Two Faces Of Islam In Scotland: Muslim Shopkeeper Murdered After Extending Easter Greetings While Leading Imam Praises Extremist in Pakistan Who Murdered Moderate Politician

56f5a720c36188093d8b4602There is a tragic story out of Scotland where Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah was murdered after posting good wishes to his neighbors for Easter. Police say that the attack by another Muslim man was “religiously prejudiced.” Shah represents the best of Islam and humanity. He appears to have died for his desire to build social and religious bridges to his Christian neighbors. In the meantime, Imam Maulana Habib Ur Rehman of Scotland’s largest mosque has been calling out to the worst elements of the faith in praising an Islamic extremist who murdered as politician who opposed blasphemy laws. While the Imam insists that he was taken out of context, it is hard to see how the quoted responses can be given any moderate meaning. They are two opposing images of Islam: one of tolerance and one of extremism.  In the meantime, thousands of Muslims have gone into the streets not to denounce the murderer but to demand the adoption of Sharia law and the punishment of blasphemy.

In the case of Shah, his last Facebook post read “Good Friday and a very Happy Easter, especially to my beloved Christian nation. Let’s follow the real footstep of beloved holy Jesus Christ and get the real success in both worlds.” Police are looking at whether the posting prompted the murder by the 32-year-old suspect. In media coverageShah is described as a devout Ahmadi Muslim who regularly posted videos from his shop with messages of peace and unity. He is not alone in the Muslim community. Indeed, we just celebrated Easter with our annual Easter egg hunt with Muslim friends who participate every year. It is important to keep in mind that ISIS kills more Muslims than non-Muslims and they have been denounced by Muslim clerics and countries around the world.

The steady stream of massacres and rapes by ISIS is precisely why most people are less than sympathetic to the American who recently left ISIS and said that he was confused about the group and found conditions too hard. It appears that the stories of beheadings and sexual slavery were not enough to clear the mind of Mohamad Jamal Khweis.

In the case of the imam, the controversy concerns his message to the faithful after the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri in Pakistan. Qadri of part of an elite commando unit of the police and assigned to guard the former Governor of Punjab Salmaan Taseer. Taser spoke out on the case of Asia Bibi who was convicted of blasphemy and spoke out against the blasphemy law. We previously discussed the Bibi case which was another example of the abusive Islamic laws against blasphemy and apostasy.

After Qadri was hanged for the murder, Imam Maulana Habib Ur Rehman said that he is “disturbed” and “upset” about the execution and extended a “rahmatullahi alai”, a religious blessing usually given to devout Muslims and meaning may God’s mercy be upon him, to the murderer. He also said “I cannot hide my pain today. A true Muslim was punished for doing which [sic] the collective will of the nation failed to carry out.”

If that is an accurate quote, it is hard to see any meaning than a deeply disturbing notion that Qadri was justified in committing this murder as well as support for blasphemy laws. The media has referenced multiple witnesses supporting the account of what the Imam said to the faithful.

36 thoughts on “Two Faces Of Islam In Scotland: Muslim Shopkeeper Murdered After Extending Easter Greetings While Leading Imam Praises Extremist in Pakistan Who Murdered Moderate Politician”

  1. Over at the ISCA Islamic Supreme Council of America website, I clicked on the latest news press tab. Nothing about this except for some fatwa updates.

    Here’s a quote: Most importantly, a fatwā is not by definition a pronouncement of death or a declaration of war.
    A fatwā is an Islamic legal pronouncement, issued by an expert in religious law (mufti), pertaining to a specific issue,
    usually at the request of an individual or judge to resolve an issue where Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), is unclear. Typically,
    such uncertainty arises as Muslim society works to address new issues.

  2. Girl Reporter: Can you believe we let Chinese, Japanese, Africans and Jews settle here? What in the world were our white Anglo-Saxon protestant ancestors thinking?

  3. VietVet:

    Democrats deserve being called worse. My point was how namecalling is pointless, and boring.

    Rip apart their policies instead.

  4. Dave137- You can say what you want that’s what this particular blog is about. Speaking up with out fear of reprisal. I might agree with you labeling some rethuglicants? I don’t like PC that’s why I participate in this blog. People of every point of view speaking up in topics that affect them and their families. The Truth Dave, The Truth, it has the sharpest blade and cuts the deepest. Right or that is how I feel.

  5. The Iraqi Christians that own convenience stores near where I live have been more obvious in letting people know they are not Muslim. They have photos of themselves making their First Communion and made it a point to say “Happy Easter” this weekend.

  6. John-
    “Hitler” apparently doesn’t apply to a particular man, but to behaviors like that of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Trump, Cruz, Netanyahu – anyone who advocates torturing and brutally slaughtering others because of their religion or ethnicity.

  7. People quit talking about your favorite bogeyman Hitler. Wake up already from the fog. Is anybody tired of that crap yet? For Pete’s sake give it a rest.

  8. I know a lot of decent and kind Muslims. I don’t consider it the true faith, but it has some decent qualities. One might say the same of other “faiths.” I find a lot of fault with various Christian sects and certainly jewish too.

    The main problem is squarely with our Saudi “allies” who promote Wahabism or Salafism, the most knuckleheaded version of Islam that is behind most of the terror crap. Let’s fire the Saudis and let their foes eat them for breakfast. And expel every single one of their proxies from the west. That includes their firebreathing imams and all their sleeper cells too. Anybody inside the “west” who panders to them is a fool and the creeps in the intel services that have truck with them are collaborators in the evil which they have done and should all be fired and expelled along with them.

  9. Muslims who rape, murder and keep people in slavery are following the example of their prophet.

    Christians who murder abortion doctors and molest children go directly against their prophet’s teachings and example.

  10. There were some Americans who “tolerated” Hitler until we ended up at war with him and his ilk. There were Americans who belonged to The German American Bund. Google that one.

  11. I would argue that religious tolerance or any tolerance for that matter from the perspective of Muslims IS extremism.

  12. There are good Catholics. There are good Catholic Priests. Then there are Pedophile Priests. Different strokes for different folks. No pun intended. The muslims are a bit worse. They can not stand up against their own members who are wacko or terrorists. Kind of like the Catholics and their Pedophile Priests. But different strokes for different folks.

  13. Multiculturalism equals Balkanization and Disunity.

    There are few places where this is not true.

  14. My sympathies to the families of the victims. Fear of Muslims, it’s rational and it’s reasonable for both Muslims and nonmuslims alike. There is no such thing as Islamophobia. There is a reason why Muslims fleeing their own countries don’t flee to other Muslim countries in addition to the fact the fact that countries like Saudi Arabia won’t allow them access. It is that they know how dangerous it into live in a Muslim country even for a Muslim.

  15. VietVet: Settle down with the term “demoncrats” — one could easily say the same about Rethuglicans. (Doesn’t help.) And considering the Right constantly whines about “religious liberty,” if anything your sentiment would be ushered in by them, because such liberty doesn’t apply only to one religion.

    bam: The first face is the shopkeeper who extended warm wishes. Hello.

    All this parallels the president’s decision not to label terrorists “Islamic” while Cruz (et al.) mindlessly reiterates “radical Islamic terrorism” as if doing so achieves something.

    There are moderates in Islam as there are in Christianity and other nonsensical religions. And pragmatically disassociating the actions of terrorists with Islam, as the president does, is meant to empower moderates toward controlling the narrative.

    Realistically, however, blood myths such as Islam are absolutely responsible for terrorism, which has been the case throughout history.

    And these generally are the two faces to which Dr Turley refers.

  16. I’m baffled, once again, by JT’s take on these two stories. Two contrasting faces of Islam? Are you f’ing serious? They’re both the same face of Islam–one man is actually killed by another mad adherent to the Religion of Peace and another simply sings the praises of someone who killed another in the name of Islam. On what planet could any rational, logical human being claim to view these occurrences as two contrasting faces to Islam? They are both the same.

  17. @VietVet

    I haven’t known much else. My family tells me how things used to be, and I figure we have slid so far so fast that it is not stoppable without a major calamity of some sort. I will just cling to my guns and stay out of the big cities. I don’t figure the U.S. will hit rock bottom until after I am dead and gone.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  18. Squeeky – unfortunately if the demoncrats have their way this may be coming to a neighborhood near you and me. In all likelihood we might be arrested for our comments on this blog as well.
    Has anyone seen America or where it has gone I really miss her? Don’t you?

  19. This is really sad. But, this is what happens when you let Muslims settle in your country. You get the bad along with the good. Wasn’t that England where the guy just got arrested for saying bad things to and about Muslims? I wonder if the Imam’s arrest is imminent?

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

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