Nada Roude, of the New SouthWales Islamic Council:
They (prophets) are not just like you and me, they have special status – you’re supposed to show respect …
… There have to be boundaries in how far you go in respecting other’s beliefs. The reaction from the community is likely to be quite worrying.
But Mohammed is not my prophet.
As an atheist, I don’t recognise him as a prophet. Neither do Christians or Jews. Such a “respect” would only apply to those who recognise Mohammed as a prophet, wouldn’t it?
And how is what Aayan Hirsi Ali writes a form of “disrespect”?
She talks about her experiences, and she presents herunderstanding of the Koran,theHadith, the Sunnah. And she shows that the various terrorists who quote Islamic texts, do so understanding what they mean.
Is criticism of Islam and of Mohammed, “disprespect”? Istalking about horrible things done in the name of Islam a form of “disrespect”?
If the words and actions of Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam, are considered by some to be disgusting, repulsive, violent, psychopathic, or stupid what would “respect” of Mohammed consist of?
Nada Roude says there should be “boundaries in how far you go in respecting other’s beliefs”. Why? What boundaries?
One of my “beliefs” is that of free speech. I maintain that “respecting” free speech means thereshould beno “boundaries” on what can be discussed, examined, and criticised. I find Nada’s proposal to limit Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s and my inalienable right to free speech offensive and apalling. Her words appall me. I am sickened by them. Will she respect my feelings?
Another of my beliefs is that I want toencourage apostasy. I wantto see Muslims leave Islam and move on to something better, more rational. I hope Nada will respect this. Islam won’t. The punishment for apostasy in Islam is death.
How do we “respect” a religion of violence?
Jamila Hussain, Islamic law lecturer at Sydney’s University of Technology
I think she’d be better staying where she came from … I’ve read enough of her thoughts. It’s a narrow and radical opinion, and I don’t agree with it. She’s obviously had some dreadful experiences, but they’re not typical.
Jamila must surely know where Ayaan Hirsi Ali “came from”!
She was born in Somalia, move to Saudi Arabia, on to Ethiopia, then to Kenya, thento the Netherlands, and is now based in the United States.
Along the way she’s witnessed and been subjected to a wide variety of delightful Islamic experiences.
For instance, after making a movie about the inherent violence of Islam, her colleague, Theo Van Gogh, was violently murdered by a Muslim. This is the fate of those who don’t “respect” Islam, right?
Here you go Nada Roude and Jamila Hussain, respect this:
You can’t see from this picture thatthe victimwas nearly decapitated and had 8 bullets shot into him, but you can make out two knives in his body.
And you can see that the knives have eachpinned a note into the victim’s chest. These are letters from the killer, Mohammed (peace be upon his life-sentence) Bouyeri who “claims to have murdered van Gogh to fulfill his duty as a Muslim.”
One of these letters is for Ayaan. Here are some excerpts …
Dear Mrs Hirshi Ali,
Since your appearence in the Dutch political arena you have been constantly busy criticising Muslims and terrorising Islam with your statements.
You are hereby not the first and not the last and also won’t be the last to have joined the crusade against Islam.
… It appears that you are blinded by your burning unbelief and in your rage you are not able to see that you are just an instrument of the real enemies of Islam.
You are being used by all the enemies of Islam to siphon all kinds of hostilities towards the most noble person (Mohammed Rasoeloe Alla).
Mrs. Hirshi Ali, I don’t blame you for all of this, as a soldier of evil you are just doing your work.
The fact that you so openly spill out your evil is not because of you yourself, but the Islamic Ummah. She has as her task to resist injustice and has let evil go on and has been blissfully asleep. All of your hostility towards Islam is therefore the fault of the Islamic Ummah.
This letter is Insha Allah (God willing) an attempt to stop your evil and silence you forever. These writings will Inshallah cause your mask to fall off.
… It is a fact that Dutch politics is dominated by many Jews and is a product of the Talmudic Schools, as is also the case with your colleagues in your political party.
… What do you think of the fact that you are part of a government that supports a State [Israel] which pleads for genocide ?
… With these hostilities you have unleashed a boomerang effect and you know that it is only a question of time until this boomerang will seal your fate.
…And yet, Mrs. Hirsi Ali, I would bet on my life that you will break into a SWEAT OF FEAR when you read this.
You, as unbelieving fundamentalist, of course don’t believe in a Higher Power who runs the universe.
You dont believe in your heart, with with you repudiate the truth, that you must knock and ask this Higher Power for permission .
…I shall wish this wish for you:
Mijn Rabb (master) give us death to give us happiness with martyrdom. Allahoemma Amien.
… AYAAN HIRSI ALI YOU WILL BREAK YOURSELF TO PIECES ON ISLAM!
You and your friend know full well that the present day Islamic youth are raw diamonds that need to be polished, so that they can diffuse the light of Truth.
Your intellectual terrorism will not prevent this, on the contrary, it will hasten this.
Islam will be victorious through the blood of the martyrs.They will spread it’s light in every dark corner of this earth and it will drive evil with the sword if necessary back into it’s dark hole.
… There will be no mercy shown to the purveyors of injustice, only the sword will be lifted against them. No discussions, no demonstrations, no petitions: on DEATH will separate the Truth from the Lies.[ … ]
“I surely know that you, O America, will be destroyed “.
“I surely know that you O Europe, will be destroyed”
“I surely know that you O Holland will be destroyed”
“I surely know that you, O Hirshi Ali will be destroyed”
Courageous, devout, head-banging Muslim martyr (murderer) Mohammed Bouyeri
Where did Mohammed (peace be upon his life-sentence) Bouyeri get all this stuff? Did he just make it up? If he got it from Islamic teachingsshould we “respect” his beliefs? If he respects the Prophet of Islam, does that make him a good guy?
But maybethe “moderate” Muslims are right.
Mohammed and Islam should be respected – in the full sense of the term!
To quoteErich Fromm:
To respect a person is not possible without knowing him; care and responsibility would be blind if they were not guided by knowledge
Which means we should all be saying a graat big …
Thank you, Ayaan!