Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Christian-Muslim Forum

The news that the Archbishop of Canterbury is to launch a Christian-Muslim Forum had the researchers at BBC Radio Five Live skimming through their special Muslim Rolodex to find an expert. Today it was the turn of Dr Abdul Wahid, executive committee member of the widely-banned anti-Semitic party Hizb-uh-Tahrir. He expressed his hopes that the forum would help promote the true face of Islam and its long history of tolerance. (Interview here. Listen Again, Tuesday, 1:35:35 in)

When he’s not representing the cuddly side of the caliphate, the tolerant Mr Wahid likes nothing better than a nice a day out with his friends. Intimidating voters.
Iraqis have clashed with demonstrators against the election outside a polling station in Manchester...
The demonstrators were from Hizb-ut-Tahrir - an Islamic group which is against the elections in Iraq.
David Kahrmann, from the Iraq Election Team, said the protesters "were not even Iraqis".
"The Iraqi community here were saying, 'Why are these people who are not even from Iraq protesting against these elections?'," he said.
Dr Abdul Wahid, of Hizb-ut-Tahrir, said his demonstrators had begun walking away from the scene after election organisers said they were worried their presence could prove trouble
When Hizb-ut-Tahrir was criticised for its website’s anti-Semitism, certain passages were removed (from its English language section, at least). Dr Wahid explained: "…some who do challenge our political views often resort to partial understandings of individual texts that are detached from context." Remember, the following is OK if you don’t take it out of context:

The Jews are a people of slander. They are a treacherous people who violate oaths and covenants. They lie and change words from their right places. They take the rights of people unjustly, and kill the Prophets and the innocent. They are the most severe in their hatred for those who believe. Allah has forbidden us from allying ourselves with them. (From a pamphlet called "And Kill Them Wherever You Find Them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out".)

In origin, no one likes the Jews except the Jews. Even they themselves rarely like each other. He (swt) said: "You would think they were united, but their hearts are divided" [TMQ 59:14] The American people do not like the Jews nor do the Europeans, because the Jews by their very nature do not like anyone else. Rather they look at other people as wild animals which have to be tamed to serve them. So, how can we imagine it being possible for any Arab or Muslim to like the Jews whose character is such? ... Know that the Jews and their usurping state in Palestine will, by the Help and Mercy of Allah (swt), be destroyed "until the stones and trees will say: O Muslim, O Slave of Allah. Here is a Jew behind me so come and kill him." (From an article titled "The Muslim Ummah will never submit to the Jews". Reference Wikipedia)
Muslim representation on the Christian-Muslim Forum, which is partly funded by the Home Office, is headed by Dr Ataullah Siddiqui of the Islamic Foundation in Leicester. This organisation was founded by Khurshid Ahmad, a senior figure in Jamaat-i-Islami, the Pakistani party committed to the establishment of an Islamic state ruled by sharia law. The Islamic Foundation publishes the works of Jamaat’s founder Maulana Maududi, claiming that they "are books of merit to British Muslims." Maudidi saw non-believers as "barbarians", despised the West, and called for universal Islamic revolution. (Reference - The Observer)

No wonder Dr Wahid is optimistic about the prospects for the Archbishop's new forum.

(Update - here's more on Maududi/Mawdudi. Worth reading. Hat tip taol.)


Anonymous TAoL said...

You may have seen this but a fairly detailed summary of Mawdudi's philosophy can be found at the excellent MCB Watch blog.


10:16 pm  
Blogger DFH said...

Cheers taol, hadn't seen that before. Added a link.

10:53 pm  
Anonymous TAoL said...

If you replaced Philip Gould with the Qu'ran, the New Labour manifesto wouldn't look much different to how it does now.

I imagine that even Mawdudi would draw the line at ID cards, though.

1:32 pm  

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