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Confronting Westophobia

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

One of the criticisms I receive against most of my writings on Islam and Muslims is that my thoughts are influenced by the West, that I read too many books and articles written by Western authors, that I write from a Western country and from a Western perspective, and, in short, that I am a Westophile. This blanket criticism by the guardians of Islamic orthodoxy against writings and voices of many secular Muslim scholars living and working in the West is part of a Westophobia that is growing in response to a new wave of Islamophobia that emerged since the American invasion of Iraq in 2001. I have listened to this criticism even in international conferences sponsored by Muslim countries and Islamic institutions. The time has come to confront not only Islamophobia but also Westophobia.     

I have traced the historical development of these two phobias in another context (“From Islamophobia to Westophobia: The Long Road to Radical Islamism”, in Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, 3:1, April 2016). If only the Islamophobes from the West care to look at the civilizational side of Islam, which they have arrogantly belittled and ignored, and likewise, if the Westophobes among Muslims could look at the rational side of Western civilization which they reject as godless, both groups will realise that their mutual animosity is built upon fluid foundations. While the Islamophobes are happy to welcome the financial investment, natural resources and markets from the world of Islam, they do not want to concede the historical fact that it was through the Islamic world that Europe at first and West later received the inspiration and resources for its enlightenment, which in turn caused its ‘culture of growth’. Likewise, while Muslim Westophobes have no qualms in borrowing, accepting and paying any price for the technological and scientific inventions from the West and modernise their societies on Western mimicry, they are unwilling to welcome and encourage the growth of the spirit of inquiry and secular critical thought that generated those inventions. It is the study of the resilience of this intellectual dichotomy between the two groups, the search for a way to break this resilience to enable the adversaries to realise their common fallacy and reform themselves that, in essence, forms the subject matter of Muslim scholarship in social sciences in the Western world.

In this progressive enterprise, questioning and critiquing received wisdom, its history, traditions and sources is unavoidable. Muslim intellectuals have studied the art of critiquing and questioning from the secular intellectual disciplines that they have learned from Western educational institutions. Some of them like the renowned sociologist Fazlur Rahman Ansari, went back, after his studies, to his home country, Pakistan, to develop this kind of research. Orthodoxy hunted him down and even threatened his life. His only choice was to emigrate to the U.S. Likewise, Bassam Tibi, an Islamologist, had to flee his motherland, Syria, and sought asylum in Germany to continue with his research; Akbar S. Ahmad, a Pakistani, writes and publishes from U.K.; the late Algerian scholar, Muhammad Arkoun, did all his critical research on Islam and published them from France; and so is Khaled Abou El-Fadl, an Egyptian, but works in the US, and Abdalwahab Meddeb, a Tunisian, writing from France. I do not want to prolong with an endless list of émigré Muslim intellectuals. When critical scholarship finds organised hostility in its home ground there is no alternative but for it to emigrate. This is the sad story behind the flight of Muslim intellectuals. 

This does not mean that critical thought is solely the product of the West. In fact, it was the Muslims between the 9th and 11th centuries who pioneered this field of knowledge production. To be more accurate, the Muslims resurrected the ancient Greek critical thought, which Europe lost and forgot, and developed it before handing it back to Europe in the 15th century. Those who blindly attack Muslim critical scholarship as West oriented should study the history of the Mu’tazilites, the pioneers of rationalism, during the Abbasid Caliphate. Inspired by Caliph Al-Mamun’s translation movement and patronised by his Bayt al-Hikma or House of Wisdom, which was an academy of scholars, Muslim savants travelled in all directions of the earth in search of existing knowledge, brought them back to Baghdad and translated it into Arabic. Baghdad, under their influence, became the world repository of rare sources of knowledge. Not only did they collect and store existing knowledge, but through research and debates produced new and added to the stock, and more importantly, they secularised knowledge. This was the revolution that they initiated. They even went to the extent of questioning the origins of Islam’s Holiest of texts, the Quran. Such Muslim intellectual giants as Ali Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd, Al-Kindi, Al-Qwarizmi, Al-Biruni and hundreds of other philosophers, mathematicians, astronomers, scientists, and so on were the product of secularised Mu’tazilism. Even the great Al-Ghazzali started as a Mu’tazilite, went on to embrace Sufism, before becoming ultimately the unchallenged champion of religious orthodoxy.  The fourteenth century Muslim sociologist and historian, Ibn Khaldun, was also a product of Mu’tazilite rationalism. This is the proud history of Islam, which Muslim orthodoxy hides and Western history skips. When religious orthodoxy dethroned rationalism and enthroned itself on the seat of knowledge production, with political support of course, the intellectual lustre and dimension of Islamic civilization began to fade until Europe, after the fifteenth century, came to dominate knowledge production.  The rise of the West and the hostility of Islamic orthodoxy towards secular oriented and objective analysis of received spiritual wisdom combined to make Muslims stagnate and become eventually colonisable by the Wet. 

Today’s Muslim scholarship in the West is a reaction to this closure of Muslim mind and its colonization by the West. Muslim scholars who are now researching, writing and publishing analytical works on Islam, Islamic history and Muslims are not simply Western influenced or Western products, but more than that. They are the intellectual progenies of a proud rational Islamic parenthood. They are continuing from where the Mu’tazilites left. The Western rationalist tradition undoubtedly came through the Islamic door.

The traditional pedagogy in the Muslim world was more concerned in promoting the art of memorising rather than analysing the religious texts, and as a result, there was no net increase in knowledge production in the Muslim world for over a millennium. Muslims excelled in narrow textual indoctrination rather than in broad analytical education. In this technological age, in which information and texts can be preserved in several ways, memorising anything has lost its preservative value. Yet, although technology can preserve accumulated knowledge impeccably only an analytical mind can add to the stock of knowledge. That is why modern secular education, in which the West is leading, develops the analytical power of the brain. Such an analytical mind is notorious for raising uncomfortable questions. Those questions challenge orthodoxy, provoke rebellious answers, which in turn provoke new questions. This process of questioning, answering and counter-questioning generates debates and discussions which ultimately enriches the knowledge stock. This was how knowledge was produced by the Mu’tazilites, and the West is in debt to these pioneer rationalists.

The Arabic word for knowledge is ilm, and is the most frequently mentioned word in the Quran, second only to the name Allah. However, the Quran does not distinguish between religious knowledge and secular knowledge. It is orthodoxy that separated the two, elevated the former and devalued the latter. Knowledge is knowledge whether it comes from the West, East or anywhere else. Didn’t the Prophet of Islam urge his followers to seek knowledge even in China? What knowledge did he mean? Religious or secular? What knowledge did the Arabs bring from China? They brought the knowledge about producing silk, paper, gun powder, pottery, ceramics and several other material products.

Blind Muslim Westophobia reject the analytical minds and the art of creating knowledge on a false premise that training such minds is a conspiracy by the West to destroy Islam. Therefore, to the Westophobes, Muslim scholars in the West are all intellectual mercenaries hired by Western conspirators. Nothing can be further from the truth. I do not deny that there are comprador Muslim intellectuals, who serve as native informers to Western powers. Hamid Dabashi, an Iranian scholar from Columbia University, has even identified a few of them (Hamid Dabashi, Brown Skin White Masks, Pluto Press: 2011, pp. 38-64). To put all Muslim intellectuals however, who question the tenets of orthodoxy and demand radical changes into the comprador basket, is grossly unfair and only reinforces the Westophobia of critics.

The Muslim world desperately needs this analytic mind to keep pace with modernism and scientific progress. This was why Mohammad Arkoun, in his seminal publication, Islam: To Reform or To Subvert (London: Saqi Books, 2009), called Muslims to shift from a ‘mytho-historical’ mindset to a ‘tele-techno-scientific’ mindset. The time has come for them to think of what Arkoun terms as the ‘unthinkables’ and ‘unthoughts’.      

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    If Muslims turned to a ‘tele-techno-scientific’ mindset, Islam will cease to exist. Hope it will happen in the near future.

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      Shenal
      What the hell is this ‘tele-techno-scientific’ mindset?
      Lankan Buddhism is destined for self-destruction because of the ilk of Gnanasaro
      Buddhism in Myanmar is destined for self-destruction because of the ilk of Wirathu
      Hinduism world over is destined for self-destruction because of the cow vigilantes, saffron brigades, god-persons and others

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        K.Pillai,

        RE:Lankan Buddhism

        Lankan Buddhism is not Buddhism, it is cult, called Para-Sinhala “Buddhist” Cult. Its practices are different from Buddhism, such as racism, praying to trees and statues, and even to-living monks. elevating the monks to the Third Gem of the Triple Gem (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha)

        Sp what do the Sinhala-Sangha do?

        Practice racism, cause and participate in riots and abuse boys.

        Mahavamsa- An Insult To The Buddha!
        By Sharmini Serasinghe –

        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

        In this “wonderland” called Sri Lanka, and in this day and age, one still comes across ‘academically’ educated, and supposedly intelligent ‘Buddhists’, but sadly lacking in wisdom, who reverently believe, that the Buddha walked out of his mother’s womb, and walked seven steps, while lotuses blossomed, under his feet!

        These very same supposedly educated, and intelligent ‘Buddhists’ also believe, that the enormous indentation, resembling a footprint on a boulder, at Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada to ‘Buddhists’), to be that of the Buddha. This would be in keeping with the conviction that the Buddha, was as tall, or perhaps even taller, than the Avukana Buddha statue, which stands above 40 feet (12 meters) in height!

        Then, there is the ‘Dalada Maligawe’ in Kandy; most Buddhists believe, the tooth relic housed within, belonged to the Buddha. Some adorn the ‘tooth casket’ with mounds of gold jewelry, fervently believing, that they would earn merit, to the value of the gold they offer. The thought of donating the value of this gold, to feed and help, the poor, sick and the needy, that would be far more meritorious, never cross their minds!

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      Shena ,
      you are very pathetic as you are having ‘kindergarten kids’ knowledge. Your so called Budhism was wiped out from where it was originated as the followers of Siddartha became uncivilized mass after his demise .
      Muslims must accept a solid truth that they are not living with the commandments and teaching of THE ALMIGHTY.. This does not mean ISLAM will loose its light instead whoever attacked and mocked without knowledge now turning to live in the light of Islam.
      The Almighty – Super Intelligent , who created you and your so called Budhdha , tells to the disbelieving Infidels and Idolators ( Indu ,Budhists ) and People of the Scriptures ( Kiristians , Jews ) ;-
      ”They would like to extinguish-cease to exist – the light (guidance to the mankind – Islam) of Almighty with a blow from their mouths, but even though the unbelievers may dislike it, Almighty God has decided to let His light shine forever.” Qur’aan 9:32

      ”It is The Almighty God ( ALLAAH ) Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammeadh) with guidance and the religion of truth -Islam, to make it Superior over all other man made Isms and religions, even though the Infidels like Budhists, Polytheists & dolaters like Indus, disbelievers who associated false Gods with in the Oneness of Al Mighty God ( Allaah) , averse it.” Qur’aan 9:33

      They , like Shena and others , try through argument and lies to extinguish the guidance and religion of truth that the Messenger of Allah was sent with. Their example is the example of he who wants to extinguish the light of the sun or the moon by blowing at them! Indeed, such a person will never accomplish what he sought. Likewise, the light of what the Messenger Muhammeadh was sent with, will certainly shine and spread.
      Watch and learn ;
      Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion – BBC News
      Islam could overtake Christianity as the world’s biggest religion by 2070 according to the US-based Pew Research Center.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-But7VUveAc

      RT NEWS ;
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmqrFK4-OfQ

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        You Islamic infidel, how dare you call Buddhists infidels. If Muslims adhere to the teachings of Buddha they will not behave like blood thirsty individuals. Buddhism was wiped from Afghanistan and Pakistan by murder and ethnic cleansing and not by anything else. The same thing has now happened to Islam in Myanmar. Continue to believe what that stupid messenger sent by an unknown entity which did not exist more than 1500 years ago, said about a flat world. Problem with Muslims is that they are restless to find the teaching in Koran being proved wrong.

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          Al-faqurlah, what an idiot you are. Infidel (Kafir) is not a derogatory term but pointing at people who worship idols as creator. In countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan etc Buddhism died a natural death because they did not follow pure teachings of Buddha. They were interested only having idols everywhere and Monks multiplying, no vibrant teaching how to live and people lost their faith slowly. When they saw vibrant Islam everybody got converted. In Myanmar racist Buddhist monks started this and since most are illiterate fools they supported monks. In Sri Lanka a handful of people only following thuggish monks and racist but not the majority because their literacy level is very high. Everybody can prove wrong each others religion and you don’t need special capabilities but to understand which is right you need very good intelligent and understanding.

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            Mohomad the mad hatter, Christians and Jews call Muslims infidels (Kaffirs). Is it because Muslims worship idols. Africans never worshipped idols but Arabs called them Kaffirs because of their skin colour. So do not come out with your crap to defend Islam which teaches racism. Your statement about demise of Buddhism in Afghanistan and Pakistan is a blatant distortion of truth, where Mugal invaders murdered and drove away those who refused to convert to Islam. You are covering up destruction of universities and killing of Buddhist monks by Islamic racists. Buddhists are intelligent to understand that Islam is a barbaric concept.

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              Al-faqurlah the donkey, the christian and Jews called black African as Kaffir from the original word capri. Sri Lanka too had Kaffir population (Portuguese mixed with their slaves brought from Africa) and your baila came from them. Muslim never worshiped idols and Muslim Africans too never worshiped idols. Most of northern Afghanistan embraced Islam after descendants of Genghis Khan converted to Islam. Migration of Persians and Arabs made all of south Afghanistan Muslims The Mughal emperors were from this regions and later middle-east. Buddhism died in it birth place hundreds of years before Mughal invasion. The mastermind Hindus reconverted the Buddhist to Hinduism and destroyed Buddhism. Study history first you donkey.

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              Alfaqeer

              Please Dont write comment here while your are drunk Kasippu.. Thats all for you.

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          Some people are even curse to the next generations. See this worm Al-faqurlah for example. Just because his father did not use a condom, we are collectively suffering from this worm on CT

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        Ceylonee,

        You are blabbering nonsense. There may be lots of Muslims. All non Arab Muslims (who form most of the Muslims) were converted by the sword and all living in abject poverty. If we are created by God why create such a mess, especially Islam?

        There is talk that there are over 1bn Catholics. They are also living in abject poverty in Latin America and the Phillipines. Bulk of them living on rubbish dumps or cleaning the toilets in tourist hotels or being sent down dangerous mines by the descendants of Spanish conquistadors who still rule (after 500 years!!!!) those countries and syphon off all the wealth of those countries and keep the First Nations people of those countries in deliberate servitude. Pope wont allow them to use condoms and contraceptives (wanda pethi!!). so there is always cheap supply of labour for the Spaniards.

        God is turning blind eye to all these. My stupid friend there is no God, no Allah. All bunk.That’s the pure truth. There is no Creator we are dealing with Uncreated Reality.

        By the way Jains, Buddhists, Confucians and Taoists are all atheists or Naturalists.

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          Good Student, then why are having temples full of Buddha’s idols and also in every corners and parks idols. Your monks performing so many types of rituals and everybody following them. Buddhism is alien to Taoism and Confucianism. Taoist believe everything in Universe is Tao including living things and Confucianism too same with little difference. These two religion does not believe in after life like re-birth. They have many deities and worship them. You go to one of their temple then you can see. Don’t write like an idiot without a thorough knowledge of those religions.

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        Ceylonee,

        I don’t believe in a all powerful god because there is no proof of his existence. We live in a very imperfect universe with no guarantee of a safer future. It is not my failing that you are blind to it because of your religion. It is evidently clear that Muhammad was a conman who used religion to get what he wanted. I just pity you because you people have very hard time in this Sansara and it will be very difficult for you to see the light unless you have some positive karma from your previous births.

        Islam is the fastest growing religion. I accept that fact. But you have not taken into account how many Muslims are leaving your religion because they have seen how pathetic it is. Of course there are no official reports of this mass desertion because your religion just kill any apostates. Islam will not survive this century. It will come to it’s bloody end.

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          Shenal,
          “I just pity you because you people have very hard time in this Sansara “
          How interesting! Didn’t you say you were not a Buddhist just a week ago? Make up your mind .

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            old codger,

            One doesn’t need to be a Buddhist to see the reality of Sansara.

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        Ceylonee ,

        Just curious.

        Q1. How did life on Earth begin?

        Q2. When did life on Earth begin?

        Q3. How did we come to this present state with animals including humans, plants , bacteria, etc.?

        Q4. Is there a soul? Is the Soul external? Is the soul recycled in “rebirth”. is there no-soul When happens when a human dies? When an animal dies? A bacteria dies? A plant dies?

        Q5. What is or who is God? Who is not God?

        Just curious.

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      Dr. Ameer Ali

      RE:Confronting Westophobia

      “One of the criticisms I receive against most of my writings on Islam and Muslims is that my thoughts are influenced by the West, that I read too many books and articles written by Western authors, that I write from a Western country and from a Western perspective, and, in short, that I am a Westophile. “

      Thanks for your write-up. This was a bad week with the no confidence motion against the Prime Minister by the Crooks and their cronies. The objection of the Ulama against the Philosophers is the same, self-interest,.

      This is the standard criticism by the Theologians, Ulama, Mullahs, Imams and Moulavis, and was used against the Islamic philosophers 1,100 years ago, to retain their hegemony.

      Stupidest Muslim Vs Neil Tyson – How ideology can ruin intellectual power

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyCxrL9-C84

      Al Ghazali came to the rescue of the Theologians, by claiming that Revelation is above reason and observation, in his Incoherence of the Philosophers. However, 17 of the 20 points raised by Al Ghazali were shown to be incorrect by Ibn Rushd, and the Ulama at that time, got agitated, and got the ruler, Caliph, to punish him, and burn his philosophy works.
      Despite his philosophical brilliance Ibn Rushd was banished and his writings burnt.

      https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/artsandculture/2015/4/9/ibn-rushd-in-his-darkest-hour

      So, the Ulama and Theologians are against knowledge, non-religious knowledge, if it is contrary to their view, just like the Catholic Church did. So this is the power struggle.

      The West got out of this religions hegemony with the scientific method, the age of reason and enlightenment.

      Islam missed out on the age of reason and enlightenment 1,000- years ago. The Ulama are still prevention the Muslims getting to the age of Reason and enlightenment.

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        Dr. Ameer Ali

        Philosophy was also flourishing and was encouraged by some rulers. during certain periods of Islamic civilization,

        However, in Spain, all of this changed when Hakam II died and his underage son Hisham II took the throne.. However, it was Hisham’s gatekeeper Almanzor who the real ruler, and he ordered the destruction of the books al-Hakam II and others, except for those focusing on mathematics and medicine of course.

        During that period, Ibn Rushd and Arab civilisation suffered two tragedies. The first happened when Ibn Rushed was exiled from Cordova to Marrakech, and his followers were persecuted to the point where they hid their knowledge for fear of being killed.

        Philosophy threatens to expose political authorities and social oppression.
        The second was the embargo imposed on Ibn Rushd’s enlightened philosophy that lasted for centuries.

        We know the average person does not read philosophy books, let alone understand books on logic, so where did all the incitement against any enlightened thought come from?

        It comes from the authorities that know through their “experts” the dangers of people basing their lives, politics and thought on reason and evidence instead of superstition.

        Therefore, philosophy threatens to expose political authorities and social oppression. In addition to the authorities, incitement comes from those who are unable to reach the intellectual heights of true scholars, and who only use knowledge to further their own interests.

        This group always accuses scholars of rational, deductive sciences of heresy.

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    What the author calls ‘westophobia’ is a small part of the response of the global Muslim community.
    *
    Where does it finds its justification?
    Primarily in the historical Islamaphobia of Europe, later adopted and reinforced by the US.
    It also has the blessings of the corrupt Saudi regime and other Sheikdoms which play a double game, flirting with the US while stirring up fundamentalism.
    *
    One could call the Islamic Revolution of Iran “westophobic”.
    But how and why did it succeed?
    Was it bad on the whole? I doubt.
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    This matter needs serious debate within Muslim communities. Public discussion by people who are not really interested in the issues and are accommodating of imperialism has not done much good.

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      SJ,

      “What the author calls ‘westophobia’ is a small part of the response of the global Muslim community”

      Actually, ‘westophobia’ , or rather”Greco-phobia”. “Heleno-phobia”, “Plato-phobia”, started in the Islamic world when the theologians were debating with the Muslim Philosophers, and they used political influence to undermine the philosophers.

      Due to western colonialism, it has taken a new meaning, when the theologians cannot the reasoning and arguments.

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    Shenal!

    “Islam will cease to exist. Hope it will happen in the near future”. Don’t worry too much about Islam’s growth or cease to exist. Whatever had a beginning should meet the end. It’s a fact of natural law, we Muslims called it part of divine law. But will it happen in the near future, I very much doubt it. Islam’s end or world’s end does not bother me, because I know for sure that I’ll on day cease to exist, like you.

    What Dr. Ali is trying to do is to remind, not you , because you lot have full capacity to understand each and every thing and perfectly, us Muslims to go back to our tradition of “reasoning” and catch up the 21st century.

    Pillai!,
    “What the hell is this ‘tele-techno-scientific’ mindset?” Oh “Sinna”( poddy) Pillai don’t bang your head on it, you’ll understand when you reach right age.

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      Ahmad Nadvi,

      I highly doubt that Muslims could ever catch up with modern scientific reasoning as the simple reasoning undermines the very foundations of the Islam. It is better for you people to stay ignorant if you want to keep your religion.

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        Shenal,

        1. “I highly doubt that Muslims could ever catch up with modern scientific reasoning as the simple reasoning undermines the very foundations of the Islam. “

        Yes, until they elevate reason, data and observation above revelations, just like the Est in the 16th Century, arrive at the Age of Reason and Enlightenment, as the Islamic Philosophers wanted. However, the Muslims have been controlled by the theologians, the Ulama, Mullah, Imams and Moulavis, who discourage free inquiry philosophy, and science as it conflicts with their worldview and the hegemony and “order” they have established themselves.

        2. ” It is better for you people to stay ignorant if you want to keep your religion.”

        That is the mission statement of the theologians, the Ulama, Mullah, Imams and Moulavis, who discourage free inquiry, philosophy, and science. They want Muslims to memorize the Quran instead of thinking.

        Stupidest Muslim Vs Neil Tyson – How ideology can ruin intellectual power

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyCxrL9-C84

        This is not a debate between some Muslim and Neil Tyson. But this video shows the thinking of some very well educated 21’st century Muslim (I don’t know he is ignorant, stupid or dishonest. But he is one for sure) and Neil Tyson speaking in a lecture about how Muslims intellectual power ruined by an ideology.

        3. Q1. How did life get started here on the Earth?
        Q2. When did life get started on Earth?
        Q3. How did we come to the current stage with plants, animals, bacteria, souls, eternal souls, rebirth,no-souls, and Gods?

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        Shenal,

        “It is better for you people to stay ignorant if you want to keep your religion.”

        Many Muslims are still ignorant, even though they claim the same God as the Jews?

        Why? Revaluation was elevated over Reason and Observation, as it was in the best interest of the theologians, Ulama, Mullah, Imams and Moulavis.So, the Philosophers were marginalized, abused and expelled, and their works burned.

        Stupidest Muslim Vs Neil Tyson – How ideology can ruin intellectual power

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyCxrL9-C84

        This is not a debate between some Muslim and Neil Tyson. But this video shows the thinking of some very well educated 21’st century Muslim (I don’t know he is ignorant, stupid or dishonest. But he is one for sure) and Neil Tyson speaking in a lecture about how Muslims intellectual power ruined by an ideology.

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    In the 6 -9 century Islamic savages overran Taxila, Isipathana And Nalanda – which where centers of learning for thousands of Years. These are situated in Afghanistan. They stole all the manuscripts and took 200-300 years for them to decode the Sanskrit and Pali Writings.
    From these documents Muslims savages from the Desert learnt Poetry, Science, art and Math ( among other things ). And They burst into Europe at a time when Europeans were in the” Dark Ages ” and built powerful commercial hubs that brought south Asian goodies into Europe at massive profits for themselves.

    Foolishly the Muslims centered their European base in Constantinople, now Istanbul , Turkey. In 1453, Christians took over the city and its libraries. All the knowledge that Muslims had developed fell into the hands of the Catholic church. This event led to the Renaissance or the movement out of the dark ages. The Catholic Church and its lackey’s Italy, ( Rome, Venice, Verona, ) Spain, Portugal, and France became rich and Powerful.

    Today Ignorant Muslims claim the sun and the moon about bringing Math in to Europe. Pali, Sanskrit and ELU – proto sinhala, are 1000’s of years older than Arabic. The people on this island had language when Arabs and Persians where making guttural sounds. The Original source were the Hindus, Jain’s and Buddhist’s.

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      Muslims destroy other civilisations because of inferiority complex. They have nothing to show about their past beyond 1500 years Just like Mugals destroying Buddhist and Hindu civilisation, Persians destroying Zoroastrian civilisation, Arabs destroyed Coptic civilisation of Egypt, Sumerian civilisation in Iraq and Assyrian civilisation in Syria. They have miserably failed to destroy Israel as it has divine protection.

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    Ameer Ali: when Muslims move to the west they becoem westernized. Even muslims girls are eventhough muslims, they look very westernized. Write an article why Sri lankan ISlam followers become very religious in Sri lanka and thery are busy in Islamization of the country. but, in the west it is highly controlled. You cano not dance to your tune. In Sri lanak, who is wrong, where it is wrong and what is wrong ? Believe me, In Sri lanka, I saw a muslim girls behaving like any other girl (open to flirt with boys), a muslim eating pork.

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    Westophobia is of course “Boko Haram”. Boko Haram means West is bad.

    Dear Dr Ameer Ali, your previous article about the explosive increase in the Sri Lankan Muslims was complete travesty because you got your facts completely wrong. Because you could not do simple arithmetic. You said the Muslim population of Sri Lanka had increased by 7.7% (between 1981 and 2011),when in fact it has increased by 77%. Almost doubling over a period of 30 years. There clearly has been an explosion in the Muslim population of Sri Lanka.

    There is clearly a hidden agenda amongst SL Muslims to Islamise the country. First by controlling trade then ratchet up the population. We will be a slum like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afganistan and Indonesia. All former Buddhist countries now Islamic disasters.

    You have failed to correct your self. You have also failed to mention that it was the Buddhist kings Senarath and Rajasinghe who gave refuge to the Muslims when Portuguese Catholics were persecuting Buddhists, Hindus and the Muslims. special persecution was meted out to the Mulims because Muslims had persecuted Catholics by invading Spain and Portugal 1200 years ago.

    Kandiyan and EP Muslims show their gratitude by trying to destroy us.

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      Good student,
      “We will be a slum like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afganistan and Indonesia. All former Buddhist countries now Islamic disasters.”
      Oh yes, we could. On the other hand we could be like Indonesia/ Malaysia/Brunei/ or even the Gulf States which, sadly your womenfolk seem to prefer over this Buddhist paradise. Why do you think that is???

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    Did nt the Katthankuddy Caliphate chase away the single Sufi mosque in Katthankuddy?
    As usual the Sinhalese Buddhists came to their rescue and they are now based in Dehiwala!!!

    When Prabhakaran ethnically cleansed, at gun point the 80,000 Muslims of Jaffna in Oct 1990 again the Sinhala Buddhist govt gave the Muslims refuge.

    When Portuguese Catholics persecuted the Muslims in the 1500s again the stupid Sinhala Buddhist kings of Kandy gave them refuge. In appreciation now the Kandyan Muslims have put all the Sinhalese traders out of Business and busy destroying our culture and religion.

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    Ameer ali: You havre understood WestoPhobia completely wrong. I think you did something else here. Muslims always prove that theya re for money and they can change side anytime they want. YOu are not dumb person. You di dsomething else. Remember, australia is a member of the FIVE EYES.

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    No one is angry. We understand that you kow which side your bread is buttered! You might even get a professor ’emeritus’ gig if you keep up!

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