I recently came across “24 reasons to challenge Islamophobia” at the bottom of a silly article in the HuffPo (Ca) which claims to debunk “myths about Islam” by the use of … myths (in the sense of “total fabrications”).
The “24 reasons...” just pictures with snappy captions, so I've decided to reply one by one.
As we should all know by now “Islamophobia” means “critique of Islam” as well as “anti-Muslim bigotry”.Once more let me be clear here. In what follows I am referring solely and exclusively to the “critique of Islam” part of “Islamophobia” and not the (falsely) conflated “anti-Muslim bigotry” part which I always condemn, as I'm doing here again.
Okay, with that out of the way and since all the captions start with “Challenge Islamophobia because” we'll take that as read:
#1. ...I could be your sister, daughter, friend. Clearly the intent here is to ensure that the “sister, daughter, friend” never has to defend – or fail to - the barbaric aspects of Islam. Put another way “I'm Muslim, don't challenge me!”
#2. … we are humanity. An interesting one. Note what it does not say, there is no “part of”. This reads like an exclusive claim to humanity which does not include the “najjis Kaffir” (filthy non-Muslim) who is lower than a microbe.Oops! Islamic supremacy leaking out here methinks.
Before I do, however, let me on one level concede his point: there are Muslims who would want the “radical/extremist”, that is orthodox, Muslims to “knock off the Jihad crap”.
Some of them will even want the orthodox to do so for reasons with which non-Muslims would concur, others for reasons more soundly based in Islamic Theology on the grounds that 'terrorist' attacks in the west are likely, in their view, to have detrimental effects on the Muslim minorities therein.
Such minorities living amongst majority Kuffar populations are “in Mecca” in the sense that they lack the power to effect overthrow of the current governments and are at risk of the much touted but not materialising “Islamophobic backlash”; as such being peaceable is in their interests.
The orthodox, on the other hand, are “in Medina”. They believe that Islam as a worldwide concern has the power (however they conceive this) to effect sword-Jihad against the Kuffar for the advancement of Islam.
This is not the article for a detailed treatment of this topic, but the point I'm driving at is that there are 'good' reasons – Islamically speaking – for both points of view.
The pace of Islamic intolerance and terrorism has increased in recent years, much to the alarm of peaceful, nominal Muslims who want nothing more than to enjoy the benefits of secular, democratic societies. The retrograde forces include the Salafists of Saudi Arabia and the fundamentalists of the Muslim Brotherhood – both parties straining to preserve a submissive Muslim base in the event that Muslims gain political strength sometime in the future. (Ideologue Sayyid Qutb called this abiding with provisional rulings of the Quran until such time that Muslims can implement the final rulings, i.e., jihad.) Now respected Muslims are saying, “Enough is enough”. They are urging Islamic scholars to, once and for all, rid the ideology of its 7th Century calls for perpetual warfare against non-Muslims (jihad) and its draconian Sharia Law. Here is what Muslims are telling to fellow-Muslims:
According to the “News Minute” the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) recently gave a 68 page affidavit to the Supreme Court in support of polygamy and “triple talaq” divorce in the hopes of getting Islamic law and tradition protected on the grounds that any interference by the state would violate Muslims' fundamental rights.
The “Times of India” reports that Women's groups have “slammed” the affidavit.
And no wonder. Here are some of the more “controversial” statements made by the board as reported by News Minute.
“Personal laws of a community cannot be re-written in the name of Social Reform.”
What this means is that how Muslim men treat women is not subject to change. In simple terms “Long live misogyny!”.
Trope: “A significant or recurrent theme; a motif.” (OED).
“A common or overused theme or device.” (Mirriam-Webster).
In the west there are a number of such tropes about Islam that are widely used. What unites all of them is that they are false. Some are bare-faced lies, others are more subtle and contain various grains of truth within the myths and falsehoods. What follows is a discussion and a few examples of some of these.
The “Islam is the religion of peace” trope.
This is the Daddy of them all and so widely used that it has become a mantra.
Muslims are becoming more and more annoyed when non-Muslims criticize their sacred book, the Quran, or their moral code, called Sharia Law. However, their campaign to demonize any criticism of Islam as bigotry or “Islamophobia” just isn’t working. Cudgeling socially unacceptable religious beliefs is a long-standing American tradition dating back to the witch trials of Puritans (1692), the doomsday cult of Johannes Kelpius (1708), the polygamy of the Mormons (1849), and the exhumation of corpses by the Branch Davidians (1987). Islam has more socially unacceptable beliefs than any of those other religions.
When confronted with shameful beliefs drawn from the pages of the Quran, Muslims usually run away from their sacred book. No, they don’t physically run away, but they use any number of ploys to avoid directly discussing the ideological problems.
In the interests of brevity (how well achieved you may decide) I will not go through it point by point, rather I will group the “75 reasons” under heads, thus I regret that you will have to look at the original article to follow my reasoning.
A. Tu-toque reasoning. Otherwise “It's ALL the fault of the West.”
What do the following organizations have in common?
Al-Qaida, ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, Fatah, the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Boko Haram, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, Abu Nidal Organisation, Abu Sayyaf, Aden Abyan Islamic Army, Al-Badr, Al-Nusrah Front, Al-Shababb, Ansar al-Sharia, Ansar al-Islam, Ansar al-Deen, Army of Islam, Boko Haram, Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front, Harqat al-Jihad al-Islamic, Palestine Liberation Front, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Taliban.
I'm sure you know.
These are just a few of the many Islamic terrorist organizations slaughtering Christians and Jews, other non-Muslims, those belonging to other Muslim sects and even those of their own sect whom they consider “not Muslim enough”.
Their overall aim is the violent imposition of Sharia law wherever they can; as Boko Haram, IS, and Al-Shabab have done in northern Nigeria, Iraq-Syria and Somalia respectively.
Most are off-shoots of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) aka “Ikwan”, though the MB will often disown them publicly.
On Bastille Day, a day of celebration of independence in France, a Tunisian Muslim drove a transport truck 3 miles through a street in Nice, filled with revelers, massacring 84 including 10 children; 202 were injured, 80 critically including 50 children.
CNN: Native French people to blame for the attack
Commentators on CNN were quick to place the blame for the horrendous mass-murder on the native French people stating:
Sharia teaches that homosexuality is a vile form of fornication, punishable by death.
The shooting massacre of gays in an Orlando nightclub by an Afghan-born Muslim Jihadist Omar Mateen that killed 50 adds to the list of darkest days in recent US history alongside 9/11, Boston Marathon bombing, and the San Bernardino massacre. All of those attacks were carried out by pious Muslims inspired by the teachings of their religion, Islam.
It seems that diversity and multiculturalism, along with political-correctness, form the “core ethos” of Western societies.
Despite brave words by the former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown and German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the “failure” of multiculturalism, nothing has changed – except for the worse.
Brown's words were lost when he left office. Merkel on her part clearly “repented” of her statements by opening the borders of her country to >1 million Muslim migrants in 2015 alone.
Francois Hollande said he was in war with Islamic terrorism after the Paris attacks, and then proceeded to 'fight' it with “solidarity” marches (we now know where we went wrong with Germany's Hitler, a few marches through London would have stopped his attack on Czechoslovakia cold).
Many Muslims and their supporters claim that the Western world today suffers from a debilitating psychos, called Islamophobia, more accurately, Muhammad Phobia, an intense phobia toward the ideas left behind by the prophet of Islam.
The term Islamophobia is utilized by Muslims and their supporters to smear those kafirs, who oppose the implementation of Prophet Muhammad’s abhorrent ideas on their societies, as racists and bigots.
The prime directive of Muhammad’s ideas is the utilization of terror to intimidate the kafir people leading to the Muslim conquest of their societies through a process of Jihad osmosis, step by step imposition of Sharia Law and subjugation of the kafir societies. A truer manifestation of Muhammad’s ideological directive is reflected in the following statement of his:
Allah's Apostle said... 'I have been made victorious with terror' (Bukhari (52:220)
Muslims sincerely want and need to be following a prophet who models today’s most cherished humanitarian values -- universal equality, civil rights for women, and a faith for all peoples and all times. After all, Islam is now competing in a marketplace of ideologies, some of which actually ensure those values. Unfortunately, it is impossible to reach back into the well-documented history of Muhammad and find those values. So, instead, Muslims have re-written history. Be aware! When Muslims tell you that Muhammad espoused universal equality, equal rights for women, and a “perfected” religion, they may be quoting from a fake “Final Sermon” of Muhammad. Here it is:
During the Third Reich, comedians and ordinary people used comedy to express their deep contempt for the Nazi regime. Those were very brave people and many of whom had to sacrifice their life for their bravery. Quoting from the book “Did You Hear the One About Hitler?:
“Jokes reflect what really affects, amuses and angers people. They provide an inner view of the Third Reich that possesses an authenticity one usually misses when reviewing other literary texts,” says Herzog, 33, whose book “Heil Hitler, The Pig is Dead” -- the punchline to another Hitler joke –- goes on sale in September. “Political jokes weren’t a form of active resistance but valves for pent-up public anger. They were told in pubs, on the street –- to let off steam with a laugh. This suited the Nazi regime which was deeply humorless.”
Unlike the Nazi era comedians’ attack of Nazism and exposing the evils of the regime, recently in New York City, Muslim comedians Dean Obeidallah and Negin Farsad, producers of the “Muslims are coming” documentary, began a humorous campaign not to use comedy to attack and expose the evil of Muhammad and his Islam but to humanize him by putting a happy face on his monstrous ideology. One of the campaign ads read:
“Our hope is that our posters will inspire people to remember why bigotry and hate towards any religion or race is harmful to everyone. There is just no room for this type of fear mongering—especially in a packed subway car during rush hour,” Obeidallah said in the April release.
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