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Islamophobic Racism

By Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Izeth Hussain

Sri Lankan Muslims at the cross roads – IX – Islamophobic Racism

In the preceding sections of this series of articles on the Sri Lankan Muslims at the cross roads, I have dealt with ‘Muslim extremism’ so-called and with the Muslim population problem. In this article I will argue that both of those supposed problems are really non-problems, which can be explained only on the basis of Islamophobic racism among some segments of the Sri Lankan people. Thereafter I will – in situating these seemingly purely local problems in an international context – make some observations on Islamophobic racism on the global scale.

In these articles I have consistently held to the position that Muslim extremism is an aberration and not the mainstream in the Islamic world. Recent developments have provided, in my view, a striking substantiation of my argument. Any reading of Islamic history, even the most cursory one, will show that anything comparable to the contemporary jihad movements were far, very far indeed, from being the norm. Contemporary Muslim extremism, as distinct from earlier varieties which have occasionally prevailed in parts of the Islamic world, should be explained in terms of the pressures set off by the transition to modernity – according to the thesis of Emmanuel Todd which I have briefly set out earlier. The transition is usually accompanied by ideological extremism and violence. That could provide an explanation for the very curious fact that Burma, a stronghold of Theravada Buddhism, has witnessed the emergence of the Ven. Wirathu who reportedly styles himself the Buddhist Osama Ben Laden, and who is discredited with unleashing the horrific violence against the Rohingya Muslims. It could explain also the very curious emergence of the BBS which has an ideology of Buddhist supremacism in an extreme form and is also discredited with unleashing violence against the Muslims. Most Buddhists, I am told, will agree that the Ven. Wirathu and the BBS are exponents of Buddhist extremism, not of mainstream Buddhism which will continue its sway as it has for over two thousand years.

BBS Gnanasara WirathuLikewise most Muslims will hold that mainstream Islam will continue to hold the sway that it has had for one thousand four hundred years. But I would be disingenuous if I stop at that without confronting certain awkward questions that arise. Most of the Christian world went through the transition to modernity long ago. The question that has now to be confronted is this: Why is it that there has been far more ideological extremism and violence among Muslims making the transition than among Hindus and Buddhists? Some would claim that there has in fact been even more extremism and violence among Hindus than among Muslims. But the general impression is to the contrary and we have to seek an explanation. The ignorant and the prejudiced will jump to the conclusion that violence is inherent in Islam, which was why the Prophet himself was a warrior. But the historical record shows that the adherents of all the great world religions have had horrific records of violence in the past.

I believe that the explanation is to be found in the fact that Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars, over several decades, in propagating the Wahabi-Salafi-Hanbali version of militant Islam, which has been interpreted in ways that promote ideological extremism and violence. There has been nothing comparable by way of financial and other backing in the case of Hindus and Buddhists. It all began with the promotion of the Taliban by the US and Saudi Arabia to counter the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the success of which left the Taliban with the notion that it alone had destroyed the mighty Soviet Empire. That was the beginning of the proliferation of militant Islam in some horrible forms, which has climaxed in the Islamic State. Its spectacular success has nothing to do with Islam and everything to do with Saudi oil billions, American weaponry, and Western expertise in the form of training for its fighters. The IS has the potential, unless it is successfully combated, to bring about regime change in Saudi Arabia and other pro-American Arab countries. They have therefore turned against the IS, and so have practically the entirety of the Islamic world. It amounts to a spectacular substantiation of the argument that ‘Muslim extremism’ is an aberration and not the mainstream in the Islamic world.

Sri Lanka has nothing to fear from ‘Muslim extremism’ abroad, which is indisputably no more than a transitional phenomenon. Most of the Islamic countries are in a parlous state militarily and quite simply don’t have the capacity to harm Sri Lanka. Besides, none of them have the slightest motive to want to do anything that might be deleterious to Sri Lankan interests. On the contrary, our interaction with the wider Islamic world has been immensely beneficial to Sri Lanka, in ways that are understood even by most of our schoolboys. Internally, ‘Muslim extremism’ is a fact within a purely religious dimension in which Wahabism is in contention with orthodox Islam. We Muslims are a pragmatic people who can be trusted to deal with this problem through a strategy of practical accommodation. The charge that ‘Muslim extremism’ poses an existential threat to the Sinhalese people makes no sense at all. Or rather it makes sense only on one ground: Islamophobic racism.

The alleged Muslim demographic threat to the Sinhalese is also nonsensical. I have already provided the reader with the necessary statistical data to reach an informed judgment, but unfortunately they are quite confusing. Between 1881 and 1981 the Muslim population remained virtually static: 7.17% in 1881 and 7.56% in 1981. On the other hand the Buddhist population increased very appreciably: from 61.53% in 1881 to 69.30% in 1981. The confusion arise because the statistics for the period 1981 to 2012 shows a reversal of the trend established over the 100-year period from 1881 to 1981. The Buddhist population increased from 69.30% to 70.19%, which was only a marginal increase. On the other hand the Muslim population shot up from 7.56% to 9.71%.

I have sought explanations for that surprising reversal of trend and found none that is even remotely definitive. I have stopped making further inquiries because there is an argument that seems to me absolutely irrefutable to show that the Muslims will never become the dominant majority in Sri Lanka. The BBS’ charge that the Muslims will become the dominant majority by 2050 seems to have behind it the assumption that the percentage of Muslim population increase will keep on going up and up. But that is an assumption that does not square with the known facts of demography which has been a specialist field of study since the time of Malthus in the nineteenth century. The crucially important fact is that demographic studies have shown that populations don’t keep on growing indefinitely but they tend to reduce, finally stabilizing at two children per family. Courbage and Todd have shown that Muslims across the globe are no exception to that rule, and there is no earthly reason to suppose that the Sri Lankan Muslims will prove to be an exception either. The charge that they will outnumber the Buddhists is nonsense that might be explicable on the ground of ignorance, which if it proves to be invincible has to have behind it Islamophobic racism.

I will now conclude with a few observations, no more than a few jottings, on the huge subject of Islamophobic racism in an international perspective. The Sinhalese racists are not altogether peculiar in seeing in our Muslims a terrible existential threat. D.W.Griffiths, one of the innovative geniuses of early American cinema, built one of his two masterpieces, The Birth of a Nation, on the existential dread that the American blacks would wrest power from the American whites. When I saw a DVD of that film some years ago I was utterly shocked because the animating idea behind it seemed so unrealistic, so bizarre. Since then I have come across other examples of thoroughly unreasonable majoritarian dread of inoffensive and powerless minorities, a dread that can find expression in oblique forms. For instance Cole Porter’s memorable song Love for Sale, which gives a sympathetic portrayal of a prostitute was unacceptable to American audiences until it was made out that she was black. There we have a racist drive to see female degradation as essentially a black phenomenon. Another instance was provided by the travails of the legendary song Strange Fruit, about black lynchings in the American South, in finding American acceptance. When in 1939 Billie Holiday sang it at an American radio station, the white staff did everything possible to spoil the transmission. The moral that I have to draw at this point is that Sinhalese Islamophobia is not just a freakish phenomenon that can be expected to fade away if it is ignored.

Present-day Islamophobic racism, with its central emphasis on Muslims proliferating so prolifically that Islam will before long become dominant over the globe, reminds one of the ‘yellow peril’ which obsessed Westerners over many decades. The idea was that the Chinese would proliferate like cockroaches and insects and take over the globe. It seems to have arisen in 19th century America and persisted until Nixon’s 1972 visit to China. In the meanwhile something extremely odd in international relations took place. Usually the two greatest powers in the world compete with each other to get the allegiance of the third emerging power. But we had the strange spectacle of the two leading powers of the time, the US and the Soviet Union, getting together in utter demented murderous hatred of China, the third emerging great power. How murderous was that hatred was shown by the revelation in the Kissinger memoirs that the Brezhnev-Kosygin duo was egging on the Americans to subject the Chinese to a nuclear bomb-whacking. I take that as an example of racism in action in international relations.

Another example was the setting up of Israel. The voting on the UN Resolution on that enormity showed a stark division along colour lines. Even the Philippines – servant of the Americans at that time and for many decades thereafter – balked at the idea of supporting that racist Resolution. There was a hidden ideology behind the setting up of Israel, which was much earlier stated forthrightly by Theodor Herzl, the father-figure of political Zionism, when he declared that an Israel would be Europe’s vanguard fortress to withstand the advancing Asiatic hordes. It was no accident that Israel and apartheid South Africa were bosom-buddies, and that today’s Israel is so racist that even Carter used the term “apartheid” in his book on Israel.

The strange and deep and otherwise mystifying commitment of the US to Israel should also be seen as an example of racism in action in international relations.  The conventional wisdom on that commitment is that it flows from the power of the Zionist lobby. We know that Israel would, above all, want the US to bomb out Iran’s nuclear installations or give Israel the green light to do so. Why has the supposedly omnipotent Zionist lobby failed to bring that about? I believe that the reason is the American realization that bombing out Iran would eventually strengthen the Asiatic hordes. The US commitment to Israel is a racist commitment to Israel as the fortress against advancing Asiatic hordes. The West is sensing that the Islamic hordes could be advancing, and that could be the reason for Western Islamophobic racism.

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    Izeth Hussain –

    RE: Islamophobic Racism

    “In this article I will argue that both of those supposed problems are really non-problems, which can be explained only on the basis of Islamophobic racism among some segments of the Sri Lankan people. Thereafter I will – in situating these seemingly purely local problems in an international context – make some observations on Islamophobic racism on the global scale.”

    1. There were no Problems when the Muslims were Sufis and others who followed the traditional Islam.

    2. The problems started with Ibn Taymiah of 12th Century and Abdul Wahab of 18th Century, the Wahhabism and their Clones, including Taliban, Deobandis Al Qued, ISIS, ISIL,, Boko Haram etc, who follow the devil, satan, Iblees, Licifer etc.

    3. So, the Non-Muslims think that all the traditional Muslims follow the Devil, Satan, Iblees and Lucifer. Since the true or moderate Muslims did not isolate these Devils, aka Terrorists,Militants, the whole Muslim community is being painted with a wide brush.

    That is what happens when bad apples are not taken out. It is like adding cow dung to pristine milk. It spoils the milk.

    Look into Islamic Civilization the First 500 years , before Ibn Taymiah, and also the Persian and Ottoman empires.

    4. The same thing is bis happening with Sinhala Buddhists and Buddhists. THE BBS has become the ISIS or ISIL of Buddhism, even though not as violent, but it is Sinhala “Buddhist” Racism and chauvinism, that attached the Tamils.

    Did Buddha ask to attack the Tamils? No.

    Sinhala “Buddhists’ invented that, just like the Wahhabis and their clones.

    Have eeen it before

    Déjà vu, from French, literally “already seen”

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      Izeth Hussain –

      “I believe that the explanation is to be found in the fact that Saudi Arabia has spent billions of dollars, over several decades, in propagating the Wahabi-Salafi-Hanbali version of militant Islam, which has been interpreted in ways that promote ideological extremism and violence. “

      Well and succinctly stated.

      Who are the Wahhabis, Salafis, Deobandis, Taliban. ISIS Boko Haram etc?

      They are the Devil, Satan, Shaitan. Iblees, and Lucifer followers?

      Here is the support, given velow.

      Hadith of Najd

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadith_of_Najd

      Text of the hadith

      “According to two narrations in Sahih Bukhari, Muhammad asks Allah to bless the areas of Bilad al-Sham (Syria) and Yemen. When his companions said “Our Najd as well,” he replied: “There will appear earthquakes and afflictions, and from there will come out the side of the head (e.g. horns) of Satan.”[1][2] In a similar narration, Muhammad again asked Allah to bless the areas Medina, Mecca, Sham, and Yemen and, when asked specifically to bless Najd, repeated similar comments about there being earthquakes, trials, tribulations, and the horns of Satan.[3][4]”

      Contemporary theories

      “A number of authors have claimed that the hadith refers to Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the patronym of the Wahhabi movement. It is accounted that the origin of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab is from the modern day Najd region of Saudi Arabia,[14] which happens to be the only surviving region that carried on the title of ‘Najd’ after the geographical codification regardless that there were several distinct locations known previously as ‘Najd’. This theory is generally supported by adherents to other various sects in Sunni Islam that have disdain for Wahhabism.[15] This is often speculated to be due to the revival of prophetic traditions, strictly clinging to hadith and negating what was seen at the time to be bid‘ah or ‘heretical innovations’, instigated by Ibn Abd al-Wahhab and later carried on by his followers.[16] as well as Twelver Shi’ism.[17] Contrary to the accusations there are numerical hadith that discredit this argument due to praise of the ethnic tribe of Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, being the Bani Tameem tribe, and praise for the region of what is now known as Najd and its peoples. Through anthropological records it is accounted that the Bani Tamim are the majority of people inhabiting the land of modern day ‘Najd’ in present day Saudi Arabia.”

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        Izeth Hussain, Amarasiri,

        All religions are a self inflicted curse on mankind: I thank nature that it made me shun any religion including Hinduism simply because there is no truth in them that can be established by scientific means.

        We humans have enough divisions otherwise, why do we need another one to make matters worse?

        When will the majority of humans realize the folly of religions and move on with life without it?

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          thiru
          To say that ‘all religions are a curse’ will be
          another form of extremism I think.It’s no point
          in blaming the religions when the real culprit
          is something else that is under cover of the
          religions and that’s the real curse.You are saying
          “there’s no truth in them that can be established
          by scientific means.” First of all,democracy which
          guarantees and fights to protect freedom of speech,
          also guarantees and fights to protect religions,all
          religions.Taken in that context,religions have a
          place in human life for just one or many reasons
          which is not the point I’m going to discuss here.
          My point here is to establish how science,
          especially medical science connects with religious
          beliefs.In medical treatments,there’s something
          called ‘plecebo’effect.This is about ones mind
          power that influences the body to heel and it can
          happen in any kind of health treatment.It’s proved
          that patients who are given empty injections or
          pills that they BELIEVE CONTAINS MEDICINE can
          experience improvement in a wide range of health
          conditions.This kind of empty or fake medicine is
          called Placebo and the improvement that results
          is called Placebo effect.The Placebo effect is an
          example of how our EXPECTATIONS and BELIEFS can
          cause real change in our physical bodies.That’s
          what RELIGIONS are supposed to bring to the
          humanity but if we see something else then they
          are not religions.

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          Thiru, you are spot on. The rise of religions in the medieval times, when there were no education establishments nor printed books was for our elders to teach us what was good and what was bad. Their teachings (continued by word of mouth) carried weight when there was a fictional all powerful figure to punish or reward. Today’s equivalent would be the parent telling their children fairy tales. We have now developed to such a degree that we can discount everything that the Bible or the Koran or other sacred book says. E.g Universe created in 6 days and Noah saved all the animals and there were messengers from God etc. We should give this religious lark another visit as it is at the root of all our wars and murders.

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          Thiru

          Muslim Scholars Release Open Letter To Islamic State Meticulously Blasting Its Ideology.

          They should be using Iblees, instead of Islamic to refer to ISIS or ISIL, the Wahhabi Spin off.

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/24/muslim-scholars-islamic-state_n_5878038.html

          WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, denouncing them as un-Islamic by using the most Islamic of terms.

          Relying heavily on the Quran, the 18-page letter released Wednesday (Sept. 24) picks apart the extremist ideology of the militants who have left a wake of brutal death and destruction in their bid to establish a transnational Islamic state in Iraq and Syria.

          Even translated into English, the letter will still sound alien to most Americans, said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, who released it in Washington with 10 other American Muslim religious and civil rights leaders.

          “The letter is written in Arabic. It is using heavy classical religious texts and classical religious scholars that ISIS has used to mobilize young people to join its forces,” said Awad, using one of the acronyms for the group. “This letter is not meant for a liberal audience.”

          Even mainstream Muslims, he said, may find it difficult to understand.

          Awad said its aim is to offer a comprehensive Islamic refutation, “point-by-point,” to the philosophy of the Islamic State and the violence it has perpetrated. The letter’s authors include well-known religious and scholarly figures in the Muslim world, including Sheikh Shawqi Allam, the grand mufti of Egypt, and Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein, the mufti of Jerusalem and All Palestine.

          A translated 24-point summary of the letter includes the following: “It is forbidden in Islam to torture”; “It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God”; and “It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslims until he (or she) openly declares disbelief.”

          This is not the first time Muslim leaders have joined to condemn the Islamic State. The chairman of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, Aiman Mazyek, for example, last week told the nation’s Muslims that they should speak out against the “terrorist and murderers” who fight for the Islamic State and who have dragged Islam “through the mud.”

          But the Muslim leaders who endorsed Wednesday’s letter called it an unprecedented refutation of the Islamic State ideology from a collaboration of religious scholars. It is addressed to the group’s self-anointed leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, and “the fighters and followers of the self-declared ‘Islamic State.’”

          But the words “Islamic State” are in quotes, and the Muslim leaders who released the letter asked people to stop using the term, arguing that it plays into the group’s unfounded logic that it is protecting Muslim lands from non-Muslims and is resurrecting the caliphate — a state governed by a Muslim leader that once controlled vast swaths of the Middle East.

          “Please stop calling them the ‘Islamic State,’ because they are not a state and they are not a religion,” said Ahmed Bedier, a Muslim and the president of United Voices of America, a nonprofit that encourages minority groups to engage in civic life.

          President Obama has made a similar point, referring to the Islamic State by one of its acronyms — “the group known as ISIL” — in his speech to the United Nations earlier Wednesday. In that speech, Obama also disconnected the group from Islam.

          Enumerating its atrocities — the mass rape of women, the gunning down of children, the starvation of religious minorities — Obama concluded: “No God condones this terror.”

          Here is the executive summary of their letter:

          1. It is forbidden in Islam to issue fatwas without all the necessary learning requirements. Even then fatwas must follow Islamic legal theory as defined in the Classical texts. It is also forbidden to cite a portion of a verse from the Qur’an—or part of a verse—to derive a ruling without looking at everything that the Qur’an and Hadith teach related to that matter. In other words, there are strict subjective and objective prerequisites for fatwas, and one cannot ‘cherry-pick’ Qur’anic verses for legal arguments without considering the entire Qur’an and Hadith.

          2. It is forbidden in Islam to issue legal rulings about anything without mastery of the Arabic language.

          3. It is forbidden in Islam to oversimplify Shari’ah matters and ignore established Islamic sciences.

          4. It is permissible in Islam [for scholars] to differ on any matter, except those fundamentals of religion that all Muslims must know.

          5. It is forbidden in Islam to ignore the reality of contemporary times when deriving legal rulings.

          6. It is forbidden in Islam to kill the innocent.

          7. It is forbidden in Islam to kill emissaries, ambassadors, and diplomats; hence it is forbidden to kill journalists and aid workers.

          8. Jihad in Islam is defensive war. It is not permissible without the right cause, the right purpose and without the right rules of conduct.

          9. It is forbidden in Islam to declare people non-Muslim unless he (or she) openly declares disbelief.

          10. It is forbidden in Islam to harm or mistreat—in any way—Christians or any ‘People of the Scripture’.

          11. It is obligatory to consider Yazidis as People of the Scripture.

          12. The re-introduction of slavery is forbidden in Islam. It was abolished by universal consensus.

          13. It is forbidden in Islam to force people to convert.

          14. It is forbidden in Islam to deny women their rights.

          15. It is forbidden in Islam to deny children their rights.

          16. It is forbidden in Islam to enact legal punishments (hudud) without following the correct
          procedures that ensure justice and mercy.

          17. It is forbidden in Islam to torture people.

          18. It is forbidden in Islam to disfigure the dead.

          19. It is forbidden in Islam to attribute evil acts to God.

          20. It is forbidden in Islam to destroy the graves and shrines of Prophets and Companions.

          21. Armed insurrection is forbidden in Islam for any reason other than clear disbelief by the ruler and not allowing people to pray.

          22. It is forbidden in Islam to declare a caliphate without consensus from all Muslims.

          23. Loyalty to one’s nation is permissible in Islam.

          24. After the death of the Prophet, Islam does not require anyone to emigrate anywhere.

          Read the full letter here.

          http://lettertobaghdadi.com/index.php

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      Izeth Hussain –

      RE: Islamophobic Racism

      Wahhabi Devil Satan Terrorism to be confronted

      Shia’s ‘thirsty to fight’ ISIS says commander – BBC News

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJfX1CHLZFU

      Published on Jul 3, 2014

      The BBC’s Gabriel Gatehouse attends the meeting of Shia sheikhs who are discussing how to tackle the danger that ISIS represents.
      He sent this film for our Newsnight programme.

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      Once again the unabashed Izeth Hussain opening his cavities to unleash a further bout of verbal diarrohea on the “virtues of the fastest growing, most peaceful and greatest religion the world has known” on a helpless readership – that has survived many attacks of half-truths, deceit, disinformation and the lot from this paid servant of Global Islam. We have it from him he is now poor – clearly dependent on his inadequate pension. He is entitled to find remunerative work – such as the one he seems to be involved in a body propagating Islam in Sri Lanka. But not at the expense of truth and the good of other communities in the country. That is the area we disagree with the well read man.

      He accuses Wirathu’s 969 Organisation with “unleashing the horrific violence against the Rohingya Muslims” But the Burmese Buddhists claim the Rohingya’s are Bangladeshi Muslim intruders from the border areas who were allowed into Burma on humanitarian grounds but now, after many decades, claim a part of the country as an independent State for the Muslims. Sounds familiar – does’nt it?

      “Likewise most Muslims will hold that mainstream Islam will continue to hold the sway that it has had for one thousand four hundred years” You mislead, Mr. Hussain. The history of Islam from the beginning is division, wars and violence. They never held power for continuously as a Power for 1,400 years in the way the Christian world did. The Persians held a fair portion of that part of the world for a few centuries and the Turks likewise.

      ” Most of the Christian world went through the transition to modernity long ago” Here you speak sense. This is where the learned like you can come out and serve Islam and world peace. Most of global Islam’s problems today arise from their Stone-age culture, rituals and habits. The Christian world came out of it long ago yielding to reason and changing to modernity. Islam world still insists on death by stoning, beheading, cutting off hands and legs and other forms of base savagery. The sooner it reforms itself and come out of its stone-age mentality the better both to Islam and the world.

      “Some would claim that there has in fact been even more extremism and violence among Hindus than among Muslims” Here you try to squeeze in your pet aversion of Hinduism. Even the Gujarat riots – where Muslims and Hindus died – is more a conspiracy of the Pakistani ISI and a section of the Indian media bought over to blow up the issue. No man in his right senses will ever claim Hindus are identified with blood,savagery and violence in all its history of 5,000 years and more,

      “Why is it that there has been far more ideological extremism and violence among Muslims making the transition than among Hindus and Buddhists?” The answer to this is the same as I have given in respect of Christianity bowing to modernity. Remember Sathi was done away with only in the 1940s in India thanks to men like Gandhi and other Hindu reformists. If you succeed in getting Muslims out of their
      pet fetish of “extremism and violence” you would done your religion and world peace a welcome service.

      “Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the success of which left the Taliban with the notion that it alone had destroyed the mighty Soviet Empire. That was the beginning of the proliferation of militant Islam in some horrible forms with the notion that it alone had destroyed the mighty Soviet Empire” I am in full agreement with you here. Many Muslims in the world believe even the barbarous attack on 9/11 is a victory for global Islam. The fact is most Muslims in the world do not have the education and the capacity for reasoning like you and many Lankan Muslims. The answer is simply because most of these semi-savages are uneducated and are brain-washed with the assurance every non-Muslim they kill will take the murderers to heaven for a life of splendour with each getting 60 young virgins – and other forms of crude bribery.

      ‘Muslim extremism’ is an aberration and not the mainstream in the Islamic world.” That is what you continue to write but that is not what today’s Islamic world dreams of. Most combatants in the Middle East are convinced that day of the Final Islamic Take-over is here. I am quoting the words of Muslim extremists in the custody of British Intelligence. Yes. It is true once the world now has turned into one against Islamic terrorism, the unprincipled Arabs were forced to join. But everyone knows why they did it and how sincere they are.

      “Muslim extremism’ abroad, which is indisputably no more than a transitional phenomenon” What is the guarantee. It has been with us from the 1980s and it has grown worse. The trouble for the Muslims is this has destroyed many Islamic countries more. As to be expected Global Islam places the responsibility on the CIA, USA, Mossad/Israel and so on. The truth is the contradictions within Islam itself is destroying the religion and the societies that form it.

      “We know that Israel would, above all, want the US to bomb out Iran’s nuclear installations or give Israel the green light to do so. Why has the supposedly omnipotent Zionist lobby failed to bring that about”
      Once again you are in your usual mischievous self of spreading the untruth. Last week, the President of Iran assured the world in the floor of UNGA/New York Iran will work with the rest of the world for the preservation of world peace – while our Muslim friends in ISIS are cutting the necks of unarmed aid workers by the dozens. Iran, thereby, has secured Insurance for their safety endangered by the belligerence of that irresponsible killer Ahmedinejad. The sanctions, that were brought by Ahmedinejad’s belligerency brought Iran to its knees. Iran was forced to change course and now enjoys the rewards of progressive lifting of sanctions.

      Izeth Hussain should not take all readers in the pages of CT to be fools. What he must realise is by his unstoppable flow of pro-Islam propaganda he continues to place Muslims in the country in greater danger than the good he thinks his writings bring them. Of course, it is not with everything he writes I am in total disagreement. When he says “violence is inherent in Islam” (I am using his words) I will not dispute him.

      Backlash

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        Most writers will dismiss comments from the likes of Backlash as beneath contempt. I am replying only for one reason: I am gathering material for an article on Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racistm, of which Backlash is a prime quality example.
        He kept on attacking me for weeks in utterly insulting ways.To show him up I asked him to produce the texts in which I allegedly advocated the use of starvation to defeat the Tamil rebels. He has failed to do so up to now. I have therefore called him a liar. In addition he claimed that I had admitted making that advocacy in the Colombo Telegraph some time ago.Again I asked him to produce the text and again he has failed to do so. Clearly the fellow is an inveterate liar.
        Now he writes, “When he says ‘violence is inherent in Islam’ (I am using his words)I will not dispute him”.This is mind-boggling.What I actually wrote is this: “The ignorant and the prejudiced will jump to the conclusion that violence is inherent in Islam, which is why the Prophet was a warrior”. The fact that he so blatantly misrepresents what I wrote shows that he is in the grip of ethnolunacy, by which I mean the extreme irrationality that is integral to racism.
        His lunatic fringe racism is quite clear when he writes of the “stone-age culture” of the Muslims. In an enlightened country such as Britain – enlightened in combating racism I mean – Backlash will be jailed for that. Izeth Hussain

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          Belligerent Izeth Hussain again – in uncontrollable anger using his characteristic crude and indecent language – so unworthy of a man of letters. But I will ignore this as this is part of his nature – an inherently cultural thing.

          As I mentioned earlier, I maintain

          (1) he wrote in The Island some years ago suggesting to the Govt Tamils in the North, during the then war, should be subject to starvation to break their democratic will to resist injustice to them by the war and other forms of discrimination. This has been referred to by several commentators.

          (2) he recently replied in a twist in the answer/readers column of CT that he meant this in a different context.

          He now audaciously denies both. I have been approached by others in this regard who are now working on tracing these. I will expose Hussain’s blatant lies soon.

          He threatens he is gathering material on the Tamil lunatic fringe, if there is indeed such a commodity. But if and when he does I believe readers will respond to him in the same manner they do now – rejection, indifference and amusement. The ageing ex-diplomat is not only craving for publicity but appears to have lost his capacity to be rational. However, it is true he has had many spats with several Tamil, Sinhala and Burgher commentators in these pages. True to his nature, he has abused all of them – calling them ugly names. What a senior diplomat.

          I expect the Muslim community takes note of his unnecessary excesses in the light of the recent debacle of the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU) where, in their grossly mistaken belief, they were satisfied they were doing Muslims a favour with the Halal Project. They had to eat crow subsequently. This misadventure was to ricochet badly on the Muslims, who, as a consequence, now live in fear and anxiety every day of their lives in every part of the country. I am afraid unless Hussein is restrained by the Muslim community he will create the unnecessary situation for the community to face further mass opprobrium from the majority and other sections of the country. Fortunately, for the Muslims, this is a blog in the English language that has a substantially lower readership than what it would have been – if in Sinhala.

          Backlash

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            I have to thank Backlash for providing me material for my projected article on the Tamil lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists.He has provided substantiation for my charge by siding with the BBS against the ACJU on the halal issue.I am not in the least surprised that the BBS is now in association with a group of Tamils. Backlash should join them.But the BBS will probably boot him out. They will not be able to stomach his moronic racism that holds that the Muslims live in a stone-age culture.
            This fellow is really not worthy of my steel.So instead of wasting my time on his drivel, I will get to the really important point by posing a question.Isn’t it my quality as a writer and political analyst that has driven Backlash and other lunatic fringe anti-Muslim racists to utter murderous hatred? Is that not it, Backlash? – IH

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              Here is just one example where the local propagandist of Global Islam – Izzeth Hussain – is caught with his Palayakat sarong down. I now note several commentators in the blog have castigated this sick guy for his inhuman suggestion of starving Tamils. How this ex-diplomat can deny what he wrote does not surprise me – now that we know the quality of the man. In his own interest the fellow should visit his shrink pronto. The visit looks overdue. As to his natural proclivity to lying – that has no medical cure.

              I am told Hussain has had continuous verbal duals with many regular readers – including Thiru, Mahesan Nirmalan, Kettikaran, Kail, Emil Van der Poorten, Varathan, Amarasiri,Nettabomman and many others on different subjects. Clearly the old bag has some special talent to get into the nerves of others.

              Despite all his denials, this is what Hussein wrote on January 14, 2014 (7/21 pm) in these very pages :-

              “I never advised the Government to starve the Tamils into submission. This point was clarified in exchanges in the Island with a Tamil person whose name I forget. But what has that got to do with my regarding the LTTE as a nationalist movement? Stick to the point. Don’t waste my time. – IH”

              There is reference both to the Island article and his tasteless denial here as well. There are several other instances as well. I don’t think I should waste further time on a washed out, nondescript, derelict looking for publicity. Nonetheless, common courtesy demands I wish the old rag speedy recovery.

              Backlash

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                This fellow Backlash is really far gone in ethnolunacy.He quotes me as follows: “I never advised the Government to starve the Tamils into submission”. Unbelievable though it may seem, he really takes that categorical denial as my acknowledgment that I did. Earlier also he shockingly misrepresented what I wrote.He is in such a state of hatred that he can no longer understand what he reads.
                But come off it, Backlash, it’s my quality as a writer and political analyst that has driven you and other Tamil lunatic fringe racists into utter murderous hatred.
                You write about me as follows: “…opening his cavities to unleash a further bout of verbal diarrohea”. That for sheer stinky nastiness is hard to beat.According to you, therefore, the editors of the Island and the Colombo Post publish me because they have a taste for excreta.Don’t waste my time. Go away.- IH

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                  Come off your incorrigible nature, Izeth. Your comment “I never advised..” arose because you advised the then Govt to starve the Tamils and commentators here took issue with this on your inhumane and savage recommendation. You were then denying what you had earlier quoted – and that is it.

                  Learn some decency even at this late stage and apologise to the Tamil people – as you did, with some forced decency, when you were
                  caught celebrating the Govt’s loss at Geneva, which you, in your assumed wisdom, “wisely predicted” will be a victory for the regime. What a man to have been chosen as our Ambassador
                  years ago.

                  I hate to waste my time on you. But when you do cross the line again we will come after you and expose your idiocy and unceasing anti-Tamil prejudice.

                  Backlash

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                  “..because they have a taste for excreta..” misreads Izeth Hussain in his rage where he has lost his mental balance. I wrote “verbal” diarrohea – you fool. Not the mess you refer to.

                  Backlash

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          Izeth Hussain

          RE: Backlash

          “The ignorant and the prejudiced will jump to the conclusion that violence is inherent in Islam, which is why the Prophet was a warrior”.

          There are people with low I.Q., people who are racists, chauvinistic and brainwashed who behave differently. They normally fall into a low I Q. Group.

          The IQ of Sri Lankans, including Tamils from Lanka and India is between 79-82. So Assume that is the I Q of Backlash.

          Now Regarding Islamic History. There were two periods.

          Meccan Period first 12 years or some where Islam was like what Mahatma Gandhi did. Peaceful.However, Muslim shad to flee to Abyssinia and finally to Medina to escape with their lives.

          Medina Period, is where they tried to establish a new life peacefully, but the Meccans attached them there as well. Some the Muslim had to defend and the violent verses came from the Medina Period. It is verses from this period the Wahhabis and their clones and Islamic Militants use, without context. It is like saying the Sin goes around the Earth because the Sun rises from the East and Sets in the West.

          The problem some of the Sri Lankan Tamils have against Muslims is that despite speaking Tamil, they did not support the Tamil Independence struggle and start the Velupillai Prabakaran Dynasty. LTTE Ethnic cleansing policy against the Northern Sinhala and Muslims are conveniently forgotten by the few Sri Lanka Tamil Racists

          However, most Tamils know that it is the Sinhala “Buddhist” Racism and Chauvinism that is the core problem.

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      zeth Hussain –

      What About the Devil, Satan Following Wahhabi Phobia against the Other Muslims and Non-Muslims?

      Wahhabi and their clines = Wahhabi, Salafi, Tawheed, Taliban, Deobandi, Al Queda, ISIS, ISIL, Boko Haran , Al-Nusra etc.= Devil, Satan , Shaitan, Ibleees, Lucifer etc.

      Qatar and Saudi Arabia ‘have ignited time bomb by funding global spread of radical Islam’

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11140860/Qatar-and-Saudi-Arabia-have-ignited-time-bomb-by-funding-global-spread-of-radical-Islam.html

      Qatar and Saudi Arabia have ignited a “time bomb” by funding the global spread of radical Islam, according to a former commander of British forces in Iraq.
      General Jonathan Shaw, who retired as Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff in 2012, told The Telegraph that Qatar and Saudi Arabia were primarily responsible for the rise of the extremist Islam that inspires Isil terrorists.
      The two Gulf states have spent billions of dollars on promoting a militant and proselytising interpretation of their faith derived from Abdul Wahhab, an eighteenth century scholar, and based on the Salaf, or the original followers of the Prophet.

      But the rulers of both countries are now more threatened by their creation than Britain or America, argued Gen Shaw. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) has vowed to topple the Qatari and Saudi regimes, viewing both as corrupt outposts of decadence and sin.
      So Qatar and Saudi Arabia have every reason to lead an ideological struggle against Isil, said Gen Shaw. On its own, he added, the West’s military offensive against the terrorist movement was likely to prove “futile”.

      “This is a time bomb that, under the guise of education, Wahhabi Salafism is igniting under the world really. And it is funded by Saudi and Qatari money and that must stop,” said Gen Shaw. “And the question then is ‘does bombing people over there really tackle that?’ I don’t think so. I’d far rather see a much stronger handle on the ideological battle rather than the physical battle.”
      Gen Shaw, 57, retired from the Army after a 31-year career that saw him lead a platoon of paratroopers in the Battle of Mount Longdon, the bloodiest clash of the Falklands War, and oversee Britain’s withdrawal from Basra in southern Iraq. As Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, he specialised in counter-terrorism and security policy.

      All this has made him acutely aware of the limitations of what force can achieve. He believes that Isil can only be defeated by political and ideological means. Western air strikes in Iraq and Syria will, in his view, achieve nothing except temporary tactical success.

      When it comes to waging that ideological struggle, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are pivotal. “The root problem is that those two countries are the only two countries in the world where Wahhabi Salafism is the state religion – and Isil is a violent expression of Wahabist Salafism,” said Gen Shaw.
      “The primary threat of Isil is not to us in the West: it’s to Saudi Arabia and also to the other Gulf states.”

      Both Qatar and Saudi Arabia are playing small parts in the air campaign against Isil, contributing two and four jet fighters respectively. But Gen Shaw said they “should be in the forefront” and, above all, leading an ideological counter-revolution against Isil.

      The British and American air campaign would not “stop the support of people in Qatar and Saudi Arabia for this kind of activity,” added Gen Shaw. “It’s missing the point. It might, if it works, solve the immediate tactical problem. It’s not addressing the fundamental problem of Wahhabi Salafism as a culture and a creed, which has got out of control and is still the ideological basis of Isil – and which will continue to exist even if we stop their advance in Iraq.”

      Gen Shaw said the Government’s approach towards Isil was fundamentally mistaken. “People are still treating this as a military problem, which is in my view to misconceive the problem,” he added. “My systemic worry is that we’re repeating the mistakes that we made in Afghanistan and Iraq: putting the military far too up front and centre in our response to the threat without addressing the fundamental political question and the causes. The danger is that yet again we’re taking a symptomatic treatment not a causal one.”

      Gen Shaw said that Isil’s main focus was on toppling the established regimes of the Middle East, not striking Western targets. He questioned whether Isil’s murder of two British and two American hostages was sufficient justification for the campaign.
      “Isil made their big incursion into Iraq in June. The West did nothing, despite thousands of people being killed,” said Gen Shaw. “What’s changed in the last month? Beheadings on TV of Westerners. And that has led us to suddenly change our policy and suddenly launch air attacks.”

      He believes that Isil might have murdered the hostages in order to provoke a military response from America and Britain which could then be portrayed as a Christian assault on Islam. “What possible advantage is there to Isil of bringing us into this campaign?” asked Gen Shaw. “Answer: to unite the Muslim world against the Christian world. We played into their hands. We’ve done what they wanted us to do.”
      However, Gen Shaw’s analysis is open to question. Even if they had the will, the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Qatar may be incapable of leading an ideological struggle against Isil. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is 91 and only sporadically active. His chosen successor, Crown Prince Salman, is 78 and already believed to be declining into senility. The kingdom’s ossified leadership is likely to be paralysed for the foreseeable future.

      Meanwhile in Qatar, the new Emir, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, is only 34 in a region that respects age. Whether this Harrow and Sandhurst-educated ruler has the personal authority to lead an ideological counter-revolution within Islam is doubtful.

      Given that Saudi Arabia and Qatar almost certainly cannot do what Gen Shaw believes to be necessary, the West may have no option except to take military action against Isil with the aim of reducing, if not eliminating, the terrorist threat.

      “I just have a horrible feeling that we’re making things worse. We’re entering into this in a way we just don’t understand,” said Gen Shaw. “I’m against the principle of us attacking without a clear political plan.”

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    While on the subject of BBS,I must emphasize that the idiot proclaiming himself as a Hindu Society president namely Arunkumaran is not actually a representative of any Hindu organization of SriLanka. He is a paid servant of BBS. Hindus in Srilanka have no bias against any religion. The leaders of Tamil Hindus in the past and present are Christians like Chelvanayagam,Father Emanuel and Bishop of Mannar etc.

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      frog in the well….. u dont’ hv to speak on behalf of others, one assumes they have voices of their own
      look at the bigger problem of ISIS which will most likely to lead to another prolonged war in middle east and maybe wider world

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    Let’s see the BBS extend an invitation to the Dalai Lama if they say they are true Sinhala Buddhists. But then who says they are?

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    ‘The strange and deep and otherwise mystifying commitment of the US to Israel should also be seen as an example of racism in action in international relations’.

    Nothing mystifying or racist there. The US has more Jewish citizens than Israel. It’s just votes. If the US had more Muslim citizens than Jews it would be supporting Palestine. In fact it would have opposed Israel’s formation in 1948. Realpolitik made it side with the oppressors rather than the oppressed.

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    The argument that Islam will never ever dominate the world is a patently anti Islamic concept against the wish of Allah , the very reason that Allah sent the last prophet. It is an argument that only an anti Islamic person can advance.
    Would a Muslim knowledgeable in Islam clarify this please.

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    Izeth Hussein :

    You never talk about the threat of Islamic expansion on other cultures.

    Instead you talk about the WISH OF ALLAH. In other words, either you or Allah don’t respect the WISHES OF OTHERS.

    You talk about Islamophobia and the wish of the Allah. You are completely ignorant of others wish.

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    whilst much has been written about Islamophobia, its imperative that one pay equally attention to Islamophilia too

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    “In these articles I have consistently held to the position that Muslim extremism is an aberration and not the mainstream in the Islamic world. “

    Unfortunately in the context of the world this is not true . Sri Lankan muslims were not going in this direction but there are some bad signs like the goni billas .

    So they need to be watched just the same way the Tamil Terrorists

    Cheers

    Abhaya

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      BUT TELLING THE TRUTH DON T YOU GUYS BELONGING TO MURDEROUS UNETHICAL MR THUGS NOT THE WORST EVER THAN ANY KIND OF GONI BILLAS.
      It has become their bread today – to hype up unknown and unheard stories about Muslims living in the country in order to live up their political agendas. I really dont think our muslims would ever be like get linked to any outside brutal outfits. We have been living in the country for ages without having any kind of tensions between sinhala and muslims but MR admin to depict and show that we do have this threat – is just red herrings to further manipulate the nation – including ones like you.

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    Nice try to mask Islamic Racism.

    Islamic terrorism and Islamic racism are the worst in the world.

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    Yawn! Old man Hussain still at the Cross Roads, waiting to find one way another to defend the indefensible barbarism he is born into. This is repetitive and boring from this guy now.

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    Hussein first says: “make some observations on Islamophobic racism on the global scale”. Then: “Sri Lanka has nothing to fear from ‘Muslim extremism’ abroad, which is indisputably no more than a transitional phenomenon. Most of the Islamic countries are in a parlous state militarily and quite simply don’t have the capacity to harm Sri Lanka. Besides, none of them have the slightest motive to want to do anything that might be deleterious to Sri Lankan interests”. What about the threat to the other sections of humanity in other parts of the world? Instead of beating about the bush he should define Wahabism in relation to other Muslim sects. Bensen

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    As of this writing, the National September 11 Memorial Museum still hasn’t caved in. But the pressure is building, and it feels very familiar.

    The problem is a seven-minute film being shown at the soon-to-open museum called The Rise of Al Qaeda. Narrated by NBC’s Brian Williams, it uses words like “Islamist,” “Islamic,” and “jihad” in reference to the 9/11 hijackers and their motives.

    Some Muslim groups, and others like the Interfaith Center of New York, want the film edited to remove those terms. They don’t want the public to think that Islamism or jihad had anything to do with Al Qaeda or the 9/11 attacks, because that could foster “Islamophobia.” We’ve so been down this road before.

    ***

    As a brown-skinned person with a Muslim name, I can get away with a lot more than you’d think. I can publicly parade my wife or daughters around in head-to-toe burqas and be excused out of “respect” for my culture and/or religion, thanks to the racism of lowered expectations. I can re-define “racism” as something non-whites can never harbor against whites, and cite colonialism and imperialism as justification for my prejudice.

    And in an increasingly effective move that’s fast become something of an epidemic, I can shame you into silence for criticizing my ideas simply by calling you bigoted or Islamophobic.

    For decades, Muslims around the world have rightly complained about the Israeli government labeling even legitimate criticism of its policies “anti-Semitic,” effectively shielding itself from accountability. Today, Muslim organizations like CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) have borrowed a page from their playbook with the “Islamophobia” label — and taken it even further.

    In addition to calling out prejudice against Muslims (a people), the term “Islamophobia” seeks to shield Islam itself (an ideology) from criticism. It’s as if every time you said smoking was a filthy habit, you were perceived to be calling all smokers filthy people. Human beings have rights and are entitled to respect. But when did we start extending those rights to ideas, books, and beliefs? You’d think the difference would be clear, but it isn’t. The ploy has worked over and over again, and now everyone seems petrified of being tagged with this label.

    The phobia of being called “Islamophobic” is on the rise — and it’s becoming much more rampant, powerful, and dangerous than Islamophobia itself.

    ***

    Last month, a white American man successfully convinced the Massachusetts liberal arts school Brandeis University that he was being victimized and oppressed by a black African woman from Somalia — a woman who underwent genital mutilation at age five and travels with armed security at risk of being assassinated.

    That is the power of this term.

    The man, Ibrahim Hooper, is a Muslim convert and a founding member and spokesman for CAIR. The woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is an unapologetic activist for the rights of girls and women and a harsh, no-holds-barred critic of the religious ideologies (particularly the Islamic ideology in Muslim-majority countries that she experienced first-hand) that perpetuate and maintain their abuse. Having abandoned the Islamic faith of her parents and taken a stance against it, she is guilty of apostasy, a crime that is punishable by death according to most Islamic scholars, not to mention the holy text itself.

    Hirsi Ali was also involved with the award-winning documentary, Honor Diaries, which explores violence against women in honor-based societies, including female genital mutilation (FGM), honor killings, domestic violence, and forced marriage. Despite featuring the voices of several practicing Muslim women, the film was deemed “Islamophobic” by — you guessed it — the poor folks at CAIR. Again, they felt they were the real victims, wanting their own voices heard while silencing those of the victims of FGM and honor killing in the film.

    “So what?” you say. “It’s 2014. No one’s going to take that kind of position seriously, right?”

    Wrong. Astonishingly, this ludicrous argument was enough to convince both the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan to cancel their screenings of the film.

    Earlier this year, this Islamophobia-phobia also worked successfully on Katy Perry, a singer well-known for fighting her evangelical minister parents to break out of a strict Christian upbringing. Her music video for Dark Horse enraged over 60,000 angry Muslims who signed a petition demanding that it be removed for blasphemy. The video showed a man wearing an “Allah” pendant being burned to ashes, pendant and all. The scene was visible for less than a second in the original video.

    She gave in. The petition was successful, and within a day, the offending scene was edited out of the video.

    ***
    The Islamophobia pseudo-smear isn’t just used against apostates like Hirsi Ali or non-Muslims like Katy Perry. In January, British Liberal Democrat candidate and progressive Muslim Maajid Nawaz tweeted this, a cartoon with the caption:

    “This Jesus & Mo cartoon is not offensive & I’m sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it.”

    The result? Vicious death threats. A petition signed by tens of thousands to have him removed from candidacy. Targeting by Western liberal apologists. Admonishments from his own moderate Muslim counterparts. And this wasn’t in, say, Somalia. Tweets such as, “Have spoken to someone in Pakistan. They will have a surprise for him on his next visit. He is used to surprises in Pak,” came from within the UK.

    The most tragic aspect of all this is what Alishba Zarmeen has coined the “Greenwald Syndrome” — the phenomenon of Western liberals, in a supposed show of tolerance, embracing an apologist stance in favor of the intolerant.

    My good friend and writer/activist Faisal Al Mutar, who escaped repeated death threats for his secular beliefs in his native Iraq, put it best: “Many of [the Western liberals] have betrayed us liberals in the Middle East and other Muslim countries, and [inadvertently] sided with the Islamists against us.”

    After being publicly accused by Glenn Greenwald of “spouting and promoting Islamophobia,” Sam Harris responded with these words, which should be read by everyone:

    “Needless to say, there are people who hate Arabs, Somalis, and other immigrants from predominantly Muslim societies for racist reasons. But if you can’t distinguish that sort of blind bigotry from a hatred and concern for dangerous, divisive, and irrational ideas — like a belief in martyrdom, or a notion of male ‘honor’ that entails the virtual enslavement of women and girls — you are doing real harm to our public conversation. Everything I have ever said about Islam refers to the content and consequences of its doctrine. And, again, I have always emphasized that its primary victims are innocent Muslims — especially women and girls.

    There is no such thing as ‘Islamophobia.’ This is a term of propaganda designed to protect Islam from the forces of secularism by conflating all criticism of it with racism and xenophobia. And it is doing its job, because people like you have been taken in by it.”

    The fear of being called Islamophobic once led many prominent Westerners to abandon their own values when they abandoned Salman Rushdie. It led Yale to publish a book about the Danish Muhammad cartoon controversy, but without the cartoons. It led Comedy Central to censor the show South Park on more than one occasion for fear of offending Muslims, even though the show irreverently lambastes virtually every other religion on a regular basis, unhindered.

    This epidemic continues today with the new 9/11 museum film, the Brandeis fiasco with Ayaan Hirsi Ali, CAIR’s whining over Honor Diaries, the Katy Perry video, and the Maajid Nawaz cartoon tweet controversy — all within this year — where too many Westerners are falling on the wrong side.

    As I’ve written before, this is an effective deterrent. This is exactly how terrorism works. This is how perfectly intelligent, well-read writers, commentators, and broadcasters become silenced by the Islamophobia smear fear — and rationalize themselves into becoming unaware victims of it.

    When you’re unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right?

    And that’s where the “Islamophobia” smear comes in — the ultimate, lazy substitute for a non-existent counter-argument. Don’t fall for it.

    Ali A. Rizvi Become a fan

    Pakistani-Canadian writer, physician and musician

    The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

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    failed attempt to cover muslim terrorism

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    This chap tries somehow to dilute the horror and savagery of Islamic extremists across the world. Burma and Wirathu and the few attacks and the BBS thugs are nothing compared to the rape, and beheadings and executions in the name of Allah in Northern Africa and the Middle East. They want to establish an Islamic Caliphate. Historically Islam spread via violence just like Christianity.

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    Ela Kolla, Naresh and others

    It is time more in the readership warn this Izeth Hussain his show is up. The more you keep quiet the more he thinks Islam, with his “writing skills” – is winning both in the world and here. It is the silence of the majority in these pages that provides him and his ilk undue encouragement. It is time the more decent and peace-centered Muslims also come out to distance themselves from this irresponsible and dangerous man.

    Backlash

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      This fellow Backlash’ mind is so clogged up with anti-Muslim racist hatred that he is unable to understand what I write. I categorically denied that I made an alleged statement. He insists on interpreting that denial to mean that I was confirming that I did make that alleged statement.The non-sequitur is absolutely mind-boggling.Things cannot be okay in his upper storey.He takes my use of the term “excreta” literally whereas it should have been obvious from the context that I was using the term figuratively to mean “verbal excreta”.But he will never be able to grasp that.
      I have come to believe firmly that it is my quality as a writer and political analyst that has driven Backlash and his ilk to savage murderous racist hatred. They cannot bear that quality in a Muslim. Isn’t that it, Backlash? – Izeth Hussain

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        Izeth Hussain

        “This fellow Backlash’ mind is so clogged up with anti-Muslim racist hatred that he is unable to understand what I write. “

        This is an I.Q. Problem. His I.Q. is probably well below 79, but if the mind is not clogged, he should be able to distinguish between the different issues and items.

        Ask him if he believes the Sun goes around the Earth or is it the Earth goes around the Sun. Ask him to articulate the difference between the two hypotheses, and the data that supports each hypotheses.

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