One of the most disgusting calumnies that anti-Muslim bigots spread about Muslims, is that they are liars, and that lying is religiously mandated.
Certainly, there is a religious doctrine called ‘Taqiyya’, which makes it lawful to tell a lie in various circumstances: for example, in order to save your life. Most religious traditions allow its followers to breach rules which would ordinarily apply, in such a situation. There is a difference, however, between discussing the application of that doctrine on the one hand, and arguing that Muslims in general are ‘Taqiyya-merchants’, that nothing they say is to be believed because they are at heart, deceivers. If I hear such an argument being deployed, my immediate reaction is that the person who is running it, is a disgusting bigot. They fall into the same category as Jew haters who argue that the purpose of the Kol Nidre service, for example, is to allow Jews to get out of business agreements with non-Jews.
Now, listen to Sheikh Yasir Qadhi: guest of honour at the Global Peace and Unity Conference:
With regard to the Shiites, really they are the most lying sect of Islam. In other words, it is a part of their religion… that they are allowed to lie…. They have an ascription to one of their Imams – “Lying is nine tenths of this religion”. Now by the way I’m speaking of their religion that is based on certain knowledge. I have their main book…I have looked over it, I have read their chapters. I’m not taking this from what the Shiites say. The Shiites are allowed to lie. It is their religion to lie. Ok. Any person who knows the Shiites knows this. 90% of their own religion, by their own statement, is lies. They are allowed to lie… so don’t go and ask Shiites what they believe – go straight to their source books. Well, actually right now, you shouldn’t be reading their books…
It carries on and on and on in this vein. In fact, it gets worse. You will never hear a more disgusting, filthy, attack on another cultural group.
Qadhi concludes his rant by declaring any adherent to Shiism “a clear Kufaar”. That’s right. Like the Taliban, Sheikh Qadhi pronounces “takfir” on an entire religious group. That means that they are not Muslims. They are apostates. I think we know what that means.
Sheikh Qadhi was guest of honour at the Global Peace and Unity Event. Got that? This inciter to vicious sectarianism spoke at an event which declared itself in favour of Global PEACE and UNITY?
Even after he was uncovered as a Holocaust denier, and anti-Jewish racist, his invitation was not withdrawn. He was not barred from the United Kingdom. Instead, he was promoted as a wise teacher and a role model to over 50,000 British Muslims who attended the GPU Event. Indeed, he spoke on the same platform as a number of prominent Labour ministers, Lib Dem spokesmen, and Tories. As far as I can tell, ONLY the Tory condemned him.
Here’s some more on Qadhi’s recent activities. Meet Dr. Ali Al Tamimi. Have a listen to this lecture, in which he preaches separatism, and declares
“A Muslim’s allegiance should be to Islam and Islam alone”
So what, you might think. All sorts of have declared that their allegiance to God transcends their allegiance to their country. And after 9/11 Dr Al Timimi had publicly spoken out against terrorism.
Even while Al Timimi was issuing public statements, condemning terrorism, he was privately exhorting his followers – the Virginia Jihad Network – to join the Taliban and fight the United States of America. In 2005, he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
And look! Here’s our friend, Qadhi, on the conviction:
Perhaps the most painful of the voices that has been locked up and silenced is that of Dr. Ali al-Timimi, an intellectual theologian and political analyst, and one of the more sophisticated voices of reason representing orthodox Islam in the Western world. On April 26, 2005, after three years of a long witch-hunt led by the Justice Department, he was convicted in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia of soliciting others to levy war against the United States and inducing others to use firearms in violation of federal law.
I personally owe a lot to Sh. al-Timimi, and I can say (with pride) that fifteen years ago, back in the early 90’s, he played an instrumental role in shaping and directing me to take the path that has led me to where I am today.
The irony of the matter is that, far from curbing radicalization, the overzealous actions of the Justice Department in targeting Dr. al-Timimi has in fact exacerbated the situation and made him a cause célèbre to the very groups that the government is seeking to target. It adds more fuel to their already raging fire that they build against the entire ‘United States’, as it demonstrates, in their eyes, that the whole country is ‘out to get Islam and all Muslims’.
It is about this time that, traditionally, I invoke John 11:35.
What is wrong with this Government? Why was this man allowed into the United Kingdom? He should be banned from returning as quickly as possible.