Posts Tagged ‘Reformers’
Ali A. Rizvi vs. C. J. Werleman
Reformer vs. Regressive
The Rizvi/Werleman clash exemplifies this dialectic: reformed Islam vs. regressive Islam. At crux is the idea of cultural superiority or ethnic superiority. You cannot believe in both. You either believe cultures are equal but human subgroups are not (this makes you a bigot). OR: you believe that humans deserve equal treatment but cultures do not (this makes you a humanist).
Example: See Sarah Haider vs. Reza Aslan. Cultures that believe women/minorities (ethnic and religious)/homosexuals are inferior are, in fact, inferior to cultures that think women/minorities (ethnic and religious)/homosexuals deserve equal rights. The Reformer pushes humanism, the Regressive protects bigotry.
Reformer: One standard, believes humans deserve equal treatment but cultures don’t, objectively looks at religious texts; thinks South Asians, Africans, & Middle Easterners want equal rights, progress, and are able to enjoy and utilize free speech, including criticism.
Regressive: Two standards, believes cultures deserve equal treatment but humans don’t, selectively looks at religious texts; thinks South Asians, Africans, & Middle Easterners cannot handle equal rights or criticism.
Here are some past, present, and future battlers in this competition of ideas:
Reformer VS. Regressive
Raif Badawi (imprisoned) Ben Affleck
Karima Bennoune (father assassinated) Reza Aslan
Bassem Eid Max Blumenthal
Mona Eltahawy Glenn Greenwald
Sarah Haider Mehdi Hasan
Pervez Hoodbhoy Ibrahim Hooper
Waleed Al Husseini Nathan Lean
Kenan Malik Dean Obeidallah
Irshad Manji Mo Ansar
Faisal Saeed al Mutar Murtaza Hussain
Maajid Nawaz Rula Jebreal
Asra Nomani Linda Sarsour
Raheel Raza David Shariatmadari
Ali A . Rizvi C.J. Werleman
Ziauddin Sardar Cenk Uygur
Malala Yousafzai Sayeeda Warsi
Bassem Youssef Harris Zafar
For more on reformers and regressives, check out:
Who’s Who in Islam
Muslim Group Calls Out PC Culture for Being too Afraid to Take Down Islamic Extremism
The Regressive Shuffle – Connor McKenna
2015 – Rise of the Regressive
Time for Self-Examination – WaPost
“If an ideology is peaceful, we will see its extremists and literalists as the most
peaceful people on earth.” – Faisal “I’ve got a fine sense of hummus” Saeed Al Mutar
Introducing Kashif Chaudhry! “…a physician by profession, currently completing his Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Massachusetts. He is also a registered first responder with the international charity Humanity FIRST…” (And, according to the ladies, Kashif is a good kisser!)
Dear Kashif: In Who’s Who in Islam, you ask what makes a Reformer? You’re close (as is Qasim Rashid), but. Your rejection of apostasy and blasphemy laws, violent Jihad, and endorsement of secularism only separate you from the Religious Sociopaths. To be a Reformer takes more. Your focus on Bill Maher, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, or even Ali A. Rizvi distracts from reform. Points:
Crimes vs. Bill Maher: Reform is necessary to prevent crimes committed in the name of Islam (Rape, Blasphemy, Cartoon Outrage, Murder). Such crimes harm the image of Islam. But when Muslims cite passages in the Koran to support their atrocities, Reformers do not equivocate, they challenge. In your debate with Sameen Qazi at the Tribune she agrees with Bill Maher and Sam Harris. Sameen blots her face. Her position risks offending the crazies. What risk did you take? You disagreed:
“Academically speaking, Islam is defined by the Quran and the Sunnah, the practice of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It is not defined by what the ISIS or some ‘Muslim government’ endorses. Nor is it defined by what 64% of Egyptian Muslims (compared to the 2% of Bosnian and Turkish Muslims that agree with apostasy laws) think. Regrettably, Maher and Harris judge Islam by the latter standard. And this is where they go wrong.”
Two percent is too fah-clucking much. 64% is a recipe for theocratic genocide. You say Maher and Harris “regrettably” judge. If you live in Egypt it would be reasonable to “judge” 64% of Muslims by this “latter standard.” Your view of Islam does not cancel out Muslims in Egypt or Daesh. It means Muslims differ. A majority of Muslims in Pakistan and Egypt support their government’s definition of apostasy laws.
Two Excellent Articles: An Open Letter to Ben Affleck and Why Don’t More Muslims Denounce Their Co-Religionists’ Barbarism? (Talking to you, Reza Aslan). These articles question those who silence critics. Reformers cheer these articles, they do not worry about Islamophobia or Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
“When you read the Quran, one of the striking things about it is its lack of context.” – Aisha Ashraf
Context, Sam Harris, and The Koran: You quote Sam Harris below, though Harris specified one situation where killing people based on their beliefs may be “justified.” That’s called context. The context in the Koran regarding “compulsion in religion” or “sexual relations with slaves” is not as clear. It’s not a parallel analogy. The same standard needs to apply.
Qur’an (33:50): “O Prophet! We have made lawful to thee thy wives to whom thou hast paid their dowers; and those (slaves) whom thy right hand possesses out of the prisoners of war whom Allah has assigned to thee.”
Logic: What context would make sexual slavery acceptable?
Atrocity vs. Sam Harris: Your excellent article, I left Pakistan Because of Their Hatred Toward Muslims, show that you get what it’s like to receive hatred, and you expose atrocity directed at Ahmadis. But when Harris and co. criticize Islam, you criticize them almost more than those committing the atrocities. Why?
Analogies: Just in case you’re going to bring up Christianity, remember the aphorism about two wrongs not making a right. Comparing the Old Testament to Islam, or contrasting present day Christianity to Islam, or George Bush to Daesh, are different arguments.
Muslim Reformers: When CAIR and the MSA protest Maher and Ali, they make Islam seem intolerant and insecure. Irshad Manji (The Trouble with Islam Today) and Maajad Nawaz (Nawaz Receives Death Threats for Tweeting Cartoon), however, take risk. Their advocacy of universal human rights helps the image of Islam.
PS – Rhetoric matters, acting if you’re right and your opponent is wrong, arrogance, sarcasm et al (unless it’s damned funny) hinders any case. A strong argument stands alone.
Where Are the Muslim Reformers? All over. They’re blogging, they’re forming societies, some are apostates, some have kept the faith, some live in the West, some live in their home countries. Some have been assassinated, imprisoned, or receive tangible death threats. We need to focus on Reformers. The fact that many need pseudonyms speaks to the problem. Even Marwa Berro, an atheist who blogs against her forced veiling and Muslim upbringing, needed a couple years of freedom before she wrote under her real name. So what’s the problem?
The Dialectic: The ideological tension between humanism and extremism regarding Islam.
Who Helps the Cause? – The Reformers engage in the dialectic between benevolent and evil ideology to promote universal ideals of human decency. The Politically Incorrect and Well-Intentioned have flaws, yet stand with the cause.
The Cause: Peace.
Reformer Groups/Blogs/Media/Newspapers: British Muslims for Secular Democracy, Critical Muslim, Dawn.com, FEMEN, Free Arabs, ex-Muslims of North America, Free Middle East, Iranian Atheist/Agnostic Movement, Muslims for Progressive Values, Muslim Reform Movement, Quilliam, The Express Tribune.
Reformers: Abdisaid Abdi, Imam Daayiee Abdullah, Walid Abulkhair, K. Anis Ahmed, Rafida Ahmed (assaulted), Lucy Aharish, Saba Ahmed, Sohail Ahmed, Ayad Akhtar, Khaled Al-Asaad (beheaded by ISIS), Najih Shaker Al-Baldawi, Nadine Al-Budair, Bassam Aramin, Mohammed al-Bajadi (imprisoned), Nadine Al-Budair, Khaled al-Dakheel, Souad al-Shammary, Yousef Muhammad Ali, Masih Alinejad, Tahmina Anam, Christy Anastas (father assassinated), Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull), Aisha Ashraf, Atheist in a Head Scarf, Dr Shakil Auj (assassinated), Rafat Awad, Ananya Azad (on Bangladeshi blogger hit list), Ben Baz Aziz, Raif Badawi (imprisoned), Samar Badawi, Qandeel Baloch, Shams Bandar, Shukria Barakzai (survived assassination attempt), Omar Mohammed Batawil (assassinated), Ahmed Benchemsi, Karima Bennoune (father assassinated), Marwa Berro* aka Hiba Krisht, Abdennour Bidar, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Jeannette Bougrab, Hikmet Çetinkaya (imprisoned), Cyra Akila Choudhury, Heina Dadabhoy, Kamel Daoud (received fatwa calling for death), Ananta Bijoy Das (assassinated), Nasser Dashti, Faisal Arefin Deepan (assassinated), Bassem Eid, Ibrahim Eissa, Thanaa El Naggar, Amal Farah, Salal Farah (killed by Al Shabab, tried to save Christians), Elie Fares, Atena Farghandani, Hazem Farraj, Ashraf Fayadh (imprisoned, sentenced to death), Sherif Gaber (sentenced, in self-exile), Alyaa Gad, John Robert Gallagher (killed by suicide bomber), Javed Ahmad Ghamidi (exiled), Kacem el Ghazzali (exiled), Shamila Ghyas, Hengameh Golestan, Philip Gourevitch, Imad Iddine Habib, Junaid Hafeez (imprisoned), Ahmed Rajib Haider (assassinated), Mobarak Haider, Sarah Haider, Fares Hamadi (assassinated), Ahmed Harqan (beaten, wife miscarried), Usama Hasan, Nahed Hattar (assassinated), Bernard Henri-Levy, Pervez Hoodbhoy, Faraz Hossain, Elmar Huseynov (journalist, killed), Ghaffar Hussain, Waleed Al Husseini, M. Zuhdi Jasser, Thanaa Jawabre, Asma Jehangir, Nikhil Joarder (assassinated), Ceyda Karan (imprisoned), Tehmina Kazi, Jim al-Khalili, Deeyah Khan, Farooq Khan (assassinated), Rashid Rehman Khan (assasinated), Sheema Khan, Bassel Khartabil, Omid Kokabee (imprisoned), Ezra Levant, Khaled Ibn Mahmoud*, Omar Mahmood, Sabeen Mahmud (murdered), Kenan Malik, Sanam Malik, Irshad Manji, Julhas Mannan (assassinated), Fred Maroun, Zouhaïr Mazouz, Hemant Mehta, Musarrat Misbah, Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir (sentenced to death), Ismail Mohammed, Asif Mohiuddin, Saad Mohseni, Kaveh Mousavi*, Fiyaz Mughal, Harrison Mumia, Muslim Canadian Congress, Faisal Saeed al Mutar, Maryam Namazie, Armin Navabi, Maajid Nawaz, Niloy Neel (assassinated), Asra Nomani, Ibrahim Abdul Qader (assassinated), Sameen Qazi, Tala Raassi (lashed in Iran), Saif Rahman, Washiqur Rahman, Niloofar Rahmani, Nabeel Rajad, Brother Rasheed, Arifur Rahman, Raheel Raza, Rashid Rehman (murdered for defending Junaid Hafeez), Zineb El Rhazoui (survived Hebdo massacre), Ahmed Rilwan (missing, presumed abducted), Ali A . Rizvi, Avijit Roy (assassinated), Raza Rumi (survived assassination attempt), Alber Saber (imprisoned), Meriam Sabih, Aliyah Saleem, Nazimuddin Samad (murdered), Abdullah Sameer, Mikael Nabil Sanad, Ziauddin Sardar, Imran Sarker, Riad Sattouf, Inna Schevchenko, Leanne Scorzoni, Alom Shaha, Kunwar Khuldune Shahid, Mohammad Shahidullah (assassinated), Mubin Shaikh, Imtiaz Shams, Manal Al Sharif, Nishaan Sharma, Parvez Sharma, Rezaul Karim Siddique (assassinated), Marvi Sirmed, Syed Atheist, Muhammad Syed, Rafiq Tagi, Taim, Faraz Talat, Ayatollah Tanasoli, Majid Tavakoli (imprisoned), Salman Taseer (assassinated), Adel Termos (killed by suicide bomber), Ahmed Rahim Tutul (shot, survived), THE MASKED ARAB, Irshad Uppinangady, Amina Wadud, Ibn Warraq*, Malala Yousafzai, Bassem Youssef, Alishba Zarmeen, Mohsen Amir-Aslani Zanjani (executed), Khurram Zaki (assassinated), Ani Zonneveld
Almost Regressive: Mona Eltahawy (for bigoted Tweet) was taken off Reformers. She’s done good work, but turns out she holds racist and bigoted views. Too bad. Can’t put her with the likes of Greenwald, but she’s let a lot of good people down.
“The killer made clear that he knew he had attacked a soldier when he said afterward: ‘this British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.'” – Glenn “Woolwich Killer Was Justified” Greenwald
Who Hurts the Cause? – The Soft Moderates/Apologists who have a Potemkin Village view of Islam. They mistake religion for race and make false analogies. Their religious chauvinism amounts to bigotry. Though they care about stopping evil, they struggle to define the root causes as they champion the bromides of political correctness and moral placebos. They end up hurting the ideals of the Reformers. CAIR and the Soft Moderates/Apologists protect the bigotry of their religion.
Bigots: The Bigots go after all Muslims without compulsion, some stand for freedom and democracy, though as absolutists. They hate all Muslims, and fail to quantify.
Polemics: Both Lost Moderates and Bigots exacerbate the polemics. Regardless, the main enemies are the Religious Sociopaths, who hate everyone but themselves.
Regressives/Apologists: Unlike Reformers, none of these people/groups have been threatened with death by Islamic radicals. They falsely claim to be progressive or moderate. Their stand for human rights fails because they either fear religion, or they support apostasy and blasphemy laws, homophobia, religious chauvinism (Jiyza tax), misogyny (sexual slavery), and other polemical topics clearly delineated in religion:
Groups/Media/etc.– 5Pillarz, BDS, Brandeis, CAGE, CAIR, Electronic Intifada, Goldsmiths Feminists, French Collective Against Islamophobia, Greens, Hope not Hate, Iceland, LSESU Palestine Society, MPAC UK, National Women’s Studies Association, NUS, Rights Watch (UK), Six PEN Authors, Southern Poverty Law Center, University of Warwick, Yale Muslim Student Association,
Individuals – Leila Aboulela, , Ben Affleck, Khwaja Ahmed, Imtiaz Ahmed, Nafeez Ahmed, Rabia Ahmed, Hilary Aked, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Julie Algubani, Rogel Alpher, Kecia Ali, Tariq Ali, Wajahat Ali, Zaid Ali, Morad Almuradi, Rogel Alpher, Mohammed Alyahya, Iman Amrani, Hend Amry, Sulome Anderson, Munawar A Anees, Mo Ansar, Anjum Anwar, Gabriel Arana, Gabby Aossi, Karen Armstong, Lana Asfour, Reza Aslan, Hussam Ayloush, Omer Aziz, Sahar Aziz, Gabeba Baderoon, Assed Baig, Bangladeshi Police, Naveed Baqir, Ajamu Baraka, Marwan Barghouti, Omar Barghouti, Zakia Belkhiri, Amiram Ben-Uliel, Claire Bernish, Khaled A. Beydoun, Fatima Bhutto, Max Blumenthal, Melissa Boigon, Joshua Bonehill, Cheryl Bormann, Malia Bouattia, Russell Brand, Nathan Brown, Asghar Bukhari, Susan Carland, Rabia Chaudry, Zainab Chaudry, Alex Chituc, Noam Chomsky, Tanya Cohen, Teju Cole, Craig Considine, Brittney Cooper, Jeremy Corbin, Philippe Couillard, Walid Darab, Lamis Deek, Rana Elmir, Saeb Erekat, John L. Esposito, Ilaf Esuf, Matthew Facciani, Hammam Farah, Belen Fernandez, Megan Filan, Max Fisher, Michel Foucault, Giles Fraser, Chrystia Freeland, George Galloway, Mohamed Ghilan, Musa al Gharbi, Glenn Greenwald, Zara Hafeez, Hussein Hamdan, Hafiz Hamdullah, Siraj ul Haq, Daniel Haqiqatjou, Mehdi Hasan, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Amira Hass, Ibrahim Hooper, Dilly Hussain, Murtaza Hussain, Yasmin Hussein, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, Ikhras, Arsalan Iftikhar, Saif Inam, Seima Iqbal, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dyab Abou Jahjah, Idriss Jazairy, Rula Jebreal, Hoda Katebi, John Kerry, Hajera Khaja, Rania Khalek, Wardah Khalid, Azal Khan, Asaduzzaman Khan, Ayesha Siddique Khan, Deeyah Khan, Sheema Khan, Shazida Khatun, Sally Kohn, Deepa Kumar, Talib Kweli (special racist award), Zahra Langhi, Nathan Lean, Tanya Livingston, Melissa Leon, Marsha Levine, , Trav Mamone, Joseph Massad, Marium Navid, Lauren Nelson, Umm Nidal, Ben Norton, Dean Obeidallah, Anwar Omeish, Yariv Oppenheimer, Hibak Osman, Mark Potok, Lana Povitz, Jasbir K. Puar, Yasir Qadhi, Omar R Quraishi, Asim Qureshi, Tariq Ramadan, Nabila Ramdani, Haroon Rasheed, Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman, Qasim Rashid, Ahmed Rehab, Imam Maulana Habib Ur Rehman, Sheldon Richmond, , Mark Rylance, Ali Saad, Sadia Saifuddin, Steven Salaita, Sarah Saleh, Shlomo Sand, Linda Sarsour, Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, Bina Shah, Manoj Shahi, David Shariatmadari, Ahmed Shehab, Kaukab Siddique, David Sirota, Jim Sleeper, Shaykh Hamza Sodagar, Jeffrey Sparrow, Charee Stanley, Ishaan Tharoor, Emannuel Todd, Garry Trudeau, Hamza Tsortzis, Cenk Uygur, Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, Kimberly Veklerov, Miqdaad Versi, Dawud Walid, Sayeeda Warsi, Roger Waters, Nathan Wellman, C.J. Werleman, Gary Younge, Hanna Yusuf, Harris Zafar, Rafia Zakaria, Haneen Zoabi.
Islamist anti-Human Chauvinist Sociopaths: These people and groups lack empathy and spread evil – Jalal Abualrub, Salam Abd Al-Qawi, Mo Ansar, Moazzam Begg, Anjem Chaudary, Kashif Chaudhry (Kashif suspected of outing atheists in Pakistan), Mahmudul Choudhury, Fouad ElBayly, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Islamic Human Rights Commission, Zakir Naik, Bilal Philips, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Abu Qatada, Mizanur Rahman, Nabila Ramdani, Kaukab Siddique, Qari Saleem, Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, mother of Muhammad Tarayrah – Abu Nidal Organization, al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, al Qaeda, al Shabaab, Ansar al Sharia, Daesh (aka ISIS), Hamas, Hezbollah, Jamiat -e Islami, Muslim Brotherhood, Taliban, Tehreek-i-Taliban
As Evil as Islamist Anti-Human Chauvinist Sociopaths: Fin Lander
The Absurd: Tahera “I want my Coke!” Ahmed
Quiz: Bible, Torah, or Koran?
CAIR’s Hit List: Islamophobia The Gulf News – Why the UAE’s terrorist list includes CAIR
Tolerance to Homosexuals? On Radical Islam Glenn Greenwald Is Still Clueless – Daily Banter article that investigates Islamic countries where Greenwald and his husband should move.
Glenn Greenwald defends Saadiq Long in 2012, Long Recently Joined Daesh (See Above): US Muslim placed on no-fly list is unable to see his ailing mother & Yasir Qadhi on Fiqh & Glenn