On yourselves more than the Palestinians
Callous, brutalised, dehumanised. This is what Muslim rulers have become. Muslims tooare culpable for electing and tolerating such rulers. “Choose the best amongst you”forsooth, we have declared war on God by choosing the worst amongst us. This, myfriends, is abdication of intellect, arrest of free will. Still wonder why fire and brimstone areraining down upon Muslims?
Any wonder then that only self-serving pathetic squeaks have come from a few of thegovernments of the 57 Muslim majority states over the latest ongoing genocide ofPalestinians by Israel in Gaza? While Pakistan tries to fool God by hypocritically callingitself an Islamic state it can only make a symbolic statement for the Palestinians, declare aday of mourning and lower its flag to half-mast. Yet it can send detachments of its armyand air force (for a price, of course) to protect fat, doddering Arab potentates from their ownpeople’s coming wrath. And we are expected to believe that impotence has become potent.Yet when a political party protests peacefully against Israel, Pakistani police thrashes andarrests its people. Are they trying to beat Israel at its own game? Shame andshamelessness born of fright over losing the legless throne.
Muslims will soon celebrate Eid and eat sweet vermicelli while the Palestinians will eatvermicelli soaked in their blood and tears. Time to stop hypocritically calling them ‘brothers’and ‘sisters’. They are just statistics. We should fear the day when we too becomestatistics. The impotent OIC is mute. Potentiates and ballot rigging rulers are countingpennies and eating bread and honey. Their prime concern is that America should trustthem. Instead, what they get from America is contempt and rightly so. Only a fewindividuals and civil society lament this genocide and not all are Muslims. Those who have‘made it’ by worshiping the Golden Calf call the lamenters ‘stupid’ because they haven’t‘made it’ during their fleeting transit on earth in the infinite journey of eternal life. Ourlaments are called – sorry to use such language – intellectual masturbation. It is all we aregood at. It is all that remains of our collective belief, our conscience and our spine. Beholdour lot and learn, what happens to a people who lose their compass and stray from theCorrect Path because they have lost the true meaning of their Faith. So while a few trashthe many the world looks mutely on.
Lest we forget, there are human beings on both sides of the divide. The problem is thatIsraelis have become more human than Muslims, Palestinians sub-human. The Jews arepeople of the Book too, people of the first Abrahamic faith, Christians of the second. Noneapplies to be born into a particular family. We become what we are born into. If the peoplesof all religions learned to share the cake instead of insisting on eating it all there would befew problems. Sadly, our natural survival instinct has made forget our holy scriptures, soeveryone eventually ends up getting no cake at all.
As our stupidity and lack of faith has made us hostage to western colonialism, so has thewest’s guilt over the Nazi genocide of Jews made it hostage to Zionism. Americans too arenot a free people but enslaved to Zionism’s design for a Greater Israel. Bear in mind thatZionism is not pristine Judaism just as Muslim extremism is not pristine Islam. America’smedia, banks, the Federal Reserve and the dollar are bound by Zionist chains, as are itsuniversities and think tanks. At the risk of upsetting the real Jews and Muslims who aremany more than their extremists, the bald truth has to be stated without niceties for it to berammed home. What ISIS is doing in Iraq is no less criminal than what Israel is doing inPalestine. I fear for Muslims and Christians, but I fear most for Jews who are thumbing theirnose up at the world and sadly inviting yet another genocide because of Israel’s arroganceand the blackmail of its pressure groups. The Jews may be the most intelligent people onearth, yet they somehow bring periodic destruction upon themselves. Were it to happenagain, and one hopes it doesn’t, I hope that peoples of all faiths behave like human beingsfor once and help the Jews to find their compass lost in the desert of arrogance.
This is the sad story of Muslims and what they have made themselves. Muslims in nameonly because of accident of birth, unlettered in their faith and God’s word, at the mercy ofclerics masquerading as scholars. Muslims and their leaders have become notschizophrenic, not bipolar, but multipolar, divided and utterly confused, mentally andemotionally torn between their faith, their myriad organised religions, their static culturesmade of dogmas, customs and rituals, many of them un-Islamic or pre-Islamic, enamouredof the west and its ways. They are confused between secular and spiritual not knowing themeaning of either. Muslim leaders are stooges of superpowers, even those whom God hasendowed with incredible resources. They follow not God’s word and his Quranic sharia butthe many manmade sharias. They belong to sects, movements and schools of thought, notto God’s word undiluted and pristine. They use Islam as a political tool to grab power forpelf. In dividing God’s intent into myriad schools, movements and sects they haveessentially divided God the indivisible. When Muslims worship the Golden Calf, theyessentially ascribe partners to God, the greatest sin of all – ‘shirk’ – not realising that theyare worshiping the devil because that is what worshiping wealth is akin to. I don’t write thisin anger but with a very heavy heart, a heart not becoming lighter because with my limitedknowledge and vision I don’t see any light in this darkness at least in what remains of mylifetime. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now, more for yourselves than for thePalestinians.
If there is any civilisation left in human beings regardless of caste, colour or creed, theywould be genuinely ashamed and make their useless governments do everything possibleto curtail Israel’s genocide. It is behaviour such as this that forces the most moderate to callIsrael a rogue, expansionist, terrorist state. It commits crimes against humanity onlybecause the world allows it to. There is no civilisation, only the insistence of it. Cuisine, art,dance, music, architecture, laws that apply one way to some and another way to others donot a civilisation make. These are parts that do not add up to the whole. Civilisation cannotexist unless there is national and global egalitarianism in which the law applies equally to allregardless of size, strength and location. You don’t become important because of yournuisance value; you become a boil on the bum of the world that is lanced sooner or later.This applies not just to Israel. What we think is civilisation today is only a colonial hangoverwith American inebriation the dog’s hair. Organised religion, philosophy and the arts use thehuman being as a symbol, not as the beloved, the subject not the object. Collectively allthese forms of expression do not add up to civilisation. If there had been civilisation therewould have been at least one major breakthrough in medicine (not to be confused withsurgery) in the last century, but there was none because the human being is secondaryand his destruction primary. Thus more monetary and mental resources are spent oncreating weapons of mass destruction than on finding cures to protect life. While no cureshave been found for any major disease in over a century, there have been stunningbreakthroughs in making weaponry to destroy human life. This betrays wonky priorities andstarkly brings into sharp focus the absence of civilisation.
Not surprising then that in civilisation’s absence there has not been any meaningful actionagainst Israel’s festival of blood, with Muslims more conspicuous than others by theirabsence because of their impotence born of infidelity. The Organisation of IslamicCountries is a ‘Gaggle of the Impotent’ in which burned out fat cats are put to pasture andgiven pompous titles. Any wonder the OIC is called ‘Oh I see’? Wobbly Arab potentiatessecretly side with Israel while Palestinians die. They have lost their tongues because oftheir morbidly unconscionable wealth stashed away in the west. Having sunk their stakes inthe Golden Calf, such people cannot be expected to behave like God wanted Muslims to.The states that adhere closely to ‘Islamicity’ are non-Muslim and western, with Irelandtopping the list. This reflects our ugly, un-Islamic face. You don’t become a Muslim just bypraying, fasting, giving alms, performing pilgrimage, and repeating that there is only OneGod. You don’t become a Muslim with the mark of piety on your forehead, wearing a beard,your trousers above your ankles and cleaning your teeth with a stick. You become a Muslimby your actions and your intentions behind those actions, by how much you have helpedGod’s creation, discharged your duties as a parent and spouse and cared for your parentsas they once cared for you. You become Muslims by not speaking with forked tongues, withkindness, moderation, enlightenment, justice and balance, by building a good characterrather than great wealth. You take with you your knowledge, deeds and intentions; allworldly wealth you leave behind. Truthfully, rising above material obsession is much easierthan wearing the kit of piety while being a jerk inside.
I translated this simple poem on the Holy Quran written some 36 years ago by a formerIndian President Dr Pandit Shankar Dayal Sharma. It bears repetition. Here is my improvedtranslation.
“God’s Book was a Command for action. You turned it into a book of prayer.
“It was a Book for understanding. You read it without understanding.
“It was a code for the living. You turned it into a manifesto of the dead.
“It was a Book of knowledge. You abdicated to the ignoramus.
“It came to give knowledge of Creation. You abandoned it to the rote of seminaries.
“It came to give life to dead nations. You used it for seeking mercy for the dead.
“O’ Muslims! What have you done?”