In Islam Unveiled and elsewhere I point out that Islamic reformers will always face the immense difficulty of having their loyalty as Muslims questioned by those who take the Qur’an’s directives to wage war at face value. Here is an example of just that.
I have never been overly impressed with the moderation of the self-professed moderate Muslims at the website known as Muslim Wakeup, particularly since Omid Safi — a professor who apparently dismisses any rational discussion of the roots of Islamic terror as “Islamophobia” — is held up there as an authority.
However, Muslim Wakeup now has other troubles: the site has been hacked by jihadists who take a dim view of the Islamic bona fides of these “progressives.” Here is their message, which for the moment has taken over the main page of Muslim Wakeup. It is directed at the staff of Muslim Wakeup, and is headed “Murtad Wakeup” — that is, Apostate Wakeup. Underneath that it says: “Naive enough to believe we are Muslims?” — “we,” in this case, clearly being the “progressives” of Muslim Wakeup. Then it continues:
we are sorry….MWU is recieving a PENALTY from the Islamic 0xChallenge Brigades!!
Bismallah Ar Rahman Ar-aheem
due to the continues violation by Muslim Wake Up website and its vile attack on Islam for a long period of time we at the Islamic 0xChallenge Brigades decided to deliever a powerful message to the people behind this website and so we started with an attack on MWU forum , all praise be to Allah the attack was successful but unfortunally the people running this website didn’t understand our message and continued their attack on Islam and so we decided to deliever yet more powerful message and here we are!!
IT’S YOUR FINAL WARNING, MWU CREW!!
“¢ No more slandering of the Mujahdeen
“¢ No more peverts allowed to speak about Islam like Mohja Kahf and her warm fluid fantasies
“¢ No more using our beloved prophet name in one of your dirty pornographic stories
“¢ No more slandering of the respected scholars of Islam
“¢ No more anti hijab articles
“¢ remove the pic of the Egyptian girl with half bare breasts from your “Pornogrphy and the Ummah” section
“¢ ask mohja Kahf to get a life
“¢ stop being a minbar [pulpit] for hypocrites and learn the real Islam!
“¢ move “hug a jew” to “sex and the Ummah” section……go figure why!
Allahu Akbar and All praise be to Allah
Islamic 0xChallenge Brigades
December 13, 2004
NOTE: NOTHING WAS DELETED FROM THE SERVER EXCEPT FOR THE RIDICULOUS SEX SECTION WHICH WAS INSULTING TO ISLAM IF THERE IS SOMETHING EVIL BEING DONE THEN STOP IT BY ALL MEANS AND WE HAVE DONE THIS BY HACKING THIS SITE AND STOPPING YOU FROM SPREADING THE FITNA [unrest] AND EVIL.
I don’t know anything about this alleged “pornography” at Muslim Wakeup, but I do think the hacker’s calls to the “progressives” to “learn the real Islam” and stop “slandering” the mujahedin are extremely telling.