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Scientific rationalism, reason vs. Religious Faith

January 6, 2018

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These are two different fields of knowledge and inquiry. It would be naïve to compare them on any logical basis, for they are not compatible and human logic and reasons, including scientific knowledge; restricted to tangibility, empiricism, and repeatability, cannot transcend into the realm of spirituality.

Such questions are generally raised by those who are staunch believers in material/tangible world only. They fail to even imagine or entertain the idea that; there could exist another realm beyond their area of comprehension; despite the fact that they invariably acknowledge the limitation and fallibility of human knowledge, reason, and logic, including taken for guaranteed scientific knowledge. They also talk about many dimensions of the Universe but exclude the spiritual one due to ingrained anti-faith arrogance and rigidity.

Most often a misunderstanding of the earlier religious figures or even nonreligious figures; who laid some kind of claims in the name of religion; which turned out to be false are being exploited to justify the incorrigibility of reason, logic and scientific knowledge, which in itself is deceit and treachery. There are, on the other hand, numerous claims made by scientist community; being transient and tentative — as per the Pierce Doctrine of “Fallibilism”–turned out to be false, should they not then be used similarly to validate the religion/faith?

The good news, however, is that there is a growing breed of people; who have the capacity and will to traverse both the realms with equal ease and certainty. This approach is the only approach which will augment and extend, the understanding and the ensuing benefits of both the realms, to the human race.

Needless to stress the reality, that the Creator of the science is also the Creator of all the universe (s) dimensions including spiritual one. We cannot go too far by just acknowledging and depending only on one of the dimensions of—materiality, tangibility, empiricism and repeatability. We ought to learn to transcend and traverse both (and all) the realms to better understand and benefit fully.

https://shakir2.wordpress.com/2017/12/17/epistemological-theology/

For further reading:- May GOD be dispensed with?

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Is the United States of America better served by immigrant assimilation and the melting pot model or the mosaic approach of multiculturalism?

December 30, 2017

 

 

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Not based on any research but my personal observations, the melting pot model of the USA is on the decline to a great extent. It is mostly being replaced by multiculturalism, as most of the new genre of immigrants have centuries-old religiously followed values and do not like to give them up by assimilating into an alien culture.

Melting pot assimilation model continued when the immigration was mainly from the western or quasi-western countries in which case the assimilation into almost similar culture was but a natural phenomenon. Melting post-assimilation has lost its efficacy and practicality due to the paucity of assimilable immigrants. Fusion results in the heavy and unstable nucleus with a violent burst of energy.

Multiculturalism is a trendy mosaic of the time and would continue as long as, the economic disparity exists between the East and the West.

It is, in my opinion, Multicultural mosaic is more beneficial than the melting post-assimilation model for the West in general and the USA in particular; for it would rearrange the cultural, ethical and social values; weeding out the aggression and indifference to vices out of the western societies, making them more humane and civilized.

The mosaic approach of multiculturalism entails a rearrangement of living constituents in a natural and organic way.

People from S.E Asia, South Asia, South America and even contiguous Mexico do not have an interest or inclination, despite becoming American citizens, to lose their distinct identities. The same goes for Muslims and to a lesser degree for Jews and some other religious groups.

Surprisingly, Indians are the only group of immigrants who show an uncharacteristic of South Asians eagerness to assimilate, even by pretending to act, talk and live like Americans. They would sacrifice their centuries-old traditions, social, cultural and moral values in a heartbeat. They would also give up their Indian Nationality for India does not allow dual Nationality. Seemingly it is the inferiority complex which is causing this weird behavior. Unfortunately, however, despite all this, they miserably fail in their endeavor owing to their ingrained traits and culturally regressive habits.

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Islamic State, An Enemy!

December 26, 2017

National Interest, Domineering or Just Hypocrisy?

 Raqqa: Islamic State’s Capital falls to US-backed Syrian forces—BBC News. (20th Sept 2017) Reuter reported it on 17th of Oct, 2017

There was important but least reported news about letting the Syrian local insurgents out of RAQQA. Ex-President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai revealed that IS fighters are present in Afghanistan and being supplied ammunition by the Coalition’s unmarked Helicopters. It, however, fell on deaf ears for people were at a loss to connect the two stories.

The US army transfer ISIS terrorists to Nangarhar of Afghanistan

Senior MP: US helicopters transfer tens of ISIS terrorists to Afghanistan

 

(Ahlul-Bayt News Agency) – A senior Afghan legislator revealed that the US helicopters have transferred a large number of ISIS terrorists to the province of Nangarhar in the Eastern parts of the country.

Last week, the US military helicopters transferred over 50 ISIS fighters to Barabad region of the town of Behsoud in Nangarhar province, Zahir Qadir said. He also disclosed that a container full of military equipment was also delivered to the ISIS terrorists in Nari Obeh region of Nangarhar province.

Syrian authorities have caught US military aircraft secretly transporting ISIS terrorists out of Syria to unknown destinations. 

US military caught transporting ISIS militants out of Syria

According to senior Syrian legislator Ammar al-Assad, the United States is helping ISIS to escape Raqqa, where Russian and Syrian forces are successfully defeating the terrorist organization.

Farsnews.com reports: Assad said that the US is now transferring the ISIL terrorists from Syria, especially Raqqa province, to unknown places.

 Raqqa was turned into rubble due to constant bombing by the Syrian, Russian and coalition forces and almost all of the three hundred thousand residents were forced to move out. The only ones left were well dug in Islamic State fighters.

Although IS presence in Raqqa was beneficial to almost all the parties to the conflict, but their presence by the Coalition forces was needed elsewhere; where the leader of the Western Pack (USA) is facing an uphill task; even after a decade of fighting (using technologically most advanced war toys) and spending over a Trillion Dollars—Afghanistan (known bastion of a ragtag army—TALIBAN and a GRAVEYARD of EMPIRES). Here it shall serve many purposes. Fight Taliban, Destabilize Pakistan; Pose an imminent threat to Iran, a proxy militia to West’s new Darling India–to help prop up the Indian role of a policeman in the area. India has supplied IS with atomic waste to be used in making of dirty bombs.  https://shakir2.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/ugly-face-of-western-darling-india/

Islamic State’s presence was beneficial to Basher Al Assad for decimating any of his opponents labeling them as IS fighters. It was pivotal for the Russian involvement in support of Syria. West’s involvement in the Middle East was also legitimized by the presence of IS. Moreover, it was fighting the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters, the main targets of the Western forces.

IS fighters as per the agreement reached were transported out of their stronghold Raqqa for three days and nights; on private buses and trucks, for ultimate destination Afghanistan.

Basher Al Assad; an underdog, now the winner, holds 50 % or more of the Syrian land—12 out of 14 Governorates– as compared to 19 % before. He is acquiesced to continue as president of Syria and his removal has been shelved for good. Russia perpetuated her role in the Middle East in particular and the world in general.  President Donald Trump, during his recent trip, concurred with President Putin on a negotiated settlement of Syrian conflict, rather than the Military solution. What a capitulation to the Russian maneuvering!

Unfortunately, however, it is the Syrian civilians who got trampled in this fight of the elephants.

 End Result.

In 2016, from an estimated pre-war population of 22 million, the United Nations (UN) identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance, of which more than 6 million are internally displaced within Syria, and around 5 million are refugees outside of Syria. They were forced to abandon their homes and take refuge in neighboring countries, Europe and Turkey.

 More than five hundred thousands innocent civilians got killed.

(American Trade Tower attack (9/11), 3000-innocent killed, was avenged by destroying two un-related countries. 500k innocent killed then, by this very yardstick, would need 166.6 countries to avenge!).

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Liberalism; A precursor to Atheism

December 24, 2017

Liberalism–a precursor to Atheism– is simply a euphemism for an anti-religion ranting. It banishes its followers from thinking beyond spatiotemporality; depriving them of the most fulfilling domain–spirituality; for fear of finding the validation of Divine Philosophy (religion) in a realm, which is beyond the jurisdiction of evidentiary empiricism and materialism.

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Demonizing, Repressing a Religious Minority!

December 19, 2017

 

 

 

DEMONIZING AND REPRESSING A RELIGIOUS MINORITY BECAUSE IT HAS DIFFERENT MORAL VALUES THAN THE MAJORITY CAN HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES.
A classically American approach that protects the many religious streams running together to form the American cultural heritage rather than damming one in favor of another. As historian Denise Spellberg observes of Thomas Jefferson’s view of Islam, “In the formation of the American ideal and principles of what we consider to be exceptional American values, Muslims were, at the beginning, the litmus test for whether the reach of American constitutional principles would include every believer, every kind, or not.” Jefferson didn’t care for Islam (or any organized religion, for that matter). But he understood that America would be stronger if citizens favoring one stream of its heritage vigorously argued its merits without seeking to place legal limits on those arguing for the merits of a different stream.
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Denise A. Spellberg (born c. 1958) is an American scholar of Islamic history. She is an associate professor of history and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Spellberg holds a BA from Smith College (1980) and a Ph.D. (1989) from Columbia University.

Books

Politics, Gender, and the Islamic Past: The Legacy of ‘A’isha Bint Abi Bakr. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Thomas Jefferson’s Qur’an: Islam and the Founders, New York: Knopf, October 1, 2013; ISBN 978-0307268228

Saudi Prince, MBS—the weakest link

November 29, 2017

 

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According to latest reports, arrested princes are being savagely tortured and interrogated by American Contractor Blackwater. (By Ryan Parry, West Coast Correspondent For Dailymail.com and Josh Boswell For Dailymail.com 

PUBLISHED: 16:24 EST, 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 03:37 EST, 23 November 2017).

As hinted by this author earlier (Saudi Turmoil)*1, MBS –Saudi Crown Prince has embarked on a perilous journey–borrowing a page from Putin’s book—consolidating power under the cover of corruption and money laundering. Although he took some condescending actions to entice the younger generation; easing few social restrictions; analogous to burying one’s head– in the face of an imminent danger– in the sand; he yet seems to be the weakest link, in the Gold Chain of China, Russia, and Israel.

*1  https://shakir2.wordpress.com/2017/11/07/saudi-turmoil/

Saudi Arabia’s move seems to be impulsive and reactionary on account of American rebuke in the case of Nuclear Deal with Iran and Change of “Removal Stance” in the case of Syrian President, Basher Al Assad. (Both Shia’a ruled Countries). Israel, also not being happy with this Nuclear deal, intends to teach America a lesson for countermanding her long-held stance.

 

Given the Chinese emergence as Geo-Strategic and Econo-Political power, two opposing camps have clustered on the international scene. One Headed by China, beefed up by Russia and Israel. (Subsequent participants seem to be India, Pakistan; for their populations are hoarding the most gold; and most likely; disgruntled with the West; Iran and Turkey, providing the impetuous vivaciousness to this group). A most interesting aspect of this cluster—China, Russian, and Muslims– is the nostalgic reminiscence and impulses of restoring their lost glories of the past. This camp; given its unique motivations; could be instrumental in eradicating the Dollar dominance as the world legal tender (currency), replacing it with the Gold standard of Bretons Wood Agreement/System, 1944.

The first step in this direction was taken by China by setting up AIIB (Asian Infrastructure Investment) Bank, in January 2016, with 100 billion $ Capitalization.

http://nation.com.pk/03-Aug-2015/is-china-finally-about-to-dethrone-america-as-the-world-s-economic-leader

https://shakir2.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/asia-pacific-peeve/

“The Russian central bank opened its first overseas office in Beijing on March 14, 2017, marking a step forward in forging a Beijing-Moscow alliance to bypass the US dollar in the global monetary system, and to phase-in a gold-backed standard of trade. The new central bank office was opened at a time when Russia is preparing to issue its first federal loan bonds denominated in Chinese yuan.  Financial regulators from the two countries agreed on last May to issue home currency-denominated bonds in each other’s markets, a move that was widely viewed as intended to eventually test the global reserve status of the US dollar”

China, reportedly, has also asked Pakistan to use Yuan as a legal tender in Gwadar-Port C-PEC Project financial transactions. Pakistan at this point, however, has resisted it by arguing that it would tantamount to trampling on its sovereignty.

On the other hand, the USA and the West are hell-bent to continue with Dollar as the legal tender. It is a matter of its economic supremacy and survival. Libyan President Col. Gaddafi and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, two Arab leaders, who dared try to replace the Dollar with Euro, paid a heavy price. Saudi Arabia has joined the Gold club in sheer defiance of the “American Exceptionalism” with a drive to gain control of some of its assets with the help of Russia.

Recent Saudi King’s visit to Russia, Putin’s Phone to the Saudi Crown Prince-MBS and increasing warmth in the relationship between Israel and Saudi Arabia, portrays an embracing welcome to Saudi Arabia in the Gold Club.

Saudis, however, should not be oblivious of the lurking danger in this game of Political, Economic, Social and Dynastic re-alignment, as the weakest link in this game is and will remain MBS. The unprecedented humiliation of the rounded up princes coupled with the annoyance of the conservative Clerics would not augur well for the Crown Prince and Saudi Arabia. How far, if at all, he would be able to take it, is anyone’s guess?

U.A.E also seems to be in the throes of lurking danger; of likely redrawing of the map of the region; for it has thrown punches above its weight; in the Shia’a Sunni brawl spearheaded by Saudi Arabia. U.A.E would have been in a much better position, by keeping a low profile and remaining non-aligned like Oman. It should also be mindful of the fact that the world is turning against the safe-havens for stolen and laundered money; it has developed a reputation for.

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Cherished Democracy

November 29, 2017

Democracy is cunningly devised system—it forces the diaspora to be steered in the desired direction by creating a false perception of choice between the two. The third (party) is just an eye-wash for idiots to keep PRAISING THE DEMOCRACY in ignorance. Capitalism is the epitome or the mob-boss of this system…..come on let’s CHERISH THE DEMOCRACY.!!!!!

Saudi Turmoil.

November 7, 2017

 

 

 

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Is it really a crackdown on corruption or coup-d’etat? There seems to be a tug of war unleashed after the appointment of the Current Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Those who have been rounded up have their own strong clout and may cause the collapse of the kingdom. People should not ignore the engulfing quietness in the Middle East; people despite lavish lifestyle are not happy with their ruling elites; who they consider as the usurpers of the power and resources of their countries, a strong motive to rebel once a strong possibility of success presents itself. Saudi Arabian Collapse would provide them this opportunity hence a huge Geo-political change in the Gulf specifically and the Middle East, in general, could not be ruled out. I can envision a single hybrid (Sharia’a and Democratic principles based)  Muslim State. Which may be a harbinger of enormous change in the Muslim World.

The world as a whole is changing, adapting to the inevitable changes in the socio-economic, politico-psychologic and theosophic realms. KSA, being a constituent of the changing world cannot stay aloof or immune from these dynamics. Though resisted for a long time.

Wahabbism has always been a minority followed sect, never achieving a widespread acceptance. Saudi Arabia’s reforms are in essence under duress in the aftermath of 9/11. These are being promulgated despite conservative clerical opposition yet condescending to the West.

Reforms always have to be organic, endogenous and gradual. This complacent adventurism, however, may prove to be detrimental.

 

 

My concerns and thoughts were echoed by Bruce Reidel of Brooking Institue in his article, published on 11/07/17, “Trump’s bet on Saudis looks increasingly dangerous”

 

Also Echoed by — Joschka Fischer was German Foreign Minister and Vice-Chancellor from 1998-2005.

SAUDI ARABIA’S REVOLUTION FROM ABOVE–Published on Nov16, 2017“Saudi Arabia’s revolution from above is a high-risk endeavor that neutral observers must regard with ambivalence. Although it cannot be allowed to fail, given what that would entail, its success is likely to be accompanied by a dramatic increase in regional tensions and the possibility of war”.

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Saudi Crimes against Muslim Ummah

October 29, 2017

 

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Saudi Arabia and all other Gulf States–BEDUIN-PENTAGON-grossly abuse foreign Nationals working in Saudi Arabia. 

They are afraid of angering their Masters, perceived Protectors, instead of Allah (SWT). They do not really like Palestinians but giving LIP-SERVICE.

The main reason why Palestinians are still languishing in the world’s biggest concentration camp is the Saudi’s disapproval for a Palestine Independent State.

One will never hear them raising their voices of concern for Kashmiris, Rohingiyas or Ughers Muslims.

They never objected to the creation of two Christian States out of the Muslim lands, South Sudan & East Timor. They instead facilitated their creation to please their Western Masters.

The amount of wealth they amassed could have easily eradicated the hunger and poverty in the African Continent and the rest of the world had they spent only a fraction of it.

They went along with the West’s assessment that providing food to Hungry-Africa would be contrary to the goal of the world population Control.

The result is that Christian Missionaries are deviously using their Hunger and Poverty to convert Six Million Muslims every year into Christianity.

After few decades Africa will be purely a Christian Continent like most of the others.        SHAME ON YOU SAUDI……..

Break up of Ottoman Empire Through British Conspiracy. (Creation of Middle Eastern Sheikhdoms and States).

October 25, 2017
Shakir Mumtaz

October 25, 2015,· Atlanta · (published on FaceBook

The Sykes-Picot Agreement of 1916
The Sykes-Picot Agreement of May 1916, was a secret agreement that was concluded by two British and French diplomats, Sir Mark Sykes and Georges Picot. The Sykes-Picot Agreement involved itself with the partition of the Ottoman Empire once World War One had ended.

The Sykes-Picot Agreement effectively handed over control of Syria, Lebanon and Turkish Cilicia to the French and Palestine, Jordan and areas around the Persian Gulf and Baghdad to the British. While neither France nor Britain actually ‘owned’ these territories, they were to effectively control them at a governmental and administrative level. Northern Syria and Mesopotamia were also considered to be an area of French influence while Arabia and the Jordan Valley were considered to be a sphere of influence of the British. Jerusalem was to be governed by an international administration.

This agreement did clash with the McMahon Agreement of 1915 and the statements made by T E Lawrence to the Arabs who had expected to be allowed to govern their own regions after helping the Allies fight the Turks during World War One.

The agreement was never completely fulfilled by the peace settlements but it did lead to the Arab people not fully trusting the British or French governments at times in the future.

How did the Arab people find out about the Sykes-Picot Agreement?

After the Bolshevik Revolution in November 1917, the Communists, led by Vladimir Lenin, found a copy of the agreement in the Russian government’s archives. Russia, in the agreement, was to have influence in Turkish Armenia and northern Kurdistan – hence why the pre-communist government had a copy of the agreement. The Russian Communists released the contents of the agreement into the public domain – thus explaining why numerous Arab groups knew about it

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