Sunday, October 27, 2013

Prominent Muslim Doctor Speaks Out Against Radical Islam Qanta Ahmed also praises Israeli democracy Calling this era an “unprecedented age of conflict” within Islam itself, she cautioned, “Not all Muslims are Islamists.” She views herself as a credible “voice of Islam,” acknowledging that Islamists are trying to “challenge the legitimacy of all other voices.” They are “rapidly suffocating the shared public space.” Ahmed noted the exodus of Christians from Muslim lands as well as the antisemitism and anti-Western beliefs entrenched within radical Islamist ideology. She decried Muslim children’s “abduct[ion] into the Taliban,” who tried to impede implementation of the anti-polio vaccine within Afghanistan. According to Ahmed, the Islamists “seek absolute domination, view democracy as a train, where they can ride on it” when it suits them to gain political power, yet they abandon democratic principles the second they come to power, as demonstrated by the recently ousted Morsi regime in Egypt. She described radical Islamism as “totalitarian politics mixed with religion,” which ultimately represents “menacing idolatry.” Unfortunately, she warned that in the wake of the Arab Spring, the Muslim world is adopting the Pakistani model lacking minority rights, rather than a secular, pluralistic, liberal democratic paradigm. Radical Islamists are opposed to “equal education, have no appetite for questions and are opposed to political participation.” The “tyrannical majority” where political Islam thrives is creating a “culture of violence.” Ahmed cautioned that without “a strong stance against Islamism,” minorities and Islam itself are at grave risk. According to Ahmed, radical Islam is an even greater threat than nuclear weapons. “If we don’t act, the mosques will be their bayonets,” lamented Ahmed. She concluded by noting that Israel is one of the few countries in which non-Islamist Muslims thrive and noted that there are Saudis who wish that they could benefit from an “Israeli-like democracy.”

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