One of the decisive questions of how imperialism proceeds and how to tackle it, is the question of Islam and its functionalization by the US and other imperialists.
Our intention is to grasp the cultural roots of Islam in a correct manner.
It is impossible to separate today's Islam from the previous Islam, although,
of course, today's Islam must be to some degree more aggressive as it
is standing in a stronger contradiction to reality than the previous one.
But: one can start to work as a communist only if one explains religion
as well in its absurdity as in its material roots, that is to say, as
well in its difference from reality as in its roots in reality. Every
imagination, every religion, every idea has also its material source.
We oppose the abstract criticism of religion which, for example, demonstrates
only the nonsense of a religion but does show where a religion originates
from. All of the human ideas have a material, a social source. This applies
also to religion. In this way all of the Christian ideas have their sources;
partly these are in fact things of diverse epochs which were mixed up
to form a religion, and with Islam it is the same. Here, too, ideas from
different epochs were joined together.
We think that the communists in the Islamic or the predominantly Islamic
countries must take up especially the question of the cultural roots of
Islam, a question of such vast consequences.
In the case of Islam the way must be somewhat different. How does one
take up materialistic factors there, how do dialectics develop, in order
to overcome this Islam? With quite a lot of communists the following approach
with its grave consequences is to be found: they say that Islam had not
been so bad initially, and they attempt to amalgamate communist ideas
with Islam. In this way they are handing themselves over. In the same
way also communists who say that Christianity was properly, from its origins,
also a communist ideology, and that one could join up with it, would hand
themselves over. This assessment, too, is misleading because it is absolutely
one-sided, and Christianity comprises also completely different elements
which go directly against that.
It is absolutely necessary, and for us in Europe where we, too, are concretely
confronted with Islam, it is all the more necessary, that the various
parties from the Islamic countries themselves, but also from the European
and the non-Islamic countries come together to discuss how to tackle the
problem of the religions.
Khomeiny's overthrow, as well as the intensified infiltration by the CIA in Afghanistan, are not to separated from the weakening and the chaos linked to the overthrow in China particularly since 1977. In the communist movement there are always also many people who merely have half views, who are not steadfast, and if such situations occur where there is general uncertainty, then such characters as Khomeiny, or say Khomeiny in connection with the US, are able to push into the void. Then some people fall because they had not been strengthened. Many communists had lost their orientation in the then situation, had underestimated the yearlong infiltration by the US.
Also with regard to this we have to grasp the decisive chain link.
In the future we should deal with the question of Islam and the other religions on a world-wide level.
We also should like to organise a conference in Germany about that.
As translated and read by Comrade CK on behalf of the author, who was not present