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Rome wasnt built on “insha’a allah”.

  • insha’a allah is the single phrase responsible for the dire situation here in the middle east. a saying that is meant to hummble ones self has been turned into the root cause of both the turbulence and the intellectual and economic stagnation prevalent in the middle east.

  • insha’a allah basically means god willing. and is something that everyone has come to adopt, and i mean everyone, muslims and non-muslims, arabs and non-arabs alike. and its used a little something like this:

  • ” so i’ll see you at the cafe at 7pm ok?”
  • “insha’a allah.”

  • doesnt seem like a big deal now does it?

  • well it isnt really, until you actually take a look at the saying.

  • “god willing” does one thing very well which is displace responsibility for ones actions.

  • granted, most people dont see it that way, and the vast majority or people do take responsibility for their actions.

  • but,…

  • at the same time, the saying does exactly what its meant to do, ie, it hummbles you in the grand scheme of things.

  • afterall who are you to go against gods will?

  • saddly its been perverted to the english equivalent of “maybe”. its actually worse than “maybe” because “maybe” still implies a decision for which one would be responsible for, where as “insha’a allah” is often ” i will if i can but its really out of my hands and up to god, and therefore not really my fault if i dont even tho i said i might”.

  • get me so far?

  • yes = affirmative decision + personal responsibility for said decision
  • no = negative decision + personal responsibility for said decision
  • maybe = decision pending + no responsibility as the pending situation is made clear

  • insha’a allah = if god wills it + …………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  • see, theres no “responsibility-for-ones-actions-factor.”

  • some will argue that it means you will do your best, and i’m sure many do try their best,….

  • but ultimately if you dont make that appointment on time like you said,….

  • no you didnt not keep your promise and neither are you a liar.

  • instead,….

  • god didnt will it, quite obviously, so can it be considered your fault for not making it or being late?

  • now do you see what i’m talking about?

  • so how does this result in the chaos that we see everywhere?

  • when bush said he wanted to democratize the middle east, critics, mostly arab, said “we dont want your democracy, we want our own!”. saddly i’ll admit that i was one of those naive enough to believe that those critics were wrong. i think i had too much faith in the arab population. but then again thats my own fault because the arabs i tend to hang out with have all been “westernized” as the mullahs would call it. they are saddly only small in numbers.

  • democracy doesnt just mean one man one vote, majority rules. its hardly ever that simple. what it does mean is that with one vote, you now have the responsibility that the one vote comes with. what you do with it is up to you. there is no maybe and no insha’a allah. you make the call, and you bear the responsibility of your decision.

  • the bush admin learned that democracy means you dont know who will come to power when hamas got elected. and now the palestinians are learning that you cant just use your vote as a protest vote. whatever made them think that the west would continue to back and pay for a government made up of people classified as terrorists i have no idea. i dont really give a shit whether they are freedom fighters or terrosits, that makes no difference to me, so dont bother argueing that point.

  • my point is that if you were in gaza to vote, why didnt you think: ok vote hamas, but since we get the majority of our money from AMERICA and EUROPE, maybe they wont be too happy. those evil jews must be waiting for a reason to cut our funding,…. so wouldnt electing someone they consider a terrorist organisation give them reason enough to do that?

  • chances are it went more like this: fatah stinks and is stealing my baby’s milk, which is true, and therefore i will vote for hamas, cos they been good and when they get in we will rise to victory,…….. insha’a allah.

  • so what happens if you dont? rise to victory that is…….

  • if that question doesnt come up in your head then no youre not ready for democracy.

  • here comes the second part of the insha’a allah thing i dont get. if you dont make it to the cafe on time, it was gods will that you didnt go right?

  • if you dont rise to victory, then surely it wasnt gods will right?

  • so that means its been 60 years and god hasnt willed a rise to victory let alone a peaceful settlement?

  • insha’a allah leads people to end speculation with that phrase. there doesnt seem to be any question of why something didnt happen.

  • try using that mentallity with your girlfriend when you dont show up at the cafe. think she’ll settle for god didnt will it?

  • insha’a allah turns people into passive beings. which is why democracy doesnt work or atleast so far hasnt worked in the arab world. on the flipside, it turns others into more aggressive people, backed up with the idea that i’ll try jumping the que cos insha’a allah i wont have to wait.

  • so when jumping the que works, and the quite philippino dude behind you doesnt say anything, you didnt do anything wrong because god willed that you jump the que.

  • rude? i’m sorry i dont understand that word.

  • this extends into a larger geopolitical landscape beyond the que into jabriya.

  • ever wonder why the middle east is made up of despotic monarchys?

  • cos someone used that line jumping mentality 100 years ago, and the rest of you said “ahhh it must be gods will that he becomes king no matter how much of an ass he is.” then the brits came and saw who was your king and spoke to him instead of you.

  • democracy doesnt work here cos insha’a allah keeps the sheep sheep and leaves the sheparding to the shepard. condescending i know but theres no other explanation.

  • but its not all bad:

  • dubai and qatar are two of the shining examples of the middle east, and yet neither of them is a full fledged democracy like here. dubai is controlled by one family, so theres no bickering between families and the makhtoums get things done.

  • qatari dude got pissed off with how his dad was handling things, so he kicked the old man out of the house, and now look at what qatar has become.

  • the only thing i like about kuwait is that the amir here did something similar. he didnt wait his turn, and it worked. but now parliament is dragging behind him slowing his progress. now i’m all for democracy and free speech but parliament here is just one big diwaniya and nothing more.

  • honestly, the kuwaiti parliament makes the british parliament look like,… well like a quaint tea party of quiet elderly accountants as opposed to the raucous mess it normally is.

  • and yet on the flip side to that is what is currently going on in iraq, palestine and lebanon. alot of blood and tears are being shed because insha’a allah we will rise to victory by jumping the que and not waiting for the next proper elections as mr ayman zawahery said today. if god wills it we will win by killing all our opponents and we wont be wrong cos it worked before which proves we are on gods side and thus that he wills it now since he is by our side now too.

  • and if he doesnt then thats ok cos he didnt will it…

  • nevermind who or how many died in the process of finding out if he did or did not will it.

  • if you think i’m full of shit, next time you ask someone to do something and they say insha’a allah, ask yourself how you feel about the reply,…. did he mean yes or no or maybe,…. or did he mean yes but i’ll take my sweet ass time?

  • wouldnt you feel better with a definitive yes or no?


  • bring on hate mail ๐Ÿ˜€ !!!

  • i’ll answer each and everyone one of your comments,… insha’a allah ๐Ÿ˜›
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3 Comments

    • The Krispy Dixie
    • Posted December 22, 2006 at 3:09 pm
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    SHOTGUN!!!!

    I hate that phrase as well… when people say that to me, and I really want an answer, I’ll press them and say “No, Not inshallah! give me a real answer!” and I nag at them till they give me one….

  1. yay! they must hate you as much as they hate me then ๐Ÿ˜›

    hehehe i love seeing their faces drop when i say NO INSHALLAH!

    • sobrietybreedscontempt
    • Posted December 28, 2006 at 5:35 pm
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    I think I’ll try the NO INSHALLAH! i’ve tried K.D’s style and it falls on deaf ears half the time. I wouldnt have ever imagined a word would make me want to strangle someone so much and have another pair of hands to simultaneously shake them by their shoulders real hard!


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