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And Then They Came For Me: Barelwis in the Crossfire

January 21, 2011

By CoolnessofHind

UnityIn a previous post concerning the paradox facing those who proclaimed the Barelwis as the “moderate” face of Islam, it was stated that it would be in the interest of the Muslims to unite, putting aside differences for the purpose of addressing a greater problem – the increasing anti-Muslim sentiment being created by the mass-media and the setting of a reformist, assimilationist agenda for Islam.  Once these sycophantic groups and their use had become obsolete, the collective group, i.e. Muslims, would then be attacked.

This is starting to happen now.  The use of the Barelwis has now subsided, since the inception phase of subverting and subduing Islam has passed.  The phase now is of open xenophobia, anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry in order to arouse the British public.

The language concerning the once moderate, peace-loving Barelwis is hardening.  In the earliest BBC report concerning the new language relating to Barelwis, they were referred to as a “cult”.  The use of this word is interesting: it gives connotations of extremism, obsessiveness and a group outside conventional society. In another, more recent report, one of the scholars of the Barelwis has been directly “exposed” positing him as a person antithetical to the British way.

Shaykh Asrar Rashid has been quoted as calling the Queen a disgusting woman and declaring that Muslims should not fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and join institutions such as the Police. In the yesteryear, such rhetoric would have been ignored by the media, because the statements were from a group who were an ally.  The fact that the media, including the right-wing papers as well as the closet Neocon BBC have now started to attack Barelwi scholars, as opposed to Deobandi and Salafi scholars, speaks volumes of the political landscape.  The focus of attention is now upon all Muslims, regardless of their theological background. As long as they hold the Qur’an close to their hearts, and the love of the ProphetSall-Allahu  alayhi wa sallamand his Sunnah permeates their actions they will be a target for the media and the anti-Muslim global agenda.

If different Muslim groups do not mobilise now and do something to counter the onslaught of anti-Muslim rhetoric and the evil schemes of the ZionCons, and instead revel in how well their own Shaykh ripped apart a Shaykh of another group, then the situation will not be dissimilar to what Pastor Martin Niemoller’ stated:

First they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

In fact the situation with the Muslims has been far worse, with one group actively attacking other groups at the behest of those who wish to destroy Islam. What is surfacing now, particularly with the Barelwis is a reminder to all Muslim groups: remain silent now, and eventually they will come for you, just like the third bull.

In the previous post (https://issmstudents.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/moderates-

the-barelwi-paradox/)concerning the paradox facing the those who proclaimed

the Barelwis as the “moderate” face of Islam, it was stated that it would be

in the interest of the Muslims to unite, putting aside differences for the

purpose ofaddressing a greater problem – the increasing anti-Muslim sentiment

being created by the mass-media and the setting of a reformist,

assimilationalist agenda for Islam.  Once these sychophantic groups and their

use had become obsolete, the collective group, i.e. Muslims, would then be

attacked.

The use of the Barelwis has now subsided, since the inception phase of

subverting and subduing Islam has passed.  The phase now is of open

xenophobia, anti-Muslim rhetoric and bigotry in order to arouse the British

public.

The language concerning the once moderate, peace-loving Barelwis is hardening.

In the earliest BBC report (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-

12169123) concerning the new language relating to Barelwis, they were referred

to as a “cult”.  The word cult gives connotations of extremism, obssessiveness

and a group outside conventional society. In more recent reports, one of the

scholars of the Barelwis, has been directly exposed positing him as a person

antithetical to the British way.

Shaykh Asrar Rashid has been quoted as calling the Queen a disgusting woman

and declaring that Muslims should not fight in Iraq and Afghanistan and join

institutions such as the Police. In the yesteryears, such rhetoric would have

been ignored by the media, because the statements were from a group who were

an ally.  The fact that the media, including the right-wing

(http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/224427/Uproar-as-Muslim-cleric-calls-

Queen-disgusting-Uproar-as-Muslim-cleric-calls-Queen-disgusting-Uproar-as-

Muslim-cleric-calls-Queen-disgusting-#ixzz1BZ3Kb8YZ) papers as well as the

closet Neocon BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-12236846)

have now started to attack Barelwi scholars, as opposed to Deobandi and Salafi

scholars, speaks volumes of the politcal landscape.  The focus of attention is

now upon all Muslims, regardless of their theological background. As long as

they hold the Quran close to their hearts, and the love of the Prophet S and

his Sunnah permeates their actions they will be a target for the media and the

anti-Muslim global agenda.

If different Muslim groups do not mobilise now and do something to counter the

onslought of anti-Muslim rhetoric and the evil schemes, and instead revel in

how well their own Shaykh ripped apart a Shaykh of another group, then the

situation will not be dissimilar to what Pastor Martin Niemoller’ statement:

First they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

In fact the situation with the Muslims has been far worse, with one group

actively attacking other groups at the behest of those who wish to destroy

Islam. What is surfacing now, particularly with the Barelwis is a reminder to

all Muslim groups: remain silent now, and eventually they will come for you,

just like the third bull.

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