Tuesday, March 6, 2007

The Gifts of Islam: Part I - Arts and Culture

Walk into an Islamic museum and ask to see the Muslim equivalent of the Mona Lisa. Ask to hear the Muslim Bethoven. Don't be too surprised when the curator will stare at you blankly. Don't try looking at another museum- it doens't exist. Islamic law is very firm on this. It quotes many ahadith:
"Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments... and afairs of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance. On the Day of Judgement, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sists listening to a songstress. Song makes hipocrisy grown in the heart as water does herbage" (Umdat al-Salik r.40-1) Islam also equally condemns art. Muhammad says: "Angels do not enter the house in which there is a dog or some images of living creatures."
But what about the Golden Age of Islam, you protest. It can't be denied that scientitic achievement flowed out of the Islamic world at one time but little because of Islam rather than in spite of it. Most of the culture was inspired by the non-Muslim indigenous culture. Many great artists and thinkers were Jews or Christians ie. Mainmonides/ Rambam. If Islam was so advanced, why did it enter such a steep decline that it still hasn't emerged from? Because all of the dhimmis, Jews and Christians, who made the discoveries, converted to Islam.
So what are some achievements of Islam? Narrow-mindedness, intolerance, war and barbarity. It's time for those enshakled by it to realize this.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

... and homicide bombers!!!!

Anonymous said...

So I guess the Muslim equivalent of Breslovers would...um...oh. I guess there aren't any Muslim equivalents of Breslovers.

I suppose paintings of dogs playing poker are a definite no-no, too....

-- MAOZ

/a said...

The art of making demands and threaten to behead people is truly an Islamic innovation!