If we were to become aware of a large widespread outbreak of burglaries in, say London, over the past year, and if we decided to write about it and inform the public, would this mean that we had an obligation or even a moral duty to devote a couple of paragraphs to explaining the undoubted fact that all Londoners were not burglars? Of course not, that would be just downright silly. The fact that all Londoners are not burglars is not only true, it is a truism, that is, it is self evidently true and hardly worthy of mentioning. Furthermore, it tells us nothing about the problem, and imposing such a silly obligation merely acts as a diversion from the real problem. It also insinuates that the problem is either overstated or even non-existent. No rational or sincere person would consider it for one moment.
So why is it when we write criticising Islamic terrorism or extremism, rationality and sincerity leaps out the window? The answer is I submit also self evident and is as stated above. It is an attempt to divert attention away from the truth and to insinuate that there is no real problem. As soon as we offer up the slightest criticism of Islam for it’s horrendous record in human barbarism we are met with the now familiar truism ” Oh! But not all Muslims are terrorists.”
One of the criticisms that we critics of Islam constantly face, is that we do very little to publicise the many thousands of Muslims who are opposed to terrorism and Sharia. It is a valid criticism but for one thing: if we do, it is equivalent to writing a death warrant for the people whom we identify, and a tragic recent example of this is the murder of the Glasgow newsagent Asad Shah.
Asad and his family are members of the Ahmadi Muslim Community who are genuinely peaceful people who do not believe that Muhammad was a prophet of Allah and do not believe in Sharia. This means that they have been traditionally persecuted by most of the other Muslim sects. Asad and family were loved and respected by their customers, friends and neighbours in Shawlands, Glasgow where they lived and had a newsagents shop. He graciously decided to post a message on Facebook saying “ Good Friday and very happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation.” A wonderful message to the people of his country, but sadly it was a message which prompted an Islamic thug to travel 200 miles from Bradford, England to Asad’s home in Scotland where he stabbed Asad over 30 times in the head, killing him.. Asad Shah and his family are a credit to their adopted country and community, but now his family has stated that they are living in fear in case someone else comes for them.
There are many Muslims and ex-Muslims who courageously and publically fight against Islamism. Mostly writers, bloggers, poets and journalists. They chose to do so publically so we can name them. They know that they risk their lives every day. We can only admire and respect them and I have written about some of them on this blog before. However, none of this alters the undeniable fact that there are according to the British Government Home Office over 60 proscribed terrorist organisations, most of them Islamic. These organisations including ISIS and Al Qaeda have a following in the hundreds of thousands and all have publically stated their intention to overthrow the West in the most brutal way imaginable, and they have more than shown their ability to do so.
So the ” all Muslims are not terrorist ” narrative becomes totally irrelevant. What is important is that we defeat those who are and maybe then, people like Asad Shah can live peacefully and safely in his ” beloved Christian nation “.
Read this article by Douglas Murray in the Spectator, about Asad Shah and the Ahmadi’s.