Africans are very quick to recognise, accept and serve others. All in the name of good-will and promoting humanity. Nowhere on the surface of this earth are others as quick to extend this same level of goodwill to Africans. Idi Amin was a nasty piece of work but many Ugandans agreed with him when he said Asian migrants were occupying too many prominent positions in Uganda’s civil service, taking influential jobs, hoarding wealth and sabotaging the economy. Till this day, there are influential voices in African nationalist Continue reading →
Shaivism is a pan-Hindu tradition widespread mostly across all of India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Other areas where it’s notably practiced include parts of Southeast Asia especially Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Traditionally, the Sanskrit word śaiva means “relating to the god Shiva”. Followers of Shaivism, called “Shaivas”, “Saivas” and also “Saivites”, accordingly revere Shiva as the Supreme Being.
“Swords flashed like lightning amid the blackness of clouds, and fountains of blood flowed like the fall of setting star. The friends of God defeated their opponents… noon had not arrived when the Musalmans wreaked their vengeance on the infidel enemies of God, killing 15,000 of them, spreading them like a carpet over the ground and making them food of the beasts and birds of prey. Fifteen elephants fell on the field of battle, as their legs, being pierced with arrows, became as motion-less as if they had been in a quagmire, and their trunks were cut with the swords of the valiant heroes… God also bestowed upon his friends such an amount of booty as was beyond all bounds and calculations, including five hundred thousand slaves, beautiful men and women.”1
~ Sultan Mahmud’s minister al-Utbi on his campaign to India
Hindu-Muslim Divide: British Invention or British Complicity?
The Arab Spring was successful for Islam. It succeeded at reviving religious zeal amongst Muslims, many of whom saw the Arab Spring as an opportunity to revive Khilafa. In all of the countries where Arab Spring rebellions took place – Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Syria (ongoing) – secular governments were overthrown in favour of installing an Islamic Theocracy. Conversely, the Arab Spring was equally unsuccessful for Muslims themselves, and ultimately for Islam in the long-term, in that it inevitably led to a backlash of anti-Islam sentiments around the world. Non-Muslims from the Western world, Africa and Asia were appalled at the violence displayed by Al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist groups who sought to overthrow Gaddafi, and by the FSA (loose coalition including Jabhat Al-Nusra Front and administered by the Muslim Brotherhood) who currently seek to overthrow Assad. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood assumed presidency, following the ousting of secular Mubarak. What’s worse, the narrative of unfolding events became muddy, as these Islamist ‘freedom fighters’ supported by many Muslims around the globe were fighting in alliance with Western governments, receiving funds to bomb ‘Muslim lands’ and kill (Muslim and non-Muslim) civilians, all in the name of re-establishing Khilafa or an Islamist resurgence revolution. The non-Muslims indigenous to these lands, whose ancestral identities predate Continue reading →