Received an email today saying that we should cut down all boxthorn trees (gharqad) because, according to a hadith (of which i do not know is authentic or not) the "Jews will use them as hiding places in the war against Muslims". It was a chain email, you know one of those, and it really inflamed me. The following was my reply:
What a load of crap. We might as well cut down all the shrubs to while we're at it, or any youngling tree that's yet to reach maturity, as long as it can hide a human body.
This is the problem with the Muslim world today -- we're too hung up over things that don't matter; COME ON -- ITS A TREE AND IT USED TO HIDE THE JEWS OMG LETS CUT THEM ALL DOWN.
The contents of emails like this are all the same, and its symptomatic of the weakness in the Muslim mind. OMG COCA COLA IS A JEWISH COMPANY. OMG MACDONALDS DONATES MONEY TO THE ZIONISTS. OMG SO-SO COMPANY'S PRODUCT HAS AN INGREDIENT IN IT THAT IS QUESTIONABLE. OMG THE WORLD IS GOING TO END BECAUSE WOMEN WEAR SHORT SKIRTS, OMG ETC ETC OMG ETC.
No one talks about the real issues afflicting Muslims, the reasons why we've seen a decline in our civilization since the Golden Age of Islam. Issues like poverty (do people even care or know what to do about the fact that the majority of ummah actually live below WTO standards of poverty?), issues like the OIC (that piece of crap organization that just showcases how divided the ummah has become), issues like a Muslim's fascination with the appearance of religiousity rather than the substance and spirit of Islam (if you don't know what i mean, that just proves that ppl are not talking about it), issues like the reconciliation between the Shiites and Sunnis, issues like the cultivation of modern Muslim financial and scientific institutions, issues like the resolution of the clash of civilizations (is there one, if yes, why does it exist, how to resolve it, if no, why was it proposed, how do we explain our position in relation to the West), issues like the sectarian violence among Muslims (we complain so much about the Jews and whine about how the West hates us but how many of us realize that the main killer of Muslims in the world today is actually Muslims).
SO MANY ISSUES THAT ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN TREES, COCA COLA, OR THE LENGTH OF THE SKIRTS MUSLIM WOMEN SHOULD WEAR.
Perhaps we deserve our place in the world, as we continue to persist to be so naive and pointless.