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During the long destructive crusades the enemy failed to achieve her goals after repeatedly facing humiliating defeats and hence it resorted to opening a new front, Orientalism.
It requires long discussions and study debating the founders of the school of Orientalism, its creation, theory, activists and activities that cannot be discussed in this small piece. However one can quickly summarize that orientalists as a group of western individuals who study eastern literature (Islamic literature) with the aim of developing doubts and skepticism about Islam.
Orientalists have written volumes upon volumes of books on the life of the Prophet (SAW), Islamic history, Islamic governance as well as rules and regulations of individual and communal, personal and government laws with the aim of producing a wedge between Islam and Muslims. They have falsely and very shamelessly attributed many sayings and deeds to our religion and predecessors and based on these fabrications, they have passed judgments on our divine religion.
Similarly this devious western group has infiltrated old and new alien jargon into our Islamic literature which has proved very harmful for us. And it is with great sadness that many Muslim authors and academia have also used these terms in their writings due to lack of research.
Islamism, Islamists and Political Islam are a small example of terms conjured by these orientalists and which are being frequently used nowadays. The word ism means school or system, as in famous ideological schools such as Communism, Marxism, Socialism, Capitalism, Liberalism and Humanism or literary theory/schools such as Realism, Romanism etc etc
The above mentioned and other ideological and literary schools or theories are the result of thoughts and estimations of societies. Contrarily, the sublime religion of Islam is not the theoretical school of somebody nor the product of weak estimations of varying literary and ideological isms rather it is a divine religion, with the revelation of which all other divine religions became null and void. The source of Islam is far higher and greater than any weak human thought. This high, great and sublime source is Devine Revelation which can never ever be compared to the product of human thought or so-called isms.
Another machination of the orientalists is that they have left the minds confused between Islamic Politics and Political Islam. Some people think the both terms are synonymous with one another however the reality is that the term Political Islam is a huge fallacy because politics is an important segment within Islam rather than an exclusive model of Islam. They similarly try to divide Islam into different portions such as Sufi Islam and Jihadi Islam even though Islam rejects such dissection to the extent that rejecting a single command equates to disbelief in the entire religion.
By spending such efforts into making these terms mainstream, they want to damage the universality and perfection of Islam. And the biggest blow is that they associate basic principles and key demands of Islam to certain groups and individual for example they attribute Islamic Politics and Jihad with the personal fancy or wants of particular individuals or groups.
Muslim writers, academics and politicians must decipher the enemy plots. They must desist from using jargon conjured, used and taken advantage of by our enemies
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.