Converses of Wisdom

610938075I redacted, amended and enlarged an old Poem I had written quickly featuring a play of discourses between a narrator and many interlocutors of differing faiths, beliefs and political persuasions. The old poem was called a ‘Converse of Wisdom’, but I decided to rename it ‘Converses of Wisdom’ to illustrate the many conversations being had, and how each line was the converse of the other. Of course, it could be said that the poem guides one to deal with interlocutors who make arguments which are the converses of wisdom.

Converses of Wisdom

The Skeptic said “What if you are wrong?”

I said “What if I am right?”

The Atheist said “How is there a Creator?”

I said “How is there a Creation?”

The Christian said “Love God and worship Jesus”

I said “Love Jesus and worship God”

The Jew said “God will always be true to his covenant with us”

I said “Have you been always true to your covenant with God?”

The Buddhist said “The purpose of life is to discover Enlightenment”

I said “Enlightenment IS to discover the purpose of life”

The Polytheist said “I worship gods that hear me and intercede with the almighty God”

I said “I worship the one God, who is mighty enough to hear me without intercessors”

The Secularist said “Politics, Wars and killing for religion is bad”

I said “Politics, Wars and killing for materialism is evil”

The Evolutionist said “The universe created life by itself, without need for God”

I said “Did the universe create itself without need for God?”

The Democrat said “The majority must rule”

I said “But what will rule the majority?”

The Nationalist said “The Nation comes first, before God”

I said “God was first, before the Nation”

The Conservative said “Why don’t Muslims assimilate into our culture?”

I said “Because your culture demands assimilation”

The Patriot said “I support my country, right or wrong”

I said “A country has no right to be supported in wrong”

The Liberal said “Humans should be only individuals, free from oppression, and equal”

I said “You ‘free’ Individuals only from their humanity, to oppress each other equally”

The Communist said “The world is only matter, and society is the highest good”

I said “A society that is only worldly, has no higher good that matters”

The Zionist said “Palestinians desire the end of Israel’s existence”

I said “Desire for the existence of Israel, has ended Palestine”

The Neo-Conservative said “I believe WE are the superior Civilization”

I said “Your belief makes you the inferior Civilisation”

The American politician said “We resist only terrorism and those who use violence”

I said “You only use violence to terrorise those who resist”

The French Politician said “We have banned wearing the Niqab to free women”

I said “You have banned womens’ freedom to wear the Niqab”

The Islamophobe said “I hate Islam, and fear for my safety from Muslims”

I said “I fear for the safety of Muslims, from those who hate Islam”

The Feminist said “Women require to be treated identically to men, because they are equal”

I said “Men and women are equal, but are they identical?”

The Radical Feminist said “We do not want Women to be told what to do by sexist men”

I said “You want women to be told what to do by sexist women”

The Pacifist said “The just way is to be peaceful”

I said “To be peaceful to the unjust, is injustice to the peaceful”

The Utilitarian said “Always choose the lesser of two evils”

I said “Then your choices will always be evil”

The Ascetic said “Leave worldly affairs, and seek God”

I said “Seek God in your worldly affairs”

The Conspiracy Theorist said “I believe ‘They’ control the World”

I said “That belief controls your world”

The Defeatist said “Do nothing, for the evil is too strong”

I said “Evil is strong because you do nothing”

The Millennialist said “Wait for a sincere leader, who will be able to help us”

I said “How can he help us, if we are not able to be led sincerely?”

The Fatalist said “Fight not against our backward state, it is God’s will!”

I said “If we fight the state of backwardness, this too is God’s will”

The Apocalyptist said “Do not ignore the signs, we are living in the end times”

I said “These are signs only that you are living in ignorant times”

The Pragmatist said “Ideally, you should embrace compromise”

I said “You should embrace an uncompromisable Ideal”

The Extremist said ‘Extreme times, calls for extreme measures’

I said ‘Extreme times comes from extreme measures’

The Modernist said ‘We should reform revelation to fit the times”

I said “We should reform the times to fit revelation”

The ‘Moderate Muslim’ said “The truth is, only following Islam moderately makes you a good person”

I said “Then you are only moderately truthful, and moderately a good person”



Categories: Islamic Beliefs (Creed), POETRY, Reflections, Revival Thought (Al Nahda), The Muslim Debate Initiative, WRITINGS

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9 replies

  1. I liked the one on conspiracy hypothesisers, but you are far off the mark with your statements about feminism.

  2. “The Modernist said ‘We should reform revelation to fit the times”

    I said “We should reform the times to fit revelation”

    And I said we should question the veracity of such revelation……etc..

  3. The best of People are those most beneficial to people. May Allah give you Sincerity and grant you all that you wish

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