What a relief: “Islamophobia is not rooted in racism”

Muslim cleric: “Jihadist doctrine can be traced to specific tenets of orthodox, authoritative Islam”

“The senior member of the world’s biggest Muslim organisation has insisted that Islamophobia is not rooted in racism and that the distrust of Muslims in many countries is a result of Islamist extremism and terrorism throughout the world…..He called for a rejection of Islamic orthodoxy, condemning it as ‘obsolete and problematic’ and ‘fuelling violence on both sides.’”

Yahya Cholil Staquf further stated that the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims was wrong to link the word “Islamophobia” to racism: “The truth, we recognise, is that jihadist doctrine, goals and strategy can be traced to specific tenets of orthodox, authoritative Islam and its historic practice.”

The concept of “anti-Muslim bigotry” is actual; the term “Islamophobia” is intended to silence critics of that jihadist doctrine. Yahya Cholil Staquf has had the courage to identify jihadist violence as stemming from Islamic tradition and teachings.

“Leading Muslim cleric says Islamophobia a result of Islamic extremism and not racism,” Barnabus Fund, April 5, 2019:

The senior member of the world’s biggest Muslim organisation has insisted that Islamophobia is not rooted in racism and that the distrust of Muslims in many countries is a result of Islamist extremism and Islamic terrorism throughout the world.

Yahya Cholil Staquf, the secretary-general of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama movement, which claims to have more than 90 million adherents, wrote in an article in Britain’s Daily Telegraph saying that the traditional Muslim mindset needed to change.

He called for a rejection of Islamic orthodoxy, condemning it as “obsolete and problematic” and “fuelling violence on both sides”.

The influential cleric wrote that the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims was “factually incorrect” in linking the definition of the word “Islamophobia” to racism, and that it was “counter-productive” to do so.

“The truth, we recognise, is that jihadist doctrine, goals and strategy can be traced to specific tenets of orthodox, authoritative Islam and its historic practice. This includes those portions of sharia that promote Islamic supremacy, encourage enmity towards non-Muslims and require the establishment of a caliphate. It is these elements – still taught by most Sunni and Shiite institutions – that constitute a summons to perpetual conflict,” he wrote….

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