This morning’s stories have a certain sameness to them: Israel ceases fire, and Hamas fires more rockets into Israel. The only ones who will be surprised will be those who believe the mainstream media propaganda — which, of course, flows from the governments of the West — that Israel is the aggressor and once Israel stops fighting, the problem will be over. And likewise in this story: a leading “moderate” Muslim in Britain turns out to hold to all the teachings about Islam and jihad that we have detailed so often here. The only ones who will be surprised will be those who believe the mainstream media propaganda — which, of course, flows from governments of the West — that the doctrines of jihad and Islamic supremacism are held only by a Tiny Minority of Extremistsâ„¢ that has twisted and hijacked Islam the Religion of Peaceâ„¢.
And so I’ll say it again: If anyone is really surprised by this, call the State Department. I’m sure they’re looking for fresh recruits.
“Azad Ali is considered a high profile ‘moderate’ Muslim who is trustee of the East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre, among many posts.” And yet he believes that jihad, involving killing unbelievers, is his religious obligation. In this he shows what I have said again and again, and have been called “Islamophobic” for saying: that there is no reliable way to distinguish between Muslims who accept Western pluralism and non-establishment of religion on the one hand, and jihadists on the other. And this is because Muslim authorities themselves have not worked to distinguish the two by declaring the jihadists outside the fold of orthodox Islam. They cannot do that at all, of course, because to do so would be to repudiate so much of the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah, and all the schools of jurisprudence.
“Muslim civil servant suspended over ‘killing British troops is justified’ blog,” by Simon Walters and Jason Lewis for the Daily Mail, January 18 (thanks to Alexandre):
A senior Muslim civil servant has launched an astonishing verbal onslaught against the Government over its response to Israel’s military strikes in Gaza — and has suggested that killing British troops in Iraq is justified.
Treasury official Azad Ali, president of the Civil Service Islamic Society, now faces the sack over the remarks.[…]
Shortly after this newspaper contacted the Cabinet Office, a senior official disclosed that Mr Ali had been suspended for the remarks made on his personal internet blog.
In it he:
* Quotes an Islamic extremist who says it is his “˜obligation” to kill British and American soldiers in Iraq;
* Accuses the Government of failing to condemn the “˜Zionist terrorist state of Israel”; and
* Attacks moderate British Muslims as “˜self-serving vultures, feeding on the dead flesh of the Palestinians”.
The Treasury lists Mr Ali’s title as “˜Business Partner”. He is understood to work as an IT administrator. […]
In one posting, “˜Defeating extremism by promoting balance”, he appears to condone the killing of British and US troops in Iraq.
He said there was “˜much truth” in an interview with an Islamic militant who said: “˜If I saw an American or British man wearing a soldier’s uniform inside Iraq I would kill him because that is my obligation.
“˜If I found the same soldier over the border in Jordan I wouldn’t touch him. In Iraq he is a fighter and an occupier, here he is not. This is my religion and I respect this as the main instruction in my religion for jihad.”
Last week Mr Ali wrote on the “˜Between the Lines” site: “˜We are the Resistance. The Zionist terrorist state of Israel had only one aim, to destroy all semblance of resistance. We have yet to hear any condemnation from our government.”
He pours scorn on the British Government’s call for a ceasefire and mocks official representatives of moderate British “˜Muslims” (his quotation marks) who support them.
He observes witheringly that he “˜can see the Â£ signs in their eyes!” — an apparent suggestion that they believe their groups may get more public money as a result.
He lambasts Foreign Secretary David Miliband for condemning Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar for saying Jewish children are “˜legitimate targets”.
“˜Blaming Hamas does not wash any more… you can stop peddling the Zionist lie about Mahmoud Zahar!” Mr Ali writes.
And he derides Mr Miliband’s refusal in the Commons to disown Israel for “˜terrorist” actions. “˜You”re going to love his response, “As I said in my statement, I do not think it is right to compare a democratic state with a terrorist organisation.” What!”
He added: “˜The [British] government is engaging with individuals who have no credibility in the community…a motley crew who are nothing but self-serving vultures, feeding on the dead flesh of the Palestinians.”
Mr Ali said people who blame the Palestinians or Hamas for the Gaza attacks “˜are like sick men or women who blame the woman who has been raped, saying she brought it upon herself”.[…]
Until his internet outburst, Mr Ali was regarded as a moderate Muslim who could help tackle Islamic fanaticism in Britain.
As a former chairman of the influential Muslim Safety Forum and the current head of its counter-terrorism work-team, he works with the Home Office, senior police officers and the Security Services trying to combat extremism.
Last night the Treasury said: “˜HM Treasury takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously and will investigate them thoroughly.”…