We’ve spoken before about the myth of “Moderate Islam” (see Moderate Muslims in Their Own Words and Laws… and Dear ‘Moderate’ Muslims: Your Self-Pity Party Is Disgusting). Sure, there are those who (sort of) adhere to Islam but don’t personally believe in violence. But that doesn’t fly within the Islamic community. If you’re not chopping off heads, you can’t be a part of their club. Just look at what happened to this Muslim lawyer who spoke out against
the extremists regular Muslims.
A prominent human rights lawyer has said he received death threats after calling for unity within Scotland’s Muslim community. Aamer Anwar said he was taking the threats from “fanatics” extremely seriously and that police were investigating.
Anwar chaired an event at Glasgow central mosque last week calling for unity and condemning violence and extremism after the killing of the shopkeeper Asad Shah and the terrorist attacks in Brussels and Lahore.
Shah, 40, was found injured outside his convenience store in the Shawlands area of the city on 24 March. His funeral took place on Saturday. Tanveer Ahmed, 32, from Bradford in West Yorkshire, has appeared in court charged with murder.
Following the attack, police described the incident as “religiously prejudiced” and said both men were Muslims.
Here’s the thing, Aamer Anwar is a Human Rights lawyer who has spoken out against the West. He’s not exactly a closeted Donald Trump supporter, let alone a “moderate Muslim.” But simply pointing out that maybe, just maybe, Islamists should stop killing people… that’s a bridge too far. Even among mainstream Muslims, he’s been chastised and criticized for saying something which, figuratively, should be entirely non-controversial. Oh well. Islam gonna Islam!
Anwar went on to say:
“Our so-called community leaders must do much more. They have avoided tackling hatred to preserve their status and that is deeply shameful and hypocritical.”
Key point here… Why would Muslims leaders lose “their status” if they spoke out against violence? Again, he’s talking about mainstream leaders in the Islamic world here, not commanders in ISIS. If most Muslims despise violence, wouldn’t they exalt their leaders who… condemn violence? Christians don’t avoid tackling terrorism to “preserve their status.” Bhuddists don’t. Scientologists don’t.
What is it about the global Islamic constituency that intimidates their most famous leaders into silence regarding terrorism? Oooooh… that’s right.