Community (4 of 5)
The home is where the foundations of learning, objectivity, independence and love begin. It is the attitude, practices and teaching of the parent, respected as only a parent can be, that prepare a person, the baby-child-teen-adult-maturity cycle in their control. Rebellion may arise, even dissent, but how this is handled becomes important to the continuing parent-child relationship as it evolves naturally to a child-community, and child-world relationship.
Education becomes the key. Freedom to question, explore, seek answers to personal concerns or doubts is a matter of family encouragement (or not). Outside influences cannot be avoided. Preparing a child-teen for their exposure to external factors is critical. Whether kept in a bubble of oneness, one way to think, to believe, and to accept life OR released into an open-society where many cultures can survive and share and provide enlightenment, a variety of thoughts, religions, ideologies and philosophies accessible for comparison, is in the hands of the parent and the community at close hand.
The concept of having the ability, the flexibility, to think independently can be considered in any society. When repression of thought and ideas prevails, slippage into a past constrained by the minds of dominant personalities occurs. Such a reverse direction only leads to an ideology and practiced way-of-life that must not exceed the barriers created. To maintain such a limited community punishment must be imposed, and laws established that spell out what must be feared. The fear is heightened by the public practice of open punishment, making examples of others for the wrongs, violating the established limits. Limited is travel, thinking, schooling, activities of daily-life, speech, and so much (too much) more – unless one is part of the established political-ideological-religious system of governance. Independent thinking becomes something to fear, to be concerned that the direction one’s mind is leading the person is wrong. Alternative influences (those not otherwise prescribed) on the mind are evil or bad (that includes dreams, desires, creative thought, external reading and a want to know more about other systems) subject to police action that would harm or imprison.
This is Islam described. It is the Ideology that calls itself a religion. In structure it can be called “Islamization.” It is a reflection of the methods used to limit people under the influence of Islam to only that. Allah and Muhammad are revered. Consider another or doubt those two and the results are harsh. This is the picture of the methods employed for the Umma-grand. It is the Community of Muslims. Others, whatever they believe, are the Infidels, excluded or confined within the Community of Muslims.
From the Quran
From the website – http://www.usislam.org/85islcom.htm – the parent-child relationship is discussed. Here is an excerpt:
“Islam’s general approach to parent-child relationships may be summarized in a few principles:
- It is a divine command that no child may become the cause of harm to the parents, Sura 2, Ayah 233.
- By implication, the parents should cause the child no harm either. The Quran recognizes very clearly that parents are not always immune from over protectiveness or negligence.
- One of the most inalienable rights of the child in Islam is the right to life and equal chances, Sura 6, Ayah 151.
- Islam is strongly sensitive to the crucial dependence of the child on the parents. Their decisive role in forming the child’s personality is clearly recognized.
The Quran sums up the whole question of the parent-child relationship in the master concept of ihsan, which means what is right, good, and beautiful. It also means to strive for perfection in performing Islamic duties. The practical implications of this concept of ihsan for the parents entail active understanding and patience, gratitude and compassion, respect for them and prayers for their souls, mercy and honoring them.
Sura 17, Ayah 23-24 “Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind (Ihsan) to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say: My Lord! Bestow on them thy Mercy even as they cherished me in childhood.”
Parents have the right to expect obedience from children if only in partial return for what the parents do for them. But if parents demand the wrong or ask the improper, such as forcing children to paganism, disobedience become not only justifiable, but also imperative.”
The highlighted areas create concern and make one aware of the constraints on community members who are Muslim.
- inalienable rights of the child in Islam is the right to life and equal chances (interesting statement – but is it practiced in fact?)
- the crucial dependence of the child on the parents. Their decisive role in forming the child’s personality. (control the mind – mind-control, brainwashing, not independent thinking)
- strive for perfection in performing Islamic duties (only Allah, no Bible, nothing but the Quran; diligence to the Five Pillars)
- ye worship none but Him (Allah)
- Parents have the right to expect obedience from children if only in partial return for what the parents do for them
Summarize such legal constraints in your mind and ask yourself, is God present in these decrees? OR – are these decrees of man-in-control. Religion and god, as Allah, are used to form an Ideology. Force is used to grow this Ideology. Imperialistic practices historically proven have been used to expand the boundaries of this Ideology. Fear is the mechanism to limit creativity, challenges, doubts and thought.
From the book, The Islamization of America, by Abdullah Al-Araby (2008, The Pen vs. The Sword publishers, Los Angeles, CA), he writes:
“Islam’s ultimate goal is to rule the world
- Two methods used –
- The First is Spiritual
- The Second is coercive
- Apostasy from Islam is not an option”
The conclusion for a Muslim is either Islam or war.
Quoting His Excellency Most Rev. Giuseppe Germano Bernardini, O.F.M. Cap; the Archbishop of Izmir, Asia Minor (a resident of 99.9% Muslim Turkey for over 40 years, from Abdullah Al-Araby’s book, pg. 8), referencing comments from an authoritative Muslim, “Thanks to your democratic laws (America) we will invade you; thanks to our religious laws we will dominate you.”
This writer believes that statement, thus writes this Blog on Understanding Islam, and suggests all free peoples of the world be aware, all independent thinking people, Muslim or otherwise, be on guard, and prepare to deal with the encroachment and fighting Islamists will initiate to win the world for Allah and their way-of-life. This fighting takes on many forms, from patiently integrating into a non-Muslim society and in time becoming part of the local community and the government to then effect change towards Sharia (Islamic Law), or simply blowing up Christian churches, killing Infidels wherever they may be (the collateral damage of innocent lives OK as long as the purpose of Allahu Akbar is served), or within the Umma eliminating those that are not of the pure mindset, which includes those labeled ‘moderate.’ This is what it takes for Muslim Community, the Umma-grand, to dominate.
The Islamists look for opportunities to create political turmoil. The responses to The Satanic Verses did not take place overnight. It took effort, and finally a fatwa by Khomeini that transformed this book and its author into a contentious document and a person to be killed, a rallying point for Islamists. Many, if not most, Muslims had no problem with it. The same happened with the Danish Cartoons. Islamists seek opportunity to stir a political pot needing an issue around which to raise the flag of fear, to suppress objective concerns and questioning about the Quran and Islam. In both cases noted the concerns far exceeded the actually verbal or drawn works; The Satanic Verses, was never read by the most of the more vocal opponents. The objective can been viewed as a means to claim ‘hatred’ towards their ‘community’, establish laws of hate speech – as have been promulgated in Great Britain – and restrict freedoms. The Islamists see a need to bring attention to themselves; an outpouring of insecurity. It becomes a political issue.
Keep praying, not words that are memorized, but petitions for peace, for the return of our Lord and Savior to rid this world of evil He allows – sooner preferred to later. We know we must suffer for our salvation, we must persevere, knowing also that salvation is assured for those that have the Trinity in their hearts and God’s loving spirit dwelling within.
Pray Psalm 140:
Rescue me, O Lord, from evil men; protect me from men of violence, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day. They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.
Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet. Proud men have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.
O Lord, I say to you, “you are my God.” Hear, O Lord, my cry for mercy. O Sovereign Lord, my strong deliver, who shields my head in the day of battle – – do not grant the wicked their desires, O Lord; do not let their plans succeed, or they will become proud.
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. (Prov. 16:7)
Grace and Peace.
To be continued….. Next — The Conclusion