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Islam's afflictions built into it

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in response to reader comment: This pattern of rule is not peculiar to the Middle East. Throughout the Islamic world, this is the pattern.

Submitted by Plato (India), Jan 30, 2008 at 21:31


I agree that a Muslim has to subsume his entire being in Islam. His individuality is inconsequential. And it is because of Islam and not because of any vested interests (Islam itself is the vested interest). All that matters to a true muslim is the supposed greatness of Islam. That is why going to war for Islam, suicide bombings for Islam, lying to promote Islam are all so easily accepted if not encouraged in the Muslim world. To call any of the major religions, with perhaps the exception of Buddhism, beautiful calls for some artful dodging of historical facts. Christianity is burdened and is stuck with many murderous OT verses. Hinduisim is yet to live down the atrocities heaped upon its lower-caste co-religionists by the law giver Manu. Whereas Christians and Hindus have come to terms with their past and are trying to atone where possible, Muslims continue to be blind to what Islam has done and is doing to its followers and to non-Muslims.

Daniel Pipes talks of the ‘region's most characteristic features, such as autocracy, political mercilessness, and economic stagnancy.' Actually, I would think it is the religion's most characteristic features.

Autocracy is built into Islam. Its god, Allah, is the personification of autocracy, brooking not the slightest hint of competition and like any earthly autocrat is filled with self-love and wants his praise sung incessantly by his creation. So too Mohammed. He had people who criticised him, be they doddering old men or a mother of an infant, assassinated without remorse. He elevated himself to being god's spokesperson and attached his name to the declaration of faith in Allah. Allah then gave him special privileges like a peep into heaven and hell, helping himself to women he desired, a goodly portion of booty, his word being law and so on.

Political mercilessness is built into Islam. The Koran insists only Muslims are worthy of Allah's grace and non-believers must either be killed or converted or if ‘people of the book' barely tolerated as dhimmis.

Economic stagnancy is built into Islam. The Koran claims to be a book that contains all knowledge so Muslims are stuck with its injunctions against taking and giving interest. To overcome this prohibition Muslims have converted ínterest' into profit but still many are terrified of giving and taking interest leading them to park huge amounts of money interest free and this is taken advantage of by bankers. The economic thinking of Muslims is still stuck in the seventh century. Total ennui takes over the Muslim world for one month every year when they go on a ritual fast. This means their productivity is badly affected for one month every compared to other people.

Regards Plato


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