Progress and Contribution to Humanity
The rigidity of the Islamic ruling system of the Shari’ah Law, under
the guise of socialism and so-called democracy, leads one to wonder
if the Arabs have contributed anything worthwhile to humanity.
Whatever contribution they allege to have made in the field of
literature, translation, mathematics, Algebra, astronomy, medicine
and navigational skill, is in reality attributed to people of
non-Arab origin after conquering their countries and their
conversion to Islam. They came from different foreign peoples of
non-Arab background: Assyrian, Jewish, Persian, Copt, Berber and
others from countries as far as India and China. Islam is infamous
for imposition of its will and cruelty of the sword. (Pryce-Jones,
1989: pp 258-259; Polk, 1991: pp 29, 36, 289).
People curiously wonder as to why the Arabs did not reach their
heyday in their own part of the world - in the Arab Peninsula for
instance. Why was it that the Arab rule did not reach its zenith
say, in one of their own Arab capital cities? Why did the Arab,
reach their golden age (of the Abbassie Period of Al-Mansour) in
central Mesopotamia Beth Nahrain, of present-day Iraq, instead? Yet,
they flourished in Egypt, Syria, Spain, Turkey and other conquered
countries. The overwhelming evidence attests to the abundance of
wealth Mesopotamia enjoyed. All historical indications confirm that
translation of the wealth of knowledge, wisdom, philosophy,
astrology, medicine, arts, and religion, was still being pursued by
the Mesopotamians long before and after its invasion by the Arabs in
the mid 7th century.
What is the Arab Peninsula renowned for, except for the city centre
of the capital Riyadh of Saudi Arabia, nicknamed “the Chop Square?”
As a deterrent to crime, on certain assigned Friday mornings, the
executioner, on behalf of the government, makes a spectacle of some
condemned persons, who have committed crimes and been sentenced to
death or other punishments in public. The executioner metes out
brutal sentences, including whipping the guilty 30 to 50 lashes or
more, amputating toes, wrists and beheading the condemned as
retribution for their crimes.
For a lesser offence, if the criminal learns the Koran by heart
within a specified period, he is set free. Though checked for a
while, crime has always been there and in some countries is on the
rise. In Iraq, crime increased at an alarming rate in the mid 90s.
It too introduced such severe and inhumane punishments. They sever
one or both ears of a deserter and amputate the wrist of a thief or
his foot or toes, and on rare occasions, cut his/her tongue. To
inflict on a person bodily harm or maim and cripple him for life is
a futile method of rehabilitation and a crime against humanity in
itself (Aburish 1995: pp 78-79; The Economist: p 47).
Whenever the native inhabitants, under Islamic rule, attempt to
bring up the issue of their basic human rights, the world of Islam
rises up in heated arguments and protests, headed by the Arab
League. Islamic governments accuse them of dissension and
subversion. They unleash on them the militias to keep them at bay,
as is presently taking place in southern Sudan, Irian Barat, Algeria
and the displaced Assyrians in northern Mesopotamia, Iraq. While at
the same time, these very same Islamic countries do not hesitate to
export their Islamic revolution to other non-Islamic countries.
Islamic states, led by Iran, helped the Bosnians and supplied them
with arms to help them secede and proclaim independence. At one time
even mujahideen holy warriors went to the aid of the Bosnians.
Islamic countries still extend their support to Bosnia. Several
Islamic countries, in their forefront, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Libya,
continue to support separatist movements in countries where Islamic
separatists, such as in Thailand, want to break away and declare
independence from their host country. With the assistance of the
petrodollar and active participation of the mujahideen, the struggle
goes on (Pryce-Jones, 1989: pp 323, 365; Aburish, 1995: pp 63, 144,