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Tarek Fatah on M-103: “Replace the word Islamophobia with Islamofascism”

May 7, 2017

Tarek Fatah on M-103: “Replace the word Islamophobia with Islamofascism” CIJ News, May 7, 2017

Tarek Fatah. Photo screenshot YouTube Mobile TV

I have to say one thing clear that if my holy book says cut off the hands of someone and the left foot I do not accept that. If somebody wants to say you can say that, I said it. I will not accept it because I do not believe that even the Quran was collected according to the revelations that it was revealed, the Quran as it was revealed does not exist. And I willing to talk to anyone who says that, it is, but seriously why can’t we discuss this? That is what M-103 is about. That when I say what I just said I should be charged with the crime of Islamophobia, which is a code word to say the crime of apostasy, which is the code word for the word blasphemy, and punishment that is beheading as Muslims it is a job to make sure that laughter is stopped. 

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On Sunday, April 9, 2017 a panel of prominent Muslim journalists and activists presented their arguments against Motion 103, also known as the anti-Islamophobia motion.

The “Muslims Against M-103” panel featuring Tarek Fatah, Tahir Gora, Asif Javaid and Shaan Taseer, titled took place at the Royal Banquet Hall, 185 Statesman Drive in Mississauga, Ontario.

In his speech, Tarek Fatah, a Canadian writer, broadcaster, secularist and liberal activist who founded the Muslim Canadian Congress, emphasized the duty upon moderate Muslims to fight M-103 to defend the Western civilization from the radicals who adhere to extremist Islamic ideology. The following are excerpts from Fatah’s speech:

Islamophobia is a fear of Islam. The point is that there are a million Muslims who came to Canada because they had a fear of IslamWe live in a world where the stark reality that from all over the Muslim world not a single Muslim goes to a Muslim country.

There are 6 million Syrian refugees and not one of them wants to go to Saudi Arabia. It’s right next door. It’s right next door. No ESL process [meaning no need to learn foreign language]…

Who killed Muslims? Muslims. Who killed through, the Sarin gas attacks? Muslims threw it on Muslims. Had Syria had M-103 resolution, I swear by the Great Allah, nobody would have been killed… Five years of slaughter and you blame it on who? America… You killed and slaughtered Prophet’s Mohammad’s own family and you’re lecturing Canadians about Islamophobia?…

They have been killing Muslims ever-since the Prophet died. The first wars of Islam are called the wars of apostasy. Anyone who said: I don’t understand how this guy became the new Caliph of Islam. He said: Oh you don’t think I should be the Caliph of Islam. No sir, I don’t know who you are. Well, kill him.

Here’s a Quran… it is not in the compilation as it was revealed. I’m saying it to the record… It is not in the way Allah revealed it to the Prophet Mohammad. It was compiled in a way by the third Caliph who burnt 300 Qurans. Was he an Islamophobe? Othman [bin Affan]… he just got murdered but other Muslims. Before him Omar, the Caliph, he too got murdered and then came Mohammad’s cousin Ali, one of the biggest intellectuals of the Islamic world. He was praying Friday prayers. One of the guys came saying I don’t like him. Killed. He died…

The only Muslim politician of character that this country has ever elected is [MPP] Fatima Houda-Pepin who was deputy speaker of the Quebec National Assembly, who got all parties in Quebec into a unanimous motion to ban Sharia [Islamic Law] for all times in the province of Quebec. That’s my kind of Muslim. That’s the type of Muslim we are. When we were fighting against Sharia [Islamic Law] in 2005 there was nobody with us. We were only five or six people… We defeated Sharia [Islamic Law] and got it banned in Ontario by being straightforward not hateful and sticking to our principles…

The game has just begun. We will make sure, and as God is my witness, we will not let this become law in this form… I promise you this. Even if we have just one person, we will lock ourselves to the gates of Parliament and asked them to replace the word Islamophobia with the word Islamofascism

The last fighters who defeated who defeated Hitler came from Stalin’s Muslim armies from Tajikistan, Kazakhstan who fought in Stalingrad and then defeated. Those are the Muslims who want here. The people who love Hitler want them out of here. Now and if you want to call me an Islamophobe, Praise be to Allah, I am. Yes I am.

I have to say one thing clear that if my holy book says cut off the hands of someone and the left foot I do not accept that. If somebody wants to say you can say that, I said it. I will not accept it because I do not believe that even the Quran was collected according to the revelations that it was revealed, the Quran as it was revealed does not exist. And I willing to talk to anyone who says that, it is, but seriously why can’t we discuss this? That is what M-103 is about. That when I say what I just said I should be charged with the crime of Islamophobia, which is a code word to say the crime of apostasy, which is the code word for the word blasphemy, and punishment that is beheading as Muslims it is a job to make sure that laughter is stopped. That the people creating this mess in the world are confronted but not with hate. Mahatma Gandhi’s ways are still alive today.

We have to fight hate and not with that Christian love that you talk about, you know, let’s have an interfaith talk. No, resolute, straightforward, secular, absolutely Rousseau, Karl Marx, Adam Smith and the whole of what that comes from Western civilization, from Socrates to Aristotle. We are the product of Western civilization. We are not the product of any other civilization. We invented the aircraft, insulin, vaccination, microphone, iPhones, even the damn paper. Because the Quran was written on skins and bones till we got paper from the Persians and the Greeks. Islam owes a lot to Eastern Orthodox Church, to the Zoroastrians and to the Hindus.

And it [Islam] is fundamentally Judaism planted on a pagan culture. If we cannot accept that we are doomed as a Muslim community, and no amount of M103s will ever be able to stop the tide that I have seen in anger coming up during the Dutch elections, doing the Swiss elections, during the Indian elections. We have Muslim women in burqas voted against their husbands advice…

 

Trump’s game in Saudi Arabia

February 13, 2017

Trump’s game in Saudi Arabia, American ThinkerJames Lewis, February 13, 2017

Mike Pompeo, the new CIA head, just flew to Riyadh to give a medal to the reigning son of the king (who is said to suffer from dementia).  While some conservatives regard this as a travesty (e.g., a “Not the Onion” commentary from Zero Hedge), I think this is meant to be an open signal to support the House of Saud, whose help is needed against the Iranians anyway and who support President El-Sisi against Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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It’s not clear what the Saudis did in exchange, but they have been under the gun, fearing that Western media would expose their role in support of violent jihad.  So this looks as though the Saudis have done a lot to settle those debts.  It’s not the kind of public gesture the CIA does a lot.

The Saudis can shut down ISIS/AQ/Al Nusra, or whatever the worst gang of maniacs calls itself today.  They also have no problem with selected assassinations.  SecDef Mattis has a long record of talking about morality and immorality in warfare, and he does not like sadistic monsters.  I think the moral dimension of defensive war has been missing during the Obama years.

These moves may signal both domestic and foreign agreements to calm things down.  The Saudis know that their control of OPEC is waning, since Trump is aggressively opening up domestic traditional and shale energy production (again, something Obama never would do).  But the Saudis need to make a “soft landing,” which is not going to be easy.  So they have been talking peace with Israel, on the assumption that Israel can communicate with the U.S. – at least under Trump.

These are all calming moves in a very agitated international situation. I believe that Trump is going to move aggressively against Muslim Brotherhood infiltration, probably with Saudi backing.  The Saudis are ideologically aligned with ISIS, al-Qaeda, and the M.B.s, but tactically, they could abandon them.  Violent jihad arose with OPEC, and now that OPEC is declining, it would be smart to convince the Saudis that the jig is up.

We can see if there is a marked decrease in jihadist violence.  If not, then the hypothesis is wrong.

The possibility of public exposure of their role in 9/11 is still very real and can be used to ensure their good behavior.

This is Kremlinology, but it’s falsifiable.  There are many dangerous enemies in the world, including George Soros domestically, and the intelligence agencies can torpedo a lot of stuff.  It is smart for Trump to calm things down and focus on the hard parts first.

 

Obama administration scraps National Security Entry-Exit Registration System for migrants from Muslim countries

December 22, 2016

Obama administration scraps National Security Entry-Exit Registration System for migrants from Muslim countries, Jihad Watch

Good. What would we possibly need to track them for? What could possibly wrong? What could they conceivably do in a country for which they must feel nothing but gratitude? Ask Merkel.

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“Obama Administration Scraps Entry-Exit Tracking System for Migrants from Muslim Countries,” AP, December 22, 2016:

WASHINGTON (AP)—The Obama administration is officially ending a post-9/11 era registration system for immigrant men from mostly Muslim countries.

The decision to scrap the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System comes amid growing international terror fears and President-elect Donald Trump’s suggestions that he could ban Muslim immigrants from the United States….

The NSEERS program was widely derided by civil libertarians as an effort to profile people based on race and religion.

The administration hasn’t been using the program since 2011.

These Five Muslim Countries Discriminate Against Muslims

November 24, 2016

These Five Muslim Countries Discriminate Against Muslims, Clarion Project, November 24, 2016

Here are five Muslim countries with laws that discriminate against minority sects of Islam:

saudi-arabia-king-salman-ip_2King Salman of Saudi Arabia. (Photo: © Reuters)

Many of the countries which carry out religious discrimination against Muslims are themselves Muslim countries with an Islamic system of government. Here are five of the worst offenders.

1 Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran is ruled by a concept called Velayat e-Faqih, or “guardianship of the Jurist” in which political power is vested in the hands of a clerical establishment headed by the Supreme Leader. It calls its revolution “Islamic” and claims to have a government that safeguards religion.

Yet, despite this Islamic claim to legitimacy, Iran has repressive laws that restrict the religious rights of Muslims. Ja’afari Shiite Islam is the official state religion and all law is in accordance with the doctrines of that sect. Although the constitution states the Sunni schools of thought must be “accorded full respect,” Sunnis complain of discrimination at the hands of the regime. In 2015, “Security officials continued to raid and demolish existing prayer sites belonging to Sunnis” according to the United States Institute for Peace and “the government reportedly barred the construction of new Sunni mosques.”

Sunnis make up 10% of Iran’s population, but they say they are denied government jobs and are treated as second class citizens. Although there are one million Sunnis in the Iranian capital Tehran, Sunnis complain there is no Sunni mosque in the city, a charge which Islamic Republic media outlets deny, with one website claiming there are nine.

This year Iran, after a dispute with Sunni rival Saudi Arabia, banned Iranian pilgrims from going on the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, which takes place annually in September. This year, one million Iranian pilgrims instead marked the festival of Arafat Day in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, Iraq, during the same time as the Hajj.

2 Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is an absolute monarchy, one of the last left in the world, in which the House of Saud rule in accordance with the austere and puritanical sect of Islam  known as Wahhabism, named after the sect’s founder Mohammed Ibn Abd-al-Wahhab (1703-1792).

Ibn Saud, the founder of the House of Saud made a deal with al-Wahhab that the former would control political life and the latter religious life in Saud’s domains, a deal which was continued through the generations of both families to this day. Legally speaking, the Quran and the Sunna (the oral tradition of Islam) are the country’s constitution.

All other forms of Islam are persecuted in Saudi Arabia. “Shia clerics and activists who advocated for equal treatment of Shia Muslims were arrested, and at least one Shia cleric awaited execution after being convicted on charges of ‘violent opposition’ to the government,” according to the U.S. State Department’s International Religious Freedom Report for Saudi Arabia (2015).

Shiites, who make up 10-15 percent of Saudi Arabia’s population are kept from representation on the country’s religious councils.

Since Wahhabis do not celebrate the holiday of Mawlid, the commemoration of Mohammed’s birthday, or visit to the tombs of Islamic saints, Saudi Arabia strictly prohibits all other Muslims to do so as well.

Shiites are also often forced to use the Sunni call to prayer rather than their own one and complain of socio-economic discrimination as a result of their faith.

3 Brunei

Brunei is a small monarchy on the island of Borneo ruled in accordance with a mixture of the Sha’afi school of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence and a civil law code. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, the King, introduced sharia law’s harsh hudud punishments in 2014.

Legally the country affords other sects the right to worship in peace. However, in practice, there are restrictions on non-Sha’afi sects. All religious (and non-religious) organizations are forced to register and provide the state with a full list of their members. Participation in an unregistered organization, such as a religious group, is prohibited and punishable by a fine.

Schools, including private schools, are prohibited from teaching any religion other than Sha’afi Islam. All Friday sermons in the country are pre-approved; uniform sermons are drafted by the ministry of religious affairs and delivered by registered imams.

4 Bahrain

Bahrain is a small island in the Persian Gulf where a Sunni monarchy rules over and oppresses a Shiite majority population. The country is dominated politically, economically and militarily by Saudi Arabia. In 2011, Saudi Arabia came to the aid of the beleaguered Bahraini government and marched troops into the country to violently quell protests.

Shiites in Bahrain are subject to a myriad of restrictions. “Shias are clearly being targeted on the basis of their religion,” a group of human rights experts working for the UN stated in August 2016.

“Recently, we witnessed the dissolution of Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, the shutting of faith-based organizations, restrictions on the practice of religious rites, on Friday prayers and peaceful assemblies, restrictions on movement, restricted access to the Internet and a ban on Shia religious leaders from preaching.”

All religious groups must obtain a permit to operate in Bahrain, which can be revoked at the discretion of the state.

5 Pakistan

Pakistan was founded as an Islamic republic to provide a state for Muslims in South Asia after the end of the British Raj (the British Empire’s rule of India). It was intended to be a secular state which provides a political haven for those with a Muslim identity, rather than a theocratic state. Legally, it is still a secular country.

However, there are a number of restrictions. Ahmadiyya Muslims are not recognized as Muslims in Pakistan. Their heterodox sect, which numbers an estimated 14 million worldwide and is concentrated heavily in Pakistan, believers that their founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, is the resurrection of Jesus and the promised Mahdi who will save Islam. This belief is regarded as heretical by other Muslim sects.

Ahmadis are legally prohibited from calling themselves Muslims, from worshipping in ordinary mosques and from preaching their faith. Anti-Ahmadi propaganda is widely disseminated with the backing of the state.

As a consequence, Ahmadis face routine discrimination and physical violence, and there have been many murders of Ahmadi Muslims for their faith in Pakistan.