The ummah of Muhammad ﷺ is threatened by infiltration by the Western "left-right" political spectrum. On higher, more abstract levels, both feminism and post-colonial discourse are part of this danger. A lot of good work exposing feminist programming has been done...

/1 recent years, but it seems that post-colonial discourse has received less attention, so I thought I'd do a thread on it.

The appeal of post-colonial discourse for Muslims is clear. As victims of Western colonialism, this discourse offers redress; it condemns...

...injustices and crimes and demands that the rights of the colonized be respected.

In reality, the discourse serves the same imperial agenda that it seems to condemn, which makes it very effective, since it can motivate the victims of the empire to support the empire.

Probably the most obvious way it achieves this is by rewarding victims for being victims, which reinforces the behaviors which result in victim status. By exalting the weak and oppressed, being weak and oppressed becomes a way to achieve status and earn a livelihood.

This can be understood through Allah's command not to take the kuffar as awliya. By accepting honor, and the protection that comes with it, from them, we unconsciously serve their interests and become part of their system.

Next, this discourse exerts a steady, normative pressure that builds and reinforces a moral order which is foreign to Islam. It categorically condemns colonization and the imposition of beliefs and customs, although there is nothing wrong with granting a privileged...

...status to Islam, and nothing wrong with imposing Islamic values on societies.

When Muslims use this discourse to try to improve their position in national or super-national political systems, they unconsciously reinforce moral values which are contrary to Islam...

...and in fact denigrate the position of Islam to make it equal to other ideologies.

Whether you elevate the status of false deities or ideologies to the level of Allah, or conceptually lower Allah to the level of other deities and ideologies - both are shirk.

Reinforcing these moral precepts by using them strengthens the position of the imperial powers that generate the post-colonial discourse. Practically speaking, political orders can only be established by violence. By condemning the actions of their own ancestors...

...and by exhibiting shame in those actions, actions which could reshape the political order become less socially acceptable. This also applies to critical race theory. When ethnically European Americans efface themselves to ethnically African Americans, they are...

...protecting and preserving the racial hierarchy under the pretext of atoning for the crimes of their ancestors. Very insidious if you think about it.

This offers a false promise of healing, which is also essential to mitigate social tension resulting from persistent...

...injustice. This reduces the frequency and severity of uprisings, conserving resources for the dominant power structure, and minimizing interruptions in the flow of economic power from the lower classes to the imperial elite.

Part of the effectiveness of this discourse is that, as with Christian missionaries, its most ardent proponents generally don't realize that it is false. This sincerity makes it possible for Muslims to form bonds with the kuffar which allow for the transmission of...

...this intellectual infection. Women tend to be more severely affected by this because, since they are more emotional, they respond to the emotional sincerity of the missionaries of these discourses.

This points to the importance of maintaining a distance from kuffar...

...even if they seem like they might be well-intentioned or potential "allies." Allah testifies that they are filthy, and this spiritual filth transmits spiritual diseases. This underscores the value of actions that result in polarization and division.

Although the etymology of the word "colonization" is unfortunate (being derived from the name of the kaffir Colombus), using migration and imposition of cultural norms is an important element of reshaping the world order.

The damage that has been done by colonization...

...of Muslim lands by Christians can only be undone by colonizing Christian lands. As was the case with the Christians, it is unlikely that this will be possible directly. That is, when the Muslims were in a much stronger position than the Christians, the Christians...

...first had to go and seek colonies in order to gather enough strength to finally penetrate the core domain of Islam.

Likewise, for Muslims to penetrate the core domains of Christendom, it is necessary to first acquire colonies in order to gain the necessary power.

This should indicate an important difference between Islam and the political system which emerged from Christendom. Islam is much flatter in terms of hierarchy - the hierarchy is there, but ideally there is much less distance between elites and masses. A process akin...

/19 colonization may be used to propagate Islam (the polity, which is encompassed by the broad definition of Islam), but it does not have the same core/periphery hierarchy as the modern world system. Since Islam is based on justice, the unjust distribution of resources...

...necessary to build a system where a tailor in London gets paid 1000 times more than a tailor doing the same work in Bangladesh would not be possible.

This is much healthier in the long run as it leads to more economic activity and employment and less hoarding...

...but that's a topic for another thread. I mention it here only to distinguish the method of using migration and cultural transformation to advance spiritual, ideological, and political goals from the larger structure that is developed by those means.

May Allah cause the territory where jizya is collected to expand, and facilitate the migration of the righteous and sincere believers to lands where Islam is growing, rather than declining, and cause their migration to strengthen Islam and the Muslims.

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