Here is my latest article for Gates of Vienna. I have cross-posted it here for archival purposes, and to engage in the comments. Many thanks to Gates for editing and publishing it!
As a follow-up to his previous post, Vikram Chatterjee provides further insights into the stealth jihad being waged by the prominent “moderate Muslim” Maajid Nawaz.
Sinister and Dangerous: The Stealth Supremacism of Maajid Nawaz
by Vikram K. Chatterjee
In December of last year, Gates of Vienna published my article “Maajid Nawaz: Stealth Jihadist Exposed”, which showed how Nawaz dissimulated about key Islamic doctrines in his book with Sam Harris, Islam and the Future of Tolerance: A Dialogue, and how he had deployed threatening, jihad-tinged language against Tommy Robinson. In the book, Nawaz buried the truth about: the reasons for Sayyid Qutb’s execution, the practice of taqiyya, the meaning of ijtihad and its status in Islam, the existence of a Sunni clergy (the ulama), and the permissibility of eating bacon in Islam, which Muslims can do, if darura, or necessity, dictates.
Alas, my article appears to have had nothing of its intended effect. Nawaz is still parading around on television and in the news media, posing as a liberal. Those who read Counterjihad sites like Gates of Vienna, Counter Jihad Report, Vlad Tepes Blog and the like saw the article, but journalism of this kind appears to be automatically confined to some taboo fringe of Western politics. It is deemed racist to bring an understanding of Islam to journalism and political commentary, and thus, Gates of Vienna articles go unnoticed, the truths they tell unknown. The rest of the Western political sphere chatters on in ignorance. They prate, and they prattle, and all the while Islam marches on.
Because of this disappointing result, and in the interests of keeping this story afloat, I would like to offer some additional analysis of Nawaz, in order to sharpen up our picture of how he is deceiving people.
How Maajid Nawaz Deploys Stealth Supremacism
In the mode of stealth jihad, the Muslim does not go around openly telling Infidels that he and his religion, and those who practice it, are superior. That is what the stealth jihadist believes, but he is not going to say it outright. If Nawaz came to people saying “I’m the Grand Mufti of such-and-such”, people would be immediately suspicious:
So instead, Nawaz must try for more subtle and devious tactics. How would he go about doing this? To see how, let us turn to the Holy Qur’an:
It is He who expelled the ones who disbelieved among the People of the Scripture from their homes at the first gathering. You did not think they would leave, and they thought that their fortresses would protect them from Allah; but [the decree of] Allah came upon them from where they had not expected, and He cast terror into their hearts [so] they destroyed their houses by their [own] hands and the hands of the believers. So take warning, O people of vision.
— Qur’an 59:2, Sahih International Version
In the above verse, the “People of the Scripture” is the Qur’an’s term primarily for Jews and Christians. They are “those who disbelieved” among the People of the Scripture. In Islam, the view of Judaism and Christianity is that these faiths are corruptions of Islam. Abraham, Moses, Noah, and Jesus were Muslims, and the religion they preached was Islam, and the scripture of Judaism and Christianity was originally the Qur’an. Later, their followers corrupted this scripture, and the result was the Bible.
Nawaz is operating in lands where Christianity and Judaism are the predominant faiths, for now. The above verse says Nawaz’s god, Allah “came upon them from where they had not expected”, and that “they destroyed their houses by their [own] hands”. The message of this verse is that the Infidel enemies of Islam will be attacked from a place they had not expected, and that in this way they will bring about their own defeat.
This passage is the key to understanding Nawaz’s stealth supremacism. What Nawaz and his accomplices (both witting and unwitting) do is to subtly suggest that he is to be thought of as being in position of authority. How does he do that?
At the Quilliam Foundation website, one can see how the organization bills itself by clicking on the “About” section at the top, where we can read that:
“Quilliam is the world’s first counter-extremism think tank..”
This sentence at first seems harmless, but if we take some time to analyze it, we can detect some sinister architecture. When Maajid Nawaz goes on his TV appearances, his book tours and conference events, he gets introduced by the host in a way that generally sounds like this:
“Joining us is Maajid Nawaz, founder of Quilliam Foundation, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank.”
The first thing to be noticed about this sentence is the bizarre piece of jargon, “counter-extremism think tank”. If you’ve read a lot of the crap that mainstream commentators on Islamic terrorism say, you no doubt have come across terminology such as “extremism”, and “sectarianism”, and “radicalization”, and the like. Notice that any of these words could be substituted in to the above sentence, and the meaning of the sentence would be scarcely altered. Quilliam Foundation, the world’s first counter-extremism think tank, could also be called:
- the world’s first counter-radicalization think tank
- the world’s first counter-sectarianism think tank
- the world’s first counter-supremacism think tank
- the world’s first counter-Islamism think tank
Any of these descriptors would work for Quilliam’s purposes, and we wouldn’t notice the difference. This jargon-laden, muddled and vague descriptor “counter-extremism think tank” is designed to be forgettable and uninformative, while at the same time it subtly reminds the reader of Islam, which is associated in the minds of the Infidel audience with “extremism” (i.e. Jihad terror). What is memorable about the sentence, however, is that Maajid is being described as a founder of something — what ever that vague and unmentioned something is — which is to be thought of as the world’s first.
This is the language of stealth supremacism. What the “world’s first” in Quilliam’s self-description is referring to, subliminally, is Islam. Islam goes unmentioned, because Quilliam Foundation does not want to draw attention to its true agenda. In the place of “Islam”, the vague and forgettable “counter-extremism think tank” is inserted. Notice also that the “world’s first” also conforms with the Islamic notion that Islam was the original religion of all mankind, before others corrupted Allah’s will and produced the Bible.
When Maajid is described by an Infidel TV host as being the “founder” of the “world’s first” something-or-other, the host is unwittingly suggesting to his Infidel audience that Maajid is a Founder of Things. A Beginner of Things. An Important Man. That he is to be respected. That his opinions are correct. That he is to be thought of as being in a position of authority. A position which he holds as being a part of something — whatever that vague and unmentioned something is — that is the “world’s first”. But it’s not a counter-something-or-other think tank. It is Islam.
Thus, when the Infidel host unwittingly springs this subliminally supremacist language upon his Infidel audience, “Allah came upon them from where they had not expected” in accordance with the prophecy of Qur’an 59:2, quoted above. The Infidels at home might be expecting Maajid to trumpet his supremacy himself, but, they will not be expecting their fellow Infidel to be unwittingly trumpeting his supremacy for him. This action happens in a subtle and indirect way, fooling the audience in a way that also conforms to this scripture, in which the disbelievers “destroyed their houses by their [own] hands and the hands of the believers.” That is Qur’an 59:2 in action.
Another example of Maajid’s stealth supremacism can be seen on his Facebook page. Take a good look at this picture, and ask yourself: what are you looking at?
At first glance, it appears that Maajid is attending some kind of pro-Malala protest (and perhaps indeed it is real). The young men are lined up, holding a picture of Malala Yousefzai. From the apparel of the protesters, the photo appears to have been taken in Pakistan — the young man on the right is dressed in a way that screams “sub-continental middle class”. The protesters are lined up, and Maajid walks by, with a look of sad determination on his face.
So, it look like a protest for Malala. But there is another way of interpreting the photo. Although the people are standing in a haphazard way, not in any particular posture, they are all standing in a line. And Maajid is walking by them, his head up high. If one looks at it, keeping in mind his sinister record that I documented in my previous article, the photo appears to suggest that Maajid is to be thought of as a military leader. The young men are lined up, standing to attention, and Maajid walks by confidently, a general inspecting his troops. A man to be feared.
One would not normally expect a photo of Muslims at what appears to be pro-Malala protest to have a subliminal suggestion of Islamic militancy, but then, Allah works in mysterious ways, and occasionally he “came upon them from where they had not expected, and He cast terror into their hearts.” One could easily disagree with my interpretation, but in my view, the photo above is an example of Q 59:2 in action.
Another example of this kind of subliminal supremacism may be found in the video of the event at Harvard that launched the book Nawaz wrote with Sam Harris. Although I will not adduce the evidence for this here, I believe that for at least two years Harris been the target of a highly sophisticated campaign of deception, organized by the international pan-Sunni supremacist group, Hizb ut-Tahrir, and its front organization, Quilliam Foundation. Long before Harris met Nawaz, Nawaz and his accomplices had studied Harris. They read his books, and read the books mentioned in his bibliographies, and from there they were able to infer what Harris did, and did not know, about Islam. Then they went about carefully deceiving him with a series of articles written by “Muslim atheists”, who he then followed on twitter, and they were able to share links by or about Nawaz with him there, insinuating him into Harris’ circle of contacts.
From there, they were able to induce Harris into having a “conversation” with Maajid Nawaz, producing their book, and then using the book and book tour events and media appearances to shop Nawaz around the globe to Infidel audiences, eager to find a friendly face among Muslims. Nawaz is using Harris and his imprimatur as a respected liberal intellectual as a springboard for a campaign of mass deception about Islam, delivered in the book and other media. A host of articles have been produced by Maajid’s accomplices, both witting and unwitting, which serve to bolster his reputation as an alleged liberal. The swirl of puff pieces and feigned attacks on him in various online media form part of a Good Cop/Bad Cop routine put on by Muslims (and their unwitting accomplices) in order to deceive Infidels.
Maajid and his accomplices have worked a wonder on Sam Harris, subtly implanting in his mind the notion that Maajid is to be thought of as being in a position of authority, and getting him to think so highly of Nawaz that he is even unwittingly suggesting this same sinister notion to his tens of thousands of fans. The screenshot below is of the Harvard event. Click below to watch the segment with Harris’ statements.
While you’re watching, listen for Harris saying the following:
- “I’ll let Maajid decide”
- “We have different instincts, Maajid and I, here, and my instincts for many conversations now are to defer to his instincts”
- “If anything my views and my way of speaking about this problem have been more modified than Maajid’s by our collaboration”
In all three of these statements, Harris is unwittingly suggesting to the Infidels in the audience that Nawaz is a man whose opinions are to be consulted, that his ideas are better than those of the Infidel Harris, who, himself respected by the Infidels in the audience, in turn confers respectability upon Nawaz. Harris instinctively defers to Nawaz, and so, some Infidels will think, should they as well.
These statements, made by Infidel Harris to his Infidel audience, subtly suggest that Maajid is to be thought of as being in a position of authority, that he is to be deferred to and obeyed, and that Harris the Infidel is somehow inferior to Maajid the Muslim, because his views were “more modified that Maajid’s” by their “collaboration”. In this devious and indirect way, Sam Harris, one of the most prominent critics of Islam on the planet, has been unwittingly dragooned into the Army of Islam.
Vikram K. Chatterjee is a Bengali-American writer and researcher who lives in Texas. Previously: Maajid Nawaz: Stealth Jihadist Exposed
|1.||If anyone still doubts that Sunnis practice taqiyya, he need only consult the revered Sunni theologian Ibn Kathir to have his view of the matter clarified. In his Tafsir Ibn Kathir, he comments on Qur’an 3:28, saying:
In addition, the academic scholar of Islam Devin Stewart has published an incredibly useful 43-page paper entitled “Dissimulation in Sunni Islam and Morisco Taqiyya”. This paper adduces an unanswerable mountain of evidence for Sunni taqiyya.