confirmed that it has gone beyond the 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium
allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal and that the regime was lying all along.
This is not
the first time the ayatollahs have lied about their intentions. They seem to
have no qualms about this, although they consider themselves divinely appointed
as God’s vicegerents on earth.
themselves Supreme Council leaders and Grand Ayatollahs. From their behaviour
they are neither “supreme” nor “grand,” because they will lie through the teeth
for their own subversive agendas – mainly, to bring down Israel and the West.
me to the question of the role of Muslim clergy in the area of Islamic reform.
For a long
time we reformist Muslims believed that change will only come when the Islamic
leaders – that is, imams — join the movement and start making statements about
the urgent need for change from within the Muslim world.
did not take long to realize that this is not going to happen. Genuine and
committed reformers have not been clergy, but rather members of civil society
who have put their lives on the line to speak about change.
will this reform happen?
all, for those who think that Islamic reform will happen overnight, they are
living in a fool’s paradise: We are only sowing the seeds for change and hope
that the movement will pick up traction over the next generations.
Christian reformation is an example of civil society picking up on a movement
and passionately pursing it. Some of the Hindu reforms like abolishing the
practice of sati (the burning of widows) also came from civil society.
most imams are not on board the reform movement is simple: For them, it’s all
about the money.
Islamic organizations make a lot of money. The halal certification alone runs
into trillions of dollars.
two kinds of imams: For Shiites, they are ayatollahs who receive khums, a tax paid
by all Shiites. For Sunnis, there are Saudi (Wahhabist) imams who collect
zakat, compulsory charity and fitra (another form of compulsory charity). Both
amount to trillions of dollars.
are imams who travel the globe in their turbans and frocks pretending to be
moderate. They will say exactly what you want to hear but are always loyal to
their base. However, when they shake your hand, the other hand is in your
wallet or purse. Even while speaking in Western countries to diverse audiences,
they don their cloak and turban as though it gives them legitimacy.
of course, some genuine imams interested in reform, but they have shed their
garb of religiosity because this is the garb of theocracy, misogyny and abuse
of human rights.
Just when I
thought all mosques are not radical and all imams are not hate mongers, two
startling headlines shook me to the core.
an expose in Jihad Watch about the Masumeen Islamic Centre in Brampton,
Ontario. This is close to the heart because we went to this center three
decades ago when we first came to Canada.
time, the center was a moderate place of worship with an imam who was a
professor at a university. The sermon was in English and inclusive.
that has changed since Iran started pumping finances into the West and thereby
controlling the messaging of Shiite mosques.
to the expose,
Jaffer H. Jaffer came out in praises of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah
Khameini in his sermon slamming Trump for being a bully. He did it during his
Friday sermon (at the Masumeen Islamic Centre).
his congregation about Khameini, he stated: “These are the type of leaders that
Allah wants to see … It is our responsibility to support them and to pray for
along with other not-so-positive credentials, has branded Israel as “barbaric,”
“infanticidal” and the “sinister, unclean rabid dog of the region.”
for Trump for keeping Iran with its barbaric human rights record against
minorities and the LGBTQ communities in check.
story is about UCLA law professor Khaled Abou El Fadl, who I met years ago and
interviewed. At the time, he was a visionary and moderate. Well, not so any
many scholars exposing his lies and doublespeak, a recent article in Middle
East Forum reports:
professor Khaled Abou El Fadl planned to pay tribute to recently deceased
Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader and former president Mohamed Morsi during a
sermon this month at the Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC). But
mosque leaders, citing a desire to avoid “divisive political discussions” that
don’t “directly affect American Muslims,” allegedly prohibited him from doing
response, an indignant Abou El Fadl posted a rambling 50-minute video on
YouTube, in which he praised Morsi as a “martyr,” while calling ICSC leaders
“authoritarian and despotic garbage,” “ignorant idiots” and “an embarrassment
many, it seems, he is moderate no more.
Source: Clarion Project