By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
15 March 2017
Those of us old enough and lucky to have
lived in Africa and to have observed the workings of some tribal societies,
know how well their leadership system works. The Tribal Chief is fully
respected and unquestionably obeyed when he gives a verdict on any dispute.
Otherwise on the day to day basis the Chief goes about his business as an
A meeting to resolve any dispute or solve
problems is held where all members of the tribe take part. All stake holders in
the dispute debate passionately and high emotional drama is enacted. Sometimes
it appears that the contestants will come to blows, but that hardly ever
The Chief listens to the debate intently,
hardly ever intervenes and may take his time – a day or two even - to come to a
conclusion and to give a judgment. A subsequent meeting is called where
required to hear the judgment. Remarkably the whole tribe accepts the judgement
and life returns to normal. Such is the authority of the Chief, accepted
voluntarily by all and without any requirement of force.
Equitable sharing of resources under the
guidance and wise council of the Chief works amazingly well. Hence there is no
police or army in sight. The isolation and instinct of survival in the
harshness and the remoteness perhaps has something to do with this mindset and
culture that evolved over the ages. But times are changing.
The inter-tribal and across the border
disputes however are a different matter altogether!
When mankind started to come out of jungles
and caves and their families expanded, communities and societies developed into
bigger and bigger groups to finally form nations. The means to sustain their
various needs in terms of food, space and sharing natural resources expanded.
To satisfy these needs, conflicts occurred between groups, which over time took
the form of wars between tribes and nations.
Taste for power acquired by the victors and
supremacy over other nations and the acquisition of resources and wealth
brought out the base instinct of greed now accepted as a principle that: what
is mine is mine and what is yours is mine too. Overtones of various excuses and
needs to wage national and international wars, even beyond borders are readily
manufactured to implement the principle.
But occasionally the better side of
humanity had played a part in producing thinkers and visionaries who on
contemplating the reasons of this phenomenon, observed that the family unity is
maintained and its members live harmoniously when under the guardianship of a
father-figure. The wiser and loving the father-head figure the happier the
family that makes progress and prospers.
These people contemplated, sometimes
sitting in caves or under shady trees and delved deeper into social malaise
came to the conclusion that the existence of a Father-figure, a Supreme Being,
should be expanded on the global basis for mankind as a whole. This would
create a global family unit, living in harmony and therefore would progress to
the level of intelligent ‘human being’ as distinct from the class of the animal
kingdom that science has classified it as.
A long string of Apostles appeared to
insist upon the acceptance of that wisdom. But mankind failed to grasp the
essence of the message and its benefits that accrue from it. Religious
factions, fraction and divisions, supposedly in the name of some Supreme figure
got entrenched and were named religions.
As if that was not enough, further
classifications were invented called first, second and third-world – politely
named developing --nations and countries!
Equitable sharing of natural resources,
which was the main ingredient of the wisdom of the sages, apostles and
messengers, was ignored. ‘Thou shall not covet other’s possession’ became an
obsolete cliché. Might is right took its place instead.
It is said that the amount of money spent
by the USA in destroying Afghanistan and Iraq was 1.6 trillion dollars. The
present American President quotes the Middle Eastern war as costing America six
trillion dollars! The combined cost therefore from all sides must be … …
unaccountable? Of course lives lost are only a collateral damage, therefore not
to be counted. Millions of people sent to the refugee camps and millions of
starving children dead are only statistics.
Why cannot it be asked: What fraction of
that sum would be needed to help eradicate poverty and ignorance in the whole
world? But the war mongers would say that, that strategy would produce the
opposite outcome to what is being pursued for presently.
May it be then asked of all the warring
powers, as to what is this present strategy?
One of the groups of war mongers in ME is
the Arab world, no less wealthy than the other powers involved. The irony is
that it was an Arab Messenger who suggested the solution to eradicate poverty
in the world!
In many places of the Book that he compiled
from his “inspirations”, and in Arabic language is: …Wa Mimma Razaqnaahum
Yunfiqoon – and out of what is bestowed, the Believers, expend freely (on
Obviously, whatever is bestowed, they spend
freely on themselves without any encouragement to do so. For example the
monarch from that region on State visits to South Asia recently, needed no such
encouragement. His total luggage for this ten days sojourn is reported to be
around four hundred fifty tons, and an entourage of over fifteen hundred
people. Apparently there was a plane
load of Halal food too, though the reports did not say if it was Tayyeb. He
cannot be accused of being a miser not being able to spend national wealth
“extravagantly”. Something his professed faith condemns.
This trait is so common among so called
leaders of the Muslim world from where even ordinary parliamentarians take
their families for religious pilgrimage on State expenses!
The obvious conclusion to be drawn from the
oft repeated verse therefore is that the ‘Believers’ take a step beyond that of
spending their personal wealth upon themselves and share the excess wealth with
others. Spend to lift the poor out of their poverty and ignorance and thus help
make this world a better place is an ordained responsibility given to the
It is therefore amazing to note that, apart
from funding few houses of worship and religious schools here and there in some
deity’s name, huge amounts of wealth is spent on destruction of countries and
to take innocent lives as well, just for the sake of political strategies or
false ideological wars, where no expense is considered too great.
Such are even the ‘Believers’ in the creed laa
ilaa haa illaa Allaah- There is no earthly gods, that is, monarchs,
kings, Khalifahs, Imams, Muftis, custodians of holy places, or graven
images but only the Supreme Being, the Creator of universe as the
father-figure. To Him mankind is but one nation… one large family; but alas of
their own freewill they differed and divided themselves into tribal communities
to fight wars across the borders and regions.
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Dear hats off,
Although many people including Nikolaus Otto contributed to
the invention of IC engine, it
is commonly accepted as ‘assembly line manufactured’ in the form of model T by
Henry Ford in US.
So, you are right that Taliban movement was there during the
‘civil war and regime change’ requirement in Afghanistan, I should have therefore said ‘assembly
line’ manufactured by US.
“It is said that the amount of money spent
by the USA in DESTROYING Afghanistan and Iraq was 1.6 Trillion dollars”
Rashid, I just laughed at your ignorance of
world affairs. For your convenience I give below the events concerning Afghanistan
in point form.
1979-The Super Power Soviet Union invaded
Afghanistan, ignoring UNO conventions
Pakistan ISI and CIA jointly
supported Afghan Mujahedeen and other Islamic fundamentalists. It. is possible
bin Laden would have obtained training and funds from CIA. He was a small
figure at that time. Prince Sultan of S.A said that bin Laden was a pro-American and thanked him
for bringing US support in the war.
US supply of 300 Stinger
missiles that caused the havoc to Soviet Mig bombers.
1989 - Soviets left Afghanistan
after 9 years of war.
1996 Taliban, creation of
Pakistan army, captured Kabul after defeating the war lords Massoud, Dostum,
2001 Sept. 11 al Qaida attacked
US twin towers.
2001 Oct US invaded Afghanistan
not only to catch bin Laden but also to establish democracy.
When we see the atrocities of Taliban
during 1994 to 2001, destroying girls schools, dismissing working, women,
throwing acid to women who do not wear the veil, I think Afghanistan now is
better off with functioning universities colleges and schools. In the 90s a
well-educated Afghan knows only up to 7th multiplication table according to a UN
Rashid, while I have a feeling that you
love Taliban ruling Afghanistan, one thing I agree with you. US should not
attempt to establish democracies in the Muslim countries. Muslims love
totalitarian governments with Sharia, in order to establish world Caliphate.