I was checking out some of the blogs yesterday and came across an article at Muslim Matters that quite frankly turned my stomach. Its not entirely clear who authored the piece, but I hold the site’s owners, Yasir Qadhi, his associate Amad, and the rest of that crew responsible for its revolting content.
The article sought to draw some type of moral equivalence between the religious beliefs of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin with those of Osama bin Laden. Specifically, it mocked one of the religious practices of her church, the Wasilla Assembly of God, and resorted to fear mongering by portraying Palin’s Christian conception of the “end time” in a menacing way. Quoting a passage from a Wall Street Journal piece, the article derisvely mentions how they,
speak in tongues [see this video and article] and are part of a faith that believes humanity is in its ‘end times’ — the days preceding a world-ending cataclysm bringing Christian redemption and the second coming of Jesus…
In the first place, the religion of Islam catagorically forbids Muslims from mocking the religious practices of others, however strange they may appear to us (6:108 ). In as much as Muslim Matters tries to portray itself as guardians of the “correct Aqeedah” (doctrinal beliefs), they must surely know this. So on purely religious grounds they are way out of line. Not only that, many of us converts have relatives and friends who have these very same beliefs and practices, and we take deep offense that Yasir Qadhi and his friends at Muslim Matters feel privileged enough to launch so vicious and mean-spirited an attack against them. Oh and by the way, let someone in the media say something disparaging of Islam and watch them go berserk and start screaming “Islamophobia”. If you want respect you have to give it.
Secondly, is the Christian conception of the “end times” any less menacing or frightful to people who don’t believe in it than, lets say, the Islamic view. Does Muslim Matters really want to open up that can of worms, because if they do, they’ll have to defend all the terror that descends with the Mahdi, the Dajjal (anti-Christ), and the return of Jesus, which if memory serves me correctly ends with the complete annilation of the Jews (the stone [or tree] will say, Messenger of God there is a Jew behind me, kill him).
Finally though, what I found most revolting – truly sickening in fact – was the author’s attempt to portray Palin as somehow more of a threat to humanity than the man who stole the lives of thousands of people, Osama bin Laden.
While we are aware that Osama’s power is limited to his rag-a-tag army, the real question is: are Americans prepared to vote in someone, who shares OBL’s “holy-war”, “war of civilization”, “Christian vs. Muslims” world-view, to be a heart-beat away from American presidency and super-power influence?
That “rag-a-tag army”, as the author glibly demurs, just took the lives of fifty-three people in a hotel bombing in Pakistan, while the only deaths we can attribute to Sarah Palin are possibly a few Moose. This kind of writing is disgraceful, amounting to evil really.
Right outside of Washington, D.C. where I live, in Suitland, Md, sits Lincoln Memorial cemetery, the final resting place of the young lives snuffed out by that disciple of evil. They were a group of inner-city black children who had succeeded against the odds by excelling in their studies. En route to receive their well deserved reward at a ceremony held in their honor, they and their teacher met a horrifying death when their plane was crashed into the Pentagon. Palin equals bin Laden? Do these people have any shame at all? No, of course not. And as he has direct oversight of the Muslim Matters blog, a thousand times shame on the head of Yasir Qadhi, for he certainly knows better than to publish this irresponsible, deeply offensive post.
WARNING TO THE FOLLOWERS OF IMAM W.D. MOHAMMED:These people want to take you over! Read and listen to the audio tape here (found at the bottom of the page) where their leader Yasir Qadhi admits to their racism and exclusion. Imam Mohammed taught us to respect people as human beings, whatever their faith. So don’t let this crowd, through surrogates like Siraj Wahhaj and Sherman Jackson, seduce you into the clutches of their hateful doctrine under the rubric of “Muslim Unity”. Yes, we believe in unity, but what they are calling “unity” really means them controlling the agenda. Ask yourself, can there be any real unity with the Imam’s message of tolerance and respect and their hateful, spiteful, anti-American rhetoric?