by Syarif Hidayat
Jahiliyyah (Arabic: جاهلية ǧāhiliyyah/jāhilīyah “ignorance”) is an Islamic concept of “ignorance of divine guidance” or “the state of ignorance of the guidance from the God Almighty Allah” or “Days of Ignorance” referring to the condition in which Arabs found themselves in pre-Islamic Arabia (in the non-Islamic sense), i.e. prior to the revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad PBUH. The root of the term jahiliyyah originates from Arabic verb jahala “to be ignorant or stupid, to act stupidly”
So, jahiliyyah (ignorance/stupidity) does not mean not having the knowledge and skill or do not have the intelligence to think and work skills. But ignorance with regard to monotheism of God Almighty Allah, which also means ignorance of Allah’s laws and regulations.
The modern-day Jahiliyyah
Facts speak for themselves correctly and objectively that some of the Arab leaders (kings, presidents and prime ministers) including Egyptian military (coup) leaders, Libyan rebel leaders, Syrian and Iraqi (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Al Qaeda) rebels leaders could be easily fooled and dragged and finally deceived by the Imperialist and Zionist ploys into supporting their interests to sow discord among Muslim countries including demonizing a certain country like Iran as a threat to the Arab world and intervening in the other Arab countries as well as make them fight each other at the expense of their own fellow countrymen … and in the end, the true winners are the Zionist and Imperialist corporate world!
I am very sorry for my Arab brothers and sisters who have become victims of their easily western-fooled and corruptible leaders!
The God warning
More than 1430 years ago, the God Almighty Allah warned in Al-Qur’an, Surah Al-Maeda, verses 50 – 51 about what is nowadays happening in the Muslim World especially in the Middle East countries today. In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
أَفَحُكۡمَ ٱلۡجَـٰهِلِيَّةِ يَبۡغُونَۚ وَمَنۡ أَحۡسَنُ مِنَ ٱللَّهِ حُكۡمً۬ا لِّقَوۡمٍ۬ يُوقِنُونَ
يَـٰٓأَيُّہَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لَا تَتَّخِذُواْ ٱلۡيَہُودَ وَٱلنَّصَـٰرَىٰٓ أَوۡلِيَآءَۘ بَعۡضُہُمۡ أَوۡلِيَآءُ بَعۡضٍ۬ۚ وَمَن يَتَوَلَّهُم مِّنكُمۡ فَإِنَّهُ ۥ مِنۡہُمۡۗ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَا يَهۡدِى ٱلۡقَوۡمَ ٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ
“Do they then seek the judgement of (the days of) Ignorance? And who is better in judgement than Allâh for a people who have firm Faith. O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliyâ’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Auliyâ’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Auliyâ’), then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allâh guides not those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust).”
At the push of an American button
Lamis Andoni in her article titled “An Arab world at the push of an American button” published in http://www.middleeastmonitor.com wrote
We do not want to underestimate or diminish the danger of Islamic State (IS) and extremism, but for the Arab League not to issue a statement to confront Israel, even if it was only a lie and hypocritical, and instead, to only call for measures to confront “terrorism” is another indication that it has become nothing more than an Arab entity playing a functional role in service of America.
All of this was expected, but the degree of unashamed compliancy is evidence that the Arab system and counter-revolution forces are very keen on renewing their loyalty and subordination to the American master, the protector of all thrones and those sitting on them. This also suggests that a representative of the Syrian opposition coalition wouldn’t be present at the Arab League meeting if this had challenged Washington, even slightly, as everything is dependent on America’s approval.
If it weren’t for America’s call for an international alliance against “terrorism”, we wouldn’t have seen an Arab endeavour towards joint Arab work and an insistence on putting the term “terrorism” in brackets, because the American definition of terrorism is based on its policies and moods, as the terrorism committed by regimes is either permitted or prohibited based on American’s temporary or permanent interests. Meanwhile, the terrorism exercised by America and Israel is legitimate and sometimes encouraged and desired.
The Arab League meeting gave an Arab cover to America’s strategy of managing the current conflict, that is of a sectarian nature, in a manner that preserves its influence and in order to distract from the consequences of Israel’s crimes committed during the war on Gaza and the Palestinians in general, and to undermine the campaigns to boycott Israel and calls for prosecuting Israel in the ICC.
America has found the Islamic State to be a mutual enemy between Israel and the Arabs, putting them into a deep security alliance. This alliance is more effective than America’s previous attempts to form an Arab-Israeli alliance against Iran, as the IS danger has a greater impact, not only on the Arab governments, but the resistance movements as well, especially the non-Islamist movements, because Israel continues to easily attack the movements and Palestinian people on the ground.
Yes, there is a need to confront religious and sectarian extremism, but these security alliances only serve America and Israel and may not even help the Arab regimes themselves, as America’s wars on terrorism always excels in strengthening extremism and expanding terrorism in all of its forms and sources, including American and Israeli terrorism, as well as religious and sectarian terrorism.
Confronting sectarian extremism, IS and its counterparts should not be linked to an American agenda, but to a reformative agenda of the educational system in the Arab world as well as economic and social development projects in order to redistribute the income in a fairer manner instead of in accordance with the neoliberal policies and corruption adopted by the states before and after the revolutions. Such policies only contribute to impoverishing the already poor section of society without providing job opportunities and hope for a better future for the angry and desperate youth.
However, none of this is actually on the official Arab agenda that only understands repressive security solutions and hitting the independent judiciary authority in order to continue to torture the people and allow the hatching of new IS factions coming in all shapes and political backgrounds. They allow this because most of the active IS systems are cowardly in the face of strategic dangers, especially Israel, and their silence in the face of Israel’s massacres guarantee American support for their continuity.
I do not rule out the possibility that the next step, which has been implicitly approved by most regimes, is to figure out how to pressure the Palestinians to disarm the resistance and prevent them from going to the International Criminal Court or the Security Council, because all forms of armed and peaceful resistance is “terrorism” in the eyes of Mr America, and the Arab system has declared its war “on terror”, hasn’t it?, Lamis Andoni concluded her article. Lamis Andoni is a Palestinian-American journalist, analyst and commentator on Middle Eastern and Palestinian affairs.
Arabs forget quickly and fall into the same traps
Dr Faisal Al-Qassem in his article titled “Is the Islamic State the new justification for violation of the region?” wrote The well-known former Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan was right when he famously said, “rest assured, the Arabs are a nation that doesn’t read, and if they read they don’t understand, and if they understand they don’t act”. How short is the Arab and Islamic memory, as short as a goldfish? We quickly forget and fall into the same traps that we barely escaped. Why do we continue to repeat the hadith (prophetic tradition)”A believer is not bitten from the same pit twice”, but allow the same snake to bite us from the same pit over and over again?
Why have the Islamists not learnt from their bitter experience in Afghanistan? Did America not trick them by volunteering to participate in the historic battle against the Soviet Union and back them, only to then wipe them out and persecute them once their task was done and they were no longer needed? Did America not promise them the virtuous Islamic state that they thought they were seeking in Afghanistan, without knowing that they were just tools who would have no share of the land?
It was only a short time ago that many applauded Al-Qaeda, and considered its leader a liberator of the Muslims from internal and external tyranny, but what was the result of this? It turned out that despite their ambitions, goals, and slogans, this organisation, as well as others, were merely Trojan Horses, exploited by many. However, once they had fulfilled their roles, they were persecuted all over the world and members of this organisation were detained in the ugliest concentration camps in the world, such as Guantanamo Bay. Why are they repeating the same mistake now while they know that their comrades are still suffering in Guantanamo Bay, enjoying the hospitality of the American executioners?
Some may say that the Islamic State’s (IS) situation is different to Al-Qaeda’s situation in the old days, and that there is no room for comparison between the two. IS is a descendent organisation of Al-Zarqawi’s organisation that originated in Iraq and caused the Americans and their supporters much despair. It prompted the Americans to create the so-called “Sahwat” (literally meaning revivalists) to confront Al-Zarqawi’s organisation.
What did the region, specifically Iraq, gain from this organisation? Has American and Iranian influence in Iraq declined? Of course not, Iran, which the organisation still claims to rival, has control over all of factions in Iraq and its influence has spread to Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and the Gulf, while America still has a tight grip on Iraq and its surroundings.
The most important question is, did the Islamic State actually enter Iraq from Syria and occupy Mosul and other Iraqi provinces against America’s will or with its help and them turning a blind eye? Did the American satellites not detect the Russian vehicles entering Ukraine at lightning speed? Could it be possible that these satellites did not detect the throngs of IS vehicles entering Mosul and the rest of the Iraqi provinces?
Could it be that the satellites did not pick up on the groups of IS members moving inside Syria and taking over cities and airports in open ground? It is true that American planes bombed some of IS’ areas in Iraq, but not all areas, only those where IS had passed the US’ red line, especially as they moved towards Iraqi Kurdistan where American and Israeli interests lie.
Will the world, especially the West, allow the establishment of a state between Iraq and Syria in the manner dreamed of by IS? Are they not afraid that the emergence of IS and its expansion would be a new link in the series of hellish Western projects drawn up for our region? Is it not just an excuse by international forces in the region to justify redrawing maps and re-dividing the region?
Are all the “terrorist” groups not being exploited by the major world powers to carry out their projects in more than one place? When America wanted to take hold of the Caspian Sea, rich in oil, it had to occupy Afghanistan. Its excuse was the pursuit of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. The Americans stayed there for over 10 years and are still there. During the Iraq invasion, America used the excuse of Al-Qaeda being present there as well as weapons of mass destruction. Have all the extremist groups not become an excuse for anyone who wants to seek their interests?
Have they not used these movements well to achieve their strategic ends? Under the pretext of terrorist groups, our entire region has been violated by those near and far in order to carry out whatever they want under the pretext of combatting terrorism. Today, international organisations can commit any crime and pursue any plan in the region on the grounds of combatting the Islamic State, and hence, they are supported out of fear of IS with no opposition for fear that they could be associated with IS and terrorism. Even if IS remains and spreads, just as its supporters claim it will, will this be free of charge or will it be at the expense of the region’s geography?
What international, Arab, and regional deals are being made behind the curtains under the pretext of combatting IS’s terrorism? Is no one concerned that the more IS is amplified in the media, the closer the region is to being dealt a heavy blow? The danger of Al-Qaeda was amplified before it ended when its leader was thrown in the sea to the fish.
Has the appearance of IS and its counterparts in the region not led to the Arab revolutions and the people’s dreams of freedom from tyrants and their sponsors becoming buried? Will it not lead to the exhaustion and depletion of the region and its peoples? Do these groups know that they are merely being used as an excuse?
Is history not repeating itself while we sit by and applaud like fools?, concluded Dr Faisal Al-Qassem. Dr. Faisal Al-Qassem, also written as Faisal Al-Kasim (Arabic:فيصل القاسم ) is an internationally renowned British-Syrian veteran and television personality based in Qatar, who is known for hosting the famous and controversial live debate show The Opposite Direction (Arabic:الاتجاه المعاكس ) on Al Jazeera, where two guests with extremely opposed view points debate on current affairs. Fights break out on occasions.
Dr Amira Abo El-Fetouh in her article titled “An international alliance against whom?” wrote No sooner had Barack Obama announced a new international alliance to fight what is known as the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq than an international conference was held in Jeddah to put it into effect. Seventeen countries represented by their foreign ministers attended the conference, including US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of 10 Arab countries; in other words, America’s agents in the region. They came out with an agreement to confront ISIS and cooperate in waging a war against it with the objective of eliminating it. However, Turkey and Qatar refused to sign the final statement.
What does the US gain from this, and why did it opt for the meeting to be held in Saudi Arabia on September 11th, the anniversary of the fall of the Twin Towers in 2001? America never makes a move unless it has some sort of strategic goal or interest behind it; what exactly is the goal that it hopes to accomplish with this? Does America actually feel that ISIS poses a threat or danger to it in spite of those who say that it is a creation of US intelligence and that is infiltrated by many other countries?
These are legitimate questions, and if we read into the events and take a look at what has gone on in the world since the fall of the Soviet Union, we can say that America is continuing its war on the Islamic states started in 2001 against Afghanistan and calling it the “war on terror”. President George W Bush stated explicitly at the time that it was a crusade, for which he later apologised, claiming that it was a slip of the tongue, but it wasn’t; he was telling the truth.
“The Green enemy”
After the fall of the Soviet Union, former US President Ronald Reagan said that America had eliminated the red enemy, referring to Communism, and that it was time to eliminate the “green enemy”, a reference to Islam. Since that time, America has been preparing for its war on an enemy it created and used terrorism as a pretext to wage war against Islamic states. Afghanistan was followed by Iraq, and America made its way into the region and wreaked havoc and corruption on the ground. It also helped France in its war against the Muslims of Mali and fought in Libya to overthrow the regime and spread chaos in the country. It is now using Arab and Islamic countries as a legitimate cover to wage war on the rest of the Arab world under the pretext of fighting ISIS and the danger this terrorist organisation, as they describe it, poses for the rest of the countries in the region. The US has used the Islamic State as a scarecrow to frighten kings and emirs that their thrones will be grabbed by ISIS, which lurks on the borders of their territory.
In order for this war not to be labelled as a crusade, America held its meeting in Saudi Arabia, the symbolism of which is not lost on anyone, while the government in Riyadh saw this as a chance to lead the Islamic world, especially the Sunni Muslims, and for Egypt to be subject to Saudi Arabia instead of the opposite. The coup-led government in Egypt also tried to benefit from this meeting and come out with some gains, but it failed because the government wanted to add the Muslim Brotherhood and its own war on the movement into the mix and make it a part of the international alliance to fight terrorism, as a means of gaining financial and moral support, but it was unable to achieve this.
The Arab states which signed the final statement are nothing but pawns in the hands of America, being moved however and whenever America wants and according to its interests. These states, thrones and emirates on the map have only been established and allowed to exist in order to achieve America’s goals in the region. We have an international alliance, but against whom is it pitted? concluded Dr Amira Abo El-Fetouh, an Egyptian writer and member of the National Council for Human Rights. (HSH)