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Islam and the West (10 Feb 2017 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Courage to Defend Core Values Defines a Nation

By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam

09 February 2017

Just as the nature’s law which Newton simply articulated as ‘every action has an equal and opposite reaction” does not mean that the reaction is unqualified and always “good and beneficial” to the performer or to whom it is performed for, similarly the Core Values of a nation do not necessarily mean that those values are universally beneficial to it or of benefit to the other nations that interact with it on this planet.

In Quranic terms, therefore every action- A’mal is required to be qualified as Saleh- to produce goodly and beneficial reaction. There is nothing in it extraordinary and nothing religious, just a statement of universal truism.

However it is generally assumed that a nation’s core values are of qualified goodly nature and that they are the ones which makes it ‘assume among the powers of the earth the separate and equal station’ (American Declaration of Independence) which then defines the nation’s place in the world.

This was demonstrably presented to the world recently by the Speaker of the British House of Commons who expressed his opposition to the potentiality of the newly elected President of the United States of America addressing the House of Commons on his State visit to the United Kingdom. His objection was on the basis of the President’s policy seen as being contrary to British core values and that ‘he would refuse to invite the US president to speak at Westminster because of parliament’s long held opposition to “racism and to sexism”’.

Not everybody in the Parliament and outside agreed with his action, though that is not the issue; for there never is an example in the world where such unilateral and individual’s actions are accepted by everybodyایسا بھی ہے کوئی سبھی اچھا کہیں جسے is there anyone that all would consider as good?

The disagreement was on procedural matters that the Speaker of House of Lords, as an equal partner of the two houses was not consulted and a joint statement was not agreed upon. That said, it is interesting to note the following comment by the Speaker of the House of Lords:

“However, the Speaker (of the House of Commons) contacted me this morning. He told me that while he maintained his view on the issue he was generally sorry for failing to consult with me. Obviously, I accepted that apology” ……and went on to say “Allow me to say that I have spent the last 30 years campaigning against prejudice and discrimination, particularly for the rights of LGBT people and those with HIV/Aids,…”. So it seems that he too agrees with the Speaker’s core values.

The history of British political system involving the Crown, House of Lords and House of Commons is amazing and colourful, going back to sixteenth century. The ceremony of the session of Parliament’s opening by the Monarch, the Queen is seen today the world over in its full colour, pomp and glamour. Yet one aspect of the ritual of the ceremony is not appreciated by many. On the monarch’s arrival to the House of Lords, the officer of the ‘Black Rod’ is sent to summon the House of Commons but the door is shut in his face. The officer knocks on the door three times with his rod. It is then the door is opened and the members including the Speaker march to the Lords to attend and listen to the Monarch’s speech, which is written by the Government of the day for her to deliver.

Though the power of the monarchy is largely symbolic, yet any head of State visiting the UK is supposed to be at the invitation of the Queen as the head of State and Defender of the faith of the United Kingdom. Yet the independence of the house is well and truly symbolized in this ceremony. It is the Speakers of both the houses who invite the visiting dignitary to address them!

One must then assume that the invitation is extended on the basis that the nation’s core values as represented by the visiting dignitary are synchronized with the British nation’s as represented by the parliament. This is hotly debated though.

In this case the speakers of both houses of British parliament seem to have agreed what those core values are and so: “…our opposition to racism and to sexism and our support for equality before the law and an independent judiciary are hugely important considerations in the House of Commons.”

This sentiment is also echoed in the UK by over a million people so far, signing a petition against the US President’s proposed visit. Democracy in its true colour in action to their credit, at home!

There have been similar expressions however of ‘people power’ against US President’s visit. One vaguely remembers the cancellation of President Dwight Eisenhower’s planned visit to Japan due to protest against his visit there. The protest perhaps was against nuclear bombs that the US was piling up as arsenal of war and Japan’s core value of opposing it, having experienced two such bombs dropped on its cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki!.

Aside from protesting against planned visits by head of states, many nations in the Far East also have shown the courage to resist their corrupt and inapt governments and have brought them down, against heavy odds.

There was some hope that the Muslim majority nations would show some signs of awakening when tremendous courage was shown by the Iranians when they sent packing the most powerful emperor of recent times in their revolution of change, not once but twice; for he was restored to the throne by the Super power custodian of democracy, after the first ousting.

After a long pause lasting over decades a similar seed of change germinated in the so called Arab Spring in the Middle East only a few years back, culminating in the overthrow of an Egyptian pharaoh - Mubarak, always supported by the same super power. Alas, that seedling was soon crushed by his political and military offspring!

Democracy, by the Muslim leaders and the custodians of democracy it seems: is not considered suitable for them, even if it was overwhelmingly voted in. So the pharaoh’s political offspring was installed in power and is there today:  زاغوں کے تصوف میں ہیں عقابوں کے نشیمن  Eagles’ nests are in use of the crows!

Their streets are adorned with portraits of head of States that are invited to visit even if that visitor is less than welcome in other countries of the world because of what they are perceived as representing in values. But the expectation of handouts and assurances of protection of ruling class’s thrones becomes paramount consideration.

The Muslim majority countries and the so called Islamic Republics in particular are a prime example of neglect of their duty in following their Book with regards to ruling a country, in spite of their claim they believe in it as being the Book annunciating their Core Values.

Hence the Muslim nations now are defined by other than universal core values and the lack of courage to defend them. The earthly gods have forsaken them as has the Creator of the universe:

6-117- The Lord knows best who has strayed from His ways…!


A regular contributor to New Age Islam, Rashid Samnakay is a (Retd.) Engineer

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islam-and-the-west/rashid-samnakay,-new-age-islam/courage-to-defend-core-values-defines-a-nation/d/110030

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  • To Abdullah.
    Rather than condemning what Muslim did in Ghodhra you are trying to creat Consperisay theory.
    So Questions why Muslims of godhra join then BJP to creat to creat the plot.

    It does not matter whatever you call to me or Hatts of it not going to change narrative written by your Muslim historian in regards to Hindu.

    Mr Abdulla better you answer why  Quran is showing to much hatered mushrikin.

    I am not hating you or even your Quran, I am seeing myself from your book( forget for time being about history of King), where I am standing, is it I have to be ready to oppressed, when Muslims gets more power or we have to finish ourselves before you guys rape( that what slave non-Muslims had to be treated Pakistani mullas explain better) or we have to be ready to fight.

    You Indian Muslims are not going to help in time of civil war that is sure.

    If Quran is telling to hate non-Muslims, than that is the way of praying, I think you might not be ashamed of it, I will fully support that ideas of hateing but I would like to do same. That is why I am Aayina, a mirror in every sense.

    If you cannot condem your book the only choice is to follow, I am sure you and Muslims cannot follow Ghandhi or Raja Harishchandra who will use non-violence, to change the hearts of Hindu, you will use your book to justify the use of sord.

    By Aayina - 2/19/2017 8:14:59 AM

  • the source of information about mahmud ghaznawi is wrong. Radical Hindu groups are presenting wrong information in their books and the internet readers unfairly record it in their mind.  
    By A. Thakur - 2/17/2017 10:24:41 PM

  • Aayina: I do not read the comments of Hats off type fake people as replying to them is promoting them, silence will frustrate them or let them continue or live with their Muslim-hatred speech, which is the source of their bread and butter.

    I used to read your comment but you too spew hatred by simply looking from the point of view of hating only. The history is full of loot, destruction, attack, seizure, blood bath for power and governance spread over centuries by the kings of all faiths. The people like you who are reading to dilute history, to take revenge at the behest of their ancestors are the Non-Muslims - clan of Modi and anti-Muslim brigade.

    Naseer Sb has well said in a sentence, “So make up your mind whether you want live in the past or the present. Don't mix up the two” It is up to you to take some wisdom from him or keep on bragging rhetoric.

    By Abdullah - 2/17/2017 11:07:08 AM

  • Aayina: You should take some lessons from Ghazni, Ghori, of today The Sanghis and Bhajpayees.
    Read this article please
    "Godhra train burning was BJP's pre-planned conspiracy to create communal divide for winning Gujarat election"

    "The burning of Sabarmati Express at Godhra was a pre-planned conspiracy", claim leaders of Patel agitation.

    They have alleged that it was planned to create communal divide and set off riots so that the BJP could win the Gujarat election in 2002.

    The stunning statement of the Patel leaders has once again brought to fore the mystery of the fire in the Sabarmati Express, which led to riots across Gujarat.

    Rahul Desai and Lal Bhai Patel, who are leaders of the Patidar Samiti, who have now openly said that Godhra train fire was pre-planned. The BJP is a communal party and had there been no communal carnage, Narendra Modi won't have been re-elected as chief minister in 2002, said Desai.

    Earlier too there have been questions raised over the circumstances surrounding the mysterious train blaze at Godhra. But Patel agitation leaders' charge has come as a surprise. Patels are angry at the crackdown on them, especially, the leader of agitation Hardik Patel, who is in jail on sedition charges.

    The bodies of the dead were taken around along with processions, rousing tempers and the result was riots all over the State. It is alleged that 'go ahead' was given from the top and there were verbal orders to police and administration to let rioters attack Muslims, their houses and establishments.

    The result was a pogrom which led to over 1,000 killings and mass rapes. This became a blot on the secular fabric of India. Separate commissions looked into the train fire and the riots that followed but the mystery had remained.

    By Abdullah - 2/17/2017 10:45:25 AM

  • A true commentators like Abdulla should than explain why Mouhmmad Gazani was looting, what muslimism this Kings were showing when they were keeping Harem, he should go th Agra and see big Harem.

    Yes BJP and RSS agenda can only flourish when people like Abdulla never want to condem any Muslim atrocity on Hindus.

    Hats off givin lots of name of the Muslim historian who were singing saga of Muslim victory on Hindus and humiliation.

    Please hats off repeat it for this true and only true Muslims.

    Anyway any condemnation of mushrikin will be never liked by you, after coming on to this website I with full hearted start to listen Quran by the end of Para 2 I stopped it, because it is full of hatred against mushrikin.

    I openly challenge those words in Quran to nullify my charges against your so called truth of humanity with hatred against the not believing in Quran, other relgious books had same problem but people had move further toward humanity not like Muslim keep on justifying hate speech of your God.

    I again repeat I have try to listen four to five times by Quran and by the end of pars 2 I hear lots of hatred of your God against Mushrikin.

    So your telling to me or hats of is not going to make us fake, keep your trueness to you.

    By Aayina - 2/17/2017 2:50:00 AM

  • Aayina,  The world today is governed by International Law to which all countries are signatories. Territorial acquisitions through war and conquests are no longer legal. The age of conquests through war is long over. In which century are you living? 

     In the past, Hindu kings also waged war against other Hindu kings and other kingdoms. Read the martial history of the various dynasties. The earliest known reference to armies in what today is India are millennia ago in the Vedas and the epics Ramayana and Mahabaratha. The Chola dynasty expanded overseas and were a naval force which successfully invaded parts of Southeast Asia like Malaysia, Southern Thailand and Indonesia. The Sikh Empire extended from the Khyber Pass in the west to western Tibet in the east, and from Mithankot in the south to Kashmir in the north. 

     So make up your mind whether you want live in the past or the present. Don't mix up the two.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 2/17/2017 2:06:38 AM

  • Alternate Link:

    Mohammed’s Sword


    By Naseer Ahmed - 2/17/2017 1:11:48 AM

  • The fake commentators like Hats off and Aayina are intentionally just diluting the historical facts as a theological plan of RSS and SHANGHIS to conceal the real history; they can not admit the cordial relations with Hindus maintained by Muslims rulers throughout history. It is the communal agenda of BJP and party to diminish any secular historical facts and evidences in India.

    By Abdullah - 2/16/2017 11:04:32 PM

  • Muhammad's Sword
    by Uri Avnery, a Jewish atheist.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 2/16/2017 9:11:49 PM

  • Can Nasser Ahmed explain when Muslim gains by sword it political, reason of those kings or badshah in history, and when Muslim get oppressed   it became more Muslim victimhood than political.

    Atleast Indian Muslim should start to condem bad treatment by  Muslim to Hindus, otherwise so called moderate or whatever are more hypocrates(munafik) than the Muslims who openly challage.

    By Aayina - 2/16/2017 8:06:36 PM

  • Hats Off,

    Muslim historians exaggerated the exploits of their masters to curry favor with them.

    Much of what pass as "wars to convert" were nothing but empire building like any other empire building. No better and no worse.

    Your anti-Islam rants are becoming repetitive and boring.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 2/16/2017 11:09:43 AM

  • As far as the scriptures are concerned, kafir does not mean non-Muslim. The consequences in this world and the Hereafter are only for the kafaru among the various people including those who call themselves Muslims.

    The Misrepresentation of the Quran through Mistranslation

     As far as the deliberate distortion of History is concerned, read:
    Muhammad's Sword
    by Uri Avnery, a Jewish atheist.
    As far as the history of India is concerned, while there have been bigoted Mullahs and perhaps historians who gave political wars a religious colour (“the war on terror” is also seen by many western writers in religious terms and Biblical prophecies), the undeniable and most amazing fact is that Urdu literature in its entire history covering several centuries is completely devoid of religious bigotry. There isn't a single verse or sentence which speaks ill of any religion while freely ridiculing the Mullah and Islamic beliefs. The bigoted Mullahs were therefore few and on the fringe and were mostly ridiculed rather than followed. The Civil Society was therefore totally free of religious bigotry and this must flow from the ruler downwards or else it is the bigots who would have gained the upper hand which never happened.
    A correct understanding of history is not gained from the chroniclers of history alone who often show a marked tendency to embellish the account based on their own biases or agendas nor from a selective sample of the utterances of a few bigoted religious figures but from a broader consideration of the literature of the period and account of social and religious movements. In general, the rulers, administrators and the jurists and the Civil Society take a more humane and more practical attitude. The commentaries on the Quran that are available to us are not from the earlier period of tolerance but from a period of contraction and constraint, when the Islamic Caliphate was under threat both at home and abroad. Moreover, there can be no doubt that it is the attitudes of the jurists, rather than of the commentators and other theologians, that more accurately reflect the practice of Muslim rulers and administrators. The rules that some of the ulema laid down on the treatment of non-Muslims belong more to the history of mentalities than of institutions.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 2/16/2017 12:41:31 AM

  • If Turkey wants to join EU, Turkey should apologize for the massacring of 1.5 million Arminian Christians in 1915. This is one of the requirements of EU. Erdogan accepts only 300,000 killings
    By Royalj - 2/15/2017 3:13:09 AM

  • "Islam's treatment of people of other faiths with anything except tolerance."  LOL
    Lage Raho, Munnabhai.
    Perhaps Bhansali would like to hire you as his next scriptwriter.

    By secularlogic - 2/15/2017 1:07:53 AM

  • lesson no 1
    history as recorded by muslim historians accompanying the invaders have left behind a bloody, horrendus, woeful tale - these were not recorded by islamophobes. they were 24 carat muslims who set out to convert the whole world to islam. read ibn ishaq. read will durant. read fernand braudel. read al beruni.

    lesson 2
    the issue was whether scriptures of religions sanction oppression against any other groups. the answer is that the Holy Qur'an sanctions oppression of kafir. the issue is not not whether oppression was practiced in history. history is a record of oppression, loot, rapine and misery. read the tripitika - there is no injunction to oppress any group. not even non-buddhists. read the Holy Qur'an - what does it say about kafirs? more than 60% of the Qur'anic text is concerned with a negative portrayal of kafir as against the believers.

    you are a past master of diversion and deflection.

    By hats off! - 2/15/2017 12:44:43 AM

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