Fox News publishes piece whitewashing jihad violence and proselytizing for Ahmadi Islam

QasimRashid.jpgQasim Rashid: War is deceit

Fair and balanced. Can you imagine Fox, or any other news outlet, running a piece like this proselytizing for Christianity? Exhorting people to revere and follow Pope Francis? Media Matters would be in an uproar, it would be all over the networks, and Fox would remove the piece and apologize. But this one is just fine with everyone.

“Meet the Muslim Mandela,” by Qasim Rashid for Fox News, December 28:

A recent FoxNews.com op-ed asks, “Where is the Muslim Mandela?” While alleging that such a person does not exist, and that Muslims do not seek such a person, the piece provides a laundry list of injustices done by extremists in the name of Islam — and holds 1.56 billion Muslims responsible.

Click on the link and read the piece to which Rashid is referring. He doesn’t tell you that it is written by a reformist Muslim, Qanta Ahmed. Rashid caricatures Ahmed’s piece as holding “1.56 billion Muslims responsible” for jihad terror, obscuring her valid and important point that peaceful Muslims who claim to reject jihad violence need to act against it rather than simply contenting themselves with issuing pro-forma condemnations.

Why would Rashid want to obscure that point? One clue may be in the fact that, although he is an Ahmadi, and thus a member of a group that mainstream Muslims violent persecute as heretical, he consistently carries water for his persecutors, whitewashing the reality of jihad violence and Sharia oppression. Rashid has lied about the Qur’an’s sanction of deception of unbelievers; lied about the presence of violent passages in the Qur’an; lied about the Qur’an’s sanction of beating disobedient women; lied about the nature of Sharia; and called for limitations on the freedom of speech and expression to outlaw behavior and speech some Muslims may find offensive. So it is hardly surprising, given these revealing indications of his true sentiments, that he would object to a piece calling upon peaceful Muslims to fight actively against jihad terrorists.

While the piece may have been well intentioned, it has some notable omissions.

It ignores that every faith has extremists. After all, the colonialists who championed South African apartheid were ostensibly Christian. The Lord’s Resistance Army is a Ugandan terrorist organization that has killed, maimed, raped, and displaced over 100,000 people — all in the name of Christianity.

In Norway, Anders Breivik claimed he was a Christian warrior in his murderous rampage of 77 innocent people. Yet, somehow only Muslims are painted as potential extremists.

It is odd that Islamic supremacists like Rashid find these moral equivalence arguments so compelling, since they establish exactly nothing: even if one granted his point that “every faith has extremists” who are more or less equivalent to one another, would the existence of Christian extremists somehow excuse Muslims from the responsibility to clean their own house? If Christians do evil in the name of Christianity, does that somehow make it all right for Muslims to do evil in the name of Islam? Certainly atrocities have been committed in the name of all manner of religions and ideologies, but Rashid obscures the fact that while all the mainstream sects and schools of Islamic jurisprudence teach warfare against unbelievers and their subjugation under Sharia, no sect of Christianity teaches apartheid or killing, maiming, or raping.

Rashid is pretending that Muslims committing violence in the name of Islam are doing so in violation of its teachings, just as Christians practicing apartheid or killing, maiming and raping are violating the teachings of Christianity. This will reassure ignorant non-Muslims and keep them complacent about the jihad threat, but it will do nothing to blunt the force of the arguments from the Qur’an and Sunnah that Islamic jihadists routinely use to justify their actions and make recruits among peaceful Muslims. Does Rashid have any interest in combating those Qur’anic arguments? He has never shown any.

Also, by the way, in contrast to jihad groups, the Lord’s Resistance Army is not in any way inspired by the texts and teachings of Christianity, and is backed by no Christian clerics. Even the late Christopher Hitchens, who had no love for Christianity, acknowledged that the LRA”s leader, Joseph Kony, was “obviously far away from the Christian “˜mainstream.– In fact, “his paymasters and armorers are the cynical Muslims of the Sudanese regime, who use him to make trouble for the government of Uganda, which has in turn supported rebel groups in Sudan. In an apparent reward for this support, Kony at one stage began denouncing the keeping and feeding of pigs” — hardly orthodox Christian behavior. (God Is Not Great, p. 189.) Likewise Breivik wrote that he was “not an excessively religious man.” He did not and could not invoke any Christian teachings to justify his mass murder.

The piece also makes an inappropriate comparison between South African apartheid and extremists acting in the name of Islam, stating the latter is “far more heinous than the colonial apartheid of South Africa.”

The fact is South African apartheid doesn’t suddenly become “better” because someone else might have it “worse.” Atrocities needn’t be compared for recognition.

How ironic that Rashid would say this after seeking to dismiss the grim reality of Islamic jihad by pointing to supposed Christian “extremists.”

In this case, the comparison unfairly dismisses the tens of millions of black South Africans who suffered under official or unofficial apartheid governance for well over a century.

But most remarkably, the piece ignores the real life and living Muslim Mandela who is accomplishing today what critics claim no one has the courage to.

The Muslim Mandela is a reconciler, earning praise and support from both far right Republicans like Peter King and from staunch Obama supporters like Democrat Keith Ellison.

The Muslim Mandela is a beacon of peace, enduring prison patiently for his beliefs, living in exile from his homeland for over a decade for his faith, and forbidding any violent or uncivilized response to the countless acts of terrorism and apartheid against his tens of millions of followers.

The Muslim Mandela is just, emphatically declaring, “we believe entirely in a separation of religion and matters of State,” and in universal freedom of conscience for all people regardless of belief.

Perhaps this is why the U.S. House of Representatives introduced an unprecedented resolution recognizing the Muslim Mandela as “a man of peace.”

Extremists belonging to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism denounce the Muslim Mandela as a heretic even today — just as the world’s powerful nations denounced President Mandela as a terrorist, even until 2008.

Christian and Jewish extremists denounce this Muslim as a heretic? Notice that Rashid offers no names, because he can’t, because he probably knows that what he is writing is arrant nonsense.

The Muslim Mandela responds to the intense persecution with free hospitals for all in need and free secular education for all children, boy or girl, Muslim or non-Muslim — just as President Mandela responded to 27 years of unjust imprisonment with forgiveness to his persecutors and service to all humanity, black or white.

The Muslim Mandela responds to violence and intimidation with powerful lectures worldwide on Capitol Hill, at the UK Houses of Parliament, at European Parliament, and at New Zealand’s Parliament, championing absolute justice in all affairs — just as President Mandela spoke before the United Nations and to countless heads of state to champion absolute justice in all affairs. And just as President Mandela conquered apartheid in South Africa, the Muslim Mandela continues to conquer extremism and radicalism in all forms worldwide.

Finally, just as President Mandela spoke with the authority of a president after years of persecution in his home of South Africa, the Muslim Mandela speaks with the authority as the Khalifa of Islam and head of the worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, after years of persecution and now exile from his home of Pakistan.

So come meet the Muslim Mandela — he is His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifa of Islam.

His Holiness is the Mandela the Muslim world needs, wants, and is slowly but surely accepting.

Under His Holiness” leadership, tens of millions of Muslims from Syria and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nigeria and Kenya, America and over 200 nations worldwide, Sunni and Shia, are uniting in peace and justice. And they have done so for over 124 years and counting without a single act of violence.

President Mandela extended his hand in peace for 27 years before the world finally embraced it. So, don’t get impatient and ask, where is the Muslim Mandela?

Instead, get informed, and in the name of humanity, education, and absolute justice — reach for Masroor’s extended hand.

“Reach for Masroor’s extended hand” — imagine the outcry if Fox published a piece concluding with “Reach for Franklin Graham’s extended hand,” or “Reach for Pope Francis’s extended hand.” Why is it allowing this dishonest Ahmadi to proselytize?

Qasim Rashid, by the way, is just as supremely arrogant, contemptuous of all opposition, rude and insulting as other Islamic supremacists. Apparently his Muslim Mandela has not taught him to respect other human beings or show them basic courtesy. When he sees this piece, he will sneer that he need not respond or explain himself because it is not a peer-reviewed article published in an academic journal. He is apparently unaware that the argument from authority is the weakest of all arguments. He knows he can still sway a few easy marks with it.

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Comments

  1. says

    Mandela? No! Where is the Muslim ‘Hitler’? Saddam Hussein, Ayatollah Khomeini, Gaddafi, Morsi, etc. Islam has no pluralism, so dictatorship…one-party rule with a president-for-life…is the only possible system of government under Islam. Only one party can have the ‘correct’ Islamic theology, so all others must be heretics or worse!

    Only dictatorship is possible in Islam because Islam doesn’t contain the Golden Rule. The GR plus critical thought have created Western democracies. Islam uses ‘authoritarian thought’ by which a thing is ‘true’ if Mohammed or a mufti or a dictator says it is ‘true’. Islamic ‘truth’ is subjective and cannot be tested against reality.

  2. says

    What I would like to know is why FOX News did not have someone on the program – like Robert Spencer or Walid Phares – to refute what this “taqiyya” proponent had to say. I thought they were supposed to be “fair and balanced”; but I guess the Saudi share in FOX News determines who is on and what gets said / heard. What a disappointment!

  3. says

    I’m tired of hearing Sheikh this and Sheikh that, aren’t you? I looked it up and all it means is leader. Since these jihadists are intrinsically narcissistic, they just offer themselves a meaningless sheikh title to sound important.
    Jihad Watch, please omit this honorific title when referring to these idiots, who are either assassins or proponents of mass murder.

  4. says

    Rashid’s equivalency argument is breathtaking for what it avoids: the simple, undisputed fact that Islam explicitly calls for violence as no other belief system in history has. It’s a corrective system that commands pursuit of the Cause, the process whereby all other religions and belief systems are to be smashed, and their people either forcibly converted, subjugated, or killed in the name of Islam and by the example of that old mass murderer the Holy Prophet Mohammed himself.

    Every piece written on Islam should require that the scriptures be addressed. An observer can talk away facts countervailing his argument, but it’s so much easier and more effectively deceptive to pretend it doesn’t exist at all.

    Rashid’s a quack. But he has plenty of company.

  5. says

    May I suggest that readers here on JW vent their wrath about this at the Comment section of the actual webpage of that Fox news piece.

    IMPORTANT, PLEASE: include the URL for Jihadwatch, being sure to say that Robert has addressed every point in Rashid’s remarks.

    However, if case Fox prohibits actual hotlinks, you can write it as:

    www [dot] jihadwatch [dot] com.

  6. says

    If Fox doesn’t “get it,” and it doesn’t, there is zero hope that any other broadcasting network will since Fox is, by all measures that informed people would invoke, just about the best out there in the Western MSM (if anyone doubts this, go ahead and slay my argument and tell me which major network in the West gets things correctly more so than Fox does).

    Ah, not good enough. Not nearly. Miles to go yet. Many.

    Meanwhile, Islam continiues its taqiyya and makes inroads in a West which has been dumbed down to patheric levels because of PC/MC. Not good, with more descent to come, before Islam is seen by enough people in the West for the wretched excuse of a religion that it is.

  7. says

    We should hold Mandela in contempt and reject the figure the media has created.

    Mandela worship is a disease that afflicts western liberals. The only achievement this communist revolutionary and rightfully convicted terrorist is that he didn’t call openly to kill all the whites in S.A. when power was handed to him.

    As for the odious Ahmadiyya headbanger in chief, His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, we should remind ourselves that he threatened Geert Wilders with ‘destruction':

    He openly threatened Politician of the Year, Dutch Politician Geert Wilders:

    “Listen carefully – You, your party and every other person like you will ultimately be destroyed. But the religion of Islam and the message of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) will remain forever.”

    Fox yards who allow Rashid to unload his taqiyya with his mental baggage should be reeducated, asap.

  8. says

    Happy New year. After reading that bilge, I have a head ache. This guy would never win a debate with Robert or any other kuffar posting here.

  9. says

    I watch FOX sometimes. But for real news and a moral uplifting, I watch Judge Judy. She never lies. Ancient Aliens is good too. Most of that is pre-Allah. In a pinch American Pickers is good for local news. Mike and Franky regularly talk about current events at the local level. And for philosophical, intellectual discussions, you can’t beat WWE and those highly proficient Diva’s. Probably Allah does not like them much. They don’t even wear headscarves.

  10. says

    FOX news has been bought. period. I’ve noticed a change in the way several of the newscasters and opinion piece reporters speak or don’t speak about the threat that is islam. the only network that was giving some truth has sold out. shameful.

  11. says

    Last March, the Ahmadi Muslim Students Union of UC Irvine hosted speakers from the Ahmadi mosque in nearby Chino. The event was entitled, “Muhammad-messenger of Peace”. I spoke with the elder speaker from the mosque prior to the event and he admitted to me that in his native Pakistan, Ahmadis were persecuted by other Muslims because they believe in a prophet who came after Muhammad.

    In the presentation and Q and a, everything was boiler plate taqiyya as to the issues of violence, intolerance, and the life of Muhammad. I had to draw it out of the same gentlemen in front of the audience that Ahmadis were persecuted in Pakistan and other countries -by Muslims.

  12. says

    Unfortunately, most Americans who see this interview will think this is ‘Islam’ when Ahmaddiya doesn’t represent 99% of Muslims. Pity.

    Most journalists are so unaware of religion that they are ALWAYS pulling boners like this and their editors don’t care because they are equally clueless. Unacceptable. We expect journalism to be accurate. This is NOT ACCURATE. This is not good enough.

    An American public not informed ACCURATELY about the issues is a gullible public unable to make reasonable judgements. These journalists let the American public down and badly!

    Editors, smarten up.

  13. says

    Funny when they want to seem larger and more intimidating there are 1.6 billion…. yet Sunnis dont recognize Shias as Muslim etc etc so how do they count them as Muslim? These people need to get together and pick one lie to stick with.

  14. says

    This guy is practicing the first stage of jihad. You can find a really good explanation of the three stages in the “Christian Research Journal” Vol.36/No.01/2013. Don’t let the word Christian in the name keep you from looking this up. It is well researched and an honest portrayal of the deception and true goals of Islam.

  15. says

    Thanks to the article, we have some idea of who by Qasim Rashid is”another Ahmadi Taqiyya artist.

    But who is the “Muslim Mandela”?

    From the article:

    Perhaps this is why the U.S. House of Representatives introduced an unprecedented resolution recognizing the Muslim Mandela as “a man of peace.”
    ……………………………

    Even if this were true, doesn’t Rashid realize how damning it is? There are many, many Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, and atheist men of peace”is it to be considered noteworthy if you can find a single Muslim “man of peace”? And if so, *what does that say about Islam*?

    More:

    Extremists belonging to Islam, Christianity, and Judaism denounce the Muslim Mandela as a heretic even today…
    ……………………………

    As noted, this is utter bs. Orthodox *Muslims”* consider Ahmadi “heretics”, not Jews or Christians. So much better for these purposes, though, to imply that he is persecuted by Infidels”whereas, the only place where Ahmadis are (relatively) safe from their violent coreligionists is in Dar-al-Harb.

    More:

    The Muslim Mandela responds to the intense persecution…
    ……………………………

    Intense persecution from who, again?

    More:

    His Holiness is the Mandela the Muslim world needs, wants, and is slowly but surely accepting.
    ……………………………

    More crap. If anything, persecution of the Ahmadi is *increasing* in Dar-al-Islam, with arrest and persecution of Ahmadi for daring to read the Qur’an, for ‘passing themselves off as Muslim’, and for daring to worship in Mosques. Ahmadi have been attacked and beaten to death.

    More:

    Under His Holiness’ leadership, tens of millions of Muslims from Syria and Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Nigeria and Kenya, America and over 200 nations worldwide, Sunni and Shia, are uniting in peace and justice. And they have done so for over 124 years and counting without a single act of violence.
    ……………………………

    Where to start with this steaming bucket of Taqiyya? Sunni and Shia are actively slaughtering each other around the world, but one of the few things they can agree on is that the Ahmadi are not real Muslims.

    And the bit about violence is only partially true”while Ahmadi don’t believe in violent Jihad to impose Shari’ah”this is one of the reasons they are so hated by mainstream Muslims”but they *do * believe in brutal Shari’ah law itself, and want to see it instituted. And that means just what it does everywhere”floggings, amputations, and stonings, Not exactly ‘non-violent’.

    Mirza Masroor Ahmad was imprisoned in Pakistan. He then’surprise, surprise”fled to Britain.

    Just like every other Muslim, he slammed Pope Benedict for daring to quote a Byzantine Emperor about the violent nature of Islam.

    He condemned Pastor Terry Jones for threatening to burn a Qur’an. I don’t recall his condemning Muslim violence in response at all.

    He wanted to see a supremacist Mosque built at Ground Zero. He did natter on about how churches, synagogues, and Hindu temples might be built nearby, as well”but this completely missed the point that it was not Christians, Jews, or Hindus who were responsible for 9/11″but Muslims.

    He condemned the “Innocence of Muslims” trailer, and said that Muslim “emotions against the film were fully justified””we all know how violent many of those “emotions” were…

    And as poster Warren Raymond noted, this is what he had to say to Geert Wilders:

    “Listen carefully – You, your party and every other person like you will ultimately be destroyed. But the religion of Islam and the message of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) will remain forever…”

    *That* doesn’t sound terribly “peaceful”…

    All in all, this “Muslim Mandela” has a pretty checkered record at best.

  16. says

    I guess the Saudi share in FOX News determines who is on and what gets said…

    Yeah, I remember that about 3 days after Fox RINO went ahead and got all Mozzed up that its new owner, forget his name but thought to be perhaps the richest guy in the world, was watching his newly bought station at his pad in Arabia and was miffed to see a report implying that a terror attack that’d just taken place was carried out by Moslems. He picked up the phone and read Aisles the riot act for 20 minutes. The vastly overrated overappreciated Roger learned his lesson well.