August 12, 2005
Speech on Sharia Law and the Globalization of Political Islam
I am very pleased to be here amongst you all, next to Ayaan Hersi Ali and Irshad Manji. It is hard to find opportunities such as this; to be able to share the idea of having a better life for all and identify with the supporters in an audience such as yourselves. So I will make the most of these moments by giving the focus of this discussion to the topic of this conference, Sharia Law and the Globalization of Political Islam.
I need to emphasize that I am talking about political Islam as a movement. As a movement it is very active in politics and is after its own state. Other aspects such as culture and laws serve its political desire and its political needs.
need to highlight that Islam, as an ideological, theoretical and ethical
religion, has enough resources available to not only sustain itself, but also
to expand its activities globally. I also will discuss the relation between
Islamic terrorism and political Islam. I will then expand my discussion to the
move for the establishment of Sharia court in
The movement of political Islam has its own characteristics. It differs from fundamentalism and radical Islam; these terminologies do not describe the movement that I am about to discuss.
Fundamentalism is a name given to certain groups that act as sects and focus on returning to original values and beliefs in personal and social life. If this is so, then all Islamic groups can be called ‘fundamentalist’ because no changes have been accepted in Islam since its coming into existence. Also, any social group which has tendencies to rely on pre-historic origins can be called fundamentalist yet not be involved in politics at all. The reality is that most Islamic groups are very involved in society.
this movement political Islam simply because it precedes a political power. It
has a varied and wide range
s. After the
This movement rides on the mass of people who are oppressed and isolated. The ones who are out of patience with discrimination and oppression and have no hope for social improvement by parties in power and have no hope for modern and progressive alternatives. This movement appears as anti western, not necessarily anti ‘western government’, but rather anti ‘western values and standards’. Their conduct is primarily in the form of opposition to the freedom of women, women’s civil liberties, and freedom of expression. It is misogynistic and goes against modernism. It is extremely anti secular and anti socialist.
This is a
movement that will not hesitate to do anything in order to push back its
oppositions and gain recognition by the states in the West. This is
sometimes done through terrorizing people by implanting bombs in the busiest
streets, cinemas, subway stations, hospitals and schools. This creates a
parallel power structure within the surrounding societies. This movement will
do anything to penetrate the Legal system, whether it uses a bad piece of
legislation such as the
has no actual economic or social plan, but it is aware that any form of
democracy in countries such as
The terror that this movement has committed outside its region, presents just a fraction of its aggression towards humanity. Imagine its aggression and its hostility towards people in places where this movement runs its own state and has absolute control on of law and regulations. Imagine what will happen to its opposition in places where it has its own army and police! In those places anyone who shows opposition, in anyway possible, will be arrested, tortured and executed. No one will be safe at work, school, on the street or in their home.
I would like
to strongly stress the point that one needs to know about the characteristics
of political Islam in order to be able to identify its active members and
separate them totally from the people whose faith is Islam. We should not put
these very different groups into one category. To make my point clear,
Political Islam is similar to fascism in
There should be no connection made between political Islamic groups and people whose faith is Islam.
that needs to be emphasized is that of separating the idea of a country from
the religion of the people living there. No one calls
terrorism is a military section of Political Islam. This movement works by
causing fear among people and aims to solidify its position in the
is terrorism is an act to push the parties in power in the West to choose
between “BAD” and the “Worse”. It should come as no surprise to anyone if they
see another dictatorial and backward regime after the Taliban in
establishment of Shari’a court in
What is the resolution?
I can’t issue a specific prescription to get rid of this monster, but I know that the guiding principle of our movement, that we should not allow humanity to suffer more than it has to, is totally removed from political Islam. Don’t forget that today we are challenging a Political movement which has no respect for life.
It is our duty to cherish humananty and respect it dearly irrespective of class, nationality, race, gender or religion. Values such as freedom, well-being and the happiness of all must be put at the centre of our Universe. We should stand for equal and universal rights and freedom for all human beings. Secularism should come forward in full force for the separation of religion from the state and from education. Any attempt to undermine freedom of religion must be prevented. Any law and regulation that is in violation of the principle of human equality must be immediately repealed, and all cases of discrimination by any individual, authority or institution, should be voided. We must denounce this policy of multiculturalism that keeps the minority community from playing a major role in society. This policy keeps the minority community in a cultural, political and intellectual quarantine Instead we must promote integration.
invite you to join us in this campaign and build a strong power to oppose Sharia /faith based court in