British Ummah Channel Politics Editor – Government Funded Imam – Europe’s Largest Mosque – All Mourn ‘Apostate’ Killer Qadri’s Death
Celebrations of horrendous religious murder should have no place of any kind in Britain.
Yet they do in the Al Aqsa Mosque in Bolton, and it is far from alone.
One must presume that nothing will be done about this.
By Habibi/Harry’s Place
by Amjad Khan
Mumtaz Qadri had been tried for the murder of Governor Salman Taseer, on the basis that the latter had violated the anti-blasphemy laws of Pakistan. Taseer had campaigned against the Islamic blasphemy laws that are used in Pakistan, arguing that they are used to deliberately oppress minorities “[of those tried under the law] How come over 50 per cent of them are Christians when they form less than 2 per cent of the country’s population. This points clearly to the fact that the law is misused to target minorities.”
Many in Pakistan had laid rose petals to commemorate the “martyrdom” of the murderer Qadri, celebrating his killing of Taseer – or “defending Pakistan’s Islam.” Muslim figureheads in Pakistan and in Western Europe should be polar opposites on this issue, as the latter has a respect for human rights and democracy, right?
Mohammed Shafiq, the politics editor of the Ummah Channel, had expressed his regret at Qadri’s death stating “Salam Mumtaz Qadri [in Arabic: May God have mercy on him].” Now this is very concerning. This is because Mohammed had made death threats to Maajid Nawaz for tweeting a bland cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed, however he later issued an apology….a year later.
Mohammed Shafiq, who has a TV channel that broadcasts 6 hours a day, has expressed public regret and wish for wellbeing to Qadri in the afterlife – does this mean he has swept away the murder Qadri was responsible for? Does Shafiq see the legitimacy in killing apostates the same way Qadri had? As one Facebook user asked:
However this isn’t the first time Mohammed Shafiq has defended violent preachers, which includes defending Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who called to action the destruction of world Jewry.
These dangerous ideas of murdering an individual on the basis of blaspheming – or even critiquing blasphemy laws – should be confronted with as they stand abhorrently against our British values. However, a Government supported Imam poised as a counter-narrative to extremism has in fact been spreading these exact theocratic ideals!
Cue Imam Qasim Ahmad, narrating the death of Mumtaz Qadri with a soundtrack of sorrow and injustice. It is a great disappoint to see that the tax-payers’ money was spent on supporting a counter-extremist spokesman who shies away from discussing the horror which was Qadri’s cold-blooded murder for blasphemy.
Salman Taseer was a Pakistani politician who did some good in the world:
– He was one of the most prominent liberal politicians in the country and a close associate of Asif Ali Zardari, who was then the president.
– Known to be an outspoken critic of the country’s harsh blasphemy laws, arguing that they discriminated against religious minorities, and sought liberal reforms.
– He had called for a pardon for Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.
For this Taseer was murdered in 2011 by Mumtaz Qadri, one of his own bodyguards. Qadri shot Taseer 28 times.
Qadri was tried for the murder, found guilty, and sentenced to death. On Monday he was executed in Rawalpindi.
Some British Muslims are very unhappy. And I don’t mean death penalty opponents. Death is fine when dealt to the deserving. Saleem merited the ultimate price. Qadri did not.
Just look at Bradford imam Muhammed Asim Hussain hailing Qadri the “martyr”, “true servant of Allah”, and “lion” on Monday:
A dark day in the history of Pakistan; the day Ghazi Mumtaz was wrongfully executed and martyred in the way of Allah, when he did what he did in honour of the Prophet.
Allah raise the ranks of this true servant of Allah and lion of the Ahl ul-Sunnah wal Jama’at. Allah guide the leadership in our Muslim countries. Ameen.
That post has garnered almost 4,000 “likes”.
Later on Monday Hussain underlined his point with this post:
Hussain has form in this area. Last year he strongly backed a rally for Aafia Siddiqui, also known as “Lady al-Qaeda”. She is a convicted attempted murderer and crude antisemite.
His fellow speakers at that event included Yvonne Ridley, the convert to extremism who has led the campaign of lies for Aafia Siddiqui, the antisemite Lord Ahmed, and Bradford East Labour MP Imran Hussain.
Asim Hussain’s support for Mumtaz Qadri was discussed on the BBC Asian Network earlier this week. From five minutes in here. There were furious calls for the authorities and mosques to take action.
Those calls should not fall on deaf ears. I fear they may well do just that.