I am a Canadian ex-Muslim; I converted to Islam and stayed in the religion for approximately four years, before leaving it due to disbelief and moral disgust. Now I live every day with Islam’s formal and informal death penalty for apostasy, hoping that my former Muslim friends don’t recognize me on the street.
In Part 3 of this series of articles (you can see part 1 here and part 2 here), I examine Mubin Shaikh’s response to my assessment of his approach to countering Islamic terrorism. On April 15 2018, Mubin tweeted this in response to my series of articles critiquing his Islamic activism and approach to understanding and preventing Islamic terrorism:
Apparently “JihadWatch” & gang are triggered by my sensible national security & counter terrorism positions. The red flag? I’m Muslim. :p Apparently you have to believe “ISIS = Islam” … ironically, just as ISIS does. Y’know y’all are closet ISIS recruiters right? Tsk Tsk.
The reader will notice that Mubin did not attempt to refute any of the points that I made in the previous two articles of this series. Instead, he
- Belittles Jihad Watch and its followers;
- Promotes himself as being a responsible counter terror expert;
- Plays the “Islamophobia” victimhood card;
- Insinuates that ISIS is un-Islamic, without substantiating this claim;
- Blames people who are critical of Islam for the evils of ISIS.
As I detail in the first two parts of this series, it is ludicrous to discount and/or underestimate the role that the Islamic theological teachings play in inciting and justifying Muslim terrorism. Yet Mubin Shaikh continues to deny that Islamic texts and teachings are in any way responsible for Islamic terrorism.
It may be highly controversial to acknowledge that Islamic theology is responsible for creating Muslim terrorism, and that Islamic theology does indeed justify offensive jihad warfare, but if we fail to acknowledge this reality, we will be rendering ourselves ignorant of manifest facts and exposing ourselves to the many dangers and harms of Islam.
Mubin Shaikh goes so far as to say on his Twitter account on April 21, 2018 that: “*’Radical Islamic Terrorism,’ is an incorrect term which uses the descriptor Islamic, incorrectly. Islamic Costume, is more accurate, still reinforces the point these extremists clearly appeal to Quranic & Prophetic texts.”
The slogan Mubin currently uses in his speeches is: “Terrorism in Islamic Costume.”. Meaning, of course, that he is claiming that Islamic theology in no way justifies terrorism.
This is a false claim. The Islamic texts are filled with exhortations to Muslims to commit acts of terror, unmitigated violence, murder, and rape. Some of these texts and teachings I have documented in the earlier articles of this series, and many others are commonly found in the Islamic source texts (most notably the Quran, hadith and sira). In fact, Islam’s model man, Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, boasted that he was made “victorious with terror.”
Narated By Abu Huraira : Allah’s Apostle said, “I have been sent with the shortest expressions bearing the widest meanings, and I have been made victorious with terror (cast in the hearts of the enemy), and while I was sleeping, the keys of the treasures of the world were brought to me and put in my hand.” Abu Huraira added: Allah’s Apostle has left the world and now you, people, are bringing out those treasures (i.e. the Prophet did not benefit by them). — Sahih Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 220
Speaking as a knowledgeable and experienced ex-Muslim, I would say that Mubin Shaikh is one of two things:
- a calculated Islamic deceiver following a long term plan and agenda; or
- a semi-literate dupe getting advice from his Islamic supremacist cohorts on what to say to the unwary non-Muslim public.
Due to the fact that Mubin claims to be a Sufi Muslim, and since Sufis are among the most deluded and deceitful of the various Islamic sects, I suspect that he is a bit of both.
To be clear, I am glad that Mubin Shaikh has helped law enforcement officials prevent acts of Muslim terrorism, and that he is in favor of killing ISIS members. But his continual denial that Islamic theological teachings are in any way responsible for Muslim terrorism should give any sober counter-terror analyst cause for concern. Islamic texts and teachings are indeed the root cause of Islamic terrorism and offensive jihad warfare, and we must not shy away from this reality, regardless of the controversy that may arise from such an analysis.