Friday, March 18, 2005

Poet to Iqbal




COMPLAINING TO IQBAL: DIALOGUE WITH THE DEAD






O Iqbal!
Your dreams of Islamic renaissance are in tatters,
In your time the tyrant was Frankish colonization,
Today the Slave Master dons the cloak of globalization,
Piercing through the iron curtain, the bamboo
curtain, the sahara and the
tropical jungles carrying a civilization of
McDonalds, KFC's and Coca Colas,
While eight hundred million people languish in famine and squalor.

You predicted the collapse of godless and materialistic Europe,
But today she is more united and mightier than the Muslim world.
Today, O Iqbal, the West is supreme and capitalism triumphantly arrogant.
Islam is the new enemy; in your time it was Bolshevism,
and today every Muslim is a potential terrorist.
You are either with the West or you are against it.
If you conform, the Slave Master’s mercy
will descend upon you, offering
bread and dust and blankets
(lest you shiver in the thunderstorm
of the New Alliance rage).
Today the Musulman is languishing
in the trap of the New World Disorder,
a New Slavery in a Borderless Prison.

O Iqbal!
I wish you have heard the guns
of Israel,
the cries from Deir Yassin, Shabra, Shatilla
and the West Bank,
the savage rumblings of Israeli tanks,
the merciless bull-dozers tearing
into Palestinian homes,
the explosions of teenage suicide bombers,
the ruthless retaliations of Zionist terrorism
(no, no, no, you cannot call it a terrorist state!)

O Iqbal!
You would weep if you know that Pakistan is now
bleeding, Kashmir is bleeding,
Chechnya is bleeding, Moroland is bleeding
and Acheh is bleeding!
And Indian Muslims are burned alive!
A Muslim holocaust is in the making.
Do you know that you cannot call the Slave Master
and his friends terrorists?
Only the victims who fight back
are terrorists,
Never mind if the Zionist media
terrorizes truth or Palestinians or Muslims.
Do you know that those who preach pluralism cannot give space to the din of Islam?
Those who preach democracy in Europe cannot accommodate it
in Indonesia, Algeria and Turkey,
lest Islam would be liberated.



O Iqbal!
Do you know that Islam is to be tolerated by the New Slave Master only if it is Christianized, Liberalized,
Secularized or Westernized?
Only if it is confined to the mosque, to mysticism,
Only if it preaches that all religions are the same.

O Iqbal!
Have you heard what George Tenet said the other day:
"The United States is mightier than
the Roman Empire and Israel
is our friend"
If you want "peace" you have to lick our shoes,
or else you will be terrorized
in the name of "peace"
Or else, we will send the thugs and robbers
to loot your banks
And then blame you for "lack of transparency"
and "poor corporate governance"


Yes, O Iqbal, the sun will rise in the West
As Musa (a.s) rose in the palace of Firaun.



(c) Muhammad Kamal Hassan
I.I.U.M. Gombak
3rd July 2002



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