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Omar.jpg smallTo the degree a man withdraws from community, 

God withdraws His divine guidance.

It has been written and accepted by many that God created Eve because “It is not good for man to be alone”.  I dare say the reverse is also true and further implies that it is ‘bad’ to go without the companionship of a mate and/or fellow human creatures. These are facts that medical science has since confirmed in many realms of research.   I posit therefore that going forth to ‘multiply and subdue the earth’ is a joint venture that requires families as opposed to the surrogate pathocracies of socialism (collectivism).  Furthermore, I also posit that it is simply not an acceptable option to excuse oneself permanently in order to seek God and escape the responsibility of being your family’s keeper — which is an obligation that extends to the community.

Accordingly, God delimits His presence and that of His ministering spirits (angels) which then permits permanently assigned Marabout God-seekers to better communicate and commune with reprobate jinn.  Hence, communities of such anchorites, who wish to escape the responsibilities of ‘family keeping’, easily mistake the companionship of jinn for angels according to the spiritual law of inverse proportion.  They even marry them; this is on the record. However, such a pathological application reflects how crucial and deeply ingrained the instinctive drive for family keeping and generation has been implanted in man by the Almighty.

Nevertheless, the purpose for communal living is not to seek God, but rather to do God’s Will by means of the divinely imposed trial of being accountable to one’s fellow creatures, beginning, of course, with the family unit.  Without the challenge of this restraint, man’s imagination runs wild with disordered fancies magnified by jinn who love to inhabit the isolated domains of monks or the cults of life’s alleyways, underworlds and byways of modern urban anonymity; not to mention mortuaries like Westminster Abbey.  Such colonies, especially those called ‘Catholic’, incessantly seek exclusion from civil laws with tax exemptions and sexual norms, in particular, the latter being an inveterate form of peculiar exceptionalism.  When given a free hand, they often foment sedition and even seduce children from the faith of their parents because they consider themselves above the natural law of parenthood due to an advanced state of piety.   I’m not referring to the ‘Mother Theresas’ of the world, though it may stand true for those who’ve assumed their mantles.

Holiness is a term that literally means ‘reserved for God’ and it is highly unlikely that men and women who avoid civil accountability—which is the normative social basis for the challenge of faith—can be considered God’s reserves.  The recent revelations of enormous insults to pediatric constituencies by the clergy—including institutionalized murder and coverup—bears witness to the truth of this thesis.  After all, reserves are forces called upon in times of distress and not a cause of trans-generational deprecation and hardened depravity.

Accountability, however, especially within the community of Islam, is a requirement of life membership and fellowship because without it man inevitably loses the balance of taqua due to a number of jinn-tonics brewed in metaphysical distilleries. Muslims have also traditionally failed the requirement of being their brothers’ and sisters’ keepers in authentic social settings; a venue that is purposely filled with God’s trials of both faith and intention.

I posit that the environments that so-called ‘ascetics’ establish are artificial constructs apologized for on the basis of an unhealthy ‘self-denial’ that allegedly brings them closer to God.  But if that were God’s intention he would have left Adam a randy bachelor or perhaps made Catholic celibacy with a side-dish of perversion a requirement for his prophets.  Nothing could be further from the truth when one considers the commands given to Eve and Adam or the lives of His many messengers, all of whom were intimately involved with the world at large and most of whom were polygamists—especially the Major Prophets like Jesus. The ‘Essene’ mentality, therefore, is a religious absurdity that runs amok among those who delight in effete devotee seduction.  It is a potent libation filled with symbolic doctrines, allegories, myths and the romantic fancies that alluringly lead men and women towards ‘Lord of the Ring’ carnivals of overcompensation for deviant imaginations; far from the common sense of Divine Guidance.[1]

Mennonites, Hutterites & Amish

The longest standing and truly Christian Communities are the rural havens of the Mennonite, Hutterite and Amish clans of North America.  These are agrarian communes of patriarchal families committed to fundamental Christian principles and earth-husbandry in its many forms.  Harvard University’s Sociology Department commissioned a study some years ago to determine the ‘whys’ and hows’ they withstood the onslaught of Materialism for three Centuries while maintaining autonomy, integrity and longevity when all other utopian ventures failed. [2]

They determined that the deciding factor was not doctrine but rather the continuum of concerted efforts these communities exerted to guarantee the following benefits:

1.      That none of its members were in need of basic human amenities;

2.      That all were educated;

3.     That their methods of husbandry remained current but did not disturb or destroy the natural environment (= sustainability).

4.      That everybody actually worked for individual and community welfare.

In other words, there were no shirkers or pot-bellied intellectuals or imams collecting tithes or inflated salaries for discussing heavenly matters of no earthly significance.  Actually, religion was the least significant factor excepting that its fundamental principles of social import were actually expressed by deeds.  Leadership was also low on the totem pole of their success because almost any community member was capable of taking up where another left off without nomination.

Of interest was that, except for commerce, each commune’s leadership kept the community isolated-from rather than integrated-with the secular world; which speaks some good for apartheid policies; something Zionist rally against intellectually and legally[3] but practice by deed in Israel, as do Middle East Arabs in the Gulf States.  They also prevented usurious expansion and proselytizing, although sons and daughters did migrate to establish new communes.  The movement’s leaders protected the integrity of the community by maintaining borders of ‘self’- and ‘other’-hood via religious indoctrination and the prevention of evil (secular) intrusions. Thus, they forbade evil and ensured good which are Islamic mandates.

Secular communities wanted no part of Mennonite Hutterite or Amish discipline and generally left them in peace.  At the same time, respect and admiration for the clans did develop but took several generations of tenacity with increasing prosperity in the face of all odds and the lack of modern conveniences.  Most of their communities refused public utilities and modern modes of transportation until recently, and even now it is done on the basis of necessity without ostentatious abuse.  They also forbade/forbid TV, which is not an insignificant non-influence leading to their robustly established track record.

The success of this economy of equitable fellowship continually prospers for 8-10 generations (400 years plus), despite the onslaught of modernist and post-modernist futility.  Again, the key is not religion but rather common-sense fellowship that required the entire community to be each other’s keepers [4] in clear contradistinction to the pathological attitude of the biblical character of Cain, whom many admirers of Western culture and subcultures imitate.

The Harvard study was secular (i.e. religiously non-aligned) and the results speak for themselves.  That Mennonites and Amish followed moral codes of conduct goes without speaking but when sociologists evaluated their data, this was not the major cause of success because many other failed utopian communes also behaved morally.  The chief qualifier for success was this: the individual members of these communities actually helped each other on a continuum and enjoyed doing so.  In addition:

1.      they did not practice usury;

2.      the men did not abandon women and children to their own devices;

3.      they made equitable distributions of profit;

4.   they practiced an economy best described by the phrase: ‘waste not want not’, which included time and labor.

They were commonly known as the ‘Plain People’ at first because their lifestyle was and remains completely un-embellished (no jewelry: sorry ladies).

Clearly, God did not withdraw His Guidance from these people. This cannot be said for most other communities I’ve encountered, including Muslims.  Am I implying that Muslims are deluded ascetics who’ve withdrawn from the society of the responsible?  In a sense, yes, because they withdrew from the practical responsibilities of fellowship, education, industry and commerce and cannot meet their own needs let alone those of their neighbors.  Muslim preoccupation with religious fetish rather than practicum has created a global community of consumers addicted to form rather than substance, indicating also that survival came to depend on booty (charity), subterfuge and traditional Ali Baba hypocrisy.  This quite bluntly is pathological fetishism-in-action, which Harvard sociologists suggested was the major causative factor for the failure of all other utopian communes in their study.  There is a lesson here.

The leaders and citizens of every ‘failed’ utopian effort spent time and resources on the discussion and dissemination of dogma, hypothesis and ideas rather than on the deeds of practical application.  Ritual and sophistry became paramount while the real work of maintaining the community went unattended.  Basic needs were provided for as long as charitable booty held out, but personal responsibility was cast upon unspecified waters (‘society at large’) without consequent provision-for and administration-of networks requiring personal accountability; much like the now failing American Government.  When loot proffered by philanthropists ran dry, dogma mattered little to utopian seeking sheep, who then wandered off to greener pastures.  This sounds a lot like today’s liberals (the flower children of the 1960s), or desert Arabs moving on to Iraq, Iran, India, the Magrib and Granada after exhausting the tithes of Egypt and their own God-given peninsula.  The trouble for most Semites, however, is that there are no more ‘greener pastures’.  This certainly leaves their majorities wallowing in a squandered backwater heritage: the failure to sustainably exploit and responsibly utilize God-given wealth.

The closest thing to successful Islam I have yet to see on the face of the earth are North American Mennonite, Hutterite and Amish Communities.  Here is why I say this:

·        they live in peace;

·        command the respect of neighboring unbelievers;

·        have little or no crime or immorality;

·        survive in the midst of a materialist society without assimilating moral, social or economic chaos;

·        are financially independent and prosperous without reliance upon the government;

·        have little to no poverty;

·        are autonomous communes with an impressive and unassailable individual/collective integrity

·        are clean; nowhere do you see rubbish or slap-dash hovels utilized for anything.

·        The men are fit, virile, long-lived and without vice. 

·        The women are icons of modesty and home-spun industry. 

·        Their character and history is almost universally unimpeachable, except for the few bad apples that fall from every tree. 

These good people outpaced all other Christian sects as well as Islam for the following reasons:

·         They are not an aberrant sect.  They are as pure to the doctrine of Prophet Isa (Jesus) as can be expected in light of Christian history and have no vestiges of idolatry in their worship; not even the Cross.

·         They put the Spiritual Laws into actual practice: they are not talkers but doers of faith.

With the exception of the Trinitarian Doctrine and their mode of worship, all other differences between their religion and important Islamic Doctrines are trivial.  I fully expect (pray) that when the judgment of God falls upon America, most of these communities will be spared the horseman’s wrath.

After giving you this living example, there’s little more to say about the Law of Community except to admonish all readers to stop talking and start doing.  It is more than possible for Muslims to establish enclaves of Islam in a similar manner, and I have seen a few initiatives of great promise moving in this direction; including Imran Hosein’s initiative, the ‘Muslim Village’.  May Allah guide Muslims away from the neo-patriarchy of the accepted social noxiousness and pretense and towards continual success in authentic communion with the Divine Purpose for community.

NOTES:

[1]       . . . The most frequently indicated and long-known of these is the asthenic psychopathy, which appears in every conceivable intensity,  from  barely  perceptible  to an obvious pathologic deficiency.  These  people,  asthenic  and  hypersensitive,  do  not indicate the same glaring deficit in moral feeling and ability to sense a psychological  situation as do essential psychopaths.  They are somewhat idealistic and tend to have superficial pangs of conscience as a result of their faulty behavior.  On  the average, they are also less intelligent than normal people, and their mind avoids consistency and accuracy in reasoning. Their psychological worldview is clearly falsified, so their options about people can never be trusted.  A kind of mask cloaks the world of their personal aspirations, which is at variance with what they are actually capable of doing. Their behavior towards people who do not notice their faults is  urbane, even friendly; however, the same people manifest a preemptive hostility and aggression against persons who have a talent for psychology, or demonstrate knowledge in this field.  The asthenic psychopath is relatively less vital sexually and is therefore amenable to accepting celibacy; that is why some Catholic monks and priests  often  represent  lesser  or  minor cases  of  this  anomaly.  Such  individuals may very  likely have inspired the anti-psychological attitude traditional in Church thinking.   – Political Ponerology, op. cit. p. 134

[2]          See: Heavens on Earth: Utopian Communities in America, 1680-1880, by Mark Holloway.

[3]       AIPAC Lobby, Southern Poverty Law Center and ADL are typical examples.

[4]     The sociologists determined that the most important activity that secured the longevity of these communes was the singular fact that each community held weekly meetings in order to determine and provide for the needs of its members. This singular factor segregated them from all other failed groups subjected to scrutiny.