In PJ Media today I wrote about the mainstream media’s eagerness to carry water for Islamic supremacists, and have noted several times recently the tendency of Ahmadi spokesmen in the U.S. to defend those who are persecuting and killing their people in Pakistan and Indonesia. This story combines both: a clearly unscrupulous and dishonest Ahmadi, Harris Zafar, attacking not the persecutors of the Ahmadis, but Pamela Geller and me in the Huffington Post, which of course eagerly gave him space, but when Geller sent in a rebuttal piece, the HuffPo, true to form, dragged its feet about publishing it and finally put it up today only as an addendum to Zafar’s dishonest screed, and only after receiving an avalanche of tweets and emails from Atlas Shrugs readers.
The whole incident is typical of the Leftist media’s and the Ahmadiyya’s odd and ultimately suicidal willingness to front for Islamic supremacists and jihadists.
“Confronting Harris Zafar,” by Pamela Geller, Huffington Post (via Atlas Shrugs), July 16:
The Huffington Post received a response to Harris Zafar from Pamela Geller, which was published below in full on July 16, 2012.
Confronting Harris Zafar
By Pamela Geller
Typical of the dishonesty and disingenuousness of Harris Zafar’s
attack piece on me in the Huffington Post is his opening claim that
“Geller takes exception with Islam’s acceptance of the prophethood of
Abraham, Moses and Jesus Christ.” He complains that “paradoxically, her
ignorance has no problem granting Christians the right to invoke Moses
and Abraham without delegitimizing Judaism.” He does not mention that
while Christianity acknowledges the Jewishness of Moses, Abraham, and
the other Jewish prophets, Islam denies it: “No; Abraham in truth was
not a Jew, neither a Christian; but he was a Muslim and one pure of
faith; certainly he was never of the idolaters.” (Quran 3:67).
Zafar never explains that Islam doesn’t just “accept the prophethood
of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus Christ,” but completely recasts them as
Muslim prophets who decisively rejected the basic tenets of Judaism and
Christianity: the Quran even depicts Jesus rejecting the core Christian
belief of the divinity of Christ (5:116). Islam thereby completely
delegitimizes Judaism and Christianity and presents itself as the true
religion of the Biblical prophets — but instead of admitting this,
Harris Zafar blames me for noting it.
And in the rest of his piece, he doesn’t get any more honest. While
affecting a posture of wounded sanctimony, he levies vicious attacks
against my work (“mostly outrageous and irrational”) and claims to know
my motives: “Geller searched for reasons to loathe the Islamic faith.”
He is no more objective regarding others he identifies as my
influences, particularly the world-renowned historian Bat Ye’or, whom
he characterizes as “a Jewish-Egyptian French writer who imputes
Christian and Jewish suffering to the theological beliefs of Islam,”
without mentioning that the Muslims who cause Christian and Jewish
suffering invoked the theological beliefs of Islam to explain and
justify their actions.
- Zafar then offers a list of what he calls my “outlandish
statements,” which he makes outlandish by misrepresenting, distorting,
and outright lying about.
- “She has falsely claimed that President Obama
is a Muslim with the aim of fostering America’s submission to Islam”:
actually, I have never claimed Obama was a Muslim, and just recently published an article
in which I pointed out that “the reason why people think Obama is a
Muslim is because of how he acts” — in other words, because of his
policies, which have been consistently pro-Islam, not because of his
- Zafar says I claimed that “Arabic is not a language
but ‘the spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to
the United States.'” In reality, I have never said that “Arabic is not
a language”; Zafar has to resort to outright lies to make his case that my work is “outrageous and irrational.” Here is the actual quote: “Arabic is not just another language
like French or Italian, it is the spearhead of an ideological project
that is deeply opposed to the United States.” And who said it? Not I,
but Mark Steyn. That’s right: so desperate is Zafar to smear me that he
is attributing statements by other people to me.
- Zafar claims that I say that “Hitler and Nazism were inspired by
Islam (therefore ‘devout Muslims should be prohibited from military
service’).” In reality, that quote comes from an article I wrote
that touched on the Fort Hood jihad murderer and the devout Muslim
faith of jihadists worldwide. Never do I say that devout Muslims should
be excluded from the military because of Hitler, but because so many
devout Muslims commit violent attacks against infidels without any
- And were Hitler and the Nazis inspired by Islam? Don’t believe me, believe Eichmann’s assistant,
Dieter Wisliczeny, who testified at Nuremberg that the Mufti of
Jerusalem was a central figure in the planning of the genocide of the
Jews: “The Grand Mufti has repeatedly suggested to the Nazi authorities
— including Hitler, von Ribbentrop and Himmler — the extermination of European Jewry. … The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan.”
- Zafar says that I say that “Islam is the most anti-Semitic,
genocidal ideology in the world.” Maybe Zafar can name another ideology
whose founder, leader and guide
said something as anti-Semitic and genocidal as this, but I can’t top
this from Muhammad, Zafar’s beloved prophet: “The last hour would not
come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims
would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a
tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah,
there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him.” (Sahih Muslim 6985).
- Zafar says I “called for the removal of the Dome of the Rock from
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem,” and I stand by that. But once again he
doesn’t give you all the information: I never said it should be removed by violence, and I said this
in response to repeated jihadi attacks on Muslims at the Temple Mount.
Zafar never bothers to condemn those attacks or even mention them.
- Zafar says I “bought bus ads offering Muslims an opportunity to leave Islam.” In reality, my bus ads offered help to ex-Muslims threatened with death for leaving Islam — help Zafar’s group has never offered, despite his claim to reject Islam’s death penalty for apostasy.
- Zafar says I “called for boycotts of both Campbell’s soup and
Butterball turkeys for offering a certified halaal food line.” In
reality, I called for the Campbell’s boycott not because of that halal
line as such but because Campbell’s was using a Hamas-linked Muslim Brotherhood group, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to certify its halal line. Regarding Butterball, my complaint was that all its turkeys are halal, but aren’t labelled as such, so consumers can’t make informed choices.
After all those distortions, fabrications, and lies about my writings and activities,
it’s no wonder that Zafar says that my “claims are so bizarre that one
struggles to understand whether they are worthy of a response.” But
only by dishonesty can Zafar get there.
Zafar then goes on to claim that “one common allegation the two
[Robert Spencer and I] have advanced together is that Islam prescribes a
death penalty for apostasy” — as if we made this up. Then he claims
that “there is nothing contained within the Holy Quran — the highest
authoritative source in Islam — that sanctions any punishment for
apostasy,” and that “the Quran contains at least 10 verses about those
who leave Islam, none of which sanction death in response.” He never
mentions that all the schools of
Islamic law mandate death for apostasy, and that many Muslims base this
on Quran 4:89, which tells Muslims to kill those who “emigrate in the
way of God” — that is, become Muslim and move to a Muslim land — “if
they turn their backs,” i.e., leave Islam.
Then Zafar claims that “Muhammad never ordered any person to be
killed for apostasy,” but ignores that Muhammad said “Whoever changes
his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). Nor does Zafar
mention that in one tradition, a Muslim leader, Muadh Jabal, refused to
sit down until an apostate brought before him had been killed “in
accordance with the decision of Allah and of His Apostle.” He doesn’t
mention the Tafsir al-Qurtubi, a classic and thoroughly mainstream
exegesis of the Quran, which says:
Scholars disagree about whether or not apostates are asked
to repent. One group say that they are asked to repent and, if they do
not, they are killed. Some say they are given an hour and others a
month. Others say that they are asked to repent three times, and that is
the view of Malik. Al-Hasan said they are asked a hundred times. It is
also said that they are killed without being asked to repent.
Zafar claims that “no punishment exists for apostasy” — in other
words, he thinks that all the schools of Islamic law and all the sects
of Islam other than Zafar’s own Ahmadi sect, which is violently
persecuted as heretical by Muslims in Pakistan and Indonesia, got
Islamic teaching on apostasy wrong, and only his group has gotten it
right. He claims that the death penalty for apostasy is an example of
“radical interpretations of Islam” and implies it originated with the
twentieth century Islamic leader Maududi — but he must know about these
traditions of Muhammad and understandings of the Quran, even if he
rejects them. Thus this is more evidence of his dishonesty.
By now it is clear that Zafar’s words on taqiyya, Islamic religious
deception, can’t be trusted any more than the rest of what he claims. He
again acts as if I have originated the idea that it is “the practice
of lying to non-Muslims in order to advance the cause of Islam” and
claims that “no verse from the Quran is provided” in my writings or
Spencer’s “as a clear instruction for this practice.” In reality, Spencer has written this:
Qur’an 3:28 warns believers not to take unbelievers as
“friends or helpers” (ÙŽØ£ÙŽÙˆÙ’Ù„ÙÙŠÙŽØ§ — a word that means more than casual
friendship, but something like alliance), “unless (it be) that ye but
guard yourselves against them.” This is a foundation of the idea that
believers may legitimately deceive unbelievers when under pressure. The
word used for “guard” in the Arabic is tuqÄtan (ØªÙÙ‚ÙŽØ§Ø©Ù‹), the verbal
noun from taqiyyatan — hence the familiar term taqiyya.
renowned Qur’an commentator Ibn Kathir says that the phrase “unless (it
be) that ye but guard yourselves against them” means that “believers
who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers”
may “show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly.
For instance, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda’ said, ‘We smile
in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.’ Al-Bukhari
said that Al-Hasan said, ‘The Tuqyah [taqiyya] is allowed until the Day
of Resurrection.” While many Muslim spokesmen today maintain that
taqiyya is solely a Shi’ite doctrine, shunned by Sunnis, the great
Islamic scholar Ignaz Goldziher points out that while it was formulated
by Shi’ites, “it is accepted as legitimate by other Muslims as well, on
the authority of Quran 3:28.” The Sunnis of Al-Qaeda practice it
After that, Zafar’s hit piece gets really bizarre: he likens Robert
Spencer and me to Abu Lahab and his wife, early foes of Muhammad “driven
by their fiery hatred of Islam and its Prophet.” Zafar says that
“fittingly, Chapter 111 of the Quran (entitled al-Lahab) predicts that
the plotting of such nefarious enemies of Islam would appear but
ultimately fail miserably, and their wealth will not avail them.” Once
again, he whitewashes Islam: Zafar doesn’t mention that that chapter
says that Abu Lahab and his wife are burning in hellfire.
Zafar ends his crudely deceptive and dishonest screed by claiming
that I am “practicing deception” and saying he wants to debate me. The
worst part about his piece is that Zafar’s Ahmadi brethren are being
viciously persecuted by Muslims who deem them heretics. I have spoken
out in their defense, and instead of thanking me, Zafar sides with his
persecutors. He should be debating the mainstream Muslims whom he claims
have misunderstood Islam, not me. But clearly he is suffering from a
bad case of Stockholm Syndrome.