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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Allaho Akbar – the Comparative God
 

 

Following the defeat of Al-Quraysh tribe (an elite and influential ruling tribe of Mecca) in January 630 AD, the prophet entered Mecca triumphantly. He had the idols destroyed, and all the graven images overturned from their pedestals at the Ka’aba Shrine. Ali, his son in-law, is said to have helped smash the pagan idols. Later, Muhammad touched the Black Stone and shouted in a triumphant and challenging voice: ‘ALLAHO AKBAR’, meaning that his God is, comparatively, greater than any other god by using the adjective ‘greater’ in the comparative tense. Hence, their catchcry on their flags, in street demonstrations and battlefields, emulate Muhammad’s triumphal act in Mecca. Muslims employ these tactics to remind the non-Islamic governments that they are serious. They act with hostility to show that they are in preparation for a secessionist war. Their hostile attitude implies that they will eventually assert their own political weight by force, as is now the case in Macedonia. With armed struggle, they will campaign for a separatist nation of Islam, as is the case now with the Muslim minority in Cyprus, in Kashmir, southern Philippines and Kosovo, a province of Serbia. The struggle continues. Muslims in the Abode of War (Dar Al-Harb) never integrate; they segregate into their own Islamic community with a view to carving an Islamic state of their own. While in the Abode of Peace (Dar Al-Silm), they scheme towards converting the non-Muslim. Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, the Sudan, Algeria and Nigeria are vivid examples (Hiro, 1989: p 9; Al-Nahar: pp 38-39).

Besides ‘Allaho Akbar’, Islam has since come up with a number of other Islamic war cries such as "The riders of unity," "The people of unity", "The winds of paradise are blown/where are you, the dissenter?" and the most daring battle cry: "Aslim taslam wa illa al-aqiba wakheema" – surrender, (submit to Allah) and become Muslim, and be spared, or else the consequence would be disastrous. The consequence of their Jihad is the dreadful choice between the Koran and the sword. Their campaigns escalate Jihad in this trend. If they survive, they live better off and pride themselves on their achievement. If they die in battle, better still, they are transformed into martyrs and guaranteed a place in heaven. What more could they want? They had the material comfort and contentment on earth, and ahead, awaited them the undeniable paradise up in heaven (Hiro, 1989: pp 100, 111; Polk, 1991: pp 46-47).

Having secured Mecca as the centre of his new religion, Muhammad diverted the energy of his forces against the "unbeliever" pagan, the infidel and the polytheist. His rapid success strengthened his forces, increased the wealth of his community and lessened tribal feuds by pillaging the wealth of their defeated enemies. All segments of the prophet’s followers rallied together, bound by a common faith that gave them a sense of brotherhood and belonging. It reinforced their social place in their community and grew stronger, economically and ideologically. The strong community developed into a self-sufficient society of an ever-growing Islamic (umma) nation. It has since been known as (Ummat Al-Islam) - the Nation of Islam.

During Islam’s systematized invasion, all the small kingdoms in Mesopotamia and the Middle Eastern region were under the yoke of foreign rule, either as Roman vassals or as Persian satrapies. Their people, battered, weak and heavily tolled, became an easy prey to a floodgate of successive Arab attacks on their region, under the banner of Islam. They became passive and their resistance waned. Successive triumphs gave the rising nation of Islam a sense of unanimity, a sense of purpose and drive. It enhanced their motivation towards more invasions and expansion. Seeing their enemies, who believed in divine protection, crumble and withdraw in haste before the conquering armies of Allah, Islam continued with its invasions. The cities and their unarmed native inhabitants fell silent and in obedience to the new world order, new religion and new master. With incredible speed and impetuousness, Islam surged forward overwhelmingly defeating its new enemies, with little or no resistance. Islam marched forward, conquering and domineering with an ecstasy of religious fervour and in jubilation of easy victory over their infidel enemies. The notion of Jihad holy war united the Muslim Arabs against their one common enemy - the non-Muslim. Holy war became another factor that contributed to the rapid expansion of the Islamic nation. Resistance waned against the rising armies of Muhammad. Islam was soon firmly established in North Africa and the Middle East. Islam became a power to be reckoned with.

 

 

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