Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Islam and Muslim reactionaries

      The Muslim reactionary is front and centre stage these days. We all know someone like this, or even we ourselves think this way without even being aware of it. It's a dangerous way to think as it's illogical and it damages the Muslim community in many ways. First of all it's un Islamic, Islam is Islam no matter who's in power with regards to global affairs whether it be George W Bush and America or Napoleon's France. These things don't change what Islam is.

What is a Muslim reactionary?

      Muslim reactionaries engage in a form of Islamic belief that is heavily political with regards to the Western world. They manipulate and adjust their belief with regards to what the west is. They believe that whatever the west is, Islam is surely the opposite. If the west is skyscrapers and mini skirts, then Islam is Burkha's and caves more or less. Usually those are the extreme reactionaries who are a very small part of the population. However the reactionary mindset has penetrated even the moderate Muslims. I am here to debunk this reactionary mindset and to give clarity that Islam is not what the west "ain't" rather Islam is Islam and that it agrees with the west on allot of issues and has a significant disagreement with the west on others.

The wrong logica behind the Muslim reactionaries way of thinking.

       The Muslim reactionary thinks like this, first Nicolous Sarkozy is against Islam, therefore whatever Nicoloas Sarkozy asks of Muslims is un Islamic and therefore we should do the opposite. Here we can see the first logical falasy that indirectly these Muslims are defining their Islam by what Nicolos Sarkozy says or does. The thinking is as follows, Nicolas Sarkozy is against Islam, Nicolas Sarkozy bans the Burkha, therefore the Burkha is fundamental to Islam. In reality the Muslim jury on the Burkha is out, however most Muslims believe the Burkha is apart of Arabic culture rather then Islamic necessity. However the reactionaries define their Islam by what the West wants. Often I wonder if the west is aware of this, and then purposely selects people that they know Muslims will not like, for example Salman Rushdie to speak about things that are good for Muslims knowing they will react by doing the opposite and hurting themselves? For example, Salman Rushdie says "Muslims should be highly educated and live in luxerious apartments in major cities", the reactionary says, I hate Rushdie, Muslims should live in mud huts and education is useless". Then an Islamic scholor comes along and tells the Muslim reactionary that, according to Islam it is Halal "to be highly educated and live in a luxerious apartment". The reactionary will say, you "house slave" you sound just like Rushdie etc.

The reactionary mindset is child like.

      This reactionary mindset is almost child like. Like when a parent tells a child to go to his room and study and instead the child sneaks out to play video games at a friends house even though the studying would do the child some good. The child is aware that he needs to study but in order to spite the parents would rather play video games even though he is aware the studying would do him some good. Another example with regards to this way of thinking has to do with democracy. Since the west wants democracy for Muslims, democracy must be inherantly un Islamic and Muslims should shun it. Again Islam is what it is, and not what the west wants or the opposite of what the west wants. However what the west wants for Muslims more often then not does correlate with Islamic teachings ironically.

What the West wants for Islam and what Islam wants for itself are pretty similar.

      The West wants Muslims to be highly educated and literate, and Muslims want that too, and Islam demands this. The west wants wealthy societies, with no hunger or poverty, as does Islam etc. The West believes in honest and open business dealings and so does Islam etc. So the West and Islam have allot of fundamental agreements. It's time for Muslims to grow up and stop being child like in thier approach. Its almost like when someone has a feud with their boss who wants them to resign but they purposely stay on to force the boss to fire them. When you know the right thing to do is resign, you resign, no matter what the boss wants from you. Similarly if you are a Muslim, you do the right thing no matter what America wants. If America wants you to build sky scrapers and drive around in nice cars, and Islam also says this then you do it.

The Solution.

      Ultimately what the west is and what Islam commands have radical differences and massive similarities. Drinking no alcohal and women dressing modestly may seem like huge differences but in the grand scheme of things, being an honest, caring loving and decent person, which both Islam and the West command are far more similar. It's time for Muslims to stop enlarging religious differences and to start competing with the world. No more reacting to the West, but rather following the Quran and Sunnah for what they are, and moving forward trying to engage the modern world by competition and friendship. If America wants me to watch the Cricket match and drive to the local pub for chicken wings, that's fine by me, of course my beveridge will be non alcoholic and my chicken wings will be Halal.

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