Here's a shot that should be heard around the world! And on HuffPo of all places. Looks like some conscience and courage at last... THANK YOU!
Muslim fanatics also created INFIDELOPHOBIA with their anti-infidel hate speech and violence.
The author of this important piece, Tahir Aslam Gora, is a "Pakistani writer, novelist, poet, journalist, editor, translator and publisher."
The debate as to who speaks for Muslims in the West has festered among the minds of the western intelleigentsia and politicians since Islamists have capitalised on this question.
There are hundreds of Islamic organizations in North America and each one wants to take ownership of it. Is it all about ownership? It shouldn't be. Is it all about portraying a better image of Muslims? I doubt it. Is it all about challenging the self-created fear of Islamophobia? Perhaps.
What do I mean by "self-created fear of Islamophobia"? Do I dare to say that Islamophobia actually doesn't exist at all? Yep, it didn't exist but some of our Islamic centres created the term and spread it around through their actions.
What were those actions? By not denouncing armed Jihad against those Western societies where they are abode now, by not calling a spade a spade such as honour killings, Taliban's attack on Malala Yousafzai, AlQaeda's sectarian war against minorities in the Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan, etc,.
However, the fact that over 90 per cent of Muslims are not associated with any Islamic organisation or mosque and visit it no more than once or twice a year. That alone should make America skeptical of Islamist groups like CAIR, ISNA, ICNA and MSA.
Ihsan Bagby, a professor and an imam at Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. wrote after 9/11, "There are a large number of Muslims that hold on to their identity as Muslims, but choose not to practice, not to act out their beliefs in everyday life...a large portion of the American Muslim community are in this group."
The report by prof Bagby, "The Mosque in America: A National Portrait," revealed that of the six million Muslims in the United States, only about 350,000 on average attend the Friday midday prayers.
Thus the incessant drumbeat by Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood legacy groups in the U.S. about rising Islamophobia is reflecting the mindset of the mulla and his scant followers in America, not me or the 90 per cent who have little interest in praying behind misogynist and homophobic clerics.
Even if it were true that Islamophobia exists, the next question would be: What should we do now?
My answer is that all Islamic organizations should make a resolution for 2013 that they would preach to fellow Muslims to live a normal life instead of preaching the addiction of victimhood...
And another honest individual telling the truth:
This African-American Muslim convert's remarks were made last year in response to the fracas over the "Ground Zero mosque," but they bear repeating, as this "loathsome term" continues to be used in the precise manner that he deplores. Here is what Abdur-Rahman Muhammad - a former imam of a mosque - says of the word "Islamophobia":
"This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliche conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics."
He also says the question of whether or not America is "Islamophobic" is "deeply offensive," explaining that America has allowed Muslims to live freely....
And another honest Muslim writer:
Another Canadian Muslim steps forward to tell the truth! Hasan Mahmud is the former sharia law expert for the Muslim Canadian Congress, to which also belong other Muslim truthtellers such as Mahfooz Kanwar and Tarek Fatah. Thankfully, along with the courageous ex-Muslim activists, such individuals may help lead us out of this dark hole created by Islamists, not by mindless bigots and "Islamophobes." Recall that another brave and honest Muslim - this time a convert and ex-imam - exposed the term "Islamophobia" as having been propagated by a "radical" Muslim thinktank for the express purpose of running down critics.
John Esposito's Deceptions on 'Islamophobia'
by Hasan Mahmud
I am a Muslim. I believe that accepting our (Muslims') share in creating "Islamophobia" in the West will help eliminate it. Dr. John Esposito’s recent article in the Huffington Post, "Islamophobia: A threat to American Values?" puts the entire blame on Western "media commentators, hard-line Christian Zionists and politicians." He even neglects to mention the huge contribution Muslim societies have had on the issue. Esposito ignores that in our global village the West is regularly flooded by violence coming from Muslim societies; violence which is perpetrated in the name of Islam while citing Quranic verses and the Prophet’s examples. The list is long. Here are some examples:
1. A Sharia court stoned to death a gang-raped girl, who was a minor at the time.
2. A Sharia court flogged another girl to death for having an affair.
3. Punishing raped girls/women by Sharia courts is continuing.
4. Wife-beating is openly preached.
5. Child-marriage is openly preached.
6. "No rape in marriage" is openly preached.
7. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is supported by many clergics including some of Al Azhar University.
8. Women are instantly divorced – there is no maintenance in such cases.
9. A woman appealed to a Sharia court to order her husband to beat her not every day but once a week.
10. Sharia-police (Hisba) are invading people’s lives.
11. The persecution of Muslims with different ideas is reaching a frightening level.
12. Non-Muslims are arrested for carrying their holy books.
13. The persecution of non-Muslims is continuous and reaching a disturbing level.
14. Hate preaching against non-Muslims in media is common.
15. Indoctrination of children with such hate is open and alarming.
16. School syllabi are full of hatred directed at "The Other."
17. Non-Muslim places of worship are destroyed regularly.
18. Lying and deceiving are supported.
19. Civil rights are violently suppressed by "Islamic" governments — often by hanging.
With such phenomena and experience, what else does Dr. Esposito expect from the West except "Islamophobia"?...
Hallelujah! There is hope.
There is also my Muslim activist friend Dr. Tawfik Hamid, who graciously has provided several articles for Freethoughtnation. Any other honest and sociable Muslims want to be included in my Hall of Fame here?