At-Taqwa Mosque

Ignorance of and leniency towards Salafi ideology are two major problems in Western nations

I contacted Nicolas Pirsoul who is a doctoral candidate in politics and international relations at the University of Auckland recently because his research interests include issues around democracy and Middle Eastern politics. I told him about the story we had broken about Salafist Dr Sahib and asked him if he would consider writing an article for Whaleoil in reaction to the story since it had been picked up by the mainstream media both in New Zealand and in Britain. He politely declined because he said he was currently working on several articles and opinion pieces already.It appears that one of the pieces he was working on was for the New Zealand Herald.

Isis, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, and other terrorist organisations are all inspired by a particular understanding of Islam: Salafism.

Salafism is an extremist, literalist, and intolerant form of Sunni Islam…

Salafism obtained the important political power it continues to hold today when Muhammad ibn ?Abd al-Wahhab formed an alliance with the al-Saud family during the 18th century to give birth to the Saudi version of Salafism, Wahhabism, the state religion of the current kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As Saudi Arabia developed as a major political force, due in large part to its oil production and its status as one of the West’s principal allies in the Middle East, Salafism further expanded its political and geographical influence. Saudi Arabia has continued to use its wealth to propagate Wahhabi ideas thorough the Islamic world and Muslim communities in the West.

Given these facts isn’t it strange that all those Sunni Imams from Egypt were sent to New Zealand this year to combat extremism? You know, the extremism that we don’t currently have in New Zealand according to FIANZ. Who exactly were these Imams targeting? Were they concerned about Salafists like Dr Sahib from Saudi Arabia who are propagating Wahhabi ideas?

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Hmmm doesn’t sound very inclusive to me Dr Sahib

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At Taqwa Trusts presents its monthly Islamic programme and social event for December focusing on the following topics:

  1. Rights of Muslims on Other Muslims, by Shaykh Dr.Mohammad Anwar Sahib
  2. Social Issues, Shaykh Kabba Bah

All invited. Dinner to be provided. Please see poster for details:

– At-Taqwa Trust email

Remember Dr Sahib? Star of this Whaleoil video? According to the above promotional poster, he will be speaking in Manukau on the topic of ‘ Rights of Muslims on Other Muslims ” which apart from the poor grammar doesn’t sound very inclusive. Nope, it actually sounds like imposing one Muslim group’s set of values onto a different Muslim group. I could be horribly wrong of course and could be taking the speech topic completely out of context which is why I invite those who attend the dinner to send me a video or audio of his sermon to our tipline.

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We are all enemies of Islam “including those who call themselves Muslims”

On Stuff Dr Sahib was quoted as saying that he does not…

… “hate any human being regardless of their faith,?place of origin, race, colour and political affiliation”.

“Sadly and falsely, I have been accused of giving hate speeches and being anti-Semitic,” he said.

“I have always preached for peace and harmony in the society.”

He claims the “cut and paste” video that surfaced on YouTube was taken out of context.

-Stuff

His above words are in stark contrast to what he said on this video, the third one in my series on context.

You can read part one here?and part two here.

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This was not the first complaint to FIANZ about Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib.

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FIANZ did not say or do anything until Whaleoil shone sunlight on the anti-Semitic and misogynistic words of Auckland-based, Saudi-trained, Muslim religious leader Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib, Imam of the At-Taqwa Mosque. This was not the first time that Shaykh Dr Mohammad Anwar Sahib has been brought to FIANZ’s attention.

In 2001, the Centre for Islamic Pluralism published an article that described Sheik Dr Anwar Sahib as a high-ranking Islamic cleric trained in and funded by Saudi Arabia. A Fiji Indian, he spent 15 years being trained as a cleric by the Saudis and was described as an ultra-conservative fundamentalist. The Wahhabi sect to which Sheik Dr Anwar Sahib belongs is described as adhering to the most extreme form of Islamic fundamentalism. The author of Intellectuals and Assassins, Stephen Schwartz, said of Wahhabism that ?it is violent, it is intolerant and it is fanatical beyond belief.?

Sheik Dr Anwar Sahib came to New Zealand on a Saudi-funded scholarship and was exposed as having ties to Osama bin Ladin. The then president of FIANZ, Dr Anwar Ghani, dismissed the concerns, saying he knew of no terrorist fundraising or terrorism-linked activity among local Muslims.

In 2011, FIANZ president, Anwar Ghani, once again dismissed concerns when he met with officials of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (SIS). The SIS was concerned about reports that at-Taqwa mosque youth were talking about preparing for jihad in New Zealand. Sheikh Dr Sahib continued during this time to be a senior member of FIANZ.

In 2013, there was a report that Sheikh Dr Sahib had been involved in an Islamic conference where other invited speakers also gave antisemitic, misogynistic, and homophobic sermons. And, more recently, in January 2016, the WhaleOil blog revealed that one of the congregants of At-Taqwa mosque, where Sheikh Dr Sahib preaches, has potentially been radicalised and is a known Islamic State supporter. One is left wondering whether radicalisation of Muslim youth is happening in New Zealand mosques.

-ShalomKiwi

When finally forced to react to our video and posts FIANZ’s first reaction was a Press release more notable for what it did not say.

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Plot to Bomb Amsterdam Synagogue, Latest Evidence of Unsafe Environment for Jews

It has been revealed?that there was a plot to blow up a synagogue in Amsterdam.

A plot to bomb an Amsterdam synagogue, planned by a Muslim terrorist cell based in the Netherlands ? revealed on Thursday in leaked intelligence documents obtained by the Dutch daily?De Telegraaf ??is simply the latest?evidence of the ?very unsafe environment for Jews in the country,? a political activist told The Algemeiner.

Awi Cohen, a board member of Likud Netherlands ? the Dutch arm of the Israeli Prime Minister?s party, with the self-described mission?of speaking out for Jewish rights internationally ? was responding to the Dutch Criminal Intelligence Agency (TFI) dossier, which describes a ?James Bond-like plan? to attack a Jewish house of worship and?a bank, discovered?when a regular visitor to the Arrayan Mosque in northern Amsterdam was identified as?a member of the?group devising the strikes. ? Read more »

FIANZ a simple question deserves a simple answer

Whaleoil reader SeanusAurelius made a great comment the other day when he wrote..

…I thought this interview with the head of FIANZ was much more telling than the original statement (as its the head of FIANZ)
Q: “Are women chattels who can’t go outside without their husbands’ permission?”

A: “…There’s no simple yes or no answer.”

Live interviews like this are very good at revealing things that can easily be scripted out of a formal press release with the guidance of a professional spin doctor. As many of you may not yet have listened to the Radio Live interview I have taken the time to make a partial transcript of what was said.

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