- Published on Saturday, 28 August 2010 08:27
- Written by Salim Mansur
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The swirling controversy over the Ground Zero mosque obscures what should be obvious, at least since 9/11, about the behavioural pattern of radical Islamists engaged in stealth jihad, or “lawfare,” to advance their strategic interest of securing concessions by Western governments for Sharia.
In generating this controversy, and then pushing hard on it by insisting on the constitutionally protected right of freedom of religion to build this mosque in the vicinity of Ground Zero in New York City, Islamists behind the project have masterfully succeeded in greatly dividing Americans as the ninth anniversary of 9/11 approaches.
What we are witnessing here is radical Islamists once again, as in the Danish cartoon controversy — or the controversy surrounding the wearing by some Muslim women of niqabs or full-face coverings, or the push for censorship on grounds of hate speech — taking hold of the legal-political framework of liberal democracy to secure grounds for their anti-liberal agenda of advancing acceptance of Sharia in the West.
Through indiscriminate violence, radical Islamists have succeeded to define Islam in terms of Sharia — Islamic law constructed more than a millennium ago by legal scholars that is, putting it mildly, entirely obsolete in the context of modern philosophy, science, democracy, gender equity and individual rights and freedom — and jihad, or sanctioning of violence, in the name of religion.
Mosques for radical Islamists are centres for preaching, recruiting, fundraising, networking and engaging in the political work of advancing their strategic interests.
Once it becomes clear who the people are behind the Ground Zero mosque — variously known as the Cordoba House or Park51, which Stephen Schwartz of the Center for Islamic Pluralism in Washington, D.C., among others, has been painstakingly assembling for Americans to judge for themselves — then there should be no mistaking about its political nature disguised as religion.
Feisal Rauf, wearing the title of Imam or a Muslim religious leader, is deeply embedded in the global Islamist network of activists and organizations.
One of Rauf’s closest associates, for instance, is the former prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir bin Mohamad, and a virulent anti-Semite on public record.
Rauf is another soft-peddler of Islamism in the West associated with the politics of Muslim Brotherhood.
Those who are familiar with Tariq Ramadan will recognize how greatly Rauf is cut from the same cloth as this grandson of Hasan al-Banna who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt during the early decades of the last century.
Since religion is all politics for radical Islamists, Islam as faith is absent from their hearts. They are Muslims with hearts as black as their politics.
A black heart cannot be a receptacle of God’s mystery. If Islamist extremists had God in their hearts they could not bring so much grief in the name of Islam.
But Islamist extremists are contemptuous of the golden rule. It is this contempt in full display when they insist God is their accomplice in whatever they do.
If Rauf and company were truly men of God and not radical Islamists, their hearts would choke with remorse for the controversy they have fuelled over their project.
And then they would do the right thing, renounce building the Ground Zero mosque and apologize to the American people.
Sailm Mansur is a moderate Muslim living in Toronto - his articles are published on Cobourg Atheist with his permission.