I am incompatible with Blair’s World!
Tony Blair’s latest contribution to ‘solving’ the world’s problems came in a Sunday Times interview in which he said that “many millions” of Muslims hold a viewpoint that is “fundamentally incompatible with the modern world”.
Blair would clearly like to see those millions of Muslims ‘converted’ to his ideals -by force if necessary.
But one must ask; what is the modern world he talks about? It is a world where secular liberal values and capitalist systems have dominated, rarely challenged, for decades.
It is world based upon the dominance of big business and capital, which sees people as consumers – or workers to receive mere ‘trickles’, whilst trillions are hoarded by a few; where migrants are seen as scapegoats for the global economic crisis created by capitalism.
It is a world in which people in the West have governments that serve those corporate interests – even taking whole nations to war on the basis of lies in order to serve those interests; whilst in the East they have to endure governments who serve themselves and their colonial masters at the expense of the people.
It is a world that thinks it is better to sustain kings, dictators and false democracies than to have a righteously guided Khaleefah who looks after the affairs of people like a shepherd cares for a flock – according to the ahkam of the Deen of Islam.
It is a world based upon division along colonial lines instead of unity along Islamic lines; a world, whichaccepts the occupation of Palestine, Kashmir and elsewhere, despite the injustice and human misery.
It is a world that insists that people live as lonely individuals who are free to express themselves in ways that harm themselves and society, rather than live as families, communities and cohesive societies.
It is the world of your ideology Mr. Blair – and I suspect over a billion Muslims, and even millions of non-Muslims, are happy to be incompatible with such a world-which is incompatible with human beings, and so in need of change.
Dr Abdul Wahid is a regular contributor to New Civilisation. He is currently the Chairman of the UK-Executive Committee of Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain. He has been published in The Times Higher Educational Supplement and on the websites of Foreign Affairs, Open Democracy and the Prospect Magazine.