The Muslim lifestyle is harmful to society and our children.

Posted on June 14, 2016

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The Muslim lifestyle is harmful to society or our children. It should be kept behind closed doors. It’s one thing allowing Muslims to practice their religion at home where we don’t have to see it, but letting them do it the open? Allowing them to call others to Islam? Allowing others to embrace the religion? Are we mad? We need to speak out.

Look, Muslims, we will tolerate your existence. We won’t interfere with your mosques. We won’t ban your Quran. But don’t push your luck and get all public with your Islamic stuff, OK?

If you’re a Muslim reading this post you probably don’t like the sound of it so far. Sounds a bit ‘Islamophobic’, eh? I’d have to agree.

For the last three weeks I’ve listened to 40-odd lectures by the American scholar, Yasir Qadhi – not his old work, his newer stuff.

It’s true that Qadhi is no longer the strict Salafi that he once was. His language and some of his views have softened. He now considers himself to be a reformer. For real reformers of the Islamic faith, he’s nothing of the sort. He sees progressive reformers as deviants who will only ever make up a tiny percentage of the Muslim population.

In this Q and A from last year he answers a question from the audience on where he stands with his current understanding of Islam:

“I disagree with some of the methodological practices of the current Salafi movement, not the theoretical Salaf understanding of Islam…I am firmly believing in the theology of the Salaf, of the early generations…”

During another Q and A in London he says:

“We can get our point across without getting into trouble. And the best example in our times is our views on same-sex relationships. A number of people have been barred for, in my humble opinion, not acting wisely. I haven’t changed my views but I have said them in a language that is very proper…”

And here’s an example of that change of language from the same talk:

“We see fifty years ago what the world considered evil, is now considered legitimate, right? We see in our lifetimes, when I grew up in the eighties, how certain things were viewed to be taboo and whatnot. And now if you dare criticise those things you are the backward person…”

If that rings a bell it means you’ve heard the older, non-politically correct version:

“For those who have been around for a little bit longer than those who are eighteen or nineteen, look at how this own society and culture has evolved in the way it looks at homosexuals. In our own time, I remember as a kid in the eighties, which gives you an idea how old I was, growing up in the eighties I grew up, OK? I remember how homosexuals were looked down upon and the names that were given to these people, and how disgusted the average masses were with that segment of society. Now look, now look at how we have regressed, not progressed.”

For more of Qadhi’s views on homosexuality (including the death penalty) see this recent piece on AlMaghrib Institute at Harry’s Place.

I noticed that 5Pillars have retweeted a lecture by Qadhi earlier today:

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I recognised it immediately as I’d watched it only the other week.

Most of the lecture is harmless – he even tells the audience not to get involved in legal issues surrounding same-sex marriage. It begins to liven up a bit towards the end with Qadhi declaring that it is Muslims who are now facing intolerance because it’s getting a bit dicey to voice opinions about homosexuality (20:23):

“”It’s ironic, the very group that were saying they’re not tolerated, now they’re becoming the intolerant against people who do not tolerate them. And the very essence of tolerance is to tolerate those who you disagree with. If you wanted to only tolerate those who you agree with, there is no tolerance. So unfortunately now, intolerance is now being turned against us.”

And for all that reform and breaking away from the Salafi movement, Qadhi’s message is still much the same:

“Bottom line, my dear brothers and sisters, is this is a lifestyle and action which we think is unethical, that it is immoral, that it is unhealthy for a society, especially to publicise. You know, it’s one thing to do a sin, anybody, anything, whether it’s drinking, whether it’s drugs, whether it’s same-sex, pre-marital, whatever, these sins have existed in Islam even from the beginning of time. Every society has them. It’s one thing to do it behind closed doors, nobody knows about it. It’s another thing to show it to our entire society, and to embrace it, and to allow people to come into it. And that is something we will publicly say without any embarrassment – that this is not healthy, it is not moral, it is not good, it is not wholesome, it is harmful to society, to family, to our children, even to ourselves, it is simply not good for the soul.”

For any Qadhi fans still reading, I know you found nothing wrong in what Qadhi had to say about the homosexual lifestyle directly above. But when the quote was mirrored, and Muslims were being dug out, you didn’t like it so much, did you?

This should make you stop and think, and to question whether Qadhi’s understanding of Islam is the Islam you wish to follow yourself.

Who am I kidding? It’s one rule for you and another rule for others.

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