When I make an exhibition plan of the Jordan National Museum
or talk with various Jordanians in a more relaxed mood, I have been
embarrassed at often given 'Insha Allah (pronounced as Insha 'llah)
even though I have been in the Arab world long time (more than 6
years in total).
'Insha' is 'along will', 'Allah' is 'God', summarizing it means
'along God's will', this is a phrase that they not so exaggeratedly
but very usually say in the feeling 'well' or 'let me see' when
they meet something or questions a little bit ununderstandable.
It is comfortable to speak or hear this phrase in the daily conversation
which produces an Arabic atmosphere, however I am not a little bit
embarrassed if this phrase is pronounced when we are talking of
a museum or science.
As I touched on the previous blog, for example, against such a captivating
question as 'how a tree one of which branches has broken make a
decision to grow a new branch and do it for keeping its total balance?',
there should be a variety of arguments such as 'it is because such
a decision is already printed in their genes', 'different from an
animal a plant can give full play to its brain ability as a whole'
or 'you had better read a good book titled "The Secret Life
of Plants" first of all'. However before starting such arguments,
if it is said 'Insha 'llah = along God's will', I have to give an
affirmative nod saying 'Ah, isn't that?' unsatisfactorily.
It is well known that the learned society flourished or revitalized
by Arab, Abbasids in particular, opened a curtain of the Renaissance
which was a herald of modern philosophy, arts and science. It was
transferred not so much fortunately as through the Crusaders = the
Frankish Invasion, however having had a unified language, Arabic,
from Cordova to Baghdad vividly shows power of the ubiquitous information
network 'Qur'an' established by Islamic empires against the civil
infrastructure 'Kings Highway' built by emperors of all ages and
Just as if a second runner who finished its role after having passed
the button to the Renaissance, it seems that since the time the
Arabic learned society has been looking at running of the third
runner or continuously appearing Westerner anchors, sometimes casting
a side glance at it, sometimes looking down on it, why not keeping
an envious look to itself somewhere. Syrian allergy immunologist
Mr. Wasim Maziak comes up with the similar question which seems
even reckless considering his political and religious position.
We had better straightly be surprised at such a leaping power of
idea as to try to ask 'why night is dark?' It has been the world
history to repeat pressing such leaping power of idea down, witch-hunting
might be one of the examples.