Sunday, February 10, 2008

What he wishes on us is an abomination

This is the best, most devastating rebuttal I have seen yet to the Archdhimmi of Canterbury's suggestion that Sharia should be allowed to exist in the U.K. And in an even more ironic twist, the writer of this rebuttal is a Muslim.

What he wishes on us is an abomination

By Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
The Independent
9 February 2008

"Sharia is nothing but a human concoction of medieval religious opinion"

What Rowan Williams wishes upon us is an abomination and I write here as a modern Muslim woman. He lectures the nation on the benefits of sharia law – made by bearded men, for men – and wants the alternative legal system to be accommodated within our democracy in the spirit of inclusion and cohesion.

Pray tell me sir, how do separate and impenetrable courts and schools and extreme female segregation promote commonalities and deep bonds between citizens of these small isles?

What he did on Thursday was to convince other Britons, white, black and brown, that Muslims want not equality but exceptionalism and their own domains. Enlightened British Muslims quail. Friends like this churchman do us more harm than our many enemies. He passes round what he believes to be the benign libation of tolerance. It is laced with arsenic.

He would not want his own girls and women, I am sure, to "choose" to be governed by these laws he breezily endorses. And he is naive to the point of folly if he imagines it is possible to pick and choose the bits that are relatively nice to the girls or ones that seem to dictate honourable financial transactions.

Look around the Islamic world where sharia rules and, in every single country, these ordinances reduce our human value to less than half that is accorded a male; homosexuals are imprisoned or killed, children have no free voice or autonomy, authoritarianism rules and infantilises populations.

What's more, different Muslim nations claim to have their own allegedly god-given sharia. In Saudi Arabia, women cannot drive (What in Allah's name could the Koran have warned about cars?). In Bangladesh and Pakistan, they have no such bar to driving, although increasingly Saudi Wahabi Islam is taking over and we see Saudi sharia taking hold.

It is growing in influence here, too. Ten years ago, the only fully shrouded Muslim women around were from the Arab fiefdoms, the many wives of sheikhs often drawn by cartoonists to convey the absurdity and inhumanity of such cloaks. Now all of Europe has these girls and women rendering themselves invisible in public spaces. It is their elected sharia, so they claim without credibility. There is no agreed body of sharia, it is all drafted by males and the most cruel is now claiming absolute authority.

In Pakistan, on the statutes are strictures on adultery introduced by the military dictator Zia ul-Haq. Women activists in that country have given their lives protesting against the injustice of those laws where women suspected of adultery, or rape victims, are punished in hideous ways and the man goes free.

The Iranian theocracy changes its regulations from year to year, capriciously playing with the lives of females. The morality police hound women and girls, beat them up, imprison them for showing an ankle, walking too provocatively or singing in the streets. They fight back but are ground down eventually.

Two Iranian friends chose to die rather than live under the demeaning religious orders. Go to Afghanistan if you fancy a 12-year-old bride – a practice approved by the mullahs. That's sharia for you. Many women, gay men and dissidents came to Britain to escape Islamic tyrants and their laws. Dr Williams supports those laws and, by default, makes the refugees victims again.

Four years ago, a Saudi woman in her fifties came to my home. She was divorced from a Saudi prince who had sent her away and kept her children. What she said about sharia cannot be repeated. She had money, this princess, but no parental rights and she howled like a child in excruciating pain in my living room.

Yet, family disputes, says Dr Williams, would be easier, within sharia. For whom exactly? The polygamous men who live in this country, yes, certainly. Not for their wives who will be told that God intends them to lower their eyes and accept unjust verdicts.

Many will be sent back to bastard husbands or flinty-eyed mullahs will take their children away. In Bradford and Halifax, they may be forbidden to drive or work where men are employed. Adultery will be punished. I don't think we will have public stonings but violence of some sort will be meted out (it already is) with lawmakers' backing.

Sensing the drift in their direction, British sharia "experts" today shamelessly direct female medical students not to wash their forearms, essential to prevent the spread of infections, because that exposes their flesh.

Does the Archbishop even know that sharia comes in many guises and that several schools of jurisprudence have their own versions? The list is long – Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi, Hanbali, Jafari, Salafi and on and on. Ayatollah Khomeini preferred his DIY set of crimes and punishments when he came to power.

No women are allowed to be imams or serious jurists, so cannot help make their own fair and free set of female-friendly sharia. All the systems insist on ultimate truths, hard certainties. Sharia cannot provide solutions to the complex challenges of modern life and many violate fundamental human rights as established by the United Nations.

Taj Hargey, a historian and Islamic theologian, runs the Muslim Education Centre in Oxford. He, with me, is a trustee of British Muslims For Secular Democracy which is attempting to educate Muslims out of authorised obscurantism and non-Muslims into a better understanding of the progressive and evolutionary nature of the practice of Islam.

He is incandescent that Dr Williams backs a perilous Islamic conservatism, already too powerful in Britain: "Sharia is nothing but a human concoction of medieval religious opinion, largely archaic and outmoded and irrelevant to life today. Most sharia contradicts the letter and spirit of the Koran, distorts the transcendental text."

During his sermons Dr Hargey explains to congregations that, for example there is no blasphemy in the Koran, that the Prophet himself allowed a man to mock the divine revelations. Apostasy, says the holy text, will be dealt with by Allah in the afterlife. Sharia policemen insist apostates should be tortured and killed.

Dr Williams says Muslims want the choice to opt for sharia. What he believes to be choice is, in truth, inner compulsion, the result of brainwashing which begins in the madrassas when girls and boys are young enough to mould.

I have often admired the Archbishop's lofty thoughts, his intellectualism, the passion for human rights, his guts when the Government needs to be chastised. But this time his kind indulgences betray his own invaluable principles and deliver Muslim women, girls and dissidents into the hands of religious persecutors – an unforgivable intervention, which I hope he now sincerely regrets.


noshar eya said...

Well spotted.
This Bish needs to stop bashing women and if he loves sharia that much, then lets club together and sponsor him on a years holiday in Iran or Saudi, where he can feel at home with lots of other bearded, and long robed MEN.
He will find many "admirers" there, I am sure.

John Sobieski said...

She must be Islamophobic! Watch your back! Why does she still cling to Islam? That is what I don't get.

Mark said...

It is indeed an abomination. And coming from the pen of a Muslimah, it is all the more powerful. But I have to concur with John when he asks the question: "Why does she still cling to islam? Strange that!

Mark said...

By the way, Anti-Jihadist, it must be a co-incidence, but. too, I posted this self-same article on February 9th. Take a look: What the Archbishop Wishes On Us Is an Abomination

Anonymous said...

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is typical representative of muslims. Not too long ago together withthat propagandist Robert Fisk they were extolling the virtues of islam and muslim; the typical bleating that muslims are victims while the western world is barbaric in its treatment of muslims; now faced with sharia law she shits and wakes up!! Finally!! Nothing more than primal self-preservation.
Bitch must be having nightmares of being raped and stoned to death.

Nevertheless, no muslim can nor must be trusted, ever.

Turkey's Erdogan, an islamist to the core, said: “moderate” Islam descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.” He speaks the truth. Any muslim who even questions the quran is to be deemed an apostate, worse than a non muslim. What does this tell us? ONE WHO BELIEVES IN ISLAM, THE INFALLIBILITY OF THE QURAN AS THE LITERAL WORD OF THEIR ALLH. IF ONE DOES BELIEVE IN THE QURAN THEN ONE IS A MUSLIM BUT CERTAINLY NOT MODERATE BECAUSE THERE ARE NO NON-FASCIST MUSLIMS. NO MODERATE MUSLIMS BECAUSE TO BE NON FASCIST OR MODERATE IS TO BE A NON MUSLIM, A NON BELIEVER IN THE QURAN'S TOTALITY AND INFALLIBILITY, WHICH MEANS THAT A GLOBAL CALIPHATE IS THE GOAL AND DEATH TO THE NON MUSLIMS. HENCE THE 100+ VIOLENT VERSES HAVE TO BE EXERCISED ON THE NON MUSLIMS TO THE HILT.

The bitch called Yasmin can leave islam for it is proven a false "religion" cooked up in the mad delusions of a mentally deranged paedophile psychopath they call 'prophet" who prophesied NOTHING. To cling to that cult of Terror, Murder of Innocents, Padophilism, and wanton Crimes Against Humanity brands Yasmin a Trojan Horse to lead impressionable minds to think that reason and rational thinking exists among muslims: heck, it went away with Al-Ghazali and is a scourge on mankind.

Anonymous said...

ha ha! the archbishop cannot make christian law into enactment but want to make sharia legalistic,
what a joke! it's like not recognising your own babe but take recognition of other.The muslims could not solve their own problems within, he want to solve other people problem...sign!the priests better do PR to maintain their own reputation