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UK: Blasphemers Should Be Taken To Court Says Mo Shafiq of ‘Moderate’ Ramadhan Foundation

All these think-tanks run by Muslims are, in majority, just fakes. It’s a means to siphon  government money and to continue expanding the Islamic cause through clever rhetorics. You can’t change these people. Therefore, one should not bring them in in the first place.

This is how the foundation describes itself on wikipedia:

Mohammed Shafiq is the English-born chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation based in Greater Manchester, and a media commentator on British-Muslim issues.

Shafiq has spoken out against extremism and terrorism since 2001, condemning the 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack. In October 2013 he was warned by anti-terrorist police about death threats being made by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group.

In August 2005 he was appointed as press spokesman of the Ramadhan Foundation, a moderate group[citation needed] aimed at helping young Muslims in the United Kingdom and fostering interfaith dialogue. Through representing the Foundation, he has become a regular face in British media, commenting on British-Muslim issues and perspectives.

In January 2014 Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim, posted a “Jesus and Mo” image on his Twitter account. The image depicts Jesus saying “Hey” and Mohammed saying “How ya doin'”. Shafiq then posted on Twitter “We will notify all muslim organisations in the UK of his despicable behaviour and also notify Islamic countries.” Shafiq further Tweeted “Ghustaki Rasool Quilliam,” so linking Nawaz’s anti-extremist think tank with an Urdu term which means “defamer of the prophet”, which under Islamic law is a crime that carries a death penalty. Maajid Nawaz has since received a number of death threats. Shafiq also reportedly organized an on-line petition to Nick Clegg to have Nawaz removed as a Liberal Democrat candidate, though when the organizers of the petition, named as SA et al., were contacted by the press they distanced themselves from Shafiq, adding, “Incitement to murder is completely unjustified.” The online petition asking Clegg to suspend Nawaz eventually had 22, 927 supporters, a counter petition calling for Clegg to discipline Shafiq received 8,375 supporters.



Blasphemers Should Be Taken To Court Says Mo Shafiq


With base expectations, we may celebrate that Mo Shafiq does not want blasphemers killed. The jubilant crowds would be none existent. You have to kill someone for blasphemy to get that kind of reception in Pakistan. No, Shafiq would never stoop that low for attention.

Low enough to make clear that those assassinated for blasphemy should be very much alive and answering for it in court.

Shafiq wanted to spread the word that Maajid Nawaz was a blasphemer in 2014, and all that work for the Quilliam Foundation, which Nawaz chairs, were “ghustaki Rasool these quillium people.” Which means “defamer of the prophet.” A year after doing this, he apologised for his behaviour in 2015 saying he would never support violence.

Now, it is 2016. What did Mo Shafiq want to make clear regarding the assassination of Govenor Salman Taser and his assassin, Mumtaz Qadri?

If Salman Taseer was guilty of blasphemy then he had the right to defend himself in a court of law; this was not afforded to him. I am not defending his actions, nor what type of lifestyle he led, but regardless of this he had the right to be heard in the court of law. Mumtaz Qadri decided he was guilty and therefore decided he was going to kill him – this action was wrong.

The “lifestyle he led” – let us be clear that sympathy for a man shot in cold blood by his bodyguard for suggesting the blasphemy law needed reforming, only goes so far. Mo Shafiq wants freedom to discuss so:

we could debate, disagree or challenge each other without resorting to insults, swearing or denigrating one’s intentions.

But if you are accused of blasphemy, off to the courts with you. No freedom to debate, disagree or challenge in the public sphere. Come along quietly in Pakistan, before the mob gets there to kill you

The problem in the UK is being exuberant and celebrating the murder of blasphemers. You are rather letting the side down according to Shafiq:

…When it comes to tackling terrorism we have to be consistent and sadly over the past few days we have allowed the narrative to build that the Sunni/Sufi community supports some terrorism or killing in the name of defending the honour of the beloved Prophet (pbuh).

This is alarming and deeply damaging for our community and our ability to address the issue of extremism. This cannot be allowed to continue to the point where we are just seen as terrorist sympathisers or apologists which clearly is not true – God forbid the next atrocity will happen and our scholars will be challenged, ridiculed and condemned for being selective when it comes to terrorism and killing of individuals.

Muslims are not a political collective. Islamists want them to be one. So do the far right. It is a giveaway when people treat them as a monolith. Also, when criticism of the views of a person are considered an attack on Muslims generally. This delusion goes like this: I speak for Muslims defending Islam, therefore when I am attacked, Muslims and Islam are.

These are my sincerely held views and I am certain regardless of what I say there will still be some haters who will continue the campaign against Islam and denigrate so many Muslims.

So to make clear, Mo Shafiq does not want you killed by anyone for blasphemy. You should be in the dock for doing so. Otherwise, take whatever views on the issue and debate. And bear in mind Shafiq is a Sunni.

you can disagree with me but do not suggest that I am any less of a Sunni than you because of this post.

But you can say of Maajid Nawaz:

When it comes to speaking for or defending Muslims Maajid and his cronies are on the other side supporting the other side.

The secret is to learn when you should denigrate other Muslims and their lifestyle, but demand no one do that back to you. Mo Shafiq plays it so well.

So in the debate watch out for non violent extremists that want you in court and the violent extremists that want you dead, when you do. There seem to be a few of them about in this world.

As Govenor Taseer or Asia Bibi testify to.


Twitter exchange here.

Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog
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15 thoughts on “UK: Blasphemers Should Be Taken To Court Says Mo Shafiq of ‘Moderate’ Ramadhan Foundation

  1. Beauty is in the ey of the beholder, Blasphemy is in the ear of the beholder. Everyone has a different idea of both so why should blasphemy be a criminal offence. Further all religions are blasphemous towards each other simply by the fact that they can not all be right if any of them are and I believe that none of them are. If I say that why should I be taken to court why can’t religious people be taken to court because they are blasphemous of my belief that god does not exist.


  2. When are people going to understand that islam is fascism disguised as religion! Did Europe not learn from WWII that fascism was bad for it? The muslims adopted fascism as a way to spread islam. It is known that much of what they are involved in today was taken from the Hitler socialist workers party method of power and control. Just because your enemy says that you must respect their religion, it takes a fool to respect a religion that values deceit and murder as tenets. It is NOT religion, it is fascism grabbing power through violence. Hasn’t Europe and England had enough of fascism? When are you going to outlaw murder by politic?


    • Yes Europe DID learn the lesson that fascism is bad for it, at least those who fought in WWII did. Unfortunately we now have several generations who have never had to defend their way of life and have never had it so good they have forgotten the lessons of WWI and WWII and the lesson of the last 1400 years of violence against Europe by the followers of Islam and the pedophile prophet


  3. Maajid Nawaz is posing as an opponent of the extreme forms of islam (which he clearly supported in his youth*).
    In doing so, he wishes us to believe that the evil doctrine of islam represents no danger to non-muslims and non-muslim societies. (This is patently untrue.) Nawaz is following a policy of conquest by stealth. (These are among the tactics used by mohammad as shown in the koran). When (if) islam has achieved victory (by whatever means), this country will be subject to the laws of sharia.
    See here the details of this muslim “playbook” –

    Of course, in holding Nawaz as a “good” muslim, the author is playing his part in helping Nawaz to achieve his desired, as by all muslims, objective of the subjugation to islam of this country, and eventually of the entire world.
    In that, the author is joined by those two supposed scourges of islam, Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins.
    [Why is it that apparently intelligent men such as these, lose all capacity for rational thinking when confronting islam?]

    *He still believes that *allah*, the psychopathic sadistic amoral stupid ignorant thug at the rotten core of islam who will torture non-believers for eternity (solely on the grounds that they do not worship him), dispenses justice.


    • I agree. One though only has to look around at the young idiot politicians today. Half of them have no contemporary political history in their education and as for ISLAM well what can one say?! A little thought most of today’s politicians are the son’s and daughter’s of the early 60’s sexually liberating generation – closely followed by those stupid women who thought the sun shone out of Greer’s backside! I personally never agreed with ‘flower power’ or the diatribe of Shire Hite and Germain Greer. Though there are plenty out there who do! No wonder our men are ‘wooses’ and our women are mini ‘Uber strumpets!’ Just look at Sweden and Germany! Hail Muslim men come and take us we need a real man to impregnate us! Birth rates have dropped so seriously we are ripe for over running in Europe and Scandinavia. One wonders what China will do with all the excess young males born since ’83 – running around!?


      • Oh, Ericka, I’m disappointed with your last question. I’d considered you to be savvy enough to know that the answer SHOULD be: Send them to the Middle East to go Harem hopping. See how the Islam Imbeciles like it when it’s done to their womenfolk!😀


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