by Sheri Urban
On Saturday, a Muslim doctor who has been highly critical of radical Islam appeared on CNN in the middle of their Trump-bashing over the New Zealand mosque attack — and the network’s producers instantly regretted it.
That’s because far from attacking Donald J. Trump and blaming him for inciting hate that resulted in the Christchurch attack — like so many other guests have — she insisted that in many parts of the Muslim world, President Trump beloved, and that the Trump administration is not Islamophobic.
Dr. Qanta Ahmed, from the UK, stated, “One thing the viewers should know, this president and this administration is often castigated as Islamophobic, but I move in the Muslim word, in Egypt, in Oman, in Jordan, in Iraqi Kurdistan, where this president is beloved. This president and the Republican Party going back to George Bush is very dearly held. Today is the anniversary of Halabja, the massacre of 180,000 Kurds at the hands of Saddam Hussein. That only change would be because of a Republican president. So it is very important not to lose so much perspective that we start believing our entire government is Islamophobic. That is not the case.”
She pushed way back on CNN’s rhetoric that Trump didn’t go far enough in decrying the mosque attack:
“I did see his very categorical condemnation of the events in New Zealand and that was gratifying. And I also feel that he needs to do the same about white supremacy, not only the United States, but globally. There is nothing — the president has no responsibility if a fanatic mentions him in a manifesto. A fanatic could equally mention me. So I don’t think that is his responsibility. But, yes, I would like to see President Trump condemn all forms of lethal bigotry.”
The conversation between Ahmed and CNN host Fredericka Whitfield featured Ahmed trying to delineate a distinction between anti-Muslim sentiment and Islamophobia. She said:
Islamophobia actually means the refusal to scrutinize or examine Islam or Islamism, Islamist institutions. Muslims and Christians in Pakistan when they challenged Islamism, when they defended Asia Bibi, the Christian woman that was on death row were killed, assassinated for their purported Islamophobia.
So we must distinguish lethal, diabolical, anti-Muslim xenophobia as is happening in Christchurch from a Islamophobia. Why should we do that? Because, if we do not, we empower Islamists who wish to propagate the myth, the same myth that the white supremacists gunman wants us to believe that we are under siege in the secular world, that we are victims in the West. And it’s not just those that have animus toward Muslims. We already see in Turkey — the president of Turkey, Erdogan, Muslim Brotherhood Islamist Godfather, exploiting this attack, taking advantage of this attack, telling his supporters on an election campaign yesterday to watch the live feed of the gunman.
Ahmed implicitly condemned Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her anti-Semitic statements, saying, “In this country in the United States, we have Islamists mother — Muslim brotherhood front groups that are claiming Muslims are victims. We just saw a few weeks ago the exploitation of this narr ative in the trivialization of anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism occurred in Congress and the reaction was when there was outrage that this was somehow hate directed at a Muslim who is spewing Islamist ideology. So we have to be extremely clear about the language, clear about the narrative because that controls.”
Whitfield wanted to make sure: “You’re talking about Representative Omar as — yes, you’re talking about Representative Omar as an example of that
Ahmed answered, “Yes.”
After the attack in New Zealand on a mosque in whoich 50 people were murdered, Ahmed wrote:
I fear that the true exploitation of this devastating event will be by Islamists. Above all, Islamists seek the division and separation of the Muslim community from wider society. They wish to drive a wedge between the Muslim and secular community. Islamists seek to portray a narrative of the besieged Muslim. And the extremist perpetrating the Christchurch massacre gave them a boost to their argument today. We must not allow them to exploit this attack; instead, we must condemn what happened but also remember that Muslims are free and empowered in Western societies.
Some will cry that this attack was a lethal act of Islamophobia. Do not accept this claim. What happened in Christchurch was an act of diabolical anti-Muslim xenophobia. It was not Islamophobia, a word designed to deter scrutiny of extremist ideology … yet there will be plenty who will seek to exploit this slaughter to further the own agendas. Many who will say that the acts of this isolated madman is somehow proof of general Muslim persecution. But in reacting to the events in Christchurch, we must see clearly the messages of solidarity that have come in nationally and around the world.
Dr. Ahmed is a woman of extraordinary courage as a female Muslim.
In January 2018, Ahmed wrote of Israel’s “sole claim to the Holy Land” and that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. She penned:
. . . as a believing Muslim observing Islam, I am compelled by the Quran to support Israel’s sole claim to the Holy Land; the Quran says it is so. The 80,000-word document 1.6 billion Muslims accept as the revealed word of God, the Quran, is categorical about the destiny of Israel and the people who can claim its ownership. The Quran states: “Moses said to his people: O my people! Remember the bounty of God upon you when He bestowed prophets upon you, and made you kings and gave you that which had not been given to anyone before you amongst the nations. O my people! Enter the Holy Land which God has written for you, and do not turn tail, otherwise you will be losers.”
Nowhere does the Quran make mention of the Muslims’ claim to the Holy Land. Instead, God reveals in the Quran that The Holy Land is designated for the followers of Moses. Because the Promised Land is theirs according to the Quran, only the followers of Moses may determine where their capital must lie. It is this Islamic truth that political Islamists vehemently deny.