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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Western culture tolerates religion but is known to have certain groups that discriminate against race and colour. Whereas in the Islamic states of the Abode of Peace, they are more likely to tolerate race and colour but discriminate totally against religion. Recognition and practicing of religion, in a limited capacity, in the Middle East, other than the Jewish and Christian faiths, is unlawful and forbidden. Other native religions, whose countries had been conquered, still remain but are diminishing. Islam considers them as false religions and intends to phase them out anyway. This applies to all Islamic states of the Abode of Peace, including the dwindling indigenous religion, namely, the Yezidi, known as the devil worshippers in Iraq. This sect arose out of the general She’ah movement around the 11th century (it confines its practice to a few villages in northern Iraq). Other native religions like those that follow Zoroastrianism (Zardoshti) in Iran, Buddhism and Hinduism in other Asian, Far Eastern and South Pacific countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia are looked at objectionably and with cautious indifference. The ultimate aim is to strip these native religions of their economic power, restrict their practice, and gradually lessen their religious influence to extinction. In Iran, the Zardoshti and Baha'i already feel the pinch. Indonesia and Malaysia have already begun to curb the trading activities of the successful non-Muslim Chinese to limit their wealth under the pretext of even-handedness with the natives. To survive, other religions consider themselves offshoots of Islam such as Al-Alawi, Ismaili, The 12s (known as Al-Ithna Ashar) and Durzi (the latter exists in Syria, Lebanon and Israel). Such minority religions adopt Muslim names and more often side with the Muslims rather than Christians and live under the shadow of Islamic culture. Their survival depends on their gradual integration into the Islamic crucible melting pot (Hiro, 1989: p 91).

Islam recognizes the two Holy Books of the Old and New Testaments, but only to a certain degree. In Islam, Jews and Christians (the People of the Book of the Torah and the New Testament, as they are known to Islam) stand second in rank to the Muslim religion. According to Islam, the purpose of the two Books has been fulfilled in the appearance of Islam. Islam claims supremacy and supersedes all other religions in conclusion of all things and fulfilment of the world to come. It also recognizes, among other prophets, the Patriarch Abraham and the Prophet Moses. Yet, the Muslims decline to recognise JEHOVAH publicly also as their living God. They connect (Id-Al-Adha) Immolation Feast to Ishmael, not Isaac. They substitute Ishmael for Isaac. Ishmael was Abraham's son from his maidservant Hagar. Isaac was Abraham's son from his wife Sara. Islam relates the story of Abraham taking his son to the land of Moriah to offer him as a burnt offering to Ismael and not Isaac, contrary to the Holy Bible (Genesis 22:1-3). Muslims call Jacob 'Abana Ya'coub', our father Jacob, but avoid mentioning his God given name Israel. To them, Israel is an offensive name. As a skinhead fascist and member of an anti-Semitic organization that cannot respect and embrace a Jew and treat him as equal, so, too, does a Muslim. He cannot love and revere the name Israel. Muslims detest it to the point of calling the State of Israel – the divinely bestowed name on Jacob - the 'illegitimate' Israel, rejecting its existence as an independent state. The Arab League supports the Palestinian Authority in its claim that the Holy Land falls within the (Dar Al-Silm) States of the Abode of Peace, and that it is Arab. It considers such land, including the territory of the legitimate State of Israel, as an integral part of the Islamic (Umma) Nation, and that it should remain so.

They worship Allah which name is the literally translation for God (Alaha - Assyrian Eastern dialect, or Alaho - Assyrian Western dialect). True, they recognise Abraham and Moses, yet they fall short of accepting Jehovah as their God (the acronym YHWH I AM THAT I AM – YAHWEH, the name of the Old Testament God) – the true God of Israel. They insist on calling the name of their god, Allah, attributing to him all the benevolent adjectives they can think of (presumably 99 names in all), sidestepping the name Jehovah, the God of Israel. The religious, social and political status of the Christian and Jew is classed below that of the Muslims. They are elevated to higher status, in level with themselves, only after their conversion.

 

 

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