First of all, allow me to give you a small idea about my father.
He is religious, but he is cool, he is not trying to force his faith on anyone, although he did try to convince some of my friends to convert.
In summer 2012, I decided to talk to my dad about Anarchism, I wanted to explain to him what it means, why I believe in it, and how it sees the world!
I tried to explain to him, how the liberation of Palestinians is part of humans liberation process, and how all causes all over the world are connected in one way or another.
I started by talking about governments, about how liberation movement replaced the foreign colonialist oppressor with a local oppressor, working to serve the interest of the colonialist. Then I talked about the workers controls over the means of production, and how peasant should own the land they farms, working together to enhance it.
I of course talked about the Spanish revolution, about the republican and of course about the communist treason, about how the fascist and communist couldn’t tolerate sight of people ruling themselves. Finally, I told him how he himself, lived in Anarchist society without even realizing it, and how much he loved it.
“Do you remember the first Intifada, before the PLO hijack it? before the money find its way to the young youth!?”
“Yes, good Old days, you were so young and ……………”
“Dad, its not about me!, what you lived back then was a committees based society, a society divided into smaller communities interacting between each other, to deliver what is best to the nation, the community took care of itself, when people took care of each other!”
At this moment, I think I received the answer i didn’t expect,
“All what you said son are greats, all conforms with the true teaching of Islam”
Maybe I should have started with the “No God, No Master” part.
Note: Although Islam is less patriarchal than Christianity, it’s still centralized and patriarchal on many levels! Add to that in the last few years the Islamist factions and regimes around the “Arab” world, are making Islam more patriarchal and more “Christianity” like faith, to maintain their powers over the people! “will talk about this in different post!”