Sunday, June 3, 2012

Islamophobia the new anti-semitism

 Muslims worldwide are under attack for their faith.

          In an earlier time and in a different place, another group of people were also vilified, attacked, and ultimately murdered wholesale for their faith, too. 

If the incitement of hatred because of race, religion, ethnicity, creed or color is a crime. 

Then those who promote fear and loathing of the Islamic faith and it's 1.8 billion practitioners must be criminals.

The question that I am asking is a simple one.

Are those who do not learn the lessons of the past doomed to repeat them ?

          Kristallnacht, or the night of broken glass, 
was a series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria that started on November 9 1938 and lasted until November 10 1938. 

Jewish homes places of worship were overrun and destroyed, 
along with shops, villages, and entire sections of towns. 
Nazi party paramilitary troops and civilians, caused so much destruction, that the streets were covered with the pieces of broken glass, hence the name, 
"Night of the Broken Glass." 

The final numbers of that orgy of destruction were 91 Jews killed and around 30,000 Jewish men interred in camps where they were interrogated and tortured for months, over 1000 of them died because of the experience. 

Around 1600 synagogues were vandalized and at least 250 of them were set on fire. 
In Vienna, 95 synagogues or houses of prayer were demolished.
The reason commonly given for this atrocity is, a German-born Polish Jew, Hershel Grynszpan, assassinated the German diplomat Ernst von Rath, in Paris, France.

This one Jew, set off the opening act in what would end with an estimated 6 million Jews killed......................................................the Holocaust.

What was Kristallnacht for Islam ? 

What is the world doing while the glass is breaking ?

Officially the date 9-11 is the declaration of war. 
On that day Islamophobia was given license to run free. 
All manner of hate mongers post ignorant and patently untrue statements
about Muslims and the faith that they refuse to abandon in the face of an increasingly secular reality. 
Some of the posts left on mainstream websites give a barometer of feelings in some segments of society. 
They are ugly and have led to widespread violence and persecution already.

The Runnymede report identified eight perceptions related to Islamophobia:

  1. Islam is seen as a monolithic bloc, static and unresponsive to change.
  2. It is seen as separate and "other." It does not have values in common with other cultures, is not affected by them and does not influence them.
  3. It is seen as inferior to the West. It is seen as barbaric, irrational, primitive, and sexist.
  4. It is seen as violent, aggressive, threatening, supportive of terrorism, and engaged in a clash of civilizations.
  5. It is seen as a political ideology, used for political or military advantage.
  6. Criticisms made of "the West" by Muslims are rejected out of hand.
  7. Hostility towards Islam is used to justify discriminatory practices towards Muslims and exclusion of Muslims from mainstream society.
  8. Anti-Muslim hostility is seen as natural and normal.

The animosity between western Christian civilization and islam have a long history,

There are several Muslim outposts on the European continent.
Moorish Spain to Constantinople, 

The people accepted the Prophethood of Muhammad, 
and made a conscious decision to live by
the revelations of the creator and way of life he brought for all of mankind. 

2:256 There is no compulsion in religion, for the right way is clearly from the wrong way. Whoever therefore rejects the forces of evil and believes in God, he has taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way, for God is All Hearing and Knowing.

The church, however, had other ideas about that..................

The Quran is not subject to change. 

There could never be an Islamic Talmud 
( where the rulings of men could make the law of God to no effect)

There could also never be an Islamic Council of Nicea
(where the text of the codified bible and the divinity of Jesus could be defined by committee)

It is considered by all varieties of Muslims to be the direct and unchanged word of the Creator.

As revealed to Muhammad, the last prophet.

A complete revelation, accompanied by a prophet by whose example can be emulated by all of mankind. 

In the prophet Muhammad's last sermon he addressed mankind's most fundamental issues

As if he were leaving us that one last warning.

It was there that he, while sitting on his camel, delivered his sermon in a loud voice to his people. He began by praising God and thanking Him, and then turning to the people, he said:

"O Men, listen well to my words, for I do not know whether I shall meet you again on such an occasion in the future. 

O Men, your lives and your property shall be inviolate until you meet your Lord. 

The safety of your lives and of your property shall be as inviolate as this holy day and holy month.

Remember that you will indeed meet your Lord, and that He will indeed reckon your deeds. Thus do I warn you. 

Whoever of you is keeping a trust of someone else shall return that trust to its rightful owner. All interest obligation shall henceforth be waived.

Your capital, however, is yours to keep. You will neither inflict nor suffer inequity. God has judged that there shall be no interest and that all the interest due to `Abbas ibn `Abd al Muttalib shall henceforth be waived. 

Every right arising out of homicide in pre-Islamic days is henceforth waived. And the first such right that I waive is that arising from the murder of Rabi'ah ibn al Harith ibn `Abd al Muttalib.

O Men, the devil has lost all hope of ever being worshipped in this land of yours. Nevertheless, he still is anxious to determine the lesser of your deeds. 

Beware of him, therefore, for the safety of your religion. 

O Men, intercalation or tampering with the calendar is evidence of great unbelief and confirms the unbelievers in their misguidance. 

They indulge in it one year and forbid it the next in order to make permissible that which God forbade, and to forbid that which God has made permissible. 

The pattern according to which the time is reckoned is always the same. With God, the months are twelve in number. 

Four of them are holy. Three of these are successive and one occurs singly between the months of Jumada and Sha'ban. 

O Men, to you a right belongs with respect to your women and to your women a right with respect to you. 

It is your right that they not fraternize with any one of whom you do not approve, as well as never to commit adultery. But if they do, then God has permitted you to isolate them within their homes and to chastise them without cruelty.

But if they abide by your right, then to them belongs the right to be fed and clothed in kindness. Do treat your women well and be kind to them, for they are your partners and committed helpers. 

Remember that you have taken them as your wives and enjoyed their flesh only under God's trust and with His permission. 

Reason well, therefore, O Men, and ponder my words which I now convey to you. I am leaving you with the Book of God and the Sunnah of His Prophet. 

If you follow them, you will never go astray. O Men, harken well to my words. Learn that every Muslim is a brother to every Muslim and that the Muslims constitute one brotherhood. 

Nothing shall be legitimate to a Muslim which belongs to a fellow Muslim unless it was given freely and willingly. Do not, therefore, do injustice to your own selves. 

O God, have I conveyed Your message?"

When the Prophet finished his sermon, he dismounted and waited until noon, at which time he performed both the noon and the midafternoon prayers. He then mounted his camel and proceeded to al Sakharat where he recited to the people the concluding divine revelation: 

"Today I have completed for you your religion, and granted you the last of my blessings. Today I have accepted for you Islam as the religion." [Qur'an, 5:4]

                                  Who could possibly have a problem with that ? 

      I have my own opinion about who motivates the mainstreaming of anti-Islamic hatred. 

For the sake of political correctness, however, I will just say that vested interests in the status quo have no intention of being displaced by something as serious as an entire belief system and code of conduct, that is tied to a persons innermost being. 

The disbelief in the divine is the province of the human animal alone. All the others are perfectly in tune with their place in creation. The human is the one who questions. He asks "why are we here?" "what are we here for?" "is this life the only life?" "if so what about the after life?" 

Everyone has these thoughts, it's part of the hardware of the human species.

That is why people can feel guilty, 
and that is why there are certain things that are pretty much universal as far as good behavior.

To inspire, instigate, or participate in the derogation of an entire faith group
on the basis of slanted and biased information at best, it is wrong.

This is the 21st century and it's unacceptable to treat people with anything less than dignity and respect.

Therefore I ask you, have you ever met or seen anyone who paints every Arab / and or Muslim with the broad brush of bloodthirsty terrorist, then under the smallest scrutiny hides behind accusations of anti-semitism, when questioned about his or her own racist inclinations and actions ?

We know who you are, and your time is running out.........................

What goes on in the dark always comes out if you shine the lights on it

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