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Islamophobes Build Faux Memorial for Muslim Victims on Land that Muslims Cannot Own

Aqsa Parvez

We here at Loon Watch have documented many of the perverse and reprehensible statements of those in the Islamophobic blogosphere. However, sometimes these loons take their disgusting behavior and rhetoric to another level. It is safe to say that these loons have a burning hatred in their hearts for Muslims and the religion of Islam, despite their hollow claims to the contrary (Pamela Geller claiming that she “loves Muslims” or Robert Spencer being pushed to say that Islam molds its followers to be moral and upright individuals).

Previously, Geller and Spencer attempted to exploit the Rifqa Bary incident to their advantage. However, their ridiculous claims that the girl’s life was in danger were dispelled by law enforcement who told all sane individuals that the parents were cooperating and posed no threat to young Rifqa. Despite the police’s claims to the contrary, the loons continued to use Rifqa’s situation to promote their hate fest against Islam and Muslims.

So it is nauseating to read that bigots like Geller and Spencer have decided to “honor” a Muslim girl named Aqsa Parvez who was murdered in 2008 by her father for not practicing her faith the way her father wanted. Geller used the opportunity to exploit the murder of this young Muslim girl for her anti-Muslim agenda by creating a “memorial” in Aqsa’s honor.  In reality, it is nothing but a monument symbolizing “everything that is wrong with Islam” in the mind of Pamela Geller.  She is weaponizing a young girl’s grave site.

Geller raised money, asking her anti-Muslim fans to support the erection of a headstone at the site of Aqsa Parvez’s grave in Canada. “All was going according to plan,” says Geller, until Aqsa’s family refused to use such a headstone from her.  What is amazing is that Geller didn’t seem to anticipate this, and instead raised $5,000 from her supporters anyways.  One wonders why she is so incredulous: does it take a rocket scientist to figure out why a Muslim family wouldn’t want to erect an anti-Muslim headstone on their daughter’s grave site?  A headstone funded by people who absolutely hate their religion?

Says Geller further: “The family (yes, the family that murdered her) had refused to ‘sign off’ on the headstone.”  The family didn’t kill Aqsa Parvez.  Her father and brother did.  They are both serving life sentences for her murder.  I seriously doubt they had any legal say in what is placed on Aqsa’s grave.  It was likely the mother who decided against using such a headstone.  One could hardly expect her to do otherwise, considering she is Muslim herself.

It is even doubtful that Aqsa Parvez herself would support the headstone.  It is quite possible, even probable, that Aqsa would renounce her self-proclaimed benefactor Pamela Geller.  Based on what we know, Aqsa was most likely still a Muslim, and never renounced her religion altogether.  Why would she want to associate herself with people who vilify her own religion and all its adherents?  Like many young Muslims, she might simply have been rebelling against a strict interpretation of Islam–a firebrand, conservative form of it.  Why is it a given that she rejected the entire religion of Islam, as Geller et al. would imagine?

After being rebuffed by the family, Geller shopped around for a place to erect a memorial and finally decided upon Israel.  Writes Geller:

I approached the JNF and worked to plant the Aqsa Parvez Grove in American Independence Park in Jerusalem, Israel, where the plaque before the grove will read: “In Loving Memory of Aqsa Parvez and All Victims of Honor Killings Worldwide.

The irony of the location perfectly encapsulates the absurdity of the whole thing.  The JNF, the Jewish National Fund, is a quasi-governmental organization in Israel that does not sell land to non-Jews, certainly not to Muslims.  Indeed, the JNF has been at the forefront of stripping Muslims of any land rights in the state of Israel.  Quite literally then, the “memorial” for Aqsa Parvez is built on land that she herself could never own.  She could not own her own “memorial.”

But of course that was the point.  The choice of Israel was intended to be especially inflammatory.  With very good reason, no country earns the ire of Muslims more than Israel, which illegally occupies and oppresses its Muslim population.  Choosing Israel as the site for this “memorial” is meant to give the Muslim world the middle finger.  It would be like the KKK selecting apartheid-era South Africa as the site to erect a “memorial” to honor victims of black-on-black violence during the 1960’s.  Nobody would take the KKK’s “memorial” seriously, and everyone would know that they don’t give two damns about the black victims.  The point would be to vilify black people, not honor them.  Likewise, the “memorial” for Muslim victims is not meant to honor them but vilify Muslims.

The idea of career anti-Muslim bigots creating a “memorial” for Muslim victims is truly a laughable notion and people should see through the thin fog of bigotry on display.  This faux memorial is a sadistic propaganda attempt by Geller and Spencer to exploit the death of a young girl for their agenda to link a disgusting crime to Islam and Muslims.

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  • JB Hennessey

    Pam Geller’s group is like some demented cult.

    If you look at the demographics of her fan base, it is almost all White males 45+ never married and no children with some college level education. She doesn’t have (or perhaps allows) a lot of female fans. Oddly enough she tried to boost her website rating by posting in a bikini, which most likely had her lose members.

    On a somewhat separate issue. The problem with Muslims is they aren’t barbaric enough to deal with a Pam Geller type. Muslims need to fight Geller with a Geller. In other words placing anti-Judaic headstones on the victims of Sam Berkowitz. Or placing anti-zionist headstones on the victims of the israeli attack on the USS Liberty.

    But one has to be really sick and twisted to do that.

  • Robert Galloway

    That’s because she lives in the dismal UK. We fought a war to separate from the UK. Now we froth over the birth of an heir to the throne.

  • The article is a tad misleading. It is true that the JNF does not sell land to Arabs.
    But, the JNF does not sell land to Jews either. The JNF was created with private money to be a foundation that buys land and LEASES it.
    Technically speaking, their charter probably does say that they are supposed to rent to Jews. But, in practice, they do rent to Arabs as well.
    http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_print=1&x_article=39&x_context=2

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 16.69

    Your point is Jane ?

  • Jane Warnar

    A teenager was jailed in the UK last week for posting comments on Twitter of a racist nature. The comments were nowhere near as bad as some of these on here!

  • sam

    I wish to dedicate a headstone to andrew breibart’s family…any suggestions what it should say?….thanx

  • Sir David ( Illuminati membership number 5:32) Warning Contains Irony

    AS far as I am concerned so called honour violence is the same as rape and assult . If the likes of Pam Geller aka Mrs MacBeth really wanted to do something she should address these problems closer to home http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-16192494

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  • Danios

    Percey keeps posting under different names and IP addresses. I just deleted some of his recent comments.

  • JN

    “If only I had access to peoples IP addresses here, I could show you how paranoid you are. I guess my big flaw is I don’t like giving people the last word. But seriously, you just don’t like me for disagreeing what you said so you ride me off as a troll.”

    So are you Percey or are you not? I actually wouldn’t have guessed that, but your response makes me wonder. For the record, Percey isn’t disliked for disagreeing with anyone here. He’s disliked for riding a moral high horse and his complete inability to shut up, even when proven incorrect.

  • Michael Elwood

    You’re welcome, Sahra. Like I said in a previous post, if you’re a Muslim, the subject of Muhammad’s alleged sexual practices are going to come up again and again and again. So you might as well familiarize yourself with the subject. Many of the misconceptions that non-Muslims have about Muhammad’s life come from the misconceptions that Muslims, like Kecia Ali or the recent article by Peter Gray, have about him:

    http://www.altmuslimah.com/a/b/spa/4464/

  • Khushboo

    “To @1001, please lay off the extreme Salafi/Wahhabi sites and their patriarchal and mysoginitic interpretations or translations of our primary and secondary texts”

    All I know is that he/she is definitely using sites that contradicts what’s been said in the Quran and Sahih Hadith.

  • sahra

    Great post from @Michael Elwood, at Sept 11th, 2011 at 10:22 a.m

    Thanks Michael, its very informative, comprehensive study and i totally agree with it. Though without disrespect or disregard to other commenters, i think that specific post of yours made the most sense in this whole interesting yet messy discussion.

    To @1001, please lay off the extreme Salafi/Wahhabi sites and their patriarchal and mysoginitic interpretations or translations of our primary and secondary texts.

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  • ^
    Who would have known there would be so much drama here.

  • DrM

    @Danny boy,

    As expected, you have nothing to show I’ve ever called for violence against Ahmedis and “Muslim liberals.” So like a pathetic embarrassed maggot you try to shift goalposts and play semantic games. Is it true that you’re convicted sex offender? You’re a joke without a punch line, troll.

  • “I feel sad for you. There you are researching all these articles on Islam and slavery but please tell us what is your motive?”

    You feel sad for me doing research? :p Don’t, I’m a book worm. I’m the only person in my research class who actually likes research. Anyway, I haven’t done heavy research on it, I did very lite research (Islam is not my favorite topic, religion as a whole isn’t really either) and still was able to come to the facts.

    “Are you trying to find holes in Islam or do you not like Islam.”

    I’m not trying to “find holes” in Islam anymore than you guys try to find holes in Christianity when you make articles about the Bible…unless you are, in which case I’m still not trying to find flaws, I’m just stating the facts.

    “What is it that you are trying to achieve by giving us endless Wikipedia references to back up your claims on what Islam says about slavery. ”

    I thought it was endless YouTube videos loaded with sources to look up at a library or google books. I think I’m the only guy left who checks out the sources of things, at my local library no less. When I write papers, I don’t even use google scholar or any of that stuff, I do it the old fashioned way.

    “an enemy of Islam can change my belief.”

    I have no intention to change your belief. In fact, my conversion rate is zero and I want it to stay that way. I don’t really think very religious people would make good atheist and agnostics, they tend to become annoying people like Richard Dawkins.

    “Why don’t you explore a little bit of what our prophet had to go through just to survive, you know from a Muslim perspective. Is that taking too much of your time?”

    How do you mean by that?

    I don’t know why you guys think I hate muslims or want to make your lives living hell.

  • Nulliusinverba

    @ NassirH – thank you for your link. I have already got a significant collection of the opinions of the good professor. I am also looking to collect views of imams etc and not just “western” based academics. The idea is to get some sort of a “common law” position. Nevertheless, i thank you.

    @IbnAbutalib – I am sorry that I am unable to reveal this on an open thread. Suffice to say I will be spending time (6 months) at Al Azhar and (3 months) at QoM, plus hopefully some time in Saudi Arabia.

    University is a Western Islamic studies centre.

  • IbnAbuTalib

    NulliusinVerba: Any new way to review the Quran based on Arabic textual analysis and or hadiths outside of the designated sahih hadiths is not permitted. My local imams also sided with the council. So i am in a straight jacket in that sense.

    What is the name of your university/institution?

  • NassirH

    @NulliusinVerba

    Perhaps this article can help? It’s a short response to an anti-Islamic polemic, actually, and admittedly not very scholarly. It provides a quote from the Shafi’I madhab (saying that parents who kill their children aren’t subject to legal retribution) and another quote from a Maliki mukhtassar (saying that parents are to be punished for killing their children). These views are apparently opposites; further complicating the matter is that the article seems to imply that not everyone in the particular school themselves agreed on the matter.

  • NulliusinVerba

    @Danios

    You are correct. Actually that was my first resposne to my faculty chair. I got brushed off. My faculty Chair, Director of Program and my Supervisor insisted that to get proper grounding in Sharia, the recomended paths must be followed (they qouted Al Azhar and also the Saudi Fiqh council (i might be qouting the wrong word here)) and as my Chair of faculty is member of various Arab religious body’s my argument that I should be allowed to develop my thesis from primariy source (Quran sharif, Bukhari and Muslim (for sahih sitta), Tabari (for tarikh), Ishaq/hisham (for sira) plus original tafseers was rejected by the academic committee.

    So i am stuck with using secondary sources of the 4 schools of Sunni jusrispudence and some reliance on Fatwa’s/rulings by Al Azhar, Saudi Ulema and surprisingly for me Deoband School from India.

    Any new way to review the Quran based on Arabic textual analysis and or hadiths outside of the designated sahih hadiths is not permitted. My local imams also sided with the council. So i am in a straight jacket in that sense.

    I am hoping that by the 4th year my classical arabic will be good enough for me to review some ancient source materials myself. Till such time i have to go my the course advisors.

  • Sam Seed

    @Durandal, I feel sad for you. There you are researching all these articles on Islam and slavery but please tell us what is your motive? What is it that you are trying to achieve by giving us endless Wikipedia references to back up your claims on what Islam says about slavery.

    Are you trying to find holes in Islam or do you not like Islam. I am a proud Muslim and hate slavery full stop, Allah has showered me with mercy and guidance and I am very grateful to Him. There is no way an enemy of Islam can change my belief. Why don’t you explore a little bit of what our prophet had to go through just to survive, you know from a Muslim perspective. Is that taking too much of your time?

  • Danios

    @ NulliusinVerba:

    Your very starting point will lead you down the wrong path. You have accepted, it seems (although I may be mistaken–just going by the way you worded your comment), the classification of the Sunni Muslim world into Hanbali, Hanafi, Shafi’i, and Maliki schools. This classification scheme is outdated, archaic, and unhelpful. I will write an article on this topic later.

  • NulliusinVerba

    I am currently studying for a Masters in Islamic Studies with a view to proceed to a doctrate as a part of my comparative religious studies ( i have read masters in Christianity/Judaisim, Buddhism and Jainism as of now). In relation to Islam since this site has a lot of muslims and muslimahs i have, following that i am currently, writing an essay on:

    1) What is the ruling of Hanbali, Hanafi, Shafi and Maliki schools of Sharia on the matter of a father killing a child?
    2) What is the sunni doctrine of “people not subject to retribution”?
    3) Is there an equivalent legal doctrine in the common law of west or east?

    This is one of the topics in a wider dissertation on Islamic Law (Sharia) and Common law.

    It would be interesting to see the understanding of muslims on this topic.

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