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
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
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
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”!
immigration to the West and the whole episode of her life is full of
... contradictions and …so what can you trust?
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.
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.
“WITHOUT HOLINESS NO ONE CAN
ENTER THE KINGDOM OF ALLAH”
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