Those of us who thirst for justice are perhaps more aware in these times than ever before of the growth of predatory exploitation of the poor, of ethnic and religious minorities and the vulnerable.
We witness the growth of Hindu fascism in BJP India, fomented by the most extreme fanaticism and aimed at Muslims, and also Christians. Apostles of Hate from this movement were granted visas by the Morrison government to preach their anti-Muslim message here in Australia.
Muslims in India suffer daily atrocities perpetrated against them by these fascists.
The world knows of the treatment of the Uyghurs in China, where some variety of Han supremacy appears to have taken root under the Xi government. Han culture is being imposed and Islamic culture and Islamic practice demonised, under the guise of “fighting terrorism.”
The illegitimate military government of Myanmar is carrying out genocidal attacks upon its Muslim Rohingyas and Christian Karen minorities, in the name of ethnic Buddhist supremacy.
The attempted expansion of the Russian Orthodox Czarist Empire by Putin, presently into Ukraine but with other targets in mind, possibly in response to the expansion of NATO to the Russian border, is costing many lives of both Ukrainians and Russian conscripts.
In the Middle East we see Lebanon, deeply divided decades ago by the French imperialists into warring sects, staggering towards collapse while Syria continues massacring its population on behalf of the Alawite ruling group.
Meanwhile the Saudi and UAE regimes, seeking allies against Iran, have cosied up with Israel despite its aggressive attacks on Palestinians.
What is stunning to most Muslims is the degree to which their religious affiliation is being targeted in so many places, in India, China, Myanmar and by other Muslims in the Middle East.
That the Ummah is in a weakened state goes without saying.
Islam as such does not appear to represent a threat to any political entity or empire.
Why is it subjected to such aggression?
The enemies of justice, those who wish to enjoy the fruits of exploitation of others, understand the potential of Islam even if Muslims are not fully aware.
Corrupt rulers and palace scholars use Islam as a figleaf behind which they hide their agendas, just like so many religious hypocrites.
However they are aware, as are the open enemies of Islam, that the Islamic value system is a great threat if it should come to fruition.
The rights of human beings are guaranteed by God, who decrees we have been given special favours above a greater part of Creation.[Ref Quran 17:70]
Ethnicity, language differences, skin colour are totally irrelevant to the civilised as variation in languages and colours are but signs of God [Ref Quran 30:22]
The most important characteristic of the human is righteousness, defined in Surah Al Baqarah as belief plus action, specified as:
- “to spend of your substance out of love for Him for your kin for orphans for the needy for the wayfarer for those who ask and for the ransom of slaves;
- to be steadfast in prayer and practice regular charity;
- to fulfil the contracts which you have made; and
- to be firm and patient in pain (or suffering) and adversity and throughout all periods of panic.”
Such virtues do not sit well with predatory exploitation.
“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the desires (of your hearts), lest you swerve, and if you (distort) justice or decline to do justice, truly Allah is well acquainted with all that you do.” [Quran 4:135]
This righteousness extends to the effort to overcome any hatreds you might harbour.
Racism is struck dead by such attitudes.
Islamic values are an ever present threat to those who seek to rule others based on fear and notions of ethnic or cultural superiority.
Contemporary predators are terrified and seek, in the most extreme cases, to eradicate them through genocide.
They will of course fail.