The rise of the Muslim Bloc: Overtures of Imran Khan’s UN speech

The rise of the Muslim Bloc: Overtures of Imran Khan’s UN speech

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Quote: “Islamophobia or Radical Islam” are the tip of the Iceberg, the story runs deeper. So is it then that Muslims are doing *something* that is greatly upsetting their non-Muslim hosts? Is it just one thing or is it a combination? Why is it that the Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists, even LGBTQ face nothing of the wrath the likes of which Muslims face? What is it that they’re doing wrong that people from Norway to Texas to NZ are storming into their places of worship and mercilessly killing them? Or in the case of Indian Kashmir simply rampaging whatever rights were agreed upon with them? Why are Muslims simply an object of hatred for most of the world we live in today? Why are Muslims considered unequal citizens, disloyal and a threat?”

When I was young, a teacher in class gave me an exam tip: 50% or more of the answer lies in the question itself.

Never have the children of God been any less kinder to one another in history. The world has seen dominance of one religion over another. Before Jesus, Judaism was en vogue, then came the Roman Empire and then, from the 8th till the 13th century, Islam spread only to be taken over in the Crusades by the Christians in the 14th century.

It is interesting to note that Christianity is the dominant world religion with 2.4 billion followers or 33% of the world’s population, followed by Islam, (1.8 billion/24.1%), Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist (1.2 billion/16%) and Hinduism (1.15 billion/15%).

The Jews probably had the roughest end of the deal among all religions, even today they represent only 0.2% of the world’s population, or around 14 million – contrast that with the holocaust where 6 million, almost half of the Jewish population in today’s term was exterminated in the most inhuman way imaginable by the Nazis many of whom were Protestants (known as “German Christians) of the time.

The tragedy that befell the Jews is beyond words, and any amount of human sympathy falls short in recognition of their pain and suffering. However, psychologically speaking, such extremities of pain may not necessarily bring the best out of people, a heightened sense of protectionism and self-defense, even against imaginary “threats” is often the outcome. Take, for example, the fact that the Palestinians are ill equipped in any possible sense to be considered a “threat” for Israel, in contrast to the Nazis of yesteryears, there is simply no comparison between the two! Yet Israel sees them as an existential threat, and I can empathize with them given what they have suffered, for the only way to perceive their mindset is for you to step into Jewish shoes, and that is easier said than done. I can feel in my lifelong interfaith interactions that the Christians are perhaps the most sensitive to the Jewish people, whilst the Muslims are skeptical at best and bring old rivalry into play then pure humanitarian sentiment of a people wronged to an inhuman magnitude in recent history. The Hindus are manipulative and play on Jewish fears of Islam trying to dominate them, for the most part they (the Jewish people) don’t see Christian’s at least as an overt threat.

If you ask a Muslim today, they will tell you the world is divided in two blocs, the Muslim and the non-Muslim bloc, where the latter appears pretty much ganged up on the former. But then, is it really so? Again in my breadth and depth of interfaith work I have realized that for the most part the Muslims themselves are to blame, a superiority complex rhetoric in the face of the least economic, academic, governance, law & order or human rights development within the Muslim circles is the primary reason for their haughtiness.

Let me assure you, I pride myself in being fair, reasonable and logical, I see Muslims from that perspective without any bias for it happens to be a faith I practice, albeit, with a lot of caveats that a mainstream Muslim may find highly offensive bordering on delusion or heresy if not both.

Recent chain of events post 9/11 have portrayed Muslims as hardliners and fundamentalists who would kill at the drop of a hat. Often in the most ingenious of ways. 9/11 in itself was mind boggling, all the preparation that went into it, the rituals of faith that have time stamped Muslims as “the” bad guys for at least a few more decades. Then there was the rise of Al Qaeda and ISIS, I can still disgustingly remember how Daniel Pearl was executed and how ISIS beheaded James Foley. Characters like “Jihadi John”, Osama bin Laden, Mulla Umer, Qaddafi, Saddam Hussain, all had one thing in common, an unfathomable hatred for Americans, Jews and Christians in general. They were then and even today role models to many.

This does not, in any way, means that Muslims are more of a threat to civilization then the hardliners in Christianity, Judaism, Atheists, Hinduism and even Buddhism. Case in point, recent mosque shootings in New Zealand, Norway and the US. Anders Behring Breivi, Brenton Tarrant or Craig Stephen Hicks (an Atheist) who shot 3 (Muslim) students in North Carolina because the women did “Hijab” and they were, obviously, Muslims as graphically detailed in the Ted Talk by Suzanne Barakat, the sister of Deah Shaddy Barakat, murdered before his time along with his wife and her sister. Craig Hicks was watching his life disintegrate as these Muslim kids were pursuing the “American Dream” as this third marriage was falling apart – his dream and that of many like his is confounded by a stronger work ethic of migrants, images of 9/11, “Sharia”, “Radical Islam”, “Hijab” and so forth. Interestingly in a TedTalk, Samina Ali, an Indian-American spoke beautifully (and sarcastically) at length with proof from the scripture, about how the current concept of Hijab is completely lopsided. And that it is the primary reason why Hijab donning Muslim women in the West are attacked as hundreds of cases on record the world over amply prove.

So is it then that Muslims are doing *something* that is greatly upsetting their non-Muslim hosts? Is it just one thing or is it a combination? Why is it that the Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists, even LGBTQ face nothing of the wrath the likes of which Muslims face? What is it that they’re doing wrong that people from Norway to Texas to NZ are storming into their places of worship and mercilessly killing them? Or in the case of Indian Kashmir simply rampaging whatever rights were agreed upon with them? Why are Muslims simply an object of hatred for most of the world we live in today? Why Muslims are considered unequal citizens, disloyal and a threat? Does it have anything to do with honor killings of their sisters and daughters who use their right to marry? Or does it have an inkling with the burning of American flags in Muslim countries. The rather obvious anti-Semitism too? Or the fact that Muslims have been involved in high profile acts of violence from 9/11 and counting?

I think the answer is pretty clear. Apart from the above, richer Muslims who do not need to move to the West for usually terrible living circumstances at home, most Muslims who go to the West follow a strict code of existence (hijab and all albeit contrary to the faith as per Samina Ali’s TedTalk), long beards, singled out, while fellow Muslims conduct terror attacks instilling fear and hate in the hearts and minds of their hosts. And then there are these long, never ending and elusive explanations of “we are not like them” (the evil who plot and enact terror and hate) – add to this centuries old hatred instilled in both sides from the days of Jihad’s and Crusades.

In this backdrop Imran Khan’s speech at the UN GA on September 27, 2019 was refreshing, he spoke of things no other Muslim leader speaks off, though I’m sure they all know and feel not very differently. Imran became the voice of the “Ummah” and was met with immediate recognition and fame in most of the Muslim world. In Indian Kashmir, young boys broke the curfew in exhilaration after his speech and were welcomed by the Indian Army’s cold, nameless, heartless bullets. He spoke of Islamophobia and tried to bust the myth of “Radical Islam” with a one liner of an argument that is as good as a politician can get to. He spoke his heart out, but not his mind, he spoke of the possibility of nuclear war between India and Pakistan without any argument or logic. It was apparent his heart was in control in those 50 minutes at the UN General Assembly on that day. His words were more of an outburst of a people contained for decades by the Jews, Christians and Hindus. And he succeeded in getting at least 2 allies: Turkey and Malaysia in the short run.

So it appears a game of thrones then religion alone as of centuries. This time the Muslims are rising to the occasion and challenging the leadership of the West in collusion with Israel and India. Two clear camps. While the Russians and Chinese are happily benefitting from either side they can, their only agenda is economics, not power, and personally I think it is a wiser choice. For sound economies make people happy, while wars wear them out and ultimately turn the tables on the warmongers themselves.

This is the beginning of the Muslim bloc, decades ago King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Zulfikar Bhutto of Pakistan had similar aims, we all know how they met their end.

Almost everything that Imran Khan said was thought provoking, even if inflammatory, he was describing pain for the “Ummah” in his heart, but he missed the point in my opinion. There is an even more apt question to ask? Is Muslim leadership, unity, whatever you call it, relevant? Or is Muslim renaissance a more realistic aim?

I would rather that Imran Khan and Muslim leaders, instead of criticizing the West for singling them out alongside India and Israel, should rather focus on addressing their own ills, which are many to say the least. Muslim nations, apart from the oil rich, have usually terrible governments, there is apathy and corruption in the name of democracy, poverty and lack of education stares at their face. So much so that women donning Hijab and men with footlong beards set foot in the West as migrants. A comedy of errors or a total contrast, whatever you call it. This then is the core issue, migration of Muslims to the West that is unwanted by the hosts for they clearly violate their principles of life all said and done. If Muslims had, for example, a better life in their own countries why would they ever migrate? How many Americans or Europeans, Canadian, Australians, Kiwis, Japanese, Singaporeans or South Koreans do you know who have migrated to Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia or any other Muslim country? Hardly any in comparison, not even 0.0000000000001% of the Muslims who beg, borrow, steal, risk their lives in containers or flimsy boats from Libya to Italy and so on, to say “Allahu Akbar” in the West. Do you not “get it” that the West doesn’t like “Allahu Akbar”? If they did you wouldn’t have had centuries of Crusades with them, from Andalus to Spain. They even colonized almost all Muslim lands and often not Arabic but English or French, even today are official languages in many Muslim countries!

“Islamophobia or Radical Islam” are the tip of the Iceberg, the story runs deeper, much deeper, and leaders like Imran Khan among others need to do some soul searching. I’ve outlined some food for thought above. However, let me assure you, macho tit for tat won’t work, simply because you do not have the strength to match your claims, you don’t have enough to feed your people how could you embark on a war? You cannot militarily go against this West, India, Israel troika, you simply cannot! And my 2 cents are that EVEN if you could, to WHAT avail? Why not have a higher aim, of making YOUR countries more attractive for them to live and work in? The day you achieve this aim there will be NO Islamophobia just as there is no Hinduphobia (though I believe there should be, as at 15% of the worlds’ population they truly have some practices that need evaluation, killings over cows and so on), or Jewishphobia or Buddhistphobia or Atheistphobia. Why ONLY Islamophobia? Why only “Radical Islam” and no “Radical XYZ”?

Today I reflect on my teachers’ advice of yesteryears, to look for the answer within the question itself. And so should Imran Khan when he asks these poignant questions. And they day he does, and reflects on them too, he will not need to threaten India with a nuclear bomb, a country with 90% of the people living in unhygienic, below poverty levels and instead become a friend of India’s poor. For they have no friends. Their leaders are after power, divisiveness is the easiest route to power as we’ve seen amply practiced in the US and India. The people of India are hence orphaned with an illusion of grandeur (nuclear power, huge economy etc doesn’t change the reality of those whose lives are spent from birth till death on Mumbai’s pedestrian walks). And that should lead Imran to an even more poignant realization, that the people of Pakistan are no better off than the Indians.

Building a Muslim bloc to counter the West may sound sexy, cool and give a rush of adrenalin. But is it really what is required? Will it further an increasing divide? Should there be a deeper soul searching below the tip of the iceberg of hatred, religious intolerance, racism, bias, discrimination?

If I had my way I would compile a list of BEST PRACTICES of all countries, including those Mr Khan or other Muslim leaders or people may consider as “enemies” – and learn from them.

Because learning is life, and the day we stop learning we cease to exist intellectually, even if we have a pulse.

Envy

an emotion which hurts you more than the one you are envious of. In contrast constructive criticism aims to bring a healthy realization of areas of improvement in others. Which when compared to blind envy is a far better and humane way of addressing conflict. However, if envy is fueled by jealousy then it has only a spiritual cure which is increased self esteem and tolerance
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Have a great Morning and a great day ahead everyone!

For all my friends…

For all my friends

A Motivation to watch this study by Harvard on longevity in executives and people: http://www.ted.com/talks/robert_waldinger_what_makes_a_good_life_lessons_from_the_longest_study_on_happiness summary
1 Relationship QUALITY is more important then quantity
2 Good relationships protect our bodies AND our brains, keep us happy, memory remains sharp
3 A good relationship doesn’t mean you never fight, but that you are aligned in the same direction
4 Good relationships are not CONFINED to friends & family but beyond, people who bring the best, not the worst out of us
5 Doing things for community (once you have mastered your own life) helps in longevity, it could be an hour of community work, writing articles on topics you have expertise in that people need
6 Don’t hold grudges, tell people what you feel, forgive them even if you leave them
7 Good relationships are the foundation of a long, healthy and wealthy life

B Motivation to do FIRST THINGS RIGHT every day THE FIRST 30 MINUTES AFTER YOU WAKE UP:
1 Wake up and have CRYSTAL’S SUPERQUICK YOGA
2 Pray whatever makes you feel good, God or motivation, choose your solace
3 Take a warm shower (ideally after having applied oil the night before atleast twice a week)
4 Have Cucumber ½ + ½ hot water, same with 5 almonds blended in water
5 Have Robert Young’s (phmlife.com) pHour salts in a glass of water
6 Have green breakfast (Potatoes, eggs, milk, yoghurt, cream, cheese, lasagna, rice are NOT vegetables)
All the above doesn’t take more than 30 minutes

C Motivation to REPEAT morning routine minus shower

D Motivation to in between the day eat healthy i.e. atleast 50% veggies in anything that you eat (refer to definition of vegetables above)

E Motivation to FIND ALTERNATE BEST FRIENDS to those with serious addictions:
1 Exercise – can be gym or even simple 30 minute walk a day
2 Reading books you like
3 Writing, poetry, prose, notes on current affairs, even videos, participating in TEDTalks etc
4 Watching arts and crafts in town, attending movie premieres and social events even once a month is good, twice is better!

F FINAL MOTIVATION – to LOVE YOURSELF and be PROUD of it
1 It’s not selfish to prefer yourself over others around you, it is only logical
2 A “HAPPY” you, makes HAPPIER those around you!
3 Never be ashamed of self love, if people call you selfish or self centered for doing any of the above – they don’t know you, they don’t love you, they don’t deserve you
4 Tell them that and in 99% cases they will modify themselves to love the new you

Good luck in your journey through life. A GIFT for you, the PRICE of happiness you will love it http://www.ted.com/talks/benjamin_wallace_on_the_price_of_happiness

*Rightful Kashmir Solution*

*Rightful Kashmir Solution* CrystalHeart Kazmi

Best choice. Be men of honor. Go free Kashmiris from Indians. Then join AJK with them. And create a country for Kashmiris

Second choice. Ask other countries more powerful than India like US or China to take over Indian Kashmir. Hopefully they will be better masters then Indians to Indian Kashmiris

Third choice. Protest. Be silent for half an hour every Friday. Stand on one leg. Climb on a tree and shout ‘Kashmir belongs to us’. Ask for UN to do ‘something’. Call world leaders to be insulted by them of showing us no support. And finally share lot of anti India posts on WhatsApp. This is not a choice. It’s a joke. And sadly that’s what we are doing as a government and as a people

Now it is upto you. The people of Pakistan. To tell your government what we want. But I heard slaves do not have a tongue. Maybe you will prove me wrong by speaking your mind

Hopefully!

*We will be destroyed without Justice*

Our police is torturing people in epic proportions after ‘tabdeeli’. One dies in Lahore with a viral video that leaves many speechless. A poor woman in Punjab is just immensely tortured

My understanding is that if justice disappears from a society, then sooner or later the society itself disappears. While the middle classes and rich just watch this evil game of justice

That is the reason for the progress of the West. Where our Muslim brothers and sisters are happier than their countries or birth

Without justice we are doomed. Mr Khan made tall promises on his Insaf campaign. Only delivers his own personal vendetta so far. Common man still facing injustices

I’m sure his supporters, as usual, will spin it on something innovative. It is sad to see lying as a norm even in the educated in our community

The only solution for justice is handing over police and judiciary completely to retired army officers

*Cure all DIS-EASE(s) with Crystal’s Basic Smoothie formula*

 
Cucumber (mid size, Asian size not African hahahahah) x 1
Almonds (unsalted natural not baked) x 5
Alkaline or mineral water 2 glasses
 
Blend it – drink it neat mixed with hot water (20%)
 
Have it every HOUR for two days, it will detox you and in 4 glasses your BP would start getting stabilized and if you keep having it till 10PM or till before you sleep
 
For HIFI Smoothie
 
ADD
Avocado (half)
Celery (again Asian size not Afro 🙂
 
*HAVE*
in addition to the juices, have *MIXED VEGETABLES* can be any veggie except POTATOES
 
*MUST AVOID*
Eggs, Dairy, Potatoes, Rice, Meat, Chicken, *SALT*, SUGAR, fruits

Hypocrisy and Pakistan

*Choose from Deen or Dunya or in between?*
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Pakistani brothers and sisters

We have three choices

1 Deen

Follow the Prophet and his companions to the letter. It means consider this life as temporary and focus on the hereafter. We may suffer in this world. But we will be successful in the afterlife

2 Dunya

Focus on worldly success alone. Be like the West. Follow them and become rich and prosperous

3 In between

Ask for both. An ideal definition of hypocrisy. We will neither have the world nor the hereafter. But a despicable state. Which is evident today

Help our people and leaders understand these choices. And choose wisely. Kashmir is a small problem, this is the root cause

*Hypocrisy*

*دین یا دنیا یا درمیان میں؟*
کرسٹل ہارٹ کاظمی۔

پاکستانی بہن بھائی۔

ہمارے پاس تین راستے ہیں۔

دین۔

نبی صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم اور ان کے صحابہ کی راہ اس کا مطلب یہ ہے کہ اس زندگی کو عارضی سمجھیں اور آخرت پر توجہ دیں۔ ہمیں اس دنیا میں تکلیف ہو سکتی ہے۔ لیکن ہم بعد کی زندگی میں کامیاب ہوں گے۔

دنیا

صرف دنیاوی کامیابی پر توجہ دیں۔ مغرب کی طرح بنو۔ ان کی پیروی کریں اور امیر اور خوشحال ہوجائیں۔ اسلام یا امت کے بارے میں بات نہ کریں۔

درمیان میں

دونوں منافقت کی ایک مثالی تعریف۔ ہمارے پاس نہ تو دنیا ہوگی اور نہ ہی آخرت۔ لیکن ایک حقیر ریاست۔ جو آج بھی عیاں ہے۔

ہمارے عوام اور قائدین کو ان راہوں کو سمجھنے میں مدد کریں۔ اور دانشمندی سے انتخاب کریں۔ کشمیر ایک چھوٹا سا مسئلہ ہے۔ یہ ہمارے تمام مسائل کی جڑ ہے۔ منافقت