Archive for January, 2015

Rita Panahi, a pop-up journalist that magically appeared in the news scene recently made an article titled “Islam, you have a very serious problem“. Her facebook name is “Miss Judgement” and indeed she is an opinionated woman and proud. Yet as the famous saying goes and pardon my French here- “Opinions are like arse holes- everybody has one“.

Our Friend “Miss Judgement” claims herself to be a writer for the Daily Telegraph. Yes, the Rupert Murdoch run newspaper who’s CEO recently claimed that all Muslims should be responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, whether they were peaceful or not. That’d be as ridiculous as me claiming Rita Panahi is responsible and must apologize for her CEO’s ridiculous tweets including the fact that during the Sydney Siege Attack, instead of praying for the victims and wishing them safety and security he boasted about how The Daily Telegraph caught the bloody outcome at 2:00am. Congrats!” Mind you the moment he tweeted that, people had died.

Rita Punahi, you have a very serious problem!

Rita Panahi, you have a very serious problem!

As ridiculous as it is for me to expect Rita Panahi to apologize for her CEO’s racism, ignorance and bigotry somehow the Murdoch trail of ignorance has trickled down even to his columnists who seem to lack intellectual integrity, how would i know? Well i didn’t have to read far, the first issue i had with Rita Panahi’s article was the title itself, so spotting a flaw was childs play for me.

Islam, you have a very serious problem” Really? Islam you have a very serious problem? Not even “radical Islam” or “Extremist Islam”? No? Just Islam? Alrighty then. The title in itself shows the confusing paradox that Rita seems to be stuck in. Throughout her entire article she claims that “radical Islam” is the problem, yet suddenly a pinpoint accusation turns into a generalization. “Radical” disappears but Islam still stands- and that is a problem. If you cannot differentiate Islam from radical Islam even from a literary standpoint clearly your journalistic skill will be rightfully judged.

Rita and her CEO Rupert Murdoch echo the same ignorant sentiment.

Rita and her CEO Rupert Murdoch echo the same ignorant sentiment.


Ritas Article seems erroneous way beyond her title
. In fact her first sentence is a flawed statement. She claims:
EVERY attack perpetrated by Islamic extremists is an attack against freedom of speech — whether they’re terrorizing journalists and cartoonists at a magazine in Paris or bystanders having a quiet coffee in Sydney.”

Well Rita, no that is not really the case. As much as it sounds like a “powerful statement” it is factually incorrect and misleading. Many Muslim terror attacks have nothing to do with freedom of speech, in fact most terror attacks have been strongly linked to foreign politics. Very rarely have i heard a terrorist claim that the reason he is terrorizing society is because he or she is against “freedom of speech”- even if you are being allegorical, your statement is unequivocally false and yet again sounds like another paintbrush claim that involves “generalizing”.

Ritas article "title" begins with a fallacy.

Ritas article “title” begins with a fallacy.


Rita then goes on to state that radical Islam and Western Values cannot coexist peacefully. Yet any radical or extreme ideology is against basic human principals and it doesn’t necessarily mean they are “Western Values”. Any extremists are an affront to our safety and security, this is something i wholeheartedly agree with. Rita is also right in stating that as Muslims we need to try our utmost and strive hard to ensure that our family members and friends are free from this radicalism. As i said, it’s not a Muslim problem, it’s a human one. Human beings can be influenced by a wide range of things and each person is susceptible to this “weak spot”, hence we should all guard against all forms of extremism- not only that of the Islamic kind but also the “stop the immigration” right wing kind.

Rita, in her article then yet again makes another slip up by co-mingling the general term “Islam” with the exclusive term “extremist”. She states “We must stop pretending these incidents have nothing to do with Islam. They quite clearly have everything to do with extremist Islam and the sooner we admit this truth the better...”

So i must reflect the question back to “Miss Judgement” herself. So are these actions the problem of Islam, or Radical Islam? Even world leaders condemned these acts as “Un-Islamic”, you also might want to check out my last article titled “15 Important Facts On Ridiculing Islam“. Not to mention, the Wests “Arch Nemesis” individuals like Hezbollah leader Hassan Nesrallah stated the Paris bombings were “The behavior of the takfiri groups that claim to follow Islam that have distorted Islam, the Koran and the Muslim nation more than Islam’s enemies …”

Even supposed terror group Hamas condemned the Paris Attack

Even supposed terror group Hamas condemned the Paris Attack


Even the supposed “terror group” Hamas condemned the actions of the extremists who murdered in Paris. There is no “justification for killing innocents,” Hamas reportedly said in a statement, according to Reuters and Agence France-Presse. So forgive me Rita, for being critical of your oversimplification on the matter. If this had everything to do with Islam,  why is it being condemned world over by the majority of Muslim groups both “moderate” and supposedly “extreme”?

Rita then takes a step back and sympathizes with the Policeman that was shot in the Paris attacks, the first victim of the day. His name was Ahmed Marabet and he was a Muslim. Keeping this observation in mind Rita states that “It mattered not that Ahmed Marabet was a Muslim“. Actually it matters, a lot. Ahmed Marabet became a martyr in the sense that his untimely death was a chilling wakeup call to the world. He was a Muslim, being killed by extremists and he is the perfect example of that separation between Muslims and Extremists- a fine line that Rita Panahi cannot seem to find, even if it stares her right in the face. Ahmed Marabets brother said in a public statement that the men that killed his brother in cold blood were “Pretend Muslims“.

Let us spell it out for Rita.

Let us spell it out for Rita.

Rita goes on the make another risque blanket statement,by claiming “This reveals the lie that all religions are equally bloodthirsty; in the 21st century only one religion is at the centre of terror attacks around the world.

The fact of the matter is, extremist actions happen day in and day out by people from all walks of life and they should all be despised and people come up with all sorts of “roots” to justify their atrocious actions. For example, beheading is quiet common in “Catholic” Mexico. I think i should throw some statistics Ritas way, just so she can truly grasp the staggering figures. In 2013 alone, drug cartels murdered more than 16,000 people in Mexico alone. 16,000 people! In Mexico ALONE! If that is not sheer terror then i don’t know what is.

What about bombings? Santaigo, the Capital of “Catholic” Chile has been host to 200 attacks and attempted bombings in the past decade, or to narrow it down 30 bombs, or attempted bombs have gone off in the Chilean capital in 2014 alone. That is 30 (THIRTY!) bombings- attacking police stations, public buildings and banks. The culprits? Not Muslims. Not “ISIS” but in fact “local anarchist groups“. Again, this is terror activity at a grand scale. Are you with me yet?

ISIS commits more terror. No wait this is "Catholic" Mexican terror groups.

ISIS commits more terror. No wait this is “Catholic” Mexican terror groups.

Where is the worldwide condemnation? Where are the demands that Christians “apologize” for these gross statistics? Oh that’s right, when we see statistics like these religion is irrelevant, no matter how shocking the number. Yet somehow Muslims are responsible for the statistics of Muslims, whilst people of other faiths do not carry the brunt in regards to the behaviour of their followers. I have many more official statistics available that will shock you, yet that is just a taste of the hypocrisy and double standards that blatantly stare us in the face by these so called “critical thinkers and activists”.

Yet if you think Rita Panahi is clumbsy when it comes to her journalistic integrity wait until you see her here on Australian TV. She appeared on the Morning show Sunrise to express herself and this is where she loses even more buoyancy. In the show, television host Andrew O’keefe emotionally confronts Rita on a few forms, albeit he fumbles a few times, so let me respond to her claims whilst on the TV show.

Ritas TV presence is less buoyant than her Journalistic presence.

Ritas TV presence is less buoyant than her Journalistic presence.

Rita opens up her segment by claiming that “All terror attacks around the world have everything to do with Islam“. For the third time she mixes and mashes the terminology of Islam and Terror leaving out key words like “extremist” or “radical”. This language as misconstrued as it is- at least is consistent with Rita. She makes the claim that all terror attacks around the world have EVERYTHING to do with Islam, yet fails even once – to explain how or why.!?

She mentions that Muslims need to be “In the mainstream community, even more.” There’s one fact you’re missing- Muslims ARE part of the mainstream community. They send their kids to school, they have jobs, they enjoy their Sunday barbecues and have weddings that make your typical wedding look like a quiet picnic in the park. Muslims are about as mainstream as everybody else and this is evident if you own the faculty of thinking and the blessing of sight.

When Television host Andrew O’keefe mentions the point that Christians are not asked to apologize for Abortion clinic attacks, Rita scoffs at the host claiming “Oh Andrew, please, that is such a nonsensical Argument” . She later fires up to claim “When was the last time an abortion clinic got bombed?” A simple Google search gives us statistics that prove Abortion clinics are still being attacked in all forms and the statement that these attacks are isolated is quiet mute when we see abortion clinic attacks are relatively consistent in the United States, for example in the last 10 years in the United States alone- abortion clinics have been attacked 10 times. Which is at a rate of one attack per year through either direct murder, bombings or attempted bombings, firearms attacks or extreme vandalism. In fact the Anti Defamation League states that Abortion Clinic attacks “has actually remained a consistent, if secondary, source of domestic terrorism and violence, manifesting itself most often in assaults and vandalism, with occasional arsons, bombings, drive-by shootings, and assassination attempts.”

Rita Panahi consistently claims that “Moderate Muslims” need to be more vocal in expressing their distaste for terror. Yet Muslims have been condemning and apologizing for such actions for many many years and the fact that this point goes amiss proves something to me. Our condemning doesn’t actually work! It doesn’t quench the thirst for right wingers, it doesn’t satisfy the hunger of the Islamophobes, it never has and it obviously never will.

Are these Muslims condemning terror not loud enough for Rita? Take off your ear plugs.!

Are these Muslims condemning terror not loud enough for Rita? Take off your ear plugs.!

Did Rita miss the Muslim Protests in Paris only 4 months ago denouncing ISIS and terror? Muslims scattered the streets in their thousands chanting against such groups and their atrocities. What about the fact that after the London bombings 500 British Muslim Scholars and religious leaders signed a Fatwa stating “Islam condemns violence and destruction of innocent lives and that suicide bombings are “vehemently prohibited.” Or the 6,000 scholars in Pakistan that issued a Fatwa against terror in 2008? What about the 12,000 strong rally in London that Muslims created to condemn terror and promote co-existence in 2011? What about the Canadian Anti-Terror rally in October 2014? How about the #Notinmyname campaign joined by Muslim Youths worldwide where they openly condemned terror related activity in Islams name?

You get my point, Muslim condemnation to terror has been constant, consistent and persistent, yet who is listening? Rita Panahi obviously isn’t listening.! The 1.6 billion Muslims around the world cannot condemn in one voice at the same time because just like everybody else, Muslims are trying to live their lives. Each person is responsible for their deeds and at the end of the day we do what we can to disassociate terrorism to Islam, yet if that is not good enough for you then pardon me because my mask and cape are of no use!

I support freedom of speech and freedom of expression. The cartoons are not my issue, yet my issue was that the Charlie Hedbo publishers actually had an agenda behind their mockery of Islam, they did it not only to exercise their right for free speech yet the Editor Stephane Charbonnier claimed they would continue their Mockery of Islam and its Prophet “Until Islam is made as ho-hum as Catholicism”.

This is a statement which proves they don’t only want to exercise their freedom of speech and expression they actively want to change the mindsets of people and pressure them to desensitize to their religion and ideology. With that in mind, i support peaceful and reasonable Muslims to have the right to be offended by the Prophet Cartoons because as much as its their right to offend you, it is your right to be offended and it is your right to peacefully rally against it and intellectually fight such agendas of which people are trying to literally stifle your beliefs, just because other faiths allow their religion to be dragged into the dirt, we as Muslims do not have to submit to that “culture”. 

PEACE!

In light of the latest terror attacks in Paris where a few gunmen shot and killed 2 Police officers  and 10 men that worked at a Newspaper i have made the below top 15 facts for fellow Muslims to ponder on, just in case some may feel ANY of the events in Paris were in any way justified by our religion, because clearly they were not.!

Some things within Islam, it is a little easier for the haters to misconstrue to fit their own visions of the religion. Some particular topics like Jihad and Womens rights it is slightly easier for the opposition to take snippets and some worldly examples to take their muddled views home.

Yet when it comes to responding to mockery and ridicule, i am with 100% confidence that a basic understanding of Islam will leave one to know that responding to mockery with death and vigilante style  murder is something not sanctioned in the Qur’an and in fact the polar opposite is encouraged. You might read this and think it all sounds so pacifist, and i do not believe Islam is an entirely pacifistic faith, yet in the particular topic of handling mockery and ridicule – Islam teaches that the best approach IS a pacifistic one, with plenty of evidence to support the notion.

Below are 15 examples of how Mockery, offence and anger was advised to be handled, both to the Prophet Muhammad himself and all of his followers who consider themselves Muslims, take a look.!

First victim of the terror attacks in Paris was a Muslim policeman by the name of Ahmed Merabet.

First victim of the terror attacks in Paris was a Muslim policeman by the name of Ahmed Merabet.

Fact #1) After the death of Muhammad’s wife and influential uncle, he had lost all the support of his city and was suddenly open to attacks and hostility by the Pagans of Mecca. He went to a town called Ta’if to seek their support in his prophethood and message, when he arrived- he arrived to a town that was laughing at him, people were cursing him and throwing stones at him until blood drew from his limbs. At this point Muhammad retreated to a garden and made a desperate plea to Allah, did he plea for revenge and for bloodshed to this town that ridiculed and injured him? No, he made the below prayer.

O Allah, to you do I complain of my weakness, my helplessness and of the way people humiliate meO Most Merciful of the merciful ones. You are the Lord of the weak ones, and You are my Lord. To whom will You entrust me? To a distant stranger who will show me hostility? Or to an enemy, whom You have given control over my situation? If You are not angry with me, then I do not mind, though your safety is easier for me. I seek refuge with the Light of Your Face, which brings light to darkness, and upon which the affairs of the world and the Hereafter become right

Muhammad did not care about mockery, he handled it for 23 years.

Muhammad did not care about mockery, he handled it for 23 years.

Fact #2) In the Qur’an Allah prolongs the lives of those that Mock Islam and does Not instruct their murder.

And indeed Messengers were mocked at before you (O Muhammad), but I granted respite to those who disbelieved, and finally I seized them. Then how was my penalty?
(Quran 13:32)

Fact #3) You can be friends with people who mock your faith, just leave the conversation when it gets too offensive.

And indeed He has revealed to you in the Book that when you hear Allah’s communications disbelieved in and mocked – do not sit with them until they enter into some other conversation; surely then you would be alike..”
(Quran 4:140)

Fact #4) We are meant to bear patiently at their hurtful words.

You shall certainly be tried respecting your wealth and your souls, and you shall certainly hear from those who have been given the Book before you and from those who are polytheists much hurt; and if you are patient and stand guard, surely this is one of the affairs determined upon.”
(Quran 3:186)

"Turning away" was the most common way Muhammad handled mockery.

“Turning away” was the most common way Muhammad handled mockery.

Fact #5) Even if we see those that mock us as enemies- Allah may grant love between us!

It may be that Allah will ordain love between you and those of with whom you now hold as enemies. For Allah is Mighty, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.”
(Quran 60:7)

Fact #6) We should just leave them alone! Let Allah deal with all things.

So leave them to converse vainly and amuse themselves until they meet their Day which they are promised.”
(Quran 43:83)

Quran states God can turn enemies into friends that we Love.

Quran states God can turn enemies into friends that we Love.

Fact #7) Hurtful words tear people apart- what about hurtful actions!?

Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough and hard-hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you; so pardon them and ask forgiveness for them…
(Quran 3:159)

Fact #8) We were made to “know one another” not “force one another into one way of thinking”.

O mankind, surely We created you of a male and a female, and We have made you into races and tribes that you may know one another. Surely the most honorable among you in the sight of Allah are the most righteous..”
(Quran 49:13)

Gentleness and peace are the most suitable methods to respond to ridicule.

Gentleness and peace are the most suitable methods to respond to ridicule.

Fact #9) Allah commanded Moses & Aaron to deal with their greatest enemy Pharaoh with gentle speech- not violence!

Go, both of you, to Pharaoh, for he has indeed transgressed all bounds, And speak to him with gentle speech that perhaps he may be reminded or apprehensive...”
(Quran 20:44)

Fact #10) When the ignorant address us, the worst that we say is “PEACE!”

The servants of The Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace!
(Quran 25:63)

Fact #11) When we hear or see something offensive, we turn away and say…

And when they hear ill speech, they turn away therefrom and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours; peace be to you: we seek not the ignorant..
(Quran 28:55)

Fact #12) Even if they insult our Gods and Prophets- we cannot insult theirs!

And do not insult those they call upon other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do..
(Quran 6:108)

Fact #13) Restraining your anger is a commendable act!

And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous. Who spend during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good.”
(Quran 3:134)

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Restraining your anger is an act rewarded.


Fact #14
) Prayer and Patience are the best way to overcome tensions!

O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.”
(Quran 2:153)

Fact #15) Allah is the best of judges!

Leave Me with the one I created alone, And then granted him resources in abundance, And children to be by his side! And made life smooth and comfortable for him!Then he desires that I should add more.? Not at all! Surely he has been stubborn to Our signs.”
(Quran 74:10)