One of our readers sent us this article by Maajid Nawaz, trying to compare Islamic Jihad to – the Crusaders! There is absolutely nothing in Christianity, or in Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism for that matter that can compare to Islam and the direct and very descriptive instructions to destroy and kill non-Muslims, until they are basically obliverated. There exist no instructions by a Jesus, Buddha, the Hindu incarnations, etc., that provides guidelines to the followers of these faiths to target particular people and out of religious racism and intolerance, to kill and destroy them. Only Islam is unique in this regard. Nawaz gives an absolutely absurd argument. All it shows is that moderate Maajid Nawaz continues to try to justify and somehow elude the fact that Islam is an ideology built on terrorism right from the inception when it came into creation during Ramadan, a cermenoy preparing Muslims to rest, fast and gather strength for jihad to help them turn more victorious.
Nawaz may not be a terrorist but he reveals regularly in his reasonings that he still supports and agrees with the core mentality with which Muslims use to excuse their initiated aggressions, wars, hate on others – the same foundation which jihadists agree to as well. It’s all still there. It’s in the DNA.
Please stop saying the Nice attacks have nothing to do with Islam
Maajid Nawaz, Telegraph
15 July 2016 • 4:43pm
Policemen walk on the site where a truck drove into a crowd watching a fireworks display on the Promenade des Anglais seafront in the French Riviera town of Nice on July 15, 2016
The Crusades had something to do with Christianity, and Islamic terrorism has something to do with Islam Credit: Valery Hache/AFP
In the wake of the Nice attacks people are already saying: “But the terrorist wasn’t pious. See! It has nothing to do with Islam.”
Your good intentions towards us Muslims are only making the problem worse. This is as dangerous as saying it is everything to do with Islam.
How the Nice terror attack unfolded.
The Crusaders weren’t pious. But they had something to do with Christianity, right? Right? That something was the desire impious religious peasants had for martyrdom and the religious promise of redemption that Pope Urban II gave them. [*Crusades had nothing to do with aims to achieve “martyrdom” or “redemption” nor was it fought out of Christian ideology or instructions given by Jesus to “kill them wherever you find them”. The Crusaders were purely created as a defensive army fighting for human survival. Redemption was ritualistically necessary in that age since Christianity does not instruct the murder of a particular people meaning this kind of excursions would be ‘a sin’ while with Muslims it became a necessity for survival. The Church was forced to create an army to fight relentless Muslim invasion and attacks that did not stop for centuries, and enslaved millions of Europeans while destroying the entire Classical European civilisation.]
Now switch out white Christians with brown Muslims and kindly cease with this bigotry of low expectations. This has something to do with Islam.
It is not a failure of security. We can deploy all the troops we want and it won’t solve anything. Some have accused the French authorities of letting their guard down after the Euros; that’s nonsense. To imagine the security apparatus would lapse into such complacency during a period of unprecedented threat – and unprecedented scrutiny – is absurd.
In fact, what we ask of them is impossible. As in the Orlando attacks, and probably here, people can now be radicalised through social media and online interactions that governments are not – and will never be – equipped to handle.
You can’t disrupt a network that was barely a network to begin with and you can’t break up a conspiracy of one. There will never be enough police to stop every runaway truck or every gunman in an airport, or nightclub, or stadium.
Watch the moment police surround and shoot Nice terror attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel.
All we can do is stop the supply of recruits – and there are far too many of those. No terrorist represents the values of all Muslims, of course, but we have allowed hardline Islamism to permeate our communities and mobilise the vulnerable.
To stop it we have to make it less attractive, and that is a long-term struggle, similar to the those against racism, homophobia and anti-Semitism.
Campaigns like Families Against Terrorism and Extremism and the #MyIslam campaign are a start, but we will need the help of every element of society.
So please stop denying the nature of jihadism. Please stop ignoring the narratives which drive these attacks. Instead of aiding extremists who insist Islam today is perfect, perhaps you should aid us beleaguered reformist Muslims who are attempting to address this crisis within Islam against all the odds.
Some #solidarity, please. Because if you want to stop this, you need us.
Maajid Nawaz is the founder of the Quilliam Foundation, a counter-extremism think tank. A shorter version of this article originally appeared on Facebook.