Monday, 16 July 2012

Imam Rauf: the faux "moderate" and his sleek duplicity

“We watched in horror this week at the execution of an Afghan woman who was shot nine times while a crowd of roaring men who call themselves Muslim cheered and screamed…
“Though we have said it over and over again, let us reiterate once more: The actions of these men were in absolute and supreme violation of God’s laws, and Islam does not condone unmitigated violence of any kind. Period.”
Imam Feisal Rauf is one of the world’s favourite “moderate Muslims”. [eg].
He is wrong about “the actions of these men” being in “violation” of God’s laws.  Here’s what Sharia says about adultery.  The penalty is stoning, so one could argue that these men showed mercy by shooting her.  Not “cruel and unusual punishment” for these fellas.  Is Rauf a Fool or a Knave when he says what he says?  I go for the latter, the “Knave”, that is one that knows but dissembles, known in Islam as Taqiyya. Lying or being duplicitous for the faith.
 Rauf calls for Sharia to be incorporated into the laws of Europe and the US:
“An essential element of this interweaving of cultures, he says, will have to be the incorporation of Sharia law into the legal systems of Europe and the US. In this, he is in agreement with the Archbishop of Canterbury who said that the adoption of some aspects of Sharia law ‘seems to be unavoidable’.”
He knows that the west is leery of the Sharia penal code so he goes on:
“…’the only truly clashing area is the penal code, and no Muslim has the intention of introducing that to America. The penal code is the area that people in the Western world are worried about – but these are things that aren’t even observed today in most of the Muslim world. Apart from the Taliban and a few places like that, where do you see this happening?’”.
“Where do we see this happening”?  Well, for a start: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia.  And in Egypt and Jordan it’s forthcoming.(*)
And why would Muslims, once Sharia has been “incorporated” into western legal systems, stop from requiring that it should be applied in toto including its penal codes?  After all, it’s the “perfect” law from the “perfect” religion. [more here].
And: what other religion expects and demands that its religious law be “incorporated” into western law?  Answer: none.
Related: Rauf as the faux moderate: “Is Feisal Abdul Rauf  Really Moderate?”
(*) Pew research: “The study also showed that Muslims in and around the Middle East believe that Islam has a major role to play in politics and government. Majorities in Pakistan, Jordan and Egypt believe that laws should strictly follow the Quran.”
And for what Sharia law says, drawing on the Koran, here is a summary.