“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness” (Oscar Wilde)
People need patterns. This is normal. Impairment of value occurs when these patterns follow fashion, trend, not a real value. Where is the limit? This is a big question.
Remember that the pre-Islamic period, known as the Age of Ignorance (Jahiliya), followed patterns where women were objects of use, fights between tribes, clans determined the rank of dominance, then within a tribe the same principle of dominance formed the hierarchy. These were the unwritten traditions. In this system, the directing power was bravado (muru'ah), pride, identity, the strength of ego, the desire to rule over others, which paved the way for violence, looting, subjugation and superiority. This was not strange to anyone at the time, as this was the norm, and tribal society was formed accordingly. Traces of that are found in verses about swords, battles, and valor.
This period may be familiar to everyone, as the history of all peoples has gone through this stage.
However, some peoples experience this as shame, others as national pride depending on the narratives surrounding to the events.
In the history of Islam, this period was radically turned upside down by a prophet who was called Muhammad (peace be upon him) and followed the word of God. Mohamed, dressed according to the traditions of the age, wore a white gallabiyah, had a beard, had a turban on his head, sat on the ground and taught. The Divine revelations that he proclaimed abolished the age of Jahiliya. The pride, identity and ego were replaced by submission to the One God, gender equality, cessation of struggles, finding compromises, overcoming on my own greed, creating my inner peace, reconciliation with others and the creation. People have realized that the new protocol, which is based on inner peace, pious life, is a much greater strength than violence what can achieve only petty goals in the short term. After all, in the old trend, today I win over others, tomorrow others win over me. After the death of Muhammad (peace be upon him), his teachings were carried on by his followers, spreaders of his tradition, or descendants of the people of his household, who wore gallabiyah, had beards, had turban on their heads, sat on the ground, and taught. There is nothing wrong about that, as you have to learn from someone who has the knowledge:
… if ye realize this not, ask of those who possess the Message. (Quran 16:43)
The troubles came over time. Teachers did not always teach the way how Muhammad (peace be upon him) introduced the words of Allah (SWT). In other religions, Scripture was rewritten, which was not possible in Islam, so in addition to the verses of the Quran and the hadith, interpretations were given that emphasized the individuality of the teachers more than the original spirituality of the Quran.
O ye who believe! Take not into your intimacy those outside your ranks: They will not fail to corrupt you. They only desire your ruin: Rank hatred has already appeared from their mouths: What their hearts conceal is far worse. We have made plain to you the Signs, if ye have wisdom. (Quran 3:118)
Here, “outside your ranks” means your own common sense or the teachers who lead you on the path with pure intent.
Then the time came gradually, when the teachers, clergy people, sitting on the ground, wearing a gallabiyah, having a beard, with a turban on their heads smuggled back the set of values of Jahiliya under the title Islam. The desire to rule over others, supremacy, dominance came into the game, which once again was seeking for its place by violence. There is nothing left but sitting on the ground, having a beard, a turban, a gallabiyah, which we mistakenly call as Sunnah because Mohamed (peace be upon him) wore them. Only the point is left behind: his teaching and spirituality.
The era of Islamic Haram has arrived. This means that the one in white gallabiyah with a beard etc. sitting on the ground just says for everything: Haram (forbidden)!
Let's take it one by one. The West is Haram! The spirit of the West loosens the moral of Muslims, fans the flames of their sensuality, develops the roots of bad habits in them.
Christians and Jews are Haram! With reference to Quran 5:51, cooperation with them must be rejected! (Yet the explanation of 5:51 is completely different). Unbelievers, atheists are Haram!
Shiites Haram! Sunnis Haram! Belonging to any other school or trend is Haram! Saudis Haram!
Iranians Haram! What is not considered Haram? Well he, the bastard who sits on the ground and takes over only the white gallabiyah, turban, beard from the whole Islam, while he burps big ones, empties his nose with a loud noise into the tap, looks ahead angrily while propagating nonsense and incites hatred to all directions, he alone is not Haram!
Hey, don’t smile there, because the same story can be performed with a rabbis, bishops, and others.
They are all time travelers, which is not a problem in itself. This is only a problem if they want to pull masses back to the past.
Don't be mistaken! I’ve mentioned a phenomenon and I’m not claiming that everyone who has a beard and wears a gallabiyah is like that. Many of them are respectable and honorable people. My writing is about values and not individuals.
What's next? It’s time to consider people as adults. I also mean that I am not talking about zombies, but about people who have consciousness. When the awareness is well established, people can decide what’s good for them. Forms of imitations just in order to take over superficialities what are not serving expedience, are not logical. Because, in a desert country, a gallabiyah is better to wear than a suit. However, teaching and comprehending Islam at the level of gallabiyah alone is not expedient, but a time travel. Furthermore, if in addition to superficialities Islam is filled up with the content of Jahiliya, it raises - to put it mildly - the questions of authenticity. It is a kind of imitation, which is actually misleading, emptying the faith.
With my papers, I wish to give an insight among others into the legal, financial sociological principles and coexistence habits of Islam. My intention is to demonstrate that this is not a simple bullshit as outsiders think! We are talking about a huge system with a thousand branches where every branch or discipline represents a separate knowledge-bank. I wish, I can make the readers to feel the huge extent of Islam and I don't force the thousand times repeated and boring themes like prayer, fasting, adhzan (call of muezzzin to prayer) and reciting Quran. If I can manage to do that, maybe we, Muslims can be prouder of our own treasures and even outsiders will not consider us as cavemen. Irrespectively of my previous sentence, the prayer, fasting, etc. are very important, but the spectrum is much wider!
Indeed, many things distract Muslims from Islam while pursuing a “Western way of life”. The comfort, offering of momentary pleasures, the ignorant emptiness of West, the proclamation of its values as a benchmark which is sold as intelligence and knowledge, deceive many. In this turmoil, we Muslim commentators should not increase the spiritual primitiveness. We do not have to compete with the West in ignorance and primitiveness, because we would really win in this respect.
Let’s change and instead of imitation, which Oscar Wilde says is the currency of mediocrity in the form of flattery to be paid to greatness, let’s follow a conscious purity, no matter it comes from inside or outside. Values waiting to be discovered are everywhere and those are not labeled. Only on the basis of an internal measure of value (fitrah) can we decide whether they are bad or good.