20.6.10

Dr Zakir Naik: Preacher of hate? You're having a laugh?

So the 'preachers of hate' weapon is now being used on Dr Zakir Naik. He has been banned from visiting the UK and giving lectures.

Theresa May is very badly advised/stupid/plain evil. I', not sure which just yet.

Dying to appear 'tough on terror', they want to be seen to be doing something. So following a well known recipe: add some decontextual 'quotes' together to demonstrate that the man isnt a secular liberal, scream with righteous indignation, stir with power and disrupt a large set of comunity events this summer. Events people have made efforts to put together.

We need to fight back on these things, so that this is not a costless injustice at the very least. I am glad that the good doctor is legally challenging the 'decision'. He is lucky, many others dont have the resources to contest such calculated insults.

Slurring Muslims is everyday business. Immobilising their thought and disrupting their organsiation are policies in evidence.

The 'preachers of hate' weapon is not because of the reasons given by the state, but because Zakir Naik has power. The ability to be listened to and respected by hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the uk.

6 comments:

Shak said...

Although he should never have been banned, I do think it's more of a concern how so many people are gutted to not to be graced with his presence. The praise he's been getting 'cos of this is quite amusing.

thegoodgarment said...

I am not concerned with the colonial/secular powers so much -- although I get your point regarding power play, ideas are never about morality, they are always about power.

But what do you think about the position Dr Naik is wielding within the discursive tradition of the ummah itself -- from within?

You don't think he himself is a colonial agent, for example? He's halal chicken, right? Not bloodied meat? I'm asking internally here, so we can speak freely as there are no spies present.

fug said...

elevator music

thegoodgarment said...

So the authorities have, in fact, banned Barry Manilow?

fug said...

a lot of fans will be dissappointed.
event planners will have to come up with alternatives.

who knows, the friends might even get a gig?

thegoodgarment said...

Oh, inshallah! We might even raise the stakes, in terms of controversy :P

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQgFt-k5BAI&feature=related