The real Islamophobia

It is not Osama, or even the universal celebration of his supposed capture.

It is the twenty American states considering a legal ban on Shari’ah activities, including legal penalties for operating businesses according to Shari’ah law. It has been described as ‘a discriminatory and wholly unfounded idea‘. How this can be in a supposedly “free country” is a great mystery.

The mystery all along has been, how can the West contradict those principles of “freedom of religion” on which it was supposedly founded simply in order to impede Muslims? In Tennessee, any two Muslims establishing a not-for-profit business can be imprisoned for fifteen years, if their business is declared a “Shari’ah Organization”.

Don’t anybody think the struggle is over. The bottom line is, can the human mind organize itself ethically and soundly, or not? Islam says divine intervention is needed (and available). Therefore Islam will grow in unpopularity.

The United States ideology consists of three main tenets, the rights to life (security), liberty (freedom of decision), and the pursuit of happiness (gay marriages, among other things). Until Americans wake up to the fact that this alleged “pursuit of happiness” is NOT a guarantee of any major religion, they will be increasingly isolated in that anti-religion corner they find themselves in today.

And it is not simply Islam. When a colleague flew into Phoenix a few years ago, he looked around and saw no churches. His son who lived there said Christian organizations do not want to attract attention, and so they sell their churches to the Muslims to make into mosques, and then buy office complexes or houses to use as churches-in-disguise.

I have seen these. It’s quite true. If you want to make a mosque, all you do is add a minaret or two, and a church turns into a nice mosque, witness Justinian’s converted cathedral in Istanbul 600 years ago (now, Masjid Sophia).

When meeting with a recruiting panel for American universities some time ago, the Americans were proud of the fact that students on many of their campuses could choose if they wanted a segregated (one gender) dormitory, or an integrated one (i.e., boys and girls sharing all facilities).

They said they were sure young people were brought up well enough to “handle” living next to each other without misbehaving, whereupon a concerned parent spoke up and said that Islam simply cannot agree, nor could the parents of all the young students in that room. The parent got a round of applause for that one, but the Americans never invited her back.

The bottom line is that, Islam denies the “pursuit of happiness” as any sort of divine dispensation. As the true Hadith saying of our Prophet (may peace be upon him) found in Sahih Muslim: Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “The world is a prison-house for a believer and Paradise for a non-believer” (Book 42, Chapter 1, and Number 7058). This world is like a prison for the Mukmin (believer) meaning that the way a prisoner isn’t liberated and is bound by rules, the affair of a Mukmin is the same, and this world is not one of absolute freedom for them but one of rules and obligations towards Allah the most Exalted, and respect for fellow human beings. The Mukmin at all times strives to keep these rules and obligations in front of him. The way a prisoner doesn’t make his home the prison the Mukmin is the same, whereby he never sees this world as his ultimate destiny, but as a transitory dwelling full of trials and tribulations until he reaches his final home of Jannah.

A vision of the Prophet’s Sunnah struck me once while praying in the Raudhah section of the Prophet’s mosque, and I will never forget the radiant beauty of it. The only problem is, it is rarely being implemented in earthly life. What we are missing, and what the secular western are resisting, is indescribable in words. You would have to go to Raudhah yourself to (maybe) see it. What pity we should have for those really ignorant secular westerners who think their own minds can outdo Divine Revelation.

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