Tuesday, September 25, 2007

The Mystery Behind "Muslims Against Sharia"

Muslims Against Sharia (the readership has been requested not to abbreviate) is making the headlines in the blegosphere. But not all is well! While some are singing their praises, others are doing their utmost to expose the movement is Neocon based, or are hinting at the obligatory Jooish conspiracy.

Self appointed defenders of the purity of faith are scrutinizing "Muslims Against Sharia" texts and Manifesto for insufficient in-depth knowledge of Muzzlemanic scripture, and for contradictions that no born Muslim would stoop to.

The former kind of critic is represented by a rather vicious exemplary of the self styled Free Thinker (since 1881!). You know the type: the McCarthys of the faith-based press, habitually confusing Enlightenment with the new dogma and compensating their irrationality with hyperbolic sarcasm. The Witch-Finder General's shriek must have pierced cyberspace today as Free Thought remembered to associate Sharia Law with the Muslim version of G*d! Whatever.

In Muslim circles there are nowadays examples aplenty of the opposite sort: the lay exegete, or amateur zealot. One of them hastily established a personal blog, entirely devoted to the 'debunking' and 'exposure' of "Muslims Against Sharia".

Regretfully, what Muhairi8 - the blogger behind "Exposing Muslims Against Sharia" - is doing in fisking the Manifesto, is simply abrogating "Muslims Against Sharia's fine job. In his zeal to solve the mystery behind the movement, Muhairi8 is confirming many counter-jihadists' claim that Islam and democratic values are mutually exclusive. Take the following commentary from his end:

- Muslims can't go against Sharia. Sharia is orders of God and the Prophet from the Koran and the Hadiths, so going against the Sharia means going against the Islam. [sic]

Furthermore:

- What kind of a Muslim wants to change the Koran?

- Q: "Muslim fundamentalists believe that the Koran is the literal word of Allah."
- A: Of course we do.

- Q: "Could it be possible that the Koran itself was corrupted by Muslims over the last thirteen centuries?"
- A: Again no Muslim will say such thing.

- Q: "The following verses promote divisiveness and religious hatred, bigotry and discrimination. They must be either removed from the Koran or declared outdated and invalid, and marked as such."
- A: Again no Muslim will say such thing.

- Q: "Support 'Muslims Against Sharia' and help moderate Muslims fight Islamofascists!"
- A: Yeah right.

He concludes: "I think that I provided enough evidence that they are not Muslims", while confirming in the process that:

- Koranic scripture is untouchable, even if it encourages Muslim exclusiveness, intolerance of others and justifies violence;

- (Self) Criticism is rejected, rendering Muslims beyond improvement;

- Sharia Law is elevated above all other law, encouraging Muslims to break the law in the Dar-al-Harb, where and when incompatible with Sharia.

Read the entire exchange and "Muslims Against Sharia's refutation.

The question remains: who's behind "Muslims Against Sharia"? Is it the horned ones (Neocons), is it The Juice? Or the missing Mahdi? Are we actually witnessing the birth pangs of a true Islamic Enlightenment Movement: the Muslim equivalent of Vatican II? Is this the long awaited liberalization process that the orientalist experts have been promising for so long?

Confused ... you will be even more so after the next instalment ... (we ain't seen nottin yet, is my guess!).


6 comments:

Ben said...

I discovered Muslims Against Sharia through a post at Jihad Chat. I viewed the site & blog but not the profile.

I did not see anything to prove Kuffar origin. Today I checked the profile and discovered the name of one Kuffar participant which indicates a partnership with Kuffar.

I did send an email to the org., and received a response. Subsequently, their President and two members signed the No2Jihad petition.

Sharia does not have any provision for amending Islam to render it passive or anodyne. The Qur'an & Hadith explicitly forbid it. Details here: http://www.geocities.com/crusadersarmory/downloads/CanIslambeReformed.pdf

Even so, it is possible that there are many Muslims who want to adhere to Iman and reject Imperialism. So what if they can't do it under the rules. If there are enough of them, they'll either bring it off (which would surprise me!) or induce many to apostasize.

Gus Dur & Ahmadia (SP??) appear to have one foot in that camp.

I see no good reason for not encouraging Muslims Against Sharia.

I look forward to your next installment.

radarsite said...

As one who has been currently commenting at Muslims Against Sharia (in the Blog Archives under the title "Support for Muslims Against Sharia"), this is certainly a significant issue.

I began my comments with a rather large dose of skepticism; but after considering their own suggested "litmus test", and after consulting with someone well-versed in this subject (the above-mentioned Ben), I changed my position and posted my support for the work of this group.

For most Westerners, trying to navigate through the confusion of information and misinformation which surrounds the world of Islam, in order to arrive at a truthful assessment is indeed a difficult voyage.

We are aided in this endeavour by people such as yourself, Brigitte Gabriel, Ben and others.

I, for one, greatly appreciate all of your hard work on our behalf.

Roger W. Gardner
Radarsite

Muslims Against Sharia said...

We would like to clarify that Ms. Geller is not a member of the Muslims Against Sharia simply because the membership is restricted to Muslims only, but should this policy change, she would be the first one invited to join. Our views on Islamofascism are virtually identical and we are honored to have Ms. Geller as our blog contributor.

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

"Muzzlemanic scripture?"

I don't remember running into that phrase before, but "Muzzlemanic" is an attractive term.

As a non-Muslim, I'd be hesitant to use it, though.

I think there's something to the idea that 'you're known by the enemies you keep.'

Following that principle, "Muslims Against Sharia" must be doing something right, to attract that sort of criticism.

At the risk of being presumptuous, I'd be careful about applying the label "Enlightenment" to a reform of anything.

The European Enlightenment was not, from the point of view of someone who recognizes the importance of spirituality as well as reason, an unadulterated benefit to Europe's culture and people.

This comment is long already, so I'll leave it at that.

muhairi8 said...

To Muslims against Sharia: Let’s have a dialog

http://exposingmuslimsagainstsharia.blogspot.com/2007/09/to-muslims-against-sharia-lets-have.html

Muslims Against Sharia said...

muhairi8,

How can we have a dialogue when you censor our comments that debunk your baseless arguments?