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December 15, 2015

The Global Jihad Factories operating nonchalantly and Mr Trump on the horizon

Filed under: Faith,World — Geekay @ 2:59 am
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There are two topics at present in the news – terrorism and climate change. Both are global and need global answers. Climate debate has been settled into a deal in Paris. The other is very long term and stays undefined for its reasons, let alone being addressed. Even to  associate a religious ideology to terrorism is like inviting oneself to be labelled as bigot. If the religion is named as Islam then straight away, one is referred as Islamophobe (refer here to another article on this topic). Liberty and privacy is all but dead thanks to terrorism except for perhaps tech savvy people.EiffelTowers

It is no secret that most terror incidents are coming from Islam related radicalised individuals. Even though, the concerted effort by Russia and west against ISIS is addressing the leaking wound of terrorism. But the fight is not just there. It is everywhere. Even if ISIS is eliminated, it will not be a surprise if it emerges elsewhere soon after. The funds available to terrorists are from many sources. The breeding ground are many – some countries, Madrassas or even some mosques.

Anyway, the question is – will more people like Mr Trump not offer the same solution of disallowing Muslims in their respective country in west. There is bound to be reaction in west and it will become more and more right wing. Hope, it stays close to centre and does not bring extreme right to the power anywhere. But to gradually move towards this ideal solution, the public needs to see that politicians are not clueless and do not keep behaving as if nothing has changed or behaving like liberals winking and allowing anything anywhere as it may alienate the minorities. Issue is if the problems itself are not accepted as existing then there can be no solutions either.

Edward Snowden is still not back in US after revealing that US has accessed, stored or hoovered in virtually all that goes on the net. It is not been denied by US emphatically. So, clearly there are no privacy issues raised when the govts access any individual. The issue is, however, if the civil liberty or public is able to acquiesce to govt accessing virtually anything then one wonder why would it be concerned if all religious, communal places, community centres are also monitored 24X7 by the govt or perhaps all these places are brought under a law that videos of all the activities should be recorded, kept for a month and should be made available for police viewing whenever it may so desire to access it. At least, if that happens, the lacuna that is left unmonitored for checking any insidious activity will then be filled.

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Yet another thing is that countries will gradually move towards formalising same sort of civil code for all communities. So, religious freedom held dear by many religions to wear their religious symbols in public will gradually cease. A state, Hesse had banned Burqa in Germany in 2011. Now, one of German party called CDU is asking for a full ban there following the bans imposed in France, Holland, Italy. There will be similar pressure now built on any other govts to impose this ban not just on Islam followers but on all other religion followers too including Sikhs who are required by their religion to wear turban and a steel metal wrist piece. I am assuming both of these will have to be banned as well not much longer there after.

The education also brings new issues. even though one may think that the Madrassas are not running in west but these are running as they are  in eastern part of the world.   Education in UK is not fully state controlled and there are complete religion controlled educational entities running outside state control. Here  is  a newspaper article  after Mr David Cameron speech on Madrassas . In this article, a Muslim can be seen defending madrassas and perhaps trying to say, please do not inspect us but collaborate with us whatever it may mean. The Article says “Muslims fundamentally want to counter the ‘poisonous narrative’ of radicalisation, so why not collaborate with them? “ The madrassas should on their own be teaching multi-faith education and keeping their pupils more prepared for modern education and morals. There are many a madrassas in India which are not teaching main stream education too, but there was news recently on India Today of a madrassa of Mandsaur District, MP (india) which is introducing Hindu religion to Muslim kids like Gayatri Mantra etc. Who would not wish that UK madrassas may also one day emulate this policy of bringing home the education of majority religion of Britain which is Christianity. There is a nice article here on Madrassa education in India. At higher levels, in London there are some campuses where it is hard to escape Muslim brotherhood or other gangs.

The Issue however is – no matter how much the govt monitors any religious place or educational place, the monitoring will not achieve much as people will take their activity elsewhere. Only it will end up alienating people. Perhaps, it is time to use the public itself. May be people can anonymously report issues in which govt may be interested.

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February 16, 2015

Should wider world continue surrendering to religion whether radical or otherwise ?

Filed under: Faith,Science,World — Geekay @ 1:54 pm
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Today, we learnt Coptic Church adherents of Egypt have been beheaded in Libya by ISIS. The middle east is turning rest of the world into an unstable world where not only outside faith people(Kuffars) are getting beheaded, raped, butchered but also many of those who live in the Islamic lands itself.   Current strategy seems to be nudging some of these countries towards banning the funding and declare them terrorists groups and sporadic bombing.

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The fight against radical Islam remains in abeyance. One of the problem is the differing policies of  most countries .  Starting with west – it does not declare openly the new war on  radicalism as it  does not want to define the contours of radicalism. It chooses to condemn in mild tones to some countries like India where it knows that criticism will not undermine the relations but otherwise takes the  conversation private with the respective country like Saudi etc. I do not think these private conversations will help in the long run. The west remains ill prepared to monitor the indoctrination level  by the Imams/Maulvis or teachers in school by framing a law. Anjem Chaudhri comes to mind. Not only the killer of Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolajo but the new guy, Brusthom Ziamani,  arrested on way to murder another army cadet had been inspired  by the Anjem’s thoughts along with Abu Hamza. The material on net also remains available. Perhaps, it remains available not only for the indoctrination of radical elements but also for helping the spy agencies to monitor the people who access this.  Countries like UK have allowed the independent Islamic education where integration and becoming patriot to the land one is living in is not the focus of  education but to make pupils more adherents to the faith just like followers in Mosque are drilled into doing something for saving their faith by invoking the supposed insult (against prophet or Islam) or crimes against the fellow Muslims. The victimhood card remains the hallmark even of the intellectuals of Islam.  So, when should non-Muslims feel alarmed? Should they worry  “When someone is expressing the feelings of  muslims being the victims or only when there are open declarations of hate against others. The linkages to incitement expressions is very hard to prove. Perhaps, that is why Anjem remains elusive to jail. So, degree of radicalism needs defining for conviction.

The Islamic countries till date have been open supporters of  not only allowing  the fundamentalists ideologies like Wahabism or Deobandies to flourish among their midst  but they also fund the followers of these ideologies. Taliban used to get funding from Saudi, USA, China. Saudi continue the funding of Madrassas in South Asia –India (Kashmir and other parts), Pakistan, Bangladesh. The funds for Jama’at-ud-Da’wah ‘s chief Hafiz  Saeed comes from Pakistan establishment  and also privately from people ‘s donations in Pakistan. This person was linked to Mumbai Carnage of 2008. Iran supports the Hizbollahs and Hamas besides the Syria, Iraq and the new group  in Yemen. The Muslim brotherhood also gets funding perhaps from Jordan even though it is on the receiving end in Egypt after Morsi’s (last President) ouster. Saudi remains averse  towards it. However, the Muslim brotherhood not only has controlled ministry of education in Jordan for last 17 years but has received  funds raised by charities in the name of Palestine. It is considered a terrorist group in one country like Egypt, Saudi, UAE, Baharain but not outlawed by others like Jordan, Qatar. It was feared that brotherhood has taken root  in many British campuses ( London University campuses), so in 2014 David Cameron had ordered a review of activities of Brotherhood.

                                            Following ‘Peshawar Massacre’ of school children, there was a lot of soul-searching going on in Pakistan. But some elements there are just too powerful. The media invites them all for discussions and they soon change the discourse of the nation. The fight against radical elements start slipping even before it begins.  Here is the list of 2012 in Pakistan of banned Islamic groups. The list has grown only since then but against most of them there are no actions as they continue to thrive among local and intellectual support on media. The prevaricating Jordan on fundamentalism has been bitten suddenly like Pakistan, by the burning of its pilot which has inflamed the Jordonians into taking some action. Saudi too wants to support the action against IS and so is the Turkey, Iraq and the west. This has not prevented IS to continue the game of killing the captured assets. The resoluteness against IS is one thing but when it comes to dealing with radicalism at home in each of these countries, every govt find themselves in conundrum. They want to deal but do not want to inflame the existing saner elements of Islam. There are very few liberal voices within the Islamic fold and they become target of bigots as soon as they present their views or their sane reasoning. The others outside the faith are not allowed to have any voice. They quickly get labelled as Islamophobes. In any case the Islam has to begin a reformation within itself but it can never do that. There is a fundamental problem. In Islam, Christianity and Judaism, there is a concept of  immutability meaning  God does not need to gain knowledge; he knows all things, eternally and immutably so an infinite and changing God is inconceivable . Now, if that is so, how can the Islam begin to accept the knowledge outside Islam in science or from other faiths. This is the crux that makes one tenet of Islam call itself holders of true Islam and other tenets as non-Islamic. No wonder there is such a big fight with Islam where Ahmedi, Shia etc are all considered non-muslims by Sunnis.  I am not sure, why it is not affecting the followers of  Judaism, Christianity. Perhaps, Judaism, Christianity allows dissenters within its fold and it allows more tolerance of those who refuses to listen and follow to the dictates of the orthodox Rabbi, father, priests, Pope etc.  Hinduism is all-embracing & accepting all. They have in their temples even photos of Jesus Christ, Budhdha, Guru Nanak(Sikh).

Religion should not be relevant today but it continues to thrive. If one were to look at the attributes of God in Chrisitianity, one of the attribute says God is omniscient means it has all the knowledge, perhaps similar to what Allah is considered to have. If you think about this, then you think first of all knowledge is changing and expanding all the time. So, when today not only we know the BigBang took place but we can simulate the universe at the time of BigBang i.e. 14 billion years ago. Here is the simulation of BigBang done after 6 months of  number crunching on a super computer. Perhaps, the God was not there at the time of BigBang.

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Because if God was there at time zero i.e. time of BigBang then it must have existed in some material form, gas, rock or liquid – perhaps it must have gone into some star, planet, dark hole or dark matter that holds galaxy together. If that was so, how could God move from that existence onto Planet earth or heaven where ever it is. Most likely, it should still be where it always was. Presumably like thoughts of  Plato, God has been similar to human form (based on Genesis 1:27) and only came to existence only after humans evolved. Earth is only 4.6 billion years old and earliest humans 55 million years old. Since human have finite shape and size so, God will also be like that only. It is physically impossible to be everywhere (omnipresent – another attribute of God). So, if there is finite size of brain, then it can not know everything. If it is physical in nature means of finite size than it can not be everywhere.  Let us assume it is present in every cell of living creature after all Hindus say it is present in “Kan Kan” means in every molecule. If that was so, perhaps it was present at time zero and will be at the infinite time when there will be no humanity on Earth. First of all our galaxy Milky way and its nearest galaxy Andromeda are heading towards collision in 4 billion years time.

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If it escapes that collision then we have Sun ready to engulf it in 7.6 billion years from now when Sun’s fuel runs out. Will the God disappear as earth or God ‘s abode heaven disappear? If that is true that means God has end too and it is perishable too.

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So, if God is in every molecule than it must be either in nucleus or in the orbits around nucleus . If it is in biological cell, then again it could be in nucleus (DNA) or the cell area outside nucleus. So, if it is present in nucleus, then it must be a part of DNA, RNA or who knows God may be just letter of  DNA or a gene expression. If it is outside nucleus, then it could be just an an atom, ion or molecule of protein, harmones, enzymes etc. But, since the cognizance in human brain takes place when we have memory and processing capacity of brain, so how will God do processing when it is merely a part of molecule, a whole molecule or combination of the molecules. The processing by brain requires communication between neurons(brain cells). So, if it knows everything then it has to be in brain cells alone and not in every cell or molecule as the religions claim and it can not be infinite as neurones will require continued supply of blood with oxygen means survival of neuron depends on the presence of a body. If it requires a body that means the existence of  God has to be finite as body is of finite size. So, it can not be infinite. It also means the God can not be  omnipresent if it is finite and  if it has limited faculties, then It can not be omniscient. It can also not be immutable, if knowledge keeps changing all the time. The fact is the God was created when people thought of miracles and there was no knowledge to understand the natural phenomenon like volcano eruption, earthquakes, famines and floods, diseases etc. Perhaps, it is time for people to move on from God  as most govts. are unable to chart out a course of  freeing the man from the clutches of Godman of whatever faith – radical or liberal .

March 6, 2013

Was Partition a blessing in disguise – A travel from Akhand Bharat to Akhandit Hindu Samudaay

Amidst the gathering gloom about imploding Pakistan, I came across a positive news from Pakistan. It said Pakistan carried out drone attacks in Feb: US Officials . Well, isn’t it a surprise when many Pakistan political leaders were deriding US drone attacks for killing innocent civilians along with terrorists and wanted it to be stopped, that establishment in Pakistan realised that with US departure, now Pak army has to do what US was doing all along. Well, other news emerging from that country seem all depressing. A third major attack within last 2 month on Shia community and the news that part of the Pakistan state is now controlled by outside fighters not just in FATA etc but within its biggest city Karachi itself is hugely depressing. The Shia community is new target. Earlier targets for attacks have been other religious minorities like Hindu, Christian. The puzzle now seems who will follow Shias. Will it be Barelvis, Muhajir (Muslim migrants from India who came at Pakistan creation), will it be Punjabi v rest Pukhtuns, Sindhis etc. Baluchi like Shia are already on the anvil getting hammered.

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Figure 1 After the Shia Bombing in Pakistan

Every time, all these bad news gather pace, the question goes back to the genesis of Pakistan. Was it necessary to placate and encourage a few Muslims by British to create a partition of India. The present affairs of Pakistan seems uncontrollable but who knows if more resources come into Pakistan, it may stabilise. There seems more if statements and wishful thinking about it, though.

Recently, I came across a facebook Hindu group page wanting to besmirch the good memory of Mahatma Gandhi decided to post a picture of Gandhi’s killers. The others were supposed to fall in line and pay respect to the killer because it would have meant rejecting Gandhi’s love for Muslims, Hindus etc. I was not happy for them losing sight of Gandhi’s contribution in India’s freedom as well as inspiring others like Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr. etc for the world peace in general.The group photo had included unfortunately another individual called “Veer Savarkar” who spent considerable years  in jail from (1911 -1924)  for violent struggle against British.  Savarkar was a complex person. In jail, he turned to revive Hinduism and wrote several books.  In 1920, the Indian National Congress and leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Vithalbhai Patel and Bal Gangadhar Tilak demanded his unconditional release. Savarkar tactically signed a statement endorsing the trial, verdict and British law, and renouncing violence, a bargain for freedom. But his incarceration continued. After his release, however, in stead of joining India’s non-violent freedom movement with Congress, he went against the Congress and Jinnah’s Muslim League. He, presided over a new organisation till 1943  called Hindu Mahasabha which became a pre-cursor to current BJP (Bhartiya Janta Party). Hindu Mahasabha could not reconcile to partition. Gandhi was considered guilty as he acquiesced to partition. It is hard for anyone to conclude those days in 1948 that Veer Savarkar had nothing to do with Gandhi’s murder,  if he was sitting in that photo along with Gandhi’s eventual killers and met the killer just before the murder mission. So, Savarkar was also arrested for Gandhi’s murder too along with others but he was freed  as the evidence linking him with it lacked independent corroboration. Current BJP brigade keep bringing Veer Savarkar in front because  of their need to highlight his message of Akhand Bharat (undivided India) and also for his so much work on Hinduism.  Savarkar was a patriot to the core and devoted to the cause of India. I believe he should be brought to lime light denied to him so far but BJP should not dismiss Gandhi’s contribution and spoil his memory as  it was not just Savarkar who gave the message of Hindu unity and empowerment but Gandhi too did the same in equal measure, if not more.

Savarkar (above) and Gandhi politely agreed to...

Savarkar (above) and Gandhi politely agreed to disagree on whether Ramayana justified the use of violence in freedom struggle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BR Ambedkar, the man responsible for Indian Constitution, talked about Savarkar like this –

“In his scheme a Muslim is to have no advantage which a Hindu does not have. Minority is to be no justification for privilege and majority is to be no ground for penalty. “

Savarkar also expressed joy at the recognition of the claim of Jewish people to establish an independent Jewish state, and likened the event to the glorious day on which Moses led them out of Egyptian bondage.

However, there is a concern in majority Hindus that the current Congress and many other parties in India like SP, BSP, TMC(Trinamul Congress), AIADMK etc  who all want Muslim votes are doing the same thing that led to partition of India. It was  then the active appeasement of Muslim constituency  by British. The appeasement of any section of society lead to disenchantment in others. Already the reservations for even Hindu lower castes(dalits etc) is causing this. This has been extended  to Muslim reservation in number of states but if Muslim reservation for Jobs etc goes nationwide,  it will exacerbate into a deep seated anger against the beneficiaries and divide the communities along religious lines too besides already castes divided Indians. So, while most Indians thinking nostalgically about Pakistan hurts in one way asking question as to why we had to separate or why this dream of Savarkar ‘s  Akhand Bharat could not be kept, I have begun to feel and thank God for partition that India is saved at least from the mayhem (daily bombs) that Pakistan is facing. The Hindu community swelled after migration from Pakistan, perhaps, they must be feeling blessed too that they have become now an Akhandit Hindu Samudaay (undivided Hindu Community). However, it is not just Hindus, but Muslims feel relieved too. Here there is one Shia Muslim expressing his joy on remaining in India .He commented on the Pakistani news paper Dawn’s website like this –

Javed Hussaini

  February 17, 2013 7:13 pm

So much for the two nation theory, Maulana Azad was 100% right, I am glad my parents stayed put in India and not move to Pakistan, on the eve of partition. Being a Shia , and a minority in India, I feel much safer in Haryana, a 90% Hindu area where I live, then I ever will in a Muslim nation. Pakistan needs to learn to respect people and be tolerant, if the Hindus want they can wipe out Muslims from India and the world would probably do nothing , as it is a big economic power on which no military or economic sanctions will work, but that does not happen in India, periodic riots do happen that is as much a fault of Muslims and Hindus or Sikhs, Our MLA is a Muslim, the next constituency the MLA is a Sikh, and again the population of both communities is less then 10%. I hope that this venom from Pakistan does not spread to Muslims in India, already we have seen anti Shia violence in Lucknow.

Well, I hope India remains undivided between castes, groups and religions for long long time irrespective to whatever is happening in Pakistan.It was a blessing in disguise that partition happened. India should survive to give refuge to any one undergoing persecution anywhere.

September 27, 2012

Waking Up of Ummah

Let me tell those who do not know what Ummah is – Ummah is an Arabic word meaning “nation” or “community”. It is commonly used to mean all the Believers (Ummat al-Mu’minin), and thus the whole Muslim people. There is an Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). It has 56 member countries. India is not one of them in spite of being no 3 in Muslim population. Perhaps, OIC can be referred as Ummah.

During the last fortnight, the world has witnessed the waking up of Ummah. Following the discovery of film “Innocence of Muslims ” by Egyptians. The storm across Muslim world erupted. It started gathering pace in other nations as well like Australia, UK, Italy, Netherlands etc where demonstrations took place.

The doubts on existence of Ummah always came as the Ummah rarely woke up before in unison like this time. Yes, there were times, it has awoke as when cartoon controversy outraged it from Denmark,  the burnt pages of Quran were found in Afghanistan, the photos of US soldiers came out abusing the prisoners of Abu Ghareb or urinating pictures on the dead Talibans emerged more recently. The reactions however were far more constrained unlike this time.

Has Ummah been having  selective amnesia ?  Islam has not made Muslims virtuous. No religion can make any. Muslims have committed and continue to commit all kinds of crimes – much more sinister and grave.

1. Did Ummah condemn terrorism on US soil on 9/11/2001, London 7/7/2005, Java Attacks 2002/2003 or Mumbai 26/11-29/11/2008?

2. Did Ummah stir into action when Muslims people abused the white girls in Rochdale(Manchester), Telford(Birmingham), Bradford, Oxford in UK .

3. Did Ummah utter a word of concern on forced conversions of minorities specially in Pakistan though it goes on across Muslim countries.

4. Does Ummah condemn the attacks including drone attacks on civilians who are driven to Nuba Mountains in Sudan. In 2011, more than 500,000 Sudanese civilians were driven from their homes by government action and that number continues to grow in 2012. The attacks in Darfur are on-going since 2003. The International Criminal Court has indicted Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir and issued an arrest warrant for Defence Minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein for war crimes in Darfur. But will Ummah rise and declare that Al-Bashir is criminal.

5. Where does Ummah stand on who is Muslim and who is not. Why Shias, Bahais, Ahmadiyya are considered non-Muslims by most of Sunnis leading to their killing or not allowing to worship.

6. Where does Ummah stand on infidel killings(Christians, Hindus) – is it legal to kill others in the land where Muslims have majority.

7. Where is Ummah on reforms within Islam? Why Ummah can not agree to basic human values in Ummah member countries. Muslims cherish these when they live in countries that offer these values but they do not enjoy it when they are at home. These are rights to freedom of speech, rights to practice the religion and rights to wear what is acceptable to all countries, rights to minority to live on equal footing, rule of law and avail equal justice, opportunities.

So, what has changed? Is it the effect of Arab Spring? Perhaps, young liberated Muslims of North Africa are ready to show to the west that they are their own master now. Pakistan always thought itself more Islamic than the rest of Muslims, so 20 or more people died there in the protests. What about the real Muslims? – the Salafis (Wahhabis) of Saudi Arabia. Why there was no reaction from them? Well – The Al Arabiya News reports that Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, billionaire nephew of Saudi Arabia’s king, said on Tuesday only a minority were involved in violent anti-US protests over a film mocking the Prophet Mohammad, and Islam was too strong to warrant such an uproar over the matter. Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the highest religious authority in the kingdom, on Saturday condemned the attacks against diplomatic representations as contrary to Islam after protests that have rocked the Arab and Muslim world.

So, is Ummah one? The answer is “no”. It never was and it never will be. If it was one,  will any Muslim go hungry. Will there be any discrimination bordering on racism within Muslims. When some of the Muslim countries are richest,  poverty reigns supreme in lots of Muslim countries as Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia etc..  But  new converts to Islam will still continuously be persuaded and deluded to believe in the universal Muslim brotherhood of Ummah. I only wonder why do these Muslim world’s leaders in UN (on world stage) protest so vociferously about their indignation. Ummah does not want to change anything on their side but it is seeking an international  blasphemy law like the one in Pakistan  in the wake of this film. The other world leaders like Obama should ask this Ummah  to act on some of the points mentioned here like providing basic human values in Muslim countries to all.   Ummah needs to prove that it has sense of justice too before seeking anything from international community.

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