Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit result is a symptom of a deeper systemic crises

Britain has voted for independence from the EU. It has resented the control by Brussels over its decision making. Notwithstanding the irony that the country – and continent – got rich on the back of  colonising and colonising other nations in the 19th and 20th century, there are several important points that emerge from the result of the EU referendum:

1. It is clear that the British people don’t trust what they see as a disconnected, sometime corrupt, establishment and a rigged system. They don’t trust the experts who couldn’t predict the financial crisis and they certainly don’t trust the politicians who they consider aloof, unrepresentative and utterly self serving.

2. The Leave vote is part of a wider concern across many democratic states where people feel left behind by the global system and the liberal elite. Left behind educationally (lack of good schools), politically (as elites take more control) and most of all left behind economically (as poverty increases, inequality rises and opportunities decrease).

3 The concerns about racism and Islamophobia felt by Muslims are real. However, the decision to vote to leave is a symptom of endemic nationalism across Europe. Leaders on the Leave and Remain sides have been as bad as each other, fueling resentment, victimhood and hysteria around this topic. Both would rather blame immigrants for lack of housing, jobs and public services rather than their own inept policies. Moreover, rabid nationalism is not restricted to the UK.  A European Union that puts interests of a remote, bureaucratic EU elite in Germany, Britain or France above ordinary people in Greece, Ireland or any other country could never succeed because of the inherent nationalism.

4. The economic uncertainty now unleashed shows the fault-lines in the global capitalist system. Technological innovation, globalisation and the breakdown of traditional political structures has created forces that nation states and even unions of states can no longer cope with. The focus on profits rather than people, on security for the few rather than prosperity for the many has created mass schisms in western society. It is not for no reason that even the United States hoped the status quo would be maintained.

5. An Islamic alternative vision for the world is to build  a system around solving the affairs of the ordinary people. To unify people rather than divide them. To build ladders of opportunity not walls of protection. To engage in the politics of citizenship not the politics of fear. It is no accident that only the Islamic system has truly acted historically as a melting pot for different races, classes and religions.

The exit of the U.K. from the EU is just a symptom of a wider ideological malaise in western society. It explains the rise of the far right in Europe, it explains the ghettos now emerging in every western state and it explains how a billionaire who can label Mexicans as rapists, call for the banning of Muslims and who can insult women, the disabled and prisoners of war can become his party’s nominee for President of the United States.

Monday, June 20, 2016

5 Reasons why the EU Referendum has nothing to do with Islam

5 reasons why the EU Referendum has nothing to do with Islam

(1) The EU Referendum is a debate between globalists and nationalists. The globalists have a neo-liberal agenda that seeks to exploit labour via the single market and the nationalists believe in exploiting labour via the removal of protectionism. The debate is between capitalists, by capitalists for capitalists. It's not an ideological debate but a political difference about how to best exploit cheap labour in which both camps believe in Capitalism.

(2) The immigration and refugee issue is a red herring thats used by nationalists to exploit nationalistic chauvinism. European countries with access to the single market must allow free movement of EU citizens whether in the EU (like the UK) or outside it (like Norway and Switzerland). The refugee crisis has nothing to do with EU membership. The UK is not in the Schengen passport-free travel agreement so there are border checks on migrants. This argument is a desperate attempt to exploit the flaming nationalism of Brits.

(3) Islamophobia is not a far right extremist idea but is the inexorable outcome of state engineered ideological hatred for Islam that exists from the highest echelons of Western states out of fear that Islam can rise as an ideological alternative to Western capitalism. The attack on the Islamic culture is intended to radicalise the Non-Muslim populations against Islam so that draconian legislation can be passed domestically and to act as a casus belli for European foreign policy. Ironically there are more far-right MEPs in the European Parliament than there are British Conservatives and Labour MEPs put together!

(4) The EU Referendum will not fundamentally alter the war on terror paradigm in which Islam is portrayed as the ideological enemy of Western civilization. Do you think the rise of "Islamic terrorism" across Europe is going to tighten security against Muslims or relax them! The next phase of the European project is for political integration which will further securitize Europe, have the Muslim remain camp forgot that the next EU President wants to ban Muslims?

(5) Islam has defined it's system for the world. It's called the Caliphate/Khilafah that existed for over 1300 years. It's based on the Shari'ah and not secular liberal politics that exclude Allah SWT from life. The Prophet PBUH and the Sahabah RA would never engage in the EU debate today just how they stayed out of the politics of Abyssinia.

Overall in this debate, I must say the Muslim remain camp has shown a rudimentary understanding of politics and what the European project is about. Conforming to the status quo is always a trap and some Muslims are being led down a garden path.

Official Version - Kasim Javed

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Video: Battle of Badr: Victory from Allah(swt) - Sheikh Abu Talha

Sheikh Abu Talha (Dr. Malkawy) explains the incident of Battle of Badr that occurred on 17th of Ramadan. Two years after the migration of prophet (sas) to Madina and establishing an Islamic State.

Dr. Malkawy presents the importance of Battle of badr in the history of Islam and how it's a decisive battle between truth and falsehood. This battle is a great lesson for all believers that Allah(swt) will provide the victory and conform that victory will come ONLY from Allah(swt), as long as we steadfast in Islam and have tawakal and call upon only Allah(swt) for help and guidance.