Does Islam Make People Worse?

September 5, 2006 at 12:39 pm (Arabs & Muslims, Culture, Islam, Media, Middle East, My Opinions, Religions, Terrorism, War on Terrorism)

In a reply to an excellent article by Dennis Prager, “Does Religion Make Peope Better or Worse?” I commented:

The case for Islam
 
I have been surfing this website for a long while, and this would be my second time to post a comment.. I liked your article Mr. Dennis, and I feel this reply is an obligation, and a respond to your call.. I know few of my type come here, and to you all, so I call for respectful, constructive and thoughtful dialog.

I call myself a moderate, Muslim, and I agree with almost all what you said in your article, beside the “100 of million of Muslims,” but I’m not here to discuss it… I am an ordinary, not a religious leader or anything, but I observe my religious obligations most often. I am here to talk about, “Is the violence road, some Muslims choosing to take, originated from the religion itself?” I know it would be an endless debate if we would talk about everything in one thread.

I lived in the US for some 2 years, in the Bible belt area, and I had many dialogs with my fellow Christians, where I came to the conclusion that “Islam” is just a reflection to Judaism and Christianity; and it tend to be more closer to each one, than each-one to one-another; I think Islam is in the cross road between the two.. It’s closer to Judaism though, since it’s a law-based religion… If can read you a countless list of things Islam advocate that make you be among the 90% of good Muslims, and make you be a better human; but lets just concentrate on the bad parts…

I think: “Chances are, if Judaism or Christianity are put under the same political, geographical, historical, social, and economical factors the Islamic world has been undergoing, there would be no less violence originated from them such as of Islam now!”

Don’t take me wrong: I AM NOT JUSTIFYING VIOLENCE BY ANY MEAN.. I condemn all the actions of by the so-called Islamic terrorists, and don’t take any of my words as justifications to that: I’m here giving you the “what/why” that you were asking for.

Throughout history, Christians and Jews have committed killings what equate, if not exceed, that done by Muslims, using the same holy books that’re giving us wisdom and guidance now. Twisting words, ignoring the historical background of the text, sticking to the literal meaning of the text, ignoring political and cultural complexes of that time, etc. are all techniques fanatics use/have used/and still using to support their barbaric actions. Yet Muslim fanatics are to realize that this is WRONG like their counterparts already realized.

Let’s address the case of Islam… If we trace the root-cause of the creation of the neo-Islamic-extremism, specifically the Wahabism, back to Muhammad Abdul-Wahhab’s movement in Saudi Arabia in the ‘70s. This movement called for sticking to the religious texts, and intended to return people for the righteous path by strictly observing religious obligations. The movement was fully supported by Al-Saud, the regime in Saudi Arabia, to concentrate people’s minds on religion instead of politics. The movement called of obeying the “Ameer Almua’mneen”- the leadership of the Islamic community, that’s supposedly Al-Saud. From that time, until recent days, brain washing was the mainstream strategy to divert people’s mind from oil, economy, and politics (Money and Power).

Al-Saud practiced full control over the information flow, education; and specifically religious practices. Islamic Law/rituals and physical practices were on the surface, and other aspects of the religion like morals and ethics were almost ignored. Religious intolerance reached its peek in the ‘90s, where Wahhabism surrounded every aspect of people’s life. Differences in faith were hardly tolerated, and minorities were harshly discriminated against.

The time came, and the war against the Soviet Union/Communism in Afghanistan and Yemen took place; Al-Qaeda had fertile grounds to recruit those who know NOTHING about the outer world; who have been raised to just obey their lord. Yet, it’s the time to obey and fight for his sake, to get to the promised heaven. Lessons are taught, until now, in Mosques that the only righteous path is “sticking to the text,” and killing for that sake is a mandate; such as killing the Shiite/infidels/etc. Of course, military training and weapons were supplied by the “to-benefit-from-this” Saudi governments and the west. Al-Qaeda got stronger and stronger, and when won the war, new agendas were born, and a new vision: “To convert people to the right bath, Islam,” and this clarifies the recent using “force Convert” phenomenon.

Here I put some bulk of the blame on the West for supporting them from day 1, and supporting the Saudi regime; without which such existence would have never been possible. Now that they realized their mistake, too late!

Of course, these groups have been growing for a long time and reached everywhere in the world. Using their religious teaching classes-brain washing, especially to kids, those groups were able to recruit even British-born fellows!

Yet, many factors helped and are helping directly and indirectly in the creation of such mentalities, or helping those terrorists to recruit: (Whether you agree or not on these, it’s very much valid here- I’m giving you the facts widely beleived)

1. The Control on Information:
Many Arab countries practice full control on curricula, internet access, Radio/TV stations, Libraries, Books imports, etc.

2. Oppressive Governments in the Arab/Islamic world.
Governments have been ruling forever! They are the judge and the police! People have no right to speak, or whatsoever. Those governments, mostly supported by the west-Saudi etc., get the millions of $$… Regular people blame who? Al-Qaeda has a “just case” for fighting who? Analyze this!

3. US foreign Policy:
NO TWO in the Arab world disagree on this: “American foreign policy is biased.” Count how many time the US vetoed for Israel; Count how many houses were destroyed by Israel; Count how many kids/women/elderly killed by Israel; Why did the US support the killing of the Lebanese. Yet, nobody have any right to resist?! This is a Biggy – I’m not coming to discuss its validity because it has been there for years, and it will take us years arguing; this is the truth here, period.

4. The victimization mentality.
Individual rights are lost; people, in no way, would ever dream to become presidents, because “military” is used against the people. “I will give you a million bucks if you demonstrate in Saudi Arabia/Jordan/Syria/etc. against the government!” Who is to blame? You! Because you supported them!

The list can go on, but just to give you an Idea. Now you would ask, so what’s the part of Islam that supports the creation of violence? My answer to you is, it’s the same part that exists in EVERY religion, and it’s the same part that led your religions to be violent in the 1500 and on; it’s the helping verb! Every religion advocates the supremacy of its doctrine. Every religion advocates the righteous path, and the leading to heavens… Every religion has the tendency of defending its practitioners if been fought. Taking Islamic textures and pointing at the “kill the infidels” only is not a valid point; because you take it out of its context. It says in other parts, too, “You are not better than them,” “You don’t force others to believe what you believe,” “God ONLY would judge those who believe what you don’t believe.”

I can justify my killing in the name of Yawah/Allah/Jesus/God if used any of the texts, by taking verses out of its historical, social, political, etc. background. What justified the killing of Jesus? What justified the discrimination against blacks/minorities? What justified the crusades? What justified the all the massacres in Christians before the roman era? What justified the hatred against Jews throughout history? Misreading religious texts…

Last but not least, I want to talk about “why Moderates don’t stop them!” 1) Most clerks condemned terrorist attacks against the state, and condemn the on going against everywhere; you don’t hear it because you don’t read Arabic; what’s translated to you is what the translator want you to hear 2) Moderates think KNOW those are not a product of the religion, but “Working for political agendas.” 3) Moderates are afraid if they talk, they/their families might be threatened 4) only extreme news are shown on your news outlets, so what moderates do doesn’t really get the attention. 5) “Undifferentiating resistance from terrorism,” by the west. Almost all Muslims think that the west mixes between the two; and most Muslims look at west as unfair; and “they deserve what they get!” 6) Many Muslims see the west as an attacker to Islam, not Islamic-Terrorist who he supported/created, because of his unfair policies, and instances like “the Dubai Ports,” etc.

I think I went too far.. That just to answer some of your question.. Again, I would appreciate if discussion be constructive; I’m not an enemy, I’m here to know the truth too!

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