Monday, June 25, 2007
"Moderate Muslims" Silenced
A common thought among the Bloggers on the right is if there were more "moderate Muslims" crying out against terrorism and the "hijacking of their religion" (without the usual qualifiers), non-Muslims would be more tolerant and have a bit more tolerance. Some have pointed to the few cases of Muslims that speak out and are threatened and ostracized as justification for the silence.
Mohammad Sarwar, a labour MP in Britain, is not even an activist. he was just doing his job and still he recently retired due to threats against himself and his family:
"A Labour MP is stepping down after receiving death threats over his role in bringing three racist killers to justice.
Mohammad Sarwar, who became Britain's first Muslim MP in 1997, said he feared the lives of his family were also in jeopardy.
He was instrumental in arranging the extradition of Imran Shahid, Zeeshan Shahid and Mohammed Faisal Mushtaq after they fled to Pakistan.
The three were jailed for life last year for the abduction and racially aggravated murder of teenager Kriss Donald, who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Glasgow in 2004.
Mr Sarwar, 54, told the Daily Record: "Life is not the same, to be honest with you, since I brought them back. I was subjected to threats.
"I was told they wanted to punish my family and make a horrible example of my son - they would do to him what they did to Kriss Donald. I received threats to my life, to murder my sons, to murder my grandchildren." (source)
This man believed that murderers should be brought to justice...and because of that belief he and his family deserve death?
I don't consider this an excuse for the Muslim community to keep quiet. It's too easy to target the individuals helping in the GWOT because there are so few of them. If there were hoards of Allah's followers condemning jihad, terror, homicide belts and killing infidels --there would be no way to keep track and issue fatwas and threats to all of them....