Bostom: ”Mohamed had his own ”dead poets society”
RE-ENACTING MUHAMMAD IN COPENHAGEN
Shouting the jihadist battle cry declared by Islam’s prophet Muhammadhimself, “Allahu-akbar” (“Allah is greater”), on Saturday, February 14, 2015, a Muslim gunman opened fire on participants at a Copenhagen, Denmark, conference on freedom of expression, killing 1 and wounding 3 others.
The conference titled, “Art, Blasphemy and Freedom of Expression,” featured Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who aptly refers to himself as an “equal opportunity offender” when it comes to insulting depictions of iconic religious figures. Whether portraying Jesus as a pedophile, or Muhammad as a roundabout canine, Vilks has argued that, “You cannot make an exception. Islam is not more holy than the other ones (religions).” Yet with sad predictability, only the votaries of Islam have reacted with ceaseless threats—and now additional murderous acts—of violence.
Repeating the pattern of what transpired in the Paris, January 7, 2015, Charlie Hebdo killings of cartoonists who dared to lampoon Islam’s prophet, followed by a murderous attack on a Parisian kosher market, the Copenhagen jihadist—identified as Omar Abdel Hamid el-Hussein, whom the Danish intelligence service “knew in advance”—subsequently attacked the city’s Great Synagogue in Krystalgade. El-Hussein, who may have been assisted by at least two surviving suspects, is alleged to have undergone an “abrupt transition” from street crime to Islamic jihadism. He murdered a Jewish community member on security duty during a bat mitzvah celebration, and wounded two police officers, before being shot to death near the Nørrebro train station by Danish police.
This latest paroxysm of lethal jihadist violence against Western free speech—and Jews—began exactly 26 years to the day after Ayatollah Khomeini issued his February 14, 1989 fatwa (i.e. authoritative Islamic religious ruling), condemning to death Salman Rushdie, as well as his publishers, for producing the “blasphemous” novel The Satanic Verses. Khomeini intoned:
I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them quickly, wherever they find them, so that no one will dare to insult Islamic sanctity. Whoever is killed doing this will be regarded as a martyr and will go directly to heaven, Allah willing.
As noted by Professor Muhammad Hashim Kamali, who, since 1985, has taught Sharia and jurisprudence at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, in his authoritative Freedom of Expression in Islam: “…no serious Muslim commentator has challenged the basic validity of the Ayatollah’s fatwa. Adjudication was generally viewed to be necessary if only to find out if Rushdie was willing to repent.” The fatwa wroughttargeted murders in Europe and Japan, and a mass killing in Turkey. Khomeini’s edict reflected an ongoing, intensifying, global campaign to impose Islamic blasphemy law on non-Muslims, including those living outside Islamdom, in non-Muslim societies.
Ultimately however, the Islamic religio-political inspiration for this free speech-crushing jihad derives from Muhammad’s attitudes and behaviors. Islam’s prophetroutinelyordered his “mockers” put to death, or approved of their assassination, posthumously, by his Muslim followers. Jews were targeted for such killings, featuring prominently in Muhammad’s own “dead poets society.” For example, Ali, Muhammad’s son-in-law, who became the Fourth Rightly Guided Caliph, recounted the following murder of a Jewish woman for insulting Muhammad (Sunan Abu Dawud Book 033, Hadith Number 4349):
A Jewess used to abuse the Prophet and disparage him. A man strangled her till she died. The Apostle of Allah declared that no recompense was payable for her blood.
The Muslim translator of this hadith collection, an Islamic jurisprudence scholar, Professor Ahmad Hasan, observes appositely: “This shows that even if a Jew or any non-Muslim abuses the Prophet, he will be killed.”