Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The keyword for this week’s episode of The Life of Muhammad has to be taqiyyah, the act of concealing or disguising one’s true feelings. Allah gives the practice his blessing in the Qur’an (16:106) ‘Those who are forced to recant while their hearts remain loyal to the faith shall be absolved’, and the principle of lying being acceptable if it brings about a greater good is enshrined in Islamic law (Reliance of the Traveller r8.2): ‘If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible … and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory.’

Towards the end of the programme, Rageh Omaar said:

In some parts of the Muslim world, and Muslim communities in the West, a new anti-Semitism has appeared that claims legitimacy from the Qur’an. Its offensive rants are to most Muslim and non-Muslim ears completely abhorrent.

Every time Muslims pray they recite the opening chapter of the Qur’an, which includes the words ‘Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favoured, not of those who have incurred Your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray.’ ‘Those who have gone astray’ are Christians, while ‘those who have incurred Your wrath’ are the Jews. The Qur’an has more harsh words for Jews when it says (5:82) “You will find that the most implacable of men in their enmity to the faithful [Muslims] are the Jews and the pagans, and that the nearest in affection to them are those who say: ‘We are Christians.’”

Incurring Allah’s wrath and being Islam’s greatest enemy. Islam’s anti-Semitism springs directly from the Qur’an; the sentiments Omaar tells us he finds abhorrent are those of Allah himself.

Also towards the end of the programme, Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University made the most soothing noises imaginable about the Jews:

All the people who are confusing some of the historical events with taking the position against the Jews, only because they are Jews, are not respecting Islamic tradition. This is unacceptable, this is racist, this is anti-Semitist, this is against our religion. … Why, the Prophet, when he arrived in Medina … when he started this Islamic society with the rules, he spoke about community and he said they are members of our ummah, home, the Jews and the Christians. … The Jews are our brothers and sisters in humanity.

Fine words, but how they contrast with a video of Professor Ramadan praying with his Muslim brothers and sisters:

Allah we ask You because You are Allah. Allah, strengthen the faith of our brothers and sisters in Palestine. Allah, strengthen their faith in Palestine and make them triumphant over their enemy, Your enemy, the enemy of the religion [Islam] with Your mercy, O Generous One. … Allah, strike our enemies, Your enemies, the enemies of the religion [Islam].

Clearly, taqiyyah is alive and kicking.

[The Arabic in the illustration reads muḥammad]


Ralph Lynn said...

I no longer have the moving television screen piped in, so unfortunately I am missing this by all accounts, highly informative and inspirational series. Could you tell me Johnny, was the little matter of the Qurayzah massacre glossed- er examined with unflinching honesty?

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

You can watch it in iPlayer here.

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Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ Ralph (08:20)—The massacre was glossed by Rageh Omaar himself, no less. He said it had to be seen within the context of the time. In my post on the massacre I accepted it was normal behaviour for the time but what makes it of huge importance is that it was carried out by Islam’s ideal man, whose life is to be imitated as far as possible. Saying it has to be seen in context is a cheap cop out.

Much of the programme was, frankly, dull. I thought my post would concentrate on the massacre but Omaar’s and Ramadan’s lies were so breathtaking I had to abandon the Qurayzah and go for the taqiyyah.

Johnny Rottenborough said...

@ Ralph (08:20)—When Rageh Omaar whitewashes the Qurayzah massacre, he’s filmed seated at a desk in a library, books nicely arranged on the desk and an open book in front of him. The subtext: trustworthy Rageh gives his considered verdict.

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

A Muslim taxi driver in Manchester seems not to be "respecting Islamic tradition" either. He shouted "All Jews must die!" outside a Jewish school in the city.

Johnny Rottenborough said...

Jihad Watch has some posts on the subject of vehicle jihad. There’s an SUV driver who tried to kill for Allah in North Carolina, and a taxi driver who targeted a nightclub in San Diego.

Cheradenine Zakalwe said...

The EDL sometimes talk about Road Jihad, too, and even hold commemorations for some of its victims at their events.

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