Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Harris Zafar breaks it all down for the gullible kuffir

An amazing illusion which the ever-gullible Western media, politicians, pundits and Islamic sycophants will gobble up like chocolate cake at a Weight Watchers convention.  Harris Zafar is the perfectly smooth and deceptive Islamist, using Orwellian phrases and dissonant connections in order to gin up the "peaceful and tolerant" Islam.  He is a master of ignoring what the recognized leaders of Islam say, and hopes you will, too.

From The Washington Post January 14 by Harris Zafar

Making Islamic sense of free speech

While many celebrated the winter holidays, news broke of the arrest in Saudi Arabia of liberal writer Turki Al Hamad for allegedly insulting Islam on Twitter. We also heard of another Saudi activist, Raif Badawi, who was arrested in June and will now continue with his trial, accused of apostasy for ridiculing Saudi Arabia’s religious police and making other comments that officials found insulting. These incidents have re-ignited the age old debate about the use of freedom of speech, especially with regards to Islam.

The sharia does not allow for free speech about Islam from non-Muslims.  "According to a manual of Islamic law certified as reliable by al-Azhar, the foremost institution in Sunni Islam, Islam mandates death for non-Muslim subjects of the Islamic state who mention "something impermissible about Allah, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), or Islam" ('Umdat al-Salik, o11.10)." (Thanks to Robert Spencer)

The difference between Islam’s view on free speech and the view promoted by free speech advocates these days is the intention and ultimate goal each seeks to promote. Whereas many secularists champion individual privileges, Islam promotes the principle of uniting mankind and cultivating love and understanding among people. Both endorse freedom for people to express themselves, but Islam promotes unity, whereas modern-day free speech advocates promote individualism.

Islam means submission in Arabic.  You have the choice to submit...or not.  The individualism comes from being the same in Allah's eye.

Let me explain.

The ultimate goal of Islam is to unite mankind under a single banner of peace. The Koran– Islam’s holy scripture – says God created everyone in unity, but our own man-made differences has compromised our unity (2:214). In order to unite mankind, Islam instructs to only use speech to be truthful, do good to others, and be fair and respectful. It attempts to pre-empt frictions by prescribing rules of conduct which guarantee for all people not only freedom of speech but also fairness, absolute justice, and the right of disagreement.

The Koran instructs people to speak the truth (33:71), to speak in a manner that is best (17:54), to speak to others kindly (2:84) and to refrain from inappropriate speech (4:149). With Islam’s guidance to purify our intentions, it promotes free speech when our intention is to serve a good purpose, promote peace, bring people closer to God and unite mankind. If, however, our intentions are to insult others or promote disorder or division, we should refrain.

Zafar conveniently forgets to tell you about the other suras and verses which abrogate his mentions.  There is the sword verse (9-29), 5-51 tells Muslims not to take non-Muslims as friends, 8-39 extolls Muslims to fight until religion is for Allah only, 2-216 tells Muslims that fighting is "good for you" and 47-4 tells Muslims to "smite the necks" of the Jews and Christians.  

The most vocal proponents of freedom of speech, however, call us towards a different path, where people can say anything and everything on their mind. With no restraint on speech at all, every form of provocation would exist, thereby cultivating confrontation and antagonism. They insist this freedom entitles them the legal privilege to insult others. This is neither democracy nor freedom of speech. It fosters animosity, resentment and disorder.

The call for censorship in order to coddle Muslims is obvious here.  The only animosity, resentment and disorder is Zafar's call for restrictions on the very speech rights he is exercising in his article.

Rather than focusing on privileges, Islam focuses on the principle to avoid speech that causes separation and conflict. Our words should have a positive impact on people’s lives, promote truth and promote justice. We agree with former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, who once said: “A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” Treating speech as supreme at the expense of world peace and harmony is an incredibly flawed concept. No matter how important the cause of free speech, it still pales in comparison to the cause of world peace and unity.

In other words, shut up for peace....or else.

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