Soon after the WW II when the Allied forces were completing their withdrawal and freeing many more colonies that they were in occupation; President Colonel Jamal Abdul Nasser of Egypt in order to generate revenue came up with an idea to nationalized the Suez Canal. On this Western powers felt offended as their only free trade route connecting East with the West was now seen as restricted. Finding Jamal Abdul Nasser adamant to keep a control over Suez Canal, they waged a war against Egypt in 1956 and after a bloody war Egypt was defeated at the hand of Israelis.
US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chieftain of all the Allied Forces came in for the settlement of war in which Jamal Abdul Nasser had to fore go his country rights over Suez Canal. Finding it a bleak situation for him and his populace movement of Pan Arabism; he eventually ditched his Pan Arabism sword in Suez Canal which he had once raised to unite the Arabs. Now defeated, he was at the mercy US President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower did not take the route of humiliation of Arab world leaders, rather he made Egypt an ally and an exclusive US outpost in Middle East where all other Arabs Emirates and kingdoms were placed as western protectorates.
The famous saying of Arabs abasement by President Eisenhower will always be remembered putting the entire Arab world to shame, when asked as how this will run; his sayings was; ‘police head quarter of Arabs to be in Washington and kings princes and emirates to police the Arab streets.’
Ever since we see the successive dictatorial regimes in the entire Arab world and even in the most testing times of wars, Suez Canal has remained open as a free highway. Kingship and authoritarian regimes have been running for last 50 years and now, West has felt a necessity to see a change of dictatorial faces in Arab world and hence we are witnessing a systematic regimes changes. To start with Saddam Hussein was deposed and then in a wave of a political storm named as Arab Spring; Libya Qaddafi was eliminated, there is a change in Algeria and we are about to see a change of regime in Syria where a civil war is on. Egypt a staunch US ally had to bear with regime change of Mubarak but somehow an unwanted element of Brotherhood came on surface which has now duly been replaced.
Iran is successfully contained from its all four sides and is fixed up in strict sanctions and left to bleed and deplete. Pakistan the only nuclear state in Islamic world is facing a severe energy crisis. It is found gripped in anarchy spread by Saudi-US sponsored Jihadi terrorists culture creating a law and order situation by staging target killings of security forces and are bent to undermine and challenge government writ in all walks of life. Pak Armed forces are the only force of keeping its four provinces united but it is grossly being undermined and humiliated under a measured plan. Country is brought to the brink of disintegration. Cracks are very much showing.
Brotherhood Islamist regime in Egypt is although placed deposed but it is fighting back to regain its power through street agitation. Turkey is presently ruled by the Justice and Democratic Party –AKP. Abdullah Gul is first Islamist President along with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In both the countries, west sees the rise of regimes of political Islam with its sharia Laws in making using the western democratic ladders.
Brotherhood in Egypt were seen more enthusiasts and in a hurry to enforce Islamic laws against the most liberal and secularist society of Egypt. Islamist simply forgot that they barely enjoyed a 1% margin of mandate over its opposition in Egypt. Once in power Brother hood totally ignored the opposition and denyied the fair share of government. This generated unrest and eruption of massive protests throughout the country against brotherhood president Mohamed Misri; whereby military moved in and deposed the President. Brotherhood is trying to regain their position and is fighting back through street protests. Unrest is prevalent and it has divided a seemingly peaceful country into two, Secularist and orthodox Muslims. Although unrest prevails but anarchy as such seems averted….. at least for the time being.
Under the AKP, Turkey also has transformed from a secular state into an Islamic country with 85,000 active mosques – one for every 350- citizens – the highest number per capita in the world, 90,000 imams, more imams than teachers and physicians – and thousands of state-run Islamic schools.
Despite the rhetoric of European Union accession, Turkey has transferred its alliance from Europe and the United States to Russia and Iran. It has moved toward friendship with Hamas, Hezbollah, and Syria and created a pervasive anti-Christian, anti-Jewish, and anti-America animus throughout the populace. Here too unrest is seen throughout in the country where on government plan to disallow people to use alcohol in the public in Public Freedom Park…. Gezi and eventually after a prolonged protest government has to avert its orders and to restore its Status.
At the face of it, both the countries can be said; Muslim countries but at its base are turned into secularists society. Sooner the Islamist came in power the orthodoxy started showing its true colours; notwithstanding that people turned secularists under western influence may not change overnight. They need to go slow; moving from one province to other by setting good example practices of Islam. There is no need to ram their kind of Islam down the throat of people and inculcating their Jihadi culture.
Allah says ‘there is no compulsion in religion and right stands distinct from wrong’….. Islam by its nature gives an ample time and chance to the people to weigh between the two describe here as right and wrong; before they accept it. God never wanted the mankind to accept the teaching of Islam without explanation by logic and reasoning. Islam being divinely religion is bound to show up its beauty displayed in its good practices on ground.
Anyhow what is the hurry? Does God ever admonished the believers to hurry up the process of Islamization or ever created a ‘Now or Never Scenario’ at any stage… Our answer would be… Big NO. Brotherhood in Egypt has taken a long struggle of some 94 years before it came in power. Same is the case with Turkey. But not withstanding that Islam was never spread by cultivating Jihadi formula of terror and fear among the masses or coercing them into submission as being exercised by most of the present day Islamist movements. They are totally ignoring the fact that Islam may spread and people of today will only prefer its way of life ; when pursued through logic and reasoning.
Islamist carrying the flags of Islam may be eager and in the haste to come to the power but not the God Almighty, who bestowed this religion Islam to the mankind. The Power hungry Islamists may be fulfilling their personal greed.
One wise man from Turkey, Fatehullah Gulen ; who is known to be playing active part in advocating the restoration of the Ottoman Empire and the due Islamization of the Western World has a message to share with all the Islamist movements:
‘You must move in the arteries of the system without anyone noticing your existence (by setting good examples) until you reach all the power centres … until the conditions are ripe, they [the followers] must continue like this. If they do something prematurely, the world will crush our heads, and Muslims will suffer everywhere, like in the tragedies in Algeria, like in 1982 [in] Syria … like in the yearly disasters and tragedies in Egypt. The time is not yet right. You must wait for the time when you are complete and conditions are ripe, until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it … You must wait until such time as you have gotten all the state power, until you have brought to your side all the power of the constitutional institutions in Turkey … Until that time, any step taken would be too early—like breaking an egg without waiting the full forty days for it to hatch. It would be like killing the chick inside. The work to be done is [in] confronting the world. Now, I have expressed my feelings and thoughts to you all—in confidence … trusting your loyalty and secrecy.’
Theme of the matter is that Just go slow…wait until we can shoulder the entire world and carry it..and remember: Run deep Run silent..!