MUSLIM VICTIMOLOGY: "People who are ant-Islam are bullies"

BNI responds to ‘Muslims Must Learn the Language of Bullies to Respond to Islamophobia.’

Muslim Matters By Abubakar N. Kasim, a freelance writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

Muslims in the West must learn how to deal with bullies. (In this case ‘bullies’ is defined as anyone who questions or disagrees with Muslim behavior)

The ‘believing’ community (Notice how the writer dubs Muslims as ‘believers’ as opposed to non-Muslims whose beliefs are irrelevant) has endured a lot of harassment whether it is about the issue of niqab in France and elsewhere, the minaret controversy in Switzerland, racism and profiling at airports and many other forms of abuse. (Niqab or full veils threaten everyone’s security and profiling at airports is the result of Muslim behavior)

Giving up the right of women to wear the religious attire they deem fit will not make the bully happy, instead, he will demand more. (Such as?)

Muslims in Switzerland have been recently tested with the issue of building the symbolic structures on their houses of worship. Even though the structure does not pose any harm or benefit, bullies made it appear otherwise. (That’s true, the structures pose no theat, but the people inside do) Things were blown out of proportion as if Muslims were on the verge of taking over the land. (They keep saying they will)

Muslims in Canada have also gone through the wrath of bullies when a national magazine published an article in 2006 entitled The Future Belongs to Islam. Ryerson University Professor David Miller, in his article entitled TheCase against MacLean’s, explained that Mark Steyn had claimed that Muslims in the West are poised to take over entire societies and “the only question is how bloody the transfer of real estate will be.”

“Without documenting his claims,” Dr. Miller, explained, “Steyn says enough Muslims are terrorists to make the religion a global threat, and they will subject us all to rigid Muslim laws when the takeover is achieved.” (Considering that there have been more than 16,000 deadly terrorist attacks since 9/11, what more proof do you need?)

The world stood still when four law students under the guidance of the Canadian Islamic Congress took their case to the Human Rights Commissions after the magazine refused to publish a more balanced response to the article. (Unless there is a Fairness Doctrine in Canada, magazines are not obliged to print opposing views on issues)

Had Mr. Steyn said the same thing about other ethnic communities such as the Jews and homosexuals, he would have been reminded that freedom of expression has limits and one ought to act responsibly. (But he wouldn’t say the same thing about Jews and homosexuals because they aren’t carrying out terror attacks around the world) Internet blogs, airwaves and news print media were filled with hate against Islam and Muslims in support of the author. Claims were made that freedom of expression was under attack. (It IS, especially by Muslims)

A furor has been created surrounding the few Muslim women that wear niqab in Europe and elsewhere including Canada. It is ironic to hear these societies claim to value democracy and freedom of religion while at the same time violating the same principles when it comes to Muslim minorities. (Only criminals in the West  need to cover their faces. So anyone who does is expected of being up to no good)

Muslims like Dr. Tariq Ramadan were banned from entering the U.S. under the former Bush administration. Renown Muslim scholar Dr. Zakir Naik was also banned from entering the UK and Canada over comments he was alleged to have made in which he was accused of supporting terrorism. The British government first banned him and the bullies in Canada appealed to their government to do the same. (They are hate preachers who support terrorism, THAT’s why)

On the hand, these same bullies act as cheerleaders for anyone who crosses all the boundaries in attacking the Muslim community. (Indeed they do, as they find out we are right) When the University of Ottawa reminded the right wing conservative commentator Ann Coulter to refrain from insulting others when she was scheduled to speak in March, bullies banded together in denouncing the university’s move to limit freedom of expression. (Freedom of speech doesn’t apply when it offends Muslims) The university did not ban her from speaking but rather had only sent her a letter saying that, “Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.” In the view of the bullies, when insulting Muslims, the sky is the limit. But otherwise, freedom of expression is limited. (One man’s hatred is another man’s warning of imminent danger)

When an author insults Islam, he gets approval from all sides and is appointed to the rank of Knight by the Queen for “services to literature” as happened to Salman Rushdie in June 2007.  But when a scholar makes some unpopular comments such as Dr. Naik, the same government bans him from entering the country. (That’s right, people like Dr. Naik should be thrown in jail for inciting terrorism)

In light of the unprecedented waves of bullies, the reaction of Muslims can be summarized into two extreme forms. Some members of the community have resorted to violence not knowing that their actions are not only counterproductive but it goes against the teachings of the Prophet who did not respond with violence when confronted by bigots. (He may not have responded with violence to bigots but he sure did respond with violence -smiting of necks- to non-believers like Jews and Christians)

Iran’s fatwa over the publication of the Salman  Rushdie’s The Satanic  Verses,  the brutal murder  of the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, burning flags, trying to blow up buildings and airplanes – all  are  examples of the extreme measures which are  counterproductive and breed more hate and  animosity.  (Finally, something we can agree on) Instead of helping the Muslim’s cause, these measures help in the advancement of the cause of bullies that portray the Muslim community as violent thugs that cannot tolerate criticism. (Well, they can’t)

Another form of extreme reaction that some Muslims have resorted to is a complete isolation hoping that the bully will one day go away. (No, they don’t, they get up in our faces by building monster mosques, then praying on streets and sidewalks instead of using the mosques they keep erecting)

The more balanced approach to deal with bullies is to take a middle approach between the two mentioned extremes.  It is the approach cultivated in the work of the contemporary thinker and philosopher Dr. Tariq Ramadan named one of Time magazine’s most important innovators of the twenty-first century. (TIME put Hitler and binLaden on its cover, too)

Bullies need to be confronted – not with violence – but with wisdom and knowledge. They will only go away when challenged through rigorous debate, which will reveal their own hypocrisy and double standards. (No, they’ll only go away when Muslims go away)