Maajid Nawaz in a Facebook post answers critics claims that he has not stood up for Muslims. As he states “I am not your enemy. I am not your representative. I am not your religious role-model. But I am still from you, and I am of you. I have suffered all that you suffer. And I refuse to abandon you.”
My fellow Muslims, I am not your enemy. Since co-founding Quilliam I have:
1) Opposed UK gov ministers on ethnic & religious profiling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-wgBFoS-Gs
2) Opposed Obama’s targeted killings & drone strikes http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/oct/01/drone-killing-anwar-al-awlaki
3) Opposed Senator King in the UK Parliament on his obfuscation & justification of torture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1cU8ZzIPkc
4) I have been cited by the UK PM for my view that though Islamist extremism must be openly challenged, non-violent Islamist should not be banned http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200708/cmhansrd/cm071114/debtext/71114-0005.htm
5) I have spoken out against extraordinary rendition of terror suspects https://www.facebook.com/MaajidNawazFanPage/posts/124062524393106
6) And against detention without charge of terror suspects http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/events/2009/maajid-nawaz-moderates-discussion-on-violent-extremism-in-europe/
7) I have supported an entire political party backing a call to end schedule 7 that deprives terror suspects of the right to silence at UK ports of entry & exit http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/in-the-media/maajid-nawaz-speaks-out-against-schedule-7-terror-laws-at-liberal-democrats-conference/ among much else.
Please understand, it is due to this very same concern for human rights that I vehemently oppose Islamist extremism and call for liberal reform within our communities, for our communities. I am not your enemy. I am not your representative. I am not your religious role-model. But I am still from you, and I am of you. I have suffered all that you suffer. And I refuse to abandon you.
Maajid Nawaz has had a discussion with Sam “Islam is the Mother lode of bad ideas” Harris, which will be released as a book at the beginning of October. That has brought its own criticism, given some of Harris’ controversial sounding positions (my essay on them can be read here). Debate is something worthwhile for its own sake, as Tom Holland mentions regarding the book.
Sam Harris has said in an interview:
“Tolerance, openness to argument, openness to self-doubt, willingness to see other people’s points of view – these are very liberal and enlightened values that people are right to hold, but we can’t allow them to delude us to the point where we can’t recognise people who are needlessly perpetrating human misery.”
I look forward to reading.
Ideas can move heaven and hell, let alone rip families apart.
Article written by John Sargeant on Homo economicus’ Weblog