In my previous studies, I have put a mirror before us and described the operation of the most important organizations acting in the name of Islam, while casting a shadow over the faith and mass of Muslims. It was self-criticism.
But please allow me also to explain what is in the hearts of the masses of Muslims when they hear this: Christian or Jewish? And now I will skip the issue of Far East, China, the Rohingya, etc. No, it is not the Quran that comes up in Muslims, but history. Just the same way as significant forces in Europe are working to blacken the Islamic image in Iberia or the Ottoman image in Eastern and Southern Europe, so there are memories in the Islamic world as well. What are these traces that are hidden in a Muslim brain that can also be manipulated?
Perhaps the name of Caliph Omar Ibn al-Khattab (584-644) is familiar. In 636 his troops defeated the Byzantines during the Battle of Yarmouk, and probably in the same year, the Persians were defeated in the battle of the Qadisiyah. In 638 he occupied Jerusalem. Omar personally visited St. Sophronius of Jerusalem (560-638) and, led by the patriarch who had been persistently defending until then, entered the city riding on a donkey. Here he made a treaty with Christians and Jews, known as the Omar Pact. Omar inspected and cleaned the site of King David's temple, prayed there, and later had a mosque built south of the Foundation Stone, from which the al-Aqsa Mosque later evolved. The caliph guaranteed the rights to all citizens, regardless of religion.
In comparison, from the 11th century onwards, crusades were launched to “liberate” the Holy Land.
These were not wars, but rather the slaughter of the population. Muslim forces protected also the Jewish population. Salahuddin al-Ayyubi (1138-1193) gained a victory over the Crusades, established a sultanate in which he secured the rights of Jews and Christians.
The Andalusian caliphates in Iberia (711-1492) and the Abbasid caliphates in Baghdad (775-1258) did the same. Jews, Christians, Muslims, and others together created the mass of knowledge and culture that was one of the significant elements of human civilization.
What was the response? The Spaniards who occupied Iberia took revenge by the Inquisition and by burning some libraries. Whoever confessed their Muslim or Jewish religion had to flee or die. Where could they escape? To the hosting Muslim areas. To North Africa and the Ottoman Empire. The Jews enjoyed reception and protection.
The Tatar invasion did not leave the Abbasid caliphate out. In 1258, the Tatars occupied Baghdad, achieved a horrific massacre, looted its treasures, and the Tiger River turned blue from the inks of discarded books. From then on, Islam became a forbidden religion east of Baghdad for 150 years. To the west of Baghdad, however, the situation changed from 1260. Hulagu, Tatar Khan wanted to occupy Egypt. He sent an army against Qutuz, the Ayyubid Sultan. An army of Muslims led by Baibars inflicted a devastating defeat on the Tatars in Palestine at Ein Jalut. From this time the atrophy and weakening of the Tatar Empire can be calculated. In the Muslim consciousness, this war lives on by protecting in the long run not only ourselves but also Christianity and Judaism from the horrors of the Tatar invasion.
In connection with Ein Jalut, we must mention a name that history has undeservedly forgotten.
Without him, triumph could not have taken place. Izz Al-Din Ibn Abdel Salam (1181-1262). Who was hi? He was a beggar child who guarded the shoes of believers in mosques. Many times, he was thrown out of there because of his torn clothes. He could hear the speeches, lectures, reasonings from afar and memorized everything. This is how he trained himself, until he has become a scholar and he was referred to as the “sultan of ulemas,” whose reasoning was respected also by the rulers.
I mentioned earlier the name of Salahuddin, who created a caliphate. After his death, however, the caliphate fell to pieces and, according to good Muslim custom, a race was started to gain dominance over the pieces. This competition was so unprincipled that some Muslim candidates also formed an alliance with the Crusaders against other Muslims. The fact that Salahuddin’s grandson gave up Jerusalem without a battle and handed it over to the Crusaders can be attributed to such a compromise. Fitna is working all time.
In this division it was Izz Al-Din Ibn Abdel Salam took the stage, warning the pride lords, who didn't see beyond their desire for power, about the impending Tatar danger. He lived a simple life as a qadi, did not surrender to earthly powers, and also gave warning to the Sultan. In his final despair, Sultan Qutuz asked him for his advice on what to do against the Tatars. Izz Al-Din replied: “first, you rulers and nobles, empty your treasuries, sell your goods until you have nothing left but a sword and a horse. Only then tax the people.”
The sultan obeyed the advice of Izz Al-Din, ordered to collect the nobles’ treasuries, to sell their properties, and that was enough to prepare the armies without taxing the people. All of that had such an effect on ordinary men that they voluntarily sacrificed their lives for such a noble cause.
Back to Christian and Jewish stabbings in ambush.
The colonization came… I do not have to explain, don't I? Or can be all murders, rapes, and most of all, mind-altering operation forgotten? By this I mean that a consciousness has been created that the land of Muslims, its treasures, do not serve evidently their own welfare. It is considered as glory if those are offered to strangers! If they resist, it must be persecuted. And the strangers pay with glass beads and dividing by Fitna (mixing shit between people). Is it any wonder that Islam has become the ideological base of resistance movements?
Can we forget the mockery and falsification acts of Orientalism to this day and the transcription of Islam into something that is not in it?
Is it perhaps forgettable to create organizations that the external eye sees as Islamic, but in the meantime is killing the Muslim population?
Can it be forgotten that the state of Israel was created in 1947 and nearly a million Palestinians had to leave their homes for a year after that? Happened that all after a historical past in which Omar Ibn Al-Khattab, Salahuddin defended people regardless their religion, and Muslim territories provided protection, hosting humans persecuted by Inquisition, etc.? I don’t deny, after 1947 unacceptable acts happened till to this day, but that’s on every side! I’m not going into current politics, I stop at the point that motivates the soul of an average Muslim, i.e. the mass of historical grievances. These are heard by all children from the elderly at family gatherings, that is what the recollections are about and are also manipulated by current politics.
Isn’t it different to see all of that from this perspective and not the way how “official” historiography discusses it? For us, history is a series of betrayals in which we are also involved as well, but we are not blind, we see who else is in it: who plays a saint but is actually stabbing in the back.
I know you see us as goat fuckers. You introduce us to the world, you present our culture, our religion on that level, even though your knowledge is limited about it. The next degree is that we are terrorists.
And in our brains, despite the mass of scientific and technical achievements, convenience, automation, you are still traitors, unreliable, the darkness in your heads has not changed since the Middle Ages, and you pour all that with a good dose of superiority.
Maybe I managed to show what an average Muslim feels.
I did not write all that to generate comments starting: however, you...! I just wanted you to know what motivates us. This should change, but it requires a lot of work and discussion.