The clash of ideologies

Sayyed Bilal Imam In the last decades of the 20th century, when the communist threat to the US vanished and the bipolar world turned into unipolar, communism was disowned by the people. It is no longer a threat to capitalist ideology. The US designed a new policy to seize the moment and crush any possible re-emergence of political Islam on the global scene. With a well enacted policy, the West began its onslaught militarily and politically. New notions were injected to defame the Islamic laws. In the post-9/11 era, if you are a good practising Muslim, you cannot disregard inhumanity against Muslims in the world, disdain the US hegemony, and you believe that political Islam is a solution, then you are a narrow-minded and radicalised individual. According to this policy, religion has to be blamed as totalitarian and antique, and secular version of the state has to be presented, ignoring the inhumane treatment of Kashmiris by 'secular India or Palestinians by Israel. This idea was propagated through political and cultural medium, paid writers and policymakers. The whole game was to make the US hegemony stronger and a world free of ideological opposition to its greedy agendas and exploitative system. Thus, deradicalisation of masses was emphasised among the Muslims, but Pope Benedict, who insulted Prophet (PBUH) and the Danish cartoon maker, were protected under the umbrella of freedom of expression. Meanwhile, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was lobbying political support for the Kashmiris, was detained. However, the attack on Freedom Flotilla by Israel, humiliation of mosques and its illegal interference in Palestine was not a big issue because it is Israels right to defend itself. Religious intolerance is an epidemic disease among Muslims, but the Swiss minarets ban, physical and mental aggression against Muslims and veil ban in France, were labelled as law enforcement. They kill innocents, detain millions in torture cells and then fund NGOs for human rights, thanks to their deceptive creativity. Also, the illegal persecution of Dr Afia has revealed the dirty and pernicious nature of Western civilisation. These advocates of human rights have surpassed Hitler in killing innocents. They label Islam as a threat to humanity. This fallacious image was created to depict Islam in a manner that tended to make the Westerners Islamophobic and incited frustration in them, as witnessed in the massacre of civilians by Behring Breivik in Norway. They calculated that the end-product of this campaign will create distrust in Islam, its laws and systems and a road towards an 'ideal secular Muslim world with women in mini-skirts, pro-US masses and reluctance to be religious. Thereby, closing the doors for any possible emergence of Islamic governance, which would challenge Western hegemony and the capitalist model of governance. The targets of this warfare were not only those who resisted the West with arms, but also those who carried the Islamic viewpoint peacefully and intellectually. Nevertheless, the formula has failed. The superpower, along with NATO allies, even after a decade is struggling for its hold in Afghanistan. They have failed to win the hearts of people and anti-Americanism is growing. According to Steven Kull, the Editor of While US leaders may frame the conflict a war on terrorism, people in the Islamic world clearly perceive the US as being at war with Islam. Moreover, the demand for implementation of Islamic laws is increasing with the passage of time. In the clash of ideologies, the stronger has to win and weaker has to lose. The nations progress when they implement a system that stems from their ideology. If Pakistan was made for secularism, than there was no need of the Two Nation Theory; the subcontinent should not have been divided into secular India and Islamic Pakistan. Seculars may count public opinion for Islam as their defeat; they may still try to conceal the brass coated in gold reality of US or generalise militant groups with intellectual challenge that Islam presents to contemporary problem. The Muslims still firmly believe that Islam can provide a political, social, economic and judicial solution for issues. Certainly, the motive behind the call for de-radicalisation is to move them away from their faith. This animosity is to push Islam into stagnation and away from taking the rein of power once again, which will take to task criminals for their atrocities, will force thieves out of Muslim lands, will protect the people from the hyenas thirsty for their blood, and will utilise resources for the benefit of people, rather than securing the interests of giant oil multinationals. The writer is a Karachi-based medical student. Email:

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