Islam: threatened?

August 21, 2006 at 4:17 am (History, Islam, Islamism, Religion, Religions, The West, War)

Islam is the world’s second-largest religion. It is one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. Islam is poised to become the world’s largest religion at some point, especially when one considers self-identification and activity. Part of Islam’s numerical strength is that its people are multiplying at a great rate. Muslims take great pride these facts. They are even used to try to convince non-Muslims that Islam must be the true religion. If non-Muslims don’t listen, at least these facts serve to assuage their worries and stroke their pride in being Muslim.

And yet if one listens to most Islamic demogogues (including in this most clerics), one might imagine Islam would be wiped out tomorrow.

Ah, but one might say, there’s a difference between “Islam” and “true Islam.” Usually the latter refers to the resurgence and reformation of fundamentalist Islam the world is experiencing. “True Islam” is in no way threatened. Fundamenatlist Islam is sweeping the world–even establishing a significant presence in non-Muslim areas, especially as “authentic” Islam or normative Islam–and gaining adherents and supporters by great numbers. Paranoia over the imminent fate of fundamentalist or “true” Islam is unfounded.

Ah, but one might say, Muslim lands are under attack by anti-Islamic, Western, Crusading forces. Utter rubbish. Only two Muslim states are under attack: Afghanistan and Iraq. And this is not because they’re Muslim but because they have been centers of anti-Western terrorism and developing technology. The supposed “assault” on Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories have not occured because these areas are Muslim but because they continue to attack Israel. The West is not attacking any other Muslim state. Indeed, the West has forcefully intervened to protect Muslim communities, such as Bosnian Muslims and Kosovar Muslims. Muslims did nothing; Christian Western forces saved them. There is no anti-Islamic agenda, and there is no Crusade. The Crusades against the East ended in 1291.

But, but, but…no buts: there is nothing threatening Islam or Muslims. Islam is set to survive and grow. Muslim states will remain Muslim. There is no immanent threat.

What is threatening Muslim people, however, is the continuation of inter-sectarian violence. The West has no hand in this: this is a problem by Muslims on Muslims and can only be solved by Muslims. And despite the widespreadedness of such violence, Islam and Muslims are in no way threatened.

Despite all of this, why Muslims are still so paranoid is beyond me. This will remain a mystery in my mind along with Muslims’ insecurity vis-a-vis Christians and Jews–still! after all these centuries!–for a long time to come.

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3 Comments

  1. Christopher Taylor said,

    This makes me think of this post about past Nobel Prize winners. I don’t know what it means, but it’s pretty impressive.

  2. Wickedpinto said,

    Islam is under threat, because a Christian born in say. . . I don’t know 1975 or there abouts, HEY I know some of those people. . . .like me, will outlive a muslim born on this very day.

    Islam is using the philosophy of cockroaches, rather than the ideology of modernity.

  3. Wickedpinto said,

    OH! and I was BORN! christian, raised catholic, never baptized (THANK GOD! I might feel committed) but an atheist. just a quick clarification. I was born in a society built by christians. were I born in a society built by muslims odds are I would have died 6 years ago.

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