The dictionary defines religion as, “The expression of man’s
belief and reverence for a superhuman power recognized as the
creator and governor of the universe.” By this definition
Islam qualifies as religion, so do numberless others. A
definition this broad is ambiguous and must be further defined
with the specific tenets and practices of the belief.
Simply because someone or some people say that they believe in
a superhuman deity and revere him, the belief is accorded the
privileged status of religion?
It is generally assumed that religion addresses issues of
importance to daily life as well as matters that transcend it.
Religion is thought to exercise a civilizing influence by
ordering the social life, promoting spirituality, as well as
advancing an array of human virtues. Zoroaster, for instance,
based his faith on the triad of goodly thoughts, goodly speech
and goodly deeds: Moses framed the fundamentals of his faith
in the Ten Commandments; and Jesus placed love at the core of
Many people adhere to religion for providing them with comfort
and a compass in life. It is these assumed benevolent features
of religion that confer it special status. Yet concern with
religion overreaching has led societies to enact safeguards
against that possibility. Some, for instance, feared that
Christ was a rebellious Jew aiming to challenge the ruling
Romans. Perhaps to assuage this fear, Christ emphatically
proclaimed, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God
what is God’s.” To this day, there are those who still believe
that the Christ was a mere social revolutionary.
In the case of Islam there is no ambiguity at all. The mosque
and the state were one and the same from the very start.
During his lifetime, Muhammad embodied in his person all three
branches of worldly secular governance—the legislative, the
judiciary and the executive—as well as the religious domain.
As a messenger of Allah, he transmitted Allah’s laws,
adjudicated according to those laws and implemented Allah’s
design. He also prescribed a set of religious instructions for
the spiritual life of the faithful.
After Muhammad, the Islamic rule was continued by Caliphs and
Imams. To this day, wherever it is able, Islam governs as the
state, either directly as is the case in Saudi Arabia, or
indirectly as practiced in places such as the Islamic Republic
When religion crosses the line that separates it from the
state, serious problems present themselves. In the case of
Islam, the rule of the people, by the people, for the people
is supplanted by the rule of Allah, by the faithful to Allah,
for the pleasure of Allah.
Other problems arise. Liberty, deeply cherished by
democracies, is replaced by submission—unquestioning obedience
and adherence to the dictates and precepts of the all-knowing
and all-wise Allah. It is this total form of submission that,
among other things, prompted the Muslims to systematically
burn libraries of the lands they invaded. They justified their
action by contending that the Quran, the comprehensive
unerring book of Allah, contained all perfect knowledge that
humanity needs. To this day, in places where Islam rules many
books are banned, newspapers and magazines are systematically
either censored or shut down, and other non-print media are
The contempt for free inquiry is encapsulated in the statement
of Muhammad, “Al-elmo noghtatan katharoho al-jaheloon”—Knowledge
is only one dot, expanded by the ignorant.
Once liberty is surrendered for submission, a host of serious
consequences present themselves. The individual becomes little
more than a passive obedient vessel of Allah and his
perspective of himself and life is drastically changes. Once
he submits to the all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-alls,
then he is absolved of the responsibility of having to chart
his own way in life.
There is considerable allure in submission to a powerful that
is willing and able to take care of the person. It is not a
bad arrangement. The problem is that all past claimants have
invariably been proven as either fraud or failures in honoring
their part of the bargain. Islam is no exception. A cursory
glance is enough to show the condition of Muhammad’s flock. In
spite of huge material wealth, Muslims in the oil-rich
countries are imprisoned in the paralyzing mentality of
submission and all the terrible ancillaries that go with it.
There is no reason to believe that Muslims have inferior
intelligence. Their inferior existence is strictly a function
of the primitive doctrine of Islam: a doctrine of nihilism,
ignorance, and violence that denigrates this life and fixes
the starry eye of the faithful on the next life. A case in
point is the Islamic madressehs in places like Pakistan. Never
mind the girls. Girls are not in the calculus—women are
incidental in Islam. Consider the boys. Millions of young boys
are enrolled in madressehs—religious boarding schools—learning
very little beside memorizing and reciting the Quran. This is
a case of total submission: Islam at its best, as championed
by the oil-money-flushed Saudi patrons of the Wahabi sect.
Sadly enough, instead of Muslims marching out of the
suffocating swamps of submission to the meadow of liberty,
Allah’s faithful aim to drag the rest of humanity into the
deadly Islamic quagmire. Islam may have been an improvement to
the life of the savages that roamed the Arabian desserts some
1400 years ago. The 21st century world is not willing to
surrender to the clearly failed and failing Islamic
experiment, simply because of the claim that it is the one and
only true religion of Allah.