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Islam's perpetual misery and cases of Instant Retribution in the Middle East

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Sep 29, 2021 at 08:46

Dear Dr Pipes, On the surface it might appear that the cases of instant retribution cited by you were random cases of fateful punishment for bad people. But, if we think a little a deeply, the misery of the terrorists could be less coincidental (as in fate) more consequential (as in natural results of the choices that you make).

Let me illustrate. The task of destroying by burning a piece of cloth carries a small risk; handling the fuel or cloth carelessly can cause unintended fires. The risk becomes even more if I must burn the same cloth on hot, dusty, and crowded streets of Filistin, Kabul, or Kashmir while simultaneously cursing Israel, America, Hindus and other infidels!

The Hindu idea (shared by all other good religions) that thoughts lead to desires which lead to actions which lead to consequences applies here. This idea can not only explain the above cases of 'instant retribution' but also the mass scale misery of the Islamic world. You see, our over-populated, over-heated, resource-starved planet requires that all humans exhibit thoughtful, serious, humble, and spiritual behaviors to fight humanity's problems. No surplus resources for subjugating women, indoctrinating children, exploiting the dhimmis or on murdering the apostates are left any more. There is even no time left for scheduled ritualistic worships that disrupt everything (constant prayers and spiritual behavior are better
alternatives). But instead of solving humanity's problems Muslims are busy in cruel frivolities. And, it shows.

My advice to Muslims the world over would be to be less obsessed with Islam and more with constructive actions. All good paths to God are more or less synonymous and none is provably better than others. Any sense of superiority is fundamentally misplaced.
If Muslims follow this principle, misery will leave the Islamic shores.

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