By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
02 August 2017
Scholars of all disciplines generally tend
to adopt a particular kind of language; more literate, and specialized than the
common person’s language, the lingua franca. This, to certain extent is
necessary when addressing the audience specialized in the particular discipline
and expertise of the speaker, lecturer, writer etc. But when it is required to impart universal
message, as for example in a moral and ethical context, the message delivered
should be in a language that is commonly used.
The professional-trained priests are
masters of this art of delivery. They lace their language with passion,
gesticulations, and emotions and to enhance the effect, accompanied with
operatic, theatrics and regalia to mesmerize the audience. It is this
environment that has an impact on the lay person and in particular the young
ones. The preacher then has complete control over their minds and in so doing
is able to enlist them to comply with his agenda. A tool used most effectively
for so called ‘radicalization’.
In the context of young Muslims this term
‘radicalization’ is used specifically for people, who coming from diverse and
often dysfunctional backgrounds are thus mesmerized and then accept the onerous
responsibility thrust on them to violently change the norms, values and
paradigms of the society they live in and so are called “terrorists”.
Where Does The Fault Lie?
Many times it was reported in United
Kingdom by journalists who recorded secretly the Jihadi sermons from the
pulpits delivered in mosques. They were quiet different to the statements made
by the same priests when addressing the media outside the mosque and recorded
on camera. There it was always announced as to how peaceful and loving is Islam
It is not known though if the authorities
took any notice of those findings.
The recent case in point of the 22 year old
Libyan/British man, Salman Abedi, in May this year who detonated a homemade
lethal bomb in a concert venue in Manchester Arena, killing scores of young
concert goers and injuring many more is noteworthy!
It was reported that Abedi was well known
to the authorities, as his Libyan community had warned the police number of
times about his activities and association with suspect elements, operating
from a particular mosque in Manchester. Yet he was able to carry out this
heinous act of murder and inflict misery on the innocent. The ISIS claimed it
as its “Revenge” against the British, that is, the British innocent young
people! A lot therefore, hinges on that word ‘revenge’.
But one believes that there is no dearth of
Libyan ‘enlightened scholars’ in the city of Manchester or for that matter in
the United Kingdom as a whole. It is safe to assume that reams of scholarly
papers were then written in academia and numerous lectures given in ivory
towers analysing the event, condemning the bombing and extolling the message of
Did that message of peaceful Islam trickle
down to the young fertile minds? The answer is NO.
The religious preachers in mosques however
so successfully and with theatrics had used to recruit the likes of Abedi to
carry out foul agendas, at the expense of the innocent unarmed young people,
Muslims and non-Muslims alike!
Very recent news items from Indonesia endorse
“The ABC can reveal 41 mosques across 16
Indonesian provinces have been implicated in research conducted on behalf of
the Indonesian Government.
“Dozens of mosques across Indonesia are
under surveillance for supporting the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group,
spreading its ideology and recruiting fighters to go to Syria… …Of those, 16
mosques in seven provinces have been officially confirmed as supporting the IS
group by a team of researchers who have, and continue to, secretly infiltrate
the places of worship”.
Such mosques are said to be common around
On the contrary Muslim ‘scholars’,
particularly the enlightened ones are distant, disconnected and remote from the
so called ‘street mob’, the Muslim youth. The scholars use a specialized
language which for one, is not understood by the young and secondly even if
they were to hear it spoken, the venues are elitist and the young are not
All in all it is the ivory tower syndrome
that is at fault with Muslim scholars, however well-meaning their messages are
supposed to be. They are delivered to the converted, for intellectual discourse
and in academic high culture and have no practical influence on the radicalized
young of today. Their radicalization then continues unhindered by those
occupying the pulpits using religion, spirituality, theatrics and street
The able bodied, well-meaning scholars with
resources are therefore duty bound to don T-shirts and jeans to join the crowd
and adopt similar theatrics but of different kind, to inform the young
congregation as to what their professed peaceful Islam really is. This strategy
would be in keeping with the famous quote, very practical and effective: “If
you can’t beat them join them”. The means always justifies the end.
The enlightened attitude under the banner
of ‘freedom’ at home in general of the countries of the West, is taken full
advantage of by the religious brigade to recruit the ignorant young soldiers
for political agendas. But when and if any government there declares “enough is
enough” and takes some mild action, a cry of anguish goes up in the name of the
same freedom that their own countries; from where they or their forefathers had
migrated had never provided them with. It is a dilemma, particularly for
enlightened Muslims scholars of today.
Will It Ever Be Resolved?
The answer may be “yes”, but it is in the
hands of the able bodied scholars with stamina to stage a “revolution”; however
a different kind, peaceful and sophisticated one, to eliminate the ignorant
religious elitism of the priests’ class and take over the pulpits of the
mosques, the operating platforms; which are mostly under the command of their
high command in Arabia, or in this case the religious Vatican in Mecca, from
where most of the clergy draws its curriculum and allegedly also the required
It is suggested to the scholars that sing
song accompanied with string and percussion instruments to pass their message
effectively will not go astray, as these are allowed in religion. After all the
Rusul Daood Alaihis Salaam wrote and sang psalms accompanied by harp and
Sulaiman Alaihis Salaam propagated song called Song of Solomon! Perhaps
those apostles knew better that the language of music touches the heart and
soul of mankind. The modern scholars should emulate these stances to
lure the young ones.
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I endorse the suggestion to “the
scholars that sing song accompanied with string and percussion instruments to
pass their message effectively.” It is in tune with my following recommendation
listed in my article referenced below:
“4. Muslims youngsters must participate in diverse cultural
activities - games, sports, athletics, swimming, song, dance and music –
keeping within bounds of modesty and morality, to help inter-faith interaction
as commanded by the Qur’an” (49:13).
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