Decaffeinated Coffee and the “Islam-Deforming” Season

Malcolm X some decades ago described, in his usually deft and eloquent style, the infiltration of a mass black protest movement thusly,

 “It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.”

Continuing this analogy, the “Uncle Toms” of the Muslim minority, the decaffeinated Muslims, are out in full swing.  By decaffeinated, I mean possessing the outward likeness, but thoroughly stripped of its essence, much like the “British Islam” which is now being opportunistically promoted post-France attacks.  Like the wedding season is a lucrative time for the Asian wedding caterers during the summer, so too are the tragedies in the West for the counter-extremism industry, where the perpetrators are allegedly Muslims.  The parasitic decaffeinated coffee cups of Britain come out to prove their credentials to the neocon “cream” in order to justify and receive more funding.

The first piece which caught my eye was Tarek Fatah’s hilarious (business) call for people to support him and others like him to first “reclaim” their Islamic faith, and then reform Islam. Maajid Nawaz on his Twitter feed made a similar call, hence it is fitting to see him and Usama Hasan amongst the undersigned. A cursory glance at Fatah’s Twitter feed shows his obsession with portraying Muslim negatively while blaming “Islamism”.  He also has supported bans on veils, brushes with ultra-Zionist, anti-Muslims including Robert Spencer and supported the NYPD surveillance programme set-up to target Muslims.  It’s no surprise the likes of Nawaz and Hasan are supporting his garbage; their morally bankrupt conscious’ have no qualms in receiving funding from extremists, whilst trying to tackle “extremism”.

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“Happy Muslims” and the Muslim Minority Need for Political Maturity

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I did not wish to write about this for the last thing the Muslim minority needs is an object of discussion which creates a rift. I refused to comment on everyone in the happy Muslim video. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad among others was the reason why. My personal position is strong on the actions in the video, however what concerned me more and compelled me to write was the way in which video ended up being used and the fact that it is starting to be picked up mainstream media.

It was saddening to see opportunists jump at the chance to use the video to drive a wedge through the Muslim minority and condemn those who didn’t agree with it as “unhappy” and even perpetuated the hyper-simplistic Sufi/Salafi divide, with the Salafis categorised as those not agreeing with it. The conversations proceeded to then demonise this position. It now seems there was a “Salafi” in the video too then. People on Twitter took to even swearing at people with this position, with subsequent retweets by the usual suspects who propound the “Islamist extremist” agenda.

At the same rate sweeping generalisations were made of those in the video, including Shaykh Abdal-Hakim, which, without realising, was also un-Islamic; husn-al-dhan (thinking good of others) is a staple principle in dealing with such issues – where was it being employed?

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