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Muslims and Islamophobia (31 Mar 2017 NewAgeIslam.Com)

Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Cult of the Anti-Islamic Smoothie

By Maher Mughrabi

March 31 2017

Ayaan Hirsi Ali serves up pseudo-theology just as the NutriBullet infomercials use pseudo-science. 

I don't know how many people in this country remember Curveball, or even know who he is.

I never forget him, partly because I am of Arab and Muslim background and partly because I work in journalism, where you spend a great deal of time each day working out how it is that we know what we say we know.

Curveball told powerful people in the West a story they wanted to hear about the Middle East. A hair-raising story on which reams of supposedly considered analysis and a clarion call to war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives were built.

A story which his captors warned had holes in it, but which their superiors ran with in the name of a higher cause. A story which turned out to be completely and utterly false.

Curveball is an extreme example, but by no means alone. Those of us who remember him also remember Norma Khouri and Australi Witness and "Gay Girl in Damascus". We remember how each of these frauds tapped into a desire on the part of audiences to hear certain kinds of stories about Muslims and their world, and how those stories were convincing to the untrained eye but upon close scrutiny held little or no substance.

If people in the West who are not themselves Arab or Muslim want to understand why Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Maajid Nawaz and Irshad Manji cause similar concerns, they need to start with a remark like this: "Violence is inherent in Islam. It's a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder."

The idea that more than a billion people around the world might be attached to a faith either despite the fact that it is a "nihilistic cult of death" or because of that fact is not the remark of a heretic; as anyone who has actually met a significant number of believing Muslims must realise, it is the remark of a lunatic – or a very canny self-publicist. It is also, for those keen to condemn Islam and Muslims, as soothing a reductionist fable as Orwell's "four legs good, two legs bad".

Above all, it fails any number of empirical tests. We can say with certainty that the violence and conflict racking much of the Muslim world does not happen because its inhabitants are Muslims.

How? Because in recent decades alone we have seen every one of these types of violence replicated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Cambodia, in conflicts where next to no Muslims were involved. Contrary to the oft-stated view that religion causes much of the world's violence, the past century has shown the immense potential for violence of the centralising nation-state. But that's political science – a subject one almost never hears discussed in connection with Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Some people will be quick to say that none of the aforementioned countries has generated global terrorism – that, surely, is "to do with" Islam?

Again, a better explanation is to hand – none of these post-colonial nations was deemed of crucial strategic importance to the West, and so none found itself garrisoned by Western troops; whereas the countries where large numbers of Muslims live happen to lie across the Suez Canal, the Strait of Hormuz and a vast reservoir of fossil fuels, as well as the birthplace of the West's major religion. All those things made the West a participant in the Muslim world's conflicts and then – eventually, after many decades – a target for them.

But that is geopolitics – again, no business of Hirsi Ali's.

Rather than having to chew and digest these complex factors, and how different kinds of Muslims have interacted with them, Think Inc gives us Ayaan Hirsi Ali as the NutriBullet of Islam.

Just as the NutriBullet's infomercials use pseudo-science to turn a glorified blender into a machine that rescues the nutrition "locked" inside the cell walls of fruit and vegetables ("Oh please. That's what teeth are for," as one scientist put it), Hirsi Ali serves up pseudo-theology that tells us that if we pulp the nasty, warlike Madinan verses of the Koran and extract the kind and gentle Meccan ones, we'll have better Islam and better Muslims.

Never mind the fact that every religion and every nation that has ever aspired to create a community has had both martial and pastoral characteristics (is that blood on the wattle?). Never mind that in the past two centuries far more violence has been imported into the Muslim world than it has exported. Just drink up! But if you're not healthier in the morning, don't say I didn't warn you: some things in life are too complicated to fix with a smoothie.

Maher Mughrabi is the foreign editor of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Source: smh.com.au/world/ayaan-hirsi-ali-and-the-cult-of-the-antiislamic-smoothie-20161120-gst9u8.html

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/muslims-and-islamophobia/maher-mughrabi/ayaan-hirsi-ali-and-the-cult-of-the-anti-islamic-smoothie/d/110601


  • There isn't a single verse in the Quran on circumcision. Going by the Quran, circumcision is inspired by Satan.

    (4:118) Allah did curse him (Satan), but he said: "I will take of Thy servants a portion Marked off;

    (4:119) "I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires; I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to deface the (fair) nature created by Allah." Whoever, forsaking Allah, takes satan for a friend, hath of a surety suffered a loss that is manifest.

    Circumcision is nothing but defacing the fair nature created by Allah.

    There are however scores of verses on the subject in the Bible and the earlier scriptures. It is a covenant that God had with Abraham (Genesis 17). Why such a covenant is not mentioned in the Quran when according to verse 5:3, God has laid down the Islamic way of life in complete detail?

    According to the Bible, Abraham (pbuh) was 99 years old when he entered into such a covenant and was circumcised at this age. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) however, never underwent circumcision.

    The Muslims have adopted circumcision as a sunnat of Abraham (pbuh) and not as a sunnat of Muhammad (pbuh).

    Among the Africans, and the Egyptians, this practice precedes Abraham and is common among the pagan tribes.

    The Prophet preached only for 22 years and those who came under his direct influence may have been just a few hundred. Islam spread very rapidly to areas with large Christian, Zoroastrian and Jewish populations. The new converts brought their own beliefs, legends, stories and concepts to Islam and greatly modified the new religion.

    Shariat law on apostasy, blasphemy and adultery are not based on the Quran but based on the Judeo/Christian laws.

    Islam is anything but exclusive. Christianity and Judaism are however exclusive. The non-Christian is an infidel and redemption is possible only through Christ in Christianity. In Judaism, non Jews are simply heathen or Gentile.

    Kafir in the Quran is neither infidel nor Gentile but has acquired this meaning!

    Shuhuda is not martyr but has acquired this meaning.

    Neither Ruh nor nafs is soul in the Quran and there is no concept of soul in the Quran but Ruh/Nafs have strangely acquired this meaning when Ruh and Nafs are not even synonyms!

    By Naseer Ahmed - 4/2/2017 12:08:13 AM

  • Now Hats Off is holding a 14th century fiqh above the Quran!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 4/1/2017 11:57:15 PM

  • in the "reliance of the traveler" by naqib al misri it clearly states that circumcision is obligatory for men and women. the book is freely available on line in english translation. there are also supporting hadiths.

    fgm is pre-islamic, circumcision is pre-islamic, praying is pre-islamic, caravan raiding is pre-islamic, growing beard is pre-islamic, ghazwas are pre-islamic, jizya is pre-islamic, sex slavery is pre-islamic, taking slaves is pre-islamic.

    early islam in an attempt to gain followers offered continuation of these barbaric practices as a sop to people to encourage them to enlist into the prophet's mission and join his army.

    all these were institutionalized as desirable practices into islam. this is an ancient example of what is called "appeasement" today.

    eventually this potentially has the scope for dividing the nations or creating no-go zones as is seen in all major cities of europe. shariah is implemented and kafirs are not allowed to walk their dogs, consume pork, display hair and these rules are often enforced by devout thugs (in many cases neophytes).

    islamists understand this as "willing submission" and as a means of "casting terror into the heart" of unbelievers. historically this has helped the spread of brutal arabic culture everywhere islam went.

    the claim that islam came to redress the jahiliyya does not bear scrutiny. most of the undesirable products of tribalism became mainstream islam.

    By hats off! - 4/1/2017 7:45:02 PM

  • Royal Ji,

    For a learned man your juxtaposing the Apocrypha and from there the extrapolations of Quran by sexual perverts from Central Asia -- and the message of Quran is astonishing to say the least! That is also Ayaan’s trademark tool to acquire fame and fortune particularly in the West: Ayaan Hirsi Ali said, “FGM was done to me at the age of five…” Talks to Alison Roberts of Evening Standard about being “cut”!

    From her immigration to the West and the whole episode of her life is full of ... contradictions and …so what can you trust?

    By Rashid Samnakay - 4/1/2017 1:30:26 AM

  • FGM is an African practice that precedes Islam. Africans fist became Christian before they converted to Islam and they have practiced and continue to practice FGM as Christians to this day.

     Christian war theology is far worse and the proof of it are the orgies of blood after victory by the crusaders  in Jerusalem, Spain and elsewhere. Compare this with the bloodless fall of Jerusalem to the Muslims and the welcoming with open arms of the Muslims by the local population in Spain who treated the Muslim rule as deliverance from the misrule of their Visgothic rulers. 

     Muslim rule was deliverance for both the Eastern Christian sects and the Jews from the persecution of the Roman Catholic Church.

     The Pope played a leading role in the crusades. At the council of Clermont, Pope Urban II addressed a great crowd and urged all to go to the aid of the Greeks and to recover Palestine from the rule of the Muslims. This is from his speech:

      "On this account I, or rather the Lord, beseech you as Christ's heralds to publish this everywhere and to persuade all people of whatever rank, foot-soldiers and knights, poor and rich, to carry aid promptly to those Christians and to destroy that vile race from the lands of our friends. I say this to those who are present, it meant also for those who are absent. Moreover, Christ commands it.

     "All who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. This I grant them through the power of God with which I am invested. O what a disgrace if such a despised and base race, which worships demons, should conquer a people which has the faith of omnipotent God and is made glorious with the name of Christ! With what reproaches will the Lord overwhelm us if you do not aid those who, with us, profess the Christian religion! Let those who have been accustomed unjustly to wage private warfare against the faithful now go against the infidels and end with victory this war which should have been begun long ago. Let those who for a long time, have been robbers, now become knights. Let those who have been fighting against their brothers and relatives now fight in a proper way against the barbarians. Let those who have been serving as mercenaries for small pay now obtain the eternal reward. Let those who have been wearing themselves out in both body and soul now work for a double honor. Behold! on this side will be the sorrowful and poor, on that, the rich; on this side, the enemies of the Lord, on that, his friends. Let those who go not put off the journey, but rent their lands and collect money for their expenses; and as soon as winter is over and spring comes, let hem eagerly set out on the way with God as their guide."

     The Pope's speech is full of lies. He has referred to the Muslims as heathens, as worshipper of demons, as infidels etc. Compare that with Muslims treating the Christians and the Jews as “people of the Book”. Royalj may focus on the ills of his own religion and coreligionists and on pulping his own Bible.

    By Naseer Ahmed - 3/31/2017 11:35:32 PM

  • Maher, it is sad that you, being a journalist writing to The Sydney Morning Herald, are unable to identify the problem in Islam. It is the ideology that play havoc all over the world not the dictatorial powers that worked in the aforesaid countries like Congo, Sri Lanka etc. Communist ideology spread all over the world. Likewise Islamic theology based on the Medinan versus play havoc all over the world. What is wrong with Ayaan’s statement “if we pulp the nasty, warlike Madinan verses of the Koran and extract the kind and gentle Meccan ones, we'll have better Islam and better Muslims”. This is what many Islamic theologians thinking about. This is what Mr. Sultan Sahin in the NAI always says that these war time versus are not applicable in the 21st century. Colonising all the Islamic countries by the West in the 19th century is not geopolitics. It is the counter measure for the Islamic conquest of the West and the rule of Spain for 800 years. Every action has a reaction. The recent interference in the Middle East by the West is caused by Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait. Saudis felt that the next target could be Saudi Arabia and invited the US to eliminate Saddam. Another interference by the West is due to the monumental attack on the US twin towers by Osama bi Laden, the Al Qaida chief. The US thought, that it brought democracy to Germany, South Korea, Japan, and ultimately to Russia, why it cannot bring democracy to Middle East. That was most foolish thing US did. WHERE THERE IS NO VISION PEOPLE PERISH
    By Royalj - 3/31/2017 2:47:37 PM

  • @Rashid

    FGM means cutting the clitoris in order to control women sexuality and to increase the pleasure of men. It has no health benefits for women. Ayaan Hersi Ali did not undergo FGM. According to her biography in the Readers Digest, her mother stitched her genital leaving a tiny hole for urination. That is how Somali men wanted “tight” when marriage proposals come. It took half an hour for her to urinate drop by drop.

    You are correct that there is no verse in the Koran to support the FGM. But the “polygamy” “sex slaves” , “Right hand possession”, “72 virgins” “copulating the wife even after her death” have contributed to increase the sexual pleasure of Muslim men so as to do FGM.

    This uneducated girl ran away to Netherlands and became a member of Dutch parliament, in the US she became one of the most influential people of the world. That is the power of the West.

    It is unfair to call “pagan Somalia” which is 99% Muslims guided by our Holy Prophet.


    By Royalj - 3/31/2017 1:22:09 PM

  • Ayaan may have some pertinent things to say but her being co-opted by wealthy American right wing neocon and Islamophobic groups reduces her credibility.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 3/31/2017 12:42:21 PM

  • But Sir, she used the FGM pagan practice, performed on her without anesthetics by her grandma in a very scientific-political manner. Though nobody ever asked her to show the proof of that. Presenting FGM as specifically “Islamic” violence against females without giving a single verse from Quran in support of her claim (even for boys let alone for girls); was a political masterstroke on her part. See where it got her to; a black-eyed circumcised favorite pseudo academic of the West all the way from pagan Somalia!

    Compared to her, Dr Kakenya Nataiya is hardly even known in her home country Kenya because she is not a Muslim and neither an anti-Islam atheist. Ayaan should read her life or at least watch this:abc.net.au/news/2017-03-08/national-press-club:-dr-kakenya-ntaiya/8337466

    By Rashid Samnakay - 3/31/2017 6:28:35 AM

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