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Stop 'Islamophilia' to End Islamophobia



By Tawfik Hamid

16 Nov 2016

When you encounter a religious ideology in the 21st century that promotes killing apostates, stoning women to death for sexual indiscretions, and brutally slaughtering gays; an ideology that instigates wars to impose its inhumane value system upon others; an ideology that not only condones but encourages its soldiers to take female war prisoners as sex slaves — and when you contemplate the number of terrorist acts conducted in its name — then you begin to realize that feeling some trepidation in the face of that religious ideology is not only rational, but probably advisable from a purely survival instinct standpoint.

It is definitively not an irrational response, and therefore by definition nota phobia. In fact, to not recoil in horror from such an ideology must be seen as a disease that needs to be treated.

The current mainstream Islamic ideology not only promotes these atrocities, but the leading Islamic scholars are teaching it as an integral part of the Islamic religion.

There is neither a single major approved Islamic theological institute nor a leading Islamic scholar who stands unambiguously against these barbaric 7th century values and teachings. And yet some people wonder why reasonable people respond with alarm, and decry such a response as “Islamophobia.”

If these teachings and these atrocities were to decline and disappear, this so-called “Islamophobia” would soon afterwards also begin to decline and disappear.

A deeper analysis of this situation reveals that the real problem is actually “Islamophilia” not “Islamophobia.”

“Islamophilia” has taken a variety of forms, such as insisting that Islam is a religion of peace, pronouncing Jihad a peaceful endeavor, and claiming that Shariah laws are compatible with the U.S. Constitution — despite overwhelming evidence against such unfounded assertions, which contradict both historical facts and current mainstream Islamic teaching.

Such “Islamophilia” — which is based on hallucinations and pathological lying — has impeded our ability to recognize the true cause of Radical Islam since Sept. 11 2001, and has thus allowed this ideological cancer to spread, resulting in increased hatred of the religion and aggravating the problem of “Islamophobia.”

Liberal left (and Muslim) champions of a blind disregard for the role of the religious teaching in creating the phenomenon of terrorism, have actually aggravated the problem of “Islamophobia” by adopting a pathological “Islamophilia.”

And this bizarre “Islamophilia” has impeded the efforts of many Muslim reformers by preaching that there is no problem at all in the ideology, and accordingly, there is no need for reformation.

This is like a physician insisting that there is no cancer and thus preventing other doctors from treating it — allowing the cancer to spread inexorably.

The complete irrationality of many Islamic and liberal left groups in addressing the phenomenon of radical Islam, and their utter lack of objectivity in evaluating the problem has created anger among many of those who have evaluated the problem in an honest and unbiased manner.

The latter have realized that “Islamophilia” is based on lies and is an insult to everyone’s intelligence.

The anger this has aroused has resulted in more hatred toward Muslims and has made things considerably worse. Had these groups addressed the problem of Islamic radicalism in an honest and realistic manner, and had they admitted the obvious fact that the Islamic ideology plays a major role in the phenomenon of radical Islam, the level of anger and thus “Islamophobia” would be far less widespread than it is today.

Imagine that the aforementioned physician had instead recognized — and admitted — that the patient had a disease. Then therapeutic measures would have been taken and the patient would be much healthier today.

The blind defenders of an Islam that exists only in their imaginations have by denying the existence of the disease seriously impeded the treatment process, which has resulted in the more and worse complications that we see today.

In brief, “Islamophilia” is the real threat that must be defeated first if we are to have any hope of halting and reversing the spread of so-called “Islamophobia.”

Dr. Tawfik Hamid is the author of "Inside Jihad: How Radical Islam Works, Why It Should Terrify Us, How to Defeat It."

Source: newsmax.com/TawfikHamid/islam-muslim-muslims/2016/11/16/id/759151/

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-society/tawfik-hamid/stop--islamophilia--to-end-islamophobia/d/109165





TOTAL COMMENTS:-   10


  • It would make a very good article.
    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/23/2016 2:25:41 AM



  • Thanks!

    So I must put my comments as an article with slight rephrasing here and there.

    By muhammad yunus - 12/22/2016 9:13:36 PM



  • Yunus sahib,

    Dr. Tawfik Hamid is a darling of the extreme right wing Islamophobes in America, including Donald Trump's guru Stephen Bannon and Ayaan Hirsi Ali.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 12/22/2016 1:47:28 PM



  • Dear Tawfik Hamid

    I am not infallible but have the right to express my opinions on your article – so please forgive me if you take any offence from my straight forward style.

    There can be no doubt that the religion of Islam has petrified and is no match to its pristine values and there is an orchestrated drive to introduce the classical shariah law which has within its expansive spectrum, such brutal rulings as “killing apostates, stoning women to death for sexual indiscretions, and brutally slaughtering gays, … and encourages its soldiers to take female war prisoners as an ideology that instigates wars to impose its inhumane value system upon others ex slaves” —

    But you further said: “The current mainstream Islamic ideology not only promotes these atrocities, but the leading Islamic scholars are teaching it as an integral part of the Islamic religion.” I am afraid, you are ignorantly, if not falsely blaming the “leading Islamic scholars” for teaching a version of Shariah Law that espouses the brutal rulings you cited. In classical Islamic scholarship the Shariah law represents only the best and most appropriate rulings of the past scholars, though the rulings you cited are also embedded in the labyrinthine vista of classical Shariah law. The brilliant Islamic scholars and professors of law who teach Islamic law in elite universities in the Western world will be deeply distressed to read what a fellow Muslim scholars writes about them.   

     I think you also suffer a gross misconception about the disconnect between the shariah law of Islam and the Shriah of Islam one the centerpiece of Islamic faith and the other historically evolved and not intrinsic to Islamic faith. This is explained as follows in my article referenced below:

     “The Qur’an represents the divine Sharia of Islam (5:48). It uses the words Shira (technically shir‘ah) and Sharia (tech. shar‘iah) synonymously with the generic notion of a system or principles of law (5:48, 45:18). It expounds fundamental universal notions for just and harmonious governance of human society. These include, among others, justice, liberty, equity, good deeds, good neighbourly and inter-faith relations, sharing of wealth with the poor, eradication of slavery, deliverance of women from various entrenched taboos, empowerment of women use of intellect (aql) and rational logic (fiqha) , striving for excellence – to cite some major examples. This is different from the Classical Sharia Law of Islam which is nothing but an endless list of jurists’ opinions and rulings. The jurists also privileged their own rulings over the Qur’anic commandments by declaring: “Any Qur’anic verse which contradicts the opinions of ‘our masters’ will be construed as having been abrogated, or the rule of preference will be applied thereto. It is better that the verse is interpreted in such a way that it conforms to their opinion.” [Doctrine of ijma in Islam, by Ahmad Hussain, New Delhi, 1992, p.16.]

     What Is Popularly Known As The Sharia Law Of Islam Is Actually The Cumulative Rulings Of Muslim Jurists With A Tag Of Islam, And Not Any Immutable Word Of God Or The Laws Of The Qur’an

     Moving on with your article, you further state: “Islamophilia” has taken a variety of forms, such as insisting that Islam is a religion of peace, pronouncing Jihad a peaceful endeavor, and claiming that Shariah laws are compatible with the U.S. Constitution — despite overwhelming evidence against such unfounded assertions, which contradict both historical facts and current mainstream Islamic teaching.

    So here you purport to claim that Islam is not a religion of peace and the Qur’anic word ‘jihad’ does not connote a peaceful endeavor. I am afraid you need to hone up your scholarship in this domain (Sorry for being blunt – i say this with God as my witness ).

    It is quite obvious you have never studied the Qur’an to comprehending its message and your knowledge about the Qur’an is based on what you read in your text books or the secondary sources-– but still you  pass comment on the character of Islam as a religion and the meaning of one of its key concepts in an authoritative manner. You can ask any Islamic scholar in your circle to enlighten you on the role of Islam as it made its debut in history and the Qur’anic notion of jihad.

    My following article that draws on by far the most accurate historical records (the Qur’anic verses – uttered, recited, recorded and memorized at the same point in history and preserved verbatim this day)  demonstrates the peaceful character of Islam as preached by the Prophet:

    ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF PEACE AND PLURALISM

     http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-ideology/muhammad-yunus,-new-age-islam/islam-is-a-religion-of-peace-and-pluralism/d/108249

     My jt. exegetic work [Essential Message of Islam]– which you can get from Amazon.com tables the following definition of ‘jihad’ based on the usage of this word across its text:

     “On a personal level, jihad is a struggle to face the hardships and challenges of life with patience and determination, or to constantly endeavor to accomplish a lawful goal. On a community level, it is an ongoing struggle to overcome the social, moral, material, intellectual and spiritual deprivations of the time. “

    On the whole, I fully agree with you that there are serious problems in the contemporary Islamic thoughts, and scholarship but that does not mean that we conflate the rulings of the classical jurists of Islam as intrinsic part of Islamic message or blame all the ‘leading scholars of islam” of preaching the brutal version of shariah law – this is libel if not a hate narrative. The Muslim jurists whose cumulative opinions inform the Shariah Law were not infallible and their opinions/ rulings were conditioned by the paradigms of their civilization and prevailing historical factors and must be judged in historical relativism; and those who call for implementing it today disregarding the anachronistic factor are conceivably lobbyists – championing a political model of Islam that is neither consistent with the Qur’anic message nor with the modern secular values.

    As for this day, as expounded in my referred exegetic work, “any attempt to reintroduce any school or schools of Islamic law in these countries (where Islamic Law is not operational) would be like going in the reverse gear in civilization,.. Muslims, therefore, should have no aversion to abiding by such Western/ secular laws that do not contradict the Qur’an, in as much as they readily avail of all lawful things of convenience of the Western secular world.”


    By muhammad yunus - 12/22/2016 5:57:31 AM



  • “…an ideology that not only condones but encourages its soldiers to take female war prisoners as sex slaves — and when you contemplate the number of terrorist acts conducted in its name…

    I am more than …….a bit confused.

    Is the author saying that “the ideology, as of Islam-- condones the long list of acts given in his first paragraph that the Muslim people have put in practice... or is he saying that these people carry out these acts in its name and therefore it is NOT the Islam?

    Am I ‘Islamophilic’ or ‘Islamophobic’ or just foggy?


    By just foggy - 12/21/2016 6:15:49 AM



  • A lot of bigoted rhetoric from Hamid. To define Islam by its adherents, you need statistical data showing that a majority reflects his description. 
    Here's a respectable (non-islamophilic) report citing numbers:
    http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/26/opinion/bergen-schneider-how-many-jihadists/ excerpt: 
    "If we tally up the low and high estimates for all these groups, we can begin to have a sense of the total number of jihadist militants that are part of formal organizations around the globe. We found that on the low end, an estimated 85,000 men are fighting in jihadist groups around the world; on the high end, 106,000."

    With a 1.6bn global population of Muslims, the high end figure, even multiplied severalfold for the cynics, amounts to a fraction of 1percent.

    An analogy: would we say that pedophilia defines Catholicism, because news of priestly abuses hit us regularly? Of course not - because common sense somehow prevails to prevent unscientific projections.

    By Samira Kanji - 11/23/2016 11:09:57 AM



  • Tawfik Hamid's writings on Islam are liberal and pro-peace. He rightly believes in "interpreting Quranic suras and verses holistically to better appreciate their overall significance and synergistic qualities, rather than individually, which leads only to literal interpretations that do not take into account other verses and even whole segments of the Quran." It is unfortunate that in this article he falls in the same semantic traps used by Donald Trump's right wing extremist hacks.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 11/23/2016 2:20:32 AM



  • Ha! May his tribe increase. 
    But first, wish him a long and healthy life.

    By secularlogic - 11/22/2016 10:09:31 PM



  • finally a man with cojones to call a spade a spade.

    i hoppe he won't be shouted down and called a racist. islam is not a race and it means submission to allah.

    By hats off! - 11/22/2016 6:49:06 PM



  • The author says, "There is neither a single major approved Islamic theological institute nor a leading Islamic scholar who stands unambiguously against these barbaric 7th century values and teachings. And yet some people wonder why reasonable people respond with alarm, and decry such a response as “Islamophobia.”

    This is not true. The ISIS creed has been condemned as being un-Islamic by several Islamic scholars including our own Yunus sahib. The author seems to confuse jihadism with Islam.
     

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 11/22/2016 2:02:56 PM



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