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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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Irrespective of the state religion, ethnic mix and political persuasion, the way out for the secular governments of the West, is to strike a just balance between East and West, as far as religion is concerned. The West should insist on the Muslim sectarian regimes to reform their system to secular democracy, or allow the Christian indigenous to practice their Christian religion freely, as the Muslims do in Europe.

The intransigent position and blatant attitude of Islam, in disallowing preaching and practice of other than their Islamic religion, openly and freely, in their Islamic countries, is indicative of their defiant stance and adamant persistence against all other religions. Islam is following the course of open confrontation against all religions, in the belief that it is the only one, true and acceptable religion by (Al-Khaliq) the Creator. Since humanity believes in the existence of one Creator, so should there be, only one religion. In the opinion of many true believers, Islam by being a latecomer causes doubt in its genuineness. Catholicism, also being a latecomer, seems to have a closer rapprochement with Islam towards a mutual compromise. These two advocates of peace and philanthropy have caused bewilderment and untold suffering to humanity. It is like the blind, leading the blind.

By behaving in this hostile manner, they assert their belief in that the Muhammadan message extends to all humanity, concluding that other religions have reached their end, are undesirable and should be abandoned. Islam looks at all faiths as superseded by its religion, in an attempt to phasing them out with intent. Both, Catholicism and Islam claim as being God’s Vicegerent, representing His Majesty on earth. Not many are convinced of either of the two. Two thirds of the population describe one as “The Foolish Shepherd” and the other as self-conceited bigot.

If the Western government system is secular, why do certain European governments, like in England for example, allow, even encourage, the religious body of the Muslim Council of Britain to enforce sectarian laws on community members in defiance of the local judicial system? Bearing in mind, they are British citizens and the British law has precedence. Yet, Muslim governments lack reciprocity of freedom of religion in their States of the Abode of Peace.

Freedom of worship does not mean that when a Muslim leaves his cocoon, he should disrespect the cultures of other ethnic groups when it does not suit him. Or for that matter go ahead and apply his sectarian law on others publicly and forcibly, infringing on the rights of good law-abiding citizens of other faiths. Islam seems determined to extend its arm of religious coercion outside its Islamic Abode of Peace with open defiance, banning the practice of other religions at home and criticising and threatening them with reprisals abroad.

One of the main objectives of the government of Iraq is to arabise and islamise the indigenous Assyrians. Its aim is to rid Iraq of the “Assyrian problem” and omit their name from the ever-forthcoming permanent constitution of Iraq. The regime’s feverish attempt is to arabise the Assyrians before its barbaric rule ends to gain credence among its radical members. There is no distinction between the current Islamic rulers in the Abode of Peace and those in opposition to them in exile, abroad, about their hidden agenda of total Islamisation of their States. All comers to power, in Iraq, hold on to the same policy. In as recently as September 2001, the Iraqi central government issued Decree #199, encouraging non-Arab nationals to change their identity to Arab nationality.

Islam believes in its hidden agenda of the Abode of War and the Abode of Peace. It advocates it and practices it covertly among its fanatical adherents. Their Mulla elders teach it and preach it to their members in Mosques, and other places of worship. Islam does not teach or preach its religion direct, in person, in the open in public, to non-Muslims. Through its secret network, scattered, throughout the world, it spreads its (Da’awa) mission, very vigorously. Its main base is firmly established, though covertly, in Saudi Arabia, of the Ultra-Wahabite cult. Progressively, other mobile offshoot bases develop and establish themselves in support of the main base, in both, the Abode of Peace and Abode of War, clandestinely. Yet, their Agenda is one and the same, regardless of their locale.

With its firmly established mobile sleeping cells and mobile bases, in an Islamic country, such as Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Sudan, and Afghanistan, adherents of the faith continue with their operations and acts of terrorism. They use their host countries as launch pads.

Several Islamic Governments are aware of this fact. Yet, they feign ignorance. They justify their existence by describing such bases as legitimate, such as HAMAS, Hezbullah, Ikhawan Al-Muslimeen and Al-Qa’eda of the former barbaric Afghan Government of the early nineties. Adherents of Islam believe that by practising their religion and applying it literally to non-Muslim is a religious duty. Its implementation becomes mandatory according to the Islamic Shari’ah Law.

Moslems practice their faith publicly as commonplace, by observing their dress code, fasting month of Ramadhan, Feast and time of prayer, considering religion as part of their inherent culture. The prayer calls amplified through their mosque and sermon broadcast on the Radio are specifically meant to adherents of the faith. Islam does not teach or preach its religion publicly or outside the mosque to non-Muslims. Neither do they engage in a religious debate publicly. It confines preaching and teaching of the propagation of the Islamic Mission (Al-Da’awa) in Islamic (Madrasa) schools, Mosques and other Islamic designated venues. Such an environment gives clerics the freedom to teach and preach the faith with courage and vigour against other religions without restriction. Adherents of the faith become so impressed and taken by their elders’ preaching that they become strong converts of deep conviction and unshakable faith, ready to give their life, in martyrdom of the Islamic Mission (Da’awah), through open Jihad.

Islamic governments allege that they are against such killings of the non-Muslims by the mujahideen. They describe such crimes as isolated incidents, expressing lukewarm regret. They promise to pursue the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice. Yet, they hardly condemn them as cruel and barbarous. Government officials and clergy discuss the issue amongst themselves to reach a decision. After a lengthy deliberation, the majority agrees on “the saying: WA-MA FI- LYADD HEELAH - It is out of their hand. They are unable, or do not know how, to find a solution, to solve the problem. They just do not know how to tackle the problem, or set about dealing it. Actually, they did know how to resolve it, yet, they declined. Not following their conscience, none of them dared speak out for fear of being accused against the practice of Jihad – an important factor in advancing the concept of (Al-Da’awah) propagation of Islam. To stop such terrorist acts, in the name of Allah, the clerics need to revise their precept of killing non-Muslims haphazardly. Alternatively, not killing a non-Muslim infidel, by a Mujahid when he should, is contrary to the Islamic Shari’ah Law – an unpardonable blasphemous act. Being active members of Allah’s Messenger of AL-DA’AWA, perhaps the mujahideen have been issued with Carte Blanche to absolve them from the guilt of homicidal murder. Who is controlling the Legislative Council and running the judicial system of the Islamic government, the Magistrate or the Mullah?

Islamic governments never bring up the subject of extortion. They consider it as Jizya. Jews and Christians, in Islamic countries, are classified as (Ahl Al-Thimma – under the sacrosanct Islamic Thimmitude Law. [Protection of Christians and Jews, from Islamic persecution, against payment of an annual fee called Jizya, that is, poll tax, and liable to punishment on default].

Although this Thimma pledge has since long been suspended, mujahideen use their extortion as a means to supplant their finances in support of Jihad struggle, as a substitute for Jizya. To be able to continue with their Jihad, their religious leaders issue fatwas in support of their practice, considering such exaction as (Halal) lawful.

Considering it lawful (Halal), the mujahideen continue implementing it heedlessly as a normal practice. Their justification is that their government is Islamic. The Government constitution is mainly established on the principles of the religion of Islam – its Koran and Hadeeth. (Al-Jihad Wa Al-Ijtihad Fe Sabeel Llah) The struggle for the sake of Allah and with diligence. Being part of the Islamic system of the Shari’ah Law, Islamic governments remain mute and ambivalent, unable to contradict or challenge them. Extortion and deliberate killing seems to have become part of their governing system.

The permanent constitution of Iraq was abolished in the aftermath of the July 1958 Revolution. The Arab Ba’ath, as a one-party state, under the Arab Revolutionary Command Council has since ruled by an interim one. All political parties, except that of the Ba’ath, are proscribed. The Ba’ath motto calls for pan-Arabism of (Umma Arabia Wahida Thatu Resalaten Khalida) “One united Arab nation, of the eternal message” of Islam, implying that other political parties and religions would be negated. Four decades on, and Iraq is yet to replace its temporary constitution with a permanent one.

Iraq is described by its media as the throbbing heart of Pan-Arabism, the heartbeat of Arab nationalism. With such an attitude, secularisation and democratisation will remain absent from Islamic governments no matter how many leaders are replaced. Instead, it is the constitution that needs to be changed, together with their rulers - the so-called revolutionary leaders.

The Assyrians have suffered terribly at the hands of the past and present Islamic regimes, breaking every civil code and denying the Assyrians their human rights to exist as a people. They have denied them equal employment opportunity and freedom of expression by suppression and by closing their schools and all their cultural centres (Pryce-Jones, 1989: p18). The Assyrians have at times been harassed, beaten, imprisoned, squeezed out of their wealth and driven to near starvation. With little prospect of improving their lot and of survival under such harsh treatment, the Assyrians’ only hope is to resist, fight and die on their soil, or escape the bleak future and immigrate to a Western country. During the Iraq-Iran war of the 80s, over forty thousand Assyrians were killed, wounded or lost in action. Thousands more perished during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1991. This number of casualty for such a small nation is high indeed (Nisan, 1991: p 166).

The native inhabitants, whose traditional land has been taken away from them, by Dar Al-Silm States of Islam, are subjected to continuous oppression and humiliation. They live in total anxiety. They are in constant fear of losing their jobs, their properties and their lives. They live in discomfort, seeing their culture and identity being gradually eroded by the domineering rulers. Such repressive measures and inhumane actions have wreaked havoc with the Assyrian way of life and have led to the dislodgement and disintegration of the Assyrian family. Thousands have already lost their jobs and their properties; loved ones are parted from each other and live in destitution. And thousands more are stranded all around their neighbouring countries, in more than 20 other countries throughout the world, extending from Iran to Thailand; from Turkey to the Balkans; from Syria to Armenia and Russia, and from Cyprus and Lebanon to Greece and many other European countries. In Jordan alone, there are over 30 to 40 thousand Assyrians. They have gathered there, seeking a way out of their affliction. Many have been trapped in world bureaucratic entanglements, uncertain of their future. Many have lost nearly everything and live miserably. Many depend on donations from their overseas relatives and friends. They are stuck there, awaiting the result of their applications for an entry visa to a western country.

Over eighty years on, and the international community has yet to find a solution to the Assyrian problem. Or, is the international community watering the issue down, hoping that it will melt down and in time sort itself out, and go away? Perhaps they are too busy in draining the Middle East oil to have time to reflect on the inhumane treatment of the Assyrians and other native inhabitants of the Middle East.

Although giving alms is one of the five (5) pillars of Islam, according to their teachings, its religion does not extend charity to non-Muslims; it is unlawful. Preference is given to Muslims. It is the Islamic (shari’ah) law. Yet, it donates millions of U.S. dollars to Western educational institutions in order to gain praise and win their future academic support. One does not hear of an Islamic charity organization that includes non-Muslims as recipients. The Assyrians are not asking for charity. The Assyrians demand restoration of their legitimate rights as human beings (Kharroufah, 1991: pp 26, 27).

 

 

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