Muslims Must Learn the Language of Bullies to Respond to Islamophobia

By Abubakar N. Kasim, a freelance writer who lives in Toronto, Canada

I believed – when I was growing up – that bullies had the right to inflict pain upon their victims. It was the cycle of life everyone must accept, I thought. To go against them was unnatural and futile. To deal with them I was going to have to come up with creative ways to avoid their wrath and earn their blessings and approval.

It took me a while to come to terms with and wake up to the reality of bullies and how to deal with them. Giving in to their demands does not make them go away. Instead, they only demand and expect more. The only way out, I learnt, was not to give in to their lust and desires, nor to run away from them but rather to confront them. Even though, this requires a great amount of courage and sacrifice, it is the only way out of the cycle of abuse that otherwise will never end.

Muslims in the West must learn how to deal with bullies.

The believing community has endured a lot of harassment whether it is about the issue of niqab in France and elsewhere, the minaret controversy in Switzerland, racism and profiling at airports and many other forms of abuse.

Giving up the right of women to wear the religious attire they deem fit will not make the bully happy, instead, he will demand more.

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Muslims in Switzerland have been recently tested with the issue of building the symbolic structures on their houses of worship. Even though the structure does not pose any harm or benefit, bullies made it appear otherwise. Things were blown out of proportion as if Muslims were on the verge of taking over the land.

Muslims in Canada have also gone through the wrath of bullies when a national magazine published an article in 2006 entitled The Future Belongs to Islam. Ryerson University Professor David Miller, in his article entitled The Case against MacLean’s, explained that Mark Steyn had claimed that Muslims in the West are poised to take over entire societies and “the only question is how bloody the transfer of real estate will be.” “Without documenting his claims,” Dr. Miller, explained, “Steyn says enough Muslims are terrorists to make the religion a global threat, and they will subject us all to rigid Muslim laws when the takeover is achieved.”

The world stood still when four law students under the guidance of the Canadian Islamic Congress took their case to the Human Rights Commissions after the magazine refused to publish a more balanced response to the article. Had Mr. Steyn said the same thing about other ethnic communities such as the Jews and homosexuals, he would have been reminded that freedom of expression has limits and one ought to act responsibly. Internet blogs, airwaves and news print media were filled with hate against Islam and Muslims in support of the author. Claims were made that freedom of expression was under attack.

A furor has been created surrounding the few Muslim women that wear niqab in Europe and elsewhere including Canada. It is ironic to hear these societies claim to value democracy and freedom of religion while at the same time violating the same principles when it comes to Muslim minorities.

Muslims like Dr. Tariq Ramadan were banned from entering the U.S. under the former Bush administration. Renown Muslim scholar Dr. Zakir Naik was also banned from entering the UK and Canada over comments he was alleged to have made in which he was accused of supporting terrorism. The British government first banned him and the bullies in Canada appealed to their government to do the same.

On the hand, these same bullies act as cheerleaders for anyone who crosses all the boundaries in attacking the Muslim community. When the University of Ottawa reminded the right wing conservative commentator Ann Coulter to refrain from insulting others when she was scheduled to speak in March, bullies banded together in denouncing the university’s move to limit freedom of expression. The university did not ban her from speaking but rather had only sent her a letter saying that, “Promoting hatred against any identifiable group would not only be considered inappropriate, but could in fact lead to criminal charges.” In the view of the bullies, when insulting Muslims, the sky is the limit. But otherwise, freedom of expression is limited.

When an author insults Islam, he gets approval from all sides and is appointed to the rank of Knight by the Queen for “services to literature” as happened to Salman Rushdie in June 2007.  But when a scholar makes some unpopular comments such as Dr. Naik, the same government bans him from entering the country.

In light of the unprecedented waves of bullies, the reaction of Muslims can be summarized into two extreme forms. Some members of the community have resorted to violence not knowing that their actions are not only counterproductive but it goes against the teachings of the Prophet who did not respond with violence when confronted by bigots. Iran’s fatwa over the publication of the Salman  Rushdie’s The Satanic  Verses,  the brutal murder  of the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, burning flags, trying to blow up buildings and airplanes – all  are  examples of the extreme measures which are  counterproductive and breed more hate and  animosity. Instead of helping the Muslim’s cause, these measures help in the advancement of the cause of bullies that portray the Muslim community as violent thugs that cannot tolerate criticism.

Another form of extreme reaction that some Muslims have resorted to is a complete isolation hoping that the bully will one day go away.

The more balanced approach to deal with bullies is to take a middle approach between the two mentioned extremes.  It is the approach cultivated in the work of the contemporary thinker and philosopher Dr. Tariq Ramadan named one of Time magazine’s most important innovators of the twenty-first century.

As illustrated by a review by Amazon.com in describing Dr. Ramadan’s latest book What I Believe, he calls on Western Muslims to escape the mental, social, cultural, and religious ghettos they have created for themselves and become full partners in the democratic societies in which they live. At the same time, he calls for the rest of us to recognize our Muslim neighbors as citizens with rights and responsibilities the same as our own. His vision is of a future in which a shared and confident pluralism becomes a reality at last.

Bullies need to be confronted – not with violence – but with wisdom and knowledge. They will only go away when challenged through rigorous debate, which will reveal their own hypocrisy and double standards.

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71 responses to “Muslims Must Learn the Language of Bullies to Respond to Islamophobia”

  1. Dean says:

    Bullied? Are you serious?! What about Christians in Islamic countries who cannot even pray without fear of being murdered? What about the people who are under threat if death from Muslims because they criticise Islam? Who are the ones living under threat of death? Not muslims. Muslims can enjoy the freedoms of the west. Can the same be said for non Muslims in Islamic countries?

    NO!

    Get your facts straight.

    • Bushra says:

      Again, more rubbish.

      You clearly haven’t been to places like Sudan, Ethiopia, Iraq, Iraq, Palestine. In all these places, people are constantly living under the threat of death.

      YOU need to get YOUR facts straight.

      Your bigotry and ignorance only shows through in your comments.

      • DFCtomm says:

        You may want to close comments. Five feet of fury has linked and destroyed your article, but I guess it could have been worse, Steyn could have linked you.

        • 10 feet of Biryani says:

          More like five feet of BS. The majority of terrorists in the world are white males from North America and Western Europe. Proof? Overwhelming empirical evidence. Pick up a history book when you’re done drinking neocon kool aid, tea bagger.

          • DFCtomm says:

            I guess that makes you the teabagee. It’s your lucky day I shaved em just for you. This post will probably be removed due to the sexual nature of my response however it was Biryani who introduced the sexual term first, so lets see if both comments get removed.

  2. Linda says:

    Abubakar N. Kasim, if you feel so bullied here in Canada, then why don’t you rally up all your muslims and go back to your home country. And if you feel Canada is your home then go somewhere where your customs are excepted! Us Canadians are the ones being bullied by the muslims. NO OTHER immigrants have caused so many problems in our great country! There is no problem with wanting to keep your culture, but don’t bully us into changing OURS!!!! Do us all and yourself a favour and leave!!!!!!

    • Linda (part II) says:

      Are you mentally challenged, linda? … because canada is our home country…idiot!

      hows that for bullying Abubakr?

      Though I totally disagree with Linda and her ignorant remarks… I totally disagree with the author. I thought I should represent my point of view here.

    • Bushra says:

      NO OTHER immigrants have caused so many problems in our great country!

      Really? Bring up the statistics if you want a healthy debate.

    • Junaid says:

      Linda … I totally agree. Also, the european settlers who have caused so much trouble to the aboriginals living in Canada should pack up and leave as well.

      Idiot

  3. Iman says:

    @Dean: he facts are straight
    Just because he is pointing out the bullying of Muslims here does not mean he is denying others are being bullied in muslim lands, heck so are muslims who do not agree with the status-quo…two wrongs don’t make a right

  4. Dean says:

    I love how Muslims call people who criticise and debate their religion “bullies”! Come on let’s hear all about the “bullying” of muslims in Canada, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. I mean if you really feel “bullied” when people say that your religion is a joke (which it is) then you should grow thicker skin or go live in Saudi Arabia where people can’t say anything about islam.

    Get over it.

    Grow up

    Integrate and shut up. Everybody else has. Why can’t muslims?

    • Linda (part II) says:

      Dean…. you too are intellectually challenged and one sided..

      Yes, in muslim countries there are a lot of bullying to non-muslims.. but why would you wana compare yourself and your country to a backward country like saudi or any other third world country?

      Also… if you measure how you treat people by how idiotic their home countries are.. .then why do you respect chinese thou they have the worst labor laws in the world? why do you respect indians who treat their women like crap? why? Or does this treatment only apply to muslims… you racist bigoted jack a**.

      Hows that for bullying abubakr? again.. i just wana voice my opinion that bullying isn’t really the answer

      The fact of the matter is… I aint gona integrate… and i aint gona shut up… I am a muslim american (and canadian) and my constitutional rights gives me the freedom to call you, dean, an idiot.. and i will exercise that right…

      that is because, our constitution guarantees us, unlike freedom to worship, the freedom of speech.

      • Paul says:

        Freedom for me, but not for thee, is it? Your love of this freedom is underwhelming when you attack your critics.

    • Bushra says:

      Dean, on one hand, you say ‘Grow up’ and on the other hand, you say our religion is a joke? I think it’s you who needs to do the growing up here.

      And if you’re telling us to become thick-skinned, then I think it would be incredibly hypocritical of you to reply to any of my comments to you with hostility, because then that will be clear proof that you yourself can’t be thick-skinned.

  5. Dean says:

    When do we hear about non muslims murdering muslims in Canada? When do we hear about Muslims being silenced and threatened? When do we hear about Muslims being blown up by non Muslim terrorists? When do we hear about Muslims being forced to change their culture? When do we hear about Muslims having to pay jizya in non muslim nations?

    NEVER!

    We hear about all the things I mentioned above happening TO non muslims BY muslims. Muslims are NOT the victim.

    • Bushra says:

      Dean, I’ve never read such a load of rubbish from a comment.

      You’ve answered your own questions. When do we hear about all the things you mentioned? Never. Yes, it is precisely that, because nobody wishes to report the true atrocities occurring with Muslims across the world particularly in the Middle East itself. It’s not important to Canada.

    • elham says:

      ”….It’s not important to Canada.” Now wave the Canadian flag.

    • Amad says:

      Reminds me of the lie, passed along as fact: “All Muslims are not terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims”. Unfortunately for the Islamophobes, only 6% of the terrorists are Muslims… that’s the fact.

  6. Solomon2 says:

    “Bullies need to be confronted – not with violence – but with wisdom and knowledge. They will only go away when challenged through rigorous debate, which will reveal their own hypocrisy and double standards.”

    Who is to say that challenging Muslims through rigorous debate, revealing their own hypocrisy and double standards, is not bullying but acceptable conduct?

  7. Snarko says:

    Sharia is a form of governance, not just a religious practice, and there can be no separation of Church and State. Thererfore, Sharia and Liberty are incompatible. Honest Muslims won’t dispute this but our useless progressive media allows them to practice taquiya without question.

    There have been thousands of violent Muslim attacks in many parts of the world just since 9-11. That isn’t Muslim bullying, it is simply the Muslim way since the time of Mohammed. They won’t stop unless they are forced to stop.

    Dhimmitude will not sit well with Canadians. Remember how we fought against the Muslim’s buddy Hitler in WWII? We were the toughest, nastiest nation the Germans encountered. Continue to attack our way of life, push Sharia on us, and practice taquiya and you will wake that spirit in us all, much to your detriment.

    You keep killing innocent people (24 Canadians were murdered on 9-11) and you will find we aren’t so easy to intimidate, and once riled, not fun to war against.

    Ever wonder why Muslims keep voting for parties that push gun control?

    • Bushra says:

      More bigotry. More rubbish. More verbal diarrhoea. Yawn.

    • elham says:

      I first learnt of Taqiah from people like you.Never in all my life, born n’ raised in a Muslim country,as a practicing Muslim I’d heard of it,neither did my family/ friends.The irony.

      That was my response to one of your points,everything is else is just….blah.

  8. AnthonyX says:

    Taqqiya……..look it up folks.

    • Linda (part II) says:

      You too, O Anthony, are an idiot. Why would you suggest that we are using taqiyyah if the the author is flat out saying that we must bully you? I mean, how direct can we really be?!

      Stupid! haha

  9. Dean says:

    Remember: Muslims are not the ones who are living under death threats. Muslims are never threatened with being killed. It is the other way around. Remember that when you start playing the victim card.

    • Bushra says:

      I’m pretty sure you’ve been playing the victim card the entire time on here. It’s getting really boring now.

    • Linda (part II) says:

      really? we are not threatened? are you freaking kidding me man? which bubble are you living in dude? Have you not seen the taxi driver who was stabbed?

      Go check your facts, butt-head.

      • Dean says:

        Linda. Have you ever read the quran? Have you read the verses which call disbelievers “vile creatures”? Which calls jews and christians pigs? Which calls for all non Muslims to pay jizya (humiliation tax) under sharia law? If you were living under sharia law (Islamic law) or if you were a Muslim and you were a rape victim – YOU would be punished for being raped. Do you know that the Quran instructs Muslims to lie (taqiyya) to non Muslims in order to advance the cause of Islam?

        Have you ever noticed that the “moderate” Muslims never rise up and fight against the Muslim extremists? But they are quick to protest about how poorly they are being treated in the west.

        Read it, then look at what is happening in the world and you will see why muslims do what they do.

        • Rifai says:

          Which calls jews and christians pigs?

          If you were living under sharia law (Islamic law) or if you were a Muslim and you were a rape victim – YOU would be punished for being raped.

          Really?

          Do you know that the Quran instructs Muslims to lie (taqiyya) to non Muslims in order to advance the cause of Islam?

          news to me…

          Could u provide textual references to back up ur claims above since you are so knowledgeable about the Quran?

  10. Dean says:

    I’m not living in a bubble. Do you read the news at all? Every day Muslims are the ones killing non Muslims. But I guess you dont read international news at all. Only Muslims want to kill people for drawing cartoons, for burning a book, for criticising religion. We are talking about killing people. The taxi driver is one of a handful of incidents toward Muslims. Now look at the Danish cartoonist, the Seattle cartoonist or anybody who speaks out against islam. What do they get? Death threats.
    All you need to do is type “islam” in google. Everyday some news agency somewhere in the world is reporting Muslims killing non Muslims. Call me a bigot all you want, I don’t care. Wherever Islam is, violence isn’t far away.

  11. Dean says:

    Remember:  non muslims do not follow the same rules as muslims. Non Muslims do not find cartoons and burning qurans offensive.  Muslims want to use enforce their rules on non muslims by violence.  Hence the killing over cartoons etc.  Do non muslims kill and riot when USA flags, effigies are burned? I find THAT offensive.  I don’t want to kill.  That’s the difference. Cartoons are drawn – over 100 people died at the hands of offended muslims. Why?
    Call me a bigot. I don’t care. Muslims are the ones who issue death threats for being offended and actually carry out the killings.
    It seems that Muslims are not very secure in their religion. Why would they care so much about what non Muslims do? Extremely childish :)

  12. Dean says:

    Can non Muslims build churches etc near Mecca? Non Muslims are not even allowed to enter ! The west has tolerated Muslims much more than Muslims have tolerated non muslims. Mosques can be built anywhere in the west. What about the other way around?

    Sorry but my culture is far superior to a desert religion which belongs 1400 years ago. I hold my head high. I i i I Laugh at Islam and your childish beliefs and reactions :)

    • sameer says:

      Dean, church would not be built near Mecca until I am able to build mosque inside your house

    • Rifai says:

      Im sorry but this is rather unacceptable…

      “The west has tolerated Muslims much more than Muslims have tolerated non muslims.”

      Really?I see that you are no real student of history by any means…Remember hows the Muslims in Spain were converted to Christianity and their religious freedoms curtailed?Or how in 13th century France the Muslim minority present was just exterminated? Can you tell me of even one Mosque that was constructed in the heartland of Christian Europe in all of Medieval times? Simply put, Muslims were just not tolerated in predominantly Christian areas of Europe historically.

      Just one example: look at the coptic Christians of Egypt who have been around since Islam came to Egypt 1400 years ago or so…there is no corresponding Christian example. What about all the Churches that existed in Muslim lands for centuries? Muslims are tolerant of other faiths – its built into Islam – and this isnt how the west has operated historically.Given current trends against Islam it might not be long before we go back to the intolerance that has long characterized the west.

      “Sorry but my culture is far superior” – how would u know? Based on what? On your arbitrary notions of right and wrong that your philosophers have helped concoct for you? That keep changing with time and are not stable? Now this is what I call a childish notion…undeserving of a smilie to be sure…

    • fique says:

      he just spits out fox news and cnn……dean is your typical person who gets all his ionfo fromthe mainstream media……T.V .PHD!!

  13. rzr says:

    Er, the distinguished perfesser’s name is “John Gordon” Miller. I’m sure he’d appreciate an accurate shout-out. By the way, for a real treat, check out Monsier Steyn’s thumping of ol’ David Miller regarding the Little Green/Blue Book episode—fun for the whole family!

  14. Kursk says:

    I am still awaiting that feared backlash against Muslims that is supposed to occur every time that one of their coreligionists commits murder in the name of Islam.

    Blow up towers and murder 3000+ people? Nothing..blow up buses and trains in London and Spain? Nada.

    For a so called religion of peace, it sure commits a lot of murder and mayhem, to the tune of thousands of attacks and tens of thousands of deaths in the years since 9/11 alone.

    Islamaphobia? Having a healthy fear of those who would kill you in the name of their belief system is a wise lifestyle choice these days.

    Being profiled and having backwards glances thrown at you is a price you will have to pay for not wanting ( as you say) to integrate. It does not even compare to the violence that is perpetrated on a daily basis ( mostly to their own kind) by Muslims around the world. Refusing to integrate shows the world that you value your religion and its tenets above all else; indeed, you quite probably feel that Islam and Sharia is preferable to any other form of government extant.

    The problem is, western values are not compatible with your beliefs. This can only lead to conflict, especially if you believe that your system should reign supreme.

    So..some questions:

    1) Do you believe in the supremacy of Islam?
    2) Should Sharia take precedence over a countries domestic law?
    3) Should criticism of Islam be allowed, even in non Muslim lands?

    An honest answer would be appreciated.

    • Dean says:

      Exactly. Couldn’t of said better. :)

      • Linda (part II) says:

        Hey Dean… go learn english and then come back and post here… this aint Rome!

        Its “couldnt have said it better” … ignorant

        • Dean says:

          Oh wow, your really pulling me up about a typo?! Is that your only response? Now I’m really beginning to think that you are a muslim. Lol.

          Where is all the backlash toward muslims? Where? After all the thousands of terror attacks against the west BY Muslims, where’s the retaliation?

          ………….

          You see, in the west we don’t act like savages or animals when we don’t get what we want or when we get offended. We work harder. This is why Islamic countries are 3rd world and the west is 1st world. The west OWNS.

          Maybe this is the reason Muslims hate everybody so much :)

          • Blu says:

            Oh yes no one in the west acts like ‘savages or animals when’ they don’t get what they ‘want’, they go and invade other countries to get what they want, they go looking for oil under the pretext of saving the lives of Americans while in the process massacring countless innocent bystanders in the process like worthless ants, they make money and rob the world of it’s resources by making war a business, playing with people’s lives like toys remember WW1, WW2, Africa?
            Yes, the West does it the polite way, the underhanded way that is why it’s not like animals it’s just polite animals.

            This is why Islamic countries are 3rd world and the west is 1st world. The west OWNS.
            Hah, what are you on about? Where was the west in the middle ages? It was the Muslims which introduced the Police, the first University, issued the first PhD degree, gave women the rights 1400 years ago which you have just managed to give them in the past 30 years but still not enough, stated scientific facts a Millennium ago which the west’s technology just began to discover a century ago. The European Renaissance and what the west is today is based on the hard work and discoveries of Muslims which were stolen during the wars, same thing today, the West robbed Africa of it’s resources that’s why it is what it’s today, Iraq same story. Think before you right, don’t attempt to conjure facts out of thin air!

    • F says:

      How many died in Iraq? Exactly! No one knows because idiots like you are running the government.

    • Blu says:

      Yes the towers, ever read about the Taliban in detail, remember the Cold War? Now who fought off Russia and risked their lives causing America to win against it’s age-old enemy? After manipulating the patriotism of the people in Afghanistan and arming them with deadly weapons to use as a tool, what did America do? Abandon them, Taliban are America’s dream gone wrong, that is what happens when you use people as a tool and throw them away, you destroy a country and it’s people, retaliation is to be expected. *I don’t agree with the way they did it though 9/11 was wrong on all levels*
      Yes, go on, blame the entire Muslim population for the acts of the few extremists, and before you say ‘well it says so and so in the Quran to kill people etc ‘ let me remind you, that’s only for Self Defence, if you don’t leave in dream-land you’ll realise, wars are inevitable and they need some rules when they happen, Islam laid out all the rules 1400 years ago long before the Geneva set of rules to do with wars were set out. SO where’s the violence here? Blame the handful Extremists not the Entire population, the fault lies with the followers not the religion.

      Refusing to integrate? I wonder which Muslim said that or where you heard that from, Islam promotes religious and cultural tolerance far more than any thing else does, we are commanded to respect your choice of religion and not to bad-mouth your Gods or No-gods for that matter, tolerance and understanding are one of the foundation of Islam. I f we respect your views, surely it isn’t much to ask the same from you is it? There is no force when it comes to religion in Islam, you want to convert great! You don’t your loss. If someone else decides to force it on you, it’s their interpretation that’s wrong not the religion. I wonder what your sources are…

      Now your questions:

      a) Yes I do indeed but only by the choice of people as it is taught by Islam, not by force, it’s our duty to call you to what we think is best the choice is yours. I have the right to think whatever I want, if you disagree, neither of us can do anything about it, so just get on with things shall we?
      b) Yes, in practise only in Muslim countries so the people who disagree don’t feel hard-done by it as they don’t believe in, regardless of the fact that it works perfectly well, it’s their loss not ours. They are free to run their countries however they want, debating about something isn’t a crime is it?
      c) We respect you beliefs again it isn’t much to ask the same of you is it? If you truly are the civilised person you claim to be than I’m sure you’ll understand, that having a different point of view form someone else but respecting their point of view and conversely having a different point of view from someone else and attacking them for it is different as in the latter you are showing that you are a respecting person, not agreeing or siding with someone else.

      Hop that helps

      • kaffir says:

        “Hop that helps”
        Your hop has been realized! Your response to Kursks three questions was such a blatant steaming pile of taqiyya that even a multi-culti liberal squish couldn’t be taken in by it. Your answer to his third question especially, “Should criticism of Islam be allowed, even in non Muslim lands?” was clearly that criticism of Islam should not be allowed in non-Moslem lands. Your answer to his second question regarding the precedence of sharia also clearly points to your ultimate objective. Once you can make what you consider a reasonable case that Canada or the US or the UK, France, Sweeden, etc. has become a “Moslem land”, viola here comes sharia. Thanks for clearing that up.

        Oh, and about the achievements of Moslems during the Middle Ages, basically Islam served the useful purpose of forcing the peoples of the previous and short lived Greek Empire to have their collective attainments in mathematics, physics and astronomy brought together in one Caliphate. However, it was not until refugees from the Byzantine Empire brought this collected wisdom west to Christian Europe that anything substanive was done with that knowledge.

    • Rifai says:

      “For a so called religion of peace, it sure commits a lot of murder and mayhem, to the tune of thousands of attacks and tens of thousands of deaths in the years since 9/11 alone.”

      And since you represent the epitome of civilization and culture could you possibly explain these actions of the “west” that might have spurred on this useless “murder and mayhem”?

      300,000 – 500,000 children died in Iraq in 1990s due to the sanctions that the West put in place against them(U.N figures). Hows that for murder and mayhem? Did u know or even care about this? Can you even count that high?

      Hows about invading Iraq in the 2000s based on flawed intelligence and with ulterior motives(that keep changing ) , and then doing it on the cheap in a way that has lead to such instability that more than likely a 1000,000 civilians +(according to a lancet study) have died in the aftermath?

      Do you wonder how many countless Afghans have died since the country was invaded? About how the first government that came to power in Somalia in about 20 years was just toppled because some “bad apples ” were suspected to be part of it?Do you know how many people died in the ensuing chaos? Do also think about how many civilians have died at the hands of the Israelis in their “defensive” wars ? They are essentially an extension of the west to keep us barbarians in check after all.

      If you can do some math and add that all up … what do you have?

      An honest answer would surely be much appreciated.

  15. Anne says:

    Dean…

    If you have so many hostilities toward the KSA, take your fight to those in power in the USA. I will agree that the most misogynistic, anti-semitic material (especially in english) comes out of the KSA, in addition to their intolerance of almost everybody (including many fellow Muslims of less than superior birth) but they have so much money tied up in our financial institutions, what can we do? Those in power don’t want to lose all that money. Of course, a Saudi Prince being the second largest stockholder in FOX news should be noted as well. Betcha still watch it though!

    It gets tedious to always hear – “well in Saudi they don’t allow whatever” – there are 1.5 billion Muslims, most of whom are not Saudi. Then if you wish to go into unfair killing. Our esteemed military (which I do support our troops just not their leaders) were sent into Iraq on false information. Over 1 million Iraqis are dead because of this war – I know you think they should get over it and let bygones be bygones. The value of a non-white non-American is a mere fraction to a real human being like yourself. Yet even as sub-human as you think these people are, you must honor they have feelings and a sense of loss over people who have died, livelihoods destroyed, and complete instability in their country. Hello? Not including how we trained the Taliban back in the day to fight the commies. How that came back to bite us in the butt.

    It is so unfortunate how few Americans know anything of history or our global politics over the years. I would reccomend you spend a little less time harrassing the Mozzies and a little more time at your local library.

    Peace!

  16. chocklitsis says:

    Diggin the article. You failed to mention the whole “mosque on ground zero opening 9/11” controversy, or the “Burn the Koran day”, bullying (and they spelled Koran incorrect!) here in the US, however, there is a lot in your article that I wasn’t aware of.

    You are right when you say you need to approach bullying head on. As Muslims, we shouldn’t argue about our religion, so you are right when you say their are two extremes. I myself find myself just shutting down and believing Allah will handle it, leaving is in His hands.

    Maybe we need to educate more…. I believe that is the key. People have tons of misconceptions about Islam… TONS… and I feel that even if they don’t accept the religion, if they know why we do what we do as Muslims, then they may have at least a better understanding of the religion. It’s respect and even the Qu’ran tells us to respect all religions. Mines is disrespected time after time, when at the end of the day, I just can’t wrap some peoples ignorance around my head.

  17. Hamed says:

    WOW!

    A lotta bullying goin on in these comments.

    Great article, mashaAllah. You really pointed out the double standard very well. I’ve been trying to find more examples of this, thank you.

  18. Dean says:

    Haha yea bullying. I vet you feel really intimidated LOL

  19. Kursk says:

    Blu, You and I will probably disagree about the influence of Islam on the early world, but tell me; what happened to this so called head start that the Islamic world enjoyed?

    Islam had centuries to cement its lead in the arts and sciences it borrowed from the many societies it conquered by the sword, in the name of Muhammed and the Islamic faith.

    Surely you are not saying that it was the west that took this all away from them?

    Could it not be more a case of political Islam gaining superiority and pushing its Arab inspired, tribalistic brand of adherence in the faith to the forefront? ..and by doing so, leaving behind an Islam that may have had its own reformation,enlightenment and a firm toehold in the modern world?

    Btw, in regards to the first universities, I suggest you look into why the university of Syracuse is named thus. As well, you do know PhD’s are a Greek concept, right?

    As well, where did those ‘rights’ for women you speak of go in the years following the death of Muhammed? They certainly do not exist in the Islam of today. Is that the west’s fault as well?

    I await anyone’s answer to my questions from my previous post.

  20. AsimG says:

    Woah, are you guys legit?

    Listen, we can talk, but we can’t just yell about Shari’ah and murderous Muslims in rapid postings and expect any fruitful discussion.

    So post a forum site or chat or something and let’s talk there.
    Or you can keep yelling about how we are climbing in your windows and snatching your people up and how you have to hide your kids, hide your wives and hide your husbands cause there’s a bunch of Muslims up in here.

    Your choice, lol.

  21. Pam gellar says:

    My name is Pamela Gellar!!!

    Look what I can do….

  22. Esam says:

    I tell people, let’s sit down and have a dialogue and lets talk and reason with each other. Just like how you can label me , I can label you as well, however, this is a route that should NOT be taken. Muslims never claim that they are angels, we do have our shortcomings, similar to any other group on earth. Lets look at the problems that we as human beings are facing and lets reason together with solutions. I’ll bring mine and you bring yours and lets compare. But be aware that you have to free your mind from all biases, otherwise you will not be able to accept the do’s and dont’s. Those solutions that will be presented might not go down well, because we are all used to a way of living, thinking, acting and behaving, etc.. and we are very accustomed to it. Let the audience then judge for themselves and choose. Human beings don’t usually like to budge or sacrifice,,and that’s where the problems start becoming even more problematic. Please think and be rational.

    Peace all!

  23. Canadian through and through says:

    Awwwww…. poor little mulims! This article is such bull. Why don’t you ungrateful whiners look up some of the history of Canada and learn what the people before you had to go through. You entitlment pigs get everything you want and are afforded every oppurtunity to voice your horse-crap complaints. Turn on the CBC and all you here is grovelling and apologising to the Muslim community about how us horrible knuckle-draggibng Canadians need to be more understanding and accomodating. Here’s a news flash: This Canadian could give two turds about understanding you or your midieval religion. Make it on your own like everybody else. Face covering for women is not acceptable or welcome in this great and free democratic dominion.

    • Allergic to idiocy says:

      But exploitation of women in the music/entertainment industry is O.K. Democratic societies always have the highest divorce rates. Go figure.

      • Canadian through and through says:

        That’s lame. In a free society people make choices and face the consequences. You’re never trapped because you can always recreate yourself. You’re beholden to noone and you can fail miserably or suceed beyond your wildest dreams. Either way you live hard and experience all their is in life. When you die you face your maker. No one has a right to dictate the terms of a girl’s life.

  24. Canadian through and through says:

    One more thing… fact is that there really is no discrimination against muslims in Canada, so muloms who can’t stand not being victims go looking for it and end up stirring up a lot of contoversy that never existed before. This country and America next door are the most welcoming countries in the history of the planet but that doesn’t compute with some people.

  25. Abdul Qadir says:

    I’m a canadian muslim, born n raised. I honestly don’t think i’ve ever been bullied by other canadians. Not saying its the norm (even though it may be)…just speaking from experience

    • kaffir says:

      Sir, thank you for your comment. You have borne witness to the truth and that is wonderful. I hope people with your sensibilities win the day within your community.

  26. kaffir says:

    Tariq Ramadan and Zakir Naik were denied visas for associations with terrorist organizations and for making statements to incite terrorism. No country is under obligation to grant entry to any visitor.

    If there were more people like Abdul Qadir (posted 10/8 @ 12:55 a.m.) and fewer Moslems complaining about bullying when anyone exercises their First Amendment rights, Moslem/non-Moslem relations would be in much better shape.

    • DrM says:

      As far as scum like you are concerned all Muslims have connections with terrorism. Neither Naik nor Ramadan have any such connections, being the target of smear campaigns by Judeofascists and their shabbos goyim followers. So whats the idea of holing up jewish terrorists like the JDL in Canada? How about that Ezra Klein character? First Amendment rights? Someone may want to get Helen Thomas’ take on it. Or maybe the antiwar activists harassed by the FBI.

  27. Abd- Allah says:

    Tariq Ramadan named one of Time magazine’s most important innovators of the twenty-first century.

    The irony…

  28. Kashif says:

    When i read the title of the article, i thought finally MM has turned the corner, finally they are telling us to learn the language of the bullies, and give the bully a good smackdown.

    Alas, it was not to be, and i was treated to some more wishy washy nonsense.

    How can you be so naive so as to say, “Bullies need to be confronted – not with violence – but with wisdom and knowledge. They will only go away when challenged through rigorous debate, which will reveal their own hypocrisy and double standards.”

    Which planet are you living on? Has the hypocrisy and the double standards of the bullies not been pointed out time and time and time and time again?

    Don’t you remember this ayah:

    “Those who behave arrogantly on the earth in defiance of right – them will I turn away from My signs: Even if they see all the signs, they will not believe in them; and if they see the way of right conduct, they will not adopt it as the way; but if they see the way of error, that is the way they will adopt. For they have rejected our signs, and failed to take warning from them. “

    This is describing a certain mindset of some people who regardless of how many times you show them the error of their ways, they will stubbornly cling to their falsehood and evil ways.

    Remember, there were people who saw Rasulullah with their own two eyes; there were people who saw the moon split in two above the mountain, yet they joined the armies who marched against the Prophet sallallahu alaihi wa sallam.

    We need to shed this ridiculous mode of thinking that if we are nice enough, and polite enough, and debate rigorously enough, and sing kumbaya my lord at our interfaith meetings enough, the world will become this wonderful, happy and pluralistic place.

  29. DrM says:

    Blood shedding huh Lets take a look at history shall we…

    COUNTRY OR STATE Dates of intervention Forces Comments

    SOUTH DAKOTA 1890 (-?) Troops 300 Lakota Indians massacred at Wounded Knee.
    ARGENTINA 1890 Troops Buenos Aires interests protected.
    CHILE 1891 Troops Marines clash with nationalist rebels.
    HAITI 1891 Troops Black revolt on Navassa defeated.
    IDAHO 1892 Troops Army suppresses silver miners’ strike.
    HAWAII 1893 (-?) Naval, troops Independent kingdom overthrown, annexed.
    CHICAGO 1894 Troops Breaking of rail strike, 34 killed.
    NICARAGUA 1894 Troops Month-long occupation of Bluefields.
    CHINA 1894-95 Naval, troops Marines land in Sino-Japanese War
    KOREA 1894-96 Troops Marines kept in Seoul during war.
    PANAMA 1895 Troops, naval Marines land in Colombian province.
    NICARAGUA 1896 Troops Marines land in port of Corinto.
    CHINA 1898-1900 Troops Boxer Rebellion fought by foreign armies.
    PHILIPPINES 1898-1910 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, killed 600,000 Filipinos
    CUBA 1898-1902 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, still hold Navy base.
    PUERTO RICO 1898 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, occupation continues.
    GUAM 1898 (-?) Naval, troops Seized from Spain, still use as base.
    MINNESOTA 1898 (-?) Troops Army battles Chippewa at Leech Lake.
    NICARAGUA 1898 Troops Marines land at port of San Juan del Sur.
    SAMOA 1899 (-?) Troops Battle over succession to throne.
    NICARAGUA 1899 Troops Marines land at port of Bluefields.
    IDAHO 1899-1901 Troops Army occupies Coeur d’Alene mining region.
    OKLAHOMA 1901 Troops Army battles Creek Indian revolt.
    PANAMA 1901-14 Naval, troops Broke off from Colombia 1903, annexed Canal Zone 1914.
    HONDURAS 1903 Troops Marines intervene in revolution.
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1903-04 Troops U.S. interests protected in Revolution.
    KOREA 1904-05 Troops Marines land in Russo-Japanese War.
    CUBA 1906-09 Troops Marines land in democratic election.
    NICARAGUA 1907 Troops “Dollar Diplomacy” protectorate set up.
    HONDURAS 1907 Troops Marines land during war with Nicaragua
    PANAMA 1908 Troops Marines intervene in election contest.
    NICARAGUA 1910 Troops Marines land in Bluefields and Corinto.
    HONDURAS 1911 Troops U.S. interests protected in civil war.
    CHINA 1911-41 Naval, troops Continuous occupation with flare-ups.
    CUBA 1912 Troops U.S. interests protected in civil war.
    PANAMA 1912 Troops Marines land during heated election.
    HONDURAS 1912 Troops Marines protect U.S. economic interests.
    NICARAGUA 1912-33 Troops, bombing 10-year occupation, fought guerillas
    MEXICO 1913 Naval Americans evacuated during revolution.
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1914 Naval Fight with rebels over Santo Domingo.
    COLORADO 1914 Troops Breaking of miners’ strike by Army.
    MEXICO 1914-18 Naval, troops Series of interventions against nationalists.
    HAITI 1914-34 Troops, bombing 19-year occupation after revolts.
    TEXAS 1915 Troops Federal soldiers crush “Plan of San Diego” Mexican-American rebellion
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1916-24 Troops 8-year Marine occupation.
    CUBA 1917-33 Troops Military occupation, economic protectorate.
    WORLD WAR I 1917-18 Naval, troops Ships sunk, fought Germany for 1 1/2 years.
    RUSSIA 1918-22 Naval, troops Five landings to fight Bolsheviks
    PANAMA 1918-20 Troops “Police duty” during unrest after elections.
    HONDURAS 1919 Troops Marines land during election campaign.
    YUGOSLAVIA 1919 Troops/Marines intervene for Italy against Serbs in Dalmatia.
    GUATEMALA 1920 Troops 2-week intervention against unionists.
    WEST VIRGINIA 1920-21 Troops, bombing Army intervenes against mineworkers.
    TURKEY 1922 Troops Fought nationalists in Smyrna.
    CHINA 1922-27 Naval, troops Deployment during nationalist revolt.
    HONDURAS 1924-25 Troops Landed twice during election strife.
    PANAMA 1925 Troops Marines suppress general strike.
    CHINA 1927-34 Troops Marines stationed throughout the country.
    EL SALVADOR 1932 Naval Warships send during Marti revolt.
    WASHINGTON DC 1932 Troops Army stops WWI vet bonus protest.
    WORLD WAR II 1941-45 Naval, troops, bombing, nuclear Hawaii bombed, fought Japan, Italy and Germay for 3 years; first nuclear war.
    DETROIT 1943 Troops Army put down Black rebellion.
    IRAN 1946 Nuclear threat Soviet troops told to leave north.
    YUGOSLAVIA 1946 Nuclear threat, naval Response to shoot-down of US plane.
    URUGUAY 1947 Nuclear threat Bombers deployed as show of strength.
    GREECE 1947-49 Command operation U.S. directs extreme-right in civil war.
    GERMANY 1948 Nuclear Threat Atomic-capable bombers guard Berlin Airlift.
    CHINA 1948-49 Troops/Marines evacuate Americans before Communist victory.
    PHILIPPINES 1948-54 Command operation CIA directs war against Huk Rebellion.
    PUERTO RICO 1950 Command operation Independence rebellion crushed in Ponce.
    KOREA 1951-53 (-?) Troops, naval, bombing , nuclear threats U.S./So. Korea fights China/No. Korea to stalemate; A-bomb threat in 1950, and against China in 1953. Still have bases.
    IRAN 1953 Command Operation CIA overthrows democracy, installs Shah.
    VIETNAM 1954 Nuclear threat French offered bombs to use against seige.
    GUATEMALA 1954 Command operation, bombing, nuclear threat CIA directs exile invasion after new gov’t nationalized U.S. company lands; bombers based in Nicaragua.
    EGYPT 1956 Nuclear threat, troops Soviets told to keep out of Suez crisis; Marines evacuate foreigners.
    LEBANON l958 Troops, naval Marine occupation against rebels.
    IRAQ 1958 Nuclear threat Iraq warned against invading Kuwait.
    CHINA l958 Nuclear threat China told not to move on Taiwan isles.
    PANAMA 1958 Troops Flag protests erupt into confrontation.
    VIETNAM l960-75 Troops, naval, bombing, nuclear threats Fought South Vietnam revolt & North Vietnam; one million killed in longest U.S. war; atomic bomb threats in l968 and l969.
    CUBA l961 Command operation CIA-directed exile invasion fails.
    GERMANY l961 Nuclear threat Alert during Berlin Wall crisis.
    LAOS 1962 Command operation Military buildup during guerrilla war.
    CUBA l962 Nuclear threat, naval Blockade during missile crisis; near-war with Soviet Union.
    IRAQ 1963 Command operation CIA organizes coup that killed president, brings Ba’ath Party to power, and Saddam Hussein back from exile to be head of the secret service.
    PANAMA l964 Troops Panamanians shot for urging canal’s return.
    INDONESIA l965 Command operation Million killed in CIA-assisted army coup.
    DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1965-66 Troops, bombing Marines land during election campaign.
    GUATEMALA l966-67 Command operation Green Berets intervene against rebels.
    DETROIT l967 Troops Army battles African Americans, 43 killed.
    UNITED STATES l968 Troops After King is shot; over 21,000 soldiers in cities.
    CAMBODIA l969-75 Bombing, troops, naval Up to 2 million killed in decade of bombing, starvation, and political chaos.
    OMAN l970 Command operation U.S. directs Iranian marine invasion.
    LAOS l971-73 Command operation, bombing U.S. directs South Vietnamese invasion; “carpet-bombs” countryside.
    SOUTH DAKOTA l973 Command operation Army directs Wounded Knee siege of Lakotas.
    MIDEAST 1973 Nuclear threat World-wide alert during Mideast War.
    CHILE 1973 Command operation CIA-backed coup ousts elected marxist president.
    CAMBODIA l975 Troops, bombing Gas captured ship, 28 die in copter crash.
    ANGOLA l976-92 Command operation CIA assists South African-backed rebels.
    IRAN l980 Troops, nuclear threat, aborted bombing Raid to rescue Embassy hostages; 8 troops die in copter-plane crash. Soviets warned not to get involved in revolution.
    LIBYA l981 Naval jets Two Libyan jets shot down in maneuvers.
    EL SALVADOR l981-92 Command operation, troops Advisors, overflights aid anti-rebel war, soldiers briefly involved in hostage clash.
    NICARAGUA l981-90 Command operation, naval CIA directs exile (Contra) invasions, plants harbor mines against revolution.
    LEBANON l982-84 Naval, bombing, troops Marines expel PLO and back Phalangists, Navy bombs and shells Muslim positions.
    GRENADA l983-84 Troops, bombing Invasion four years after revolution.
    HONDURAS l983-89 Troops Maneuvers help build bases near borders.
    IRAN l984 Jets Two Iranian jets shot down over Persian Gulf.
    LIBYA l986 Bombing, naval Air strikes to topple nationalist gov’t.
    BOLIVIA 1986 Troops Army assists raids on cocaine region.
    IRAN l987-88 Naval, bombing US intervenes on side of Iraq in war.
    LIBYA 1989 Naval jets Two Libyan jets shot down.
    VIRGIN ISLANDS 1989 Troops St. Croix Black unrest after storm.
    PHILIPPINES 1989 Jets Air cover provided for government against coup.
    PANAMA 1989 (-?) Troops, bombing Nationalist government ousted by 27,000 soldiers, leaders arrested, 2000+ killed.
    LIBERIA 1990 Troops Foreigners evacuated during civil war.
    SAUDI ARABIA 1990-91 Troops, jets Iraq countered after invading Kuwait. 540,000 troops also stationed in Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Israel.
    IRAQ 1990-91 Bombing, troops, naval Blockade of Iraqi and Jordanian ports, air strikes; 200,000+ killed in invasion of Iraq and Kuwait; large-scale destruction of Iraqi military.
    KUWAIT 1991 Naval, bombing, troops Kuwait royal family returned to throne.
    IRAQ 1991-2003 Bombing, naval No-fly zone over Kurdish north, Shiite south; constant air strikes and naval-enforced economic sanctions
    LOS ANGELES 1992 Troops Army, Marines deployed against anti-police uprising.
    SOMALIA 1992-94 Troops, naval, bombing U.S.-led United Nations occupation during civil war; raids against one Mogadishu faction.
    YUGOSLAVIA 1992-94 Naval NATO blockade of Serbia and Montenegro.
    BOSNIA 1993-? Jets, bombing No-fly zone patrolled in civil war; downed jets, bombed Serbs.
    HAITI 1994 Troops, naval Blockade against military government; troops restore President Aristide to office three years after coup.
    ZAIRE (CONGO) 1996-97 Troops Marines at Rwandan Hutu refugee camps, in area where Congo revolution begins.
    LIBERIA 1997 Troops Soldiers under fire during evacuation of foreigners.
    ALBANIA 1997 Troops Soldiers under fire during evacuation of foreigners.
    SUDAN 1998 Missiles Attack on pharmaceutical plant alleged to be “terrorist” nerve gas plant.
    AFGHANISTAN 1998 Missiles Attack on former CIA training camps used by Islamic fundamentalist groups alleged to have attacked embassies.
    IRAQ 1998 Bombing, Missiles Four days of intensive air strikes after weapons inspectors allege Iraqi obstructions.
    YUGOSLAVIA 1999 Bombing, Missiles Heavy NATO air strikes after Serbia declines to withdraw from Kosovo. NATO occupation of Kosovo.
    YEMEN 2000 Naval USS Cole, docked in Aden, bombed.
    MACEDONIA 2001 Troops NATO forces deployed to move and disarm Albanian rebels.
    UNITED STATES 2001 Jets, naval Reaction to hijacker attacks on New York, DC
    AFGHANISTAN 2001-? Troops, bombing, missiles Massive U.S. mobilization to overthrow Taliban, hunt Al Qaeda fighters, install Karzai regime, and battle Taliban insurgency. More than 30,000 U.S. troops and numerous private security contractors carry our occupation.
    YEMEN 2002 Missiles Predator drone missile attack on Al Qaeda, including a US citizen.
    PHILIPPINES 2002-? Troops, naval Training mission for Philippine military fighting Abu Sayyaf rebels evolves into combat missions in Sulu Archipelago, west of Mindanao.
    COLOMBIA 2003-? Troops US special forces sent to rebel zone to back up Colombian military protecting oil pipeline.
    IRAQ 2003-? Troops, naval, bombing, missiles Saddam regime toppled in Baghdad. More than 250,000 U.S. personnel participate in invasion. US and UK forces occupy country and battle Sunni and Shi’ite insurgencies. More than 160,000 troops and numerous private contractors carry out occupation and build large permanent bases.
    LIBERIA 2003 Troops Brief involvement in peacekeeping force as rebels drove out leader.
    HAITI 2004-05 Troops, naval Marines land after right-wing rebels oust elected President Aristide, who was advised to leave by Washington.
    PAKISTAN 2005-? Missiles, bombing, covert operation CIA missile and air strikes and Special Forces raids on alleged Al Qaeda and Taliban refuge villages kill multiple civilians. Drone attacks also on Pakistani Mehsud network.
    SOMALIA 2006-? Missiles, naval, covert operation Special Forces advise Ethiopian invasion that topples Islamist government; AC-130 strikes and Cruise missile attacks against Islamist rebels; naval blockade against “pirates” and insurgents.
    SYRIA 2008 Troops Special Forces in helicopter raid 5 miles from Iraq kill 8 Syrian civilians
    YEMEN 2009-? Missiles, command operation Cruise missile attack on Al Qaeda kills 49 civilians; Yemeni military assaults on rebels

    Why would any Muslim be “peaceful” with mass murdering Anglo-American terrorists and their apologists? Anything for the Blight of Nations, right? Get back to me when you find those imaginary Iraqi WMDs, pauly…..

  30. Hanoi Paris Hilton says:

    Your reference to Ann Coulter’s speech at U. Ottawa, and the warning she received –quite properly, you seem to think– from that righteous and smarmy academic bureaucrat not to be her usual nasty self, was perhaps a little bass ackwards on your part. Since in reality, Coulter’s speech was cancelled at the last possible moment by the University over “security concerns”; i.e., a quite legitimate fear that the so-awfully-bullied Canuckistani Muslims would run amok and commit mayhem if Coulter was allowed to say whatever she had to say.

    Who’s bullying whom in this case?