Orientalism and the Destruction of Islamic Knowledge

“Any open-minded person embarking on a study of Islam, especially if using books written in European languages, should be aware of the seemingly inherent distortions that permeate almost all non-Muslim writings on Islam.  At least since the Middle Ages, Islam has been much maligned and severely misunderstood in the West.  In the last years of the Twentieth Century, it does not seem that much has changed even though most Muslims would agree that progress is being made.  I feel that an elegant summary of the West’s ignorance of Islam and the motives of Orientalism are the following words by the Swiss journalist and author, Roger Du Pasquier:

The West, whether Christian or dechristianised, has never really known Islam.  Ever since they watched it appear on the world stage, Christians never ceased to insult and slander it in order to find justification for waging war on it. It has been subjected to grotesque distortions the traces of which still endure in the European mind.  Even today there are many Westerners for whom Islam can be reduced to three ideas: fanaticism, fatalism and polygamy.  Of course, there does exist a more cultivated public whose ideas about Islam are less deformed; there are still precious few who know that the word Islam signifies nothing other than ‘submission to God’.  One symptom of this ignorance is the fact that in the imagination of most Europeans, Allah refers to the divinity of the Muslims, not the God of the Christians and Jews; they are all surprised to hear, when one takes the trouble to explain things to them, that ‘Allah’ means ‘God’, and that even Arab Christians know him by no other name.” (refer: http://www.islamic-awareness.org/Quran/orientalism.html – for complete article from Unveiling Islam by Roger Du Pasquier)

Muslims have been made to believe that the INJIL is the GOSPEL/New Testament; the TAURAT (Old Testament; the ZABUR (Book of Psalms). This is a fabrication. The Zabur, Taurat and Injil no longer exist and in a Qur’anic verse have been replaced by the QUR’AN.

In my book, A-Z Guide to the Qur’an, I have mention that the NASARA were NEVER Christians. They were a Sect of Judaism. Like Jesus (a Jew), they circumcised, abstained from pork, observed the Sabbath and went to a synagogue – NOT a church. It was Paul (a Jew) who created CHRISTIANITY. Jesus came from Nazareth and his followers were Nazareens.

The Orientalists through their translations of the Qur’an, established the word KORAN. They attributed the books of the Qur’an to be those of the Bible to establish validity of the Bible and we (dumb Muslims) fell for the gimmick. Only now are Muslims awakening to these realities. According to the late Ahmad Deedat, the Bible is not the word of God.

The alphabet “QAF” is used to spell the word “Qur’an” not “KAF”. If you want to translate it into English, you say “Qur’an” not “Koran”! If you are an Arab or know Arabic, I consider it a disgrace and stubbornness if you still want to use the word “Koran” instead of “Qur’an”.

The word NABI stands for Prophet and not APOSTLE. Why? Because Paul, the corrupter of Christianity is an apostle! The word RASUL stands for Messenger. The Orientalists rejected this saying that it means ‘someone delivering a message…better Apostle. The truth is: Our Nabi and Rasul (s.a.w.) was nothing more but a MESSENGER! – The Deliverer of the Truth.

Many Muslims go to Western universities to acquire Islamic degrees from Orientalists scholars, who know Islam better than Muslims, but yet do not enter the fold of Islam..Why? After knowing the Truth, why do they not embrace Islam? The answer is: They are like Abu Jahal and Abu Lahab.

UPDATE: On the issue of the word ALLAH, it must be remembered that no matter whoever uses it, it represents the ONE and ONLY living God, who is God of Creation and Mankind; Under such circumstances the TRINITY does not exits and it never did exists. Jesus was a Jew. He circumcised, abstained from pork and observed the Sabbath. So the argument of Allah being the God of Christianity does not exists. It existed once upon a time and ended with the Old Testament of the Bible. It only exists when there is NONE other but him! If you discuss the matter geographically and refer to Malaysia, then the Christian approach of wanting to use the word Allah in Malay contains ulterior motives because it is a colonial practice only in Sabah and not even a cultural one.

UPDATE 26 Nov 2013: I wish to thank the response from Christians Are Ignorant About Islam | findingdoubt. I have not accept it because I do not want to lose my perspective on the issue I have presented.

If you study the various Communication Theories, you will end up in confusion because every theory is valid in its own way, religion too suffers from it. Islam today has been interpreted physically, literally and spiritually. You can’t do this, word for word, without taking into account environmental factors and situation etc. You will end up with “apologetic Muslims, fanatical Muslims, lukewarm Muslims and practical realistic, who believe in moderation within the framework of Islam.

In Cognitive Complexity, we need to understand why people adopt such approaches rather than to view what is being said. The current attitude due to Islamic indoctrination is wrong. Today, Muslims refer to themselves as Sunnis or Shi’a. They kill one another in God’s name in Syria but yet the Golan Heights remains unclaimed and untouched in the hands of Israel. This is the irony of Muslims today in their viewing of the Qur’an; that they fail to take in the wider picture; to realise that they are being used; that proxy wars are being made to reduce these nations to poverty. How is it possible for God to grant them victory? To sum up the disease: They do not serve God but their own selfish interest! We refer to it as the “NAFS”!

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