Tuesday, December 08, 2015
'You ain't no Muslim bruv'
The above words have been eagerly seized on by those who are trying to ignore that it is orthodox Islam that lies behind the recent spate of terrorist attacks by Muslims. The words were uttered by a bystander while the most recent terrorist attacker was being confronted by police. The attacker was an African with an "Arabic" accent.
I initially assumed that the words were from somebody who knew the assailant personally and who knew the assailant as having only marginal contact with Islam. And I still think that is most likely.
The idea that the words are a precise theological statement is certainly absurd. At best it represents the opinion of someone with no authority to pronounce on what is Islamic. And yet it has been taken as if it were.
We know that there are occasional voices from the Muslim world that condemn terrorist attacks but they are few and far between. Muslim mullahs and muftis normally refuse to condemn such attacks. And the refusals are few and far between for a good reason: Attacks on infidels are not only permitted by the Koran but commanded by it. Start reading at Sura 9 if you doubt it. The opinion of some presumably black bystander in London is no match for the Koran as an Islamic authority.
One understands that the willingly blind seize any crumb of comfort in a world made very dangerous by enthusiasts for Islam but closing your eyes is not a good way to keep yourself safe.
Report of the incident below:
The defiant words shouted by an East Londoner at the knifeman involved in the terror attack at Leytonstone tube station last night have become an internet sensation.
'You ain't no Muslim bruv' hashtag has swept through social media, described as the 'perfect' London response to the atrocity.
During footage recorded of the standoff between the knifeman and police, the witness can be heard repeatedly yelling: 'You ain't no Muslim bruv!'
The powerful statement has been widely quoted on social media with many people saying the man's actions represented only the work of a killer rather than someone showing their support for Syria.
The knifeman allegedly slashed two people at the tube station, shouting, 'this is for Syria' before being Tasered by police in what has been described by Scotland Yard as a terrorism attack.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).