Saturday, April 10, 2010

Part I: The Beginning

It was thousands of years ago, some where in the Middle East, in the middle of the desserts and the mountains lived a group of people called the Arabs. They were an uncivilized and uneducated clan, barbaric creatures who lived in chaos. These people stole from one another, killed each other, raped their women and died of diseases brought upon them by germs and viruses. It was a crumpling society where there existed no laws and no fear of consequences.
One day an Arab man, a genius, decided that he was going to change the way things were in this place where he lived. His name was Mohammad and he was wiser, brighter, smarter than the rest and whose thinking was above his peers. He saw the way his people were self destructing and envisioned a better life for all of them. His goal was to find a way to help them, this Arab race, to become better, stronger and Civilized.
The first thing that Mohammad needed to do was to instill fear into the people in order for them to follow his guiding to a better life. Mohammad's genius plan started as he dived into the unknown, somewhere where no one had any inkling of idea how things worked, the world and the universe. Mohammad's idea was to create a thing above all, so powerful and strong that one could not even see, touch or feel and that would be why they would fear it. He named it God and told people that this is who created the world and the universe. He stated to the people that since God is the one who created the world, naturally he was the ruler of it and there are certain rules and guideline that he demands from his people to follow. Mohammad's plan was masterful, because he managed to come up with consequences to those who did follow God's rules and those who did not. Again, it had to be something that the people could not see, feel or touch, so his idea of after death consequences worked perfectly. This way people would not know what their fate will be until they die, therefore they have their entire life to try to be good.
Because the people were uneducated and simple, Mohammad had to only provide some simple tricks for them to believe the existence of God. Yet, mostly they fell for it because they were desperate for something to believe in, they needed goodness and they needed faith. Another big contributor to Mohammad's success was that he was a good and decent person, he cared about others and the people could see and feel that.
Through God, Mohammad conveyed to the Arab people that stealing, cheating, lying and killing others are bad acts, calling them sins, and if any one commits any of those sins, they will be punished by God. And no one wanted to be punished by God because that would mean burning in the fires of hell as Mohammad had informed them. Mohammad taught the people about honesty, forgiveness, responsibility and commitment. He also educated them on good deeds such as helping the poor, and lending a had to their neighbors, acts which would help them build a strong case to enter paradise after death. Mohammad presented himself as the messenger from God and would bring to the people the requests and demands of God as the need arises. Now that Mohammad had fear on his side, he could guide the people toward health, order and peace. The Arab society was finally beginning to move toward civilization.
The Arabs were violent and angry people so the first thing that they would benefit from was meditation, therefore Mohammad organized praying to God. Five times a day they would push all thoughts out of their minds, clearing it of negative and disturbing waves. Their focus on quiet and united attention on one thing only, between the hustle and bustle of their day, calmed them. And finally, at the end of each prayer they would focus on a wish or a desire (which we all learned while reading "The Secret" that focusing on your goal brings you closer to it). This invention of Mohammad grounded the people and provided them with peace and tranquility.
The reason for many diseases and early deaths was that the Arabs were dirty people who rarely bathed, so Mohammad brought down a new message from God. The message stated that to maintain respect for God, one must be clean while standing in prayer in front of him. That is when Mohammad introduced them to the act of "Vuzu" where each person must wash themselves in a specific way (which covers most bases of the body) before each prayer. The Arabs were washing their hands, feet, arms and faces five times a day, increasing their chance of living a healthy life.
The next thing to tackle was the excessive raping of women by the men. The only solution Mohammad could come up with at the time was to cover up the women so that the men would not get aroused by seeing their bodies and hair. He introduced the people to a new message from God, stating his demand for women to cover themselves with cloth at all times when they are in the presence of a male who is not their father, brother, uncle or husband. He chose the age of 9 for girls to start covering, maybe because that was when the girls started to arouse the men. By not being able to see the women's sexy arms, luscious ankles and mouth watering hair, more and more men refrained from attacking and raping them.
There were many wars during the time of Mohammad, which left many women widowed who did not have anybody to take care of them. Because of his big heart Mohammad decided that the men should take care of these husbandless women. He conveyed yet another message from God stating that men are allowed to have up to four wives at a time. This way women who had lost their husbands in war had a man to take care of them and their children.
Although Mohammad said that the reason God wishes for his people to fast for one month was in order for them to understand and feel connected to the hungry and to the poor, the untold reason was the cleansing of the people's bodies. The unhealthy eating habits of the Arabs was a contributor to weight gain and physical risk factors. Mohammad was not a doctor, but as a genius he felt that a month of cleansing will benefit the people live a happier and healthier life. He decorated fasting with celebrations to make it more attractive to those who loved food.

Mohammad was a genius and a kind hearted man who saved the Arab nation from crime and disease by telling them white lies. Read on and in the next parts you will find out how his good deeds were turned against the people he tried to save.


Shaghayeg-Ghanbari said...

Honey, I enjoyed readying Part I. I'm going to ready part two after I leave you this comment. I liked the fact that you went deep inside of the Islamic laws and analyzed them.
I do agree that the Islamic laws were and still is very very good for the Arabs.Especially, when Mohammad stopped Arab men from burying their infant daughters alive!!!!
However,I do not agree that he was a good man. He was very smart as a leader, but I think he was a young man who was ready to use any opportunity to gain power.
Also, he didn't create most of Islamic laws, rituals, and ideas. Many of them, or I should say most of them were already created in Christianity and Judaism.
For instance, praying 5 times a day is a Jewish law which is still being practiced by the Orthodox Jews around the world. Also the Hijab concept was also Jewish. Both Jewish and Christians practice fasting in different times of the year for one month, just like Mohammad advised.
So, yes I agree with you when you say Mohammad was very very smart as he was successful in implementing and using the laws of other religions and calling it a religion of his own. But a good man? I don't know.

Peymon said...

Awesome analogy. I like the way you link the bad habits of Arabs in 1400 years ago with the current Islamic laws, so insightful.
Just a comment on the fasting, I think Mohammad stole this tradition from Jews, just like the way he got lots of other habits: banning eating pork, setting Friday as to be the weekend, describing how heavens look like and many other examples.
Again, I enjoyed reading your post and look forward to your future posts.

Anahita said...

Shabi joonam, I enjoyed reading this. Please keep writing…
Well well well…Frankly I’m not sure if Mohammad was just a shrewd person or a real schizophrenic who thought that he really talks to god. Either way the outcome is what matters. I have very strong positions about his “kind heartedness” and “good deeds”, specially when it comes to women: If you’ve got a disloyal wife, first warn her. If it didn’t work, beat her (lightly). Aaahhh…So kind of him….Here is the exact quote from Sureye Nesa, Aye 34: “As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (next), refuse to share their beds (and last) beat them (lightly)”.
And what’s up with women getting half of inheritance as men. I don’t care how they sugar code it, but it is what it is. It’s so freaking unjust and unfair. If a person dies and have no kids, his mom gets one third and his dad gets two third. (Sureye Nesa, Aye 11: Now maybe I had not been so furious about this 3 months ago, but I’m telling ya…There is no pain comparable to the physical pain of labor and delivery for fathers. There is just no comparison…And I challenge whoever disagrees. Then also back in the day with no epidural and no vicodin. Mr. Mohammad how dare can you say the mother gets half of what father gets? I know that devoted muslims justify this by saying that men were the money makers. Well, screw that. Women were the homemakers and guess what? If I was given a choice between giving birth and being a shepherd, I would definitely go with the latter.
According to “Tarikh-e Tabari” Vol 1, pages 1770 to 1780 (and Tabari was one of their guys, a historian and a theologian) Mohammad had 11 wives and 18 Seeghe. The youngest one was the 6-year old Ayeshe. And it wasn’t like that she was an orphan or anything. She was the daughter of Aboobakr. They say she was one of the most beautiful Arab girls. If getting married to a 6 year old isn’t rape then I don’t know what is…

sabet said...

Good stuff