Friday, October 8, 2010

Ground Zero Mosque and the Ornament of the World

35. Menocal 2

Tolerance is the Jewel

Upon the Crown of Certainty,

And intolerance is

The Unmasking of Doubt


From the chapter entitled 'Candy from the Ahad Candy Store', March 2010

In 2002, Maria Rosa Menocal wrote a book entitled 'The Ornament of the World'. I only just purchased and read it sometime earlier this year. It is an important book for everyone to read and understand. In light of the Ground Zero Mosque / Cordoba Center / Islamic Centre / Park 51 controversy in New York, one cannot but wonder, how far has the religionist of Islam drifted from the golden age of Cordoba.

I do not know who she is, I have not heard of this writer until I read the book, but her historical documentation of the impact of the Umayads in Spain cannot be overestimated in its importance. The book triggered a deep longing and yearning for those ancient days and a terrible realisation of just how far 'Muslims' have strayed from the poetic beauty, sincerity, compassion, love and strength that once illuminated the ancient world. This made me happy and sad.

Those people who are strapping grenades on naive men and women, those people who are tucking a cellphone bomb underneath the bus seat, those people who are called in the media as 'Islamic Extremists' or 'Al Qaeda terrorists' - They are just bandits. They are weak, doubtful, blind and desperate, and in their despair they hijack and slander the noble names of the Most Excellent Faith of Muhammad Habibullah.

These 'Muslims' have become intolerant because they have cast their faith in a vessel of desperation. And for those who knows of the Prophet Muhammad, the Red Rose, the Sublime Humility, oh woe unto those who despairs, for they have raised their banner against the Beloved. Muhammad is anointed as the Mercy to the Worlds, yet they slander him as the Doom of the Worlds. They are worse than even the most wicked amongst non-Muslims, because they cloth their wickedness in the Beautiful Names of Islam.
O' Nation of Muhammad. What is your incessent bickering and complaining about? What is your mad adoption of a million and one conspiracy theories? You act as if you are being oppressed. You act as if the whole world is against you. How easily the names of Muhammad and Allah and Islam spill from your lips. But compared to the Companions, you are rubbish...

13. Siege? What Siege? (With Poon)
Someone asked someone else during the siege of Medina,
“O’ brother! We are trapped, we are trapped by the Quraish!”

The someone else replied quietly,
“Trapped? We are not trapped, it is they who are trapped.”

“Whatever do you mean?!
How can they be trapped?
It is we who are encircled!” retorted the someone.

The someone else sighed and nodded.
“O’ my excitable brother, do listen.

Yes, the city of Medina is encircled, I agree.
But it is the Quraish who are trapped.

Trapped between us and the rest of the world!”
From the chapter entitled 'Be Nothing' circa February 2008
God Bless God in His Unimaginable Beauty and God Bless the Prophet in His Perfection of Beauty and his Companions in the Brotherhood of Love. And God bless you, my fellow travellers, for you are in good company!
Pax Taufica.


Anonymous said...

Actually it was the Jews and Muslims who had a harmonious relationship, the Christians were the ones that subjected them to torture, inquisition, banned their language, their faith and their culture,and built churches and put christian statues in their mosques.

All religions have the same basic tenets love thy neighbor,charity and compassion. When they are extreme you know they are concerned only with power and control not with true faith. All the major religions of this world have a lot to answer for in their crimes against humanity.

Milky Tea said...

My dear Anon, when they have left the teachings of their Prophets and Saints, they have left their religion behind - and you are right, it is all about power and control. Diving humanity between the flocks that they in their arrogance seek to impose on mankind, when God has said that you are all the same to Me, My beloved Creation.

Yes, it is sad that a part of history is full of people of Christian, Judaic and Muslim faith doing things that would appal their founders. This is when people separate religion from their conscience, when they are confused by their ego, unable to reason what is the truth of their hearts, and what is the lies of their ego impersonating their hearts. This is the burden of man that he must face everyday. But man nowadays don't even desire to know themselves better... So it is our job to remind and caution. And to give hope which is the reflection of God's Ambition for all of us. Amin.