrorism and suicide bombings. However, Mr. Hussain fails to heed his own
advice in the issue of Hanas vs Israel.

It may well be true that Israel
itself is not blameless and it may quite be culpable of imperialist and expansionist
ambitions. But once its right to exist as a nation-state is accepted, then any
of its actions to secure its existence which are deemed downright oppressive
and brutal are sure to get benefit of doubt of being carried out as a reaction
to the original hostility against it by its Arab opponents. And as long as
Arabs and Muslims continue to have Jew hatred and anti-Semitism prescribed in
their scriptures and as long as these verses of hatred are not reformed or
given up openly and truly by the Muslims, they will continue to be considered
as the ones who are the original sinners in their conflict against the Jews.

This Mr. Hussain is the fact of
the matter which is not considered by the like of you or leftists like Noam
Chomsky etc when you pronounce your views on the Middle East conflict.

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28Sep/110

Israel and the Arabs

Dear Mr. Irfan Hussain

With regard to your (mostly
one-sided) column http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/26/enough-enough-enough.html
 on the Palestinian statehood bid at UN,
you have pointed to Barack Obama’s abdication of his commitment to Middle East
peace and the unreasonable stance of Israel.  You have however not mentioned anything about
the Muslim-Arab-Palestinian intransigence which is the root cause of the
conflict.

To your credit, at the end of the
column, you mention that Israel’s millions of opponents need to accept it as a
member of the international community. In view of this however, your lament about
Obama’s proposed veto of Palestine’s bid is contradictory. How can a state of
Palestine be allowed to be created if it does not recognize the right of the
Jewish state of Israel, its neighbor to exist. And it is clear from several
indicators, from speeches of Palestinian diplomats to the statements from Hamas
and others in the Arab world that statehood is only a small battle in the
Palestinian cause while the final war remains for eradication of the Jewish
state of Israel as it exists.

It is noted that there is no
basis for institutionalized hatred for Muslims or Christians anywhere in the
Jewish scriptures or from the lives of their holy figures. On the other hand
however, Jew hatred is enshrined in Muslim scriptures of Koran, Hadees &
sira of its prophet Mohammed. Jews are much vilified in Islamic texts and all
are well aware by now of various suras and ayahs of the holy scripts where such
vilification is there for all to see. Mohammed is known to have carried out
several expeditions against the Jew tribes of Arabia in his time. It is also
noted that on his deathbed, Mohammed is known to have declared that the two
great religions (namely the Jews and Muslims) could not co-exist in the holy
land (of Arabia) and thus set his seal on Jews to be banished forever from the
holy land. It is due to this proclamation of their prophet which the Muslims deem
to be their religious duty, that the Muslims remain so resolutely and irreconcilably
opposed to the Jewish nation state of Israel. Thus it can be seen that
Palestine issue is not about land or self-rule of Palestinians but is all about
eradication of the state of Israel in accordance with Islamic injunction.

The above was the reason of
banishment of Jews from Arabia. It was the reason of the uniting of several Arab
states to undertake several hostilities against Israel and their continuing to
not recognize Israel’s legitimacy as a nation. It was the reason that Gamal
Nasser of Egypt was deemed a great hero amongst Arabs to have undertaken war
against Israel. It was also the reason, why Anwar Saadat of Egypt was assassinated
(for making peace with Israel). It is the reason why Khomeini & Ahmadinejad
of Iran vow publicly to eradicate the Israeli regime. It was the reason why
Yasser Arafat did not conclude the best ever peace deal offered to him by
Clinton and Barak for he feared that such a deal would render him a villain
akin to Saadat in the eyes of the Muslims and that he would meet the same fate
of Saadat if he did so. It is the reason why Palestinians continue to choose
terrorists like Yasser Arafat earlier and Hamas at present who vow to on a fight
to death against Israel. It is the reason why the terrorist outfit Hamas which
now rules Gaza, urges Abbas of Fatah to not submit statehood bid to UN as it
would in some way legitimize Israel. It is the reason which unites the
otherwise disparate and opposed Islamic factions of Sunnis and Shias like Iran,
Hezbollah, Hamas etc. to come together to wage war on Israel. It is the reason,
why the Arabs refuse to make peace with Israel and move-on despite the fact
that Israel occupies such a miniscule of an area in the Arabian Peninsula. See
pic. http://twitpic.com/57sphi It is the reason that
Palestinians instigate intifadas of terrorism against Israeli military and
civilians. It is the reason why Israel required building separation walls and
check-points to secure themselves against the Palestinians. It is the reason
why Israel needed to cordon off Gaza to stop Gaza rulers Hamas to acquire
weapons and attack Israel.

In view of above, it is disingenuous
and downright inappropriate to suggest that the Palestinians should be granted
any concession before they change their attitude of unreasonable hatred and
hostility against Jews and Israel. Justice demands that there should be equity
amongst all parties and no party usurp any rights of the other. However, if the
parties remain unreasonably opposed to each other and if one party remains
adamant on not allowing the other party to exist, then it is only fair that the
rights of the intransigent party be curtailed and it not allowed its freedoms
until it agrees to abide by the ‘live and let live’ principle.

Mr. Hussain also hinted that
Hamas was created by Israelis to counter the PLO, thereby suggesting that it is
in cahoots with them. However, as we know, Hamas and Israel remain resolutely
opposed to each other and Hamas is the main reason of Israel's blockade of Gaza, which is known to all. In an earlier column, Mr. Hussain
had mentioned of the ‘Occam’s razor’ principle of accepting facts as they
present themselves, without looking for deeper and indirect meanings into them,
which advise he had given to the Muslims of Pakistan when considering issues of
terrorism and suicide bombings. However, Mr. Hussain fails to heed his own
advice in the issue of Hamas vs Israel.

It may well be true that Israel
itself is not blameless and it may quite be culpable of imperialist and expansionist
ambitions. But once its right to exist as a nation-state is accepted, then any
of its actions to secure its existence which are deemed downright oppressive
and brutal are sure to get benefit of doubt of being carried out as a reaction
to the original hostility against it by its Arab opponents. And as long as
Arabs and Muslims continue to have Jew hatred and anti-Semitism prescribed in
their scriptures and as long as these verses of hatred are not reformed or
given up openly and truly by the Muslims, they will continue to be considered
as the ones who are the original sinners in their conflict against the Jews.

This Mr. Hussain is the fact of
the matter which is not considered by the like of you or leftists like Noam
Chomsky etc when you pronounce your views on the Middle East conflict.

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27Sep/110

Atheism is a beginning and not the end

Problem with most Atheists coming from among Muslim societies is that they consider Atheism to be an end whereas it is in fact only a beginning. 
It may be because effort required for human minds in such overwhelmingly deist societies to appreciate and establish Atheism is so great that it is by itself considered to be a major advance worthy of a lifetime of striving.
However, it must be noted that Atheism is not an end but only a beginning, that too a very small one. Atheism only removes any supernatural and superstitious influences from human thinking & reflection process. Once, this supernatural excess baggage is removed from thinking, humans need to proceed with science on one hand and philosophy on the other to reach to the pinnacle of technological progress and establishment of Justice in personal & social life respectively.
Noted philosopher Ayn Rand mentions: "Science was born as a result and consequence of philosophy; it cannot survive without a philosophical (particularly epistemological) base. If philosophy perishes, science will be the next to go." Creator of the Pigman Cartoon Bosch Fawstin who is an atheist and an Ayn Rand follower mentions " atheism without a moral philosophy is nothing" http://goo.gl/n5JML
In all prehistoric tribal societies, there were two leaders- The Tribal Chieftains and the Witch Doctors. Tribal Chiefs ruled with force (physically) while Witch Doctors ruled the souls (mentally). Islam too has the rule of the Mullah and the Mujahid. But in modern society, the Tribal Chief and Witch Doctor are replaced by Scientist and Philosopher respectively. It is noted that both these leaders are essentially required to secure the nature of the society. The problem since renaissance & industrial revolution is that even though Atheism took root and Science and Scientists excelled in their areas to bring great technological development to mankind, the Philosopher function has severely lagged behind, which is why, we find that scientifically advanced and developed societies and nations slipping into decline and retreat.
Thus even though Atheists can commend themselves to have seen the light and opted for Atheism, they need to reflect upon issues of philosophy and justice to establish an enduring system of science and justice in personal and social life.

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19Sep/110

Escapist Solutions

In his LA Times piece, http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-perkovich-pakistan-20110919,0,5319996.story Perkowich suggests that US should not
differentiate between Indian victims and Pakistani victims of Jihadi terrorism.
However, it should be remembered that Jihadi terrorism within Pakistan is a
product of homegrown Jihadi groups who are a part & parcel of mainstream
Pakistanis, who are in some ways propped up, aided and nurtured by elements of
the Pakistani society & the state. Jihadi terrorism in Pakistan can
therefore be considered to be domestic in nature, an internal matter of their
country. However, Jihadi terrorism in India is an instance of cross-border or
international terrorism as the Jihadis targeting India are external to its
society. Even if they come from the Indian Muslims, they do not form part of
the mainstream Indian community and more often than not are supported by Jihadists
groups from outside of India. In this sense, Jihadi terrorist attacks on India
are similar to those faced by the US, Europe or Israel.

Actually, Perkowich’s opinions and advice seem to stem from
a contemplation of defeat of US in the Afghan War. As the NATO forces are
unable to achieve victory after a decade of War in Afghanistan and are now
planning to retreat, US Think Tanks are suggesting out-of-box measures to
settle the conflict true to their national trait of pragmatism. Instead of calling
a spade a spade and tackling the problem head-on, they are suggesting
out-sourcing the problem fully to Pakistan after US’s complete disengagement  from the region and bribe and appease
Pakistanis by turning India into a scapegoat and increasing trade and aid to
Pakistan. In-short, Perkowich is suggesting an escapist solution for US in
AfPak region.  

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15Sep/110

Calvin, Ahmadiyyat and Reform

John
Calvin's role in reform of Christianity is very instructive and significant in
today's context of reform in Islam. Given the entrenched nature of the Catholic
clergy of 16th century led by the Pope with violent retribution for
any blasphemy and heresy, Calvin acted very deceptively and camouflaged his
true intentions very effectively to achieve success in bringing the desired
reforms to fruition and staying alive as well. Even though his life's purpose
was to strike down the authority of the Pope & return to Christianity's
Jewish roots, he maintained a posture of very severe criticism of the Jews of
his time, condemning them to a miserable death. He was also unforgiving of any
open heretics and at no point did he demonstrate any disrespect of Jesus. He
was trying to destroy Christianity, and he did a pretty good job. But he was
unable to go all the way and had to pretend to be a Christian because, when
Calvin lived, it was the standard Christian practice to take everyone who
disagreed with them (on the most obscure and technical point) and burn them to
death. It wasn’t enough that they killed you. They had to torture you as you
went.

Deception
and subterfuge is very important when moving against an entrenched authority or
clergy. Muslims are well aware of this fact, as
their prophet Mohammed is understood to have
sanctioned this when he said; “he who keeps secrets shall soon attain his objectives.”
One can very well say that Islam and Muslims have been the best practitioners
of this concept of deception (taqiyya).

Calvin’s
camouflage was so effective that his true intentions and consequence of
throwing out the new Testament & establishing the Old could only be known
after he had passed away. Even now, it remains arguable whether his true
intention was that.

It
was only through such guile and delicate handling that reform could take root
in Christianity. In case of Ibn Rushd, he openly declared his intention to rationalize
the discourse, use logic to interpret and re-interpret the Koranic injunctions and
bring in Greek philosophy etc. Such a handling, even though more truthful and
straight-forward, was not nuanced and sensitive enough and it was easy for the
conservatives like Ghazali to show it for what it was and get it discarded by
the Ummah successfully.

Regarding
my comment on Ahmadiyyat being harbinger of Calvinism in Islam, I had only
written that in passing, to show that by opposing them, Maududi & Ghamidi
proved their anti-reform credentials. Ahmadiyas are a mixed bag as far as
reforms in Islam go. Their readiness and courage to re-interpret Islam, talk
about reform, calling their leader mujaddid (reformer), advocate a peaceful
jihad, which is redefined to mean reformation, and to conduct Jihad by Pen, all
point towards theirs being a reforming ideology of promise. However, many other
aspects of Ahmaddiyat, like holding fast to tedious rituals of Islam, arguments
with Sikhs and Hindus and other unreasonable aspects show them to belong to the
same old rot of medieval religions. However, in the balance, their promise
holds out considering the peaceful nature of their community, their
industriousness, financial acumen, education seeking and scientific & legal
prowess as demonstrated by Abdus Salaam and Zafrulla Khan etc. They are rightly
identified as a hazard to Islam by conservatives who acted expeditiously to
have them removed from the Islamic fold, reminding us of Ghazali’s efforts
against the mutazalites. 

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11Sep/110

Reform in Muslims

As a general rule, countries respect each others’ sovereignty and do not interfere in one’s internal matters. However, when a country displays hostility towards other country(ies) and indulges in any aggressive action towards them, the other countries do not remain obliged to respect its sovereignty and their declaration of war against the hostile country is justified. Even in society, internal matters of any household are left to its senior inmates (in-charge) to handle. However, if any member of a household engages in a crime outside the house, then police/ law enforcement step in to restrain and punish that member and sanctity of the household to manage its affairs is set aside.

In case of Islam and the Muslim community, non-Muslims are the major victims and sufferers from the Islamic ideology.  It is worth to know that about sixty-one percent of the contents of the Koran are found to speak ill of the unbelievers or call for their violent conquest; at best only 2.6 percent of the verses of the Koran are noted to show goodwill toward humanity. About seventy-five percent of Muhammad's biography (Sira) consists of jihad waged on unbelievers.

In view of such a constitution and such a role-model, peace, mutual trust & respect, brotherhood and harmonious coexistence between non-Muslims and Muslims is mostly not possible. At the most, you can have an uneasy truce (mostly in cases where the Muslims are weak) which is easily shattered on the flimsiest of pretexts.

Jihad (or holy war) is a central aspect of Islamic dogma which is Islam’s vehicle for imperialism. Jihad is not a just war but an imperialist war in which looting & pillaging of wealth, humiliation of unbelievers’ by destroying their places of worship and raping of their womenfolk and dividing the spoils of loot obtained from jihad is not only justified but promoted.

Mistrust and hatred of unbelievers is a dominant theme of Islamic ideology.  Camaraderie and assimilation with unbelievers is shunned by Islam while maintaining a way of life, culture, dietary habits and even an external appearance as totally distinct from unbelievers is mandated. Deception & disinformation of unbelievers in institutionalized. Migration to lands of unbelievers with a motive to takeover is prescribed, thereby rendering even migration as another vehicle of Islamic imperialism.

History is witness and proof of Islam’s nature and its imperialist actions. Unbelievers of India have suffered centuries of atrocities at the hands of Muslim invaders & kings. VS Naipaul mentions that Indian civilization is a wounded and scarred civilization as a result. Eminent Western historian Will Durant mentions: "The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history (of the World). It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within." Millions upon millions of Hindus were slaughtered in these conquests, many more were taken and sold into slavery, cities upon cities pillaged, looted and burnt, women dishonored, temples upon temples razed and idols broken and humiliated. Being an agrarian non-martial community, Indian unbelievers were unable to formulate a strong and repulsive response to the Islamic invasion from 11th century till the 18th century. Only by fag end of Aurangzeb’s rule were Shivaji in Deccan and Guru Gobind Singh in the North able to style formations which checked the Islamic imperialism and started the decline of Islamic rule in India.

Another community which has suffered most at the hands of Muslims is that of the Jews. Jews are very much vilified in the Islamic scriptures and by Mohammed. They are mentioned to be the worst amongst the unbelievers (except for pagans (like Hindus)) . Mohammed himself undertook many expeditions against them and by some accounts indulged in their genocide. Finally on his deathbed, in one of his concluding so called prophecies received from his God, Mohammad mentioned: “The two great faiths (Islam & Judaism) can never exist together on the holy land (Arabic peninsula). This sealed the fate of the Jews and they were banished from the holy land of Arabia accursed to live as refuges in other parts of Asia and Europe.

Christians too did not have any peace with the Muslims and many Crusades were fought between them and Muslims in Europe. However, compared to Christians, Muslims came out looking more righteous and just as the Christian faith of Jesus is a very severe and unworkable corruption of Judaism which does not have any concept or value of justice and Christianity was responsible for condemning Europe to a period of Dark Age from 400 ce to around 1600 ce. By that time, Catholicism was exposed and a monk called John Calvin among others undertook to form a new strain in Christianity which broke away from Pope & Catholicism and restored Christianity to the values of the ‘Old Testament’ of the Bible which were the Jewish values. This ushered a renaissance in Europe and it has’nt looked back ever since.

Coming to later times, in India, after start of decline of Islamic imperialism by end of Aurangzeb’s rule and an interregnum Peshwa and Ranjit Singh rule , a new imperial power namely the British took over and the Muslim imperialist designs were severely crushed and humiliated. Muslims tried a last attempt to win back power in 1857 in vain. Indians afterwards mobilized their freedom struggle for Self-Govt (swaraj) against British. Sensing that the Indian unbelievers were on the verge of a great victory of obtaining self-governance for themselves after centuries of slavery, and the implication that under the new dispensation based on democracy, Muslims will have to accept being ruled by Hindus, Muslims put forth the two-nation theory of Muslims and Hindus being two separate nations. This two-nation theory may be formulated by Muslim League or Iqbal, but is based totally on Islamic ideology and concepts mentioned above. Vivisection of India took place thereafter which can be reasonably be said to have been caused by Islamic ideology. Unbelievers thereafter went thru the excruciating pain of partition and millions were killed albeit on both sides. Even after partition, Hindus are still not insulated of pain from Muslims. Muslims continue to live in India in substantial numbers without proper integration still thereby causing deadlock in India’s progress. Civil disturbance, communalism, riots and terrorism have become part of India’s national culture. There is an Islamic insurgency in Kashmir where Muslims have majority and are not willing to stay with India, while India has accepted to keep 15% Muslims in India with full rights and powers. Pakistan remains a hostile neighbor who has undertaken several major Wars, supports insurgencies in Kashmir & Punjab and is engaged in a nuclear arms race with India till date. All of the above is directly linked to the Islamic ideology.

The Jews too are still suffering from Islam. After decline of Ottoman empire in early 1900s and after a painful holocaust in Europe, Jews were given a mandate by colonial British to establish a nation for themselves (called Israel) in the holy land. However, the Muslims rightly saw it as a negation of Mohd’s prophecies and hence a negation of Islam itself and opposed that tooth and nail. The Israel Arab problem continues in full frenzy till date and again the culprit remains the Islamic ideology as mentioned above.

The West too is now confronted with the evil of Islam. Muslims have migrated in great numbers to West but have not assimilated over there. In keeping with the tenets of Islam, they are working towards undermining and takeover of their host lands. They have used their access to these lands to carry out spectacular terrorist attacks on the West. The West was forced to respond and had to commit trillions of its resources and its military to defend itself from any future attacks. It has had to undertake expensive measures for its homeland security and for securing its air travel which has taken a great toll on its economy and is responsible among other factors to bring it closer to bankruptcy. And all this is again directly linked to Muslims and the ideology which they follow.

Thus a substantial part of the non-Muslim world is under attack and continues to suffer from ideology of Islam and it is now fully justified to advocate and force a reform or better still a total repeal of Islamic ideology as it exists in its current form. Still, in spite of that, no such call or demand has been forthcoming from any section of the aggrieved quarters. No US leader has mentioned that they are against Islamic ideology leave alone advising of any reform. They are just content to treat the symptoms of Islamic aggression namely terrorism. They have conveniently defined two sections with Islam, namely moderates and extremists. For sure, there are some moderates to be found in Muslims, but Islam itself is not at all moderate and it remains the ideology of aggression and war. They have taken Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda to be an exceptional extremist formulation amongst Muslims, but fact of matter is OBL is nothing except a 21st century version exactly in the image of Islam’s prophet. Thus as long as Islams ideology and its role model’s status remains intact, OBL can never be exorcised from Muslim consciousness.  The US’s hands are tied in this matter because they themselves are religious and believers in God and hence cannot ask another religion to give up its practice. Also, Islam has more than a billion adherents around the World and they control most of World’s energy resources hence it has taken to discretion. Merkel of Germany and Sarkozy of France have criticized Muslims for not assimilating, but that again is fighting only a symptom and not a disease. Europe meanwhile continues to guarantee all rights to the Muslim immigrants. A lone voice, namely of Geert Wilders from Holland has taken the Koran to task, but he is subjected to lawsuits and is only a head of a minority party in Holland.

The Jews too have not spoken openly against Islam. Also, because of their minuscule presence and heightened antipathy with Muslims, their claim may fail to carry any weight.

In India too, even after suffering atrocities for centuries and vivisection of mother-land due to the imperialist Islamic ideology, there is no single group or even a voice which has called for reform of Islam. The Congress has appeased Muslims at all stages and allowed a substantial percentage of Muslims to stay back in India, while Pakistan has resorted to ethnic cleansing of all Hindus & Sikhs from its land. Muslim enfranchisement and their street power ensures that they remain a political & social force in India. Pakistan razed and converted many temples on the reason that it was ordained by Islam, but Hindus could not get Babri Masjid, a mosque built by a Muslim invader after razing a temple of birth of Hindu deity Lord Rama back from the Muslims in goodwill. A demand for this temple with which lots of Hindu emotions are attached led to a great communal divide in India, which led to an unending cycle of violence which continues till this day. The Bombay riots, bomb blasts, Godhra massacre, Gujarat riots and many subsequent instances of Bomb blasts and maybe even the terrorist attacks of 26/11 are all related to the Ramjanmabhoomi movement and all this is based on the Muslims’ intransigence to compromise on the issue with Hindus.

Still, Muslims continue to enjoy all citizens’ privileges and more in India. They are treated exactly on par with other nationals, despite the fact that they have already taken away a large portion of the land for their rule and stay. They have remained backward due to the medieval Islamic ideology to which they cling to, but the Indian State has appointed commissions of enquiry to report of their backwardness and suggest measures for emancipation. Also, currently, India is contemplating a communal violence bill to safeguard Muslims from Hindus in riots!

On the reform front, there is no attempt from any Hindu leader to at least roundly criticize and oppose the inhuman Islamic ideology which is the cause of its centuries of untold sufferings. India has accepted the Muslim civil code for Muslims in India. There is no move for implementation of uniform civil code in India. There are no reformers or even any celebrated ex Muslims in India. M C Chagla and Hamid Dalwai were just flashes in the pan. One Muslim ex-Bohra scholar Asghar Ali Engineer has recently suggested disingenuously that Islam in Indi needs an Ambedkar. Ambedkar was a Dalit who fought for Dalit rights in a wider society. Muslims don’t need somebody to fight for their rights, because they are all very good fighters and generally take away more than their fair share of rights. They need a reformist like John Calvin who can advocate excising portions of intolerance, hatred and dogma from the religious texts.

It is understandable that advocating such reform in Islam from outside is very difficult and awkward given the sacred status of the principle of political correctness and freedom of faith. But the taboo has to be broken as an exception due to the critical and existential nature of the issue involved. It would also not be very difficult to implement once such a stand is taken. If the West boldly goes ahead and forms a reformist Islamic religious supreme body mandating it with reforming Islam on following grounds:

►Removing all passages of intolerance, Jihad, mistrust and injustice against unbelievers from texts including Koran, Hadees and Sira.

►Promoting scientific thought, rationalism and justice amongst Muslims, abandoning of Arabic in favor of English and obtaining best scientific education. Justice and Laws of Cause & Effect should be given much weightage.

►Promoting gender equality, abolition of veil etc

►Reducing ritualism in Muslims of five times prayer, fasting for a month and curbing wasteful expenditure on Hajj pilgrimages. Also, beards should be abolished as done by Ataturk.

►Etc etc

Once such a platform is formed and it is populated with some respectable names from the Muslim society & clergy, it can be given state support and full protection and promotion to do its mandated work. Also, all Muslims should be called upon to join this platform. This platform will then finalize and give shape to the new version of humanitarian and tolerant Islam complete with its own set of rules and rituals. If some Muslim groups or Rulers are brought about to subscribe to this version of Islam, it will take root and endure. Afterwards, its idea and agenda is sure to prove its worth where its adherents would surely excel in their fields and attract ever more Muslims to join it.

The above is a suggestion to initiate and expedite reforms in the Seventh century Islamic dogma which continues to hold 1.2 Billion of Mankind hostage in the 21st Century and causing suffering and inconvenience to the remaining humankind.

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