In­vestors in mud

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Saleh Al-Shayeji

As Arabs and Mus­lims, we have been over­do­ing feel­ing sorry for our sit­u­a­tions and com­par­ing our de­te­ri­o­ra­tion with other na­tions that were once in our shoes, but man­aged to de­velop and be­come ma­jor fi­nan­cial and in­dus­trial pow­ers. Our thinkers and in­tel­lec­tu­als are still di­vided about the rea­sons that led to our de­te­ri­o­ra­tion and re­main­ing at the tail of the world, while other na­tions be­came lead­ing ones.

Some of them jus­tify such de­te­ri­o­ra­tion by hold­ing tight to Is­lam and for­get that ad­vanced coun­tries man­aged to de­velop with­out even em­brac­ing Is­lam. Oth­ers say that the rea­son is to­tal­i­tar­ian regimes that have ded­i­cated the en­tire state to serve the ruler, which I think is par­tially true. Nonethe­less, let us not for­get the Soviet Union that was once ruled by a to­tal­i­tar­ian regime, while at the same time was a ma­jor power ev­ery­body feared.

Thinkers have been dis­cussing dozens of rea­sons for Arabs’ shame­ful de­te­ri­o­ra­tion. How­ever, I am not here to give the best an­swer to that ques­tion, but ev­ery­body is still free to try reach­ing a cer­tain goal even if they even­tu­ally fail to do so. I tend to sup­port the idea of jus­ti­fy­ing such re­treat on re­stric­tions on sci­en­tific re­search for re­li­gious rea­sons and claims that ap­proach­ing cer­tain re­searches is a re­li­gious taboo and a vi­o­la­tion of our re­li­gion, which sub­jects wrong­do­ers to very strict pun­ish­ment.

This is what both politi­cians and re­li­gious peo­ple be­lieve to be true based on our re­tar­da­tion. They even in­vest well in such sit­u­a­tions, mak­ing end­less for­tunes and gains that would van­ish if the sit­u­a­tion changes. The best proof of this is that the rich­est cat­e­gories of Arabs are peo­ple be­long­ing to these two groups - politi­cians and peo­ple of re­li­gion, who have twisted re­li­gious reg­u­la­tions to their own in­ter­ests and jus­tify their un­re­li­gious prac­tices.

They lie in the name of re­li­gion, get bribes in the name of re­li­gion, kill in the name of re­li­gion, fight in the name of re­li­gion and reach truces in the name of re­li­gion, mainly re­ly­ing on the spread of ig­no­rance amongst the ma­jor­ity of Arab peo­ples who are fully con­trolled by politi­cians and cler­gy­men. I know I did not sug­gest any so­lu­tions, but I have at least high­lighted the facts. —Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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