June 27, 2007
This Is Why the "Moderate Muslims" Don't Speak Up
Britain's first Muslim Member of Parliament, Mohammad Sarwar, MP for Glasgow, is stepping down after receiving death threats against himself and his family after helping bring to justice three gang members who tortured and killed a 15 year old boy before fleeing to Pakistan in 2004.
Kriss Donald was walking with a friend in March 2004, when he was snatched and stuffed into a car by 5 British-Pakistani men. They drove him around for hours before finally taking him out and beating him, stabbing him 13 times, and dousing him in gasoline, setting him on fire while he was still alive. The forensic examiner said Kriss tried to roll in the mud to put out the flames, but to no avail.
Three of the suspects escaped to Pakistan, which has no extradition treaty with Britain. MP Sarwar was instrumental in negotiating the return of Imran Shahid, Zeeshan Shahid and Mohammed Faisal Mushtaq, who were later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Mr Sarwar said he knew it would be risky to pursue the extradition, but that "it was the right thing to do."
Mr Sarwar, 54, told the Daily Record: "Life is not the same, to be honest with you, since I brought them back. I was subjected to threats.
"I was told they wanted to punish my family and make a horrible example of my son - they would do to him what they did to Kriss Donald. I received threats to my life, to murder my sons, to murder my grandchildren."
So is Mr. Sarwar merely the victim of gangland politics, or is there something more disturbing going on here, an attempt to intimidate the "moderate" Muslim leaders into falling into line with the more radical agenda? Check out this article in the magazine Sada al-Jihad, in which the author, Sheikh Hussein bin Mahmoud says Muslims need to read their Koran and stop being such slackers:
"The aspect that Muslims must accept is that of ruthlessness and firmness in jihad. Many Muslims today are educated in a spirit that is far from the [true] spirit of the Koran... The Muslim nation is the strongest nation in history... since it has the mightiest prophet, the mightiest book [i.e., the Koran] and the mightiest religion on Earth, and it is the nation which strikes its enemies hardest, [since it fights them] according to Islamic shari'a. Owing to these qualities, [the Muslim nation] is the most awe-inspiring of nations, and nobody [dares to] covet [what belongs to it], as long as it adheres to its principles and to the sources of its strength, which are the Koran and the sunna.
"It is no exaggeration to say that many Muslims today have never heard of the Koranic verses [that speak of] jihad... and do not believe that the Koran includes verses that speak of force, firmness, terror and cruelty, since they have heard so much about peace, security, compassion, friendship, justice, grace, honesty and moderateness. These are all words of truth, but in times of war, they are used to express falsehoods.
"When the emir and commander Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi went out and slaughtered a few infidels, the [advocates of] tolerance and friendship had a fit. They jumped up, made threats and swore that this [act] runs counter to the spirit of [Islam]. How much suffering have these people and their supporters caused us! When we told them that Allah commanded to cut off the heads [of the enemies], they would say, 'be mindful of Allah, and do not make things up,' and we had to bring the Koran and show them these verses so that they would believe [us]. Some of them even turned the book over [and looked] at the cover to make sure that it really was the Koran. These [people] had read the Koran many times, but they had not read it [carefully]..."
Britain, and America need to put an end to this intimidation now. It is not Islamophobic to feel threatened when your enemy wants to cut your head off. In America, we brought down the Mob and the Klan, and Britain fought against the IRA, and yet seem helpless to deal with jihadis who openly proclaim their intentions to kill the kuffars and impose sharia law. The British have a legend that Sir Francis Drake will return in a time of great peril for England. Maybe this is a good time to start beating Drake's Drum.
Crossposted at Not Ready for my Burqua