What do you think of Islam?

Islam is a religion torn by strife and its history. Like all civilisation, we see a cycle of Golden vs. Dark Ages.

In the west, our last dark age was WW II. And from that we learned a valuable lesson.

We learnt a fear of war that still pervades through much of Europe. And that fear hasn’t left us. Maybe in the USA because there are so few reminders of war there. You teach the glory of WW II.

We in Europe have to remember its horrors. I say to every warmonger in aspiration? Walk among the graves at Ypres. We wonder why people satiated Hitler to begin with? We forget they are the survivors of WW I so were desperate for peace. America lost soldiers but it didn’t see the war. Its boys returned heroes. In Europe? We saw our lads return to ruins. Our civilians saw war and we wanted none of it. That gave us our current Golden Age. We are desperate for peace because we remember war. And everytime we fight we remember it again and again. That is why I think we have stable society in the “West”. We took our plunder from our colonies and declared peace and strove to that. All our Wars have been elsewhere.

The USA learnt it’s lesson at Vietnam. We just learnt it a bit earlier. And even then there are still hawks who think war is good.

Islam’s dark age is a product of war too. And it starts with the 1800s. The first Wahabbi Movement took place and Wahabbists took over Mecca from their capital in Riyadh under the House of Saud. See the Wahabbists think that the physical monuments to Islam are an affront. So they destroyed the Prophet’s Grave… No Seriously? We know roughly where Mohammed is buried, we just don’t know where. But the first time in the 1800s the Wahabbists were a bit slap dash… They just trashed the cemetery and defaced the grave site. The joke I mention here? Muslims from the time period were buried alongside Jews. Yeah? Imagine how the dialogue of Israel would have changed if both sides knew this piece of history.

Okay so needless to say? Tonnes of Muslims across the planet were “pissed off”. So the Muslim superpower du jour intervened.

The Ottoman Empire invaded the Middle East and basically kerb stomped the Arab Wahabbi tribes. Camels/Horses versus trained soldiers armed with rifles, machine guns and cannon supplied by the trains from Egypt and through Syria.

The tribes resented their new Turk masters but the Ottomans were effective administrators. As long as the tribes left the railways and the cities alone they were free to do what they wanted. That all changed in the 1910s with WW II. We all know of Lawrence and his role in the downfall of the Ottoman Empire.

Then we come to Mohammed Ataturk, see Ataturk’s secularism made him wonder why they have this enormous flank which was indefensible and only valuable for cultural and religious purposes. In short? Why occupy Mecca and Medina? The Allies were rampaging towards Turkey. Ataturk’s defence of Turkey left Saudi Arabia back in Bedouin hands. The thing was the Ottoman administration was always through the Sharif of Mecca and a small Ottoman Garrison as a reminder of their power. When the Ottomans retreated the Sharif was defacto ruler of a loose confederacy of tribes.

The House of Al Saud fought another civil war from their Kuwait Stronghold returning in the early 1900s. First Riyadh fell under Al Saud’s Wahabbist army but this was part of the greater Arab Revolt. When the Sharif of Mecca tried to form a “Pan Arab” state his erstwhile allies (AKA Brits and French and indeed Americans) decided to cripple this power. They supported the Saud. By 1930 the dust had (hah) settled. Al-Mamlakah al-Arabiyah as-Saudiyah stood… The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Remember how the first time they destroyed relics and monuments to Islam? The Ottomans had restored them, this time they made sure. The mosque of the Prophet still stands. But the graveyard where he is buried? Is an empty lot. The marker stones were painted over, smashed and buried.

What proceeded was a desolation of Islamic History only mirrored by the Rape of Baghdad where the rivers ran black with ink and blood. And this was abhorrent to Muslims of the 1930s. Bear in mind this was the era of Hyderabad and Lucknow in India. Where Muslim art and culture was its zenith. But he who holds Mecca holds the heart and mind of Islam. Now this wouldn’t have meant anything really but the “Rich” and “Moderate” Muslim states fell. The Turks retreated to Turkey. The Kingdoms of India became India and the seeds of dissent were sown through the actions of M. A. Jinnah creating India and Pakistan and that cold war. Added to which we see the formation of Israel at the cost of Arabs.

What we see is a history of “backstabbing” by Western Powers. Ottomans, Pan-Arabia, Palestine which set the tone of discontent. This continued with support for Al-Saud and indeed the loss of moderate secular Muslim countries in the formation of India. And finally we see the power gained by Al-Saud through oil and the use of Wahabbi ideals. We can see those ideals in 2 places.

The adoption of Wahabbi ideals was PERFECT for the NWFP in Pakistan. The NWFP was part of Pakistan by sticking a flag in it and fucking off. No seriously? It was the absolute border of the Raj. It is a rugged and tough terrain much like the Arab Peninsula and the Bedouin Ideals stuck. The Burkha/Niqab? Bedouin/Berber outfits. That was where we imported that kind of teaching on purpose. To create an entity that was not swayed by luxuries that the Soviets were pushing. See we see the Wahabbists as incredible arseholes. People who kill and maim. That’s because the dialogue has changed. Back then they were traditionalists, honourable, brave fighting against an oppressive force. Today they are backwards, weirdoes and suicidal.

The thing is they were always fundies, we never really advertised that bit before. Again we see the export of Wahabbi ideals to Africa via Islamic Aid from Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabian Mullahs dictate what the others think.

Now here is the thing. When your ideal Muslim is a fundamentalist as dictated by the KSA, everyone works to take that pedestal by being more “Muslim” than your neighbour. Fundamentalism is a creeping thing. Have you heard about those atheists? Yeah. Yeah they are different. Yeah they are not proper. Yeah they are not Muslim. Yeah they are not good. Yeah they are evil. Yeah they are evil and someone should tell them otherwise. Yeah they are evil and someone should do something about it. Yeah they are evil and I will do something about it. Fundies feed off each other.

So in effect? You are in a situation where the ideal Muslim is some unachievable standard created by some bedouin tribesman from a violent tribal society that has suddenly come across vast amounts of modern wealth who has not just destroyed the bulk of Islamic History and written it to glorify JUST Mohammed and his tribal and war like origins rather than the progress made.

So we live in a bizarre state where Muslims seldom read their own history so cannot learn from it while a streak of Wahabbist poison exists within their teachings that corrupts slowly.

Hence our current dilemma where we see even traditionally moderate Muslim societies like Indonesia and Malaysia (seriously) adopt Shariah rather than secular law systems and holds a tribal court system to be the ideal. Just because Saudi Arabia does it.

There is a mad irony to this. Ibn Sina, Harun Al-Rashid, Saladin, Khayyam, Kabir, Akbar and Rumi are all paid lip service by various Muslims who forget that many of these men would be considered bad Muslims today (Ibn Sina and Khayam drank, Al-Rashid and Saladin were multi-culturalists, Akbar married a Hindu and didn’t force her to convert and Rumi’s poetry speaks of love that would be alien to many Wahabbists.)

It’s like the Catholic Church being proud of Galileo or Ken Ham suddenly declaring Darwin to be “a swell guy”.

Islam has lost its brain, its heart and its soul is now a bunch of poisonous old men thinking poisonous old thoughts. So poisonous that Muslims still think of themselves as living the lives of their luminaries rather than the reality that they face a creeping fundamentalist streak. In the perception that they are under attack they ignore moderate voices and listen to the people who are completely irrational in their belief. Many Muslims don’t see attempts at being moderate as progress but kowtowing to “white people” and a loss of identity. To them the misogyny is vital because it is Muslim. To them the regressive principles are vital because that is what it means to be Muslim. And this goes back to the ideal Muslim being the war like Mohammed rather than his other historical portrayals. To them treating women as equals is not a fundamental because Islam ONCE treated women better and holding on to that they still assume nothing has changed.

That’s the joke. Most Ex-Muslims speak about how much freedom they have, and that’s because Islam’s progressive values (and they were progressive for the time) are now not anymore.

As of right now? The biggest victims of Islam are Muslims themselves.

Creeping Shariah in the UK

The alleged “plot” was an attempt by Muslim Fundies to take over schools.

The leaked letter on the alleged plot was reported by media including the BBC on 7 March 2014. In it, Islamists claimed responsibility for installing a new headteacher at four schools in Birmingham, and highlighted 12 others in the city which would be easy targets due to large Muslim attendance and poor inspection reports. It encouraged parents to complain about the school’s leadership with false accusations of sex education, forced Christian prayer and mixed physical education, with the aim of obtaining a new leadership of Islamists. It was also encouraged to attain Academy status for successfully infiltrated schools, so as to have a curriculum independent of the Local Education Authority. The letter was alleged to have been written from Birmingham and sent to a contact in Bradford to expand the operation into that city. Its author described the plan as “totally invisible to the naked eye and allows us to operate under the radar”

Which was daft really. [Read more...]

Malaysia’s adoption of Hudud – Following in the Footsteps of Mengele

Your actions are what determine the sort of person you are. Not your glittering spires or your technology. If all the achievement in the world is used to further a barbarous practice then your achievement is tarnished and hollow. All you are doing is using technology to maintain your medieval principles.

Luke Skywalker's Hand Being Tested

If Only… If Only

I know people will tar me for islamophobia. Because in their minds genuine criticism of Islam is on the same level as the EDL member shouting about “Muslamic Infiltration and Creeping Sharia Law”. So I figured that every time I criticise Islam? I should actually demonstrate what I spent my childhood doing.

See? I had Muslim friends. And I wanted to fit in. And this was a more liberal period of Islam. [Read more...]

Raif Badawi

Thirty year old Raif Badawi, is the founder of the website Liberal Saudi Network, which was dedicated to fostering open discussion of religion and politics. He is also an advocate for freedom of religion, belief, and expression, and women’s rights. He is currently imprisoned in Saudi Arabia for insulting Islam.

The forum was repeatedly hacked and pulled down and mostly about modernisation of Saudi Arabia and fears about the rise of fundamentalism and repeated harassment by their religious police. It was a place for modern Saudi liberals to blow off steam. [Read more...]

Halal Subway

So not one but two corporations are in trouble for Halal food!

I am pretty sure this post will have me in trouble. See the anti-vax call me a Big Pharma Shill for defending medicine. I am sure they will call me a shill for junk food.

In which case? So be it! Pizza Express? Subway? Make it rain pizzas and sandwiches on me! (Or Money. I want a slice of that big fast food money pizza!). Jokes aside… [Read more...]

Exi5tentialist – A better response on Saudi Arabia

It is not the decadent west destroying Arab culture.

That’s ridiculously dramatic. Arab culture is the culture of Arabs. It lives and is developing.

Why not in Saudi Arabia, you ask?

It is Islam.

More demonising rubbish. I’m expecting more and more of this reactionary claptrap from FTB bloggers.

You’re utterly ignored the role of capitalism in creating oppressive social structures in the middle east. You’ve also ignored the way that oppressive governments like Saudi Arabia co-opt religion as an intimidatory mechanism to impose oppressive rule in that country. You’ve ignored the fact that the way they use religion is just one of many tools they have at their disposal; others include vast military arsenals (much US-supplied) and an extremely well-resourced state.

Blaming “islam” is nice and simple and I’m sure you can quote the Quran at me with the best of them. If you want simple explanations for world politics, you stick that one. If you want truth, give it up.

And well done for your islamophobic, anti-semitic, racist culinary attack. You can stand shoulder to shoulder with people who throw the body parts of pigs at mosques or arrange strips of bacon as the star of David on the homes of jewish families in England.

And you dare to post your crap on a Freethought website? Your blog is repulsive.

This was from Exi5tentialist on a post I wrote a few days ago. And I felt a bit more explanation was required. [Read more...]

Boko Haram

Western Education is Forbidden.

The Taliban thrive because it is easy to endarken the mind than to enlighten it. It takes years to create the sort of mind that would think the Taliban are souce of good. But that is a self perpetrating cycle. It is harder to make a teacher or a doctor.

It takes 20 to 30 years to train one. It takes seconds to pull a trigger. [Read more...]