By Amil Imani ~
Once again, Islamic terrorists attack, yet another Western city. This time, Nice, France. A truck crashed into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, on July 14, 2016. In my opinion, Islam is the problem because there are Muslims who take its scripture, as gospel and carry out its divisive and deadly provisions.
The barbarity and variety of actions of Islamic extremists are seen daily around the globe, committed under the banner of Islam, and have become so commonplace that the world has come to view them as part and parcel of a troubled humanity. And from time to time, the world is shocked into a passing and momentary realization of the evil deeds these Islamist robots commit…and quickly gets over it and does nothing to seriously address this affliction of humanity.
The Islamic State – also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh, have taken credit for the unconscionable brutal attacks since it emerged into existence. ISIS has actually killed more Muslims than certainly members of any other religion,” noted Democracy Now, by Amy Goodman after the Paris Attacks. Muslims are the victims of “Between 82 and 97% of Terrorism-Related Fatalities”: According to the US Government. Based on the above premises, Muslims must be on the frontline fighting ISIS.
In reality, a Muslim has a greater chance to become a prey of ISIS than to join it, and the huge majority of the group’s victims are fellow members of the belief. This is due to the political motivations behind ISIS rather than religious ones, where it’s receiving arms and funding from nations like Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf Sheikhdom. Can the incomparably larger number of Muslims in the world who are so rightly terrified today come together with their own vision — which includes denouncing the extremists? I don’t know.
A common and repeated mantra among experts is that Muslims haven’t bluntly condemned the extremism committed in Islam’s name. How many times we have heard “Where are the moderate and peaceful Muslim voices in condemnation?” “Why aren’t Muslims speaking up against extremists like ISIS?”
If Muslims want to live in peace and harmony with the infidels, they must work together and respect our laws. Let us not forget that religious high authorities play a critical role in steering the masses toward or away from hate. The late Pope’s public pronouncement, for instance, absolving the Jews as the Christ killers has reduced anti-Semitism among rank and file Christians. Fatwas-religious decrees-by Islamic Muftis and Ayatollahs carry considerable weight with their respective followers. Sadly, most decrees and adjudications of these high Islamic authorities are exclusionary and even hostile toward the out-groups.
People are familiar with Islam’s classification of the world into the Dar-ul-Solh, the house of peace, meaning the house of Islam-and the Dar-ul-Harb-the house of war, meaning the house of non-Islam. Ironically, the self-proclaimed house of peace, from its early years, has waged war against the house of war.
Also there is a little-known third “house” according to Islam-Dar-ul-Aman, the non-Islam house of safety where Muslims find refuge. We already know which of the three houses America is to Al Qaeda, the Iranian mullahs, the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood and their ilk. We are posing this question to rank and file Muslims, particularly to the arrivals in recent years who are finding refuge in the non-Islamic world, including the United States of America:
Peaceful Muslims: Which house America or any Western country is to you?
America and other welcoming and generous non-Islam Dar-ul-Aman have given you refuge with opportunities for a decent life denied to you in your own Dar-ul-Solh by the ruthless and deceptive holy men of Allah who rule it.
Peaceful Muslims, reciprocity is a high human virtue. The kind people of Dar-ul-Aman deserve your in-kind response. You physically left the Dar-ul-Solh because it was and is an abject failure in delivering its promises about a good life in this world. What guarantee is there that Islam’s “pie-in-the-sky” promises about the next world – a world of virgins for the faithful male with rivers of milk and honey to energize him – are any more reliable?
What about Muslim women? Are they going to be compensated for their enslavement by the men of Allah? Or, women, even in Allah’s paradise, remain in perpetuity “objects” of entertainment for men?
Now that you have seen for yourself the misery of the Islamic system and you have sought a better life in the Dar-ul-Aman of the “infidels,” you need to take other steps: bid farewell to the Islamic mindset, abandon Ummehism, and enlist yourself in the rank of the democratic and tolerant people. Once freed from the oppressive and discriminating yoke of fundamentalist Islam, you can lend a hand to the protection and nurturance of democracy – a system of peoples’ rule with a proven record of being the best instrument for the realization of humanity’s aspirations.
The democratic rule of Dar-ul-Aman is not a void system invented by the infidels, as your devious self-serving theocrats’ leaders claim. Democracy is the best product of humanity’s caring and decent people: the rule of the people, by the people, for the people.
Democracy, by its accommodating and benign nature is susceptible to corruption and even destruction by forces from within and from without. With this realization in mind, the Founding Fathers of the United States enshrined the Constitution to safeguard and protect the rule of the people.
Peaceful Muslims: being born human comes with a precious gift: the gift to think and decide for yourself. Islam has robbed you of this gift from birth. Parents, aided by relatives and brainwashed by slaveholder imams and mullahs, colluded and did the thinking for you when you were still in no position to exercise your right. They branded you as Muslim, simply because you were born in a Muslim family. Cattle are branded, not humans. Cattle are owned by others. Humans are not. Having branded you “Muslim,” those who robbed you of your gift of self-determination dared you to leave their bondage under the threat of death as an apostate.
Peaceful Muslims: you have been intelligent enough to forsake failed Islamic lands for a better life elsewhere. Dar-ul-Aman has given refuge. Now that you are in a free society, you want to reclaim your stolen gift of liberty and freedom of choice. You want to shatter the shackles of Islam that has enchained you from birth. You want to take your place in the ranks of the supporters and promoters of liberty that democracy provides and Islam destroys.
Peaceful Muslims: you know full well that it is Islam’s dysfunctional doctrine with its stone-age rule of Sharia that is responsible for the abominable conditions of Islamic countries.
Contrary to the preachers of hate – the Islamic clergy of vested interests – the “infidels” are not your enemies: they demonstrate their goodwill by giving you refuge; your deadly enemy is ISIS and the interpretation of the doctrine of Islam that keeps you captive even in freedom.
Given that the formerly vast and largely segregated planet earth has shrunk into a “global village,” the disparate peoples isolated from one another for millennia are now a village community. The-thrown-together diverse people are in urgent need of adopting a social compact that would allow individuals as well as groups maximum latitude of faith, coupled with responsibility, and free of any practices that infringe on the rights of others or demonize them.
Regrettably, Islam as too often practiced is incompatible with such a harmonious compact. As an article of faith, Islam considers all non-Muslims, even the so-called people of the book, as infidels – people who are to be subjugated or cleansed from Allah’s earth.
Peaceful Muslim: you have taken a great step by coming to the Dar-ul-Aman in search of self-betterment. Now, you need to take the next step of purging your mind of the Psychosocial Virus of fundamentalist Islam you contracted unwillingly: you want to do all you can to give your children their gift of humanity by not doing to them what your parents did to you, so that they can, unencumbered by the dogma of hate, become emancipated human beings.
America or any Western country is not perfect. No human enterprise ever is. Yet, these Western countries are the closest countries to a true Dar-ul Aman in the broadest sense. And it is the “infidels”, overwhelmingly who make up the Western world. While Western countries open their doors to the poor, the hungry and the oppressed of the world, they also open their hearts to the less fortunate people of various lands by their unsurpassed generosity.
These Western “Refuges,” are indeed the harbinger of the not too far away world of the future. A future world where liberty rules supreme and fascisms of all forms, including Islamofascism, will be remembered as horrific impediments to humanity’s ever-forward-march toward the goal of making this presently darksome village earth a reflection of heaven.
Amil Imani also contributes Posts at FamilySecurityMatters.org where he is a Contributing Editor. Amil Imani is an Iranian-born American citizen and a pro-democracy activist residing in the United States of America. Imani is a columnist, literary translator, novelist and essayist who has been writing and speaking out for the struggling people of his native land, Iran.