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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ground Zero mosque imam says Muslims should integrate into their host country while instilling a little sharia

The "bridge-building" and "interfaith dialogue" imam Rauf is back, this time in Scotland to talk about how the West needs to have sharia as part of it's program to integrate Muslims and that Muslims should become part of the "great melting pot" of their country of choice.  And the problem is what, exactly?

Well, there is no such thing as just a little sharia, it is the whole package or nothing.  It will, in Western countries start out as just a simple matter of allowing sharia arbitration courts to intervene in matters of divorce or dispute of business matters, then slowly escalate into the other aspects of sharia. 

Rauf explains it away thusly "...the only truly clashing area is the penal code, and no Muslim has the intention of introducing that to America. The penal code is the area that people in the Western world are worried about – but these are things that aren’t even observed today in most of the Muslim world. Apart from the Taliban and a few places like that, where do you see this happening?”.

Well imam Rauf, just to point out a few examples of where I see this happening; Somalia with Al-Shabab and Boko Haram in Nigeria, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Mahgreb, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Maurtania, North Sudan, Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists, Hizballah, Londonistan, Dearbornistan....


From the HeraldScotland August 28 by Vicky Allan

Ground Zero imam gives Scotland his recipe for successful multiculturalism

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The Smilin' Islamist in Scotland
 

AMERICA’S most controversial imam – the man at the centre of the storm over plans for the “Ground Zero Mosque” in New York last year – flew into Edinburgh yesterday to tell the Festival of Spirituality and Peace that greater integration between Islam and the West depends on the incorporation of Sharia law into the legal systems of the UK and the United States as well as Muslims adopting the culture of their host countries.

Uh, no.

Many see Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf as an Islamic moderate even though he has been vilified in the US press as an apologist for radical Muslims. In an interview with the Sunday Herald, Rauf said he believes the world is in the grip of a “dangerous myth” and “self-fulfilling prophecy” that “Islam and the West are at war. But the real battleground is not between Islam and the West, but between the wise, fair-minded people of all faith traditions and the extremists.”

And the reasons one might assume this clash exists at all, could it have anything to do with the actions of your co-religionists and their penchant for quoting the Qur'an and hadiths of Muhammad to continuously justify their jihadist ways, or maybe it could have something to do with the many recognized and respected Islamic scholars, imams, mullahs and ayatollahs who say that Islam is indeed at war with the West?

Although he is a pro-US imam who has argued that America is the embodiment of Islam’s ideal society, Rauf became a hate figure in the US over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque. The plan offended relatives of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and led to a US pastor proposing a “Burn a Koran day”.

Are we just to assume this statement is true?  What, if any, and there are none, actions has Rauf done to lead us to believe he is pro-US?

Rauf says that when the project – a community centre containing a mosque – was announced on the front page of the New York Times [in December 2009] there was no reaction. But six months later, it was picked up by conservatives like Sarah Palin and became one of the most divisive subjects in US society. Rauf later said: “If I had known this would happen, cause this kind of pain, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Go to the upcoming 9-11 rally and get on stage.  Grab the mike and tell the world you are standing behind your statement and the ground zero mosque will not be built at the site of the old Burlington Coat outlet. 

Was he na├»ve? “What surprised me is that I’ve been in the United States for 46 years and I think of it as having a very strong concept of separation of church and society, and yet a house of worship was used in a political campaign,” Rauf said.

What about you, Rauf?  Do you believe in the separation of mosque and state?

But most of his work is about dousing fires rather than fanning them. He often talks about the interweaving of Muslim and Western culture. Multi-culturalism, he believes, is the way forward, and the state we are globally shifting towards. America, he points out, has been more successful at this than Europe.

It is, he says, a paradigm because it is “structurally multi-cultural”. As he puts it: “Americans are predominantly hyphenated. They are Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans and so on. So there is a recognition and celebration of variety. That’s a very important factor in creating a space for Muslims to be integrated.” He notes that a greater percentage of Muslims in America are wealthy and highly educated and “those who are better off and educated have an easier time integrating”.

It should be American first, then the nationality, not the other way round. American-German, American-Australian, like that.  Akso, those who are better off are the ones who usually are able to carry out their support for Allah, and have the knowledge to take on the task of building a bomb.  Jihad causes poverty, Islam causes jihad.

An essential element of this interweaving of cultures, he says, will have to be the incorporation of Sharia law into the legal systems of Europe and the US. In this, he is in agreement with the Archbishop of Canterbury who said that the adoption of some aspects of Sharia law “seems to be unavoidable”.

Rauf points out that “the only truly clashing area is the penal code, and no Muslim has the intention of introducing that to America. The penal code is the area that people in the Western world are worried about – but these are things that aren’t even observed today in most of the Muslim world. Apart from the Taliban and a few places like that, where do you see this happening?”.

In the UK, he says, we need to recognise that the radicalisation of Muslim youth is not a problem of religion. “You have to consider how we would approach it if these people were not Muslims, but were Christian, for instance. The source of the problem is not religion, but an economic one.”

Right, in other words you're not getting enough jizya, and the tithing from the local church just isn't cutting it. 

There is so much more taqiyya, read it all

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