Extremism and how to deal with it
It is no secret that I love Arabic, perhaps just as much as I despise Arabism. Arabic is the expression of the Quran - the Great Book of Civilization, while Arabism is a reminder to some longest lasting and senseless wars that predated Islam. Today Arab kingdoms, republics, and emirates are none but exaggeration in Arabism, and have no relevance to Arabic except for a name assigned to the country by its ruler.
Some of what I like about Arabic is its precision to differentiate meanings between lingual and referential. Linguistically, “Extremism” is an exaggeration in that which people agree as ordinary. Referentially, extremism is excess in understanding and interpretation of that which is acceptable by people, to that which is unacceptable by people.
If people are accustomed to modesty in food and clothing, then extravaganza and waste in clothing and food are considered extremism. In the same token, if people regard extravaganza as normally accepted, then modesty is considered extremism. On the other hand, if people accept fair distribution of wealth as just, and if the ruler took to confiscating the rich’s wealth and giving it to the poor for equal distribution of wealth as measure of fairness, then such a fairness is injustice, and exaggeration in such a perceived justice may in fact be worse injustice than its origin.
Therefore, any discussion of extremism must be exhaustive, in depth, and pragmatic for such a discussion not to be both deceptive and manipulative. It is also noteworthy that views of most of those who talk about extremism have no relevance whatsoever to moderation, and that much of the talk about extremism is in itself motivated by extremism, and only aims to fuel further extremism.
As we all know, Islam is in the heart of the human civilization we know of today. As a matter of faith, Muslims are responsible for liberating mankind from ignorance, killing, and oppression and for leading humanity to success and prosperity for all people through making the world a better place to live.
The Quran praises countries and lands when characterized by
peace and security, and condemns the very lands when engulfed with torment,
hardship and lack of peace and security. However Islam is very clear in that
justice and benevolence are preconditions for stability and peace. Emerging
about eleven centuries after revelation of the Quran, many principles of governance
you would find in today’s most modern constitutions of leading democracies
parallel some of those you would find in Quran and Islamic sources.
Interestingly, the Quran condemns lands in which oppression persists, and holds
both leaders and public responsible for allowing and condoning such
“dysfunctionality.” Further, Quran stipulates that oppression and injustice are
the primary threats to stability and peace. Such references are clearly made in
a number of citations with regard to
Egypt is the indicator by which human civilization, not only
Islamic one, is measured, and a dysfunctional Egypt only means one quarter of
world’s population of Muslims live in disarray, thus signaling trouble for all
people the world over. Therefore, it is no wonder that president Obama chose
Not only was Sayyid Qutb a thinker, but he was a firm-principled one and a staunch believer in the causes of social justice and the universality of human values. He promoted reflection and contemplation as original Muslim worships so as to attain higher realization. He despised oppression and injustice as disgrace to human qualities, and he wrote on various disciplines of human and social sciences, some of the most sophisticated a human brain may ever produce. Our thinker never held a gun, as the only weapons he ever knew were his brain and the pen which he used to enlighten millions around the world. He lived for a word and a principle, and died for a word and principle so his life would be inspiration for generations to come.
As a civilized principle, human intellect is only confronted
with intellect, yet some forty years later his books continue to be banned in
It is the censorship of intellect and political persecution of community organizers and society builders that are the primary cause for political dissent and violent tendencies. Violent tendencies, by otherwise enlightened and civilized movements, only occur as a result of taking away freedoms including freedom to think, read, learn, assemble, and taking part in solving people’s problems, and that is precisely where the problem to all of us is. Islam is the antidote to mayhem, killing, and oppression, so why is it then Muslims are being deprived of learning their religion which only raises them as such?
Obama is giving his speech today to reconcile with world’s
Muslims. It is a make-it or break-it for
Today some of
It is about time we all understood that we all have a lot to benefit from Muslims instead of aligning with dictatorships and police states. But we must also understand that we can no longer enjoy our freedoms as long as we insist on taking others’.
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