Envornamentalism is about the superficiality with which we may have thought of the world in the past. Maybe we still see planting a few trees as doing our bit, or conservation as the critical value for politics and ethics of the environment.
It is an abdication of painful truth that humanity, bani al insan, needs to start seeing and being in the world differently so as to accord everyone and everything their right. For example, in line with the People's Aggreement of Cochabamba we might give all species the rights of genetic integrity.
There is another technocratic form that bureaucracies are guilty of, and that is the ticking of boxes for awards, organisational leverage or simply legislative compliance. This is second generation envornamentalism.
This second generation has caused climate change to be split in two insulated chunks, Mitigation and Adaptation. Insulated that is unless you want to pay sombody off...
Related term: Fartwar
Fartwars are those unscholarly dialectics which enhance ummahtic spastication all over the internet and in real life. Waged over relatively minor issues, but propelled to the foreground by bad politics, they are revealing of the schisms and degradation of religion that we have to deal with.
Bleadership and Mistakeholding
Bleadership and mistakeholding are damaging phenomena that are quite pronounced around here. Who do they think they are? Who do we think we are? Are we safe from eachother's tongues?
Quilliam-talk is a powerful way of accessing this dysfunction in the evolving Ummahstructure and Jamarchitecture. Through it we see how some Muslim people totally mess up and are captured in the face of power.
Their tales of capture vary, some faced difficulty and suffering, others saw opportunity, but to be charitable to them, the delusion of positive impact is common. Like the development worker regurgitating contrivances for his imperial (mi)stakeholders in the air conditioned breeze of a five star hotel. Or the crop scientist genetically mutilating wheat in Middle England in the belief he is enabling food security.
Conference of the Fools: From Majid to Usama
Majid came from the HT quadrant, Ed Husain from pretty much nowhere, Tariq Wilkinson from the posh white convert section and Usama Hasan from Salafistan, that is the community of many vowels and heavy exclusivist self identification with the Prophet's companion. Salafi's are under the most pressure now and that sufi's and others are exploiting and endangering them is a deep shame. To be fair, pro status quo salafis are doing their bit to sell the more political down the river too.
It is not that their arguments are thick, 'problematic', neoconfeed, or that they are 'native informants' or fools of the highest degree, its the betrayal that I want to dwell on here, how it is jointly produced and how it might be reduced. After all, its hard to be loyal to a social, political ummah that's quite badly led, suffocating and unimaginative. It takes some belief and spine!
Perhaps we are happy to simply append Usama to the Quilliam cussathon. Fair enough but I want more, to reflect on how we help produce these characters, in unwitting partnership with forces, events and fiddlers we cannot see.
I remember when Majid returned from prison in Egypt, he was having an isolating time and appealing internally for Hizbut Tahrir to change. Clearly this was a badly negotiated interaction and he took his nasty methods and ego elsewhere. If HT (UK) devoted half as much time to the secrets of the heart as they did to the secrets of the Islamic state...
Ed Husain was of east London and talked to some of the people he mentioned in his dreadful book. If you were lucky he'd change your name. Most tried to dissuade him, none have tried to sue him yet. He has moved from Quilliam to the Council of Foreign Relations (or something) in the USA.
Though not Quilliam, Tariq Wilkinson's contribution touches a similar spot. His knees went weak when the CPS wanted him to bear witness against a salafi sector bookseller. Most Sufi types I know cringed, though one of the more imperial ones tried to use it launch a broadside against 'Qutbism'. What a waste of resources.
With Usama (who joined the Quilliam Foundation most recently) its been a more gradual alienation/capture. Majid tried early on to capture him to his cause, but officially this didn't work as Usama would distance himself even as he drew towards an analysis that ummahtic spastication and terrorism were the same thing.
But white power had him in a bind, he didn't have the wit/skill/will to get out and we didn't really help. They had him by his roots, his father and the mosque they used to help run. Shayk Suhaib Hassan is the kind of scholar who would run a tafsir class that ran across decades. He would not pansy up at the first mention of #creepingshariah either.
I recall Usama's discomfort at being dropped in it amongst white liberal guardianship early on by an apa who shares my initials of the Sufi sector, which started the post 9/11 era with a similar position to The State.
He didn't really help matters by using ibn Arabi to talk evolution to a crowd including many psychosalafis baying for takfir. I'll call it Epistemic Autism. His community estrangement following the Evolution Imam car crash was probably a determining factor, determined by himself, ourselves, white structures of power and Shaytan.
These empowered actants of imperialism make new relationships in spaces unfamiliar to us. They do not operate by very many rules and are themselves acted on by powerful market forces. Look where bad decision making got them and look where nondecision creating gets us!
As well as meming on facebook with the wit of a dull four year old and making dignified political options possible we must investigate the resistability of capture/betrayal. As a dirty mirror, I figure that the salafi sector really needs to buck up its ideas and stop being dejected. That screechy scholar is not fit to guide my loves and you preserve and hold onto mistakes too firmly. Islam is huge, and the virtues of courage fellowship, spine and fealty can be awesome all over it. No one expects you to become a Sufi fashionista.
The production of Bleadership is social, every time we promote something stupid in the name of jamat-logic we shoot ourselves. The irresponsibility of mistakeholders is clear as we assign value to the wrong qualities and yet are shocked when we are found in the situation of leadership capture and cooption.
- Become informed, organised and mobilised about the issues
- Attend the Public Meeting in Central London on 23rd May*
- Speak to our close ones about and promote the Free Talha campaign
- Remember Talha in our prayers
- Champion the cause in our organisations
- Write to Talha (who can still receive correspondence so long as he is on these shores)
- Write to the media
- Write to your MP, make it relevant to them, it is surprising how little they know.
engage, i say engage.
Sometimes at an antiwar demonstration, I used to hear the binarising cry 'We want Welfare no more Warfare'.
Yet internals and externals are inseparable, despite the miles of insulation tape and sands. Jody MacCintyre understood this, and the need to weave sense through Imperial Austerity's twin headed injustice-making.
Looking at the mothballing of that state around me. Housing, education and pretty mush everything else. I wonder how much of the historical infrastructure of welfare is built with the bones of colonial others? What is just to expect and work toward?
At university it used to be expressed by the old classic 'I'll mention it to the shura (committee)'. Now some of the same characters working in the islamdustry.
Direct action, stop abdicating responsibility to symbols of superficialities.
Dialogical disobedience, if you have the time be sharp and nasihic.Else they'll get worse.
Saw Sami Shah perform a stand up set through Skpe to an audience in London from a hotel room in Thailand and pretty much outdo the uk asian talent. HT radioshak.
When I see deshis and desi's doing their thing, so comfortable in their skins and not in the category of ethnic mediocrity its good.