By Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
21 December 2016
As is said by the sages, scholars and
scientists that the universe: The cosmos, the planet earth and everything in
between operates and relates to other systems as a systematic whole obeying
fixed rules of nature. This then gives mankind a firm datum to function with
certainty and security. For example, navigating with stars.
It can be argued then that human beings
too, given the capacity and liberty to acquire knowledge and “think” for
itself, should be able to implement an irrevocable system of laws applicable
for mankind, so as to interact with people of different cultures and systems
that have evolved over millennia; so as to minimize if not eliminate clashes
and navigate through life with certainty and security. This is particularly
important because it has only this planet earth to live on; at least for the
foreseeable future till it finds another liveable planet!
The clashes that have and do occur, have
certain basic primitive instincts that mankind attributes to ‘animals’. Mankind
has been incapable of discarding them in spite of the fact that it is endowed
with intelligence and capacity to think independently. To use a cliché from a
cultured nation, “to which the laws of nature and nature’s god has entitled
it”. These remnant instincts mankind has clung to since it was kicked out of
the Garden of Eden play a major part in the conflicts that has plagued it ever
Conflicts and clashes that arise from
Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth-- the so called Cardinal
sins are said to be the source of all other vices of evil, immorality, and
barbarity are routinely applied in modern times. Nations with military might
and power display their greed and pride in this age has no precedent of scale
in past history for savagery. Displacement of and loss of Life on unimaginable
scale is only considered as collateral damage and not accounted for. Whereas
cities turned into mounds of dust, jungles turned into deserts and rivers
poisoned are proudly displayed in the media for the world to see.
Then how can these clashes be called clash
of civilization? Civilized nations behave morally and not like animals. But
then barbarity is not common instinct in animals. A pride of lion will kill one
deer and will busily consume it while the rest of the herd of deer will merrily
continue grazing in the vicinity. There the natural instinct to kill is to
satiate hunger and on needs basis only.
In comparison mankind’s inhumanity to man
is limitless, savage and brutal. For the purposes of dominance, influence and
power, killing and destroying on ever increasing scale has no equal in animal
kingdom. “We do it because we can” is the given wisdom and justification today
for those with power. Norm Chomsky has
summed up the concept of the clash as being a justification for a nation “for
any atrocity that they wanted to carry out”.
That is to say, plunder and loot-- “What is
mine is mine and what is yours is mine too”, although the newer version of it
is more elaborate as: “What is mine is mine, what is yours is mine and what is
theirs is mine too”. That completes the wisdom for clash of pride and greed.
Possession of material wealth, and for that
matter every other capability, capacity and ability that enhances status, has
no value if it is not “displayed and compared” with others and those who have
none or less of the same.
As long as there is any leftover part of
“the world” to conquer, plunder, colonise, subjugate and influence, mankind
will attempt to do it, even cruelly if required. No nation, in history or
modern age is exempt of such instinctive capital or cardinal sin. Religion is
often employed in the process as an added justification to recruit the ignorant
others in the evil causes. Barbarism is also a religion of a sort.
Yet many a sages and apostles have
recognised all these evil traits and particularly the above. “How much shall we
give?” asked the people of one past nation? “All that is beyond your need” was
the reply of the Apostle. Morality and ethics was supposed to determine the
When an old woman untied from her scarf the
smallest and the only coin she had and handed it over to charity, the others
who gave a bit more, mocked her for giving so little. The Apostle pointed out
to them that “she gave all that she had”. The capital virtue of “sharing” that
is an antidote to the culture of cardinal sins.
Share and share alike must therefore be the
cardinal virtue. For one such scripture had stated this basic ideology in 2-3
of its Code Book and further elaborated it as:-
“Have you seen him who belies the Code, the
one who is an enemy of those who are orphans/helpless, those who urge others
not to nurture and nourish the needy? So curse those who (shamelessly) parade
their piety, who are neglectful of their duty, their false piety is only for
display, and they put barriers across the free flow of sustenance”, Quran 107.
The UN Ambassadors of recent times please
take note of the bold italics!
The ideology and its message: “Share and
share alike” has had profound influence on thinkers; ancients, past and
present, who understood the impact of this message. The essential outcome of it
being the reduction of the so called ‘gap’ between haves and have not. And
therefore establish equality and harmony that is the prerequisite for mankind’s
happiness: The measure being “Gross National Happiness, GNH” instead of GDP,
the measure of material wealth. Thanks are due to the tiny country Bhutan for
reiterating the ultimate ideology. That is the basis of equitable economy that
should govern civilization.
Imagine if the trillions spent on
destruction in the manufactured so called “clash of civilisation” recently were
spent in eliminating poverty, want and ignorance round the world? There would
be half of it left over for all other beneficial projects, to compound the GNH!
The operatives of all institutions are the
individuals in positions of authority. If they were to embrace the capital
virtues that their respective sages have advocated, instead of the cardinal
sins the operatives and their ignorant followers have applied; humanity may
still prove the angles—the operatives of God’s church-- wrong when they warned
Him that His creation ‘the mankind’ will put the earth in conflict and clashes.
But God seems to be still hopeful that human intelligence will fulfil His plans
to establish “civilisation”!
Secular and not so secular, religious and
not so religious governments all pride themselves of their so called
civilization and wish to dominate others and impose upon them the same in the
name of their civilization, sometimes claim that it goes back hundreds if not
thousands of years.
Those were not civilizations but evolving
cultures which deteriorate and rot with age and so they have perished.
Civilization by definition is to civilize and reclaim from barbarism, a quality
that is enduring and permanent as those laws of nature that are operating in
it. In order to avoid all kinds of clashes Humanity too should implement
irrevocable system of laws applicable for mankind to function harmoniously on
the only planet earth.
Let us celebrate Christmas despite not yet
fulfilled God’s plan.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL
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need not to lose hope altogether. Domination of country/culture over the other
happens from time to time. However humanity rise again and again from the
ashes. Think of Crusader’s wars! What a vain attempt to retrieve the only holy
site. Think of Reformation and Spanish inquisition Think of World wars I &
II How many millions perished? Think of the Communists and atheists whose
unprecedented massacre of human beings in the history. Similarly the dark
clouds in the Middle East will pass away.
I do not
subscribe to the views of the atheists and liberalists that the people who believe in god
are the real reason why this world is in a mess. If nobody believed in god,
then there won’t be any hungry person on the planet.
there were numerous religious wars yet these religious people who run millions
of schools, colleges, universities, hospitals, clinics, homes for the orphans and
for the aged people. The Red Cross/the Red Crescent
will continue to look after the refugees, the dead and the wounded. Florence
Nightingale a spinster, for the love of God, undressed the unknown Crimean
soldiers, applied medicine and thus pioneered the Nursing Industry. Today
billions of people are benefitting.
people can listen to Holy Quran (5:32 “If anyone slays a person it would be as
if he slew the whole people.”
Merry Christmas to you
There are no absolute or, permanent value systems
or, morality. No value systems have been derived from any divine source. All
rules of conduct are human made. They are the result of requirements necessary
for cooperation in maintaining social order. The higher animals, including
humans have evolved empathetic and compassionate traits beneficial to survival.
Our intellect continually refines these, as circumstance requires. Modern
humans are more ‘moral’ than their ancestors. We have abolished slavery,
established rule of law, democratic governance, equality of women, kindness to
animals etc. which were not a part of life for our ancestors even a few
centuries ago. We have to further develop and refine these values and systems
to establish a better human society through reasoning, experience, arguments
and discussions among ourselves. No divine intervention is required. By the
way, no two liberal democracies have fought a war in human history. At least
one side has been undemocratic or, quasi-democratic. This shows that the normal
humans at large are more humane and can exert sufficient pressure on their
governments against war. The era of religious or dictatorial governments is
over. Most countries will become democratic in the next fifty years.
Information revolution, globalization, easy access to rational ideas and
weakening of religion will lead to more cooperation among countries. The Nation
States will become weaker, thus leading to less probability of wars and