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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Instability and Chaos of the So-Called Rule of Law
 

 

Most Islamic states of the Abode of Peace are in turmoil, engaged in infighting, aborting coups d'état or hunting down fanatics. They are either at war or in direct and bitter conflicts over border disputes and transgressions. The conflict is usually between different sects and power challengers of secular reformists and sectarian conservatives. The chaos and random killings in Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sudan, Algeria, Somalia and Indonesia are truly shocking (Pryce-Jones, 1989: pp 9-10, 16-17).

Looking at the world map, starting from the tip of North West Africa, all through the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh - all the way down to Malaysia and Indonesia, then Turkey and part of the Balkans, you could hardly find one single Muslim country living at peace within its own borders or with its neighbouring country. The chaos of the Muslim world is evident in everyday publications of the media-broadcast and telecast. The upsurge towards total Islamisation of their countries, encouraging, at the same time, Muslim secessionists in non-Muslim countries towards complete separation to carve new independent Muslim states, is a daily occurrence. The Turkish Cypriots in Cyprus, the Chechens in south Russia, the Moros in southern Philippines and the Kashmiris in northern India are all in separatist movements. Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Sudan, Algeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan are just a few of the 52 Islamic states that want to introduce Islamic rule and islamise their countries, regardless of other ethnic communities and religions. Since the 10th century, the Somali nomads have intermittently waged tribal wars against the Christian Ethiopians in a bid to expand further into the interior and islamise the whole Ethiopian country. Recently, in August 1996, the Somalis again attacked southernmost eastern Ethiopia, claiming that part of the region is Islamic and belongs to them.

Until about 15 years ago, the Christians - the Assyrians and the Southern Sudanese in particular - were suffering from oppression and discrimination in silence at the hands of the Islamic states of the Abode of Peace, but not any more. They are now speaking out.

They are speaking out because of Islamic states' sick advocacy of the so-called holy war. They are appalled at the intensive flare-ups in the Lebanon. They are horrified at the deliberate acts of total destruction of Christian villages in northern Iraq and Lebanon and the city of Beirut itself that resulted in bloodshed, vengeful killings and malicious destruction. Worst still, was Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi’s call to the Lebanese Maronite Christians to convert to Islam if they wanted peace. Consequently, Islamic fundamentalism has re-surged and become more daring and violent (Polk, 1991: pp 213, 453, 480).

Islamic regimes of the Abode of Peace criticize the West ceaselessly with malice. They describe Europe as evil and call the United States the Great Satan. They vent their vehemence on the Western civilization publicly, in sermons and festivities. They link the Christians and Jews anywhere in the world, to the West and associate them with Western civilisation and culture. They accuse them of being spies and agents because of their religion. They continue to generate bad feelings in the Muslim populace towards Christians and Jews. Several Islamic states blame the West for their shortcomings. It has become a habit of the Muslim states to accuse the West of interfering in the internal affairs of their governments. They blame their failures on past times of colonialism and imperialism (Pryce-Jones, 1989: pp 364-366). Whenever Christian and Jewish killings occur, the Islamic countries involved describe them as matters of domestic affairs, as if non-Muslim nationals are state property and could be disposed of at their government's discretion.

The effect is so damaging that Muslims everywhere become very agitated. They look at Christians and Jews, irrespective of their skin colour or nationality, with suspicion and as a potential enemy. Such suspicion stirs in them the call for confrontation and violence against the "unbelievers." Such a stance gains them immediate acceptance in their community. It confirms their adherence to the sermons as a show of compliance. In the Abode of Peace, Muslims pressure the ethnic natives to forgo certain aspects of their cultural customs in public, because they contravene traditional Islamic culture. They restrict their freedom and suppress their culture under pretext that it conflicts with their religious law and tradition (Pryce-Jones, 1989: pp 360, 368, 381-382).

 

 

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