Aiseyman! Mufti Menk is not as ‘moderate’ as he makes himself out to be!

Mufti menk

Dear Moderate Muslims,

About ISIS and Islamism.
You don't have to speak out against them, it's fine.
You can choose to remain silent, that is after all a part of free speech.
You don't have to mourn for the dead in Paris.
You don't have to join us and condemn Islamic Terrorists.
You don't have to join us in the advocacy of secular Islam or engage in sharing ideas on how to make Islamism and radicalization seem as unattractive as possible the youth.
Your apathy, just fine.

But when you deny that Islamism and Islamist organizations like ISIS and others before it are not a Muslim problem.
Then we have a problem.
Terrorism is a problem for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, creed or religion.

Muslim reformers know this and try their hardest to advocate for an Islam that is personal, not political.
Ex-Muslims know this, all too well what would happen to us if Sharia becomes state law and thus do our best to warn others to not take this threat of Islamism lightly.
Secularists by principle advocate for separation of state and religion and knows that Islamism is a threat to religious freedoms.

And now everyone knows that ISIS and Islamism is a global problem and needs to be dealt with, not just with guns and air strikes, but through dialogues and ideas because you see, Islamism is an ideology, ideologies cannot be beaten by bullets and bombs, only good ideas destroy bad ideas and everyone especially the young vulnerable Muslims needs to know just how bad of an idea Islamism is.

ISIS and Islamism is a problem for everyone but you whose religion is being hijacked by fundamentalists who wish to impose global sharia on everyone of us have the gall to say that Islamism is not your problem? It makes me wonder what kind of mental gymnastics you have to do to disassociate. And how dare you dismantle the works done by your fellow Muslims who are advocating a reformation in Islam and everyone else.

When you say, ISIS is not a Muslim problem.
What you're saying is Islamism is not a Muslim problem.
The politicization of your religion is somehow not your problem?
This is what annoys people like us.

So, moderate Muslims, by all means remain silent, let those of us concerned work towards a better future for you and your children, you can enjoy the fruits of our labour, this isn't about recognition or vanity this is about humanity.
And you are more than welcome to join us in this collective effort and discussion.

Yours truly
A concerned Murtad.
Dear Moderate Muslims,

About ISIS and Islamism.
You don't have to speak out against them, it's fine.
You can choose to remain silent, that is after all a part of free speech.
You don't have to mourn for the dead in Paris.
You don't have to join us and condemn Islamic Terrorists.
You don't have to join us in the advocacy of secular Islam or engage in sharing ideas on how to make Islamism and radicalization seem as unattractive as possible the youth.
Your apathy, just fine.

But when you deny that Islamism and Islamist organizations like ISIS and others before it are not a Muslim problem.
Then we have a problem.
Terrorism is a problem for everyone, regardless of ethnicity, creed or religion.

Muslim reformers know this and try their hardest to advocate for an Islam that is personal, not political.
Ex-Muslims know this, all too well what would happen to us if Sharia becomes state law and thus do our best to warn others to not take this threat of Islamism lightly.
Secularists by principle advocate for separation of state and religion and knows that Islamism is a threat to religious freedoms.

And now everyone knows that ISIS and Islamism is a global problem and needs to be dealt with, not just with guns and air strikes, but through dialogues and ideas because you see, Islamism is an ideology, ideologies cannot be beaten by bullets and bombs, only good ideas destroy bad ideas and everyone especially the young vulnerable Muslims needs to know just how bad of an idea Islamism is.

ISIS and Islamism is a problem for everyone but you whose religion is being hijacked by fundamentalists who wish to impose global sharia on everyone of us have the gall to say that Islamism is not your problem? It makes me wonder what kind of mental gymnastics you have to do to disassociate. And how dare you dismantle the works done by your fellow Muslims who are advocating a reformation in Islam and everyone else.

When you say, ISIS is not a Muslim problem.
What you're saying is Islamism is not a Muslim problem.
The politicization of your religion is somehow not your problem?
This is what annoys people like us.

So, moderate Muslims, by all means remain silent, let those of us concerned work towards a better future for you and your children, you can enjoy the fruits of our labour, this isn't about recognition or vanity this is about humanity.
And you are more than welcome to join us in this collective effort and discussion.

Yours truly
A concerned Murtad.
The existence of violent Islamists has enabled many deeply reactionary Islamic preachers to claim the mantle of being "moderate" because they do not support jihadism. This means they can assert values that in any other context would be challenged by liberals and progressives as bigoted, this web intolerant, purchase hateful and reactionary. But cultural relativism allows them to claim to be ‘moderate’ because, hey, as least they don’t say suicide-bombing bombing is halal.

An example is Mufti Menk, who is something of a rock star among Islamic preachers. He has almost 200,000 followers on twitter, was trained as a cleric in Saudi Arabia and is based in Zimbabwe.

One of his fans was Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston bombers, who re-tweeted some of the Mufti’s words of wisdom, much to his horror. Mufti Menk distanced himself from Tsarnaev, saying he was ‘shocked out of my skin’ and added,

“I believe the perpetrators should be brought to justice, which is a common statement. We stand for peace, we stand for tolerance and promoting harmony and that went a long way in clearing my name.”

But look closely at Menk’s opinions, and his declaration of believing in tolerance and harmony falls apart. Menk promotes hatred of gays and apologises for stoning, and yet in Singapore, the promoter of such views can be hustled as a ‘moderate’.

Menk says of gays: “Indeed you are the people who have transgressed the limits of Allah....Allah speaks about how filthy this is.....so, with all due respect to the animals, they are worse than those animals. Remember, we are saying, with all due respect to the animals, because to the animals it is an insult to them to even suggest this to them. Automatically the pigs and the dogs do not engage in this (homosexuality)"

And here is friendly, harmony and tolerance seeking Mufti Menk on stoning women to death: “Now before we go into the punishment of Zina (fornication) there are two punishments. One is the stoning to death of the person who has been married in the past, or is correctly married and they commit zina, the sharia says such a person should be stoned to death. That is there. There is no doubt, there is no debate."

So in the topsy-turvy place we are now in, a religious preacher who promotes the idea that stoning women to death is a good thing, and that gay people are ‘worse’ than animals, freely engages in speaking tours and wears the halo of the ‘moderate’ Muslim preacher with pride.

Is it fear that prevents gay and females from pointing out the bigotry and intolerance behind the moderate mask of Mufti Menk? Why do we accept the terms of dehumanisation of women and gays that is structurally embedded in the speech of this ‘moderate’ preacher?

Either way, the time has come for all truly liberal, secular and progressive people in Britain to critically scrutinise religious preachers and activists and their rhetoric and beliefs without inhibition. We should no longer allow the dehumanisation of women, gays, ex-Muslims, secular Muslims and dissenters to be propagated by Islamic preachers out of fear or cultural relativism.

Because if you compromise through association, assent, or support reactionaries who promote intolerance and hatred, whilst claiming to be promoting ‘tolerance’ and ‘harmony’ you debase yourself, and the values that are the very essence of the progressive movement – freedom of conscience, women’s rights, gay rights, anti-racism, are discarded cheaply. And if that happens, you have no values worth defending. You literally become worthless and value less.

A failure to introspect and deal with this issue is a failure of moral conscience that threatens everyone. Because at some point the real question for the progressives will become, when did our silence become complicity with the hateful and reactionary?

 

Council of Ex-Muslims