Islamic way to prevent AIDS
EXTREME social actions trigger extreme opposite reactions. Following that logic, it is not hard to trace the root of the AIDS pandemic, says Professor Malik Badri, author of The AIDS Crisis: An Islamic Socio-Cultural Perspective (ISTAC).
Fornication and other sinful excesses, from Greek to Roman times, gave rise to extreme repression in the Middle Ages. Subsequently, in the 18th Century secular reprisal against social and religious dogmas spawned the sexual revolution, which in turn perpetuated the AIDS dilemma.
The pendulum of sex has swung from unrestrained abandon to repression and back to permissiveness, the current sexual revolution is "a progeny of Western modernity", writes Sudan-born Malik, who teaches psychology at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation (ISTAC), Kuala Lumpur.
"What we see now is the explosion of a long dormant volcano. AIDS is a natural consequence of rampant promiscuity and unrestrained homosexual abandon.
"He notes that westerners preach the 'gospel' of condoms single partners, and clean syringes and needles to counter infection. But these are non-moral devices which do not alter a person's sexual preference as long as it's 'safe'.
Going by the escalating numbers of HIV cases in the West, letting people do what they want does not work. Methods which have failed in the West should not be transported and applied here.
"To expect people who are constantly enticed by sexually seductive media to comply with 'safe' sex instructions, and avoid risk groups in an alcohol saturated society which tolerates drug addiction is a river and telling him not to get wet.
"Western solutions are based on the principle that a man is free to be what he want, so they concentrate on externals. We need to change minds and hearts, and tell people that if something is morally wrong, 'Don't do it'.
" This attitude change must be rooted in the culture and values of the society in question, Malik believes....