TAREK FATAH

Muslim double standards abound

Posted By: Tarek Fatah · 7/25/2014 7:51:00 AM

If there is a God, he has some explaining to do.

On the one hand he tells us Muslims in the Qur’an that we are “the best of peoples, evolved for mankind”, but then showers us with leaders who bring out the worst in the human soul.

If the murderous spree some of my fellow Muslims have embraced is not enough, their hypocrisy of playing the victim card makes the rest of the world cringe in anger, if not outrage.

As I write, Muslims around the world have taken to the streets and social media to protest Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, that has resulted in the deaths of nearly 200 Palestinians.

Undoubtedly the death of 200 Arabs, many of them civilian women and children, is tragic and worthy of condemnation.

However, just next door to Israel almost 200,000 Arabs have been killed by fellow Arabs in Syria, but that tragedy has triggered no public demonstrations of anger in Islamic capitals, let alone in Toronto.

Let us examine two military operations by two countries against what they describe as Islamic terrorists belonging to radical jihadi movements.

While Israel’s Operation Protective Edge is making the lead story around the world, few are aware of Pakistan’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb (Strike of Prophet Muhammad’s Sword) underway against the Taliban inside Pakistan.

Israel’s military operations have killed about 200 and displaced about 17,000 Palestinians from their homes in Gaza.

Pakistan’s military operations, on the other hand, have killed over 400 and made over 900,000 Pashtun Pakistanis homeless and destitute in their own country.

While the 17,000 Palestinians are finding shelter in United Nations Relief and Works Agency structures, nearly one million Pakistanis are facing a catastrophe that has triggered neither media coverage, nor international aid or protest.

On Monday, a day after an Israeli missile killed 18 family members of the Hamas police chief in Gaza, Iraqi men in Baghdad slaughtered 28 Iraqi women.

There was plenty of fury over the dead family, almost none for the women, for they were alleged to be residents of a brothel, as if that mattered.

Allah’s “best of peoples, evolved for mankind”, clearly live by a double standard, the one that triggers mammoth support for Palestinians but absolutely none for Pashtuns.

Here’s why. It is not the race or religion of the victim that counts, but the identity of their tormentor.

As long as it’s an Arab army annihilating fellow Arabs or a Muslim military murdering fellow Muslims, too many Muslims simply shrug away our responsibility and say, “leave it to Allah” as the Qur’an supposedly commands.

However, if the Muslim falls victim to the “kuffar” — meaning the Jew, Christian or Hindu — then many of our clerics take to the pulpit and deliver fiery, end-of-times lectures, using the tragedy as a reason to ignite hatred against the other, in most cases “The Jew”.

I wonder if God has heard this mosque sermon by a prominent Pakistani cleric.

“And a time is about to come when Allah would bestow such a success on Islam that there would not be a single Jew left on the face of the earth. … And when the last Jew will be killed from this world, then peace would be established in the world …”

It would appear the depth of hatred many of God’s “best of people” disseminate, needs his attention.

That is, if he is listening at all.​

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This was first published in The Toronto Sun on July 15, 2014

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  1. KenUBelievit posted on 07/27/2014 01:50 PM
    I think it's safe to say that at least 90% of the conflicts and resulting deaths in the history of mankind can be attributed to religion. Mankind is so afraid of his mortality that it has had to invent gods and afterlives. We cannot deal with the reality that like all other life on this planet there is just one go round and then your gone. ``gods`` are a crutch for those who can`t accept the finality of death. It is obvious that if there were gods the murders committed in their names make them the most evil beings imaginable.
  2. Robbie Nood posted on 07/30/2014 12:41 AM
    Tarek, I hope I'm not wrong by guessing you are indeed a muslim yourself. I'm a little puzzled by your opening remark "if there is a God ...". Any doubt on this matter would be characterized as a major deviation from the true belief in Islam. That could make you a non-believer, a "kuffar" as you mentioned. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one to judge, I'm just making a logical conclusion.

    You also imply that God creates vicious leaders. I would argue that God has given us free choice, and free choice includes choosing evil acts.

    As for the "victim card" claim, with all due respect, you seem to have a total lack of objectivity on this issue. As a general rule, whenever there is a problem, the wise would look back and try to identify the root cause/s. On the Israeli/Palestinian issue, perhaps a glance at the number of resolutions brought forward by the UN would refresh your memory - over 30 resolutions against the atrocities perpetuated by Israel since 1973! There are more if you care to go further back in time! The real hypocrisy and outrage is that the US systematically uses their veto each and every time, thus derailing any attempt to kick-start a peace process.

    Not only Muslims, but people around the world are expressing their disapproval of this injustice and thanks to social media, people are more exposed to the real truth in real time, that would otherwise normally be censored by the biased mainstream media. You may know something about this as I understand that your radio station is heavily sponsored by the Israelis!

    Comparing the situation in Syria to that in Gaza is a little bit of a stretch. You seem to be oblivious to the fact that what's happening in Gaza is more of a genocide than a civil unrest. Most political analysts seem to agree on this. You don't need to be a Muslim to see this, you simply have to be human.

    When it comes to Pakistan, this reveals another level of hypocrisy. Typically, where there are conflicts involving Muslims against Muslims, the rest of the world would be content to just sit back and watch it develop. Intervention is rarely an option unless there are some political gains at stake. Libya? Egypt? However, the situation in Gaza is not about Muslims, although Gaza is a predominantly muslim population, it's simply about humans being butchered by an uncontrollable monster targeting mostly innocent children and babies. Yes, Hamas is not helping their cause but then again looking back at the chains of events makes it very clear as to what drove Hamas to extent of launching "ridiculous", vain rockets towards Israel.

    From where you stand, you may find it convenient to frivolously characterize the Muslim response as "double standard" but then again, digging deeper into the root cause puts a much different perspective than yours on this argument.

    As to the mosque sermons you are referring to, I'm not sure which mosque you attend, if any, but dude change the mosque! Go to where the mainstream muslims go. "Hot-headed" clerics are present in every religion.

    Reading between the lines, I couldn't help noticing that you may have a problem with God Himself, more than anything else!
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