Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Sir Salman Rushdie

I am really disappointed at the Muslim elite response in view of Salman Rushdie being awarded the knighthood. Consider the following google outputs:
  1. Iran Condemns Rushdie Knighthood
  2. Pakistan Minister Says Salman Rushdie's Knighthood Justifies Suicide Attacks
  3. Rushdie Knighthood an Attack on Islam: Iran
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two works better than those." And you can bet that those who are causing all this angry brouhaha over a worthless imperialistic award aren't much in tune with Islam. I am aware of Rushdie's anti-Islamic screed in his book "The Satanic Verses" which by the by I have read with the purpose of critiquing him. Those who contested that it was simply a work of fiction, including Edward Said, didn't get it right. In the words of Annemarie Schimmel, the great scholar of Islam: "Misunderstanding of the role of the Prophet has been, and still is, one of the greatest obstacles to Christians' appreciation of the Muslim interpretation of Islamic history and culture." Notwithstanding, the Muslim 'mob reaction' in 1989 was really shameful. I wasn't old enough to witness it though. The best response was artistic, as exemplified by Yusuf Islam, formerly the popstar Cat Stevens, in his spoken-word album The Life of the Last Prophet. What I want to tell my non-Muslim brothers and sisters who visit my blog is that any crass reaction like those I listed is elitist and governmental. Most, if not all, Muslims don't give a fig about this award. The governments of Muslim countries and their minsters are not at all concerned about the wellfare of Muslims. All they care about it politics. On the other end, you have embarrassing, fading heads of states like Tony Blair who when they're not participating in genocidal campaigns against Muslims with liberal literati like Salman Rushdie as the mouthpieces for those crimes, are busy awarding trophies to their henchmen. Yup, the Queen may shake your hand but she also shook the hand of the massmurderer Suharto, darling of the IMF, World Bank and Margaret Thatcher.

Vociferously supporting the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq on "humane" grounds, condemning criticism of the war on terror as "petulant anti-Americanism" and above all, aligning tyranny and violence solely with Islam, Rushdie has abdicated his own understanding of the novelist's task as "giving the lie to official facts".

Rest assured, this will only help in increasing the sales of Rushdie's, what I view as otherwise, mediocre books. June is a good time for business, especially with all those Iraqi deaths and oil wells flowing. Money-making is a humane cause.

7 comments:

USpace said...

Good one, of course the very peaceful Muslims are justified for destroying the whole world over this. What, the Queen can't Knight someone she likes? She can't knight someone that other people don't like? This incident will lose the terrorists even more of their dhimmidiot appeasers.

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
appease religious killers

continue to spoil them
violent tantrums pay off
.

zanjabil said...

As salamu alaykum.

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two works better than those."

Wise words indeed. Reminds me of what Usamah Bin-Laden said in his interview about the WTC attrocity, an interview little reported in the West...

"Our silence is our real propaganda."

(Ummat Interviews Usamah Bin-Laden )

Craig Murray also has a post and comments which shed light on the whole Rushdie knighthood affair:

Craig Murray

sindbad said...

Osama bin Laden will always be a mass murderer and criminal and terrorist. It doesn't matter what he says. And what he says is far removed from Islam or the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Indeed, the Prophet warned us about people like him when he said something to the effect that the greatest enemies of Islam will be Muslims. Who are those Muslims? Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri are two good examples.

Thanks for Craig Murray's link. He said it right:

"If the Muslims are right, Rushdie will get his come-uppance eternally, which should be enough vengeance for anybody. You can't make eternity last longer by killing someone quicker."

zanjabil said...

Astaghfirullah! We are Muslims, not cowboys! Islam doesn't permit public lynchings. Our blessed deen dictates that we behave as civilised beings: several witnesses and clear evidence are needed before we declare anyone guilty.

Remember the story of Aysha (may Allah be pleased with her). Those who accused her of adultery (astaghfirullah!) committed great sin.

If Usama bin Laden gives his word as a Muslim that he did not murder anyone on 11 Sept 2001, then as a Muslim I am obliged to believe him. (This is just what he said in the interview I linked to). And bin Laden states very clearly that 9/11 was murder.

Brother, please be careful with your tongue. "Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two works better than those." Indeed.

Glad you liked the Craig Murray post. He's a brave and intelligent man.

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