Yesterday evening, was watching the news and like so many other Muslims, I too was thinking; “What the hell is wrong with our religion?” Needed to call someone and ask, so phoned a learned friend who is a trained Islamologist … well, he actually is a pathologist, but potaeto – potaato. That’s the gist of what he had to say (Naghl-e-be-Ma’ni):
Islam means “surrender” and therefore is a perpetual cause for self-righteous people who seek dominance over others, to encourage forceful struggle (Jihad). Of course in theory, Islam means surrender to Allah, but where is Allah when we all need to surrender to him/her/it? Is s/he/it in Koran … a collection of poorly copied Jewish stories and a bunch of contradictory edicts and idioms? Can we find Allah in the words of Mohammad – which are even more confused and conflicting? The best source for the true meaning of “surrender” is in the deeds of Mo (the so called Sonnat).
The desire to dominate, to steal, to rape and to kill was the central theme of the Arabic “culture” at the time of Mohammad. Their heroes and legends were marauders and brutes that were praised in Arab folklore and poems, for their “brave” acts of murder, kidnapping and ravaging.
At first, in Mecca, Mohammad tried to fight that brutality and teach some of the Jewish ethics to the savage Ishmaelite. But they threw camel crap at him and beat him with sticks, for being a lunatic who couldn’t understand his own people. 10 years of that sort of torment turned Mo inside-out.
When he ran away to Medina, as soon as he called upon the faithful to “… attack the Qureshi caravans, take their money and kill their men …” - all the eager savages of Arabia replied: ‘now you are talking the good prophet … Ahlan Va Sahlan Marhaba’!
When Mo encouraged the horny and blood thirsty tribesmen to “… kill the Jews and take their wealth …” all of a sudden, followers showed up from far and wide corners of Arabia … ready to “surrender” to the will of Allah!
Surrender-or-die is the sure recipe for perpetual animosity and war. This opens the door to constant fighting among Muslims, which started almost as soon as Mohammad passed away! Every chief claimed to be the Caliph and the true representative of Allah … and the Muslims have since fought each other and killed each other, more than they have fought even the non-Muslims! All because you should surrender to me … otherwise I will beat you, kill you and take your possessions.
We are inherently intolerant and demand submission and surrender from everyone else. Naturally, the order of might-is-right has ruled the Muslim world since the beginning. In the world of surrender-or-die, the people who are different, who are vulnerable or who are simply to be disposed, are labeled as Kaafer and treated the Islamic way; “… kill their adult males and enslave their women and children.” This mentality has made Muslims the most fanatical and aggressive bunch among the religions.
But don’t worry, when the 12th Imam reappears, he will bring peace to earth, by killing almost everyone! Until that day … here is looking at you, kid!
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