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Minerates, Jehadists and Bombs

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Submitted by Salah Ali (Norway), Dec 12, 2009 at 13:13

Good question: Why Muslim throw bombs at other Muslims in Mosques? Though I cannot remember reading or seeing such an act. I remember differences between sects in Islam: Shiite and Sunnites for example. Apart from ideological differences which are later introduced in the Islamic worls due to:

1. The establishment of the Arab Umayyad system on tribal allegiances rather than on Islamic teaching: islam tells us that Umma is the Muslim Umma (nation) not the Arab nation as the carriers of the message of Islam to other nations.

2. The appearance of class divisions and the tilt of the poor towards class struggle seeing rich fellow Muslim as usurpers of political power.

3. The Shu'ubiyah to whose understanding you can go to Ignaz Goldizher (Hungarian Jewish orientalist) This movement has planted the seed of difference between Mawali and Arabs. Of course, there are other differences but the crucial turning point is that Islam did not remain intact of interpretations and explanations which created differences in opinions and political views. There is for example the moderate Islam and the salafi Islam. Moderate Islam is like that of Egypt and Turkey and Iraq during Saddam's reign. By the way saddam was a reincarnation of the early Umayyad and the founder of the party was Christian. Ijma that is Unanimity in Islam was only workable when there is one autocrat or Caliph. There had been times when there were three caliphs one in Egypt, the other in Islamic Spain and the third (a puppet) in Baghdad. Later Muslims had new enemy to encounter: Materialism be it secularism or communism. This made Islam concerned more and more with ideologies and politics. When Europe appeared in the horizon as a colonizing power and divided the Islamic world into modern states, Islam continued as a faith but without a caliph. No islamic government appeared for generations and Islam was reserved to people as a way of life, family organization and world-view. All Muslims read the Qur'an and follow peaceful life. Let me, I let you; attack me and I will defend myself. However, Western way of life started to thrust in Muslim society. People dress like Westerners, build houses like Westerners and buu Western technology. Even armies follow Western pattern and the impact was evident in the legal system. One cannot live in seclusion but Muslims cannot say goodbye to their traditions and family system without a complete shift of identity. They can change clothes but they cannot change their world view and the status of women must always be subordinated to that of a man. In politics there are those who support social change to take a Western pattern. This of course threatens demolishing the social foundations of our society. If they go to mosques for prayer, their prayers will be viewed by follow Muslims as not to God (Allah Blessed Be His Name). Salafi against Shiites and Arabs against Persians ... If a Muslim supports an occupiers say he is karazei or Al-Maliki he is considered no longer a Muslim simply because he supports an enemy driving at culture change. This is why the jihadists or holy warriors throw bombs, real or human bombs against fellow Muslims. I wish this answers your question.

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