Ali Gomaa,Â Grand Mufti of Egypt,Â Â is an expert on the Islamic ‘prophets’ body waste:
Â The Copts are doing just fine under Islam:
Who you gonna believe, the mufti or your lyin’ eyes? “Egypt mufti denies discrimination, plays down Islamists,” by Tom Heneghan forÂ Reuters, November 22:
“There is no real problem Â (with murdering Â Christians)“Â said Gomaa, Egypt’s second-highest Islamic official.
Muslims took to the streets against Christians after state televisionÂ broadcast false reportsÂ of casualties among soldiers, and called on Egyptians to “protect” the army, though the army seemed to be doing just fineÂ ramming the protestersÂ with armored vehicles.
byÂ Raymond Ibrahim
Egypt’s Grand Mufti objects to anÂ earlier articleÂ I wrote regarding his characterization of all Christians as infidels. From PJ Media (viaÂ RaymondIbrahim.com), here are his objections and my responses (links in original):
Soon after reporting that Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Ali Gomaa, had pronounced all Christians “infidels,” I received several emails forwarding what looked like a response from Gomaa. Some websitesâ€”such as the ever-hysterical “American Muslim”â€”published it, providing the following additional information:
Prof. Faroque Ahmad Khan took it on himself to investigate [the claims of my article]. Dr. Khan requested Dr Ibrahim Negmâ€”a senior advisor to the Grand Mufti [and an Al Azhar professor] to provide a clarification of the remarks attributed to Sheikh Ali Gomaa. Here is the response that was received [followed by the same text others had emailed me].
Though he makes several points, including the need for “dialogue” and “mutual respect,” Gomaa’s grand point, the crux of the issueâ€”what kafir which I routinely translate as “infidel” meansâ€”unfortunately exposes dishonesty on his part (the other option, ignorance, being inapplicable). He writes:
Mr. Ibrahim’s choice of wording is regrettable. The English word “infidel” carries with it strong connotations of exclusion and violence, inherited from the European experience of Christianity during the wars of religion which devastated that continent for decades.
In fact, from its inception, Islam has been the quintessential religionâ€”historically and doctrinallyâ€”to enforce and institutionalize “exclusion and violence” for the “other,” to the point of influencing medieval Christianity. Gomaa therefore takes the standard way outâ€”blame Christianity and its “wars of religion” (code for “Crusades”)â€”without alluding to what prompted these wars in the first place: five centuries of unprovoked Islamic aggression, land-grabbing, subjugation and persecution of Christians, which continues to this very day.
Gomaa’s sophistry continues:
The Arabic “kafir” is a legal term which denotes very precisely and simply those outside the Muslim community, those who do not believe in the particular message and worldview of Islam. The much less charged translation “non-believer” is appropriate here.
Yes, the word kafir is a “legal term” denoting non-Muslims; and yes, most modern English Qurans translate it as “non-believer.” However, and as Gomaa knows full well, the word kafir (plural, kafirin) is heavy laden with negative associations, or, as I originally wrote, it “connotes ‘enemies,’ ‘evil-doers,’ and every bad thing to Muslim ears.”
Accordingly, Sharia mandates hostility for kafirinâ€”war and subjugation when they are weak, deception and smooth-talk when they are strong. Quran 2: 98 simply declares that “Allah is the enemy of kafirin”â€”regardless of whether we translate that word as “infidels” or “non-believers.”
In fact, doctrine aside, consider how the Quran alone portrays “non-believers”: they are “guilty” and “unjust” (10:17, 45:31, 68:35); terror is to be cast in their hearts for their injustice (3:151); they are “disliked” and “accursed” by Allah (2:89, 3:32, 33:64); they are the “vilest of beasts” (8:55, 98:6), like “cattle” and “devoid of understanding” (47:12, 8:65); and “enemies” to Muslims (4:101).
And why are “non-believers” described thus? Simply because they are non-believersâ€”because they are infidels.
So much for the Grand Mufti’s assertion that the “much less charged translation ‘non-believer’ is appropriate” for the word kafir. Perhaps he is operating under Quran 3:28: “Let believers not take kafirin [infidels, non-believers, whatever] for friends and allies … unless you but guard yourselves against them, taking precautions.” Not only is this yet another verse depicting non-Muslims as enemies, but, according to Muslim jurisprudence, it justifies deceiving them…