The following post consists of two guest-essays about Tariq Ramadan by Michael Copeland. Both pieces were composed before the latest allegations of rape were made against Mr. Ramadan.
Tariq Ramadan: The Golden Rule
by Michael Copeland
The Golden Rule — to do unto others as you would have them do unto you — is familiar as a model for codes of conduct and for systems of governance.
Tariq Ramadan, holder of a Qatari-funded chair at Oxford, has recently been the subject of accusations against him of rape and brutal sexual assault, some from former pupils and students from earlier teaching positions abroad. The University was shamed into putting him on leave. Before the current allegations Ramadan acted as adviser on Islam to David Cameron, and used to be invited as a speaker to different venues. At one such talk in a church he was asked about the Golden Rule. He answered that in Islam the Golden Rule operates for “your brothers and your sisters, and some scholars say for all of humanity”. This sounds quite appealing, but deserves closer examination, and some explanation.
Your brothers and your sisters
Notice that “your brothers and your sisters” are cited separately from “all of humanity”, who only “some scholars say” are included. Why is this? It is because “your brothers and your sisters” means fellow muslims. The rest of humanity, the non-muslims, do not qualify. The unnamed “some scholars” are useful decoys. They were not identified, but their opinion, if they exist, can easily be shown to be unreliable by reference to the Koran. It is this book, available to be consulted online, that provides the instruction. The Koran is part of Islamic Law. Denying any verse is a capital offence (Manual of Islamic Law o8.7 (7)), which anyone is free to carry out vigilante-style: there is no penalty, “since it is killing someone who deserves to die” (Manual, o8.4).
Relentless hate-filled apartheid is commanded, and the instructions are not optional: “When a matter has been decided by Allah and his messenger the muslim man or woman has no choice” (33:36); “none may change his words (18:27). Muslims are “the best of peoples” (3:110): non-muslims, the unbelievers, are “the worst of creatures” (98:6), “the vilest of beasts” (8:22, 8:55). Muslims are instructed, “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other” (5:51). “Allah is the enemy of the unbelievers” (2:98): he “does not love the unbelievers” (30:45). They are “unclean” (9:28). “Between us and you enmity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone” is what is praised as “an excellent pattern” (60:4).
Them and us
As well as mandating this enmity, the Koran itself confirms that the Golden Rule only applies to muslims, not to “all of humanity”. Muslims “are merciful to one another but ruthless to the unbeliever” (48:29). Non-muslims have to convert, or accept subordinate status with restricted rights (only if they are Christians or Jews), or be killed, like Yazidis and Hindus. “Kill unbelievers wherever you find them”, instructs verse 5 of chapter 9, the chapter, “Sura At-Tawba”, cited by the Woolwich killer of Lee Rigby. Under Islam’s doctrine of “abrogation” it is that chapter, because it is the latest in time sequence, which overrides and “abrogates” all the peaceful verses elsewhere. “The verses of forgiveness”, revered scholar Mohammed As-Shawkani explained, “are abrogated by the obligation of fighting”.
Ali Sina, an Iranian ex-muslim, speaking from an inside knowledge of Islam, says:
“The reason I am against Islam is not because it is a religion, but because it is a political ideology of imperialism and domination in the guise of religion. Because Islam does not follow the Golden Rule, it attracts violent people.” (quoted by Geert Wilders, Berlin, Oct 2010, www.AtlasShrugs2000.com)
Islam has the sinister doctrine whereby deception in the cause of Islam is specifically authorised: it has a name — taqiyya. Tariq Ramadan is artfully deceptive. The Golden Rule is not part of Islam.
Tariq Ramadan: “Are You Swiss or a Muslim?”
by Michael Copeland
Tariq Ramadan, holder of a recently created Qatari-funded chair at Oxford, is at present the subject of several accusations of rape and brutal assault by different women, some of them former pupils and students from previous teaching positions. The University, at first inactive over these allegations, was shamed into putting him on leave. An Egyptian with Swiss nationality, he is a grandson of the co-founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent organisation of Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, and other designated terrorist entities. Ramadan was David Cameron’s adviser on Islam.
Speaking a few years ago to a mainly Anglican audience in an English church, he touched on the subject of citizenship by asking and answering himself as follows: