Pseudo-Muslims Representing Pseudo-Islam Must Be Outshouted
by Sheila Musaji
The American Muslim has supported the Jewish Voices for Peace Petition against intolerance and Islamophobia, and encouraged our readers to sign. This petition initiated by JVP and signed by individuals from many faith groups denounces the current Islamo Fascism Awareness Week being held on 200 college campuses in the U.S. On October 19th we put a note in the Editors Column reminding Muslims that this is their issue and they need to get involved and support this petition.
This morning I checked the petition site to see if there were many more signatures and was pleased to see that the number of signatures is increasing, and then took a quick glance through some of the comments, and went from feeling hopeful that there were more bridge building people in the world than there were extremists to feeling dismayed and hopeless.
Signatory #1534 had left a comment: This plea is a joke!! Look at what the Muslims say: a call for murder on a plea against bigotry and intolerance?? If anything it only shows Muslims don’t deserve that rights. Geez… You people are oblivious. Respect is earned. This is not how you earn it. Why should we tolerate an intolerant religion with intolerant bigoted followers who are bent to kill us??
I wondered what this was referring to, and then scanned backwards a few pages on the list and saw a rash of supposed Muslims or pseudo-Muslims (at least they have Muslim names) using the petition site as a means to leave derogatory comments about Jews, Christians, America, etc.
Here is what these Pseudo-Muslims said:
#1513 Bahr Ahmad Bahr Gaza Palestine, As acting Palestinian Legislative Council Speaker (appointed by the elected Pslestinian government) please note my speech on Palestinian TV from April 13, 2007: “Oh Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, vanquish the Americans and their supporters. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one”
#1525 Mahmoud Al Hasan Pakistan, Of course there is no such thing such thing as Islamo Fascism. By the way,in my position as leader of the Hezb-ul-Mujahedeen, a group aligned to the Jamaat-e-Islami party, I was quoted yesterday as saying “Benazir Bhutto was totally talking like an infidel. What should be the reaction of jihadis? They should definitely kill her. She is an enemy of Islam. She is an enemy of jihadis.”
#1527 Dr. Ismail Radwan Gaza Palestine, Yes, these terrible bigotd seek to spread hatred instead of peace. I hope you have seen me on official Palesitian TV on March 30,2007 when I said:. “The Hour – the Islamic Resurrection and End of Time– is literally dependent on the killing of Jews by Muslims. The remaining Jews will unsuccessfully attempt to hide, as the rocks and trees will expose them, calling out “there is a Jew behind me, kill him!” 3. “Palestine… will be liberated through the rifle”
#1528 Anjem Choudary, Attorney London, UK, Islam is a Religion of Peace. The racists of Islamo Fascism Awareness week will pay the price. Those who insult it should be beheaded. In my press release of October 2000 (after a shahid elminated a local Jew youngster) I stated “We would like to make it abundantly clear that it is an Islamic obligation upon Muslims everywhere to support the Jihad against those who fight Muslims anywhere in the world or who occupy Muslim land and that this support must be financial, physical, military or verbal”
#1530 Ahmad Bahar Palestine, Allah, take hold of the Jews and their allies, Allah, take hold of the Americans and their allies… Allah, count them and kill them to the last one and don’t leave even one.
Only 5 disgusting, racist, anti-Semitic comments (supposedly from Palestine, Pakistan, and the UK) out of hundreds and all on the same day which might mean a planned attempt by some Islamophobe to enter these comments under false names in order to degrade the Muslim community. (It would be wonderful if there was a way to trace back the email addresses to see if they are legitimate).
I sincerely hope that that this was done by Islamophobes and not by Pseudo-Muslims. But, as Tariq Nelson pointed out in his article The Islam I Accepted, we do have some real criminals attempting to hide their criminality by claiming an Islamic justification, and as a community we need to stand up to them and outshout them.
Only 5, but the small number does nothing to make me feel any better, it only takes a handful to destroy any positive gains made by thousands of Muslims working for peace, justice and tolerance. The hijacking of the Muslim Day Parade in New York by a tiny group calling themselves The Islamic Thinkers Society is an example of what damage a few extremists with loud voices can do.
These criminals do not represent me, they do not represent any Muslims I know, and they certainly don’t represent Islam. As an American Muslim I am deeply ashamed that anyone calling themselves a Muslim could show such disrespect to the very people who are holding out the hand of friendship, and allying themselves with Muslims in a common cause against intolerance. I am also angry at whoever did this.
I appreciate the courage it takes for those in Jewish Voices for Peace to stand up for a Muslim issue. I appreciate all of those who signed this petition of any faith or none. And, I hope that this small group claiming to represent a Pseudo-Islam that I don’t even recognize will not make them question whether or not they should continue to stand with all people of good will for justice and tolerance.
Over the years The American has published many articles discussing this problem with Pseudo-Muslims and how to deal with it and I would like to share a small sample:
Counter-Terrorism 201: The Role of Islam, Dr. Robert Dickson Crane - 2001
Religious Extremism: Muslim Challenge and Islamic Response, Dr. Robert D. Crane - 2002
“Islam under attack”, Imam Imam Sahib Mahmud - 2002
Tradition or Extradition, Shaikh Abdul Hakim Murad - 2002
American Muslims Struggle for the Soul of Islam, Hasan Zillur Rahim - 2002
Promise & Peril: Prospects for Democracy in the Muslim World Today, Svend White - 2003
Bin Laden’s Violence Is a Heresy Against Islam, Abdal-Hakim Murad - 2004
Khan, Abdul Ghaffar: Can’t We Be Like Abdul Ghaffar Khan?, Dr Thomas Michel S.J.
Innocent Religion Is Now a Message of Hate, Abdel Rahman al-Rashed - 2004
“Osama’s Pseudo-Islamic Scam: The Al Qaeda Apostasy”, Jim Guirard - 2005
Taproot to Terrorism, Dr. Robert Dickson Crane - 2005
Terrorism: A Return To Jahiliyya, Hina Azam - 2005
And The Difference Is…?, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa - 2005
Bombing Without Moonlight: The Origins of Suicidal Terrorism, Abdal-Hakim Murad - 2005
Reclaiming Islam: The Missing Dimension of Counter-Terrorism, Dr. Robert D. Crane - 2005
Terror will disappear when people come to live by the moral values of Islam, Harun Yahya - 2005
A Spiritual Jihad Against Terrorism (5 parts), Sheila Musaji - 2005
Jihad and the Modern World, Dr. Sherman Jackson - 2005
Confronting the Monolith: The Struggle Against Islamophobia and Osamaism, Jehanzeb Hasan - 2006
Whither Muslims?, Dr. Aslam Abdullah - 2006
Contemporary Chaos and Muslim Youth: Getting beyond Defensiveness and Confronting Our Own Demons, S. Abdallah Schleifer - 2006
Letter to al-Qaida in Iraq: Kill Us, Too, We Are Also Americans, Aslam Abdullah - 2006
Pseudo-Religiosity is Leading Human Civilization to Commit Suicide, Irfan Ahmad Khan, Ph.D. - 2006
Binladenism: The Heresy That Must Be Exposed, Abdul Cader Asmal - 2006
‘Religious’ Terrorism Is an Oxymoron, Sheila Musaji - 2006
A Call to Conscience and a Reminder to the Muslims, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf - 2006
Islam: The Hijacked Faith?, Ahmed Talaat - 2006
Muslims and Violence, Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer - 2006
Non-Violence and Islam, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan - 2006
Philosopher Jawdat Said’s View of Islam as a Violence-Free Religion, Bashar Humeid - 2006
Non-Violence in Islamic Teachings, Imam Muhammad Shirazi - 2006
Sound Hadith on Nonviolence, Peace, and Justice, Compiled by Dr. M. Hafiz Syed, Edited by Kabir Helminski - 2006
Neo-Kharijite’s Not Islamic Fascists, Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa - 2006
Islam does not condone Gangsters, Mirza A. Beg - 2007
Islam: Religion or Ideology?, By Imam Zaid Shakir - 2007
Mission of Muslims in America: A Grand Strategy to Marginalize Extremists, Dr. Robert Dickson Crane - 2007
The Suicide Culture and Islam, Dr. Maher Hathout - 2007
Seven Pillars of Tolerance in Islam, Fahmi Howeidi - 2007