By An Honest Cleric
Countering extremism requires political honesty from Theresa May,
Shaista Aziz, Special to the Globe and Mail, June 5, 2017
In response to the accusation implied in the headline and within the text of the solicited opinion that it is lies spread by Western leaders which invite terrorist attacks in the name of Islam, a reader provided a link in the comment section to a video on YouTube as rebuttal.
"This comment did not meet civility standards" we were informed by Canada's newspaper of record after it promptly removed the link, but not before some of us copied it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRPzkB5mr1U
The video is from a debate between two Muslim clerics, Dr. Jamal Rifi and Sheikh Mohammad Tawhidi, hosted by Australia’s Channel Seven following the Manchester massacre, in which the two argue the role religion played in the attack.
Tawhidi on the radicalisation of the Manchester bomber and his generation:
Basically we need to be very realistic when dealing with this matter. You have a twenty-two year old who gets radicalised over two, three sermons in a Friday mosque gathering … this age is an age when someone would expect people to be going out, having fun. But no, we have a large number of youth that are being radicalised.
This happens because of the books that we have, the Islamic scriptures that we have; they push the Muslim youth to believe that if you go out there and kill the infidels, that's how you will gain Paradise.
On the massacres being a continuation of a very old war:
For the past one thousand four hundred years we have had a religion of war, that is exactly what we have had, this is not something I am imagining, these are facts. We’ve had many wars.
How did Islam spread from Saudi Arabia down to Indonesia and Bosnia, all spread by the sword. We had many wars. For someone to come and say that Islamic scriptures have nothing to do with it, I mean, that’s against the facts, that’s not true. Islamic scriptures are what is pushing these people to behead the infidels.
Let me tell you something, the people that are beheading, that mister, the person that killed the young girls in Manchester did so believing he was going to dine with the Prophet Muhammad that very night, that is what the Islamic scriptures tell them.
There is no end to the obscenity.