Islamic Perspectives

Our current state and the need to change

In 1913 the American poet Ezra Pound remarked that he had no idea of the force that was unleashed from the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century that led to a thousand mosques in Cordoba, Spain, until he caught a glimpse of it in the way a Muslim walked in Tangier. Compare that image to the current Muslim cities teeming with destitute youth looking for a ticket out of their empty lives to anywhere but home.

Muslim cusine once the envy of the world, produced in the homes of the believers with love and remembrance of Allah’s blessings is being replaced with techno-food and fast food. Sugared sodas replace natural milk, water, juice.  Corporate fast food chain outlets are now appearing everywhere including right in front of the sacred Kaaba mosque in Mecca and the holy mosque in Madina.

 The great testimonies of Islam’s solidarity and Muslims’ vitality are now largely ruins that have been replaced by the most hideous and poorly designed cement houses and buildings ready to collapse at the slightest tremor.  Houses filled with the remembrance of Allah and his prophet are now filled with empty films and the sound of television programming, antithetical to the values and morals that buttressed the Islamic civilizational enterprise.   Most Muslims now live under the yoke of tyrannical governments that through abusive systems of rule, generate an intolerance and lassitude that makes Muslims among the least productive people on earth.  Religion has become a refuge for angry youth who use it as a political platform to rage against the injustices of the west.

We must remember that neither American nor western people are our enemies per se, and that if they knew what Islam truly is, many of them would either embrace Islam or at least have a healthy respect for it.
Prof Hamza Yusuf
Zaytuna Institute, San Francisco, USA

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2011 on page no. 28

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