Where Science Fiction and Islam Meet

| August 23, 2010 | 0 Comments

After reading Qudosi’s “Response to a Robert Reilly Interview“, Robert Short offers an insightful comparison between Star Trek’s Borg and Islam.

As always, a brilliant commentary. In re: your last paragraph, I quote the British Statesman, Edmund Burke: “The only thing evil requires to be victorious is for good people to do nothing.”

My personal feeling is that the prevalent Islamist thought process only embraces the ideologies of jihad, dhimmitude, the caliphate, and Shariah. If Muslims today were to limit their beliefs to the 5 pillars and the oneness of God and further abandoned their belief in their own moral superiority, as is demonstrated by their self-imposed alienation and separatist attitudes, I believe we could truly live harmoniously amongst each other.

I like to compare the mainstream Muslim mind to that of the “Borg” on the television series “Star Trek, the Next Generation.” These Borg were of a collective mindset, and their goal was universal control and domination.

When they discovered a new life form, they would immediately begin to assimilate that life form into their own collective, stating that “you and your culture will become one with the Borg. We will add your technology to our own. Your culture will be assimilated to serve US. Resistance is futile. Any attempt to resist us and you and your culture will be destroyed.”

This grim message was given at each encounter with the Borg. The message was similar to the one Muhammad gave to those who opposed him: “you have 3 choices: convert, be subjugated, or die.” Individuality and individual beliefs were not permitted. One had to join the collective or be killed.

In a later episode of the series, one Borg whose life had been saved by the compassion of the Enterprise crew, rejoined the collective with a sense of “self” and independence. He was named “Hugh” by the Enterprise crew. His sense of self began to permeate the Borg collective and internal warfare began to erupt. Borg who refused to share their thoughts and wanted to be independent began to fight against the Borg collective, much in the same way that reformist Muslims are fighting against mainstream Islamic ideology. There are so many parallels here, but you would have to see the episodes to really feel the impact of the message they convey.


Editor’s Note: A similar comparison can also be found with the “Necromancers” in The Chronicles of Riddick.


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