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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Muslims are taught not to compromise. Knowingly or not, they take their religion overly seriously. Not because of their faith in their nameless and unidentifiable god, but because their (ulama') savants interpret the 114 (sura) Chapters in such a way that makes everything non-Muslim under certain conditions, (halal) lawful to them. Islamic teaching incites Muslims to attain primacy over all other religions. Islam is preached as universal and eternal and that it should be accepted unquestioningly, bestirring them to remain firm in their faith as ardent followers. As they grow older, they become staunch believers. Innocently or not, they follow the teachings and interpretations of their savants wholeheartedly and without question. Through interpretation of their religious leaders, they struggle to attain worldly pleasures and material gains in the name of Allah. As for paradise, the savants guarantee it to them with a carte blanche from on high. Some mujahideen wear a key around their neck as an assurance of gaining entrance to paradise when they fall in battle - the reward for their martyrdom against enemies of Islam (Mawdudi, 1992: pp 31-32).

A Muslim, in the Abode of Peace, has no option. All Muslims are presumed good and believers in Allah, the prophet and his true message. They are expected to accept it as the only true religion and live it to the full whatever the consequence. Whether moderates or conservatives, fundamentalists or radicals, it is hard to fathom their sincerity. They are all the same with their attitudes towards the Christians and Jews. Muslims compromise only on their own terms. At times, it is hard to make a distinction. They are unpredictable. A long time Muslim friend or neighbour, be he pure as gold, may suddenly turn against a Christian or Jew. Charged with a hidden motive he may change at any moment and decide on a hostile act he believes is right. His innermost faith in his religious teachings gives him the personal liberty to act in a manner he believes is in the best interest and protection of his religion. According to the canonical law of Islam, a non-Muslim in an Islamic society is generally beheld as defilement. Yet, for convenience, the Muslim viewing the non-Muslim as a source of gainful ploy, whether in the field of material gain or entertainment, extends a measure of cautious respect to gain his/her confidence with a view to meeting his expectations. By his adulation and defiant action, he becomes the centre of attraction by his fellow Muslims, gaining him higher respect among his community. It also contributes towards fulfilling the call for expanding and protecting his religion. To mix and indulge in gainful business and entertainment with non-Muslims, impound, take hostage, kill or blow up, even himself, for the sake of Allah is lawful and acceptable, convinced that it is a religious act in the service of Allah and defence of his religion. Martyrdom is the pinnacle of Jihad - the road to heaven (Hiro, 1989: p 31; Pryce-Jones, 1989: p38).

 

 

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