Said Politicians Aren't Funny
What is truly funny
is when non-Muslims try to teach Islam to Muslims.
Some of you may
remember how the spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran mocked the
Secretary of State Colin Powel when he said
“Islam is not incompatible with democracy”. The Iranian fellow said , "US
officials' comments on Islam clearly prove they know nothing about
Islam and Muslims”.
have the French interior minister, Dominique de Villepin, saying (April
22, 2004) "the country must urgently begin training Muslim clerics
in a moderate Islam that respects human rights and the republican
a meeting of local prefects a day after he deported an Algerian imam who
was in favor of stoning women, Mr. De Villepin said they should not
think twice about expelling any foreign preacher who advocated violence,
hatred, racism or human rights abuses.
had to "face the issue of training imams. I ask you to help the
Muslim faith get organized better and more quickly so that a real
'French Islam' can emerge."
real French Islam”? And we thought that Islam is the Islam of
Muhammad. So in what ways this “real French Islam” differs from the
Wednesday Abdelkader Bouziane, the 52-year-old imam of a Lyon mosque,
was deported from
France. He said in an interview that the Koran authorized husbands to hit
their wives, that polygamy was right, that women were not men's equals
and that music was sin. And added, "it is lawful to stone women who are
unfaithful to their husbands".
A week later, Yahia Cherif, the imam of
asked his congregation to "rejoice in the
bombings" that killed 191 people.
has 5 million Muslims and
an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 imams.
Interior Minister realizes the gravity of the problem. His solution is
to create "a real French Islam”. This “frenchized” version of
Islam, supposedly does not include wife beating, stoning, hatred of
non-Muslims, Jew bashing, violence and terrorism.
a noble thought. However I wonder what sacred book are they going to use
in lieu of the Quran? Wife beating is a teaching of the Quran. Jihad or
what we call Islamic terrorism is also a pillar of Islam. Not obeying
the rule of the non-Muslims is also in the Quran. Stoning is also the
rule of Sharia. So if the French Islam is not going to have the Quran as
its holy book, what book they will use?
eagerly waiting to see how this experiment works. If it is successful
perhaps we could also create a French Nazism too. All we have to do is
replace Mein Kampf with its French version and voilà, we have given
birth to a
Boussouf, an imam from
who is working on a training scheme to be run by France's National Muslim Council said. “Muslim imams in
should have a modern education - ideally a university education in both
social sciences and Koranic studies - as the best guarantee of the
religion's "harmonious future existence within a modern and secular
That is a wonderful thought. However a word of advise! Do not educate
them too much or they may become enlightened and leave Islam altogether.
Dalil Boubakeur, chairman of the Muslim Council and rector of the Paris
Grand Mosque, acknowledged it was up to the Muslim community to take
responsibility for training "homegrown" imams who were
familiar with French life. But he said little would be achieved without
is a problem here.
France's laws on the separation of church and state prohibit funding of
has to do is to deport the Imams that call for violence and require them
to practice only with license. The government must regulate this
profession. It should be up to the Muslims to comply by the law and pay
for training new Imams that would respect the laws of France
more than the laws of Islam. Practically
the French Muslims have to reinvent a new religion.
problem with Islam in
is not just the radical imams. One expert on Islam in France, Antoine
Sfeir, said radical foreign imams often found an all too willing
audience in France's rundown immigrant suburbs. "The kids there already watch Arab
stations on satellite TV, with their bloodthirsty slogans and
anti-western propaganda," he said. "They've already been
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