To Mo on being wannabe Arabs
Submitted by Plato (United Arab Emirates), Jan 25, 2007 at 04:21
"We are not wanna be Arabs..."
You sure? You are a Bangladeshi as you mentioned in one of your posts. If you are not wannabe Arabs then why do you carry Arabian names having jettisoned Bengali names which carry meaning for you. Why do you pray in Arabic when you have no clue what you are telling god. Why do you pray facing Mecca in the heart of Arabia, as surely Allah is not imprisoned in the Black stone there. Why do you imitate Arab customs and manners. Why do you say Salam Alaykum, scorning the namaste of your forefathers.
Why have many of you taken to affecting Bin Laden type beards. Why do you wear skull caps. Why have women taken to wearing the burqa. If you are not wannabe Arabs why do you teach your children to look up to and emulate Arab/Muslim heroes rather than the heroes your ancestors looked up to.
"There is nothing so great about being an Arab; it does not give you any special status in the sight of Allah".
You think so? Read: "042.007 : Thus have We sent by inspiration to thee an Arabic Qur'an: that thou mayest warn the Mother of Cities and all around her..." If Arabs did not have a special status in the sight of Allah why did he send his warning in Arabic when Arabs form only a small minority of mankind. Why was it not sent to the Chinese who form a much greater part of human kind?
Read this also: "003.033: Surely Allah chose Adam and Nuh and the descendants of Ibrahim and the descendants of Imran above the nations". Here is Allah explicitly showing his bias stating he chose the descendants of Ibrahim and Imran, both forefathers of Arabs, above others. How does that make you feel as a Bengalee. Mo, all the rest of humanity are second class in the eyes of Allah when compared to Arabs, his preferred nation. Allah dethroned the Jews from the most-favoured nation status and gave it to the Arabs. Alas, since the Koran was the final revelation your chance to get promoted to that status will never come.
And there is everything great about being an Arab, to the Arabs. Every people have their own individual greatness. You in Bangladesh have your own greatness. The sad part is that the moment you became Muslim you started looking down on your greatness and started thinking that the greatness of the Arabs is your greatness and in the process your downward slide as a culture and a people began.
In 1947 West Bengal and East Bengal (now Bangladesh) were on almost equal footing. Now Bangladeshis voting with their feet have created a demographic and security problem in India's eastern states. And that from a country that now seems to hate the nation that freed them from the jackboots of a country that considered the Bengalis inferior Muslims. Why do people from an Islamic nation want to flee to a country full of idol worshippers which Allah hates. (I know your reposte: Bangladesh is not a "pure" Islamic state. We must go back to 7th century Arabian standards to be pure, and then see us take off! Oh yes, yes)
You may have noted that the best literature, art, cinema, science in India is found in Bengal. But just across the border in your country you hound out one of the few literatteurs you have produced. Taslima Nasrin. You have very little to show in any field unlike your Bengali cousins in India, despite your following the pure religion and they being mostly pagans despised by Allah.
Stop being the wannabe Arabs you claim you are not , and Bangladesh will again be a country where the Muslims and Hindus who have fled will flee back.
Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".
Reader comments (2099) on this item
Comment on this item
Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum. Daniel J. Pipes