Ram Dass once said “As long as you have certain desires about how it ought to be you can’t see how it is.”
For months, there has been more and more disapprobation in regard to Sharia Law, ISIS, Jihad and Muslims in general. Religious fanatics citing Walid Shoebat as one example and a host of radical videos appearing on You Tube. Alarmist websites that are there for one purpose, scaring people and engaging in fear mongering. They’re designed to scare you into believing everything they say is correct – it is not!
Let me state one thing here, and let’s be very clear about it.
Sharia law is not going to take over the mainstream governments in the Western world. Normal citizens will not be forced to pray toward Mecca (officially: Makkah al-Mukarramah). Women will not be forced to wear the burqa. As a matter of interest, wearing the burqa, or niqab, or forehead veil by Muslim woman is not an obligation, it is a matter of local traditions and cultures. In other words, it is found to be popular in some countries while not in others, according to a specific area and their tradition. As for the traditional Islamic belief, it is to be favoured only if a woman fears to be harmed or to cause harm for others, or, if she is very beautiful, for example.
It doesn’t have a specific shape or form, every woman can have her own style, neither a specific fabric is recommended, even a soft transparent cloth is fine. In effect, the aim is to make face expressions not so apparent, but without hindering the woman’s ability to look, talk, and breathe. (Many thanks once again to my researcher; Dr. Hanay Qoulaq PhD. MPhil. (Middle Eastern Studies)
When I was in the Middle East last year, I spent a good deal of time with many locals. They were gentle, kind and welcomed me into their humble homes, treating me with the utmost respect. Me, a Westerner! I learned a great deal from these people about their religion and culture. I was also surprised to see a number of women in the hotel I was staying at, sharing their breakfast and discarding their veil.
Sadly we have been indoctrinated by a few misguided radical groups, they have managed, like most other cultist factions to install fear into many of us. It’s sad because once again, every situation is deeply seeded in religion.
Here’s the thing, I do not support terrorism, just as I do not support domestic violence, abuse or discrimination of any kind! Unfortunately, there will always be radical groups, ready to cross the Rubicon.
All they need is one person, just one person to look at their website, listen to their message, it reverberates, and they’re off! You know the saying: “One tells one, two tells four tells eight” etc. I’m pretty sure you get the idea!
The biggest coupe for these radical miscreants has been social media – it’s like bees to a honey pot! They have new and powerful platforms: mobile phones, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc.
My dear friend Hassan will tell a very different story. He owns a small kebab shop. His wife and their sons, who are studying at the local university, one to become a doctor, the other, a Marine Biologist, work long hours to pay their way in this country. They fled from their war torn remains, fleeing the corruption and desolation that surrounded them.
Under the rule of the Ayatollah Khomeini, life was never to be the same. A nationwide referendum resulted in a massive vote in favour of the establishment of an Islamic Republic. Ayatollah Khomeini proclaimed the next day, April 1, 1979, as the “first day of God’s government”. It took a number of attempts and much planning for Hassan to get his family out of their country. They did it with the help of friends and family and are now settled here. The scars run deep and every day they are reminded of the pain of leaving loved ones behind.
Sadly, we have no concept of what their life has really been like. We only see what we want to see and will read into it what we will, but at the end of the day we only ‘know what we think we know!’ We have made our minds up as to how it ought to be and that is that!
The point is this: because we are all so wrapped up within our comfort zones, the minute there is a post or a media report about an attack or coupe we react! Sad thing here is, every hour of every day there is some attack or gun fired somewhere on this mortal coil. A child molested, a wife bashed, an Indigenous, elderly, gay or disabled person berated, a child going hungry because dad, or mum spent the lunch money on the pokies or cigarettes. Another homeless person forced from their shelter because the Church does not like them sleeping in the foyer and on it goes…
Just stop for one moment and look at your surroundings. You are probably reading this post in the warmth of your home, comfortable with a nice hot cup of tea or plate of food, relaxing and thinking about what tomorrow might bring.
You don’t spare a thought for those suffering. No doubt you will watch the news on television, read it on line or in tomorrow’s paper you may or may not pass comment. That’s fine – it’s your choice. But think about this: my friend Hassan will once again be spat at, berated and cursed. It continues on a daily basis. He does not react publicly, but inside, cries in pain. He feels sadness for those that do these things to him and his family. Sad because they are not young kids, but mature adults. He does not call the police because he knows there is nothing they will do. These so called Christians, yes, they are Christians from a nearby church, spout forth sayings they have been parrot fed because they sadly believe what has been indoctrinated into them by these cultist groups!
As Ram Dass said….“As long as they have desires as to how it ought to be ….they will never see just how it is.”
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