Australia celebrates and remembers on Anzac Day 2013
- Thousands attend dawn services across the country
- VC recipient Ben Roberts-Smith attended Canberra service
- PICTURES: ANZAC DAY dawn services
A large crowd attended the early morning dawn service lit by candles at Woy Woy Memorial Garden on the NSW central coast.
I know Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia is made up mainly of loudmouths and students.Â Yet these young men have been able to draw a crowd:
CONTROVERSIAL British Muslim leader Taji Mustafa …Â addressedÂ a gathering of about 500 peopleÂ at the annual conference of Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir at Bankstown in Sydney’s southwest on Sunday.
They have a dangerously equivocal attitude to violence, to judge from their public comments:
THE Australian branch of the political group Hizb ut-Tahrir has denied any involvement in Saturday’s riot in Sydney, butÂ declined to join the many other Muslim groups condemning the actions of violent protesters…
‘’I think everyone condemning it is not going to do anything – let’s talk about the real issues,’’ said the group’s spokesman, Uthman Badar.
AndÂ the hate they preachÂ could one day find someone only too ready to join the dots and act upon it:
Anzac Day is commemorated with increasing fervour each year on April 25th in Australia. It is something Muslims should not actively or passively partake in…
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign… From this arises the concept of the ‘Anzac spirit’, celebrated on Anzac Day, which suggests that the Australian soldiers who fought at Gallipoli exhibited positive qualities of endurance, courage, humour, egalitarianism, ingenuity and mateship, and these are said to also constitute the ‘national character’ of Australia…
It ignores indiscretions by the ANZAC soldiers such burning the belongings of locals in Egypt, brawling, getting drunk and rioting, and contracting venereal diseases due to time spent in local brothels. It ignores the fact that Australian troops were merely used as fodder for British imperial designs. It sanitizes all the bad to surgically create a mythological legend worthy of celebration.
The result is that instead of learning from past mistakes, they are repeated again and again. Australian soldiers are used for the exploitative agendas of foreign powers, as we saw most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan, just as they were in WWI, under the same spurious pretext of “fighting for our freedom”, as if one’s freedom is predicated on the oppression of others.
For us, as Muslims, nationalism is a prohibited matter, whether it be Australian nationalism or Turkish, American or Egyptian. By extension, so too are nationalistic celebrations.
Further, from the Muslim perspective, the Gallipoli campaign represents an aggression by allied troops against the legitimate Islamic authority of the time, the Uthmani Khilafah. If we were to commemorate anything, it would be the successful defence of Muslim territories by the Muslim soldiers of the Khilafah…
We need to challenge and resist this. We have a history of our own, linked to the Islamic worldview and the struggles and achievements of our predecessors…
In sum, Anzac Day represents a nationalistic celebration, linked to the ideology of a disbelieving people, of events involving wars against the legitimate Muslim authority of the time. There is no justification whatsoever for Muslims to be actively or passively taking part in it.
First, note how much of this hostile (mis)characterisation of Australia and the Anzac history draws on Leftist teachings, still to be found in many universities. Islamists feed on Western self-loathing.
Second, if this is the attitude of second-generation Muslims, what hope of peaceful assimilation? What should we conclude about our immigration intake?