19th October 2010
Hamid: “Then, and only then, do we have the right to ask others to respect our religion. The time has come to stop our hypocrisy and say it openly: ‘We Muslims have to Change’.”
I’ve been having a to-and-fro between my good friends Peter and Stan at another post. I challenged them to come up with an interfaith organisation set up by Muslims, equivalent to Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation. Stan suggested this: http://www.josephinterfaithfoundation.org/
Its leading membership includes Lord Ahmed. I’m sorry but a British peer who threatens “10,000 Muslims will march on Parliament” if Geert Wilders had been allowed into Britain, is automatically discounted, in my humble opinion. He is a bully and clearly does not understand democracy or freedom, not to mention freedom of speech.
Btw, in case you hoped otherwise, Gordon Brown and then Home Secretary Jacqui Smith capitulated to this threat and Wilders was shamefully, utterly disgracefully turned back from London’s Heathrow airport. He lives to fight the bigoted another day.
Back to the post by a man who DOES understand the issues, the world-encompassing issues.
This is my original source for this. I expect it will be all over the Guardian before long!
This post was taken from islamreview.com
Written by Tawfik Hamid
I was born a Muslim and lived all my life as a follower of Islam.
After the barbaric terrorist attacks done by the hands of my fellow Muslims everywhere on this globe, and after the too many violent acts by Islamists in many parts of the world, I feel responsible as a Muslim and as a human being, to speak out and tell the truth to protect the world and Muslims as well from a coming catastrophe and war of civilizations.
I have to admit that our current Islamic teaching creates violence and hatred toward Non-Muslims. We Muslims are the ones who need to change. Until now we have accepted polygamy, the beating of women by men, and killing those who convert from Islam to other religions.
We have never had a clear and strong stand against the concept of slavery or wars, to spread our religion and to subjugate others to Islam and force them to pay a humiliating tax called Jizia. We ask others to respect our religion while all the time we curse non-Muslims loudly (in Arabic) in our Friday prayers in the Mosques.
What message do we convey to our children when we call the Jews “Descendants of the pigs and monkeys”… Is this a message of love and peace, or a message of hate?
I have been into churches and synagogues where they were praying for Muslims. While all the time we curse them, and teach our generations to call them infidels, and to hate them.
We immediately jump in a ‘knee jerk reflex’ to defend Prophet Mohammed when someone accuses him of being a pedophile while, at the same time, we are proud with the story in our Islamic books, that he married a young girl seven years old (Aisha) when he was above 50 years old.
I am sad to say that many, if not most of us, rejoiced in happiness after September 11th and after many other terror attacks.
Muslims denounce these attacks to look good in front of the media, but we condone the Islamic terrorists and sympathize with their cause. Till now our ‘reputable’ top religious authorities have never issued a Fatwa or religious statement to proclaim Bin Laden as an apostate, while an author, like Rushdie, was declared an apostate who should be killed according to Islamic Shania law just for writing a book criticizing Islam.
Muslims demonstrated to get more religious rights as we did in France to stop the ban on the Hijab (Head Scarf), while we did not demonstrate with such passion and in such numbers against the terrorist murders.
It is our absolute silence against the terrorists that gives the energy to these terrorists to continue doing their evil acts. We Muslims need to stop blaming our problems on others or on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As a matter of honesty, Israel is the only light of democracy, civilization, and human rights in the whole Middle East.
We kicked out the Jews with no compensation or mercy from most of the Arab countries to make them “Jews-Free countries” while Israel accepted more than a million Arabs to live there, have its nationality, and enjoy their rights as human beings. In Israel , women cannot be beaten legally by men, and any person can change his/her belief system with no fear of being killed by the Islamic law of ‘Apostasy,’ while in our Islamic world people do not enjoy any of these rights. I agree that the ‘Palestinians’ suffer, but they suffer because of their corrupt leaders and not because of Israel.
It is not common to see Arabs who live in Israel leaving to live in the Arab world. On the other hand, we used to see thousands of Palestinians going to work with happiness in Israel, its ‘enemy’. If Israel treats Arabs badly as some people claim, surely we would have seen the opposite happening.
We Muslims need to admit our problems and face them. Only then we can treat them and start a new era to live in harmony with human mankind. Our religious leaders have to show a clear and very strong stand against polygamy, pedophilia, slavery, killing those who convert from Islam to other religions, beating of women by men, and declaring wars on non-Muslims to spread Islam.
Then, and only then, do we have the right to ask others to respect our religion. The time has come to stop our hypocrisy and say it openly: ‘We Muslims have to Change’.
posted by the egypt guy at 10/17/2010 05:23:00 AM
PLEASE NOTE as you read the below background information on Dr Hamid: “Some twenty-five years ago he recognised the threat from Radical Islam”. But hang on, I hear you stifle a yell! He’s not telling us that Islamists were NOT suddenly radicalised by 9/11 and America’s response to it? Surely that can’t be right!?
Dr. Tawfik Hamid, is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a terrorist Islamic organization JI with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri who became later on the second in command of Al-Qaeda. Some twenty-five years ago, he recognized the threat of Radical Islam and the need for a reformation based upon modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts.
Dr. Hamid provided a fresh and theologically valid interpretation for the Quran to counterbalance the radical teaching. As the Daily Express (UK) mentioned “Dr. Hamid has predicted the attacks on the twin towers, Madrid and London”. After September 11, Dr. Hamid boldly decided to speak out through western broadcast and print media. He has appeared on shows spanning the spectrum from CNN to Fox News, and his articles and op-ed pieces have appeared in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News, and the Jerusalem Post. Some of Dr. Hamid’s Op-Eds were also selected at Real Clear Politics. Dr. Hamid’s exceptional knowledge of the jihadi mindset has led him to be a guest speaker at many reputable private and governmental fora – both within the US and internationally such as the US Congress, Director of National Intelligence DNI, the Pentagon, National Prayer breakfast, and the European Parliament. He also received Speaker of the Truth award of the Endowment of Middle East truth .
Currently Dr. Hamid is a Senior Fellow and Chair for the Study of Islamic Radicalism at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Dr. Hamid is also the author of Inside Jihad: Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam- Purchase from Amazon Here
For more information about some of speaking engagements of Dr. Hamid please Click Here
- Safa Sultan testifies in support of Geert Wilder, (videos)
- Video – Tony Blair at the Washington Institute, on defeating the narrative of Islamist Terrorism
- Islam for Peace – thanks to a link at Dr Hamid’s site.
And Another Thing –
Peter Reynolds, one of my truth-seeking friends, has an excellent blog here. Today he is lambasting Chris Huhne, of the oh-so-environmentally friendly Liberal Democrats over their dumping of the cross-Severn barrage. Well he might.
Of course it’s all the fault of the previous government, according to the great leader. This included – the scrapping of the St Athan Defence College, in South Wales.
So there we have it. Under Labour the environment, jobs and defence were of paramount importance. Under this coalition things are different. Nothing so important as insisting that there is no alternative, due to the financial mess the present lot inherited etcetera…
Which, by the way, there was. An alternative, that is.
UPDATE – reference comments at an earlier post:
Stan has sent me these links to other Muslim-backed interfaith groups:
1. The Gulen Movement founded by Fethullah Gulen in Turkey and now with branches all over the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulen_movement
2. The Elijah Interfaith Institute at http://www.elijah.org.il/ which has no less than ten leading Muslims on its Board of World Religious Leaders, and also includes the Dalai Lama, the UK’s Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks, and several Christian leaders.
3. The Madrid Interfaith Conference hosted by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, which despite all the obvious criticisms was described by Rabbi David Rose of the American Jewish Centre as follows
“While the concluding statement was the anticipated pious declaration, it does nevertheless reflect the expressed Saudi intention to continue the process that has been embarked upon. This is something that should not be underestimated. The highest authority in the very heartland of Islam has taken a lead in interfaith outreach (whatever his motives might be) with the declared intention of addressing contemporary challenges and resolving conflict.”
Tony Blair said this about it “The fact that the conference is happening with the king and with the religious leaders of the different faiths is significant.”
Taken together with that excellent article by Hamid you posted, I think there is sufficient evidence to show that there are many Muslims in favour of interfaith co-existence and dialogue (although I agree that the moderates still have much to do in standing up to the extremists).
Thanks, Stan. Keep ’em coming. Not moving the goalposts, am I?
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