The Truth About Martyrdom
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.
The video was 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.
Firdaus is where the Prophet and Abedi probably dined on the night of the massacre. An eat-and-dash I expect with the young bomber anxious to have a go at the facsimiles of the girls he killed. There is no end to the obscenity.
The Canadian Media, the Truth and Me
Conservatives argue motion to condemn Islamophobia impacts freedom of speech
Globe and Mail, February 15, 2016.
As we accept more and more refugees and immigrants whose values and beliefs are often at odds with our own, which one will change the other for the better, and who is to define what the better is. Today, to favour one over the other, even if you are Muslim, is to invite accusations of being an Islamophobe or of spreading Islamophobia.
If there is a fear of Islam it is not of the person, but of its sacred texts, the Koran in particular. If a discussion of Islamophobia leads to a discussion of the Koran it will be time well spent.
For years I have argued on my website for such a discussion. The world desperately needs an honest discussion about Islam, starting with an unfettered dialogue on the Koran, if we are to allay the fear of the other and foster a trust in the other that is sadly lacking and a reason to fear that the worst is yet to come.
The Globe and Mail's Response:
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My comments are also no longer welcomed at the National Capital's most read newspaper.