There is something that I currently fail to understand about the abduction of over 200 young girls in Nigeria by Islamic militants who go under the name of Boko Haram.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says his group will not be defeated
Nigeria’s militant Islamist group Boko Haram – which has caused havoc in Africa’s most populous country through a wave of bombings – is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state. Its followers are said to be influenced by the Koranic phrase, which says: “Anyone who is not governed by what Allah has revealed is among the transgressors”.
Boko Haram promotes a version of Islam which makes it “haram”, or forbidden, for Muslims to take part in any political or social activity associated with Western society. This includes voting in elections, wearing shirts and trousers or receiving a secular education.
Now here is the conundrum. In the past muslims took to the streets and burned copies of Salman Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses”, I remember demonstrations and burnings particularly in Bradford, here in West Yorkshire. The outrage was because of words written in a book!
Then there was the case of the “cartoons” published in a Danish newspaper, which supposedly mocked the muslim prophet. Result, demonstrations in numerous countries, call for an economic boycott of Danish goods, threats to kill the publishers of the newspaper and generally all round outrage in many different countries.
Then there was the case of Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh, who made a controversial film about Islamic culture, and was stabbed and shot dead in Amsterdam. Police arrested a man who had joint Dutch and Moroccan nationality. Van Gogh, had received death threats after his film Submission was shown on Dutch TV. It portrayed violence against women in Islamic societies.
Mother of one of the missing girls
The film was made with liberal Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who fled an arranged marriage. Ayaan Hirsi Ali was under police protection after the film was aired. She also received death threats and renounced the Islamic faith. She now lives in America.
What is interesting about the van Gogh murder is that there was not one demonstration held by muslims protesting against the murder committed in the name of Islam and presumably sullied the name of Islam, which we are told is the “religion of peace.”
Similarly, I can find no evidence of outrage in the muslim world, no muslim demonstrations (other than the mothers of the girls abducted – see photo above) protesting against this barbarous and inhuman act by MEN who profess to follow the Islamic religion.
Boko Haram have now said they will sell the girls into slavery which I find strange as we are constantly told that Islam reveres the role of women. I presume that the statement should be “Islam reveres the role of women, as long as they do what they are told”
It does seem to me that anything that is said or done that is critical of Islam is met with “collective moral outrage” often worldwide (often involving violence) but when something is DONE by those professing the Islamic faith we are told “you cannot hold all muslims accountable for the actions of other muslims.”
So, I guess what they are saying is that “if you insult one muslim, you insult all and we will respond collectively (muslim Ummah absolutely refers to the unity of Muslims all over the world) BUT, “if a muslim (or group of muslims) commits such a barbarous act as the abduction and slavery of 200+ girls, then it is nothing to do with the ummah”
And this is where I have the problem…………………………….