by Mary Jackson (October 2010)

, isn't it?” said my companion. I nodded. But this was ten years ago, and I knew nothing about Islam.

appears the same: both denote what Churchill called “sluggish methods of commerce”. But the wellspring is different. A Spaniard's mañana puts off unpleasant duties to tomorrow – or the fullness of time – because today he wishes to sing, stroll, dance and love. A Muslim's inshallah makes all dependent on the will of Allah, because Allah has decided everything, not least that there shall be no singing, strolling, dancing or loving. A mañana is indolent, unhurried, relaxed and sensual. An inshallah is fearful, constricted, even paralysed. That Churchill quotation in full:

Cairo hotel may not have been lazy or evasive in putting off the English businessman. Rather, he may have been frightened to promise what he ought not to promise in case Allah had other plans.

Spengler, argues:

“God willing” means we have done our best, and trust God to do what is best. Inshallah means that Allah may do his worst, and we must accept it. Why, then, would the Egyptian struggle to fulfil a contract with an English businessman? Why would any devout Muslim work hard, explore, write, invent, paint or even juggle, to the Greater Glory of Allah? It makes no difference, makes no sense and, above all, is not commanded.

Cairo hotel?

traveller, but to the thieves who attacked and robbed him, and there would have been advice on how to share out the spoils.

s are full of men who sit around all day puffing on a hubble bubble. “Fearful, fatalistic apathy” – what Hugh Fitzgerald calls “inshallah fatalism”- combines with a sense of entitlement and unearned superiority, and nothing gets done.

Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on thy skin like morning dew,
And while thy willing soul transpires
At every pore with instant fires,
Now let us sport us while we may;
And now, like am'rous birds of prey,
Rather at once our time devour,
Than languish in his slow-chapp'd power.
Let us roll all our strength, and all
Our sweetness, up into one ball;
And tear our pleasures with rough strife
Thorough the iron gates of life.
Thus, though we cannot make our sun
Stand still, yet we will make him run.

Britain, and it is a hard fact to stomach:

one of the highest employment rates, along with Christians and “those of no religion”. Incidentally, this article was late because of my demanding day job. It is particularly galling to think that such a huge proportion of my working day is spent, in effect, supporting a population that takes their Jizyah for granted, and a failure to provide it as an affront. Our Government has promised dramatic welfare cuts, not least a cap on benefits. These cannot come soon enough.

End the Jizyah of aid and welfare, and Muslims will have to work or starve. Without the Jizyah, to cushion them, the bankruptcy of Islam will hurt. And God willing, they will see Islam for what it is, and leave it. Not inshallah, God willing.

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