Arabs with religious slogans, insulting Jews, Christians in the pulpit, yet seeking their military and scientific capacities in crises and wars – ARAB TIMES
ONE of the western tech companies has around 155,000 employees, while another has 70,000 employees. These two companies have provided mankind with more than 11,000 patents in various types of technologies. Moreover, they are devoid of any affiliation or prejudice towards a religion or even a sect.
However, when we study Sunni, Shiite and Arab religious institutions, we find that they have around 450,000 employees working in various capacities. All of them combined did not present the Arabs with any invention or advancement except for fatwas (legal opinions) of all kinds of prohibitions.
Apart from the lucky few, they worked to distort religious texts in order to apply them to their political and financial projects, and to seize power.
Since the beginning of the last century, political groups with religious slogans have started to emerge. One such group is the Muslim Brotherhood Group, which has sought, from the beginning, to hijack power under the slogan of establishing justice and equality, and reviving the caliphate.
In this regard, the late Saudi Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz gave a precise description of the Muslim Brotherhood Group in his interview with the Al-Seyassah daily in 2002.
The late prince said: “The Muslim Brotherhood Group is the source of the affliction… and how many afflictions there are in the Arab world, the Gulf region and Kuwait since its inception, and after he was fed conspiracy and puppets ?!
What applies to this group also applies to the rest of the terrorist groups, whether Shiite or Sunni. We have the best examples in terms of acts of sabotage practiced by such gangs over the past four decades, starting with Hezbollah, which is an agent of Iran, then Al-Qaeda and Takfir wal-Hijra, and up to ISIS. All these elements have been used from abroad to cause the greatest number of sabotage and division in the Arab world.
Did these people who work in the religious field and those associated with these groups fail to read chapter 2, verse 285 of the Holy Quran which says: “The messenger believes in what has been revealed to him by his Lord, and) believers; they all believe in Allah and His angels and His books and His messengers; We make no difference between any of His messengers… ”
They also seem to have misread Quran chapter 16, verse 125 which says, “Invite your Lord’s way with wisdom and good instruction, and discuss with them in the best way.” Indeed, your Lord is most aware of who has strayed from his path, and he is most aware of who is [rightly] guided.”
Indeed, they have all turned away from the essence of chapter 29, verse 46 which says, “Do not dispute with the people of the book except in the most just manner, except those who do evil; and say, “We believe in what has been sent to us and what has been sent to you; our God and your God are One, and it is to Him that we surrendered ”.
These preachers and missionaries abandoned all these verses because they prevented them from inciting religious and sectarian conflicts. Therefore, it is true what one of them said: “The preachers of Qom and Al-Azhar delivered in one year one million and 650,000 Friday sermons which call for death and torment. of the Hereafter on all those who oppose them. They also taught about three million and 360,000 lessons, on average per week, on menstruation, pubic hair shaving and entering the bathroom with the left foot. All these services did not benefit anyone, neither Muslims nor non-Muslims.
It is unfortunate that these perverted political ideas entered the minds of people in different parts of the Arab world and became a form of worship, until the fever of excommunication reached its peak, as one would hear. in the Friday sermons of the insults to the Jews. and Christians, and statements laden with racial discrimination that contradict the Islamic faith.
However, in the war to liberate Kuwait, the countries of this region sought the help of so-called “infidel foreigners” who helped them free the country from the clutches of the Iraqi Arab-Muslim regime. On this basis, the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries were well aware that humanity cannot violate the law by resisting the aggressor. As a result, everyone stopped insulting Christians and Jews, who are among the People of the Book, in the pulpit.
This trend crystallized in 2008 at the World Conference on Interfaith Dialogue convened by the late King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who launched his famous appeal saying: “We all believe in one Lord, who has sent messengers. for the good of humanity in this world and the hereafter. His wisdom, Glory be to Him, required that people differ in their religions, and if He willed, He would unite humans into one religion. We come together today to confirm that the religions which the Lord wanted to bring happiness to human beings must be a reason for their happiness, so we must announce to the world that differences must not lead to quarrels and conflicts. We say that the tragedies that have occurred in the history of mankind are not due to religions, but because of the extremism that has plagued some of the followers of every divine religion and every political belief.
Power has been the goal throughout history. Therefore, each has used all its tools in this regard. Caliph Haroun al-Rashid, who was described by heretics at the time as the caliph of entertainment and orgies, was not spared despite the launch of wars for one year and the pilgrimage the following year, alternately.
Today, in the age of space, nanotechnology, and the communication revolution, the applied science trend has proven its urgent need during the COVID-19 pandemic and has delivered human benefits. Medical research centers have avoided a repeat of the tragic scene of the Spanish flu pandemic at the turn of the last century, which claimed the lives of around 80 million people. Neither the supplications against the Christians and the Jews nor the incantations helped, but the vaccinations which came from those whom some call “infidels”.
In this regard, there is a simple story that elaborates the essence of knowledge and learning. If two men – a believer and an atheist – fall into the sea, the one who can swim has a better chance of surviving regardless of his belief.
Refraining from sectarian partisanship and working with the essence of the Islamic appeal is the foundation on which Arabs must follow. Lebanon’s lack of national cohesion, after sectarianism has become the norm in its society, is the best example of what Arab societies can achieve if they continue in this state of seditious discourse and feverish pursuit of power with connotations. religious, who excludes others and works not only to excommunicate but also to kill and wipe opponents from the face of the earth.
By Ahmed Al-Jarallah
Editor-in-Chief, The Arab Times