The Defeatist Thinker Series:
“‘Don’t Rock the Boat!’ Syndrome”
Some Muslims think along the following lines:
[P4] I can’t speak out against the injustice, discrimination and rise of Islamophobia in the society helped by Government policies as that would rock the boat and create difficult conditions for Muslims.
[C4] Therefore, we shouldn’t speak out against the government on Muslim concerns.
- This kind of thinking assumes that by Muslims remaining quiet, docile and in a state of subversion (See “‘You’re Causing Trouble for Everyone!’ Syndrome”), all domestic and international problems involving Islam and Muslims will somehow disappear. No person can live his life without raising some concern(s) h/she believes are important. So long as one does that, one is ‘rocking the boat’ so to speak. So, we all do it, and have to at times, and so in the case of injustice, discrimination and rise of Islamophobia, Muslims will tackle these head on and expose the agenda behind it even if it means ‘rocking the boat’ because:
(i) the truth,
(ii) the integrity of the Muslim community,
(iii) the existence of the Muslim community and
(iv) Islam are all too important and too great to lose.
- This kind of thinking assumes that change can come about (whether actual or peoples’ perceptions) without some kind of strong or fierce opposition. But this simply is not the case.