Tag Archive | self interest

Islam: Empire of Faith

I’ve noticed common perceptions amongst non-Muslims about Islam; most of which seem to be negative and based on current examples of Muslim countries. I can’t emphasise this enough: there isn’t a single Muslim country today that is following Islam in its entirety. Those that aspire to wanting Islam in their lands are frequently labelled extremists by dictatorships – even if they condemn violence.

Another common misconception is that an Islamic leadership would exploit and carry out injustices just like any other government because that is the nature of human existence. I beg to differ. I hope these videos will shed some light on the history of the Muslims and Islam. Read More…

Lets call a spade, a spade

I recently had a discussion with someone about the definition of democracy. And although this person could not clearly define it for me, she was adamant that it was the right way forward for the Muslim world.

I find it quite interesting that the word democracy can mean different things to different people. The ambiguity around the term can be dangerous, particularly when nations seem to be initiating wars to propagate democracy and foreign policies of very powerful states revolve around it. If not at all-out-war, much of the western world seems bent on telling the rest of the world that democracy is synonymous to justice and that they need to tread on the same path that the west did through its history to reach there.

In this they make a grave assumption: an assumption that democracy is the best system and that every undemocratic nation wants to become like the countries in the west. Whilst it is true that the west enjoys greater wealth and many would like to escape from the grip of poverty in the third world, I would argue that it isn’t the democratic system that has given the west its wealth, but rather its colonialism (which continues today albeit in a different style) and usurping of other nations resources that has allowed for the economic prosperity enjoyed by the west. Read More…

‘There’s a million mouths to feed but I got everything I need’ (Annie Lennox)

(picture by international artist Soha Saiyer)

I can’t believe we’re living in the 21st century and witnessing food shortages at such colossal levels. According to Gordon Brown just over a month ago, statistically, 25,000 people die every day and amongst them a child every five seconds due to hunger related causes. That’s probably one child by the time you finish reading this paragraph. That’s someone’s child and not just another number. And it probably means a painful and difficult death.

Honest Debate previously posted an article about ‘self-interest’ being the inevitable consequence of ‘freedom’. Is self-interest not the reason why poverty is not on top of the agenda for the world? Is individualism not the inevitable consequence of freedom and the reason why we just keep on keeping on while the politics of self-interest take us back to the system of dog eat dog

I refuse to accept there are those who ‘have’ and those who ‘have not’. There is plenty of wealth amongst us and enough to feed, clothe, house and provide clean sanitation for every single individual on the planet. The problem is the lack of distribution of wealth. But so long as we put our nation first and other’s second, rich countries will continue to exploit the poor and we will continue to make lives impossible for the poor all over the world. Isn’t it time we made this a matter of urgency?