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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Islamisation of Historical Non-Muslim Figures
 

 

Traditionally, Muslim hierarchy employ Christians to certain assignments in order to ascribe their attainments to Islamic achievements. If they decline or resist, such an offer, they are either ostracised or eliminated. Antoun Sa’ada, founder of the Hizb Al-Qawmi Al-Souri Al-Ijtima’e (The National Syrian Socialist Party) was apprehended while transiting through Lebanon to Syria in the summer of 1949. He was arrested and summarily tried and hanged. Anton’s personal assistant Abdul Msayyeh was hunted down through the Chouf region in Lebanon and eliminated.

Michael Aflaq, founder of Hizb Al-Ba’ath Al-Arabi Al-Ishtiraki (The Arab Resurrection Socialist Party) in Syria, had to defect to Iraq to escape persecution by the Syrian Government. To survive in Iraq, he had to compromise his religion. Earlier, while in Syria, he had named his first son: Issa (Christian) and the second: Muhammad (Muslim). He was estranged from his family and died in banishment in Iraq. To honour him, the Government of Iraq gave Michael Aflaq the Islamic name: Ahmed, and an official Islamic burial service. The Iraqi Government described his services as Islamic achievements.

Other Christians like George Habash, Leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PLFP) and several splinters, and names like Nayef Hawatmeh of the Popular Democratic Front and Wadi'e’ Haddad, have lost their shine and live in obscurity. Many Egyptian Copts that performed acts of bravery during the liberation period and Israeli-Egyptian wars, have since disappeared from the scene and been forgotten. They were all Christians, treated as Janissaries.

For a Christian to act and effectuate change on his own and represent his Christian people, independent of the mainstream Arab/Islamic interest, is suicidal. To choose the lesser of the two evils does not help much either. Such capable persons, not being able to openly help their Christian community, contribute their efforts to introduce social reforms in the hope of improving the lot of the overall majority of the people from which the Christians would also hope to benefit.

Because of difference in ideology, Christian contribution always tilts towards social reform. Islamic governments dismiss them as communistic or of Western trend, and as being in conflict with the Islamic culture. Whatever leeway these Christian Janissaries are permitted, they must exercise their personal freedom and judgment in accordance with the Islamic tradition as established by the Islamic (Shari’ah) law. Any deviation, results in Christian contributors being ignored. They are shunned and fall from favour. They often end up being trampled underfoot. Whatever benefit is derived from such brilliant people, in the aftermath of the events, is attributed to an Islamic era and enters the annals of history as Islamic reforms. They are the neo-Janissaries of modern times -- intellectuals, born and bred in a discriminatory hostile environment, conditioned and maintained to perform errands and tasks that please their Islamic masters for the spread of the Islamic cause.

 

 

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