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If all “moderate” muslims had the courage of Abdel Kareem Nabil, the world would be a safer place

November 17, 2010

Egypt Frees Blogger Convicted of Insulting Islam –

There is no hiding I have a dislike for the Islam most westerners are shown on a daily basis – terrorism, human rights violations, sharia law and the continued preaching about how we should change to fit muslims.  A lot of that dislike is directed toward so called “moderate” muslims who seem to only be apologists for their religion instead of a voice against the radicals who have hijacked it.  This story from Egypt might change my perspective a little bit, but only when it comes to foreign muslims, American muslims have no excuse.

Four years ago, Abdel Kareem Nabil, was arrested for being critical of Egypt’s government and of Islam on his blog.  The things he wrote about are what all Americans wish muslims would say of their extremist brethren, such as:

Much of his criticism was directed at Cairo’s Al-Azhar University, the pre-eminent institution of religious thought in Sunni Islam, where he was studying law.

He denounced the school as “the university of terrorism,” accusing it of promoting radical ideas and suppressing free thought. Al-Azhar “stuffs its students’ brains and turns them into human beasts … teaching them that there is not place for differences in this life,” he wrote.

Wow, God bless him.  See folks, especially “moderate” American muslims, this is called courage.  If you truly believe the lip service given to Western audiences about not agreeing with the extremist radicals of Islam, then perhaps you can take a cue from this brave man – oh, and in America you won’t go to jail for doing it.

In other writings, he called Al-Azhar the “other face of the coin of al-Qaida” and called for the university to be dissolved or turned into a secular institution.

Apparently those kind of statements were the last straw for the university, because they expelled him then sought criminal charges brought against him.

The judge in his trial said Nabil also insulted the Prophet Muhammad with a piece he wrote in 2005 after riots in which angry Muslim worshippers attacked a Coptic Christian church over a play deemed offensive to Islam.

“Muslims revealed their true ugly face and appeared to all the world that they are full of brutality, barbarism and inhumanity,” Nabil wrote in his blog. He called Muhammad and his seventh century followers “spillers of blood” for their teachings on warfare — a comment cited by the judge.

After reading this story, I must address my policy for criticizing “moderate” muslims for not speaking up and letting the world know they don’t approve of the barbarity of Islam – it will only be directed at muslims living in Western civilizations – you know, one’s where you are allowed the freedom of speech (Netherlands- you no longer qualify).  As for you American muslims, my criticism of you will be even more scathing.

What excuse do you have to sit by and let your religion be dictated to you by these crazy bastards?  Meanwhile, a brave man is sent to jail for speaking up in a country where I am sure he knew there was a chance he would get in trouble.  Your silence is deafening.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2010 1:25 pm

    That took real courage on Nabil’s part. Your point about the so-called moderate Muslims living in America is valid. I know that if they speak out they run the risk of being shunned by their local community of Muslims or maybe something worse than shunning. But if the don’t have the courage to speak-out then it is only sensible for the rest of us to assume they are not moderates.

    Some time ago I read the account of a school teacher who was in the habit of inviting people from different backgrounds to come and speak to her class. There was a Muslim couple that had come several times to speak. The teacher thought they were terrific people. Then the couple came to speak to her class shortly after the threats to Rushdi. When the couple had finished speaking, the teacher asked what the couple thought about the threats against Rushdi. The Muslim man responded that as good muslims they were obligated to kill Rushdi should their paths cross.

    How is one to know which Mulims are moderate?

    • November 17, 2010 1:53 pm

      Unfortunately you can’t. Islam even has a practice from the Koran called taqiyah that allows a muslim to deny aspects of his religion if he feels “threatened” by non-believers. Considering what CAIR and other Islamic associations in America consider “threatening”, one could argue a muslim could lie about almost every aspect of Islam.

  2. November 17, 2010 4:33 pm

    We are and will always be the infidels. We stand in their way of the virgins and everything else that is holy to them. We need to “get it”.

    • November 17, 2010 5:05 pm

      Having nothing to add to that except well said. =)

  3. LD Jackson permalink
    November 17, 2010 7:17 pm

    Great article, Colin. I think you are spot on with your criticism of moderate Muslims in this country. They constantly harp on how Islam is a religion of peace, yet they refuse to speak out when a member of their religion proves that it is anything but. In my humble opinion, they have no excuse for their silence.

    • November 17, 2010 7:44 pm

      Nope. Not when a student is willing to go to prison for speaking out in a country that is much less receptive to criticism.

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