THE PERILS OF ISLAMIC OBSCURANTISM
By Dr. Babu Suseelan
This fly, I said to myself, is a prisoner of his frame of reference, or probably, his lack of a frame of reference. If flight into freedom was his object, if indeed any objective existed at all, then there was an obvious avenue of escape. An adequate passage was readily accessible at the bottom of the window. Driven by instinct alone, bereft of reason, caught up in a meaningless space, behavior could only be blind, and it could end only in frustration, fury, and futility.
This episode has specific application and relevance to contemporary Islamic behavior, e.g., the recent cartoon crisis, the Iranian nuclear crisis, Islamic terrorism, and the violence and terror perpetrated by Hamas and Hizbullah in the Middle East and Jihad terrorists in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Sudan, Yemen, Pakistan, other parts of the world. It may well be that Muslim fundamentalists are caught up in the limitations of their own frame of reference. It is conceivable that Jihad Muslims are squandering resources in wealth, manpower and human energy, doing so in a misguided quest for conquest, power, and influence. If Muslims want to succeed in determing new directions and new dimensions, and if they want to influence the world and restore the glory of Islam, they urgently need to reexamine their policies and priorities.
Islamic hatred of the rule of law, constitutionalism, democracy, pluralism, religious tolerance, coexistence, and freedom of expression still continues unabated. The battle between free thinking and the rigid, closed, dogmatic ideology of Islam is by no means decided, but the outcome of the battle will determine whether Muslims will embrace freedom, constitutional democracy, pluralism, coexistence, progress and tolerance, or succumb to non-compromising Islamic fundamentalism, conflict, and relentless war against the civilized world. Social policy experts and intellectuals have predicted that the magnitude and impact of Islamic rage, hostility, and violence will further destabilize the entire world. Muslim hatred and determination to wipe out democratic Israel and non-believers everywhere make the situation more complex.
History demonstrates that, whenever a Muslim nation arms itself to the teeth, it attacks a neighboring country. Or the political regime of that nation turns the weapons against ethnic and religious minorities within its own borders, doing all this in the name of fundamentalist Islam.
Whether the government of an Islamic country is an autocracy, oligarchy or absolute monarchy, whether it is a military or Mullah regime, persecution, torture, and executions (including public beheadings), are frequent occurences in that country. In Saudi Arabia, offenders are beheaded or have a limb amputated on Friday, the day of Islamic prayer. Since the Islamic Revolution in Iran, thousands of innocent people have been executed without legal proceedings. Two Islamic courtries, Iraq and Iran, killed more than three million people during the war they fought against each other. Arab Islamic terrorists have killed hundreds of Jewish men, women, and children in their false hope of destroying Israel.
For the last fifty years, Arab Muslims have made no notable inventions or discoveries in science, medicine and technology, or in the humanities. Islamic fundamentalists oppress women, and place severe restrictions on art, literature, and philosophy and allow no discussion of transcental spiritual topics, other than mindless recitation of woodenheaded Islamic religious dogma. No Islamic nation has taken the path of secularism, rationalism, constitutional democracy, pluralism, and religious intolerance.
A solution to the Islamic crisis can be found. The solution must begin with the identification of the problem. What we need is a fundamental change in Islamic thought, perception, and values. The gravity and intensity of the crisis created by Muslims warrants a refocusing of their dualistic, rigid framework. For Muslims, problems are caused by conflict between infidels and the Islamic faithful. Islamic fundamentalists declare that there is no solution to the Middle East problem, except through Jihad. According to the Qur'an, Jihad is a war against the non-believers. Sura (1:4) says:
Thus Islam views the world as though it were divided into two opposing camps -- Darus Salam (Muslims) and Darul Harb (Infidels). Again Sura (8:39) says, "... fight until there remain no more infidels or until they remain submisive only to Allah."
Many liberals misconceive the reasons for Islamic rage, violence, unrest, brutality, beheadings, arrogance, and terrorism. What Middle Eastern Mullahs, Iranian Ayatollahs, Iraqi Jihadis, Al-Qa'ida, Hamas, Hizbullah, Muslim mobs burning flags of constitutional democratic nations, and Muslims kidnapping journalists certainly display are behavior patterns rooted in Islamic dogmatism. The violence, intolerance, non-compromising attitude, and errors in thinking comprise an inseparable part of the total Qur'anic message. The violence, terrorism, and hostility will be continued ruthlessly and relentlessly against non-believers until final victory is assured. The strict adherence to the closed chinking, rigid paradigm, and dualistic concept of believers and non-believers has had and will continue to have disastrous consequences. The crises and terrorism we witness in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and other Islamic countries are due to Islam's interpretation of reality, its distorted conceptualism of events and issues, and the mechanistic problem-solving model followed by Muslims.
Islamic scholars, thinkers, political leaders, and media persons have an immense opportunity, responsibility, and obligation to generate new knowledge, ideas, and strategies based upon a rigorous and disciplined assessment of present crises. Islam needs a reformation, and Muslims must embrace change, the rule of law, constitutionalism, democracy, pluralism, coexistence, religious tolerance, and freedom of expression. Creative and systemic problem-solving strategies would reduce the possibility of future crises and future conflict with the civilized world. Introduction of integral humanism, secularism, and creative thinking can be an instrument of reform and reformation in the Islamic world. This would encourage Muslims to free themselves from the trap of absolutism, and the shackles of rigid reductionism. The institutionalization of such broad, eclected knowledge is a prerequisite for world peace and harmony. To face the future, Muslims must show the discipline indispensable to to the task of building a new order.
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Dr. Babu Suseelan is a professor of clinical psychology and the director of a drug and alcohol treatment program in Pennsylvania. He writes on the subject of Islamic terrorism and its effect on Hindu society. Dr. Suseelan can be contacted at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The foregoing article by Dr. Suseelan was originally published on the Internet website maintained by Faith Freedom International, a grassroots movement of ex-Muslims, the goals of which are to (1) unmask Islam and show that it is an imperialistic ideology akin to Nazism, but disguised as a religion, and (2) help Muslims to leave this pseudo-religion, end the Islamic culture of hate caused by an "us" versus "them" ethos, and embrace the human race in amity. Members of Faith Freedom International strive for the unity of Mankind through the elimination of Islam, the most insidious doctrine of hate.
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