Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Old Strategy, New Tactics: The Corruption Formula, an Overview, Look at Case Studies, and Call to Action (Part 3 of 3)



An Overview, Look at Case Studies, and Call to Action       (Part 3 of 3)

[Disclaimer:  This is the third part of a 3 part blog post series (part 1 is here and part 2 is here). Here we begin with a visual overview of the Corruption Formula we have previously presented and then illustrate this formula in practice with 4 diverse case studies: Indonesia, Egypt, Nigeria, and Afghanistan. We then offer our own humble suggestions for what you the reader can do to call attention to this issue.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Old Strategy, New Tactics: The Corruption Formula, A Look at the Instruments of US Colonization (Part 2 of 3)

A Look at the Instruments of US Colonization (Part 2 of 3)

[Disclaimer:  This is the second part of a 3 part blog post series (part 1 is here). Here we take a deep dive into the Instruments of US Colonization that helps to facilitate corruption -- the CIA, the IMF & Western aid organizations, and the roles of Corporations and Tax Havens].

Friday, June 2, 2017

Old Strategy, New Tactics: The Corruption Formula, Introduction (Part 1 of 3)


Old Strategy, New Tactics:‘The Corruption Formula’

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Why is the world so corrupt?

[Disclaimer:  This is the first part of a 3 part blog post series. Given the nature of the topic and vast amounts of information available on it, we’ve tried to condense some of the most pertinent and relevant information to help you, the reader, to better see and understand our perspective on it. Please take the time to go through all the interactive links, videos, and references.  As always, comments, suggestions, and questions are most welcome. ]


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Necessity of 'Amr Bil Mar'oof Wa Nahy Anil Munkar (Enjoining the Good & Forbidding the Evil) in Our Discourse

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The Qur’an is the eternal source of guidance for Muslims, indeed for all mankind. According to a Prophetic hadith, the Qur’an yields ever greater insights as human knowledge expands, yet contemporary Muslims have a frightening tendency to indulge in trivia concerning the Divine Book. Far from gaining deeper insights into the meanings of the Qur’an, many Muslims channel their energies into "proving" that modern scientific discoveries confirm Qur’anic revelations, as if the Qur’an needs such validation. There are others who have busied themselves with finding errors in the Bible. How many errors in the Bible does it take to make one a better Muslim? Yet other groups insist on watering down commandments in the Quran to mere rituals i.e. "tabligh" or "tasawwuf" to fellow Muslims, leaving out all other relevant precepts of the deen aside. These may still be considered less serious in light of the frightful arguments Muslims get into over where they should place their hands in salah or whether they should celebrate the prophet's birthday.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Our Credibility Problem: Its a Conspiracy

 In light of some of the more ridiculous conspiracy theories peddled by the client regimes in Muslim lands, their employees and agents in different state-controlled media, as well as misguided Muslims in regards to world events such as September 11th, the causes of the Arab "Spring", the war in Syria, the Iraq war, or suicide bombings in Muslim lands, we present below a video of Professor Noam Chomsky castigating a 9/11 "truther" as well as a reprint of an excellent article by Brother Amir Butler below articulating why this type of thinking goes against Islam and is ultimately counterproductive.

It should be emphasized, that in the age of social media and hyperconnectedness -- always VERIFY what you read from multiple sources.  Furthermore, peddling well spun fiction (without any verification from reality) as opposed to studying the reality itself -- is one of the principle causes of decline of the Muslim world today.

It is our hope here at iSiyasah that any revival of the Muslim mind would first begin by engaging with reality, studying/observing it carefully, and then going through the rigorous process of finding evidence to justify political views and thinking-- rather than in believing the lazy fantasies of conspiracy theories. 



Sunday, December 15, 2013

Destroying Islam & Rebuilding It in the Image of the West


 As we have previously mentioned in our write-up here and here, rockstar Muslim "celebrity sheikhs" and their groupies are not a pathway towards political and intellectual revival.  In order for Muslims and the general public to understand why this is the case, it is necessary to look back in time and see historically just how Muslim intellectual life was politically subverted via colonial  interference and foreign control.  This short write-up from over a decade ago, accurately and succinctly describes the colonial process necessary for controlling the minds and intellectual life of people residing in the Muslim World.  This form of colonialism was more insidious and long lasting - the shackles were mental and invisible -- but much much stronger.  The names/faces and hyped up personalities may change but the process remains essentially the same.
It is our view here at iSiyasah that any form of revival -- if it is to be genuine-- must actively work to undo these mental shackles and intellectual barriers to build an alternative and independent political and ideological order.  

Destroying and Rebuilding Islam in the image of the west

By Yusuf Progler


As the Christian millennium looms, Muslims - rather than joining the celebrations - might fruitfully use the occasion to consider the Christian and western influence and impact on Islamic civilization. Beginning with the Crusades, and for nearly a millennium since, western Christian colonial and cultural incursions into the Muslim world are characterized by dastardly acts and destruction. Consider, for example, this case:

"They opened fire with cannons and bombs on the houses and quarters, aiming specially at the mosque, firing at it with those bombs. They also fired at suspected places bordering the mosque, such as the market. And they trod in the mosque with their shoes, carrying swords and rifles. Then they scattered in its courtyard and its main praying area and tied their horses to the qibla. They ravaged the students' quarters and ponds, smashing the lamps and chandeliers and breaking up the bookcases of the students and the scribes. They plundered whatever they found in the mosque, such as furnishings, vessels, bowls, deposits, and hidden things from closets and cupboards. They treated the books and Qur'anic volumes as trash, throwing them on the ground, stamping on them with their feet and shoes. Furthermore they soiled the mosque, blowing their spit in it, and urinating and defecating in it. They guzzled wine and smashed the bottles in the central court and other parts. And whoever they happened to meet in the mosque they stripped. They chanced upon someone in one of the student residences and slaughtered him."

When people first read this quote, some think it depicts the Christian expulsion of Muslims from Spain, while others see in it more contemporary events, such as the Christian genocide of Muslims in Bosnia. Certainly the deeds and barbarities described are consistent with many instances of western atrocities against Muslims. Murder, plunder, destruction, humiliation - Muslims have suffered all of these at the hands of western invaders.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

20 Questions for Hamza Yusuf & His Followers (2/2)

(Part II #11-20, Continued from Part I)

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11.   Like Boy bands and Britney Spears we are aware that you, "Sheikh" Hamza Hanson have your share of Groupies, lackeys, and even stalkers.  Given the sorry state of Islamic identity among Muslims in the West, most especially among the 2nd generation native born South Asian Muslims in North America (i.e. your core groupies) this problem is probably much more pronounced.  You see 2nd generation Muslims of a certain socio-economic status have a deep seated inferiority complex to American society, its why they have to go to Non-Muslim academic institutions in the West to learn Islam from Non-Muslim professors and teaching assistants in "Islamic" studies departments.  Never mind that many of these same institutions could care less about this subject or have historically been engaged in far more research and projects funded by the armed forces to grow/maintain the American empire overseas or are at war with Islam itself.

Your conversion to Sufi Islam as a Caucasian male is all the reassurance someone suffering from a deep seated inferiority complex or identity crisis and who lacks any type of backbone, spine, or thought process to assert an independent identity of their own needs to have to practice their own faith.  So bravo on that!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Panoptic Police State: a Natural Product of Secular Liberalist Ideology

 

Note: In light of the ongoing NSA spying revelations by Edward Snowden, the Guardian, and journalist Glen Greenwald, we present an online reprint of an amazing article (first published in Crescent International in 1997) which details the foundations of the western and secular ideological obsession with spying on citizens to maintain "control", "order", and "security" as well as briefly, an alternative ideological Islamic viewpoint related to this matter. It is our belief at iSiyasah that the surveillance state is part and parcel of the secular liberal ideological construct that denies existence of a creator in order to allow other select elites to exploit and control the masses; therefore, not looking at other ideological constructs is an issue that is neglected in the ongoing discussions about NSA surveillance, security, and civil liberties for citizens. 

 

The Panoptic Police State: an Emerging Global Order

By JA Progler

(Reprinted from June 16-30, 1997)


Declassified documents, leaked information, insider sources, and public confession by former intelligence operatives have recently revealed that in the late 1980s New Zealand joined the United States and other western governments in a super-secret global intelligence system to monitor most of the world's phone, fax, telex, and electronic mail communications. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Why Iran is NOT an Islamic State


Introduction

The purpose of this article is to lay out concrete evidence to dispel the myth that Iran (as they claim) is an Islamic State.  Before we address this myth, we at iSiyasah.com would like to point out that all those claimants of "Islamic governments" of today are myths too.  There is not one state today that adheres to the principles, rules, and laws that our beloved prophet (SaW) laid down with regards to statecraft and political practice.  This blog post is an attempt at demystifying and deconstructing one such attempt via the "Islamic" Republic of Iran to pass itself off as the Islamic state or model for all other Muslims to emulate.

That being said, Iran is NOT an Islamic state.

Monday, September 9, 2013

20 Questions for Hamza Yusuf & His Followers (1/2)

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America Exports a lot of cultural garbage in the name of globalization/capitalism to the rest of the world.  Everything from cheaply manufactured pop 'music' acts (boy/girl bands, Britney Spears, etc), to McDonalds/fast food, to trashy 'reality' TV shows, to cheaply made plastic toys, to pornography -- if there is a way to monetize behavior in the name of profits and new markets, the tools and levers of capitalism are there to help commoditize human experience.

To this disposable scrap heap, should be added the new US Government made version of "American" Islam.  It's chief principal spokesperson or BritneySpears-like pinup namely being (self-styled) "Sheikh" Hamza Yusuf [Mark Hanson], pictured at Bush's post 9/11 speech above)

This un-elected, media anointed "spokesperson"for Muslims, like any media celebrity, comes with his own fawning entourage, many of whom would sell their souls just to bask in his presence.   In an attempt to help clarify where reality/truth begin and where the celebrity/fantasy world ends, consider this blog post a very humble request for "Sheikh" Hamza Hanson & his followers to get a reality check.  To that end, here are 20 questions (which can be answered in any order) that we have helped compile over the years at iSiyasah that can help expedite the process: