Thursday, October 13, 2005
Previously awash in controversy, Boston's Muslim Community has been at pains to prove that they are a moderate group, and have nothing to do with any sort of extremism. No doubt, many are. The Islamic Society of Boston has gone out of its way to distance itself from anyone with ties to extremism or anti-Semitism.
Why then did they sponsor a lecture by Dr. Salah Soltan (or "Sultan") back in February? And why is something called the Al Huda Society holding a fund raiser featuring Dr. Salah Soltan this coming Sunday (with a return address at Harvard University - registrations are to be mailed to Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138)?
Why does it matter? The question is, who is Salah Soltan? The Al Huda material calls him a "scholar," and the ISB itself points to him for explanation of religious matters, but is Salah Soltan someone who a moderate that wants to be taken seriously as such would associate with? Who is he?
(Read on to the extended entry. There's a LOT there.)
According to his profile at Discover the Networks, he is an advocate for suicide bombing:
[Edit: It may be worth noting at this point that Solah Soltan's name appears on the list of signatories to the recent Fiqh Council Fatwa Against Terrorism.]
According to a quote from this page, Sultan believes that Israeli soldiers make ash trays from Palestinian embryo skulls, and that the Talmud commands the Jews to kill all gentiles:
What does "the Cause" mean to you? And what does it mean to your children?...How much do they know about these tragedies? Did we mention to them that the Children of Zion over there cut open the wombs of mothers. As Khalid M. Khalid mentioned in 1992 when he visited Shamir and saw on his desk a strange ashtray. He asked him, "What strange ashtray is this?" Shamir told him that this was the skull of an embryo. The skull of an embryo? An Israeli soldier opened the womb of a Palestinian mother, took out the embryo, cut off his head, and gave it to him as a present. He gave it to him as a present! This is the method of the Jews. Killing a Muslim or any other non-Jew does not matter to them. Because their motto is, "The gentiles mean nothing to us." This is what the text of the talmud says: "If you come across a non-Jew kill him!"
A couple of these quotes can also be found on the ADL's web site, here, where we also learn that Yusuf Qaradawi is a faculty member of the Islamic American University, where Sultan is Founder and President.
According to Soltan's own web page, he is for the violent destruction of Israel and the deportation (or worse) of its Jewish inhabitants -- a negotiated compromise is out of the question:
If you thought he was rough on Jews, be thankful you're not female -- or are you?
Answer: ...The husband and wife should cooperate with one another to fulfill the requirements and basic needs of the house. If the woman likes to go to the store and does shopping with her husband or alone, when needed, then she should agree with her husband on that. It is not allowed for the woman to go to the store without informing her husband, who might mistrust her if he knows. Therefore, I recommend the woman to discuss this issue with her husband and try to get a general approval of getting her basic needs with or without him going with her. If the husband does not agree, she is supposed to listen to him.
In this very difficult exchange, an American female questioner who married an Egyptian man and converted to Islam now has an issue:
Now to my problem! As I have said before his family knows nothing of me. However, I just found out that he got married in his country this past summer and his new wife is now pregnant with their child. He never discussed this with me. I am very upset. I cannot discuss this with anyone. I understand that a husband can take more than one wife. Should he have not asked for my permission? We have no intentions of divorcing but I feel that I was lied to...
The answer? It's the husband's right to have more than one wife...btw, get pregnant fast:
1. It is the right of the Muslim husband to get married to another woman. Seeking the permission of the first wife is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended because of the harmony and unity of the family Islam is keen to preserve. So, if your husband married a second wife without informing you, then he did what was not proper to be done, and not what was forbidden to be done...
...4. If your husband still wishes to keep you, then I advise you to get pregnant as soon as possible as children give a different taste of marriage and strengthen the relationship between spouses...
The answer concerning multiple wives seems a bit dodgy from a legal standpoint, what with US laws and all, but never fear, in this essay, there is no need for a citizen to feel loyal to laws that contradict Islam (page 3):
It is my opinion that a Muslim in any country must show that he or she is a good citizen, to love the country he or she is living in and detest those who try to mar it or feud it. This affection to one’s country does not suggest loyalty to the religions that rose through corruption or to the governments that enact laws contradicting with the Islamic rulings.
Accordingly, there is no harm, for those living in non-Muslim countries and even for the immigrants, to identify themselves as French, American or Japanese Muslims of Egyptian, Syrian or Indian origins. Besides, there is no harm either for the native citizen to be proud of his country rather than its government or its laws that are not in accordance with his or her religion.
It can be difficult to tell who the moderates are these days. So many respected Islamic scholars are tainted by some pretty extremist notions.
Now that you've read this, where does Salah Soltan fit in on the scale, and how can groups that look to him for guidance be viewed as moderate? If Sheik Soltan's CV is typical for religious leaders of his stature, well, what's a moderate to do?
(Special thanks to Miss Kelley for the research that went into this post.)
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