Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Me and the Muslims

Asghar Bukhari of MPACUK  and me, taken on 22 July 2012

Asghar Bukhari of and me. I thought I would do the One God sign, for the sake of symmetry. A moral unique and omnipotent perfect God is the most powerful idea man can conceive of, is it not? You do not have to actually believe in God, merely toy with the idea that He might exist, care for and wish to protect you .... The possibility is tantalising enough to be cheering and sustaining enough to me, an atheist. I am more an "ein volk, ein reich, eine partei" sort of girl.

Asghar's efforts are dedicated towards getting Muslims to combat Islamophobia, and how to win arguments against Islamophobes.  I tried to tell him that if you win all the arguments, the Islamophobes will hate you even more, because they need someone to hate, or the white working classes will end up hating themselves for being corrupted, then marginalised and despised by their own political class.

The only way to make them hate you less is to offer them the benefits of your religion.  I know this sounds very Anjem Choudary, but this does not mean we have to accept the Anjem Choudary interpretation of the Koran of stoning adulterers to death, does it?  (In fact, nowhere in the Koran does it mention stoning anyone to death, which comes from the Old Testament.)

Even if we were all Muslim, we would be quarrelling with each other over the interpretation of the Koran, and this creative tension is fine by me.

I am basically selling people my interpretation of the Koran.  If you like my interpretation and wish to abolish usury, rampant consumerism, the Worship of Mammon, and the insane gynocentrism of unchecked feminism, then get in touch.  Support me, bankroll me, fund my racially neutral civic nationalist party and I will effect change for you.  That is all I ask.

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.  Nietzsche


What is this first step?

The Koran is generally acknowledged to be a great work of literature, even by non-Muslims.

It is also said to be the directly revealed Word of God.

If that is so, it should be regarded as a contract between God and Man.

It promises to be a warning and a guide for mankind and warrants that its guidance will keep man peaceful and at peace with himself, but only if its directions are followed.

While it is said to be a religion of peace, it is also a religion of war – a war against evil and oppression, idolatry and irrationality, intoxication and sexual licence.

This being so, it would benefit law students to study such a divine contract, whether or not they are Muslim as it would usefully add to their legal knowledge and drafting skills.

Even if Koranic knowledge were acquired reluctantly, just for the utilitarian purpose of passing a law exam and getting a law degree, it is very likely that the law student who goes on to becomes a legal practitioner will apply Koranic principles either consciously or unconsciously when interpreting and applying the law.

An example of this is seen in the case of Donoghue v Stevenson which promoted the Christian principle of love thy neighbour. The Koran has a similar principle too.

YUSUFALI: Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good- to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: For Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious;-
PICKTHAL: And serve Allah. Ascribe no thing as partner unto Him. (Show) kindness unto parents, and unto near kindred, and orphans, and the needy, and unto the neighbour who is of kin (unto you) and the neighbour who is not of kin, and the fellow-traveller and the wayfarer and (the slaves) whom your right hands possess. Lo! Allah loveth not such as are proud and boastful,
SHAKIR: And serve Allah and do not associate any thing with Him and be good to the parents and to the near of kin and the orphans and the needy and the neighbor of (your) kin and the alien neighbor, and the companion in a journey and the wayfarer and those whom your right hands possess; surely Allah does not love him who is proud, boastful;

There will doubtless be skeptics and Islamophobes who will have to be persuaded of the wisdom of adopting such a course, which they will find objectionable and controversial.

To counter them, simply form a Koran Book Club and offer generous prizes to non-Muslims for essays that confirm that the Koran is the best guide to mankind or which persuasively propose a viable alternative.

The Caliphate should be fully mature in about two decades, I predict.

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