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It’s been a pretty loud and vocal week after the devastating Terror attack in Nice that killed many dozens of people (including 34 Muslims) and indeed it has been a somber time as such attacks seem to be amplified in volume, whether in Iraq, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, France or Germany- we could all attest to the fact that we are living in some dangerous times.

Politicians and public figures have recently been “Speaking out” against Terrorism yet with a much more distinct and specific flavour– echoing the already loud calls of the potential next President of the United States Donald Trump.  Here in Australia we have had politicians and celebrities have their say about their fears of terror, indicating to the public that their fear runs so deep that indeed the only logical solution to stopping terrorism is to Ban Muslims altogether. That is right, no more Muslim immigration and no more Mosques and while we’re at it let’s try to get rid of Halal as well.

Now i promise to approach this matter fairly and with non Biased glasses because as a Muslim, of course, naturally i am inclined to defend Islam and rise up against what i deem to be bigotry. Yet let’s face it, this fear has to come from somewhere and this fear has to be addressed, why are people so scared? What could be done to ease the tension and settle the minds of my fellow Australians. ?

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TV presenter Sonia Kruger states that Muslim Immigration in Australia must stop.

First thing is first, i will address TV presenter Sonia Kruger who last week made a statement on public television supporting an outright ban on Muslim Immigration. What i will do is quote and address each of her concerns and i will tackle these concerns with factual information that is very easy to absorb and hopefully such facts could put her mind and your mind at ease!

Sonia Kruger starts off by stating: “There is a correlation between the number of people who are Muslim in a country and the number of Terrorist Attacks.”

This statement may sound convincing to some people, yet it is a blanket statement that is inaccurate. Obviously depending on the country, its political stability, civil environment and security we have different outcomes. Now nations like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, The United States, Afghanistan & Britain for example are all nations that have been involved in conflict and foreign intervention, which leads to a lack of settlement, instability and tensions within the population which obviously would lead to an increased potential of terrorism. The fact that many of these nations has a high Muslim population is coincidental and does not mean in essence that Muslims are more violent, yet it does mean that Muslims have been exposed to more Violence due to Domestic terrorism, Foreign invasions, bombings, drone strikes and political unrest.

So nations like the ones that i mention above would certainly strengthen Sonia Krugers point, yet there is a deep flaw within her argument. You will notice that other Muslim and Non Muslim nations that have NOT been exposed to political instability, civil strife and military foreign intervention have seen high levels of a Muslim population blended with high levels of Non Muslims and pretty much no terrorism has occurred.

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Due to political unrest, civil warfare, foreign military involvement. Places like Iraq are NOT a fair example to indicate Muslims are violent.

For example The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has a population of 1.1 Million Muslims, whilst it has a whopping 1.8 Million Non Muslim Expats who live and work in this Middle Eastern Hub. If Muslims wanted to attack and kill non Muslims this would be their playground, yet instead we see people living in coexistence and in relative harmony.

What about Oman, also in the Middle East? I have been to Oman with my Christian Mother and we never felt safer. It has a 86% Muslim population and a 14% Non Muslim Population, here they have the upper hand in numbers and easily could terrorize their Non Muslim minorities- yet it is not happening. Am i making sense yet?

Now what about Qatar? Yet again deep in the Middle East. We have a 74% Muslim population and a 26% non Muslim population and yet again we are seeing no Terrorist Attacks occur here against Non Muslims.

Finally what about Kazakhstan in Central Asia? The population is 70% Muslims with a 30% Non Muslim population. It has yet to see a single terrorist attack against its 1/3 Non Muslim civilians. I hope you get my drift now.

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Me and My Christian Mother in Oman, Middle East 2012. A nation of 86% Muslims where we felt very safe at all times.

Now you are probably going to ask me what about Non Middle Eastern countries and Non Muslim countries that have a sizeable Muslim population? Aren’t they committing Jihad left, right and center just like they are in France or the USA? The answer is no, not necessarily. Let me give you a few examples.

We have Cyprus on the Mediterranean. A European nation with a 23% Muslim population. This means that almost 1 in 4 people in Cyprus are Muslim and yet there has been no Terror Attack there.

How about Singapore with its 15% Muslim population? This country is a melting pot just like many other civilized nations around the world with a very considerable Muslim population and yet people live together without the “fear” that Sonia Kruger is shivering about on National Television.

We also have Austria with a Muslim population of 7% and even though there are concerns in the nation for the potential of terror attacks, at this stage, thank Goodness we have not had an attack against the people of the nation by the significant Muslim population.

Let us talk about Fiji, the Pacific Island Nation. The terror level is low and constantly remains low in this tropical paradise even though it carries a 7% Muslim population within it. Do you wonder why?

A final example is Mongolia. 5% of the Population are Muslims and all it takes is one person to commit an act of terror and yet the nation has been terror free as far as i can see.

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Places like Cyprus with a strong 23% Muslim population are highly void of terror attacks.

Do you notice how all of the above nations are stable and have had no play in foreign military intervention that has caused unrest and warfare? Now let me refer you back to Sonia Kruger and the example of a nation she uses as a benchmark to Muslim Immigration. Here she states:

Look at Japan, it has a population of 174,000,000 (million) and 100,000 people who are Muslim and we never hear of terrorist attacks in Japan

So all the examples i gave you above range of a Muslim Population between 5% – 86% and this range proves that the number of Muslims does not necessarily mean more terror.
Yet in order for Sonia to propagate her banning of Muslim immigration to Australia she states that Japan is a perfect example of “just enough” Muslim Immigration in order to keep a society safe.

Just calculate that for a moment.  100,000 people from 174 million is a total of 0.1%.
She thinks that 0.1% of an entire countries population being Muslim is the limit in order for it to be considered “Safe” for her and her family. Those are some quite dismal numbers yet its a sneaky attempt at trying to highlight that No Muslims equals a safer society.

The Muslim Population of Australia is approximately 3%, so that is clearly 2.9% too many for Sonia Kruger, yet seeming she can’t do anything about the Muslims already here, she hopes to halt Muslim immigration by stopping it at 3% because apparently 3% of the population are causing sleepless nights for this poor woman.

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Sonia Kruger claims Japans 0.1% Muslim Population is just enough to consider “safe”.

One thing that i found to be very condescending and quite cliche in Sonia Krugers speech on television was that she used the “I have [Insert Minority] friends!“. Yes, Sonia claims she has many wonderful and beautiful Muslim friends before continuing on her quite hardline train of thought. You see that argument doesn’t stick because you’ll hear that many racists say “I have many black friends” and many homophobes would say “I have many gay friends” and obviously Islamophobes would use the famous “I have many Muslim friends”. Yet this doesn’t strengthen their argument, in fact it makes them look more ridiculous because she is using tolerant language before coming to an intolerant conclusion. NO MORE MUSLIMS!

In saying that- i understand peoples fears, people are scared and indeed we are all scared of terrorism. Regardless of ones race or religion we all could be victims of terror and indeed it could reach our shores. Yet banning Muslims is simply not the answer because open discrimination and xenophobic policies are the perfect recipe for radicalization. Just like extremist preachers subdue the minds of suicidal maniacs we find that such language puts a megaphone to the hate preachers mouths and lets them yell out to Muslims to avenge such hostilities. It is a bridge that could lead to Muslims already in a country to be brainwashed much easier in the thought that their country hates them. The scare campaign continues yet the fact of the matter is the Media and the Politicians sleep in the same bed, at the end of the day us PEOPLE only really have each other.

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This mentality does NOT help terrorism.

The onus isn’t only on everyone else though, of course the Muslim community can and must do more to not disenfranchise their youth from their own mixed communities and they must steer away from preaching segregation and violence. Not only that i also agree with strong immigration policies with vivid screening and background checks, whereas for example i think the over generosity of the German Immigration Influx may be problematic.

The best way to stem terrorism is to befriend Muslims and make them feel part of the greater community. Go to a Mosque and engage, ask many questions and interact. Learn more about the religion itself and find out if killing innocent civilians and non combatants is truly a pillar of Islam. Attend Muslim festivities and festivals and look at how Muslims are interacting in this place we call home. They are riding on rides, eating fairy floss and laughing with their families while making delicious Sunday barbeques. For the most part Muslims are not to be feared yet what we must fear is a civil breakup between communities because it gives the vultures power from both ends of the spectrum.

It opens the gateway to right wing politicians who take pleasure in dividing a nation and trying to enforce Nazi style doctrine among the people and it opens another door to making the radicalized mouth pieces more confident in recruiting young minds who do not feel in place in a country that actively seeks to ban their future existence. I am a Muslim and i invite you to speak to me if you have any concerns about Islam or Muslims. I welcome you to have a chat to me and i will be honest. From my 1,060 Facebook friends i have ever had three (3) people speak to me about my faith, whereas at least a dozen others simply speak ABOUT my faith. Let the dialogue begin.

PEACE, Salam Alaykum

 

-Ramey. E

 

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The dramatic scenes at Boston are unwinding and sooner or later it shall come to a full close in justice, after scores of innocent men had their images plastered for being suspects in the crime (From Saudi to Indian to Anglo-saxon) the details of the bombers who killed 3 and injured well over 100 at the Boston Marathon have emerged in full swing. Unfortunately as the details sink in, yes it appears that the perpetrators, two brothers from southern Russia with the names Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev are “Muslim” and this is the news that many right wingers have been praying to hear.

Suddenly a wave of commentary has rushed into the social media scene sarcastically quoting that Islam is indeed a “Religion of Peace”. Yet as the case unwinds and more and more information comes forth about the Tsarnaev family we see that the men who engaged in this crime are more inclined to be similar to your every day citizen than a fundamentalist Muslim. The older brother Tamerlan (who has died of gunshot wounds) was slightly different- he lived in the United States for approximately 5 years and he was a pro-boxer who claimed “I don’t have a single American friend, I don’t understand them” .  His supposed Youtube page does show that he loved extreme views and supported the hardline clerics and imams that call for the death of your “enemies“. That must beg the question, does not having any “friends” by default make them your “enemies”?

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Twitter bigots glad they can link Boston Bombings to #Islam

In that we see that Tamerlan clearly “grew” extreme through the concept of brainwashing, victimization  and social “isolation”. He became a bitter person out of his own self reflection and never fought with that perception and that is the danger of any form of extremism. A self deluded perception opens you up to external delusions that influence your own, it’s sick.

When it comes to the younger brother Dzokhar, 19 who is currently in custody (amazing job Boston police!) , we see your typical “American boy“. He was well liked, he was a pro-wrestler, he was a medical student and a lifeguard at Harvard. He enjoyed hanging out with friends, he engaged in social media and didn’t mind having the odd cheeky “smoke” (and no not cigarettes). It’s scary that i am talking about Dzokhar in a past tense, i feel it’s almost a premonition of the news to come, he’ll either kill himself or be killed– i’d be surprised to see it end in another way. Turns out i am wrong, he has been captured and is in custody, this is very important to see the psyche behind why some people would do such a thing.

Former wrestling coach Larry Aaronson told CNN: “There was nothing in his character, in his comportment, in his demeanor that said he would be capable of doing this. He was so grateful to be here, he was so grateful to be at the school. he was so grateful to be accepted. He was pleasant, careful, jovial – there was nothing remotely like this at all. He was a lovely, lovely kid, an outstanding athlete and never a troublemaker.” What then could drive a healthy, happy 19 year old to commit this heinous act? Well, the standard bigots will be first to say with fists in the air “ISLAM!”.

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The bombers may have been “Muslim” but did they practice “Islam”?

Yet such people are clearly insecure, especially in regards to Dzokhar- they see a young man that may have more in common with them, than he does with Islam as a religion. When we see all the events that unfolded and all the crimes that Dzokhar and his family committed could we well and truly say it was Islam that influenced them to do these things? Have these people looked into what Islam has to say about their actions? It’s pretty scary, not the support that Islam gives them but the extreme punishment that the Shariah law would incorporate on them for all the things that they did, suddenly it seems all these people calling for the death of Dzokhar would suddenly see them shaking hands with Shariah; to their shock and dismay.

Lets see if the accusations hold any weight, what does Islam have to say about the actions of these brothers and their family, are they really “practicing Muslims”? There is no evidence of these brothers (or their immediate family) being practicing Muslims, yes they can “like” all the extremist Youtube videos that they want, that still doesn’t make them actual practicing Muslims. Blaming Islam for these attacks at this point is nonsense, it’s like blaming someone else based on their fanatical love of Manchester United- saying you are “Muslim” is different than actually being one.

CRIME 1: Killing Of Innocent People: (Boston bombing)

Come, I will rehearse what Allah has prohibited you from”: “Join not anything as equal with Him; be good to your parents; kill not your children because of poverty;- We provide sustenance for you and for them;- come not near to shameful deeds. Whether open or secret; take not life, which Allah has made sacred, except by way of justice: thus does He command you, that you may learn wisdom.” (Quran 6:151)

Allah does not forbid you respecting those who have not made war against you on account of your religion, and have not driven you out from your homes, that you show them kindness and deal with them justly; surely Allah loves the doers of justice.” (Quran 60:8)

The Prophet said: “Whoever has one of his relations murdered has the choice either to (forgive) and  receive compensation thereto or have the killer killed.” – Sahîh al-Bukhârî (2434) and Sahîh Muslim (1355)

CRIME 2: Killing of Women and Children (2 Victims women- 1 a child)

Book 019, Hadith Number 4320.

It is narrated by Ibn Umar that a woman was found killed in one of the battles, so the Messenger of Allah (Muhammad) forbade the killing of women and children.

Please note the above example is in a war time context, killing any innocents in general is strictly prohibited.

CRIME 3: Theft and Robbery (Brothers robbed 7-11)

As for the thief, the male and the female, amputate their hand in recompense for what they committed as a deterrent  from Allah . And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise. But if the thief repents after his crime, and amends his conduct, Allah turns to him in forgiveness; for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Quran 5:38)

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Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev (left)- loved sports, friends, weed & partying yet is a “Fundamental” Muslim.

CRIME 4: Smoking weed (Friends say Dzokhar smoked weed)

O you who have believed, indeed, intoxicants, gambling, sacrificing on stone alters and divining are but defilement from the work of Satan, so avoid it that you may be successful.” (Quran 5:90)

CRIME 5: Extremism (Both brothers)

Prophet Muhammad said “Beware of going to extremes in religious matters, for those who came before you were destroyed because of going to extremes in religious matters.” – Sunan An Nasai Book 24 Hadith 3070

CRIME 6: Dissimulation (Case of big brother Tamerlan)

Prophet Muhammad said “The believer who mixes with people and patiently bears their annoyance will have a greater reward than the believer who does not mix with people and patiently bears their annoyance.” – Narrated by al-Tirmidhi (5207) and Ibn Maajah (4032)

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Their own mother is a thief and doesn’t wear Hijab. #Muslim? Perhaps. #Islam? No.

So there you have it, Islam openly contradicts all of the actions of these supposed “Muslims”. So you can hash-tag #Islam night and day and connect the terrible events at Boston and the actions of these evil brothers as #Islamic but the bottom line is Islam wouldn’t applaud their behaviour, these guys would have less an arm, been killed and cursed at the same time.  There could be a range of reasons these brothers did what they did and none of them in my eyes are acceptable but the fools that have been frothing at their mouths for days hoping it was a Muslim i hope you are happy now, yet i am here to show you #Muslim does not equal #Islam and it’s as simple as that.

In the above video Dzhokhars uncle makes the statement of how he cannot believes his Nephews would partake in this terrorism. He says there is no good excuse and that any excuse relating to “Islam” is a forge and a fake” (invalid excuse). He goes on to make a plea to his nephew to turn himself in and beg for forgiveness, that’s a great idea and is perhaps the most Islamic thing to do. Admit your wrong, beg for forgiveness and face your judgement and bear the consequences.

May all the victims of the Boston bombing be at peace, may all innocent everyday Muslims be protected by the bigot brigade who likely will blame them for these attacks and may the brothers meet justice and retribution either in this life or the next.

Peace. Salam Alaykum.