Monday, October 28, 2013

Islam, realm of war

In Islam there is a traditional belief that where Islam is predominant and in power, Dar al Islam, there will be a realm of peace, Dar al Salaam, but everywhere else where the infidels are in control, meaning everyone else but Muslims, there will be the realm of conflict and war, Dar al Harb.

Ironically if one looks at the world as it is, the divison is exactly the opposite of that. Dar al Islam is currently the Dar al Harb, everywhere one looks in the Arab/Muslim world there is conflict. In Syria there is a vicious civil war that has killed over 100,000 people, most of them Muslims of one kind or another. In Egypt, and North Africa (Tunisia, Libya, Algeria) there have been insurrections and military clashes. In the Gulf there have been clashes between Sunni and Shia, such as in Bahrain. In Iran, apart from the suppression of freedom of speech and rigged elections, there is a spiralling economic crisis mainly because they are trying to develop nuclear weapons. Where there are Muslims generally there is conflict, such as in Burma with the Rohinga, and in the Philippines, where the Muslim inhibitants of Mindanao, the Moro, are fighting for separation.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world is comparatively peaceful. Yes, there have been terrible conflicts and massacres in Africa, in Rwanda and Burundi, but these seem to have died down. The violence in Sudan can be traced to oppressive military actions by the Muslim Sudanese Government, in South Sudan, that is now an independent state, and in Darfur. But, in Kenya and Somalia where there is the al Shabab and in Mali where there is the Boko Haram, Muslim extremists are causing terible violence, as at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. It's time the Muslims recognized just how wrong their traditional view of the world really is.


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