Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Mainstream Media Ignorance of Islam Exposed
Besides having to fight Islamists in the information war, we are also battling the intentional ignorance of the mainstream media (MSM). I say "intentional ignorance" because it is obvious that many who report for the MSM have done little, if any, research on Islam. Let's take a look at an outrageous example of irresponsible reporting!
Islam is all-American for one U.S. Muslim leader
(Reuters) - - Al Azhar, the centuries-old center of Islamic learning in Cairo, is a world away from Oklahoma City where William Suhaib Webb grew up.
But it was not until the American Muslim leader immersed himself in Islamic studies at Al Azhar that he realized just how American he was, regardless of his religion.
Al Azhar is considered the highest learning Islamic school in the world. They are obviously pro-Shariah Law, which contradicts the US Constitution. One example of this is the different views on slavery. The 13th Amendment abolished slavery in the entire United States. What does Reliance of the Traveller - an Islamic Law manual approved by Al Azhar - say about slavery? ihad: o9:13
When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of the capture, and the woman's previous marriage is immediately annulled.
Did Webb miss school that day because of an illness?!
Webb's positions on issues such as women's rights and religious community involvement are near the American mainstream. He denounces violence in the name of Islam, and encourages U.S. Muslim youth to be comfortable with their American roots.
Webb can denounce brutality in the name of Islam all he wants, but it does not change the fact that violence is an integral part of Islam. Unfortunately, the author of the article does not ask the tough questions.
Bukhari Hadith Volume 1, Book 8, Number 387:
Narrated Anas bin Malik:
Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.’ And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah.” Narrated Maimun ibn Siyah that he asked Anas bin Malik, “O Abu Hamza! What makes the life and property of a person sacred?” He replied, “Whoever says, ‘None has the right to be worshipped but Allah’, faces our Qibla during the prayers, prays like us and eats our slaughtered animal, then he is a Muslim, and has got the same rights and obligations as other Muslims have.”
What else does Webb have to say about Islam?
But in his early days as a convert, Muslim-majority countries became a mythical land where Webb said he felt like he could tap into an authentic Islam.
The following is a sample of "authentic Islam".
Bukhari Hadith Volume 9, Book 84, Number 57:
Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to 'Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn 'Abbas who said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah's Apostle forbade it, saying, 'Do not punish anybody with Allah's punishment (fire).' I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'"
This portion of "authentic Islam" is also corroborated by the Al Azhar-approved manual of Islamic Law.
o8.0 APOSTASTY FROM ISLAM
o8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.
I know...I know...Webb was still out sick that day.
Pundits and politicians who decry the growth of Islam in the United States often cite Muslim extremists' desire to implement Shariah, or Islamic law. Some state legislators have gone as far as proposing legislation banning it.
But Webb, who continues to spend lengthy periods studying at Al Azhar, said jurisprudence in Shariah, which means path, necessarily considers culture and custom in its interpretations.
I see, it must be because "Webb" said so?! What a masterful piece of journalistic work this article was!
The bottom line is that Shariah calls for the dominance of non-Muslims. Here is a recent statement from Al Azhar on this very matter:
Members of al-Azhar's Islamic Research Council held an emergency meeting led by the institution's head, Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, repudiating Bishop Bishoy's comments and accusing him of provoking sectarian tension.
A "Statement to the Nation" was released by the Council on Saturday, September 25 in which al-Tayeb said "This kind of behavior is irresponsible and threatens national unity at a time when it is vital to protect it." He also warned against repercussions these sorts of statements can have among Muslims in Egypt and abroad.
The Statement went on to say that the Council stresses the fact that Egypt is an "Islamic State", according to the text of its Constitution, which represents the social contract among its people. "From this stems the rights of citizenship, as taught to us by the Messenger of Allah in his pact with the Christians of Najran, in which he decided that they were to enjoy rights and duties as the Muslims. However, these rights are conditional to respect for the Islamic Identity and the citizenship rights as set by the Constitution."
The Christians of Najran, Medina, refused conversion to Islam in 631 A.D. and offered Mohamad to maintain their faith, accept the dominance of Muslims and pay an annual tribute (the jizya), he accepted and the pact was sealed between them.
Apparently, Webb is not giving us the full story.
For the Muslim clerics he knows throughout the world, an Islamic order in America makes "absolutely no sense, whatsoever."
A true reporter would have asked Webb to name exactly for whom it is that he speaks. But, like I said, he wants to take the easy way out and purposely remains blind to this glaring issue.
American Muslims do not disagree that there is a real threat from extremism, according to Webb. He said the greatest danger comes when both non-Muslims and Muslims alike believe Islam is un-American.
Want some more proof, Mr. Webb?
The 8th Amendment guarantees that punishments will be fair, and not cruel, and that extraordinarily large fines will not be set.
The penalty for theft under Islam:
o14.0 THE PENALTY FOR THEFT o14.1
A person's right hand is amputated, whether he is a Muslim, non-Muslim subject of the Islamic state,...
Sounds "fair", doesn't it? Sure.
"Muslims in America are going to have to somehow engage American culture in order to offer the answers to American culture, the problems of American culture," he said.
In other words, he is suggesting that Muslims change the country to suit Islam. My message to Webb is that he had better pray to Allah that I do not get picked up by the mainstream media! As for Wendell Marsh, people like him are not only irresponsible, they are downright detrimental to America. Do your job with journalistic integrity, Mr. Marsh!
Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Christopher Logan is an online journalist, Islam watcher and intelligence analyst who also runs the Logan’s Warning. He has appeared on several radio shows and most recently has contributed as a co-host and a co-producer of the Evil Conservative Radio Show, based out of NYC.website
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