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Niall Ferguson in his book Empire quotes the following satirical song, depicting that when technological advancement fall in the hands of imperial power, then that does the effect of doomsday. The first World War perhaps made the great power realize it very well, but seems they had too short memory, because they went to repeat the doomsday toy shortly afterward in World War II.
The pattern has not changed yet. The United States today continues to subdue the Muslims using modern Maxim guns: they enjoy ripping Muslims off their natural resources and at the same time providing protection for Israel. The Evangelicals brainwashed the hawks in the White House linking Maxim gun to gospel: prepare the promised land, by cleaning it from the anti-Christ, before the second coming of the Christ. The Crusade conflict between Muslims and Christians are meant to continue till the doomsday.
Now enjoy the song.
Onward Chartered Soldiers, on to heathen lands,
Prayer books in your pockets, rifles in your hands.
Take the florious tidings where trade can be done,
Spread the peaceful gospel — with a Maxim gun.
Tell the wretched natives, sinful are their hearts,
Turn their heathen temples into spirit marts.
And if to your teaching they will not succumb,
Give them another sermon with the Maxim gun…
When the Ten Commandments they quite understand,
You their Chief must hocus, and annex their land;
And if they misguided call you to account,
Give them another sermon — with a Maxim from the Mount.
Jeffry Sachs is perhaps the most renowned economist from the school that believes that poverty can end by a huge push in foreign aid by rich countries. The World Bank boastfully hangs these words in its Washington, DC lobby: “Our Dream is a World Free of Poverty”.
Here I want to argue that it is impossible to end poverty based on Quran.
But, first I need to be clear about two things: 1) that poverty could have grades varying from extreme to moderate, as there are extreme super rich to fairly rich, and 2) that when I argue for the impossibility to get a world free of poor, I do not ask the poor to stop struggling to get out of poverty.
In 43:32 Allah says:
It is We who have apportioned among them their livelihood in the life of this world and have raised some of them above others in degrees [of rank] that they may make use of one another for service.
The above verse creates the rationalization of social class system, where one class need the other class to sustain.
In 17:30 we read:
Indeed, your Lord extends provision for whom He wills and restricts [it]. Indeed He is ever, concerning His servants, Acquainted and Seeing.
So, Allah knows that if He took out some poor and provided them with richness, immediately, the next day they would turn into oppression, corruption and would loose their faith. So, for this kind of people, staying in “moderate” poverty would be better for him, because the eternal life in richness is far better that some hardship in this transient world.
Among the name of Allah is “ar-Razzaq” meaning the one who gives provision. If all mankind felt rich and in no need to provision, this whole name will loose its context.
Fostering Husband-Wife relations in Islam.
Reel Bad Arabs in an interesting book by Dr. Jack Shaheen. He reviewed 1000 movies tracing the stereotype Hollywood created in the mindset of Americans regarding Muslims. I said ‘Muslims’, because what is Arabs without being Muslims. Even small kids are brainwashed when seeing “Aladdin”. Hours of repeated scenes ought to create most negative picture. The list never ends, here are few reviewed in the documentary.
Washington and Hollywood spring from the same DNA (Jack Valenti)
The practice is very old. Pharaoh used propaganda machine to paint bloody picture of Moses and his followers. (40:26)
And Pharaoh said, “Let me kill Moses and let him call upon his Lord. Indeed, I fear that he will change your religion or that he will cause corruption in the land.”
And who believe in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith].
Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.
Indeed, those who disbelieve – it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them – they will not believe.
It is very thought provoking to observe that how the first modern Banker – the Rothschild family- is trying after 200 years of its birth to do something to the aged capitalism in its intensive care unit.
Lady de Rothschild, CEO, E.L. Rothschild invited elders of world capitalism -like the Satan inviting his army- to the city of London to discuss the matter. They will try to cover the ugly face of greed with some empathetic term like “inclusive capitalism”. To me these two words by design can not go together: inclusive and capitalism.
Characters of the Real Servants of Allah