It is claimed that in an Islamic nation, the “non-Muslim minority” (if we do accept the bad translation) is treated as “dhimmi.” In the Western mind this means “second-class citizen.”
But did you know that in the liberal and tolerant West, a Muslim born in the land can be stripped of his citizenship, thrusting him into second-class or third-class status in an instant?
This is what Haroon Siddique reports for the BBC:
Individuals could be stripped of their British citizenship without warning under a proposed rule change quietly added to the nationality and borders bill.
Clause 9 – “Notice of decision to deprive a person of citizenship” – of the bill, which was updated earlier this month, exempts the government from having to give notice if it is not “reasonably practicable” to do so, or in the interests of national security, diplomatic relations or otherwise in the public interest.
So, just like that, one can lose his or her citizenship “without warning.”
Of course, this is not peculiar to the UK. Many have noted that the “citizen tests” one could find throughout Europe, like those in Germany, which ask about your respect for “democracy” and so on, have created a sort of “identity liberalism.” This identity liberalism, armed with “aggressive integrationist policies,” specifically targets Muslims who, by refusing these liberal dogmas, fail the citizen tests and automatically are considered to be illiberals, and therefore, second-, third-, or fourth-class citizens. Indeed this is a universalism which excludes Muslims and any other illiberal persons.
As the author of the article put it, the new situation of revoking citizenship is even more draconian than the case of Shamima Begum, the infamous UK-born lady who joined ISIS. Begum was given notice about her situation by the UK. But now there will be no more “notice” or pseudo-administrative drama involved in the process.
Frances Webber, the vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations, said: “This amendment sends the message that certain citizens, despite being born and brought up in the UK and having no other home, remain migrants in this country. Their citizenship, and therefore all their rights, are precarious and contingent.
This is the interesting part: “…despite being born and brought up in the UK and having no other home, remain migrants in this country.” Basically, a Muslim is legally considered an eternal “migrant” in the West. This is all the more egregious given how the Muslim refugee crisis has been created by belligerence of the West and their never-ending wars.
Of course, this is not peculiar to the UK, Europe, or even the liberal West as a whole. Hindu nationalists in India also target Muslims through citizenship. Israel and China as well.
All of this should remind the Muslim that contemporary secular systems of government are not the bastions of superior justice and universal equality that they claim to be. Quite the contrary. The Muslim who abandons Islam by promoting or championing such ideological systems will lose in this life and the next.
Keeping all of this in mind, in Qur’an 3:118 Allah does warn us:
O you who have believed, do not take as guides/protectors those other than yourselves [i.e., believers], for they will not spare you [any] ruin. They wish you would have hardship. Hatred has already appeared from their mouths, and what their breasts conceal is greater. We have certainly made clear to you the signs, if you will use reason.