The Catholic Church since its inception has functioned as an after-life. Crudely constructed of old Roman myths it claimed the birth of the Saviour as a winter festival, and his death and rising as a spring festival. The consumption of his flesh resulted in being ‘saved’ in the next world. The ancient Romans ate the flesh of the dead king to gain immortality as retold in Petronius’ Satyricon, which St. Paul could have read! The early Roman Church is really the elevation not of its saints but the metaphysical transformation of the Spartacus revolt against the Roman Empire by its enslaved masses. The crucifixion, symbol of the crushing of that uprising, became the symbol and myth of divine intervention. The crucified one rose from the dead – Spartacus reborn – enthroned in Rome. Of course we Muslims know that our lord ‘Issa was not crucified. In Rome it became the symbol that, .... Read the full article...
The crowds that gathered in hopeful protest outside the Cypriot Parliament on 30 April stood wavering in disbelief as they heard the news that their government had agreed to an economic subvention that will wipe away the myth upon which their country stands. The signboards fell slowly to their sides as the idea of their state-new and on the European frontier-was shattered. With it comes the end of the idea of the old representative ideal, the social contract was shattered and left strewn on the street along with the defeated debris of their protest.
The 23 billion Euro bailout package provided by the Troika of the ECB, IMF and EU will leave the minute country in economic austerity and a sobering array of banking reconstruction and unemployment parallel to their Greek neighbour. For the first time in the European Sovereign Debt Crisis capital controls clamped down on the flow .... Read the full article...
As the Assad regime goes into terminal rictus one is still reluctant to make a move, however, a matter of grave importance demands our attention.
Syria has become a lake of blood, but only the childrenʼs blood is innocent for deep down below lie the unmeasured depths of the historic swamp. Assad, squalid though his family are, is not the cause of their suffering, he is a result.
The result of the Syrian peopleʼs decades long plunge into a secular western dialectic in which power, political power had been detached from financial power, that is to say political socialism and nationalism, two worlds which when joined together gave Germany Nazi-ism.
Nasser was the founding father of the destruction of the Arab world, one which left Arabia as Americaʼs gas station. The baathism, or secular socialism that swept Syria and Iraq, itself the vatican-blessed creation of a militant christian, proved .... Read the full article...
The blessed relief of Timbuktu and the tragedy of the destruction of its great library faces us with the issue of the abysmal failure of the pseudo-salafi monotheist and anti-Islamic movement of ibn Abdalwahhab which began in the desert of Arabia and ended in ignominy in the desert of the Sahel. It was from its inception a denial of the city, the Messenger, and the social nexus. It was a curse and it is finished, only its ghost remains in Tunisia and Egypt. The whole mythic fabric of anti-Islamic wahhabism, insha’llah I will deal with in a separate text.
The purpose of the message is to point out how undefended modern Muslims are, and the still unconfronted problems of modernity facing our Arab brothers in the Gulf region. There is, now, the beginning of a way forward – for Islam and, yes, for the Arabs.
Firstly a defence. The .... Read the full article...