If there is one proficiency for Islam it is the ability of the gestalt to radicalize down to the smallest of human beings:
We act surprised. How is this possible?
It is possible because Islam creates tentacles which wrap around all that is good, pure and decent and the bargain struck with Allah is always a bloody one.
What is our national anthem? It is benign enough. Full of goodwill. Even with rocket’s red glare and bombs bursting in air, the song was created by the one man viewing a singular event. The song ends with a reminder regarding the land of the free and the home of the brave. We look inward toward the homeland instead of outward with a jaundiced eye toward the other man.
What are some of the anthems of Islamic republics?
Algeria? Let’s start with Algeria.
We swear by the lightning that destroys. By the virtuous and fragrant blood. By the shining fluttering banners, in the steep and majestic mountains, that we have risen in revolution in life or death and we have resolved that Algeria shall live; So bear witness, bear witness, bear witness.
We are soldiers in the name of righteousness have revolted and for our independence to war have risen. Had we not spoken up none would have listened. So we have taken the drum of gunpowder as our rhythm. And the sound of machine guns as our melody, and we have resolved that Algeria shall live; So bear witness, bear witness, bear witness.
Oh France, the time of reproach has passed; And we have closed like a book; Oh France, the day of reckoning is at hand; so prepare to receive from us our answer! In our revolution is the end of empty talk; and we have resolved Algeria shall live; so bear witness, bear witness, bear witness.
From our heroes we shall make an army come to being, and on our dead we build glory; our spirits shall ascend to immortality; And on our shoulders we shall raise the standard. To the Nation’s Liberation Front we have sworn an oath, and we have resolved that Algeria shall live; So bear witness, bear witness, bear witness.
The cry of the Fatherland sounds from the battlefields. Listen to it and heed the call! Let it be written with the blood of the martyrs; And be read to our future generations. Oh, GLory, we have held out our hand to you, and we have resolved that Algeria shall live; So bear witness, bear witness, bear witness.
Blog note: In Islam it is the blood of the martyrs which bears witness. The Shaheed is not to be bathed nor receive a funeral prayer. His wounds bear witness and he does not receive the funeral prayer because it is believed he is alive with the Lord of the Worlds.
I will place additional anthems on the page in coming days.
I doubt our American children sing the national anthem and feel the need to heed a call to arms. The same is not true with the anthems of Islam.
The agnate is Muhammad. He is the source. And his children are the heirs of his thoughts. There is no timor mortis in Islam. Death is only the beginning. Death is the bargain struck with Allah for one’s own soul.
Bear witness, bear witness, bear witness.