Most major world religions began as revolutions among the peasantry. Usury, exploitation, feudalism, and a system of social hierarchy enforced upon the masses the will of the traditional wielders of power. The peasant and the lord, the owner and the serf, the early Christian and the Romans, the early Muslim and the Meccans of the Quraysh- these evil and unholy relations have existed from the earliest known civilizations. The liberation of the peasantry and workers from tyranny was the objective of the movements led by the prophets Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them), beginning with spiritual and intellectual training. Each of these movements was a revolution with the same message – the calls for feeding the hungry, clothing the bare, housing the homeless, providing for the widow, protecting the orphans, and loving for others what one desires for himself. These attractive messages attacked the ills in a society which created inequality in the first place. The messages led to great dissent among the downtrodden masses and attracted people of concern and affection. It was suffering followed by disciplined awakening that led to their mobilization.
The steadfastness of the revolutionaries through the pain and suffering fueled by their desire for something better is what led to their growth. After the peak of the suffering during the expulsion and boycott, the earliest Muslims found refuge and the hope for a bright future was no longer just a dream. Here lies an example of internationalist solidarity, beyond religious lines. When the early Muslims who were poor and small in number could no longer bear to live in Mecca, those who were most vulnerable were commanded to escape Arabia by night to find refuge in Abyssinia, ruled by a righteous African Christian king. Out of their shared opposition to the treachery of the Quraysh, their oppression of the Muslims, and their shared beliefs, the Muslims were granted asylum by the honourable king for as long as they wished.
After surviving the thirst and starvation of boycott, armed struggle was permitted for the Muslims against the Meccans who oppressed them. Eventually, Mecca was liberated without a single drop of blood. The refugees in Abyssinia could return to their homes, but some opted to remain among their warm Christian brothers. Fighting for liberation is not only an act of valour, but it is holy. Each revolutionary can trace his line all the way back to the Prophet Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Prophet Muhammad, their disciples, and the Ahl-al-Bayt.
Later, these revolutionary movements were hijacked by dirty politicians and cunning state-builders. Constantine fused Christianity with pagan religions to please both the exponentially growing Christian movement and the pagan elites, unifying his empire. Muslim leaders reverted to the feudal backwardness of the pre-Islamic Arabs. Those who were “sheikhs” and “priests” held slaves, possessed brothels, and amassed mountains of wealth and did not “spend in the way of God”. Religion was once again managed and spearheaded by elites instead of the peasants. It became a tool to maintain the subservience of the commoners to the elite classes, contradicting its original purpose.
The “mullahs” were nothing but stooges of the landowners who paid them, and as a result, the masses who followed the “mullahs” were nothing but serfs and labourers for lords again. They betrayed their faith and degraded themselves, causing the masses to become pacified again. The poor were no longer hopeful to change the social order, they were reduced to thinking only how to make due with what they had while remaining oppressed. To patiently make the best with what one has been provided is beloved to God, but not while sitting idle before oppression. The quest for freedom was no longer an objective and the fire of liberation was a thing of the past.
Religion was minimized to basic tenets and the repetition of mantras and actions. It is also noticeable today that the most reactionary “Muslim” states are those who are rooted firmly against spirituality and enforce rigid, one-way understandings of Islam. These are the nations ruled by hypocrite compradors who enforce strict laws upon the masses while they themselves indulge in sin away from the public eye.
Men like Amir Abd-el Kader and Omar Mukhtar challenged this order to restore the independence and pride of their people.
Since World War II, the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan al-Muslimeen) has increasingly become the voice of Islam in the West and East. The Ikhwan have been courted by Western Imperialists and were an integral part of their foreign policy since the time of US President Eisenhower, namely since 1953. Since the time of President Nasser, the Muslim Brotherhood has been used to thwart “Third-world Nationalism” by the MI6, CIA and even stupidly by the Israeli Mossad.
Logistical, diplomatic, and financial support has been provided on a number of fronts. Equally foolish were the Ikhwan’s destabilization and assassination attempts in Egypt while the Arab Nation was involved in a hot war against the Zionist entity, as if they had no foresight or any idea of who such an action would benefit. The landed elite with Western allegiances also unquestionably preferred the Muslim Brotherhood to Nasser in Egypt, as they knew the Muslim Brotherhood would not change the nature of their feudal society or challenge their monopoly over the Egyptian economy.
Reactionary politics, pro-reactionary alliances, and capitalist-friendly economics made the Muslim Brotherhood the natural allies of Imperialism.
In the west and in more recent times, the American satellites of the Ikhwan come to mind. One cannot distinguish the statements on Syria of “Islamic” organizations such as Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) from official statements from the Saudi or Israeli foreign ministries. From Adel al-Jubeir, Turki bin Faisal al Saud and Mohammad bin Salman, to Tzipi Hotevely, Benjamin Netanyahu and Michael Cohen, to Nihad Awad and Hussam Ayloush.
Awad, Ayloush, and other “Muslim” activists had no problem standing with war criminals like President Bush and Obama; today, they have completely unified behind the neoliberal establishment and its activists on both domestic and international policy issues.
After endless criticism of the new Imperialist stooge (President Donald Trump) and jumping on the bandwagon of the baseless sham-show charade of Russian collusion, the “House” Muslims successfully realigned with the American administration upon Donald Trump’s announcement of military action against Syria.
CAIR, Islamic Circle of North America, Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Legal Fund of America, and the rest of these traitorous organizations must be exposed for their treachery and sycophantic service to Imperialism. While they stand with Western liberals and compromise upon their own creed doing so, they ironically support the most reactionary organizations abroad.
There is much anger in anti-Imperialist circles, among Muslims and non-Muslims, about “Islamic” organizations fully bending over for neocolonialism. More recently, there is equal indignation caused by “Muslim” politicians using their identity as the mantle-piece of their platforms while selling out the causes of their own people. On the contrary, there are few revolutionary voices and true respecters of the legacy of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz to counter these sellouts and tools of the empire.
The Muslim diaspora has no knowledge of self; deep in the underbelly of Empire, the masses are politically ignorant. With no revolutionary guidance, many well-meaning individuals fall into representing false causes which are masked as “Islamic causes” by Imperialists and their clients.
When reactionary organizations are forming the narratives and setting the tone, all Muslims are grouped as one. What a tragedy it would be if we are all characterized as liberals, Democrats, Hillary-bots, Bernie-bros, Khizr Khans, and Uncle Tamaans.
Despite our open and empty veneration for people like Omar Mukhtar, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Emir Abd-el Kader, and others we have little knowledge of the context of their struggles. We are completely brainwashed to oppose their successors who exist/existed in our time. “Existed” was used because the Muslim diaspora has actively participated in the lynching and assassination of revolutionary leaders and their supporters by lobbying for regime change, military intervention, and by backing imperialist proxies (opposition forces).
The stance of Muslim Anti-Imperialists is simple. As long as your aim is liberation from Imperialist domination, you are a comrade and brother in arms. Morality is morality, irrespective of the proclaimed [religious] identities of those involved in a conflict. What must be established is the amorality of Imperialists, and thus the immorality of relations with them. The most ignorant of human beings are those who align themselves on one side or another based on sectarian labels as if their sect has an incorrigible monopoly on justice. Similarly, struggles are righteous and valid based on their history, not because of the religious persuasion of an involved party.
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) stated, “Speak the truth even if it be against yourself.”
Among the many Islamic supplications to protect us from oppression are a number ofDuaas (supplications/prayers) which ask God to protect us from becoming oppressors or trials upon others. As we have witnessed in history, injustice against others has occurred at the hands of those who proclaim to be Muslims. Without acknowledgement of these crimes and desire to rectify them, progress is impossible.
It is our job to name and rebuke those who serve Imperialism and Zionism among the Muslim community, at home or in the diaspora.
May God allow us to remain steadfast on our principles and follow the example of His Prophet and those who emulate his teachings of justice and compassion.
There is no justice in collaborating with the Imperialist powers of corruption and chaos or using religious/sectarian biases to guide one’s politics. Indeed, these sectarian biases will are bound to result in becoming a pawn of neo-colonial state building projects.
Those who call themselves the armies of God and of Islam and at the same time fight on the same side as Imperialism are not people of God or of Islam, they are hypocrites and tools of their feudal overlords.
These are the ones who pervert the words of God to kill and halt the progress of mankind.
These are the people who turn their guns against the defenders of national sovereignty and their own brothers while they claim they are “fronts” of “liberation”.
These are the people who wave flags of monarchies and colonial mandates and claim to be “revolutionary”.
These are the people who claim to want democracy for all but want corrupt and traitorous [exiled] elites to rule their countries.
These are the compradors who use words like “sharing” and “friendship”, but only desire to share with foreign investors and befriend Imperialists.
These are the sycophantic low-lives who beg Imperialists to liberate them and claim they hatched an organic revolution.
These are the fools who believe their own people to be backwards and believe the Imperialists to have not only superior complexion, but also superior values.
And there are a small number of them who were once on the side of truth, but saw the road to liberation to be “too demanding” or saw the imperialists to be “too strong”. But they found it less “demanding” to fight alongside their oppressors.
“And whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger – then they will be in the company of those on whom Allah has bestowed His Grace- of the Prophets, the steadfast affirmers of truth, the martyrs and the righteous. And excellent are those as companions.”
– Al Quran 4:69