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land which you have not yet trodden, and Allah has power over all things.”When people question the validity of such verses and the extent to which they are applied inmodern times, Moslem spiritual leaders shift ground. Moslem scholars, academics andintellectuals say that those were events that took place in the past against a specific tribe or some tribes and sects, and that they bear no relation to the present.Yet, they stand as threatening examples and their potential applicability still exists, as is presently evidenced in the Philippines, Kashmir, Lebanon, Cyprus, Macedonia and Serbia’sKosovo. The hostility, armed aggression, determined separation and by force of arms is awarning of the long-term objective of the Abode of Peace. The Lebanese Maronite Christiansare already on the losing end of their final battle. It is getting harder by the day to hold on totheir independence and cedar symbol, and may soon see their flag changed to reflect Islam’shold.The Lebanese Moslems are determined to change the constitution to agree with their increased ratio over the Christians. The Moslem domineering rival will eventually replace thecedar emblem on the Lebanese flag with the sectarian crescent, and add Lebanon to the ever-growing Abode of Peace of its Umma Nation. The make up of the National Assembly mightremain and be reaffirmed since it suits the one-party system per se of the traditional Arabsystem of government of Majlis Al-Shura of old. Addition of Lebanon to the Abode of Peacewill complete the link of the Arab League to be called ‘The Islamic League’, denoting that allthe Arab states are Islamic and so the rest of the member states of the League.
The so-called moderate leaders in the Islamic States of the Abode of Peace with secular tendencies usually control the military, under the watchful eye of the Conservative Power Challengers (CPC) and religious leaders. Though moderate, they are devout Moslems. Theyhold the country together by force of arms. CPC and spiritual leaders control religion. Thisleads to the formation of two opposing groups: the so-called moderate “secular” that runs thecountry and has the government reins in its hands, and the CPC “sectarian” that acts as awatchdog against the government’s un-Islamic future trends and deviation from (Al-sSaratAl-Mostaqeem) the straight path of Islam.The secular front calls for constitutional reforms based on democratic principles. Thesectarian front opposes secular reforms and advocates the Koran and the Hadeeth as the basisfor constitutional reform. Neither faction gives way. It eventually ends in a deadlock andopen confrontation. The secular faction of the government resorts to force of arms; the CPCdares them with fatwas (religious edicts), accusing their leaders of apostasy and condemningthem to death.For a while, the country whirls in a cycle of plots, coups, counter coups, assassinations,violence, imprisonment more killings and issuance of more (fatwas) by the clerics to justifytheir militant actions. The end result is ruin of their country and setback to the economy andsocial life. The conflict continues. Like a ruinous cyclone, it triggers another vicious cycle of destruction, plunging the country into economic crisis and retrogression. The present situationin Iran and Afghanistan are two vivid examples (Hiro, 1989: 57, 61, 74, 79; Pryce-Jones,1989: 330, 348; Polk, 1991:44). Somalia and Algeria are headed in the same direction.Religious authority, in an Islamic country, under the leadership of the clergy is similar incontext to any other such Islamic authority. Yet, it widely differs from country to country andsect in its interpretation and application of the law through the Koran and Hadeeth. Like for instance in Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia, Islam does not have a centralized body to canonizethe laws. Imams issue (fatwas) edicts according to their (ijtihad) diligence from Al-Azhar,