The Sling that brought down Goliath

Sep 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest, Religion, World

After the World War II, while the US celebrated its emergence as a superpower in world politics and the American youth got busy in their Hollywood fantasies, Pizza huts, Mac Donald’s, Adidas, the Japanese youth went back quietly into their redevelopment. Canon, Casio, Citizen, Fujifilm, Fujitsu, Hitachi, JVC Kenwood, Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, Nikon, Nintendo, Olympus, Panasonic, Pioneer, Ricoh, Seiko Group, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Toshiba… These are the names of the giants in the industry world and most of them came up in past 60 years i.e. after Hiroshima- Nagasaki were atom-bombed; And mind well, Hiroshima- Nagasaki’s destruction was worse than Kabul and Baghdad’s devastation.

Japan is a small nation like Prophet David, peace be upon him, of Bani Israel. US is a giant like Goliath. Japan did not give up after the tragedy. In a span of twenty years Japan conquered the US. The entire American roads were run over by Suzuki, Toyota, Mitsubishi and Honda. The ears and the attention of millions of young Americans were puffed by Sony, Panasonic giving them Jazz and Pop. Americans saw their own country through the eyes of Nikon and other cameras made in Japan. Every shop, every mall, every technology read “Made In Japan“. Except that you were born American, the rest of your life was structured and governed by Japan. From washing machine to cars and mobiles, the Americans got addicted and obsessed by “Made in Japan

This is making an entire nation submit to your “Technological Culture”. This is called an Economical Victory, a Cultural Victory, without any weapons. Like David throwing his sling and bringing down the Giant Goliath, Japan hurled many slings in the form of technology. The most wonderful part of this war is that Japan won America without defeating it.

Something similar also had happened to the ancient Baghdad after it was invaded and devastated by the Mongols. Ibn Kathir says in one day 60 thousands Muslims were butchered at the hands of Mongols. But in 1295 a Buddhist named Maḥmūd Ghāzān declared himself Muslim, compelling other Mongol notables to follow suit. His patronage of Islamic learning fostered such brilliant writers as Rashīd al-Dīn, the physician and scholar who authored one of the most famous Persian universal histories of all time. Even Genghis Khan’s grandson Berke converted to Islam. Don’t forget that Genghis Khan was the one who destroyed Baghdad.

In the history of mankind this is a unique landmark. An entire army including its kings, princes, nobles and warriors, after defeating, destroying and looting a nation, themselves adopted the faith, culture, festivals and the life style of the defeated army.

Baghdad and Kabul are once again invaded and devastated. But the sling that the Muslims possess is of better quality and promised to give better results during crises. It is more guaranteed than all the “Made in Japan” products put together. That sling is ISLAM. If the Baghdadis of 1220s can do it why can’t the Baghdadi’s of 2012? If the entire Mongols can convert to Islam, why can’t the entire American army? The Americans need Islam more than they need the Japanese cars and mobiles. Look at their lives. See their crime statistics; study their divorce rates and reasons, broken families, violence in the streets and campus. Jimmy Swaggert, the noted evangelist says that America has 25 Millions of drunkards and 25 millions of heavy drinkers and for me both are same. The issue of drugs is a real one too. Americans need Islam. This sling is more effective than any violent processions. The Qur’an itself suggests:

“Repel evil with that which is better and you will see the person with whom you had enmity will be your fast friend” (Surah Fussilat).

Nisaar Yusuf Nadiadwala

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Nisaar Yusuf Nadiadwala is an Islamic scholar and speaker for the past 10 years. His passion to serve Islam made him choose Dawah as his profession.

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  1. I don’t understand that we know that Japan bought technology to US and everyone are addicted to it but for Mongols,how it happened? Because Japanese influence is spreaded by Japanese own hand but in Mongol’s situation, there is no effort.

  2. Mashallah very good & though provoking article. To hurdled Sling(ISLAM) great deal of effort is required by Muslims . Unfortunately Modern day Muslim himself is astray from Islam.

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