Hizb ut Tahrir is an organization of Islamic supremacists around the world, dedicated to imposing Sharia. Apparently they didn’t get the memo about how the witless unbelievers need to be deceived about the nature and meaning of jihad, and so they’re taking issue with Ahmed Rehab and his cosmetics. Blazing Cat Fur has the link to the HuT forum:
There seems to be a new push by western Muslims, pushed to counter “extremists” and those that may have been contaminated by “moderate Islam” to reclaim “Jihad”. They will be using tools such as social media -“facebook/twitter” – how influential are they in the battle of ideas for the west. Other methods will include advertisements and posters/billboards….
It was sparked by a series of hateful ads calling Muslims “savages” and urging people to “defeat jihad” that were plastered on buses and trains in New York, Chicago and San Francisco.
But it also speaks to a larger frustration among “mainstream” Muslims with how a basic tenant of their faith has been distorted and demonised, said Ahmed Rehab who helped launch the campaign.
What a load of …. If this is Jihad – what Jihad were the Muslims doing under Rasul’Allah (Saw) Abu Bakr (ra), Umar Ibn Al Khattab (RA), Uthman ibn Affan (RA), Ali ibn Abi Talib (RA) and others? It seems like the apologetics are being drawn into this battle and are pushing the west’s campaign to weaken and attack the ideas of Islam – especially the noble and integral idea of Jihad.
“Jihad is a term that has unfortunately been widely misrepresented by the actions of Muslim extremists first and foremost, and by attempts at public indoctrination coming from Islamophobes who claim that the minority extremists are right and the majority of Muslims are wrong,” said Rehab, who is the executive director of the Chicago branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
It is widely being misrepresented by the “my Jihad” campaign – its sad that the Muslims have been drawn into promoting such ideas, whether its reactionary or not.
“The MyJihad campaign is about reclaiming Jihad from the Muslim and anti-Muslim extremists who ironically, but not surprisingly, see eye to eye on Jihad.”
Jihad is Jihad and will remain Jihad, no matter if the apologetics portray it as “myJihad” or the west demonise it as attacking innocent people and blowing up buildings. Amazing how the west always push the Muslims under the defensive, reactionary angles. Its almost a reverse psychology effect – to counter the efforts of the west Islamaphobes and the extremists we must portray it as something else which in the end plays into the hands of the west and her plans – to push their version of Islam, an Islam that fits in with their idea. Clearly the battle of idea is taking place with attacks on jihad. Its sad that the Muslims are being dragged in and are pushing the west’s line by choosing the wrong side. If we remember speeches where it was said this battled against the “ideology”, the battle of ideas is ongoing and can only be won from within….