Belief in God frees us

My hope that Dutch MP Geert Wilders’ visit to Canada would come and go quietly was wishful thinking. His speeches, including one in Ottawa Tuesday, have been widely covered, and the articles I’ve seen have been painful to read.

Wilders appears to insult the intelligence of 1.6 billion Muslim people the world over, saying that the Koran is evil, the prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) is a terrible role model (to put it politely), and Muslims themselves are self-imposed slaves, against freedom.

I like to think of myself as a rational person, and balanced. I also like to think of myself as non-judgmental. As a result, I wanted to understand why Wilders felt the way he did. All too often, I have found that people disgruntled with ideas are actually disgruntled with people.

In fact, practically every verse Wilders quotes from the Koran has been misquoted. This makes him dishonest at best.

Wilders describes himself as agnostic. His extremist interpretation of scriptures and lack of understanding in them could make him a potential radical, so perhaps it is better he does not claim to be a believer. Let’s be grateful he is an extreme agnostic, but not violent.

Wilders surrounds himself with bodyguards. My advice to Muslims is to ignore him. The Koran says, “And when they hear ill speech, they turn away from it and say, ‘For us are our deeds, and for you are your deeds. Peace will be upon you; we seek not the ignorant’.”

To those describing Wilders’ message as prophetic, I remind them, the prophets surrounded themselves with followers, not bodyguards.

Aisha Sherazi is an Ottawa freelance writer who blogs for the Citizen at ottawacitizen.com/outsidethebox.
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Categories: Islam, Islamophobia, Law

3 replies

  1. Wilders is on a hate mongering expedition. He does not realize that those who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones on others. He has not read his Bible carefully and probably not seen this verse of the Old Testament among many others:

    If someone has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town. They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a glutton and a drunkard.” Then all the men of his town are to stone him to death. You must purge the evil from among you. All Israel will hear of it and be afraid. (Deuteronomy 21:18-21)

    We have made a collection of Google knols to address Islamophobia:

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/an-academic-fortress-against/1qhnnhcumbuyp/297#

    For genuine understanding of the Holy Quran and the Holy Prophet of Islam, let me suggest:

    http://knol.google.com/k/zia-shah/the-holy-prophet-muhammad-and-the-holy/1qhnnhcumbuyp/283#

  2. I find most of the “Islamophobes” are actually ‘atheists’ or ‘agonstics’, like Wilders. At least in Europe. In the US it might be a bit different with the ‘Evangelical fundamentalists’…

  3. Good point. Luckily now we have an Editor for Islamophobia page and we will be learning greater details and cataloging defense against Islamophobia.

    If agnostics and atheists come up with a Bible or an official paper describing their world view and understanding and basis of their ethics, then it would be far more fair and balanced to discuss issues with them. As it stands now, in my opinion, they have license to criticize others but when it comes to them they have a shifting sand position, they may keep moving from one platform to another, especially if we compile the position of several of them.

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