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Arab Islam Versus Non-Arab Islam

Various deviated cultural formations of Islam in non-Arab societies are becoming a serious threat to the wellbeing of those societies.

 

Why it is that Islam is much peaceful in most of the Arab states whereas it is causing serious social, cultural, political and economic strife in non-Arab societies? Why Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Arab Emirate and many other Arab states have successfully contained Islam within its functional religious territories whereas it is going through constant turmoil in non Arab countries like Sudan, Algeria, Indonesia, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bangladesh and keeping these countries in turmoil as well? I have left some Arab countries like Egypt, Yemen and Iraq out of the list because Islam is somewhat problematic in these Arab countries, but still it is not as bad as in mentioned above non-Arab countries. The religious strife in Egypt, Yemen and Iraq is understandable, but it is still clearly distinguishable in nature and character than the religious strife in non Arab countries.

 

It is not that only Islam is well within its limits in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Arab Emirate and many other Arab states, these states are better managed than non Arab Islamic states.

 

For example, all mentioned above Arab countries have more stable economies, socially less chaotic set-ups, better governmental institutions and lower crime rates than many non Arab Islamic states including Pakistan.

 

There are many factors which should be taken into consideration for the apparent peaceful social scenes in Arab countries, but one factor that distinguishes these ostensibly peaceful Arab countries from constantly in turmoil non Arab countries is the over extension of religious encroachments in non Arab societies.  

 

Is Arab Islam different than non-Arab Islam? Ideologically, this assumption may be true. Arab states, as states watch for Islamic injunctions, but they are more practical in dealing with mundane issues of life. They stress less on what Quran or Holy Prophet says about a certain issue, and pay more attention to the nitty-gritty of the issue and use practical approach to solve it. Non Arab states, not only perpetuate Islam through legislation, the mullahs constantly reinforce ‘Islam as they understand’ on 24/7 basis.

 

In Arab states, with the exception of Saudi Arabia, mullahs have very limited role in these Arab societies. However, in non Arab Muslim states, mullahs drive almost every social, cultural, economic and political agenda. It does not matter what is the degree of their influence, but mullahs in non Arab societies constantly try to reinforce the social patterns of early days of Islam. Consequently, Muslims living in non Arab states are under constant intellectual siege whereas Muslims living in Arab states are freer in pursuit of intellectual objectives. The repression Arab Muslims face is less intellectual but more political due to Monarchic systems. Regardless of this repression, in a way, Monarchic systems are more supportive of their sons and daughters who want to travel abroad in pursuit of higher intellectual and education objectives than non Arab states.

 

Intellectual persecution of common folks by mullahs in non Arab states is fast expanding in Western societies as well.

 

For example, the mullahs running seminaries in Pakistan are not keeping their intellectual persecution of common folks limited to Pakistan they are pursuing Pakistani Diasporas all around the globe. Many mullahs have established very strong networks in Western societies where not only they regularly travel but also use the resources of Pakistani Diasporas living in those societies to strengthen their hold back home. One such prominent example comes to mind is of Allama Tahirul Qadri who have branches of his institution in many cities in Europe, Scandinavia and North America.

 

What these mullahs of non Arab states are exporting to Western societies through their Diasporas living in host countries is nothing but deviated formations of Islam which these mullahs have invented in non Arab states.  

 

These ever growing deviated socio-cultural formations of Islam are serious threat to the wellbeing of all non Arab Muslim societies. Non Arab Muslim societies need to do multi layered, multi pronged, concerted efforts first to contain them and then to eliminate them. Containing mullahs’ encroachment of socio-cultural formations in the name of Islam is a pre requisite for non Arab states if they want to move forward and progress as societies, nations and countries. 

 

  

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