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Millat in France: Islamic Apartheid

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Submitted by Vishnu Gupta (India), Nov 13, 2005 at 02:12


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I won't add to this list the riots in Paris and 300 other French towns, by Arab and North African immigrants, because they belong to a different category. Nevertheless, how the Islamist ideology of separatism has contributed as much to the problem of non-integration in France as socio-economic injustice is clear from the following observation by Amir Taheri, a prominent Paris-based writer of Iranian descent. ‘‘In some areas, it is possible for an immigrant or his descendants to spend a whole life without ever encountering the need to speak French, let alone familiarise himself with any aspect of the famous French culture. The result is often alienation. That gives radical Islamists an opportunity to propagate their message of religious and cultural apartheid. Some are even calling for the areas where Muslims form a majority of the population to be reorganised on the ‘millat' system of the Ottoman Empire, where they would enjoy the right to organise their social, cultural and educational life in accordance with Shariah. In parts of France, a de facto millat system is already in place." As the French premier admitted, even the police could not enter these ‘‘seceded" parts.

‘‘Last week's bombings in Delhi necessitate a clear understanding of what the terrorist group wants — and what it will do to achieve its ends... Understanding Lashkar requires an engagement with its core position: that the jehad in J&K is not a battle over territory, but a part of an irreducible conflict between Islam and unbelief." To the uninitiated, ‘‘unbelievers" or ‘‘kafirs" are Hindus. But let's continue with what Swami writes.

‘‘Committed to the eventual creation of a caliphate that would rule over all the world's Muslims, the Lashkar asserts that a jehad-without-end must continue ‘until Islam, as a way of life, dominates the whole world and until Allah's law is enforced everywhere.' In fact, Hafiz Mohammed Saeed who heads Markaz Dawa, a seminary which runs a massive network of charitable ad educational institutions in Pakistan, had declared some years ago, ‘the Hindu is a mean enemy and the proper way to deal with him is the one adopted by our forefathers, who crushed them by force.' As the Lashkar spokesperson Nazir Ahmad bluntly stated: ‘Through the jehad that the mujahideen have launched in Kashmir, Islam will become dominant all over the world'."

After The Hindu, read what the aforementioned Hindu truth-seeker wrote, nearly eighty years ago, about the ideological source of the current terror trail from New York to New Delhi: ‘‘The sword is no emblem of Islam. But Islam was born in an environment where the sword was, and still remains, the supreme law... The sword is yet too much in evidence among the Mussalmans. It must be sheathed if Islam is to be what it means — peace." (Mahatma Gandhi in Young India, December 30, 1926.)'

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