Top Menu

Maajid Nawaz declares that Muslims find respect and tolerance for others reprehensible


Did they ever stick a medal on Nawaz like Bill Maher wanted?

Maajid Nawaz declares that Muslims find respect and tolerance for others reprehensible

Maajid Nawaz sparked heated exchanges with audience members at his first public appearance as Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn.

The 36-year-old, who will battle against Labour’s Tulip Siddiq and Conservative Simon Marcus to become Hampstead and Kilburn MP at next year’s general election, appeared at Hampstead Waterstones to speak about his book Radical on Tuesday.

Mr Nawaz spoke to journalist and commentator David Goodhart in front of a packed audience about the memoir exploring his journey from Islamic extremist to co-founder of counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam.

Audience members were able to put questions to Mr Nawaz who was confronted early on by a Muslim man who accused him of “going from one extreme to another”. The parliamentary hopeful, who spent five years in an Egyptian prison after being arrested in 2001 as a member of Islamist revolutionary group Hizb ut-Tahrir, responded by thanking the man for attending the meeting.

He explained: “It’s a sad indictment of where we are today that the sentence, ‘You’ve gone from one extreme to the other’, can be said without anyone really realising how strange that is. It tells us where the Muslim debate is. For the Muslim debate, the other extreme is liberalism.

“When actually the truth is, the other extreme is actually anti-Muslim, fascist violence – Combat 18 or formerly the EDL, which I happened to have a hand in dismantling in this country by convincing their two leaders and two co-founders to leave that organisation.

“Liberalism is respect and tolerance for everyone. The reason why Muslims tend to assume that liberalism is the other extreme is because for them they find it reprehensible that somebody can be liberal and that’s the problem.”

Hampstead and Highgate Express, 14 March 2014

, , , , , , ,

  • Pingback: JK Rowling stumps for Israel -- what would Harry Potter do?()

  • Pingback: What Everyone Needs to Know About the ‘Anti Extremist’ Quilliam Foundation | Asharis: Assemble()

  • Pingback: What everyone needs to know about the ‘anti extremist’ Quilliam foundation | Blogging Theology()

  • Sam Seed

    “Can somebody explain the following Hadith to me, because to me it creates a huge concern about the real identity of ‘Allah’:”.

    For starters, try reading the primary source (ie the Quran) to understand the ‘real identity of Allah’.

  • Peeper

    Maybe on Front Page website, read some of us his post on his profile. He’s a troll just ignore him.

  • Sam Seed

    But he’s a ‘Born-again’ Christian.

  • Ameer

    We don’t believe Revelation is divinely inspired text, you won’t find Jesus calling himself ‘King of Kings’ in any of the four gospels. The Quran also says anyone who calls himself God is doomed to hell, yet we all know what Islam’s view on Jesus (as) is.

  • Hans Soeplepel

    OK it was a attempt, but it failed to disprove anything. One example. You said ‘man’ can not refer to Christ, since Christ lived in the past. My answer was that it does refer to the second coming of Christ when the dead are being resurrected. Christ returning from heaven is even not unknown in Islamic teaching, that makes your argument void.

    But anyway, Ilisha,

    have a nice day as well !

  • Hans Soeplepel

    I am not talking about about the strength of my arguments, I am talking about the implications, if the interpretation is correct.

    You are pulling at the wrong side of the rope.

    And if you want me to bring up some Quran verses with the same hidden clues I will be at your service!

  • Hans Soeplepel

    Concerning the ‘Verse’:

    I did not say that it was not a verse, I noted: ‘I know that it is belongs to the Hadith, but is not the Hadith indispensable in interpreting the Quran?’. With this I am explicit indicating and confirming its value in understanding the Islamic faith. Here I am trying to approach Islam from a Islamic perspective, can you refute this logic?

    Next, you said:

    ‘so obviously wrong even after it’s been explained in clear terms.’

    Now, I did not see any plain explanations, only some not so convincing denying or at best some wild guesses. This issue is important because to a Christian it provides Islamic (!) evidence that the writings of Islam do not have a divine source of inspiration and even reveal the real source. As a committed Muslim you must be able to refute that, like I said, truth must be able to defend itself. The implications of this proposition are to great to dismiss.

    Lets not avoid what is at the core of this issue, at the core of the issue the question, which faith represents the truth!

    Recapitulating and finally adding the most earnest argument:

    1 – This verse conceals the real source of inspiration of Islam.

    2 – If this is true then Mohammed is not a prophet who represents the truth.

    3 – This (hadith) verse provides a Islamic (!) reason for Christians to reject Mohammed as a prophet!

    4 – If so, what are the implications for the prophet, but far more important, his followers.

    5 – Finally as a Christian the reason why ‘Allah is horrified of the events at ‘the Day of Resurrection:

    Rev. 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

    This is not a discussion for the sake of winning an argument, this is a quest for truth, the truth which is able to set free the greatest gift life has to offer.

    Avoiding inconvenient arguments do not make its possible implications less devastating.

  • Seeker

    Seriously don’t bother. Guy thinks Obama is a secret Muslim.

  • Stephen Tearle

    Term “king of KIngs” is another way of saying God.

    We believe jesus (Isa) is a prophet of Allah, and Messiah, but not the son of God or God. He was born of the virgin Mary (maryam, because “When Allah decrees on a matter, he simply says “be” and it is” (mentions jesus andd mary pbu them both)

    There have been other people in history who have called themselves “King of kings” I think. But I don’t believe jesus pbuh claimed he was king of kings from an Islamic perspective

  • Seeker

    Troll alert my friends – by the name of Hans Soeplepel.

  • Seeker

    Mohammed, again started of with simple ideas, but several things happened when he tried to convert people to these ways. he was set upon and fled to Medina from Mecca.
    ‘Tried to convert’ seems to imply force which wasn’t what the Messenger did. He conveyed the message is what he did. He had to leave Mecca because the Quraysh did not like the conveying of the message.

    Later on his followers wrote down his sayings and used their interpretations of what they thought he meant.
    His followers did not interpret things as they saw fit. They asked him what it meant and conveyed the same.

  • Nassir H.

    A classic straw man fallacy from Nawaz.

  • Al

    “Nawaz it widely despised, and he has to offer some explanation for his unpopularity among UK Muslims. So according to him, it’s them–“they” hate liberalism.”

    And that’s it all summed up nicely.

    There’s a good list of the further reasons why Nawaz and Quilliam are disliked here:

  • Tanveer Khan

    Did you by any chance also comment on an Economist article talking about blasphemy?

    I agree with you, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad PBUT all brought to us simple rules and ideas which are fundamental to our religions. How you incorporate and practice these rules and ideas, however, will obviously be different according to the day and age you’re living in due to different problems and necessities.

  • Mohamed Al Saadoon

    Nawaz is more dangerous than any of those “ex-terrorist” and “ex-muslim” card carrying contract speaking loons by the simple virtue that he speaks like he isn’t crazy.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the EDL that dismantled him, rather than vice versa as he claims.

  • Tanveer Khan

    I doubt the Muslim man had liberalism in mind when he said Nawaz had gone from one extreme to another.

Powered by Loon Watchers