23 thoughts on “Islam as statecraft: How governments use religion in foreign policy

  1. 🌹🌷 Quran17 🌴🌷
    Verily, this Qur'ân guides to that which is most just and right and gives glad tidings to the believers who work deeds of righteousness, that they shall have a great reward (Paradise). (9) And that those who believe not in the Hereafter, for them We (God) have prepared a painful torment (Hell). (10) And man invokes (God/Allâh/Yahweh) for evil as he invokes (Him) for good . And man is ever hasty [i.e., for example if he is angry with his son , he invokes (saying): "That God curses you" ] (11) And We have appointed the night and the day as two signs. Then, We have obliterated the sign of the night while We have made the sign of the day illuminating, that you may seek bounty from your Lord, and that you may know the number of the years and the reckoning. And We have explained everything (in detail) with full explanation. (12) And We have fastened every man's deeds to his neck. And on the Day of Resurrection, We shall bring out for him a book which he will find wide open. (13) (It will be said to him): "Read your book. You yourself are sufficient as a reckoner against you this Day." (14) Whoever goes right, then he goes right only for the benefit of his ownself. And whoever goes astray, then he goes astray to his own loss. No one laden with burdens can bear another's burden. And We never punish until We have sent a Messenger (to give warning). (15) And when We decide to destroy a town (population), We (first) send a definite order (to obey Allâh/God/Yahweh and be righteous) to those among them who lead a life of luxury. Then, they transgress therein, and thus the word (of torment) is justified against it (them). Then We destroy it with complete destruction (16) And how many generations have We destroyed after Noah! And Sufficient is your Lord as an All-Knower and All-Beholder of the sins of His servants. (17) Whoever desires the quick-passing (transitory enjoyment of this world), We readily grant him what We will for whom We like. Then, afterwards, We have appointed for him Hell, he will burn therein disgraced and rejected,  (18) And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it, with the necessary effort due for it (i.e. righteous deeds ) while he is a believer , then such are the ones whose striving shall be appreciated, (thanked and rewarded by Allâh/God/Yahweh). (19) On – each these as well as those – We bestow from the Bounties of your Lord. And the Bounties of your Lord can never be forbidden. (20) See how We prefer one above another (in this world) and verily, the Hereafter will be greater in degrees and greater in preference (21) Set not up with Allâh/Yahweh/God any other god, (O man)! , or you will sit down reproved, forsaken (in the Hell-fire). (22) And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour. (23) And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: "My Lord! Bestow on them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was young." (24) Your Lord knows best what is in your inner-selves. If you are righteous, then, verily, He is Ever Most Forgiving to those who turn unto Him again and again in obedience, and in repentance. (25) And give to the kinsman his due and to the poor and to the wayfarer. But spend not wastefully (your wealth) in the manner of a spendthrift . (26) Verily, spendthrifts are brothers of the devils , and the Devil (Satan) is ever ungrateful to his Lord. (27) And if you turn away from them (kindred, poor, wayfarer, whom We have ordered you to give their rights, but if you have no money at the time they ask you for it) and you are awaiting a mercy from your Lord for which you hope, then, speak unto them a soft, kind word . (28) And let not your hand be tied (like a miser) to your neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach (like a spendthrift), so that you become blameworthy and in severe poverty. (29) Truly, your Lord enlarges the provision for whom He wills and straitens (for whom He wills). Verily, He is Ever All-Knower, All-Seer of His slaves. (30) And kill not your children for fear of poverty. We shall provide for them as well as for you. Surely, the killing of them is a great sin. (31) And come not near to the unlawful sexual intercourse. Verily, it is an immoral sin, and an evil way . (32) And do not kill anyone whose killing Allâh/God has forbidden, except for a just cause. And whoever is killed wrongfully , We have given his heir the authority [(to demand Law of Equality in punishment— or to forgive, or to take blood – money)]. But let him not exceed limits in the matter of taking life (i.e he should not kill except the killer). Verily, he is helped (by the divine law) (33) And come not near to the orphan's property except to improve it, until he attains the age of full strength. And fulfil (every) covenant. Verily! the covenant, will be questioned about. (34) And give full measure when you measure, and weigh with a balance that is straight. That is good (advantageous) and better in the end. (35) And follow not (O man i.e., say not, or do not or witness not) that of which you have no knowledge. Verily! The hearing, and the sight, and the heart, of each of those one will be questioned (by Allâh/Yahweh). (36) And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance. Verily, you can neither rend nor penetrate the earth, nor can you attain a stature like the mountains in height. (37) All the bad aspects of these (the above mentioned things) are hateful to your Lord. (38) This is (part) of wisdom which your Lord has revealed to you (O Muhammad ). And set not up with Allâh/God/yahweh any other god lest you should be thrown into Hell, blameworthy and rejected, (from God's Mercy). (39)
    Has then your Lord (O pagans) preferred for you sons, and taken for Himself from among the angels daughters? Verily! You indeed utter an awful saying. (40) And surely, We have explained [Our Promises, Warnings and (set forth many) examples] in this Qur'ân that they (the disbelievers) may take heed, but it increases them in naught save aversion. (41) Say (O Muhammad  to  polytheists, pagans): "If there had been other gods along with Him (God) as they assert, then they would certainly have sought out a way to the Lord of the Throne (seeking His Pleasures and to be near to Him). (42) Glorified and High is He! From High above (the great falsehood) that they say! . (43) The seven heavens and the earth and all that is therein, glorify Him and there is not a thing but glorifies His Praise. But you understand not their glorification. Truly, He is Ever Forbearing, Oft-Forgiving. (44) 

  2. US, Britain and Israel who are key users of "Islam" in their hegemony was not addressed, despite their obvious role in the post 1979 Islamic world.

  3. Thought this debate would talk about how western countries use Islam as a "terrorist thread". Muslim countries and Russia and China and India are becoming stronger regional powers wether the west like it or not.

  4. Wahhabism is the first arabian religious political military reformist movement in modern history. It rose in the early 18th century as an opposition to both the Achaari statecraft Islam of the Ottomans and the Jaafari Shia statecraft Islam of the turkic dynasties of Persia. Its political aim was to get the power over Islam back to Arabs, after loosing it to the turks since the 11th century.

  5. Islam is enemies of Democracy and Bible freedom of speech and Arts and Literature and free speech and liberty and gospel,arts literature, Dog's, women's rights etc and should be shut down and banned from all countries since it cannot assimilate.

  6. Islam is a religion of war and terror since it allows suicide bombers and BARBARIC ; beheadings, lashings ,cutting limbs ,and from the evil one, INTOLERANT ; dont tolerate others religion

  7. Intellectual arrogance, dishonesty and dissonance at its highest order. Poor intellectuals and intellectualism that I cannot fathom. Before I even puncture what you have discussed, I beg to write down some information that Vladimir Putin said. He comes from an Orthodox worldview as opposed to yours which I believe is a post-Christian and even anti-Christian and more perfectly, anti-religion. I quote Putin, "We see that many Euro-Atlantic states have taken the way where they deny or reject their own roots, including their Christian roots, which form the basis of Western civilization.
    There, politics treats a family with many Children as equal to a homosexual partnership; faith in God is equal to Satan. Christian holidays and celebrations are abolished or ‘neutrality’ renamed, as if one were ashamed of those Christian holidays. Without the moral roots rooted in Christianity and other world religions, without rules and moral values which have formed and been developed over a millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity.And we think it is right and natural to defend and preserve these moral values."
    The need for Muslim self-determination and living by Islam has come to fore more as a result of
    Western attitude and the United States policies dominated by the neoconservative thought than by any practical steps taken by the still disjointed and un-organized Islamic movement in the Muslim world.Islam today possesses an intellectual vibrancy of which most other great religious traditions can only dream. Although the ferment in Islam is not considered always forward-looking, but the struggle to get rid of the continued colonialism and the oppressive regimes is by no means backward
    One often hears about Muslims’ going to the core message and roots of Islam, but it absolutely does not mean to go back and physically live in the 7th century. The objective is only to live in the present
    day world with application of the true essence of Islam. But ironically or not, it is the very creativity embodied in a century of the simmering Islamic movements that are now gradually becoming the only alternative to the existing order in the Muslim world.
    Throughout the Arab world, Islamic movements exist, and if they have retreated from a strategy of overthrowing of governments, they are still trying a greater role through the conventional political ways. The time is not far away that leaders of these movements will realize that even if they
    come to power within the left-over colonial systems, they can hardly establish Islamic state. This realization will take the Islamic movement to the next state of pan-Islamic brotherhood and struggle for establishing a single Islamic entity.
    Islam looked weak as a political force a hundred years ago and again fifty years ago, yet in each case it stayed alive. Now that the movement has gained momentum as a result of the United States lying to justify invasion or Iraq and Afghanistan and then using all possible ways to keep them away from following the Qur’an and the Sunnah in governing their lives, it is not likely to go into hibernation until other countries, especially Arab countries, have had a chance to try it, in one form or another, and realize that the only solution is a concerted effort of the Muslim world to get rid of the centuries
    old colonialism and regain their right to self-determination.
    Islamic movements were born in protest against Western-colonialism. These movements resurfaced in protest against U.S.-backed Muslim oppressive regimes. In most places, these remain oppositional movements. That means that people who hate their governments for being unjust and oppressive, and who see the U.S. adventures in the Muslim world a clear sign of its war on Islam, will be at least loosely sympathetic to the Islamic movements. The primary reason for the resilience of Islamic
    movements is that these always aspire to justice and real freedom. The reality of their standing against oppression and injustice will prove tremendously effective in capturing hearts and minds, especially in situation where the U.S. and its allies have tossed all norms of human decency
    and violate international law with impunity to impose their way of life on the Muslim world.
    Unlike the modern-day fascists, reshaping the Muslim world in their image by force, Islam has no record of forced conversions or imposing its way of life on others. It has not violated the basic right to religious liberty. Almost every act on the part of Western governments imposes one or another kind of value upon their citizens.
    As a result of the war on Islam’s way of life, the so-called modern state system—including pure or democratic dictatorship or kingdoms or sheikhdoms—feels threatened for the obvious reason that Islam has no place for imposed dictatorships, secular bulwarkism, or the exploitative capitalist system. The common Muslim person is not scared of Islam, not even concerning the much-hyped specter of Shari’ah, because its most dreaded laws do not apply until a just socio-political and economic order is in place. Shari’ah laws are just a fraction of the encompassing way of life
    of Islam. These laws, in fact, subserve the Islamic system of social justice.

  8. Wahabism was created by British empire to destroy the central Muslim country was assisted that time and west countries don't have problem with wahabinis because of it deost not represent Islam.

  9. Wow so this is the state of today’s academics… that woman hasn’t a clue and it’s this sort of misguided arrogance of knowledge that is part of the problem

  10. You are just another 'box inside a Box.' "Easily managed…" You are not Adults. Here, have some more Candy!

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