article was first published in this column in 2010 in Nation Online albeit with
a different title. Its publication at that time was warranted by an
unpredictable pendulum which started to swing dangerously on the entire Arab
world with what came to be known globally as Arab Spring.
repetition of the article here is due to its relevance at this time when a
political tsunami seems to be foraging the Arab world crushingly at the expense
of Islam. That tsunami can be linked to the recent diplomatic ripples in the
Arabian Gulf which led to the ostracisation of Qatar by the tripod of Saudi
Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. That fortuitous incident later became
complicated by the criminal murder of a US-based Saudi Journalist, Jamal
Kashogi, in cold blood, right inside the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Turkey.
Islam in the Arab world is like a lily by the mossy stone. And that mossy stone
is nothing other than the Arabs themselves through whom Allah’s divine religion
was revealed to mankind. The more turbulent the Arab world goes politically,
the more fragile the Islamic lily becomes. Now, many questions are begging for answers
around the world about Islam, but most of those questions are not immediately
at the inception of Islam, the Qur’an described the “pre-Islamic Arabs as a
people with great penchant for recalcitrance and hypocrisy” they (the Arabs)
quickly retorted by saying that the reference was to rural and not urban Arabs.
Their justification for that reaction at the time was that over 80% of the
Arabs were rural dwellers. But today, with more than 80% of the Arabs being
urban dwellers, has it not become manifest that Arabs are Arabs irrespective of
whether they are urban or rural dwellers?
those who are not quite familiar with the Arab history before the advent of
Islam, it may look like an irony that the great religion of peace called Islam
originated from amongst such people. But those who understand the workings of
Allah will readily know that revealing Islam to mankind through the Arabs was a
deliberate divine policy. If that religion had not come into existence through
a stubborn fraction of the Caucasian race like theirs, the Arabs would have
constituted its most impregnable impediment and, thus, the relative peace in
the world today would have been a mirage.
design for Islam as a religion was to make it a social movement springing from
the very grassroots and rising gradually to the topmost echelon of human
aristocracy. That Islam came to mankind through a people with such Qur’anic
description, therefore, could not have been an accident or a mistake.
Islam had been revealed to mankind through the institution of monarchy or that
of aristocracy, it would have been turned into a religion of masters and
servants. And, in that case, the operations of Mosques would have been according
to human status while the whims and caprices of the rulers and the lords would
have formed the bulk of the laws guiding that religion. Thus, justice would
have been according to the wishes of those monarchs and lords in a situation of
cash and carry just as it was in Christianity in the primordial time. In a
nutshell, justice would have been a matter of nomenclature proclaimed in the
name of Allah but implemented in the style of Satan.
as a Trait
not strange that the Arabs of today are what the Qur’an had called their
ancestors about 1500 years ago. A leopard can neither change its colour nor
give birth to a lamb.
stubbornness as a trait is not peculiar to the Arabs. It is a common trait of
all dwellers in desert areas. Even animals like camels and donkeys share that
trait with them. The divine logic in driving Islam into the world though the
desert Arabs is therefore to convince mankind that even stone-hearted people
like the Arabs could be tamed by the non-such sacred message called the Qur’an.
Meanwhile, despite the emergence of Islam through them, the Arabs have never
been able to part with their natural obduracy which was the premise from which
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) began the propagation of his divine mission.
and Jews are brothers from the same father (Prophet Ibrahim) but different
mothers (Hajarah and Sarah). They share many traits of recalcitrance and
obduracy in every aspect of their lives. Just as the Jews rejected Prophet Isa
(Jesus) who emerged from amongst them so did the Arabs rebuffed Prophet
Muhammad (SAW) even after they had convincingly accorded him the status of a truthful and
trustworthy personality, based on his exemplary character before he became a
Prophet. But for the fact that his message eventually brought fame to the Arabs
and elevated their status in the comity of nations they would have totally
rejected the divine message called Islam theoretically and practically.
only Prophet from Arabia
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) was the only Prophet from the Arab line. All other known
Prophets after Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) came from amongst the Jews. Thus, the
Jews can be said to be the world’s most luxurious race in divine prophet-hood.
Yet, no Prophet was ever really accepted by them. The fact that a few of them
still hold on tenaciously to Torah (now called Old Testament) which was
revealed to Prophet Musa (Moses) is only due to an historical prophecy which
enabled them to hope for a possible return to the land of Judea.
Jews like Arabs
Arabs are hardly dissimilar from the Jews in their thoughts and actions. That
the idea of the on-going global terrorism originated from among the Jews but
became the heritage of the Arabs cannot be strange.
four rightly guided Caliphs who succeeded Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as Heads of
State and leaders of the Muslim Ummah, only one (Abu-Bakr Siddiq) was not
killed in office and that was probably because he ruled for only two years. The
other three: Umar Bn Khattab, Uthman Bn Affan and Ali Bn Abi Talib were all
murdered gruesomely in cold blood as Heads of State by no other people than
fellow Arabs. The Jews had done same to their Prophets long before the Arabs
least, it remains an historical fact that the Arab Muslims ruled Spain for
about 500 years from 750 CE to 1258 CE. It was
during that period that countries like France, Italy, Germany as well as
Britain and others had their first contact with intellectual civilisation. If
propagation of Islam was genuinely the Arabs’ objective of struggling for
power, what Islamic achievements did they make during their half of a
millennium rule over Spain? And why were they eventually evicted with ignominy
from that country?
Arabs ingenuity had not been encapsulated in greed and self-centeredness, the
intellectual hierarchy of the world today would have been different. In their
lifestyle, even before the advent of Islam, the Arabs were notoriously known
for three obnoxious engagements. These were WAR, WINE and WOMEN through which
they often engaged one another with relish. But Islam came to condemn each of
those primordial engagements which can
be described as the main causes of self-destruction.
because Islam originated from the Arab domain where the two foremost Islamic
sanctuaries (the Ka’abah in Makkah and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah) were
situated. The fact that the revelation of the Qur’an was in their language
encouraged Muslims of other tongues and tribes to concede leadership of Islam
to them even if tacitly. But rather
than rising to that privileged status, the Arabs placed premium on Arabism and
turned Islam into a pun on the chessboard of their racial, greedy politics.
what matters most to the Arabs is Arabism rather than Islamism.
is why virtually all the Arab countries are more related to Arabic than Islamic
well-known topmost Islamic bodies like Muslim World League and the likes which
came into existence for the Unity of the Ummah some decades ago are now
moribund because the Arab Muslim leadership that is supposed to nurture and
pilot them is virtually none-existent. The only global Islamic body known to be
functional today is the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) and that is
because the Arabs need the population of that body to checkmate certain
unpalatable Western policies formulated against the Arabs at the United Nations
level. Incidentally, to counter the Arab agenda, the Westerners have
infiltrated that body through a surreptitious incursion into it. Many of them,
including the United States, are now members of OIC even if in observer status.
great delight of the West, the wealthy Arab nations and individuals of today
are spending their enormous resources in purchasing and acquiring football
clubs in Europe even as their brethren in non-Arab parts of the world are
wallowing in abject penury, squalor and degradation. What a peculiar conundrum?
summary of all the assertions here is that the Arabs, and no other group of
people, are the real enemies of Islam. They are the ones using their wealth to
boost the various economic activities of the West including stock exchange,
manufacturing, farming, Hotel businesses and tourism as well as sports and
games at the expense of the lives of Islamic adherents. Considering all factors
militating against Islam, it seems that the greatest puzzle about the Arabs is
their mutual enmity in which no Arab country wants to tolerate another. Egypt
and Algeria are sworn enemies just because of rivalry in soccer game. Saudi
Arabia and Yemen are in perpetual warfare merely on some primordial issues
which had pitched the one against the other before the advent of Islam. Iraq
and Kuwait are two neighbours that can never sleep with their two eyes closed
due to mutual suspicion.
and Lebanon seem to have permanently designed an indelible demarcation line
between them just for the reason of material gains.
and Sudan have had to go into military conflicts a number of times, across
their common border, for no reason other than material benefits. Morocco and
Algeria will rather choose the gallows than settle a seeming permanent rancour
between them over the questionable ownership of Western Sahara. How can there
be unity? Yet, some Nigerian Muslims often blame the problems in the Arab world
on Western conspiracy. If that is truly the case, what prevents the Arabs from
conspiring together to resist Western conspiracy against their unity?
on sheer religious sentiment, many Nigerian Muslims think that by pitching tent
with the Arabs against the Jews on the Palestinian issue they are pitching tent
with Islam. This is far from the truth.
problem of the homeless Palestinians is purely political and humanitarian
rather than religious. And that problem is more fuelled by the Arabs who play
hypocritical role in it than by the Jews who are directly benefitting from it.
many Nigerian Muslims know that the siege on Gaza Strip which began in January
2009 was not by Israel alone? It was a clandestine connivance between Israel
and Egypt with the military support of the Western countries and financial
backing of some Gulf Arab countries.
Egyptians and citizens of those Gulf countries not Arabs? Why should they
tighten the noose of death on their fellow Arab brothers?
that is the Arab nature for you. If you see them in any solidarity, it is for
the purpose of hatching a treachery against a fellow Arab country or Islamic
interest. The recent senseless imbroglio between a mischievous tripod in the
Gulf region and Qatar is a sufficient example of what the Arabs can do to
contradict what Islam preaches.
love power and they will do anything, including suicide bombing and cold blood
murder to cling to power directly or indirectly. That is why democracy in the
Arab world knows no voting in a
democratic sense. It is a mere matter of nomenclature. Once installed, an Arab
Head of State will remain in power till his death. He will even want to be
succeeded by his son. Syria is a typical example. And, except for the sudden
insurgency that led to the infamous Arab spring, Presidents Hosni Mubarak of
Egypt and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya would have been succeeded by their children
respectively despite their claim of democracy.
this assertion, ‘The Message’ column is not opposed to leadership by succession
if that will ventilate a peaceful atmosphere but it should not be by
imposition. That will grossly contradict the position of Islam which was why
the second Caliph, Umar Bn Khattab, rejected a suggestion that one of his sons
be made his successor. He even cursed the man who made the suggestion and
accused him of nursing an ulterior motive aimed at causing a dissension withing
the Muslim Ummah. The analysis here is just to show the extent to which the
Arabs have returned to the love of power, even at the expense of Islam, after
the first four Caliphs.
Muslim world is like a mighty stream in which everybody drinks water. But those
who position themselves at the upper side of that stream are the ones polluting
it for the others. And if something drastic is not done to change the cause of
pollution in that stream, it may eventually become a poison for all its
drinkers. In the interest of their future and that of Islam, the Arabs are
strongly advised to do something positive about Islam before Islam does
something negative to them.
Headline: Arabs as impediment to Islam
Source: The Nation Online