By Mohd Sageer
September 11th 2001
tarnished the image of humanity. The aftermath of the event
stirred up many questions about the issues and concepts
of ethics, principles and freedom . Topics that
were considered beyond criticism under the pretext of political
correctness lost their impunity. Islam and its principles had
to put up with open debates and un-inhibited questionings of common
people on several Islamic practices and intentions
as never before in its history.
As the US prepares for a war with
Iraq, world population has taken to streets in protests
organising rallies and demonstrations that
have become rife with chartings of anti-war rhetoric.
But the deafening silence of the Muslim clerics as regards what led
to this abominable situation still remains a paradox .
Mahathir, the prime minister of Malaysia has said " The US war
is not against Iraq but to Muslims around the world " .
Ever since Indonesia was accredited
to the world's largest Muslim population , it has also become by
default a waggling tail of Arab colonisation. The lost
identity of Indonesia as a nation of heterogeneous
people that was once composed of Bhuddists, Hindus
Muslims , Christians, and other traditional belief systems is just a
memory in the face of continuous Arab influence on
its culture just as happened in Egypt, Persia, Iraq, Sudan,
Afghanistan and most recently in Pakistan. The Indonesian job
seekers, whose influx to the Middle East countries, especially
to Saudi Arabia dates back to more that 25 Years, easily assimilated
to the host countries' strict Islamic rules and customs
as most of them belonged to the semi-literate or
illiterate category of domestic helpers who were also docile in nature.
With the new acquired wealth, their return to home
country was a triumph for Arab nations for these workers
were also carrying along with the petro-dollars , a pro-Arab
attitude and cultural subjugation.
A quick glance at the Indonesian
demonstrations will make you confused as to whether these are
Middle Eastern rallies in that the crowd's attire
and overall appearance where women wearing the very
conspicuous hijab and abaya while men with their trade- mark beard
moving often in disdasha , even sharing the same
mannerisms of Arab people. All of these display defy the
age old Indonesian cultural identity except for the peoples'
The destruction of the statue of
Buddha in Bamiyan in Afghanistan explicitly symbolised
the intolerant nature of Islam. The Hindukush mountains and
the , city of Khandahar fortunately somehow retain their original
names which link them with the ancient Indus
civilisation and vedic history. A race of
Aryans, and inspite of their own strong and influential
characteristics , the Afghan people pitiably fell for the
Arabs' ideology and way of life.
Zarathustra must be tossing and
turning in his grave for he might have hardly imagined
his own people would ditch him for another sets of belief system.
Lord Ahura Mazda has no place in the hearts of Iranian people.
Their ancient celebrations , festivals and traditions are considered taboo
under the new Arab-Islamic oriented theocratic regime.
History is replete with constant
attempts for domination of one culture over the other .
The predominant western culture whose overall image can be at best
described as it laid a strong foundation for
individual's freedom of _expression, compassion to humanity , racial
and gender equality. And at worst it has ignored the
sentiments of other ethnic civilisations around the world
inflicting more wounds particularly on indigenous
American Indians. However the profane nature of the modern
-western imperialism did more good than harm to humanity.
Modern and advanced nations consider the oppression of people as the
most deplorable act.
In contrast, the Arab's
invisible indoctrination and encroachment on cultural and
religious freedom of individuals have become the bane of this
century. The new and old settlements of Muslim population
around the world have created ghettos in almost every country , which
stemmed from their the refusal to integrate socially.
The friction , the rift and the apprehension created by this
scenario between Muslims and rest of the world societies
have become alarmingly dangerous, that if not curtailed
will contribute to the repetitions of September 11 .