Mus­lims must un­der­take ji­had and re­turn to straight path

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THE two Saudi girls hon­our-killed by her fam­ily by be­ing drowned in a New York river, the Pak­istani mobs and their priest­hood call­ing for the death of Chris­tian Asia Bibi for blas­phemy, the bru­tal as­sas­si­na­tion of Ja­mal Khashoggi by the Saudi gov­ern­ment for speak­ing out, and the mur­der of seven Cop­tic Chris­tians in Egypt by ex­trem­ists is a true barom­e­ter of the state of the Mus­lim world.

For us to ask and fight for the free­dom of the Pales­tini­ans, Kash­miris, Chi­nese Uyghurs, Ro­hingya, etc, and then op­press our own peo­ple, starve them, hon­our kill them, tor­ture them, bomb them, cut them into pieces, call­ing for the deaths of apos­tates and blas­phe­mers, jail them for speak­ing out, etc, is a con­tra­dic­tion.

Even if the Pales­tini­ans are freed to­day, Hamas and the PLO will fight to the death to im­pose an­other dic­ta­tor­ship.

The Pales­tini­ans will just be ex­chang­ing one tyrant for an­other. Un­til we Mus­lims adopt democ­racy, hu­man rights, free­dom of ex­pres­sion and free­dom of re­li­gion, the call for a ji­had to free the Pales­tini­ans, Kash­miris, Chi­nese Uyghurs and Ro­hingya is pre­ma­ture.

First un­der­take the greater ji­had of re­form­ing our own false and other pa­gan be­liefs and go back to the straight path (life is a test, democ­racy, ma­jor­ity rule and rule of law) im­plicit and ex­plicit in the Qur’an. Es­tab­lish our God-given rights and free our own peo­ple im­pris­oned in 40-odd Mus­lim monar­chies, dic­ta­tor­ships, pseudo democ­ra­cies and failed states.

By the way, I will be locked up and tor­tured in most Mus­lim coun­tries for just writ­ing the above.

And why is Is­lam im­por­tant for South Africa and the world? Be­cause Is­lam has the largest num­ber of fol­low­ers in Africa and will have the largest num­ber in the world around 2070 (PEW Re­search Group).

NAUSHAD OMAR

Athlone

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