How can you call people to peace if they are not peaceful within themselves?
This should serve as a warning to those who rush to negotiate without hesitation and offer their right hand for peace. I guess the question is raised, am I a militant Muslim then? Do I want conflict, war, blood? Of course not! My whole life achievement is about something else. Just the word peace today means something else. Usually it is taken out when the goal is to conceal an intention or content. If a teaching contains principles that redistribute the accumulated wealth, support fallen ones, and place conscientious brakes on the re-accumulation of wealth, it cannot be accepted. It is impossible that anyone calls for true peace with this teaching. Doesn't the fate of Moses, Jesus, Mohammed (peace be upon them) remind us of this? They all preached a doctrine, the principles of Abraham, against a tyrannical order. Abraham exemplified to all the prophets who came from him that even one person can walk on a path that would not lead to violence or compromise with sinners.
Abraham (peace be upon him) was born in Chaldea, Babylon, Assyria. This place was famous for its astrologers who read fates from the celestial orbits of the planets. To them, the moon, the sun, and the stars were deities. They also worshiped earthly idols. Their ruler was Nimrod, who also considered himself God. The father of Abraham, Azar disputed with his son to return to the "good way." Abraham continued on the path of the One God, not turning against his father, but not following him. He asked Allah for forgiveness for his father. We Muslims perform this Dua' five times a day because it is part of our daily prayer.
Abraham made idols ridiculous. When he was left behind with them, he broke them, leaving only the biggest one intact. When he was questioned, he said that it was not him who did it, but the greatest. It must be held accountable. But that doesn't speak, they replied. Then why do you pray to it if it does not respond you, Abraham asked? With this ironic act, he unmasked the false world he lived in. Nimrod, the ruler did not tolerate this and threw him on the bonfire. But the fire was cool by the grace of Allah and did not harm Abraham. The prophet left Chaldea and after a long journey he found a new home in the territory what is now Palestine. His life, the vicissitudes, and his responses to them is Guidance to humanity (not just for Muslims!). The Quran describes the unveiling of idols as follows:
Then did he turn to their gods and said, "will ye not eat (of the offerings before you)?... (Quran 37:91)
"What is the matter with you that ye speak not (intelligently)?" (Quran 37:92)
Then did he turn upon them, striking (them) with the right hand. (Quran 37:93)
With the right hand: as the right hand is the hand of power, the phrase means that he struck them with might and main and broke them.
Then came (the worshippers) with hurried steps, and faced (him). (Quran 37:94)
He said: "Worship ye that which ye have (yourselves) carved? (Quran 37:95)
"But Allah has created you and your handwork!" (Quran 37:96)
They said, "Build him a furnace, and throw him into the blazing fire!" (Quran 37:97)
The argument of Abraham was so sound that it could not be met by argument. In such cases Evil resorts to violence, or secret plotting. Here there was both violence and secret plotting. The violence consisted in throwing him into a blazing Furnace. But by the mercy of Allah the fire did not harm him (21:69), and so they resorted to plotting. But the plotting, as the next verse (37:98) shows, was a boomerang that recoiled on their own heads.
(This failing), they then sought a stratagem against him, but We made them the ones most humiliated! (Quran 37:98)
Their plot against the righteous Abraham failed. Abraham migrated from the country (Chaldea, Babylon, and Assyria) and prospered in Syria and Palestine. It was his persecutors that suffered humiliation.
He said: "I will go to my Lord! He will surely guide me! (Quran 37:99)
"O my Lord! Grant me a righteous (son)!" (Quran 37:100)
The world we live doesn't differ from the world of Nimrod. Idols also live, not just in the form of sculptures, but embodied in ideologies, power and interest. If an authority is talking to you at all, and is not planning your destruction, it is impossible they are going to listen to you or want learn from you. They may want two things. Either they make you and your teachings the source of all crime, or "soften" you and your principles and make them compromised and opportunist. We witness these two streams when we hear and see our trendy scholars and emblematic orators. They are bought, but Islam, the way of Abraham, the straight cannot be sold! Those who choose this path must crush the idols, revealing the falsehood and turning that all to mockery and irony. Our path is not the path of violence. Violence is the mean of the tyrant, Nimrod, Pharaoh, Rome, or Quraish. Our path is the path of clairvoyance. However, nobody wants to make peace with those who can see clearly until they have cataracts.
The doctrines of Islam (aqidah) cannot change. Sharia can change! It has to be harmonized at all ages to the given circumstances. However, the result of legal harmonization cannot turn against the doctrines, the teachings of the Quran, and cannot be opportunist. As doctrines meet universal human standards, legal harmonization can be achieved easily in an understanding, scholarly environment, as it has taken place in all ages. However, the last hundred years are an exception. We have been blocked, and the attitude of the world have been blocked with us and within themselves. For the time being, I do not know about any intention of compromise that is going to give a hand for establishing together with us a common code of law where principles of Abraham are the standards of our cohabitation. The terms of a compromise are:
- mutual intention
- equality in right and opinion between the parties
- common interpretation of law, so that all parties understand the same in the context of terminologies
- guarantee for the implementation of the compromise
So far, none of the four conditions are met. What should we shake hands for?
And what if this intention comes true once and the goal is real compromise? By then, will there be one among us who knows what Islam is? Or just eyes with cataract?
I began and end with peace and reconciliation. Reconciliation is a beautiful thing. Those who declare and communicate it usually want the opposite. The problem is not with the demand, but with its establishers and the conditions because I don't see them on either side.
Yeah, and something else! I did not talk about the handshake between Muslims and non-Muslims, but about the handshake between deceivers and people who are deceived, without mentioning any affiliation. Well, there is still a code for an objective protocol. And it is in the possession of those who are deceived.