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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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The Ruinous Cyclone
 

 

Whenever the social standard of an Islamic state reaches a certain conspicuous level comparable to Western culture, the Muslim clergy, in collaboration with the conservative elements, scheme to trigger its downfall. Whenever a certain group of people of an Islamic state becomes progressive and attempts to attain and maintain a certain degree of high personal freedom of choice in arts, dress, appearance, association and entertainment, Islamic states of the Abode of Peace accuse the progressive class of Western trends. They describe it as un-Islamic, corrupted by Western values and a bad influence on the Islamic society. In the name of religion and morality, conservative elements, together with the clergy of the Abode of Peace States, help bring down to utter ruin an era of progress and prosperity that took them decades to achieve, as witnessed in Iran under the Shah, in Algeria and recently in Lebanon. As a result, Islamic states push their people back to their old traditional way of life. They restore their ethical values, revert to their old tactics of confronting non-Islamic cultures pressuring them to curb their cultural activities and accept the rule of Islamic system of government. Newcomers to power denounce any change in the field of social education, freedom of expression, entertainment, arts and sports as un-Islamic. Any attempt to lift political restrictions and ease social reforms is looked at by the Muslim conservatives as counter-revolutionary and anti-religious. As soon as the conservative power challengers grab power, they attack and destroy anything they view as un-Islamic. Whirling like a vicious cyclone they ban and destroy whatever comes in their path that is different from the Islamic culture as immoral, deviant and unnatural. In Iran, the overwhelming colour is black as if all are in mourning. Some fountains in public parks and cemeteries sprinkle red-coloured water, signifying blood of the martyrs shed for their country.

Afghanistan is in ruin; the warlords have destroyed its infrastructure due to factional power struggles. Most of the road network, public buildings and residential areas have been destroyed or are in appalling condition. Females are denied formal education. All female schools have been closed down. Women are encouraged to stay at home. They restrict their dress according to the Islamic law. They must cover themselves from head to toe. They are not allowed to work. They are banned from joining the workforce as social workers and public servants, in pursuit of an honourable career to earn an honest livelihood. Algeria is in a blood bath; its roads and highways are death traps for the native Berber and its cities and villages are battlefields. Lebanon is re-emerging from the rubble of 17 years of raging sectarian war and destruction, to an ominous future. The militant Hezbullah (God's Party) is determined to bring Lebanon under the thumb of the shari’ah rule of the Islamic Abode of Peace. Northern Iraq is living the life of a potentially volatile volcano on the verge of eruption. Since the advent of Islam, the enthusiasm of the Muslim sectarian leaders to proving themselves right and asserting themselves as the future world dominant rulers has not diminished a bit. How could other cultures survive in their midst? Saudi Arabia, as a pioneer, has purged the whole of the Arab Peninsula from non-Islamic religions and local democratic opposition. Iran and other Islamic states such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan are following suit. It is puzzling that wearing blue jeans in most Islamic countries is acceptable, while wearing a tie in others, like Iran and Afghanistan, is rejected as a symbol of Western imperialism. They form Council of Guardians to protect their country from Western influence.

 

 

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