The Pope & the Mufti: Holy Man & Unholy Mind

Four Holy Men by Albrecht Dürer

Religion can be a fetid affair; however some religions can be more offensively malodorous than others...

I invite you to travel with me back to the 12th of September 2006.
Pope Benedict XVI, in a lecture at the University of Regensburg (Germany), quoted Manuel II Palaiologos, a Byzantine Emperor, who said in 1391:

“Show me just what Muhammad brought was new and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached” 

Since the world, in 2006, was fighting in Afghanistan for 5 years and in Iraq for more than 3 years; the Holy Man’s quote represented somewhat a diplomatic predicament (even though most of the world agreed with it – ask the Nigerians) and it suscitated the anger of Islamic politicians and religious leaders who said that the pope’s words were an “insulting mischaracterization of Islam”.
The pope, of course, apologised stating that the comment he had quoted did not reflect his own views.

Now, come with me to the 9th of January 2012.
Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein (viewed as a moderate leader), in an address to the Palestinians, quoted a passage, in the Hadith, by Prophet Muhammad:

“The Jews will hide behind stones and trees. But the trees and the stones will call: oh Muslim, oh servant of God, there is a Jew hiding behind me, so come and kill him.” 

Since the world, out of convenience, decided to let the Muslims be for a while and, this quote targets the Jews the Western media didn’t even bother to divulge it; politicians didn’t care to denounce it; Christians were silent and the Catholic Church, probably in a PR move, ignored the whole thing for fear of being reminded of the Regensburg Lecture and, the Islamic political & religious leaders not only must have applauded it but they also opted by overlooking the fact that this clear incitement to violence is an "insulting mischaracterization of Islam".
The Mufti, of course, unapologetically stated that the Hadith calls for the killing of Jews not him; adding, “I can’t change the Hadith”.

It is easy to make a quick correlation between the two religious leaders: they both made controversial quotes with intent and, they both shrugged off the responsibility of having chosen those particular quotes.
Yet, there is a huge difference between the two religious priests:
a) The Holy Man quoted a Political Comment based on the observations and experience with the followers of Muhammad. He did not quote the Judeo-Christian Bible.
b) The Unholy Mind quoted an Islamic Religious Text. Religion serves the purpose of controlling Men’s animalistic impulses; so, any text that encourages the opposite mirrors the nefarious nature of the religion it gave birth to.

What did Mufti Hussein prove with his racist quote? It simply proved that the subliminal message conveyed by Pope Benedict XVI about Islam, unfortunately, was 100% correct.

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  1. Pope John Paul II has left India after a two-day visit in 1999 during which he called on followers to spread Christianity across South Asia.

    He has moved on to Georgia - another country with only a tiny Catholic community.

    Before he left India, the Pope insisted that the Catholic church had a right to continue missionary work in Asia, saying conversion should be recognised as a human right.

    Rome correspondent David Willey: "A heavy security cordon"
    Hindu activists protested against the Pope's visit, accusing Catholic missionaries of coercing poorer Indians into converting to Catholicism. They demanded that the Pope order a moratorium on conversions.

    But the Pope made clear that evangelisation in Asia remained a priority for the Catholic church in the next century.


    [ image: Security was tight throughout the visit]
    Security was tight throughout the visit
    "No state, no group has the right to control either directly or indirectly a person's religious convictions ... or the respectful appeal of a particular religion to people's free conscience," he told an inter-faith meeting attended by Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Zoroastrians, Jews and Bahais.

    "Religious freedom constitutes the very heart of human rights. Its inviolability is such that individuals must be recognised as having the right to change their religion if their conscience so demands," he added.

    On Saturday, the Pope insisted that it was the moral duty of Christians to spread the word of the Gospel throughout Asia.

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  2. That the holy text itself contained outrageous quotes is not unique to Islam- certainly there are enough of those in the Judeo-Christian Bible.
    What makes the difference is how one uses the text one has, and it appears the Mufti was using the religious text for the purposes of a political statement (that the Palestinians can throw off the Israelis, etc).

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  3. Hi Rummy :D!

    I understand part of the strategy behind the Catholic Church's decision to go on a Conversion-spree: between the Evangelicals (who proselytise people like no man's business) and the Muslims (who make conversions seem like a walk in the park)...they must regain influence and power in the world.

    "Before he left India, the Pope insisted that the Catholic church had a right to continue missionary work in Asia, saying conversion should be recognised as a human right."

    Ah, Rummy, surely that was a message to Muslim nations that execute people converting to Christianity. But not only, I suspect...

    "Hindu activists protested against the Pope's visit, accusing Catholic missionaries of coercing poorer Indians into converting to Catholicism. They demanded that the Pope order a moratorium on conversions."

    Interesting, and it was their right of course to do so. But did Hindu activists protest when the Malaysian government forced Indian-descendants, wanting to go back to Hinduism, to go to "rehab centres" to instil Islamism in them?

    "'Religious freedom constitutes the very heart of human rights. Its inviolability is such that individuals must be recognised as having the right to change their religion if their conscience so demands,' he added."

    And he was right, in this paragraph. Again, a clear message to Muslim Nations that execute people (or send them to "Islamic Rehab centres") for choosing to leave Islam and convert to other religion.

    "On Saturday, the Pope insisted that it was the moral duty of Christians to spread the word of the Gospel throughout Asia."

    Like I said; it is all part of the strategy; since more than 60% of the world's Muslim Population are in Asia. Only 20% live in the ME...imagine what this could mean, if Christians would be successful in decreasing the number of Muslims in Asia...

    Rummy, superb comment for which I thank you a million times :D.

    Cheers

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  4. Hi Vid :D!

    "That the holy text itself contained outrageous quotes is not unique to Islam- certainly there are enough of those in the Judeo-Christian Bible."

    Actually no. The Old Testament may have some rules that are ill-interpreted (mainly, the question of women and behaviour); but the New Testament speaks mainly of brotherly love.

    "What makes the difference is how one uses the text one has, and it appears the Mufti was using the religious text for the purposes of a political statement (that the Palestinians can throw off the Israelis, etc)."

    Indeed. A political statement through hatred and incitement to murder...classy.
    Anyway, I (and many others) suspect that this part of the Hadith was not written by the Prophet himself...we suspect it was written by someone else for political purposes.

    Vid, thank you so much for sharing your point of view with us (always a pleasure) :D.

    Cheers

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  5. Olá Max,

    The world is hypocritical and its double standards makes me want to vomit.
    Where were the Islamic leaders and politicians when this Mufti X spat these words? Is his lack of good judgement and incitement to murder a mischaracterization of islam? If islam means peace, then it amounts to a mischaracterization of the Prophet's Peaceful Religion, right?
    But their islamic silent only means that these people use Islam for political purposes and to justify their natural thirst for blood. Real muslims would condemn the mufti, civilized muslims would demand his resignation. But no, he suits their purpose well.

    I think Pope Benedict XVI was right and I supported him in 2006 - he made a good use of the Byzantine Emperor's text.

    Did Al-Qaeda win? sometimes I think they did, by the way the West behaves when it comes to Arabs and Muslims and such.

    Tchau

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  6. Max, I stopped by earlier to leave my comment and I couldn't cause an error message keep coming through: odd, but I am glad all is solved.
    Yah, I already told you that the world secretly wishes they could follow Ahmadinejad's advice and that is why they sit in silence whenever an Islamic religious leader incites to violence toward Jews. This is not new, they do it everyday and the west knows it very well but it is not convenient to confront arabs...not right now, at least.

    About the Hadith: I doubt very much that Muhammad ever wrote this part. It doesn't add up to what I have read about him and his time; I bet the Mufti of Jerusalem in the 1940's added this portion to the Hadith, the same way he counterfeited the notion that Jerusalem was the third holy place of Islam, when the Quran doesn't even mention the city (which proves that Muhammad had no interest in that city at all)!!

    Food for thought!

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  7. Hi Max,

    Firstly, I'd like to say that I LOVE the title. It captures everything so beautifully. It seems that leaders, (religious, political and others) say things that are more controversial and outrageous with no fear of reprisal. It's such a shame when one doctrine says kill another race to gain the rewards of heaven. It's like saying that everybody who drinks milk should be killed because God doesn't like milk. Didn't God create us all to live together, solve our differences in peaceful ways and live in harmony? Will we ever get why we are here? How can we ever live in peace if the doctrinaires of peace wage violence?

    Keep up the good work. Maybe peace will make it's way through regardless of the agenda. I'll still hope.

    Peace Cheers!

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  8. Hi Max, I am glad to see that your writing and your blog are alive and strong. I have been very busy the last few years so my blogging and photography have suffered a bit. I hope all is well with you in your life. God bless. You can find me on Facebook @ Scotty Crane. Cheers!

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  9. Olá Celeste :D!

    "Where were the Islamic leaders and politicians when this Mufti X spat these words? Is his lack of good judgement and incitement to murder a mischaracterization of islam? If islam means peace, then it amounts to a mischaracterization of the Prophet's Peaceful Religion, right?"

    Well, if we go by what imans around the world say; yes, inciting to violence constitutes a severe mischaracterization of Islam. I would even go farther: the generalised Islamic behaviour when it comes to Christians and Jews (in particular) is a mischaracterization of Islam (peace), period.

    "But their islamic silent only means that these people use Islam for political purposes and to justify their natural thirst for blood. Real muslims would condemn the mufti, civilized muslims would demand his resignation. But no, he suits their purpose well."

    Absolutely! Agreed.

    "I think Pope Benedict XVI was right and I supported him in 2006 - he made a good use of the Byzantine Emperor's text."

    I can't disagree with you however, I would like to see the Pope taking a stronger stance regarding the Israeli-Palestinian issue (i.e. publicly siding with the right allies).

    "Did Al-Qaeda win? sometimes I think they did, by the way the West behaves when it comes to Arabs and Muslims and such."

    LOL LOL I hear you!

    Celeste, thank you so much for a wonderful comment: loved it :D.

    Cheers

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  10. Hi Ana :D!

    "Max, I stopped by earlier to leave my comment and I couldn't cause an error message keep coming through: odd, but I am glad all is solved."

    Oh girl, I think someone tried to hack my gmail account (or my Blogger account) and so Google blocked all my Google-related accounts. But now it is solved - thanks for trying again and leaving a comment *bowing*.

    "Yah, I already told you that the world secretly wishes they could follow Ahmadinejad's advice and that is why they sit in silence whenever an Islamic religious leader incites to violence toward Jews. This is not new, they do it everyday and the west knows it very well but it is not convenient to confront arabs...not right now, at least"

    I am starting to believe that you may have a point there.
    You know?

    "About the Hadith: I doubt very much that Muhammad ever wrote this part. It doesn't add up to what I have read about him and his time;"

    I am inclined to agree with you. Some readers (in my Portuguese blog) suggested the same.

    "I bet the Mufti of Jerusalem in the 1940's added this portion to the Hadith, the same way he counterfeited the notion that Jerusalem was the third holy place of Islam, when the Quran doesn't even mention the city (which proves that Muhammad had no interest in that city at all)!!"

    Ha, I wouldn't be surprised at all, darling!

    Ana, thank you ever so much for your fabulous input: loved it :D!

    Cheers

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  11. Hi Lady A :D!

    "Firstly, I'd like to say that I LOVE the title. It captures everything so beautifully."

    Why, thank you *bowing*.

    "It seems that leaders, (religious, political and others) say things that are more controversial and outrageous with no fear of reprisal."

    You are right. And that happens because they know the world will not hold them accountable for the silly things they say or do. Impunity is the word of the day, unfortunately...

    "It's such a shame when one doctrine says kill another race to gain the rewards of heaven. It's like saying that everybody who drinks milk should be killed because God doesn't like milk."

    It makes us wonder, doesn't it?

    "Didn't God create us all to live together, solve our differences in peaceful ways and live in harmony? Will we ever get why we are here? How can we ever live in peace if the doctrinaires of peace wage violence?"

    He did. Some of us get it and some more will. Right?

    "Keep up the good work. Maybe peace will make it's way through regardless of the agenda. I'll still hope."

    Thanks, I will try. I hope the same, darling!

    Lady A, thank you so so much for your outstanding comment :D.

    Peace Always Cheers

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  12. Hi Scott :D!

    You were sorely missed, man! It is so good to see you here.

    "Hi Max, I am glad to see that your writing and your blog are alive and strong."

    Thanks, mate!

    "I have been very busy the last few years so my blogging and photography have suffered a bit."

    I know. Nevertheless, I have been following your photography on your blog: you are getting better and better.

    "I hope all is well with you in your life. God bless."

    Thank you; everything is well, with the grace of God. God Bless YOU, my friend!

    "You can find me on Facebook @ Scotty Crane. Cheers!"

    Ahh, great. I will look for you there - thanks.

    Scott, it was nice to see you here; thanks for the warm visit :D.

    Cheers

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