Is Islamic fascism a slur?
Islam fully meets each of
the nine distinctive features of fascism
October 12, 2006
Last August, President George W. Bush used the term "Islamic
Fascism" in a speech. In no time at all, the Bush-bashers,
Islamic propaganda organizations and the rabid left unleashed a
campaign of assault on the President for insulting the Muslims
and sullying the sanctified religion of Islam by linking its name
Opportunistic Democrats were just too happy to lead
the attack on the President. An aspirant for presidency, to the
left of the
left Democratic Senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold was so indignant
by this "horrific" slander of the President smearing
the stainless name of Islam that he found it his solemn duty to
write a letter to the President lecturing him on his unacceptable
use of the terms.
Did the President indeed slander Islam, or people
like Feingold are Bush-bashers who for their own reasons would
never miss an
opportunity to berate President Bush as well as those who support
him? Let the facts decides.
"Fascism is a radical political ideology that combines elements
of corporatism, authoritarianism, nationalism, militarism, anti-anarchism,
anti-communism and anti-liberalism." -- Wikipedia
Let us examine each characteristic of fascism, one
at a time, and see if the
President was justified or did he indeed misspeak.
Radical: Islam is so radical
that even the term "radical" does not adequately depict its true
character. The founder of Islam, Muhammad, behaved
in extreme ways whenever he could. Early on, in Mecca, among his tribe of Quraysh,
he was ridiculed as a Crazed Poet. Ordinary residents of Mecca scorned him
in their habitual way of treating the mentally deranged. What did
Muhammad do? He
personified meekness itself. He put up with extreme indignities, did not fight
back and suffered abuses.
Time was on Muhammad's side. Before long, he attracted
followers, some of whom such as Omar, Osman and Abu Bakr, were men of power and
the pendulum swung. The long-suffering meek became the tyrannical avenger. He
ordered all the idols in the idolatry of Mecca destroyed, including the one called
Allah. Yet, he selected the same name for a non-corporeal deity who commissioned
him as his messenger. Then Allah's messenger Muhammad set out to systematically
exterminate people he perceived as his tormentors and enemies: Jews of Medina,
As for teachings of Islam, "radical" is the most fitting term.
The Quran is full of black and white, right and wrong, acceptable
Men who didn't convert to Islam were labeled infidels and slaughtered;
their women and children were taken along with all their belongings as booty.
It was either Islam's-way or the high way. This radicalism is very much
in action today.
Political Ideology: Islam is and has always been political,
in the form of Imamate, Caliphate or by proxy where Islam through religious
Saudi Arabia, for instance, does not even have a constitution. The Quran
is the constitution. The country has a king. Yet, the king is the
the laws dictated by Islam.
In another Islamic country, Iran, where the mullahs
rule, the constitution is squarely based on the Quran. Many laws
are strictly drawn from the Shariah.
mosque is the state and no other competing political ideology is permitted.
The individual's very limited rights are subservient to that
of the collective. Religious dictates over-rule the exercise and expression
Authoritarianism: Islam is theocracy, the rule of the clerics.
The authoritarianism runs from the top to the bottom in a strict hierarchy
with Allah at the top,
to his Prophet, to the Caliphs or the Imams, to the lesser men of cloth along
the chain of command. No one is allowed to contest or dispute the word and
actions of the authorities. Islam and democracy, therefore, are
In some Islamic circles Muslims speak of Islamic Democracy: an oxymoron.
To Islam there is only one world-wide nation, the Islamic Ummeh. To Islam the
earth is Allah's, political boundaries are arbitrary and there
is only one legitimate nation: the nation of Islam. The idea of one world,
one nation, is not new with Islam. A number of secular rules, rulers and movements
had aimed for the same objective. Alexander the Great, for instance, strived
toward this goal, so did Communism, and the World Federalists still hold the
vision of world unification.
Militarism: Jihadists are the army of Allah. The
use of violence as instrument of policy has been and continues to be central
to Islam. Muslims war under
the firmly-believed and widely-cherished set of ideas that are rabidly militaristic.
matter which side is killed, Islam is the victor," "You kill them,
you go to paradise, you get killed, you go to paradise," are two examples
of exhortation to jihadism and war.
Anti-anarchism: Islam does not even tolerate
the basic rudiments of liberty. Anarchism can be considered as
liberty gone amuck. So, Islam is anti-anarchist
as a matter of course. Furthermore, the very name of Islam means "submission."
And anarchism is 180 degrees from submission: Islam is the rule of the
is the rule of no rules.
Anti-communism: Islam is based on the belief in
a supreme being, Allah. This fundamental precept makes it incompatible
with any materialistic philosophy,
including communism. Islam, furthermore, places great importance on the
and punishment of the next life and denigrates the value of material
disharmonious with the main tenets of materialistic Communism.
Islam contends that it has the perfect divine prescription of
life, brought to mankind as its eternal charter. Hence, human interventions
inventions are not only unacceptable; they are detrimental to the implementation
of the perfect edicts. Liberal ideas trigger change. To Islam, any
from the perfect design of Allah, necessarily is in error and must
not be allowed.
Islam fully meets each of the nine distinctive features
of fascism. "If the shoe fits, wear it," as the saying goes.
Islam is fascist.
and their apologists are guilty of denial and dishonesty. They have
no ground at all for objecting to the contention that Islam is fascism.
W. Bush did not misspeak.
If Muslims find fascism repugnant, then they
should reconsider being Muslims. Comment
Amil Imani is an Iranian-born American citizen and pro-democracy activist residing in the United States of America. Imani is a columnist, literary translator, novelist and an essayist who has been writing and speaking out for the struggling people of his native land, Iran. He maintains a website at AmilImani.com.