Let There Be Peace

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The brutal murder of shopkeeper Asad Shah in Glasgow on Maundy Thursday is a tragic and powerful confirmation of things I have been saying for a long time on this blog and elsewhere – often to the irritation of people who would like to see a more black-and-white approach to the “Muslim problem” in Britain.

I regularly rail against the demonisation of Muslims in our society and refute the notion that we have a Muslim problem. Saying we do is to tar all Muslims with the extremist and terrorist brush and infers that the man who sells you your paper in the newsagent and the people who wait on you in your favourite Tandoori restaurant are secretly vicious killers who ache for the moment they can slit your stinking infidel throat. There are some for whom this awful depiction of all Muslims serves their own nefarious ends but it is both grossly untrue and deeply offensive.

I am told by people whenever I blog on these matters that there are is no such thing as a decent Muslim and that no Muslims are civilised. The ignorance of these people is quite stupefying to behold. They clearly know nothing about the contributions to art, literature, commerce, architecture and science of Islamic civilisation in times past.

The truth is that we do not have a Muslim problem. We have a radicalised Muslim problem. Islam has a history of bloodshed and aggressive colonisation but so does Christianity. As a Christian, I would argue vociferously that many shameful episodes in the history of Christianity were not true representations of the Christian faith. In short, Christianity is not the same as Christendom. There are Muslims who would also aver that an Islam that wages war on infidel peoples and nations is not a true expression of the Islamic faith.

Asad Shah was one of them. He belonged to a Muslim sect that preaches love and tolerance to all people. His “crime” that cost him his life was to wish people a Happy Easter and telling them to follow the “Beloved Holy Jesus Christ.” The person who killed him in a frenzy of religious hate apparently drove over 200 miles to do so. I don’t need anybody to tell me that there are Muslims in this country with such hate for my faith and for our Christian heritage. Neither do i need told that these people are dangerous. Asad Shah’s death is startling proof of that. But it is also his death that gives a powerful reminder to us that not all Muslims are bloodthirsty fanatics waiting to pounce on all who oppose them.

The truth is that Asad Shah is proof that not all Muslims are bad and dangerous. Ironically, his shocking slaying places him alongside many in our nation’s history who were killed for preaching that men should follow Jesus Christ. There is a lesson in there for those beating the drum that we should treat all Muslims as savage enemies. Here is a Muslim who died for witnessing to Christ – something many Christians who foment intolerance of Muslims have not done. And Shah’s choice of reverent words concerning Christ would not be uttered by many who decry Muslims.

I am all for taking a tough stance against groups that pose a genuine threat to national security and the safety of our citizens. I agree that many who follow a radicalised version of Islam are in that category. But tarring all Muslims with the same brush is very deceptive and deeply wicked. So is some of the media coverage of Shah’s murder as it leads to the impression that Shah’s killer was anti-Muslim. The evidence points to this being an assassination by an enraged Islamist who did not approve of Shah’s goodwill messages towards his Christian friends and neighbours. It could be argued that this killing was a terrorist atrocity carried out by a lone wolf madman.

The Ahmadi sect, of which Mr Shah was a fervent member, are well known for being friendly toward Christianity and for their patriotism towards the UK, as well as their opposition to terrorism in the cause of Islam.

It is interesting to note that also in the news alongside Asah Shad’s brutal murder was the story of the Imam of the Glasgow Central Mosque, Maulana Habib Ur Rehman, who had apparently praised a Muslim terrorist for killing Salman Taseer, a governor who opposed blasphemy laws. This is depressing because it clearly indicates that there is some very real support for those who use violence and terrorism as a means of “demonstrating” their devotion to their warped cause.

We can take heart from people like Asad Shah, a man of peace who was very highly thought-of in his community while rightly being vigilant about those who use religion as an excuse for murder and violence. There is no acceptable use of terrorism which results in the deaths of innocent people. Equally, there is no acceptable justification for smearing an entire people group as terrorists to further any prejudiced agenda.


10 thoughts on “Let There Be Peace

  1. If you are being served by a Muslim in the tandoori then i suggest you change restaurant and go to where you are served by sheiks.
    India is not a Muslim country and there are many Muslims masquerading as Indians and opening restaurants to profit off the clueless infidels like you Bill.lol

    1. Please, Louise. As someone with many friends in both Muslim and Sikh communities, I know the difference. And I know how to spell Sikh. Sheiks are Arabic, Cluelouise!

  2. How do you know he was lone wolf and not ordered to do this by the imman at his mosque.

    1. I don’t know hence why I wasn’t emphatic. However, talk of imams ordering hits will only feed the frenzied anti-Muslim narrative. Good plot idea for a Spooks episode, though.

  3. The problem we have today as a society is a deterioration of the gnostic meaning of religion in which all have all the same meaning, i.e. the story of the perennial philosophy that gives everybody life on this planet. Birth , death, and resurrection is the pathway for ALL life.

    What has happened in the last few thousand years, is that the state, has hi-jacked that simple meaning into a literal sense, and thus every culture, and faith has been formed as the true faith, instead of one faith. Division is the result, and always the goal of the state, as it weakens personal sovereignty and makes it easier to carry out its own selfish aims. Wars, Cold Wars, Terrorism, etc, is their handiwork.

    Our own government, that has been infiltrated by self serving individuals and corporations, is behind the spread of terror, and they in conjunction with their business partners in Saudi Arabia, are behind the promotion and spread of fundamentalism, to increase their control of the world and its resources.

    If there was ever a crucial time in our history to reject and cut off the snakes head then it must start with a NO vote at the EU referendum. The EU is a front for the evil that is dividing nations and destroying our freedom. They use and control terrorism to weaken us and seize more power for themselves. It is sad to think that the millions that died especially in the first and second war, to liberate us from a foreign enemy, are now hitting us again using stealth. Hitler was backed by rich American Business people, Henry Ford was decorated by Hitler. The multinationals made 100’s of percent more profit during the war, and continue to do so today, that is why we have them. Political correctness, is another tool they have devised to get what they want, and people are now too brainwashed, or confused, to think straight.

    This SNP government we have today is another branch of the EU, and if any true Scotsman wants independence, they should reject this false party and vote for the only Independence party we have, UKIP.

  4. I totally agree Bill. It’s like saying in our recent turbulent times that every Catholic was a member of the IRA. It’s not true and it is allowing these people to tarnish our own thoughts and way of life. We must live together with each other and respect each other’s beliefs. We need to stand together to defeat these terrorists because that’s what they are. Colour, creed or religion do not come into it.

    1. A very adequate comparison and you are spot on with that.

  5. Of course you could be right in your assertions that not all muslims are batshit crazy,but one thing of note i will make is that all of islam is incompatible with the west and all that it believes in.When you have left-wing radicals contradicting themselves just to stand up for muslims you know in no uncertain terms that the islamification of europe is facilitated solely by left-wing radicals masquerading as politicians,humanitarians etc etc.Even the new blood muslims that are streaming here are only 1-2 generations removed from their compatriots already here…they are not as different as the MSM would have you believe.

    “A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”.~Cicero.

    1. You argue Muslims are not like us in the West but your quote about the enemy within is based upon their similarity to us. Puzzled????

  6. I know it’s trite and cliched to say there are good and bad in every faith, but’s it’s only a cliche because it’s true.

    I never met Asad Shah although I passed the shop numerous times, but I feel sorry for his family, friends and those who knew him. He’s another innocent Muslim victim of the violence being carried out, allegedly in the name of God.

    I sometimes wonder if perhaps this world would have been better served by another species becoming sentient.

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