Saturday, November 3, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood: Can it be achieved?

Muslim Brotherhood the current state of affairs.

    The topic of Muslim brotherhood is one often spoken about by Muslims. You here the frustration among Muslims debating the topic. In fact I am going to start this article by first saying that Muslims should be realistic and pragmatic in their approach to Muslim brotherhood. After all the Quran says God loves those with common sense. First of all Muslims lag behind everyone else in brotherhood. The Chinese are united more or less, as are the Indians. Same with the West under America's tutelage. So we can say that with respect to brotherhood Muslims are far behind the rest. We often see others using Muslim countries as staging area's to bomb or attack other Muslim countries. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait aided the United States in bombing and destroying Iraq, Pakistan helped USA attack and bomb Afghanistan etc. So the state of brotherhood in Islam at a Macro and Major level is miserable. There is hardly any Muslim brotherhood even within Muslim states. In many Muslim countries there are low level or major civil wars going on, the situation is pretty miserable. George W Bush made a promise to turn Muslims against each other after 9/11, and so far he seems true to his word. Of course Muslims do not need the schemes of George W Bush or America to find reasons to kill or maim each other etc.

The Islamic Superstate, Muslims Uniting through dialogue. 

      First to dispel any Utopian myths, some Muslims believe that even though Muslim unity is non existent that is can miraculously arise out of Muslims joining hands and uniting into a massive Islamic super state that is run by Islamic law. This is a fantasy outright. First of all most Muslim states are dirt poor, incredibly so. Even the "wealthy" ones with masses of oil wealth have no real value, as they have no major industries or universities or research and development. You could say they are rich not wealthy. They are rich like a man who wins the lottery, however once his money dries up he will be poor again. However a man who has a solid education and proper investments is said to be wealthy as he actually has some proper skill or ability to generate wealth. He is not just lucky with oil etc. So the idea that allot of broke dysfunctional states can join up together and become a superpower is highly unlikely.  It sounds like the friend most people have who is broke and struggling to pay rent at his apartment. He asks you to be his roommate  as you are also broke and struggling to pay rent. The logic here is that if two struggling broke guys unite they can be somewhat more powerful together  While some of this is true it will not change the situation of two broke and struggling guys. It seems like it is really two broke and struggling men trying to take the easy way out, and instead of doing the soul searching and hard work needed to generate more income or get oneself education, they would just rather unite and be poor and broke together. Thus, if even miraculously somehow every Muslim nation decided to form some kind of superstate which in of itself will most likely never happen, it would still, be poor, weak and corrupt. However there is really no historical precedent for this every really happening except maybe the European Union but even that project is not totally complete and it is suffering from massive difficulty. Also keep in mind most European States are wealthy and developed.

     A realistic approach

      I have come to the conclusion that if Muslims were to ever unite it would have to happen in the only way most massive political bodies are created. That is through power, both economic, military and industrial most of all. After all even NATO at this moment is a result of 250 years of development. The Western powers have never been allied or united. Why are they somewhat United today? One reason, because of American power. Remember America started off as 13 British colonies in North America. Then they had a civil war and United North and South. Then they expanded into places like the Philippines Porto Rico and Hawaii  Then Alaska etc. World War 2 subjugated continental Europe to America and North East Asia etc. America's empire then expanded into Eastern Europe after the Soviet Union was disintegrated. Thus American power was created by painstaking and relentless generational hard work, and millions of slaves toiling for centuries as well as through industrial advancement and military power. For the Muslims there will be no way around this generational commitment to hard work and industrialization. No short cuts or easy answers either as Muslim cannot use slaves.

       If one nation state can arise and primarily take the lead in science, culture, religion and industrial technology. It can serve as a beacon of hope for the Muslim world. If one country or political entity can strive despite western sanctions and pressure to break free through the sheer hard work, productivity and piety of it's people then the Muslim world may have an anchor for unity and progress and success. However without this embryo of hope I do not see any realistic chance of Muslim brotherhood.  A powerful state could unify the Muslims under certain cultural agreements such as the modest dress of women and men and the prohibition of alcoholic drinks etc. With world class industries and universities it could start a fire of progress across the Muslim world. Thus the powerful state to set the pace seemingly is the only chance realistically at revival for Muslim power.


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