The Miracle of “Smart Salaam”

May 18, 2007

The Collateral Blessing that comes from the Saturation Blessing that Muslims unleash on earth is life, liberty, health, joy, peace and happiness, whereas the Collateral Damage resulting from the Saturation Bombing invoked by some others may include death, destruction, disease and unspeakable human misery.

Of course, the Muslims don’t often know or understand that that is what they are doing. Nor do too many non-Muslims.

And with good reason.

How would they know if nobody told them?

Muslims don’t know because they gave up the culture of knowledge, education, science, rational thought and diligent inquiry a long time ago?

And, of course, the non-Muslims don’t know in part because the Muslims forgot to tell them what it is that they really do. Who they really are.

Instead, the Muslims have been running around for some time now trying to tell anyone who would listen to them that “Islam is a peaceful religion!

Whatever on earth that is supposed to mean.

And whatever the consequences and penalties that may come from God Almighty for mouthing a euphemism and a half-truth that its users know to be misleading, ill-thought-out and meaningless.

Certainly Not a Religion

What most Muslims don’t know, and consequently what the world does not know, is that Islam is not what the world calls a “religion.” At least not in the ordinary and usual sense of that expression.

First of all, Islam is not a man-made system – with or without inspiration from above. It is all direct revelation.

And it is all fully documented history, if you want to call it that. Except that Islam is more fully, rigorously and carefully sifted, verified, investigated and authenticated set of facts and data from the past than any history of any kind about any individual, place, time or culture.

This is not pious declaration of faith or speculation but a hard fact, rooted in cold reality. In the sense that Islam all goes back to the Qur’an and to the Hadith and to the Sunnat of Prophet Muhammad, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

That means everything about Islam is what came out of his mouth in the form of the Qur’an; it is what he said by way of his teachings – Hadith; and it is what he practiced in his daily life – Sunnah.

These are all extremely precise objective realities, carefully defined and established, and these are not the loose professions or assertions of a believer’s faith, piety or devotion.

Islam vs. “Religion“: Some More Distinctions

Second, Islam is for all times of day and night – twenty-four-seven, as people call it. Whereas “religion” is mostly for a few minutes or hours on a Sunday or some other selected day of the week.

Third, Islam is for all places on earth, space and everywhere else. Whereas “religion” is mostly to be done in certain specially designated and sanctified places and sanctums.

Fourth, Islam is for the individual as well as for groups and the entire society, and for the human race as a whole, to connect with God Almighty directly, as best as they can and as per the teachings of the Qur’an and the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam. Whereas “religion” generally requires a “holy man” of some kind, such as a priest or a pundit, to do it.

Fifth, and to make the earlier point more clear, Islam is directly done by the individual – by all people, men as well women, old as well as young. Whereas “religion” is done by “Holy Men” for and in behalf of the individual and the people.

Sixth, Islam is for all of human life. That means it covers every single aspect of human existence on earth, from the most trivial to the most important and profound, and from the most private and intimate to the most public. Whereas “religion” is generally limited to certain specific aspects of human life.

Seventh, Islam is open and available to every individual human being to learn and to practice. In fact, Islam makes it the duty of all to learn Islam. That is why the very first commandment of Islam is to seek knowledge: to read. Whereas in “religion, it is the privilege and prerogative of certain designated “holy men” to learn it and to practice it for and on behalf of the regular and ordinary people – “lay people,” as they are called.

So, the list of distinctions and differences between Islam and “religion” goes on and on forever.

How Peaceful Is Peaceful?

And then there is the question of characterizing Islam as “peaceful” and doing so under duress. That is, when you are being pursued and hounded by people who brand you as totally irrational and uncontrollably violent.

So, you have a knee-jerk reaction, purely defensive and purely self-protective and blurt out that you are a “peaceful religion.”

And you are absolutely and one hundred percent right in saying that. For, Islam is all about peace and truth and justice and kindness and compassion.

But that is not what your accusers and tormenters are saying. They are pointing to all the violence that is going on in different parts of the Muslim world, violence in which Muslims are involved in one way or another, and saying that it is all Islam’s fault.

But what some of these people conveniently forget is that there are all kinds of background factors and conditions that lead to violence in individuals, groups, nations and societies.

They forget that peace is one state of human life and reality. Another is strife and conflict. A third reality of human life is force.

Peace is the ideal state to which we all aspire and toward which we all work. Strife is the sad and gloomy reality in which human life is all too often mired.

Legitimate, lawful and societally sanctioned force is the instrument that human beings have devised for minimizing and controlling strife and for maximizing peace.

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