Baathism, or “renaissance” is an anti-colonial and pan-Arabist doctrine dating all the way back to 1943. At the time, Baathism called for the rejection of the “Western civilization’s invasion of the Arab mind”. Aflaq, one of the founding fathers of Baathism spoke of Islam as being a proof of ‘Arab genius’,
“Europe is as fearful of Islam today as she has been in the past. She now knows that the strength of Islam (which in the past expressed that of the Arabs) has been reborn and has appeared in a new form: Arab nationalism”. ~ Michel Aflaq, 1943
What followed was the combination of the socialist ideology compounded by nationalism. Later, Baathists attempted to restore their power through a number of different tracks over the past decade: secularism, insurgency, and ‘terrorism’
After the 1963 coup that first gave the Baathists a share of power in Iraq’s government, Saddam Hussein became head of the Iraqi Intelligence Service secret (Jihaz Al-Mukhabarat Al-Amma), and collected meticulous dossiers on friends and enemies alike. Saddam used these dossiers to carry out the bloodless 1968 coup that brought his party to full control of Iraq.
With support from the West, Saddam and his Baathist party gained prominence throughout the Middle East and were used to cause sectarian strife in the region. In 1980 Saddam declared War on Tehran, an estimated one million lives were lost as a result. Even within his own nation the western appointed dictator surpressed the Shia and Kurdish population. With the tacit encouragement of Washington, the Iraqi Shia and the Kurds rebelled against Saddam. The dissenters were massacred by Saddam’s military, and the US reneged on its pledge to support the uprising.
Events preceding 9/11 indicated the end of Saddam’s reign. Saddam and his Baathist regime became the central focus of the U.S ‘War on Terror’. The U.S invaded Iraq on the false accusation of holding weapons of mass destruction and quickly toppled Iraq’s Baathist regime. Saddam Hussein was sentenced to death, and on 30th December 2006 he was hanged. The Iraqi Baathist’s were officially put on the ash heaps of history, or were they? Continue reading “The Baathist roots of ISIS”
Much of the discussion around anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism has been from a Western viewpoint, and whether intentionally or unintentionally this viewpoint is biased as Zionism is a Western manufactured idea. Therefore, the Muslim must stay clear of this biased position and reassess the discussion from an Islamic perspective.
Anti-Semitism is an overused phrase with several interpretations, some understand it as anything against Judaism and the Jewish people, whilst others extend it to criticism against the Israeli state. However, linguistically speaking anti-Semitism should be understood as discrimination against all Semitic people which includes the Arabs. Semites are people who’s ancestry can be traced back to Sām, the Prophet Nūḥ’s (ﷷﷵ) eldest son. This includes the Jews, Arabs, and Persians. Therefore, the claim that Arabs are anti-Semitic is inconceivable as this would be hatred against their own selves. However, if we take anti-Semitism to mean anti-Judaism or anti-Jewish, let’s ask ourselves, are Muslims anti-Jewish?
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Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem
Allah (SWT) says:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا يُنْفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ لِيَصُدُّوا عَنْ سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ ۚ فَسَيُنْفِقُونَهَا ثُمَّ تَكُونُ عَلَيْهِمْ حَسْرَةً ثُمَّ يُغْلَبُونَ ۗ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا إِلَىٰ جَهَنَّمَ يُحْشَرُونَ
“Verily, those who disbelieve spend their wealth to hinder (men) from the Path of Allah, and so they will continue to spend it; but in the end it will become an anguish for them. Then they will be overcome. And those who disbelieve will be gathered unto Hell.” ~ Al Anfal, 36
Allah tells us that it is in the nature of the Kuffar to avert men from the path of Allah. And that they will spend their billions to undermine the Islamic revival and take Muslims away from their Deen. But we are informed that in the end it will be an anguish for them, meaning they will come to rue and regret it.
In order for us to understand this vicious aggression today, we need to understand what the West are fighting. The plain of the battle is between Islam and Kufr and always will be, but specifically today they are fighting the Islamic revival, meaning they aim to supress the Ummah’s journey towards resuming the Islamic way of life.
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