Enemies’ foot soldiers
Because of a long colonial occupation, Muslims have forgotten their own civilizational role. It is indeed the most catastrophic damage of the enemy occupation. So, Muslims have lost their own identity. An Islamic role and a Muslim identity now look strange to them. They have now raised the banner of tribal, national, subnational or regional identities. They have forgotten the Islamic mission, vision and objective. As a result, they no longer fight as the Army of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. Those who don’t have their own business, possess no option but to become salesmen for others. It is a pity that Muslims have become not only the salesmen of western ideologies but also the foot soldiers of their evil wars. Mercenarism has become a popular profession for them. It is indeed not a new problem, rather a world problem with recent exacerbation. More than a million Muslims fought enemies’ wars in the First World War, and the legacy continues. Now, they are fighting enemies’ war and killing Muslims in Muslim countries. This is why the Americans were not alone in their occupational wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, these mercenaries were also with them. When the US Army personnel were fleeing from Kabul Airport in the middle of August 2021, the Afghan mercenaries were seen in thousands with a desperate mood to leave their own country along with the foreign masters. This is not an endemic phenomenon only of Afghanistan, it has reached a pandemic propensity in the whole Muslim World. This tells a lot about the ideological and spiritual perversion of Muslims.
During the long colonial occupation of Muslim countries, the prime objective of the European imperialists was not to raise colonies of their own white people but colonies of the native people instilled with the western ideologies and worldview. For that, their main emphasis was educational and cultural engineering. It was to raise a population of cultural and ideological converts who will work as their khalifa –the subservient viceroys in the occupied lands. Such a strategy has produced desired fruits. Hence, even after their departure, the army, the police, the judicial and the bureaucratic enclaves in most cities of the former colonies indeed work as the colonies of these cultural and ideological converts. The western funded and newly constructed Non-Government Organisation (NGO) enclaves in Muslim cities also merged with the same cultural and ideological islands. Generating such armies of cultural converts received so much importance for protecting the imperialists’ interests that Lord Cromer –the former British Consul-General and Her Majesty’s agent in Egypt and a well-known imperialist statesman wrote that there is no question of giving independence to a Muslim country until a generation of such converts is fully ready to take over the charge.
The success of such a colonial strategy has been enormous. The colonialists left the Muslim lands, but the rule remained in the hands of these colonial products to pursue the same colonial strategy. Pakistan presents an eye-catching example of their success. After the departure of the British, the charge of the State of Pakistan was taken by their cronies. There is a long list of these colonial servants. The most prominent of them are Ghulam Muhammad (bureaucratic servant of the British, later on, the Governor-General of Pakistan), General Iskander Mirza (military servant of the British, later on, the President of Pakistan), General Ayub Khan (military servant of the British, later on, the President of Pakistan), Justice Munir (a servant in the British judiciary, later on, the Chief Justice of Pakistan) and General Yahiya Khan (military servant of the British, later on, the President of Pakistan). Hence to dismantle the Islamic project of Pakistan –as was envisioned at its creation, the British didn’t need to fire a single bullet. The most obedient servants of the British did the job. During their long rule, these mercenaries kept the door of democracy closed in Pakistan. The same production sites –built by the colonial imperialists are still serving the same enemy objectives. Hence the enemy’s occupation hasn’t really ended. As a result, Prophet (peace be upon him)’s Islam that entails Qur’anic literacy, sharia, hudud, Muslim unity, jihad and other basics has no space in this predominantly Muslim country. Thus, Muslims are not allowed to learn and fully practice their own faith in their own homelands -especially in the country’s judiciary, politics, education and civil and military administrations.
It is true, despite the long rule in the Muslim world, the western imperialists couldn’t create too many religious converts. But their success in producing ideological, cultural and political converts is huge. The colonial educational system with its thousands of schools, colleges and academies and its cultural institutions like clubs, casinos, pubs, theatres, music industry, film industry, radio, television, wine shops, sex industry, and sex tourism worked as powerful tools for such conversion. Even the state institutions like the army, the judiciary, the bureaucracy and the state media worked as a powerful industry for cultural cum ideological transformation. These institutions still survive to accomplish the same task. Like the predecessors, the new generation of the products is equally committed to annihilating any Islamic projects and Islamists’ organisations in Muslim lands. Hence, the imperialists need not deploy their own soldiers to kill Islamists. These home-grown watch dogs are doing the job rather more aggressively. The massacres of the Islamists in Egypt, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Algeria, Syria and many other countries give factual evidence to that. The US and the NATO countries only need to pass on their heavy appreciations and much-needed strategies, arms and ammunitions.
The slave industry
Education and cultural institutions are the most powerful tools for moulding and manipulating humans’ souls, character, behaviour, faith, culture and deeds. Making or breaking of a nation starts in educational institutes. Hence, Allah –the All-Wise and His prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) didn’t initiate the refinement of men and women only with prescriptions for prayers; the starting point was education. So it is very significant to note that Iqra (read) is the first word of the Holy Qur’an. The same tool can be effectively used to push humans towards the opposition direction. The colonialists didn’t fail to understand its strength either. They used education as an industry of indoctrination of their colonial subjects, thus they could cause huge moral perversion. They showed their talent not only in taming and training dogs and other animals but also in taming and manipulating the minds of humans. It is true that the western colonialists built educational institutions in the occupied lands. But the main purpose of these institutions was not to bring any moral highness in the students, rather to cause moral, ideological and cultural degradation to the extent that serving the colonial masters as the most obedient slave received the highest priority in their lives. In India, the British colonialists established thousands of such schools, colleges and universities. But the total number of discoverers, scientists, social reformers or philosophers produced by all these institutions was fewer than the products of a single affiliated college of Oxford or Cambridge or London University. But the success of these colonial institutions lies elsewhere. These could produce millions of the most obedient servants for the British Empire -who even celebrated such servile rank as a decoration piece in their life. Therefore, to rule India for 190 years, the British didn’t need to import their own people in millions, these Indian slaves did the job for them quite effectively. Their success in taming the Indians was so massive that the so-called educated Indian Muslims –along with other Indians, not only ran the administration for the colonial masters but also fought shoulder to shoulder with the British to occupy other Muslim lands and kill the fellow Muslims. When Iraq, Palestine and other Arab lands were occupied by the British, the majority of the foot soldiers were non-British. Among them, the number of Muslims was huge. In fact, these institutions proved to be the most powerful and most massive slave industry in the whole span of human history. The pets never forget their masters. So the British legacy didn’t die in India. Not only the British Commonwealth –the legacy of colonial past, but also the British-induced laws, judiciary, political system, education system, bureaucracy and culture still flourish in the former colonies.
Even in modern days, most of the cultural, ideological and political foot soldiers of the anti-Islamic coalition in former colonies are indeed the products of these colonial institutions. Although they are misfit in the midst of their own Islamist countrymen, readily fit into any of the non-Muslim civil, military or business bodies in any part of the world. Hence, after arrival in any of the non-Muslim countries, these cultural cum educational products only need to change their inherited tag –the nationality. In new countries, they quickly get a new tag of identity. The colonisation of Muslim minds thus has worked overwhelmingly in the globalisation of western ideas, values and cultures. As a consequence, Islam is defeated in its own lands. So the infidels’ judicial system, the anti-Islamic laws, the brothel houses, the music industry, the sex industry, the sex tourism, the pornography, and the long sea beaches with scarcely dressed men and women not only thrive in Muslim countries but also exhibit more alluring propensity and glamour than the colonial era. The Islamic issues like obligatory sharia law, Islamic values, Islamic dress code, and the science of Islamic governance of state survive only in the bookshelves. During the last days of their rule in India, the British colonialists, despite their all efforts, couldn’t stop the emergence of the largest Muslim state –Pakistan on the world map. The newly jubilant pan-Islamists of the Indian subcontinent could do the job. In those days, the pan-Islamic beliefs of the Muslims could encourage them to transcend the ethnic, linguistic and geographic boundaries to achieve that miraculous success. But within only 23 years, the deep-seated colonial establishments like the army, the subservient bureaucracy, the intellectual slaves and the political protégées and cultural pets of the imperialists could easily undo the whole Islamic project of the South Asian Muslims.
The evils of enemy occupation
The Holy Qur’an is the greatest gift of Allah –the Almighty for the whole of mankind. The success in this world and in the hereafter wholly depends on strict adherence to the Qur’anic guidance. Only this way, man or woman can please his All-Powerful Creator and reach heaven –the summit of true success in life. But such guidance does not come through mere recitation of this Holy book, rather by its deep understanding. Hence, understanding the Holy Qur’an is the most important task in life. It is indeed the most crucial need for humans’ moral, behavioural and intellectual development. The state –the most powerful organisation on the earth can’t be kept outside this most important human development enterprise. Hence, learning as well as disseminating the Qur’anic knowledge –the most important source of knowledge on the earth is not only an individual’s personal duty but also the most important service delivery sector of the state. The real success or failure is decided here. Therefore, if a state gets occupied by evil people, it does immense harm to its citizens. Tyrant autocrats like Pharaoh, Hitler, Stalin and many others did such harm in the past; and many are committing the same crimes in modern days.
Islam sets its own hierarchy of priorities for every individual, family, society and state. Building roads, creating hospitals, constructing industries, developing agriculture and making scientific discoveries are very important in any country. But such works can’t get priority over building humans. Building the best humans is the highest priority of All-Wise Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala. So the Almighty sent thousands of prophets not to build monuments, roads, bridges or industries but to build humans as per Divine prescription. The ultimate success of a man or a woman indeed lies in excelling as the best human. And those who succeed to be good humans get rewarded with a place in paradise.
It is an obligation that a Muslim must follow All-Wise Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala’s priority. The early Muslims could raise the finest civilisation on the earth only due to their full adherence to the hierarchy of priorities delineated in the Holy Qur’an. They didn’t build pyramids or the Taj Mahal but made humans with towering morality. But such a hierarchy of priorities crumbles under the occupation of the non-Muslims and the non-Islamists. They set new priorities: both for individuals, societies and states. And in the new set of priorities, promoting deviation from the Qur’anic road map stands on the top. Instead of following the Divine roadmap, servitude to the autocratic rulers rather receives much importance. The state-induced perversion may even go to the extent that people may worship their rulers as god –as happened in the days of Pharaoh and Nimrod. And in modern days, such indoctrination has turned into a massive state-run industry. Now humans have become god of their own egoistic selves. In order to substitute Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala -the Sovereign Lawgiver, they have become themselves the sovereign law makers.
Exclusion of the Qur’anic knowledge in education indeed nullifies Allah’s most important project for mankind. Such exclusion could cause fatal starvation of the Divine knowledge that could kill morality, humanity and iman. It is indeed the worst crime of occupation by the imperialist kuffar and the native secularists. Allah –the Almighty initiated His works through education. Education is His greatest tool to show the right path –the siratul mustaqeem to the believers. But the non-Muslim and the non-Islamist rulers use this same tool to cause deviation from the Divine path. It is exactly the Shaitanic project. In the void of Qur’anic teaching, even the most educated men or women in any society grow up like another predator species on earth. In the name of enhancing professional skills, the educational institutions then increase hunting skills. The whole world thus becomes the wildest hunting ground. Truly, the concepts of colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, survival of the fittest, ethnic cleansing, genocides and the World Wars could taka birth in such a dehumanised recipe of education.
Education: the first casualty
Under the occupation of non-Muslims and non-Islamists, the Islamic education becomes the first casualty. Everywhere, it is indeed the number one priority of Shaitan, too. Hence, it is the most catastrophic outcome of any kuffar occupation. How Muslims can grow up with the Islamic faith without Islamic education? The economic plunder by the colonialists equals peanuts in comparison to the catastrophic educational damage.
The fate of Muslims has always been decided not in mosques or madrasas but on the war fronts –both ideological and military. Muslims now have millions of mosques and madrasas. But what is the result? Could those mosques and madrasas protect Muslims’ lives, faith, dignity and liberty? In order to save Muslims from the catastrophic consequences, the Islamic prescription is quite simple and very serious. To repel any kuffar aggression and occupation, jihad becomes an obligatory ibadah on every believing man. In the early days of Islam, the Muslims paid the highest sacrifice to fortify the defence. More than 60 per cent of the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) had to sacrifice their life to repulse enemies’ challenges. There is an important narration from the Prophet (peace be upon him) that spending even a few minutes in the frontier as a defender of a Muslim state is superior act of ibadah than spending the whole night in nafal prayers. But in later days, Muslims deplorably distanced from Prophet (peace be upon him)’s advice, therefore failed to protect the border. More awfully, instead of defending the border, they are even inviting the enemies. For instance, the Arab Muslims invited the British colonial army in 1917. Such betrayal of Islam has taken place in other Muslim countries as well. In fact, all the calamities, deviations and perversions in the Muslims’ lives, owe to such betrayal against the Qur’anic command.
Muslims could build a huge number of mosques and madrasas even in an occupied land -as happened in India under British occupation. But it was impossible to teach true Islam in those mosques and madrasas. The occupying Army would never tolerate teachings of the Islamic fundamentals. The Holy Qur’an and Prophet (peace be upon him)’s teachings make it obligatory on every Muslim to make revolt against the kuffar rule. Like today, even in those colonial days, the imperialist rulers kept close monitoring on every school and mosque. In the name of education, they allowed only pseudo-education to cause perversion in Muslims’ beliefs and deeds. Education was used as a tool to support the enemy occupation. Even in a non-Muslim country like today’s India, thousands of religious madrasas are allowed to operate. The British, too, built religious madrasa in India. The Kolkata Aliya Madrasa was a British project. But what was the outcome? With the increase in such madrasas, the deviation from Islam didn’t diminish, rather greatly increased. In those madrasas, Tableeghi Islam, Sufi Islam and other brands of Islam got their origin, but not the prophetic Islam that entails khelafa, jihad, sharia, hudud, and pan-Islamic Muslim unity. There remains little doubt that the enemies of Islam had their embedded cronies not only in the Muslim Army, judiciary, bureaucracy and politics, but also in the religious institutions like mosques and madrasas.
The invading army always firstly takes control of the country’s cantonments. The enemies know that Muslims’ real cantonments are the mosques and the madrasas. These are the most important institutions of Islam. Hence, it will be wishful thinking that under any enemy occupation these fortresses of Islam will be allowed to remain unoccupied and rightly functioning. In fact, like Muslim countries, mosques and madrasas are also the enemy’s most occupied territory. Such occupation was so detrimental that in the name of religious education, they corrupted the fundamental teachings of Islam. As a result of successful corruption, the prophetic Islam with its obligatory Qur’anic literacy, jihad, shariat and khilafah is not only strange in the fields of Muslims’ politics, but also in the premise of mosques and madrasas. In those colonial days, the deviation of Indian ulamas was so massive that they even joined secular politics. In those decisive days of the independence movement in India, thousands of Deobandi ulama constituted the workforce of the Hindutva-based Indian National Congress. Even the Hindutva forces now celebrate their contributions to their political cause. In the mid-eighties, the visit of Indira Gandhi –the Prime Minister of India to Deoband Madrasa –the biggest madrasa of the Indian Muslims, is indeed the recognition of such contribution of ulama to Hindutva politics.
The greatest crime
The most important marker of a good civilization lies in its laws. Its mercantile goods, buildings, highways, science, and industries show material progress but don’t depict moral ill health. The quality of law of a country reveals the true picture of moral development and humanisation of humans’ souls, minds, societies and states. Ancient Egyptians also built so-called civilizations. They built many wonderful pyramids cum graveyards for the dead pharaohs. But there was no civilised law that would guarantee equality of men and women, human rights and justice to the weaker and oppressed people. Instead, slaughtering the Israelites and using their women as slaves was the law. Like cattle markets, slave markets also flourished. The Greeks and the Romans also built civilisations. Those civilisations meant palaces, roads, auditoriums, statues, brothel quarters, carving stones, and theatrical houses. Those were built on bloody exploitation of the weaker people. Instead of bringing equality among people of various races, colours and religions, the Roman laws were rather divisive. The non-Greeks or non-Romans had no right. Killings of slaves by the aristocrats were given legality and blood-letting fights among slaves till death were accepted as a means of entertainment.
The failures of western civilization are also catastrophic. It is indeed the tail end of Greco-Roman civilization. Imperialism, colonisation, capitalism, racism, fascism, slave trade, plunder of weaker nations, ethnic cleansing, nuclear bombs, chemical bombs, biological weapons, occupational wars, and World Wars are its major defining features. They killed more than 75 million people only in two World Wars -the sum of all genocidal killings in history will stand much fewer than that. A small country like Belgium killed ten million people only in a single county like Congo. The US killed more than a million in Afghanistan and Iraq. France killed 1.5 million in Algeria. The US used two nuclear bombs in Japan and hundreds of tons of chemical bombs in Vietnam. Their killing machines are still active all over the world. Can such barbarity be called any civilisation? Even all the wildest beasts didn’t cause such cruelty, barbarity and deaths to humans. The west will surely survive in annals for extreme inhumanities.
The greatest failure of humans is not in inventing engines, industries and weapons of mass destruction, rather in defining what is right or wrong. A country’s law indeed portrays such failure. It needs a nonpartisan approach with a holistic understanding of the seen and the unseen -which humans can never possess. It stands beyond human wisdom. It needs equal love for all humans of all colours and ethnicities. So the westerners took thousands of years to understand that racism, slavery, ethnic cleansing, colonialism are a crime. Islam understood it as a crime from day one. Their understandings of same-sex marriage, drugs, alcoholism and homosexuality also reveal their deep ignorance. Formulating law with equality and justice is the sole domain of Allah –the All-Knower. That is why even the greatest men of mankind –the prophets, needed the Divine guidance to frame laws. So the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) was given canons in the Torah and the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was given shariah in the Holy Qur’an. That is why shariah –the final testament of Allah, is the best law on the earth. The Muslims could build the greatest civilisation on earth only because of the shariah. But those who stand with the Shaitanic mission and fight against the Divine project, deliberately oppose shariah. Their enmity is not only against Muslims, rather against Allah –the Most Merciful. Such opposition to sharia is indeed the greatest crime against mankind –as it foils the most beneficial project of Allah Sub’hana wa Ta’ala for His human creation.
Before the colonial era, every Muslim country had sharia law in the judicial system. In fact, besides sharia law, Muslims were not supposed to know and practise any other law. But the imperialists outlawed sharia in all Muslim countries that came under their rule. It is indeed the greatest crime that the colonial power has committed in the occupied Muslim lands. They made it impossible to practice the most obligatory rule of Islam. Even after their departure, the secular rulers are being provoked to continue the same war against sharia. All imperialists and their secularist cronies consider sharia incompatible with their western laws and values. In many Muslim countries, even raising demand for sharia is a punishable crime. In those countries, it is called anti-constitutional. Demand for sharia is labelled as extremism and the political parties that possess commitment to sharia are outlawed. Thousands of Islamists in Bangladesh, Egypt, and Syria and many other Muslim countries are being killed or put behind the bar on the same pretext. Islam has been given no role to guide the country’s judiciary, education, politics and civil governance. The western countries give full support to these anti-Islamic repressive governments in their war on Islam.
In the early days of Islam, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his rightly guided khalifa did not have any other law apart from the Qur’anic law. The Holy Qur’an and the Prophet (peace be upon him)’s legacy were the only guiding compasses in the governance of the state. But now, Muslims have deviated a lot from that prophetic path. And states run by the secularists have become powerful institutions to sustain such deviation. Such states work as a Shaitanic tool. Therefore the question arises, how the Muslims can earn success –both here and in the hereafter, with such Shaitanic deviation? Such deviation can take people only to the hellfire. Therefore, what could be the best deed on the earth than termination of the course of this hell-bound state? Such deeds need sacrifices. Most of the companions of the Prophet (peace be upon him) sacrificed their lives for that.
The inevitable war
The unending war is inevitable. The US and the other NATO countries want to maintain the ongoing cultural, ideological, and political occupation of the Muslim World at any cost. If their own khalifas (viceroys) fail, they, too, appear in the field. This is why whenever they see some visible efforts to end the occupation, these imperialists come to the forefront with their own Army, missiles and drones to reinforce the occupation. The occupation of Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Mali, the bombardment on Somalia and Gaza, the war in Syria, the military coup in Egypt in 2013, the bombing in Hafsa madrassa in Islamabad in 2007, and the massacre in Dhaka in 2013 are nothing but the pertinent parts of the same project to perpetuate the evil occupation.
But it is true, wherever there is an occupation, there starts the resistance. So, the war against occupation is inevitable. Indeed such a war has already started almost everywhere. Since the Islamists are in the forefront and want to end such occupation and bring back Muslims to the original faith and to the path of unity, glory and to the stage of global power are labelled as the enemies of the west. Hence they want to annihilate them. They are given a new tag of terrorism and fundamentalism only to justify such annihilation. However, such new narratives are not new. Such vocabularies of terrorism and fundamentalism are being used again and again by the imperialists against those who resist their invasion of Muslim lands. Such abusive narratives couldn’t save their colonial empire in the recent past. Can they save their current cultural and ideological empire? Now there is a good omen for Muslims. It is now clear that the imperialists have stopped winning any war. The US with its more than 50 allies couldn’t win a war against 38 million Afghans. How can they win a global war against more than 1.5 billion Muslims? 20/4/2014 2nd edition 30/05/2021
Disclaimer: Enemies’ wars and Muslim foot soldiers by Dr. Firoz Mahboob Kamal - Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not necessarily reflect Latheefarook.com point-of-view