A defence for the caricatures depicting the Prophet is a defence for Islamophobia

The caricature controversy keeps rearing its ugly head, this time after the murder of a French teacher for showing degrading caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.

Every time a Muslim reacts with violence in response to these despicable caricatures, a wave of support for the caricatures spreads across the world in defence of freedom of speech. This is very unfortunate.

Why is the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ caricatured?

What makes the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ significant today is that there are about 2 billion people around the world who love him and have him as their supreme role model. Caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ would be of little interest if Muslims did not follow him. Every time he is caricatured, it is not the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ who is in focus – instead, the focus is on all the Muslims in the world who follow him. The cartoons are not only depicting him as a historical person, but are meant to represent Muslims as a whole.

The “bomb in the turban”

The drawing by the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, where the Prophet ﷺ is depicted with a bomb in his turban with the Islamic creed (shahāda) inscribed on it, makes one question why he is portrayed in this way. There were no bombs at the time of the Prophet ﷺ, so how can this be a criticism of him? What is the context behind this image? Evidently, there is no visible context whatsoever. The message one is left with is that Islam, bombs, and terrorism are all one and the same, and that Muslims are dangerous.

Where does this caricature come from? Some Muslims are seen committing terrorist attacks, but instead of blaming only these terrorists individually, one wishes to blame all Muslims. To substantiate that all Muslims support terrorism, the Prophet ﷺ is caricatured with a bomb in his turban as a symbol of the inner faith of Muslims.

The obvious message is that all Muslims – at least if they are “good Muslims” – either openly or secretly (through “taqiyyah”) support terrorism.

Therefore, the drawing is Islamophobic

The drawing is a clear Islamophobic racist cartoon, and the reason behind this is that it conveys an extremely negative stereotype that Muslims are terrorists. This is supported by the following arguments:

  1. When the average viewer sees the drawing, the natural impression he is left with is that Muslims are terrorists or support terrorism. This is precisely why this drawing has become so popular in Islamophobic circles, and just as hated in Muslim circles.
  2. The Muslim creed – which defines all Muslims – is written on the bomb. Therefore, the drawing conveys that all Muslims are terrorists or support terrorism, not just a specific person or organisation. If, for example, the terms Al-Qaeda or ISIS were written on the turban, it would have conveyed a completely different message.
  3. The drawing is a caricature of the Prophet of all Muslims, not of, for example, Osama bin Laden. Had it been a caricature of the latter, one could argue that it would not have been Islamophobic. But precisely because it is attributed to the Prophet ﷺ, it is a picture that portrays all of his followers, i.e. all Muslims, as terrorists or supporters of terrorism.
  4. More or less all Muslims, about 2 billion people, experience the drawing as Islamophobic and a violation of their human dignity.

Can the message be explained away?

It is also necessary to emphasise that Westergaard tried to explain away the cartoon as a symbol of terrorists taking the Prophet ﷺ and the religion as a hostage. But, since the drawing from the beginning has been conveyed as a caricature of the Prophet ﷺ, and not one of a terrorist, this is not a credible explanation. Therefore, the drawing remains Islamophobic.

To further exemplify it: If a Nazi makes an anti-Semitic drawing that shows that Jews exaggerated the Holocaust, and the cartoonist says that the drawing is really only meant to criticise some Jews who make too much fuss about the Holocaust, this will be rejected. Why? Because the drawing must be able to convey a meaningful message by itself, without it having to be explained away. If the drawing itself promotes a racist, anti-Semitic, or Islamophobic message, then that is exactly how it should be understood, regardless of how the cartoonist later explains away his intentions.

What about other caricatures of the Prophet ﷺ?

Similarly, when the Prophet ﷺ is caricatured as, for example, a misogynist, the indirect message is that everyone who follows the Prophet ﷺ – namely, all Muslims – abuse and discriminate against women, at least if they are “good Muslims.”

Any caricature of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ that promotes a negative stereotype of Muslims will be Islamophobic because the Prophet ﷺ represents all Muslims.

Aren’t the caricatures a critique of religion?

Some may say that the caricatures are meant to be a criticism of the Prophet ﷺ. To portray the Prophet of the Muslims in Islamophobic stereotypes is quite different from non-Muslims criticising certain actions that the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ did in his historical context. According to the secular world view Muslims must tolerate criticism of their religion, but they do not have to tolerate Islamophobia. That’s why the distinction between criticism of religion and Islamophobia is crucial. One moves from criticism of Islam to Islamophobia when one either:

  1. Stigmatises Muslims as a group by attributing negative opinions, characteristics, or intentions to them; or
  2. Mentions historical events related to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in a stigmatising way without showing the context of the event one wishes to criticise, which leads to stigmatisation of Muslims.

The caricatures of the Prophet ﷺ do exactly this because they portray the symbol of the ideal Muslim as a terrorist and misogynist, without showing any real historical context. The context is crucial for distinguishing between criticism of religion and Islamophobia.

Therefore, the caricatures are Islamophobic, in line with claims such as Muslims inwardly support terrorism, good Muslims oppress women, or that Muslims secretly want to conquer Europe, etc. This is the same rhetoric found in right-wing extremist circles and organisations that promote the idea that to be a good Muslim, one must support terrorism, murder, and the oppression of women.

Should the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ be defended as freedom of speech?

The distinction between criticism of religion and Islamophobia is crucial in this debate. Precisely because this distinction has not been clear enough, we see that many defend Islamophobic caricatures in the name of freedom of expression.

Islamophobia is still a new concept for many, so it is important to point out that Islamophobia is a branch of racism. When we see these caricatures in the context of Islamophobia, it is easier to see the moral reprehensibility of saying that Muslims must tolerate being portrayed in this way. For instance, we would not say that Jews must tolerate caricatures of Moses being portrayed as a greedy man with a big nose (a typical anti-Semitic stereotype). It is morally reprehensible to make such anti-Semitic portrayals of Moses a symbolic struggle for freedom of speech.

But it has taken the world many years and many lost lives to really understand the dangers of anti-Semitic propaganda. We must learn from the mistakes of history. Now, in 2020, we understand the phenomenon of Islamophobia much more than society did in 2005 when the caricature controversy first started.

It is now time to put these caricatures in their right context. Defending the drawing, printing, or publication of Islamophobic caricatures is not a defence of freedom of speech – it is a defence of Islamophobia.

Source: www.islam21c.com

The biggest enemy of Muslims is….Muslims

As a father, nothing is more painful than seeing our Muslim children around the world suffering. We see the Syrians, Palestinians, Iraqi, Afghani – slaughtered and their blood streaming into rivers.

However, as I sat watching, listening and reading the many many condemnations of the Israeli atrocities against our brethren in Palestine, on websites, in the masjid, on YouTube, news agencies around the world – after seeing all the appeals, petitions, marches, protests and pleas for help from many organizations and people, this is the thought that came to mind: Why would Allah (swt) – hurt his own people who worship him?

Then, I thought – Allah loves his people 70 times more than a mother loves her children. Then why is Allah allowing this to happen?? After opening the Quran and reading numerous Ahadith – the answer was clear. When Allah’s anger is in full force – when his obedience is lost, when His beloved Messenger’s example is mocked, when his people forget his message and his prophetic way — He (swt) will send reminders.
War, blood, pain, killing and the loss of our innocent children — the only reminder we understand.

With over 50 years of Palestinian conflict – years of debate – our eyes, hearts are sealed with the real problem. Syrian massacre in front of us – a country shredded with no end of war in sight. Iraq millions butchered. Afghanistan shelled for decades…and all the other Muslim nations similar and screaming for help.

The cause? The cause is not the Jews, Zionists, Munafiqs, Freemasons, Bilderbergs – they are not the reason – but only a means; a tool Allah has used to wake up this ummah. But 99% are still asleep.

Our minds our engrossed in this world, love of the competition of success – glory, glamour, status and power and forgetfulness of death.

Our race is for the biggest house, a collection of cars, fancy number plates, a glamorous lifestyle, a parade of shops, a huge bank balance – a wardrobe of designer clothes, shoes, phones, holidays, watches…the list is eternal.

Until and unless, the collective ummah, does not STOP the copycat lifestyle of the disbelievers – the kuffar, behaving like kuffar and supporting the kuffar activities, blending our belief — Allah azza wa jall will withhold HIS support. He will turn the mercy OFF until you submit to him 100%.

You can appeal in millions on every street – in every country – but it will be a grain of sand in weight. Millions marched to stop the invasion of Iraq and still – the bombing pounded every city and rubbled masjids. Millions marched in Egypt – their country destroyed.

Millions march and cry….but how many do tawba, repent and change and submit to Allah and follow a real Islam? It is no use criticizing the Jews if we have not changed our appearance, our entertainment and our culture to that of our beloved NABI sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.

We cannot persist in supporting them through watching their filth on t.v, Hollywood trends, dancing to music, wearing their haraam clothing and eating doubtful foods and then cry foul when they eat us alive! The change that is needed is not in Washington, Tel Aviv or London. It is in the homes, lounges, kitchens and workplace — of every single reciter of the kalimah!

I challenge every one of you my brothers & sisters – throw out that evil box that damages our thinking, our morals and our imaan! Then we will see the help of Allah descend. If we behave like Muslims, then Allah has promised,’wa kaana haqqan alaynaa nasrul mumineen’ ‘It is a right upon us to help the believers’.

Making propaganda and insulting Jews is not helping, they are only one nation who Allah is using. Like the Islamophobic groups that are appearing everywhere, who and why were they created? Why would Allah allow groups to terrorize the Muslims and insult his Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) . The truth is we are the Insult – the Muslims of the 21st Century.

We the Muslim today say that Islam is too difficult. Let’s blend the east and west, let’s integrate our wives, our children. You don’t need to practice the sunnah – it’s an option. I cant pray at work my boss will get upset. I cant grow my beard or my wife will curse me….my mum will throw me out….I cant get a job….so on, so on…etc.

The question is ‘WHO ARE WE- What type of Muslim are we???’ If you want to make a difference by ‘Boycotting’ then:-

Boycott Interest
Boycott Usury
Boycott Alcohol
Boycott Tobacco
Boycott Drugs
Boycott mortgages – interest
Boycott loans
Boycott Insurance
Boycott ALL Haraam earnings
Boycott ALL doubtful/haraam food
Boycott EXTRAVAGANT WEDDINGS
Boycott EXTRAVAGANT holidays
Boycott zina of the eyes
Boycott zina of the tongue
Boycott zina of the ears
Boycott haraam relationships
Boycott EXTRAVAGANT lifestyles
Boycott music
Boycott backbiting
Boycott slander
Boycott adultery
Boycott fornication
Boycott clubbing
Boycott going out without hijaab
Boycott intermingling of genders
Boycott EVER MISSING A SALAH
Boycott disobedience of parents
Boycott disrespecting husband’s
Boycott ill treating wives
Boycott Wasting hours on whatsapp
Boycott wasting hours on Twitter
Boycott wasting hours on FB/Instagram etc
Boycott spending hours on PS4/xbox
Boycott NATIONALISM
Boycott leaving the SUNNAH
Boycott leaving the SHARIAH
Boycott ALL FORMS OF HARAAM InshaAllah!!!

Change yourself my brothers and sisters. Make your deen like a strong pillar – a fortress – of imaan.

May Allah Give us the true understanding and grant us the success to practice and guide us on the true path till our final abode Jannah in Akhirah (Ameen).

by A Muslim
Source: MuslimVillage.com

‘’ISLAMOPHOBIA’

‘ISLAMOPHOBIA’ – ALLAH’S PUNISHMENT

By A U.K. STUDENT OF THE DEEN

In light of the growing Islamophobia in the UK, which is fast gaining impetus mainly (but not exclusively) through the misdeeds of members of the Khawarij sect (Salafis) repeatedly murdering civilians in the name of Jihad and Islam, I have written a short message to my family and friends.

ALLAH’S GREATER PUNISHMENT IS NOW IMMINENT

With the sudden increase in the number of people in the UK, and also in other parts of the world, expressing empathy with, and even praising the Chinese authorities for their internment and “Islamophobic” oppression of millions of Chinese Muslims, it is worth bearing in mind the Sunnah of Allah regarding the calamities that befall us.

The Qur’aan Majeed states explicitly:

“And whatever strikes you of disaster (e.g. “islamophobic” oppression, internment camps, lynch mobs, genocide etc.) – it is due to what YOUR own hands have earned (i.e. misdeeds); although He overlooks much.” (42:30)

The early Muhaddith and contemporary of Imam Bukhari, Ibn Abi Haatim, relates the following Hadith regarding this Divine Rule stated in the aforementioned verse:

“When it was revealed, Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“By the one in whose Hands is the soul of Muhammad, there is no scratch from a twig, nor palpitation of a vein, nor a slip of the feet, except (that it occurs) due to a sin. And what Allah overlooks is more.”

Amongst the vilest examples of misdeeds which have become rampantly prevalent today is, the halaalization (treating as Halaal) of acts and practices which the Shariah regards as the worst of sins, and this was always the view of the senior Ulama of all Math-habs. But today, they all have departed from this earthly abode.

With their departure, the vacuum has been filled with molvis and sheikhs of the worst brand of corruption – worse than the corruption of the Ulama of Bani Israaeel who are severely castigated in the Qur’aan-e-Kareem. Regarding this state of affairs, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“The Saalihoon are departing (from this world) one after the other (in quick succession). Then will remain only the hufaalah (waste matter, rubbish) such as the chaff of barley or dates. Allah will have no care whatsoever for them.”

A few from the numerous acts of vice and evil are:

1) The widespread halaalization of pictures of animate objects (e.g. television) which according to authentic Hadith is amongst the very worst of sins, but which even the ulama or so-called ulama have halaalized on the basis of glaringly corrupt interpretation which is an insult to intelligence.

2) Eating during a fasting day of Ramadhan based on the so-called “Aadil” and glaringly invalid moon-sighting testimony of a non-existent moon, governed and controlled by one of the most evil regimes (Saudi) in the world. The gravity of this sin perpetrated by the vast majority can be understood by the fact that the compensation of an intentionally missed fast is 60 consecutive days of fasting.

3) The now widespread practice of Maulanas and Shaykhs doing away completely with the laws of segregation of the sexes while attending openly mixed weddings, events, and the like, with even senior Muftis now shamelessly conducting television interviews face to face with young attractive females, against a backdrop of deafening and satanic silence adopted by those who are meant to be at the forefront of condemning evil and issuing guidance and clarification to the masses.

4) The evil of interfaith functions supported and promoted by ulama to the extent of allowing non-Muslims to sing, pray and promote their religion inside the Musjid.

5) Using the Qur’aan as an object of trade for the acquisition of monetary gain. This is a spectacular evil today of the qaaris about whom Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Most of the munaafiqeen of my Ummah are its qaaris.”

Warning these villains, Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Recite the Qur’aan. Do not eat with it.”

That is, do not make it a source of livelihood.

6) Ulama opening the Musaajid for females despite the Sahaabah having banned their attendance.

7) Ulama promoting entry of non-Muslims – men and women – to enter the Musaajid.

8) The vices of the masses are too numerous to list.

In brief, large scale flagrant transgression, in fact rejection of the Shariah, is practised by the masses of the Ummah

The calamities that descend due to our misdeeds is in proportion to their gravity – the greater the sin, the greater the calamity. The ploy (trick) of hiding behind scholars who halaalize doubtful and prohibited matters, does not work against this Divine Rule of calamities which often descend in the form of disease (mental and physical), family turmoil, accidents, and many other forms. These are the lesser forms of punishment which are the prelude to the greater, universal punishment which will take everyone – the masses, the ulama and the so-called pious – in its sweep.

Condemning the Muslims of Bani Israaeel for their haraam nafsaani taqleed (blind-following) of their Ruhbaan and Ahbaar (senior Muftis and Shaykhs), Allah Ta’ala states:

“They take their Ahbaar and their Ruhbaan as gods besides Allah.”

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) explained that “taking gods besides Allah” was in reference to the masses treating as Haraam and Halaal what their Ahbaar and Ruhbaan ruled to be Haraam and Halaal in conflict with the Shariah.

If every type of taqleed was permissible, then Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) would not have condemned the Muslims of Banee Israaeel in the harshest possible terms, effectively stating that they had committed Shirk (polytheism).

The taqleed that is permissible, in fact Waajib (obligatory), is only to the ruling, derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah, by the galaxy of Mujtahideen, and which eventually became enshrined in the Four Madh-habs. Examples of such rulings to which Taqleed is Waajib include the absolute prohibition of pictures of animate objects, the absolute prohibition of free-mixing, and the absolute prohibition of accepting the moon-sighting testimony that is controlled, governed, monitored and declared by a Faasiq (openly sinful) and Faajir (criminal) regime such as the Saudi regime.

Allah’s declaration that calamities are a consequence of our sins is a recurring one in the Qur’an.

Allah Ta’ala states in Surah ar-Room:

“Fasaad (anarchy / strife / killing) has appeared on the land and the ocean on account of the (misdeeds) perpetrated by the hands of the people, so that He (Allah) gives them to taste (the consequences) of some of their perpetrations (e.g. halaalization of sin and evil), for perhaps they will return (to the Path of Rectitude).”

The reference is to the lesser punishment which in terms of the Sunnah of Allah Ta’ala precedes the greater punishment which obliterates the villainous and unrepentant scum.

Says the Qur’aan Majeed:

“Most assuredly, We shall (first) cause them to taste of the lesser punishment, not the greater punishment, for perhaps they may (heed) and return (to the Path of Rectitude).”

When the vile misdeeds become widespread and are met with silence even by the supposedly pious, then even those who do not transgress directly but fail to speak out (at the least to their own kin) will become enveloped by the Universal Punishment which usually develops incrementally and in stages, often culminating, at its peak, in the form of barbaric and sadistic hordes of Kuffaar rampaging and pillaging ravenously through Muslim neighbourhoods, as has occurred countless times in history, and is currently being enacted in Burma, India, China, and many other countries:

“Beware of such a (universal) punishment which will not be restricted to only the transgressors among you.”

According to the Sunnah of Allah, He will not change our condition until we change what is within ourselves. Time is running out fast. We are swiftly approaching the point of no return.

9 Rabiuth Thaani 1441 – 6 December 2019

The VEIL slips over abusive pride marchers

this post was taken from islam21c.com and had pictures and video,  that was removed here. we felt that in spite of  that fact we need to spread the news to the muslim public. with that being said we stick by our policy of using only halaal means to spread the message of islam.  so because of this the post is a little disjointed.(Jaalhaque)

 

The VEIL slips over abusive pride marchers

Negative framing and the assumptions that come with it
Disability benefits assessor Dr Macker loses his job after refusing to address a six-foot-tall, bearded man as ‘madam’. [1]

Vicar, Reverend, and school governor Peter Hughes of St. Alban’s who described LGBT+ proselytisation at schools as a form of child grooming is pushed to step down as school governor. [2]

Nationwide parental rallies against the ‘no outsiders’ LGBT+ programme, evangelised to four-year-olds and above in schools with an uptake of nearly 98% Muslim, [3] are called “mobs” that should be “tackled”. [4]

More recently, a video circulating of a Muslim woman dressed in a niqāb shouting at a member of a Gay Pride rally in Walthamstow created a public furore. Later on, despite alleged eye-witnesses claiming she was harassed and called “scum” beforehand, the woman was arrested. [5]

Beyond succumbing to the social furore, the police may have stoked memories of their bygone incarceration of “gay” activists even in the minds of those activists themselves! The hypocrisy of the alt-right was nothing surprising after the video—which appeared to conveniently begin in the middle of a skirmish—went viral. It is another perfect opportunity to peddle their Islamophobia.

Katie Hopkins blamed the ‘crime’ on the increasing presence of minority groups. [6] Hopkins, who forced her cradler, The Daily Mail, to pay £150k in damages to a Muslim family in 2016 – also in Walthamstow – for inventing a story about that family’s links to al-Qaeda will probably walk away scot-free this time. More disenchanting, maybe, was the audacious reaction of certain Muslims who accused the provoked Muslim woman of being ‘stupid’. If failing to minimally react like some pro-LGBT+ commentators who tried to make sense of the 50-second video, at least assume a standard better than that of Katie Hopkins. According to commentator Colin Wilson:

“I don’t think, for example, that I’ve ever heard of anyone being arrested before for heckling a Pride march – I’ve seen plenty of people do it, but they were generally white, and yet the first person to get nicked is a Muslim woman in a niqab. Would the cops have arrested a Tommy Robinson fan in an England shirt? A nun? And in Waltham Forest it’s even more the case that we can’t choose to side with Muslims or with LGBT people, because the woman was specifically abusing members of Imaan, the Muslim LGBT group.” [7]

The video was sourced from a Muslim counter-extremism practitioner who thought it was his duty to highlight homophobia. The irony in highlighting ‘hate’ by the person is not escaped: counter-extremism in whatever flavour and shape it comes in, presumes a demonised, mainly Muslim identity and is reliant on ‘signs’ – behaviours and symbols – that are used to further deepen the demonisation of the target group. [8]
Whilst the impulse to share an incident with an intention to stigmatise harmful behaviour may have some merit, where the incident is partially informed, it can lead to stigmatisation of an already scrutinised and demonised group.

The responses to the video exemplify this. It seems the War on Terror traits, which has reproduced a McCarthyistic trial by a lack of due process for Muslims, has seeped into the consciousness of society.
Yusuf Patel
@YusufJP_
· 28 Jul 2019
Disgusting homophobic abuse at those on Waltham Forest Pride today.

No matter what form hate comes in, we must stamp it out and say no to all forms of hate! Also, very importantly we cannot call out one form of hate but be silent/complicit on others. @GalopUK @stonewalluk

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Absolutely appalling. It is this woman’s behaviour that is shameful. And an abuse of freedom of speech to harass peaceful protestors in such a hateful homophobic manner. Just heartbreaking to see such spite & hypocrisy. “Treat others as you would like to be treated yourself”…

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· 28 Jul 2019
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The mainstream and social media clamour focused on the Muslim woman’s statements and behaviour. Journalists inundated the source of the video with requests to use the video to create stories about how a Muslim woman shouted out the famous Alan Partridge line “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”, bringing this, as well as religious orthodoxy by implication, into the ever-expanding realm of ‘hate’. [5]

Journalists, that body of people who are supposed to ask the questions that probe the assumed, dominant narrative, failed to ask simple questions. Did the Muslim woman start hurling statements at the rally spontaneously? Or were her statements a reaction? If so, what caused this reaction? And why is the steward trying to clearly restrain the LGBT+ activist rather than the Muslim woman? The underlying assumption in the blind-eyeing of these questions was that she is Muslim, and a veiled one at that, and therefore in a Muslim versus LGBT+ member situation, the Muslim must be the presumed aggressor. This was enough, so it seems, for the anti-Muslim mob and their journalist and social media allies to proverbially lynch her.
Yusuf Patel
@YusufJP_
· 28 Jul 2019
Disgusting homophobic abuse at those on Waltham Forest Pride today.

No matter what form hate comes in, we must stamp it out and say no to all forms of hate! Also, very importantly we cannot call out one form of hate but be silent/complicit on others. @GalopUK @stonewalluk

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This racist assumption was realised by the police too when the person arrested for potentially committing a public order offence and placed in a cell overnight was a Muslim woman. [9]

The speculative conclusions formed the foundations for ripe Islamophobia. Everything from her religion to the fabric across her face was mocked, blamed and made the subject of legal measures. This, from among the same people who were using the attack on the niqāb by Boris Johnson as political capital to point-score only a couple of weeks ago.

She was a coward, apparently, for covering her face, whilst the one who broke off from a rally, privileged by her semi-celebrity status, backed by the very same mob-like rally, and now the media, politicians, and police, was the victim. [10] What was that about oppressive power structures?

Witnessing this spectacle, I notice the lack of commentary about the Muslim woman’s perspective, how she felt, and why she reacted the way she did. I also witness how the person breaking from the rally has not been arrested and placed in a cell for possible public order offences to “investigate” whether she did something to provoke the situation and potentially cause harassment, alarm, and distress.

Indeed, how many a time have EDL members hurled abuse at Islām and Muslims; how many of these members have been arrested by the police? Deliberately provocative placards against Islām, and other more sinister placards calling for “less Islam”, echoing Douglas Murray’s genocidal call, have been paraded up and down the streets of this country. Why have there been no arrests under the Public Order Act? Where are the sanctimonious free speech warriors that are normally present to defend these placards now?

Freedom of speech is cardinal when it comes to attacking Islām. Utter “shame on you” and make Biblical references to crowd? Prepare for some unprecedented police action.

What the entire fiasco highlights is the permeation of racist assumptions, including among those who claim to “love all” and promote “inclusiveness”. In fact, the latter increasingly perpetuate a type of tyranny that is coercing Muslims to choose between modifying their beliefs to accommodate their worldview or be made an “outsider” in society. It is a Henry Ford type of “love” and “inclusivity” that is premised on ideological assimilation.

This is not about this specific incident. This is about the persistent and negative framing of Muslims as the aggressor that continues to perpetuate a demonisation of Muslims that fuels repressive and oppressive mechanisms. Be that justice by a pitchforks and pickaxes mob, or coercive ideological assimilation that replicates fascist tendencies.

There is a need for a stronger challenge to these set of dynamics, no matter who—Muslim, non-Muslim, LGBT+ or non-LGBT+—pushes it. Do we want to be living in a society which presumes a group as guilty thereby fanning the flames of Islamophobia? How long can specific narratives remain the preserve of a majority yet double standards employed for a demonised minority? And do we want to accept coercive ideological assimilation that replicates fascist tendencies and pitch-forks, pick-axes mob rule?

These are some questions which must be advanced.

Source: http://www.islam21c.com

Notes:

[1] https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/07/10/christian-doctor-lost-job-government-department-refusing-identify/

[2] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-48827031

[3] https://www.transgendertrend.com/no-outsiders-queering-primary-classroom/

[4] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-48965655

[5] https://5pillarsuk.com/2019/07/29/police-arrest-niqabi-woman-who-criticised-lgbt-activists-after-they-harassed-her/

[6] https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/homophobic-abuse-waltham-forest-pride-police-investigation_uk_5d3dacb3e4b0a6d637411072?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJay7HHbwikkdEnPgRUh7wNVrjfBkWHOFILfe3mIsEbj7U1mMvIXzsGFFMPeS-nwKNNwYGyUhbjv1n2dTqDJ6PJryfphY831_ZzevD9zXMtockZKIDDUKdXO3RhekjDzrufL9EVNIuAGSDrKTyzzZYchpizcXOy77MQiPFKe3Izd

[7] https://www.rs21.org.uk/2019/07/30/waltham-forest-pride-we-cant-arrest-our-way-to-liberation/

[8] https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/07/the-curious-reaction-to-a-niqab-wearing-homophobe/

[9] https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jul/29/woman-arrested-over-homophobic-abuse-during-pride-march

[10] https://www.itv.com/news/london/2019-07-29/who-hurled-homophobic-abuse-at-lgbt-pride-marchers-in-walthamstow/

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ABOUT the author
she is a niqāb-wearing British Muslim woman, and a student of knowledge in the Hanafi school of law. She has studied law, works professionally and takes a keen interest in Muslim public affairs.

NIQAAB BANNING

European countries and even the kuffaar gov-ernment of Algeria have banned the Niqaab. Ostensibly the ban is a display of hatred for Islam. Nevertheless, the prelude for this banning is the abandonment of true Hijaab by Muslims themselves. As such, it is a punishment of Allah Ta’ala.
Hijaab is not restricted to donning the Niqaab. Hijaab is a whole system which requires Muslim females to remain within the precincts of the home. Muslim women all over the world have completely abandoned Hi-jaab. In fact, they regard the niqaab as a licence for free and unrestricted roaming and prowling in the public domain.
As a punishment, Allah Ta’ala is now inflicting the phenomenon of islamophobia which brings humiliation and danger to Muslim women who deem it appropriate to wander around in public places.
When Muslims themselves indulge in flagrant violation of the ahkaam of the Shariah, then Allah Ta’ala humiliates and punishes us in different ways. Islamophobia is one such way.
Muslims are deserving of the humiliation which they have invited with their rebellion against Allah Ta’ala.