Skip to comments.Top Muslim Declares All Christians ‘Infidels’ [Egypt]
Posted on 11/02/2011 5:09:38 AM PDT by SJackson
To what extent was Egypts Maspero massacre, wherein the military literally mowed down Christian Copts protesting the ongoing destruction of their churches, a product of anti-Christian sentiment?
A video of Egypts grand mufti, Sheikh Ali Gomaa (or Goma), which began circulating weeks before the massacre, helps elucidate. While holding that Muslims may coexist with Christians (who, as dhimmis, have rights), Gomaa categorized Christians as kuffar infidels a word that connotes enemies, evil-doers, and every bad thing to Muslim ears.
After quoting Quran 5:17, Infidels are those who declare God is the Christ, [Jesus] son of Mary, he expounded by saying any association between a human and God (in Arabic, shirk) is the greatest sin: Whoever thinks the Christ is God, or the Son of God, not symbolically for we are all sons of God but attributively, has rejected the faith which God requires for salvation, thereby becoming an infidel.
Gomaa then offered a hypothetical dialogue between Christians and Muslims to illustrate Islams proper position:
Christians: You have the wrong idea about us; we dont worship the Christ.
Muslims: Okay, fine; we were under the wrong impression but, by the way: Infidels are those who declare God is the Christ, son of Mary.
Christians: But these are philosophical matters that we are unable to explain.
Muslims: Okay, fine; God is onebut, by the way: Infidels are those who declare God is the Christ, son of Mary.
As a graduate of and long-time professor at Al Azhar university and grand mufti of Egypt (a position second in authority only to Sheikh Al Azhar), Ali Gomaa represents mainstream Islams not radical Islams or Islamisms position concerning the other, in this case, Christians. Regardless, many in the West hail him as a moderate such as this U.S. News article titled Finding the Voices of Moderate Islam; Lawrence Wright describes him as a highly promoted champion of moderate Islam:
He is the kind of cleric the West longs for, because of his assurances that there is no conflict with democratic rule and no need for theocracy. Gomaa has also become an advocate for Muslim women, who he says should have equal standing with men.
How does one reconcile such sunny characterizations with reality? The fact is, whenever top Muslim authorities like Gomaa say something that can be made to conform to Western ideals, Westerners jump on it (while of course ignoring their more extreme positions). It is the same with Gomaas alma mater, Al Azhar, the chief center of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world.
MEMRI, for instance, recently published a report titled The Sheikh of Al Azhar in an Exceptionally Tolerant Article: Christianity, Judaism Share Basic Tenets of Islam. Of course, the day after this report appeared, this same sheikh Islams most authoritative voice insisted that the American ambassador wear a hijab when meeting him: just as Muslim radicals compel Christian girls to wear the hijab, moderate Al Azhar compels U.S. diplomats.
In short, yes, many religions share basic tenets, but they are secondary to the differences, which are more final and define the relationship. Or, to put it in Ali Gomaas paradigm: Fine, Christianity and Islam have commonalities but, by the way: Infidels are those who declare God is the Christ, son of Mary.
The fact is, this Quranic verse is as much a cornerstone of Islams view of Christianity as the unity of God and Christ is a cornerstone of Christianity, articulated some 1700 years ago in the Nicene Creed. The issue is clear cut for all involved.
Accordingly, how can one fault Gomaa? As grand mufti, he is simply being true to Islams teachings. Indeed, his consistency is more commendable than the equivocations of Western ecumencalists who, by falling over themselves to assure Muslims that they all essentially believe in the same things, demonstrate, especially to Muslims, that they believe in nothing.
Incidentally, if Gomaa upholds the plain teachings of the Quran concerning who is an infidel, is it not fair to assume he also upholds the Qurans teachings on how to confront them, as commanded in Quran 9: 29: Fight the People of the Book [Jews and Christians] until they pay the Jizya [tribute] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. Of course, prudent Muslims, undoubtedly like Gomaa himself, know that now is not the time to talk openly about such things.
Either way, here is another reminder of how Quranic verses and terms that Western people brush aside as arcane or irrelevant have a tremendous impact on current events such as Egypts Maspero massacre: For the same word Gomaa, the nations grand mufti, used to describe Christians is the same word Muslim soldiers used when they opened fire on and ran over Christian Copts; the same word twenty Muslim soldiers used as they tortured a protesting Christian; and the same word Muslims hurled at Christians during the funeral procession for their loved ones slain at Maspero: Infidel.
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Those wacky Muslims just continue to surprise me/ not! Their actions have always told me everything I needed to know about them, as does their history. St. James. Matamoros. Lepanto. Vienna. Tours. Nothing new under the sun.
English or Arabic? I prefer the Arabic version.
DUH. Those of us who’ve studied up on Islam, the Koran and Muhammad’s teachings have known this for quite some time.
America needs to WAKE UP. At least, small towns across the country are getting it, far from the progressive, political correctness of the coasts.
Brigitte Gabriel is a dynamic lady who selflessly travels around our country to educate people (at great personal danger) to the truth that Islam is a violent, NOT a peaceful, religion:
“There is no such thing as a Moderate Muslim, only those who are apostate or waiting for their numbers to increase so they can get away with killing Christians.”
Or those who call themselves Muslim but cherry-pick the earlier, “peaceful” writings to mesh with their comfortable western lives.
But your statement above would make an excellent tagline AND should be given to all those ignorant people who talk about “moderate” Muslims.
“I found a t-shirt at a gun show that proudly proclaims that I am an Infidel!
English or Arabic? I prefer the Arabic version. “