There’s a large disconnect between individuals that believe that Islam is being conspired against and those who are levying legitimate arguments against those who interpret the Prophet’s teachings in light of their cultural views. On the other hand, there’s also a large group out there that has failed to accept the traditions and texts altogether due to the large stigma associated with Patriarchal or Misogynistic teachings parroted in mosques worldwide.
Islam and Muslims are definitely being attacked on a daily basis, there is no doubt. Islam represents an ancient system, code and philosophy that largely rivals and challenges Western hegemony and Imperialistic structures throughout the world. Any large power would definitely be intimidated by this, and it would go towards any length to dismantle it and discredit it by all means. This even means that if that goes towards endorsing an even more conservative and oppressive reality while toning it down with Progressives and Liberals that give pseudo-sympathy towards minorities or other countries worldwide to suppress their large frame of guilt.
On the other hand, you have centuries upon centuries of intellectual stagnation in regards to interpreting and implementing legal structures of Islamic doctrines. This is also seen with a largely fundamentalist movement that not only has disregarded these centuries of work, but seeks to “purify” its teachings by largely simplifying literal texts and culturally manipulating phrases and traditions to fit with their vision of what they want to endorse as their platform. This can be seen in any fundamentalist nation in the Muslim world and they represent a billion dollar enterprise that ironically supplies us with a largely exaggerated idea of the patriarchy and illnesses we have in our societies that existed already.
And finally, you have a large populace of Muslims out there that already are insecure about their image in the world, that are drawn to Fundamentalist ideals in a knee-jerk fashion to combat Western hegemony without reflecting upon the ideals, the reflections, and the works of scholars for centuries. These scholars not only reinvented themselves but used Islam’s principles to adapt to changing environments, as it is a dynamic philosophy that applies to every era. Instead, you have people that are largely divorced from reality, that believe emulating the Prophet through dress and through minor rituals brings them closer to their glory days, ignoring the principles that pedestal-ed their ideology to countries far beyond their reach.
Bringing upon this argument or any argument to challenge the age-old fashion of our stagnation is silenced by a culture of shame. Criticizing matters like sexual abuse, rape culture, or financial inequality is all silenced by elders that believe any self reflection is worsening our image worldwide as we have already been tarnished with lies.
This creates a culture of secrecy and dependence on brushing matters under the rug and acting like it doesn’t exist. This creates absolutely no progress and digs ourselves in a bigger hole.
It wasn’t Military might or holding onto conservative values that kept the Muslim ideology alive all these years, but the pure belief that improving one’s life and the lives of others around us is what made life worth living.
Inventions, scientific achievements, schools of thought, and other accolades we have gained over centuries were not brought by military might or land control, but by the pure altruistic philosophy of being Custodians of this earth that brought us to a transcendent Golden age.
Let us aim for that one day.