The constant mantra about moderate Islam begs the question: Where are they all, and why don't we hear from them?
In Glasgow, UK, yesterday, a Muslim published a warm Easter greeting to his fellow countrymen in recognition of the most important of religious festivals to most, if not all, practicing Christians.
The actual message on his Facebook page:
GOOD FRIDAY AND VERY HAPPY EASTER, ESPECIALLY TO MY BELOVED CHRISTIAN NATION X! BISMILLAH...
The story, according to the Daily Mail:
Asad Shah, who was stabbed up to 30 times at his shop, had praised both the life of Jesus and ‘his beloved Christian nation’. Left lying in a pool of blood, the 40-year-old died in hospital.
Police, who were questioning a 32-year-old suspect last night, said the killing was religiously motivated.
Mohammad Faisal, a family friend, said a bearded Muslim wearing a long religious robe entered Mr Shah’s shop and spoke to him in his native language before stabbing him in the head with a kitchen knife.
The implications of this story are deep and important. That Muslims who do not obey the strictest aspects of koranic principles can face lethal consequences anywhere they happen to be.
The Koran instructs the followers of Mohammed:
O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you - then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.
Islam also holds as a capital offense, the raising of any person, deity or idea to be the equal with the god of Islam, 'Allah'.
This crime is called, 'Shirk' and is the justification for the Sunni branch of Islam to slaughter so many of the Shiia, as the Shiia tend to have saints and shrines to certain historical Muslims in somewhat similar manner to Catholicism. (albeit not for the same reasons and not by the same process)
We see an explanation of this here by several of the world's foremost experts on Islam:
And so at least as one of the reasons that we hear so very little from integrated Muslims is the rational fear of being killed by a religious Muslim more adherent to the sharia. Can we call that Islamophobia?
Other reasons may be that the silent agree with the vocal religious orthodoxy as written in Islamic scripture.
In Western schools of thought, we often take silence as consent.
Pace Mr Shah, Scotland is not much of a "Christian nation" these days. Instead, it is "tolerant", "diverse" and "multicultural". But a "tolerant" society determined to tolerate the avowedly intolerant won't be in business for long. Men like Asad Shah's killers are everything the safe-space pansies accuse us "white privilege" types of being: It is Shah's co-religionists who cannot abide the other. They won't tolerate Christians, they won't tolerate Muslims who convert to Christianity, and they won't even tolerate a devout Muslim who commits the sin of offering neighborly greetings on a Christian holiday. And so they killed him by "stamping on his head".
Understanding this issue has become much more than just a question of getting along with our family and friends who do not get this issue in its totality.
It is rapidly becoming a genuinely existential issue for our culture, our laws and values, our very history and indeed for many of us, our lives and certainly the freedom and futures for our children.
Here are a couple of fatwas, or official religious rulings on this issue.
Praise be to Allaah.
Greeting the kuffaar on Christmas and other religious holidays of theirs is haraam, by consensus, as Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy on him, said in Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah: "Congratulating the kuffaar on the rituals that belong only to them is haraam by consensus, as is congratulating them on their festivals and fasts by saying ‘A happy festival to you’ or ‘May you enjoy your festival,’ and so on. If the one who says this has been saved from kufr, it is still forbidden. It is like congratulating someone for prostrating to the cross, or even worse than that. It is as great a sin as congratulating someone for drinking wine, or murdering someone, or having illicit sexual relations, and so on. Many of those who have no respect for their religion fall into this error; they do not realize the offensiveness of their actions. Whoever congratulates a person for his disobedience or bid’ah or kufr exposes himself to the wrath and anger of Allaah."
Yep. Saying "Happy Easter" is as great a sin as murdering someone.
Thank you Gates of Vienna for the assistance on this one.