Brother Ali vs. White Supremacy part 37


As we wind down our long journey through a part of human history, it is important to talk a bit about 1492, it’s fallout and the racial predicament the “West” has been in for the past few centuries. In the context of which we speak, the first major event in 1492 is not in the fall of the year. It happens in early January–with the fall of Grenada, the last Muslim stronghold in Western Europe. (Now, of course, on the east end of the subcontinent, the Ottoman Turks were spreading Islam deeper and deeper into Europe.)

Initially, according to the historical records, Muslims were promised freedom to practice their religion after the fall of their government. Within a few years, however, that promise was violated by the Catholics, and there were mass expulsions of Moors from Spain. Other Muslims, weak in faith or in love with this ephemeral world, apostated and converted to Christianity. This was the work of the Spanish Inquisition.

It is important to note that the Catholics would naturally feel theologically threatened by the presence of even a minority of observant Muslims. The Catholic Church could only thrive in an environment where its doctrines could not be challenged. It would be enough to juxtapose the Islamic belief in One, Perfect, Eternal, Omniscient Creator, who absolutely does not need or resemble anything–with the convoluted trinitarian doctrine of God (allegedly) incarnating into an infant and later being murdered to forgive people for their sins. And it is rare that one finds Muslims becoming Christians because of theological reasons–they may do so for various worldly benefits or fear of persecution, but rarely does one find Muslims embracing Christianity because of a rejection of Islamic monotheism for Christian trinitarianism.

With the fall of Muslim Spain, the Spanish monarchy, with the plunder from the Muslims, could now afford to finance Columbus’s fleet across the Atlantic. Columbus writes to the Spanish sovereignty:

“Whereas, Most Christian, High, Excellent, and Powerful Princes, King and Queen of Spain and of the Islands of the Sea, our Sovereigns, this present year 1492, after your Highnesses had terminated the war with the Moors reigning in Europe, the same having been brought to an end in the great city of Granada, where on the second day of January, this present year, I saw the royal banners of your Highnesses planted by force of arms upon the towers of the Alhambra, which is the fortress of that city, and saw the Moorish king come out at the gate of the city and kiss the hands of your Highnesses, and of the Prince my Sovereign; and in the present month, in consequence of the information which I had given your Highnesses respecting the countries of India and of a Prince, called Great Can, which in our language signifies King of Kings, how, at many times he, and his predecessors had sent to Rome soliciting instructors who might teach him our holy faith, and the holy Father had never granted his request, whereby great numbers of people were lost, believing in idolatry and doctrines of perdition. Your Highnesses, as Catholic Christians, and princes who love and promote the holy Christian faith, AND ARE ENEMIES OF THE DOCTRINE OF MAHOMET [my emphasis] and of all idolatry and heresy….”

The torture techniques of the Spanish Inquisitors and the brutal military campaigns against the Moors of Spain were now unleashed upon the peoples of the Americas, and led to the deaths of millions of people.

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