IslamOnline & “How to Behead:” Hate speech without condemnation

The path to publication of a perverse instructional missive by a convicted terrorist amid the silence of a CAIR-Canada board member associated with the web site of publication.

By Douglas J. Hagmann, Director

12 January 2008: While the people in the West were ringing in the New Year with their renditions of Auld Land Syne, IslamOnline.net published a “poem” titled How to Behead” (copied in its entirety at the end of this article). The written composition, promoted under the pretext of art, is weighted more with gruesome instruction and perverse elation rather than artistic conceptualization. The decision to post the “poem” in the venue on which it appears, and that it was written by a convicted terrorist from the UK is exponentially more important than what has been written about it on various Internet Blogs and forums known for their generally superficial reporting of the musings and utterances of militant Islamists.

In the Muslim world as well as in the West, the Internet web site IslamOnline.net is a very popular “go-to” site for all things Muslim, and many Muslims consider it to represent the moderate views of Islam. Having been in existence prior to the millennium, the web site bills itself as “[T]he first interactive portal offering an in-depth look at Islam, Muslim societies, and the world through Muslim eyes, featuring information on current events and discovering Islam. IslamOnline.net is an independent and balanced media outlet…”

The site’s “Meta Description,” or internal HTML coding used to describe the site for search engines defines the site as follows: “IslamOnline.net (IOL) is a web-portal that informs about Islam, its sciences, its civilization, and its nation. It presents a moderate Islamic perspective. It offers Islamic verdicts on everything related to the Islamic Shari`ah. It provides Arabic, Islamic, and world news. It is concerned about Muslim affairs, arts and cultures, youth problems, marriage and gender issues, and health and science.” [Emphasis mine]

Closer investigation shows that in the virtual world, IslamOnline.net is heavily linked to a number of U.S. and Canadian based Islamic organizations, including but not limited to: the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and CAIR-Canada, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA). These are not random links, as investigation found that members of each organization play at least some role in the maintenance and perpetuation of IslamOnline.net. Therefore, it is a reasonable extrapolation that IslamOnline.net and the other organizations referenced above share at least some of the same religious doctrine and ideology. The marriages of philosophy between the individuals and organization are evident within the fabric of IslamOnline, a fabric that is threadbare, thus exposing their anti-West, anti-U.S. and pro-Islamist movements inside North America.

By active association, IslamOnline.net provides a convenient vehicle for disseminating the violent and virulent messages of Islamic fundamentalism that groups like CAIR and CAIR-Canada publicly condemn on one hand, yet apparently permit and even privately facilitate on the other. It is in this manner that such organizations, at least at first blush, seemingly can have it both ways, publicly condemning violence when the suggestions of advocating or approving violence are direct, yet sitting in apparent tacit approval of violent content when the association is not quite as apparent to those unwilling to do the research.

The article “How to Behead” is a clear example of this tactic in action.

By their own proclamation, IslamOnline.net provides “verdicts on everything related to the Shari’ah,” or Islamic law. One active arbiter of Shari’ah on behalf of IslamOnline.net is Jamal BADAWI, (pictured at left) an Egyptian born Muslim Canadian Professor Emeritus at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. BADAWI is also a sitting board member of CAIR-Canada. As an aside, BADAWI was also a featured guest speaker at a three-day conference held last year in Doha, Qatar that honored HAMAS spiritual leader Youssef Al-Qaradawi.

Accordingly, there is an undeniable and active relationship between Jamal BADAWI,a CAIR-Canada board member, and IslamOnline.net, where he is also a recognized scholar and published resource on Shari’ah law on which the grotesque missive, obviously aimed at non-Muslim infidels, was published. Conspicuously absent is any condemnation by BADAWI, CAIR-Canada, CAIR or other organizations closely related or linked to islamOnline.net. This illustration of duplicity is also evident by CAIR and their numerous, well-trained spokespersons, who are the first to vociferously object to anything that could be considered hate speech against Muslims.

Apparently, the perverse presentation “How to Behead” lacks the necessary objectionable elements that comprise hate speech as condemnation is non-existent from the various Muslim advocacy groups and their spokespersons.

The convoluted path to publication does not rest there, however. As referenced, the author of this demented work published by IslamOnline.net is 23 year-old Samina MALIK, (left) the self-described “Lyrical Terrorist” and the first woman to be convicted under Great Britain’s new terrorist laws. MALIK was convicted in November of possessing and disseminating a library of material for terrorism, including instructional manuals on explosives, poisons, martyrdom and jihad. She was a member of the Muslim terrorist organization Jihad Way, which is group established to assist Islamic Jihad through the dissemination of terrorist propaganda and martyrdom motivational materials. Last month, MALIK received a nine month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, for one count of possessing an article useful to a person committing, or preparing an act of terrorism. But there’s more.

In addition to being a self-styled lyricist, MALIK was also an employee of a branch of WH Smiths on the airside of Heathrow airport - inside the security perimeter of the airport.

During her employment at Heathrow, authorities found that MALIK was in e-mail contact with Sohail Anjum QURESHI, 29, a Pakistani resident of Forest Gate in East London. QURESHI, a dental assistant by profession, was arrested at Heathrow on November 16, 2006, before boarding a flight to Islamabad on a mission of Islamic jihad. Ultimately, QURESHI admitted to three-(3) charges of preparing or commissioning terrorist acts, possessing articles likely to be used in a terror act and possessing records likely to be useful in terrorism.

According to court records, IslamOnline.net contributor Samina MALIK provided QURESHI inside information about the status of airport security via e-mail, in an effort to assist him to circumvent airport security. Last week, Qureshi was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for plotting terrorist attacks.

It is evident that the mere publication of “How to Behead” is not sufficiently offensive to the “moderate” Islamic web site IslamOnline.net or a board member of the adamantly “mainstream” Council on American Islamic Relations – Canada. Nor is it sufficiently outrageous that the article was written by a convicted Islamic terrorist and facilitator of jihad operations against non-Muslims.

The West must wake up and understand that outrage over and allegations of “hate speech” are nothing more than selectively applied tactics used to repress the truth relative to Islam.

How to Behead Hold himTie the arms behind his back

And bandage his legs together

Just by the ankles

Blindfold the punk

So that he won’t hesitate as much

For on seeing the sharp pointy knife

He’ll begin to shake

And continuously scream like an eedyat

And jiggle like a jelly

Trust me–this will sure get you angry

It’s better to have at least two or three brothers by your side

Who can hold the fool

Because as soon as the warm sharp knife

Touches his naked flesh

He’ll come to know what’ll happen

It’s not as messy or as hard as some may think,

It’s all about the flow of the wrist.

No doubt that the punk will twitch and scream

But ignore the donkey’s ass

And continue to slice back and forth

You’ll feel the knife hit the wind and food pipe

But don’t stop

Continue with all your might.

About now you should feel the knife vibrate,

You can feel the warm heat being given off,

But this is due to the friction being caused.