Rashid Samnakay, New Age Islam
It is true
that all religions of the world have some regional base. Christianity is taken
as Western, Buddhism as Far Eastern, Judaism from Middle East and Hinduism from
South Asia and so on.
claims to be universal, ironically is not only concentrated in the region of
peninsular Arabia but is camouflaged in “every” thing Arabian. This phenomenon
has intensified many fold recently as the Arab oil wealth, augmented by
religious income has facilitated the spread of its influence. The following is
is given here as an example.
remarkable young, brave, thoroughly self confident and undoubtedly an
enlightened woman Rosie Gabrielle, the Canadian solo motor bike traveller,
announced her conversion to Islam while adventuring through Pakistan, where the
media is gloating over it.
the following statement:
“As humans we are afraid of what we do not
understand. Let me be that voice and example for all of humanity, and bridging
that gap to truly understand what Islam is and to live a peace filled connected
life, and InshaAllah hearts will be softened and minds will be opened, for more
peace, acceptance and understanding, to be a beacon for all, Ameen.”
statements she also aptly described her understanding of her faith, that must
have irked the religious brigade, but that is another story.
above, otherwise excellently intelligent statement, the italic InshaAllah draws
ones attention to a regional language Arabic and focus is put on an 'Arabic
Religion' commonly called Islam.
word, generally translated as 'God willing”, is used by Muslims to indicate
adherence to a Religion that is given to have been founded by an Arab Apostle
of God; named Muhammad, fifteen hundred years ago in the present day Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia. Its original scripture called Quran, obviously is written in
classic Arabic language.
As a very
young person, Rosie Gabrielle, though enlightened and highly sensitive
individual to present day environment, is not expected to have learnt the
details, text and context of the scripture Quran and yet the fact that she
believed that she was “already technically” a Muslim even before her
declaration of conversion, suggests that she had grasped the spirit of the
faith Islam as being applicable to all of humanity, and without having to
Unitarianism, of faith system Islam did not originate in Arabia. If anything,
it could be said that it was enunciated somewhere in ancient eastern
Mesopotamia by Noah (11-25,26) and propagated further by Abraham/Ibrahim; both
non Arab Messengers of God.
other Apostles had followed them since, across the world, speaking their
different languages, to pass the message of faith, as said in the scripture. Muhammad
Rasullulah from Arabia was one of them. Thus the faith named Islam in Quran
gives itself the universal status of for all of humanity.
It was not
an accident that Messenger Muhammad was sent to the Arabs, as there was no
messenger ever sent there to warn them previous to him, says Quran
(32-3,34-44,36-6 and many more). This was in accordance with nature as God
first sends a Messenger to warn all nations. The Messengers used their mother
tongues to explain the message to their audience.
of Arabia, being ancient traders and marketeers converted the universal Faith
Islam to benefit them exclusively, after the Apostle Muhammad and his rightly
guided Caliphs, into a regional Religion based exclusively at Makkah in Arabia,
the Muslim Vatican city. Everything Arabic then fitted like glove.
As can be
seen by the use of the Arabic word InshaAllah; the brainwash is complete to the
extent that the enlightened woman having answered all questions relating to her
faith perfectly correctly, expressed her desire to go for pilgrimage to the
Arab region, perhaps to meet “peace filled” humanity!
have on numerous occasions, and on and off, have barred many Muslims sects from
visiting the holy religious place on political or other disagreement issues;
let alone the rest of humanity. Although the Scripture says that all of
humanity is supposed to obtain guidance from pilgrimage to such a place.
only possible because the planet earth and the rest of the universe is the
creation of the Creator, and Easts and Wests belong to Him. But the Arabs have
successfully monopolised a speck of dirt on earth in Arabia as an abode of God
Allah exclusively for Muslims sects of their choice and choosing.
To cap the
monopoly, even the Creed is Arabianised: Laailaaha-illallah Mohammadur
Rasoollullah. It thus establishes the Personality cult of an Arab
Messenger, contrary to the scripture!
There is no
reference at all in the scripture Quran to indicate that the declaration of
ones Belief in the strict unity of God(One and Only), is to be compromised by
declaring in the one text that Apostle Muhammad is exclusively God's Messenger
at the exclusion of all previous Messenger of God, contrary to the scripture's
verse 2-4. This verse calls for Belief in all previous Messengers – named and
not named, sent to every nation.
contradiction is brazenly fluttered on the Arabian State's green flag.
Additionally declaring that the Faith Islam is based on antiquated Arabian
might of 'The Sword'. Yet one is led to believe that Islam, unlike many other
religions, was spread 'peacefully'!?
seals the argument for the world that the religion is of Arab region and
origin, as Muhammad was born there and was an Arab, speaking Arabic language
and wrote the Quran in Arabic.
other language could God have used for an Arab Apostle, asks Quran?
woman's use of InshaAllah is an innocent affirmation that she has
converted to an Arabic religion, called Islam. The Arabic word Ameen also in
her above statement again confirms the misconception that Arabic is an
essential element of being a Believer. Although the word can also be Amen as
uttered in Christian prayers.
Arabian brainwashing has isolated the Muslim nation from the unity of the
nationhood of humanity, contrary to what is the message of the scripture and
that the Messenger had propagated. After facing many hardships he had succeeded
to establish some unity in he region, albeit for a short period of time. The
marketing and economic imperatives of the desert Arabs overshadowed the Faith's
requirement of human unity. Insular religious industry has become the norm!
It can be
seen from the young lady's statement above that she fully understood the
important message of Islam, that of unity of mankind - “and to live a peace
filled connected life”.
deny us the luxury of connected life, and Religions as can be seen, divide
Muslims, let alone the rest of humanity, This is condemned by the scripture
Quran whence the Faith system Islam originates from ancient times and distant
lands, long before Messenger Muhammad was born. Hence Islam is not a religion
and certainly not an Arab one at that, let alone a regional religion to be
monopolised by Arabs for Muslims to follow, to please and pay homage to its
remarkable then that a young non Arab woman from the West should tell us what
Islam is, however much she was misguided to Arabinise it – innocently, with
couple of Arabic words; JazaakAllah?
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respect Mr GM, If I may ask- “de-Arabinize and Indianize” our Islam,
would it not be a case of 'out of the frying pan into the fire'?