September 11th 2001 tarnished the image of humanity. The aftermath of the event stirred up many questions about the issues and concepts of ethics, principles and freedom. Topics that were considered beyond criticism under the pretext of political correctness had lost their impunity. Islam and its principles had to put up with open debates and uninhibited questionings of common people on several of the Islamic practices and intentions as never before in its history.
As the US prepares for a war with Iraq, world population has taken to streets in protests organizing rallies and demonstrations that have become rife with charting of anti-war rhetoric. But the deafening silence of the Muslim clerics as regards what led to the abominable situation still remains a paradox. Dr Mahathir, the prime minister of Malaysia has said, "The US war is not against Iraq but to Muslims around the world."
Ever since Indonesia was accredited to the world's largest Muslim population, it has also become by default a waggling tail of Arab colonization. The lost identity of Indonesia as a nation of heterogeneous people that was once composed of Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Christians and other traditional belief systems is just a memory in the face of continuous Arab influence on its culture, just as happened in Egypt, Persia, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan and most recently in Pakistan. The Indonesia job seekers, whose influx to the Middle East countries, especially to Saudi Arabia dates back to more than 25 years, easily assimilated to the host countries' strict Islamic rules and customs as most of them belonged to the semi-literate or illiterate category of domestic helpers who were also docile in nature. With the new acquired wealth, their return to home country was a triumph for Arab nations for these workers were also carrying along with the petro-dollars, a pro-Arab attitude and cultural subjugation.
A quick glance at the Indonesian demonstrations all over the country will make you confused as to whether these were the Middle Eastern rallies in that the crowd's attire and overall appearance where women wearing the very conspicuous hijab and abaya while men with their trade-mark beard moving often in disdasha, even sharing the same mannerisms of Arab people. All of these display, defy the age old Indonesia cultural identity except for the peoples' oriental features.
The destruction of the statue of Buddha in Bamiyan in Afghanistan explicitly symbolised the intolerant nature of Islam. The Hindu Kush mountains and the city of Kandahar fortunately somehow retain their original names which link them with the ancient Indus civilizations and Vedic history. A race of Aryans, and inspite of their own pitiably fell for the Arabs' ideology and way of life.
Zarathustra must be tossing and turning in his grave for the might have hardly imagined his own people would ditch him for another sets of belief system. Lord Ahura Mazda has no place in the hearts of the Iranian people. Their ancient celebrations, festivals and traditions are considered taboo under the new Arab-Islamic orientated theocratic regime. The Arab's invisible indoctrination and encroachment on cultural and religious freedom of individuals have become the bane of this century. The new and old settlements of the Muslim population around the world have created ghettos in almost every country, which stemmed from their refusal to integrate society. The friction, the rift and the apprehension created by this scenarios between Muslims and the rest of the world societies have become alarmingly dangerous, that if not curtailed will contribute to the repetition of September 11, 2001 disaster created by the Islamic extremists on the American soil.
The Islamic religion, invented by the Arabs, is a constant menace to the world peace and to the Muslims themselves who are capable of sacrifice their own lives in order to kill the "enemies of Islam." The level of fanaticism is far greater amongst the average Muslims, that the average Hindus, Jews or Christians. Forcing people to accept to submit to one's belief is only a practice of Islam. No other religion advocated violence as a legitimate means of propagating itself.
To be continued....