Muhammad Merah called himself an “Islamic warrior,” but Mohammed Moussaoui asserts that he actually misunderstood the religion to which he had dedicated his life and for which he was fighting. So what is Mohammed Moussaoui doing in mosques in France to make sure that more Muslims there don’t misunderstand Islam in the same way that Muhammad Merah did? In fact, no Muslim community in any Western country has any such program or activity — nothing at all to fight in mosques and madrassas against this disturbingly pervasive understanding of Islam that they insist is in error.
One can only conclude that they don’t do anything serious against this understanding of Islam because they don’t really think it “contradicts Islam” at all. Western authorities should act accordingly. But they won’t, of course. They will take Mohammed Moussaoui’s words at face value and go away confirmed in their complacency.
“French shooter’s acts contradict Islam: Muslim leader,” from Expatica, March 21 (thanks to Inexion):
France’s top Muslim leader said Wednesday that a besieged suspected Islamist who claims to have carried out a string of shootings to avenge Palestinian children had acted against Islam.
“These acts are in total contradiction with the foundations of this religion,” said the head of the French Muslim Council, Mohammed Moussaoui. “France’s Muslims are offended by this claim of belonging to this religion.”
Muhammad Merah himself is responsible for such a claim, but Moussaoui’s words here are consistent with the general tendency of Muslim leaders to pretend that the connection between Islam and jihad violence is being made by non-Muslim analysts, not by the jihadists themselves.
Moussaoui and Richard Prasquier, the head of France’s main Jewish organisation, the CRIF, were to meet Wednesday with President Nicolas Sarkozy as the siege outside the shooter’s apartment continued in the southwestern city of Toulouse.
The joint meeting shows “an important thing,” Prasquier said, “that it is absolutely impossible to confuse this person and the Islamist, jihadist, al-Qaedist movement that he represents, with Islam in France, which is a religion like any other.”
“There are French Muslims among this man’s enemies,” he said, adding that nonetheless: “We must avoid all complacency with regard to these movements, which represent a true danger to our republic.”
Sounds as if you’re quite complacent already, Prasquier. The “French Muslims among this man’s enemies” were fighting for France, aligning themselves with the infidel — something forbidden in the Qur’an (3:28, 5:51, etc.). Not just Muhammad Merah, but many other Muslims in France take those verses seriously today.