Our insight for this Sunday comes to us from Cheradenine Zakalwe, who owns the blog Islam versus Europe: “Nations are not Constructed by Islam but Deconstructed”. It is a good argument for the premise that ideas matter. That the grand ideas and philosophy on which a nation is built and according to which a people try to shape their world will have a profound effect on the ability to achieve and uphold life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
The particular insight is quoted from Adrian Hastings’ book “The Construction of Nationhood – Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism”. In this book, the author discusses the historical role of religions in shaping a sense of nationhood.
Christianity has of its nature been a shaper of nations, even of nationalisms; Islam has not, being on the contrary quite profoundly anti-national. A great deal of vague discussion about the relationship between religion and nationalism is blighted by the easy assumption that every religion is likely to have the same sort of political effect. It is not so.
…Not only was the explicit model of Islam together with its early history opposed to anything like a multitude of nation-states, unlike Christianity, it was also opposed to linguistic diversity. Its culture was not one of translation but of assimilation.
…The Muslim attitude to the Qur’an made translation almost impossible. For the religion person it has to be read, recited out loud five times a day, or listened to in Arabic. In consequence the whole cultural impact of Islam is necessarily to Arabise, to draw peoples into a single world community of language and government. And this is what it did. Even the language of Egypt disappeared before it, except as a Christian liturgical language. Nations are not constructed by Islam but deconstructed.
When we look at islam we see a body of ideas which is fundamentally trying to achieve world domination under one reign. This trait it has in common with other such grand, but ultimately disastrous ideas, like bolshevism or national-socialism. Zakalwe illustrates the awkwardly close parallel between islam and marxism with a quote from Kalim Saddiqui:
Today we come face to face with perhaps the greatest evil that stalks the modern world – that of nationalism … The path of the Ummah and that of the Islamic movement within the Ummah … is blocked by nation-states. These nation-states are like huge boulders blown across our path by the ill wind of recent history. All nation-states that today occupy, enslave and exploit the lands, peoples and resources of the Ummah must of necessity be dismantled.
Changing words, replacing ‘Ummah’ with people and ‘Islamic’ with ‘Marxist’, the text looks frighteningly familiar.
This ideal of a unified government is also shared by the UN and the EUnion. Both entities seek to subsume and ultimately abolish nation states and bring all under a unified governmental body. Which should give us pause.
Islam has shown in its history and even in current events, what a barren, fruitless set of ideas it really is. At the bottom of the list of nations by wealth, we find islamic countries grossly overrepresented. Human rights are trod on on a daily basis in most islamic countries. Original thought is disallowed, discouraged and stamped out. If the EUnion takes its cues from such a systematically failing philosophy, should we agree with this? Should we allow this to happen?
(with thanks to reader DP111)