CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 2, 2016 –When a Muslim is willing to speak out against the radical elements of the religion, it sends shock waves through the Islamic word because it represents an opinion that cannot be called “Islamophobic.”
Muslim writer Shireen Qudosi has written a powerful rebuke of the Council for American Islamic Relations (CAIR), while defending the expertise and efforts of Middle East analyst Ryan Mauro of the Clarion Project. In so doing, Qudosi has exposed the hypocrisy of CAIR and the way it conducts its business in the Western world. In its own way, not only is Qudosi’s argument a validation of Mauro’s efforts to educate non-Muslims and to reform Islam, it is also a repudiation of Barack Obama’s pathetic efforts to justify Islamic grievances in the name of “fairness.”
“Clarion works incredibly hard to host meaningful conferences with Muslim reformers and recently launched an initiative featuring a series of inclusive dialogues on Islamism. In this capacity, Mauro and Clarion go above and beyond CAIR by actively seeking to amplify Muslim secular voices and fold them into a larger conversation that pushes the demographic beyond a victimization narrative – something CAIR totally fails to do.”
In other words, CAIR’s claims for open dialogue are empty rhetoric which say one thing but actually mean another.
In her defense of Ryan Mauro, Qudosi points out the considerable research and study he has undertaken to understand Islam and its subtleties to the fullest. A fact that Qudosi notes is most often not the case from the other side.
“He’s (Mauro) more qualified than the handful of Islamic leaders CAIR routinely praises,” says Qudosi, “some of whom I personally know to have been taxi cab drivers before they were propelled to leadership positions within Islamic organizations, while others work as salesmen during the day and as ‘experts’ in the evening.”
In the process, Qudosi expresses a definition of Islam which, basically, represents the “wolf-in-sheep’s clothing” aspect of organizations such as CAIR that seemingly have stealth images when presenting themselves to the gullible West.
“Islamism is extremism in a suit and tie, where war is waged in a sociopolitical sphere using democracy and culture – making this form of extremism more difficult to identify and engage,” adds Qudosi.
Part of the problem, which is significant, is the unwillingness of the mainstream American and Western press to expose the Islamic double-talk of groups such as CAIR, which only serves to reinforce their propaganda efforts.
In many ways, Qudosi’s points are not new, but what makes them cogent is the fact that they come internally from a source that most non-Muslims desperately beg to be heard, “moderate” Islam.
It doesn’t get any simpler than the fact that “both the United States and the European Union have branded Hamas as a terrorist organization that works aggressively to undermine regional peace and stability and openly calls for the destruction of Israel. However, by loosely catering to the needs of the community, these politically charged groups are able to masquerade as community-driven organizations.
“That CAIR’s number one official and co-founder is openly soft on Hamas, shows us the hypocrisy of CAIR as a ‘civil rights group.’”
Qudosi continues with a list of major “oversights” for which organizations like CAIR get a free pass when it comes to ignoring the obvious.
“Not only is CAIR working hard to undermine the obvious association between Islam and 21st century theological extremism, CAIR is also doing absolutely nothing to challenge hate within its own community. Nationwide, Muslim hate preachers are ignored. Gender inequality at mosques is tolerated. Homegrown radicalization is ignored. Honor killings and FMG, which are cultural and not theological burdens, are also swept under the carpet.” (emphasis added)
Of course, the most maddening and frustrating aspect of all of this is the refusal by the current administration in Washington and other Western leaders to acknowledge what Shireen Qudosi sees as so blatantly obvious. Saying something does not exist or that it is not true when it is is NOT a solution.
If an insider can see it and is willing to express it, it should be a lesson for others to follow in order to begin the process to instill legitimate change and make real progress between Islam and its ideals.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award-winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of the Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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