Saturday, December 22, 2007

BLOG: Muslims Against Sharia – Satire or neo-Con crap-artistry?

Imagine a conservative political group that espoused an end to capitalism. Imagine a Catholic group that called for an end to the papacy.

I guess it’s a bit like imagining the condition of someone with undetected bipolar disorder or a sufferer who hasn’t taken their mood stabilisers as prescribed.

Believe it or not, there is a group of Muslims who are totally against Islam. In fact, they want to water Islam down so much that it becomes virtually unrecognisable.

A new ‘group’ calling itself “Muslims Against Sharia” has emerged on the web. Whether it actually exists beyond cyberspace remains to be seen. Whether it is a serious group or an attempt by someone (such as the Satirical Muslim) to lampoon neo-Con Muslims is hard to tell.

Certainly some of its manifested beliefs are enough to make me laugh. Read this and try not to snigger …

Twenty-first century Muslims have two options: we
can continue the barbaric policies of the seventh century perpetuated by Hassan
al-Banna, Abdullah Azzam, Yassir Arafat, Ruhollah Khomeini, Osama bin Laden,
Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, Hizballah, Hamas, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, etc., leading to
a global war between Dar al-Islam (Islamic World) and Dar al-Harb (non-Islamic
World), or we can reform Islam to keep our rich cultural heritage and to cleanse
our religion from the reviled relics of the past.

What the f*ck??!! I never knew Yassir Arafat espoused any kind of Islam. Fatah is a strictly secular nationalist organisation that incorporates all shades of Palestinian opinion, and includes Christians among its prominent leaders.

Some of the more fruitloopish folk at The Australian and Quadrant will appreciate the following piece of historical revisionism …

While the Inquisition was a repulsive practice by
Christian Fundamentalists, the Crusades were not unprovoked acts of aggression,
but rather attempts to recapture formerly Christian lands controlled by

Yep, Palestine was all former Christian land. Pope Urban III wasn’t interested in war or bloodshed. It wasn’t the blood of Jews, Orthodox Christians and Muslims that was knee-high when the Crusaders entered Jerusalem.

Then there is this beauty …

Sharia Law must be abolished, because it is
incompatible with norms of modern society.

What sharia are they referring to? How do they define sharia? Is it a complex and sophisticated legal tradition? Or do they presume it is a system of non-anaesthetic amputations?

And should the Common Law remove from itself aspects of sharia law which it has adopted? For instance, should alternative dispute resolution mechanisms (such as mediation) be abolished as being incompatible with modern society’s norms? Should litigants in commercial disputes be forced to hire lawyers and file proceedings in court without any form of commercial arbitration?

The more I read of this website, the more I think it is the work of comics pulling our collective legs. Either that, or these guys represent a bunch of American litigation lawyers desperately in need of work!

© Irfan Yusuf 2007

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Anonymous said...

For any degenerate Islamist it is easier to dismiss any idea of reform and blame it on “Neocon conspiracy” than admit that some Muslims could be fed up with fundamentalist bullshit.

BM said...

Huh! You people wouldn't know what an Islamist is. Where is your definition of Islamist? And how can you put Ayaan Hirsi Ali as a reformist when she openly declares to have abandoned her faith and adopted atheism?

muslimliberal said...

BM, check out some of the people behind this project. They look like a bunch of stoned hippy (f)artists. If they were really serious about being against Sharia, they'd actually define the word 'sharia'. But who can define anything when your brain is full of amphetamines?

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Anonymous said...

BM, I have an even better definition for you. We love our Allah and Islamists are scared shitless of theirs.

Jackie said...

I have a feeling this MAS crowd are really a Chaser-style stunt ...

muslimliberal said...

MAS, how dare you come onto this blog using such sexist and homophobic language? And you claim to be Muslim? You are a disgrace to the faith.

You and your Ayn-Rand-worshipping far-Right self-hating lunatics should seriously observe your shrink's instructions and take your pills as prescribed.

Anonymous said...

Lets have a serious debate where opposing views recognise each other as they are. The two main camps in the world are supporters of Western Capitalism and its thoughts and the supporters of Islam and its thoughts. Please don't try to imply tags of 'liberal muslim', 'MAS' 'reformist/democratic muslim'...muslims can see through these malicious/false garbs. Make it start..

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dawood said...

If this reflects the perception of what a "moderate" is God help us all!

Anonymous said...

"The two main camps in the world are supporters of Western Capitalism and its thoughts and the supporters of Islam and its thoughts."

Which camp do the Chinese and the Russian fit in?

Anonymous said...

Russia and China fit into, "we want to make business and don't care about religion or human rights camps"

but seriously this MAS cracks me up to no end.