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With incredible timing, on the morning of Pentecost Sunday, a few hours after the massacre in London that took place that same night, the newspaper of the Italian bishops, “Avvenire,” came out with a front-page editorial by a Muslim, the Egyptian Wael Farouq, who finally said himself, right from the first line, what the highest representatives of the Catholic hierarchy had been stubbornly insisting on denying, and that is that there exists an essential link between Islamic terrorism and “a specific doctrine” of Islam itself.




The West has consecrated itself to pluralism and human rights, so as not to repeat the painful experiences of Nazism and fascism, but it must be asked: didn’t Nazism and fascism represent the supremacy of the stereotype over the person? Didn’t they believe in something higher than the human person, for the sake of which it was justified to die and to kill? And today, is there not the risk that “multiculturalism” too will turn into a stereotype more important than the person and his authentic fundamental rights?

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Farouq had written his editorial before the London massacre, which for reasons of time “Avvenire” had not yet been able to cover in its news section. And by another incredible coincidence, next to his article was the flashy front-page opening of the first big interview with the new president of the Italian episcopal conference, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti. Who a few days before, right after his papal appointment, had said the exact opposite:

"There is talk of Islamic terrorists, but they are not Islamic, even if when they kill or while they are blowing themselves up they pronounce the name of Allah. They are not Islamic; they are poor creatures maddened with fury, crazed with hatred."

As is perfectly well known, that Islam is a “religion of peace” and has nothing to do with the terrorist acts carried out in its name is also the thesis of Pope Francis. But certainly not that of his predecessor, Benedict XVI, which Farouq explicitly invoked in the run-up to Francis’s journey to Egypt last April:

“The Muslim intellectual class must find its way out of the crisis in which it finds itself. And it is a crisis of the use of reason, as pope Ratzinger rightly indicated in Regensburg.”

Wael Farouq teaches linguistic studies at the Catholic University of Milan. He is also a professor at the Arabic language institute of the American University in Cairo, and has given courses at numerous international universities, in New York, Washington, Madrid, Turin, Bologna, in addition to Notre Dame University in Indiana.

He saw up close, in Egypt, the radical Islamic transformation begun during the 1970’s by Anwar al-Sadat with the support of the Arab monarchies of the Gulf, which for decades has been propagated from the mosques into all strata of the population, amid growing suffering for the Coptic Christians who are increasingly attacked out of hatred for their faith.

His analysis, today, of the terrorist acts carried out all over the world in the name of the Islamic State and of other jihadist formations goes right to the root of this wave of violence, the responsibility for which also rests - he explains - with the so-called “moderate” leaders of Islam, and for other reasons with Western countries and their vaunted “multiculturalism.”

All that remains is to read what Farouq wrote in his editorial for “Avvenire” of June 4, much of which is reproduced below.

It took a Muslim to say about Islam those words which pope and bishops do not dare or do not want to say.

 

“HE WHO KILLS BELIEVES IN A SPECIFIC DOCTRINE”

by Wael Farouq

 

He who kills himself and others believes in a specific doctrine. And massacres continue to be added to massacres, from the heart of Europe to the many wounded hearts of Asia and Africa. Therefore, if the intention is to stop the tide of blood, this doctrine must be purified of the interpretations that lead persons of the Muslim faith to embrace terrorism.

Some could object by saying that even the Wahhabi Saudi mufti condemns terrorism. True, but that mufti rejects pluralism and human rights, and this is an incurable contradiction.

Some could reply that al-Azhar, however, defends pluralism, offering an Islamic foundation for human rights. This too is true, but al-Azhar suffers exploitation for the sake of politics.

Others could retort that the Egyptian president, in any case, is calling for a revolutionary reform of religious discourse. True, but what is threatening to take place is a reform at the service of power, useful for obliterating democracy. Otherwise, why would the Egyptian state allow - in open violation of the constitution - the existence of the Salafi religious party al-Nour, which has instructed Muslims not to acknowledge Christian holidays or even to greet Christians?

There may be some who say that Western governments are doing all they can to prevent violence, without violating the rights of Muslims citizens. After all, what distinguishes them from the terrorist barbarians is their faith in human rights.

True, but these governments are fighting only the symptoms of the disease, allowing the disease itself to get worse. How many of these governments have taken in terrorists fleeing from majority Islamic countries? How many of them host organizations of political Islam, above all the Muslim Brotherhood, which are the source of this violent ideology? How many refrain from condemning the Wahhabi regimes, and on the contrary strike up friendly relations with them and sell them weapons that afterward - as the governments themselves have acknowledged - end up in the hands of terrorists? Would it really not be possible to isolate the regimes that adopt this diseased interpretation of Islam, as was done with the apartheid government of South Africa? Is there any greater racism than shedding the blood of one who is “different” and holding his life as of no account?

The pluralism of Western societies, today, is a pluralism that excludes, working against the end for which it was conceived. It does not favor the person, but rather stereotypes and ideologies. In Great Britain, for example, “integration” means recognizing the sharia-based tribunals that violate the rights of women, it means pouring millions of pounds and euros from the extremists in the Gulf into the coffers of Islamic organizations with ideological agendas, without supervision or restrictions.

The West has consecrated itself to pluralism and human rights, so as not to repeat the painful experiences of Nazism and fascism, but it must be asked: didn’t Nazism and fascism represent the supremacy of the stereotype over the person? Didn’t they believe in something higher than the human person, for the sake of which it was justified to die and to kill? And today, is there not the risk that “multiculturalism” too will turn into a stereotype more important than the person and his authentic fundamental rights?

 

 

Wael Farouq

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