Islam and Communism

Dec 2015
3,700
USA
#1
Perhaps some of us are aware of the reported connections between Christianity and Communism,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_communism

Jesus Was A Socialist | The Huffington Post

But also....numerous scholars have suggested a connection between Communism and Islam,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_Orientalist_studies_in_Islam

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islamic_socialism

https://proletarianislam.wordpress.com/tag/prophet-muhammad/


Any further information on similarities or non similarities between Islam and Communism would be appreciated.


My take is as follows,

Like how some Communist Christians suggest that because Jesus was a man of the poor who preached against class segregation....that Jesus would have also been comparable to a Communist...I can see a similar argument apply to Muhammad, that because Muhammad lived a life of eating bread and giving food away and preaching against class segregation...that Muhammad exhibited some form of Communist ideology.
 
Sep 2012
9,085
India
#2
Arthur Koestler , IIRC, compared Communism with Islam. I think he said that Communism is the modern Islam and he probably had the fanaticism of the proponents of both in mind, apart from the use of the sword to spread the faith as well as the philosophy !
 
Dec 2015
3,700
USA
#4
The Mujahideen were vehemently against Communism because they did not believe in women's rights, women's education, and attempts to combat eradication and move Afghanistan into the 20th Century.
That is right. And in the late 1980s up until the collapse of the Soviet Union...Afghan Muslim Communists fought bravely and to the bitter end after learning what the Mujahideen were doing to their comrades bodies.
 
Dec 2015
3,700
USA
#5
Here are more resources related to Communism in Afghanistan, past and present,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Republic_of_Afghanistan

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_(Maoist)_Party_of_Afghanistan


Of course the Soviet Union had about 1 million fighters of Muslim background during WW2. Personally speaking I know a Muslim man from Uzbekistan who had 4 family members die in the fight against the Third Reich during WW2. The man from Uzbekistan told me one could still be a Muslim in the Soviet Union.


Numerous scholars have provided their opinion on Islam and Communism and how the two have related,

Lenin was so excited by the defeat of Russia by Japan in 1904, the failed Russian revolution of 1905, the 1906 constitutional revolution in Persia, and the 1908 Young Turk revolution in the Ottoman empire, that he wrote,

in Persia Russian counter revolution played and continues to play what amounts to a decisive role, while in Turkey the revolution was at once confronted with a counter-revolutionary coalition of the powers, Russia at their head. True, the general tone of the European press and of the diplomatic statements would appear to contradict this. If we are to believe these statements and the semi-official press, there is universal “sympathy” with regenerated Turkey, a universal desire to see her constitutional regime strengthened and developed, general praise for the “moderation” of the bourgeois Young Turks. All these fine words, however, are typical of the base bourgeois hypocrisy of Europe’s “present-day” reactionary governments and present-day reactionary bourgeoisie.


https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/02/famous-communists-and-islam
 
Dec 2015
3,700
USA
#6
Here are some more resources related to Islam and Communism,


Marxism and Islam

Diverse forms of Marxism agree that social ills result from oppression of the poor by the wealthy (class conflict) but differ on strategies to overcome poverty and establish social harmony. Marxism is also associated with atheism, based on Karl Marx 's view that religion is used by rulers to legitimate the status quo, causing many Muslims to reject Marxism. But due to the affinity between Marxist and Islamic ideals of social justice, some Muslims adopted various forms of Marxism from the 1940s, reaching peak popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. Their analyses often ignored materialism and atheism, rejecting the idealist view that religion is independent of historical conditions and holding instead that many of its manifestations are related to the societies in which it operates. Islam in this view ideally meets the needs of society and can both accommodate and guide social change.


Marxism and Islam - Oxford Islamic Studies Online
 

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