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"Moderate" Malaysian Muslims Confiscating Bibles,Arresting Christians
January 8, 2014
The Many Faces of Jihad
By WILLIAM MAYER
January 7, 2014 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLinenews.org - The standard fallback retort to allegations that normative Islam is pathologically intolerant regarding other religions isn't new, for example they say that Malaysia allows for the free expression by its religious minorities including Buddhists and Christians.
The same is said regarding Indonesia [home of the world's largest Muslim population, over 200 M] where Muslim on Christian violence is on the rise and the al-Qaeda affiliate Laskar Jihad is pillaging Christian villages, killing and maiming as they go.
Thus, neither of these claims of tolerance are substantiable.
Regarding Malaysia, its reputation as proof that that there is no religious discrimination in Islam has been seriously eroded, with Christians now finding themselves targeted and their Bibles confiscated simply because they use the name Allah instead of God or some other designator for the Creator, a common practice among Middle Eastern [for example Jordan] Christians…what few of them remain.
The "dinosaur" in question is Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who served as Malaysia's Prime Minister for 22 years, from 1981 to 2003. He is now in his late 80s, retired but still a player in the country's politics.
Throughout his long period of service he established policies which clearly favored the indigenous population known as Bumiputeras which are 90% Muslim.
This is not a contention, as Mohamad hasn't been shy in saying so himself.
Such was the case in a speech delivered by him on January 9, 2000 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago in Northbrook. [source, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Address At the Lariba Life Time Achievement Award Ceremony "Malaysia's Experience," Lessons for the Umah" , Lariba.com]
Lariba, the source of this document, is a financial entity which provides Shari'a based "Islamic financial" services. Broadly speaking, these types of arrangements are of concern to national security professionals because one of the aspects of Islamic finance is that a portion of the earnings are commonly offered as zakat, Shari'a mandated charity which all too frequently ends up in the hands of terrorists.
The speech which Mohamad made upon receiving the "lifetime achievement" award contained remarks serving to confirm the former PM's Islamism.
His core thesis consisted of a rhapsody about a mythical Islamic past which he believed was glorious.
Contrary to Mohamad's characterization, rather than glorious, this period in Islamic history was experienced by the non-Muslim world as a time of predation, constant brutal jihad and conversion by the sword.
He touted his design of a top-down government controlled "reform" of Malaysia's economic system designed to benefit a protected religious class, obviously proud that his new policies favored Muslims to the detriment of those with other faiths. Mohamad described this system of ethnic/religious preference as one which produced "equity" perhaps not fully realizing that such arrangements are standard operating procedure in the Muslim world and countenanced under the Shari'a.
During Mohamad's long tenure he instituted an Islamic banking system which as we mentioned above is often distinguished as a mechanism for channeling money to jihadists.
Throughout this relatively short address Mohamad mentioned "ummah" nine times, another indication of his Islamo-centrism.
It goes deeper than that however.
Ummah is the Arabic word for "the people." Its common usage alludes to a global "nation of Muslims" and is intellectually linked to the idea of an Islamic caliphate, a world government run by and for those of the Islamic faith. As such it should be seen as confrontational, exclusionary and religiously intolerant. In short it's a code word in the same sense as the use of the term "Aryan Nation" which is suggestive of racist tendencies.
In Mohamad's acceptance speech he also stated that he was seeking a rebirth of Islamic fundamentalism, so that the "glorious Islamic civilization," [the one steeped in the blood of non-Muslims] could be reinstituted. He also raised the omnipresent and absurd charge of Islamophobia and the specter of jihad.
In Mohamad's mind the oppressors are of course the Western "Islamophobes."
Though not within central scope of this writing we must note that the venue in which Mohamad spoke, the Islamic Center of Greater Chicago at one time was led by, imam Mustafa Ceric.
Ceric is more than a controversial figure, he has a very long history of stoking Islamism in the countries which emerged upon the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the resultant warfare which took place in the Balkans through the 90s.
An example of this divisive tactic can be seen in Ceric's "Declaration of European Muslims" which was published in March, 2006. It's insensitivity to the attacks by Islamic terrorists against the West is insipid, with Ceric attempting to turn the aggressor into the victim, a technique straight out of the jihadist playbook.
Additionally we quote from a WikiLeak document referring to a 2005 interview with Ceric , originally published on Angelfire.com, "From a 2005 interview with Ceric.
"Will Bosnia remain a secular state or develop into a theocracy?
In this statement by Ceric, he clearly identifies the West as Dar-al-Harb, the house of war, traditionally lands which have yet to be conquered by Muslims, though not for lack of trying. He also refers to Dar al-Sulh, the house of compromise, a temporary accommodation in countries which have substantial Muslim populations but insufficient numbers to force the establishment of the Shari'a, which Ceric states is "what I want, of course."
This is the jihadist which served as the Islamic Center of Greater Chicago, also the venue for Mahathir Mohamad's plain spoken Islamism.
It's therefore no surprise that Christians are being harassed, manhandled, arrested and having their Bibles confiscated in Malaysia, people such as Mohamad have openly encouraged this type of behavior by their actions and statements.
Additionally, the affinity between an American mosque of this and individuals such as Ceric are an example, writ large, how deeply ingrained the ideology of Shari'a based jihadism has taken root in the United States.
1. The effect of NATO's American led bombing [directed by then President Clinton] in the Balkan's war, was to give Muslims their first European foothold since the fall of the Ottoman Empire. The beneficiaries of this action were the descendents of those who had allied with the Nazis during World War II [creating the Hanjar 13th Waffen SS division] people who carried out some of the most grotesquely cruel atrocities during the conflict. They did this under the supervision of Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, who had met personally with Adolph Hitler. It's also worth pointing out that Yasser Arafat, the now deceased leader of the terrorist PLO, was the al-Husseini's grand nephew, it seems that anti-Semitism and jihad was never far below the surface with some members of this family.
With the intention of creating an Islamist state, the Bosnian Muslims employed a clever strategy, they hired some of the most powerful public relations companies in the world to present dog and pony shows to important DC politicians, NGOs and special interest groups with obvious success. The details of how this expensive campaign was funded remains a mystery, however the Saudis are thought to have been heavily involved.
2. For a telling interview regarding this sordid affair, please see Yohanan Ramati, Stopping the War in Yugoslavia, Balkan Peace.
3. We also recommend "Media Cleansing: Dirty Reporting" by Peter Brock, the former Balkan correspondent for the New York Times. This book discusses in minute detail the machinations which led to such biased and inaccurate reporting about the war. That this work was authored by an establishment reporter only adds to its credibility.
BEILA RABINOWITZ contributed to this article.
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