Book Review: The Trouble With Islam


I knew that eventually I would have to deal with homosexuality among Muslims when I saw my first cases in the late ‘80s, early ‘90s.

The rise of the “Halal Pork Movement,” Interfaith Councils, Muslim groups working with the FBI to police and keep tabs on new converts and a host of other goodies made me realise that something was indeed coming.

The obscene claim of ‘it’s okay to be gay’ that I saw plastered on billboards was bound to find its’ way into the heart of some simpletons holding the ‘I come from an ethnic background that is predominately Muslim and this makes me an expert’ placard in the United States.

Kitted out with assistance from their secular, Jewish and Christian cohorts, these ‘mainstream’ or ‘liberal’ Muslim voices would soon get up the courage to go marching out into the darkness of the unknown and face their so called persecutors.

As if Muslims were not engaged enough with repelling neo-colonialism, child molesters and AIDS paddy wagons from the United States posing as tourists and holiday makers, civil war in some 48 Muslim countries,

bread shortages, the slaughter of the intellectual and scholarly class by secularist regimes (think of our Ba`athist friends of former Iraq and today’s Syria along with Egypt and other delightful destinations),

chemical warfare being used by the US on Muslims, natural resource thieves, the exodus of the surviving members of our intellectual class to other countries where they are detained, the shutting down of any authentic physical resistance to US exported flag waving, forty ounce guzzling soldiers, colonisers, overseers,

secularists who believe freedom will only come when each Muslim country has its’ own Compton, complete with 700 a year death toll (that’s just gang violence), importers of pornography,

paedophiles from the US, Scandanavia and Germany coming for the skin fest of little children that might be left unattended, bestiality and the rise in the clubbing, drinking and ecstasy culture, we have been told that we have to tolerate another monster:

People telling us that they have a right to be homosexual, that we as Muslims must accept it and that they can be just as faithful a Muslim as someone who is not a homosexual;

as if choosing homosexual couplings and deathstyle (it’s not a ‘lifestyle’) was as harmless as peeling a hangnail of the pinky finger.

This is where Irshad Manji comes into the picture. A self proclaimed lesbian, Muslim refusenik (?) who describes herself as ‘Osama Bin Laden’s worst nightmare’ (a hackey joke she actually pulled from Ellen Degeneres), this Uganda born but Canadian born activist has come to play.

A careful read through The Trouble With Islam: A Wake-Up Call for Honesty and Change, leaves us with the first question that could be asked of Miss Manji: when were you Muslim in any real sense?

At the onset of the book, Manji is attending church services and studying Christianity, the Bible and other aspects of this religion. Very little is mentioned of her Islamic experience while the sprinklings of her father’s abuse and violence crop up in the pages (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 15-18).

Indeed Manji was voted as Most Promising Christian of the Year (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 14-15) by the Sunday school teacher at the Baptist Church. We only see piecemeal examples of her Isma`ili Shi`i faith every so often,

such as using a prayer mat with a piece of baked clay where the head is to be placed in prostration, the very hallmark of the Shi`ah religion (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 25-26) and her constant reference to ‘mullahs’ (how she manages to conflate between Sunni and Shi`ah theological tradition and scholarship is disappointing).

If not for the fact that I have read other award winning works in Professional Apostate Literature, I would have called The Trouble With Islam astounding and original.

Manji expresses surprise at reading statements in the Qur’an that condemn homosexuality, false religions and promise Eternal Judgement to those that reject faith. Well, one should hardly feel indignant at travelling to China and finding the people speaking Chinese.

Obviously revelation – which was not written on capitol hill or by men bearing syphilis and powdered wigs dressed in the finest linen with panty hose resembling tube socks writing down a set of concocted laws on a sheet of hemp paper – is not meant to garner favour but to give guidance and establish justice.

Irshad Manji, while claiming to be looking objectively, fails to realise that she is redacting American reasoning (Yes, she is in Canada but the outlook is more American than Canadian) through history along with a number of presuppositions that she pretends do not exist.

(examples include social and biological evolution and that humanity is gradually becoming more advanced. Please keep in mind that this is the opposite of Islam)

Someone therefore should not be shocked when she refers to a head covering for women as ‘a condom’ (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 19-20), starts to make her own god that she can personally worship rather than the One who revealed Himself in the Revelation (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 19-20),

That growing up she never heard any mention of the Prophet Ibrahim, peace be upon him (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 29-30), that Islam was by itself and that it would not be allowed to get in the way of her personal happiness of having a lesbian lover (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 32-33),

claims the Qur’an is not the infallible Speech of Allah (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 46-47), makes the claim that the Qur’an has nothing to say on slavery (The Trouble with Islam, pp. 47-48), missing the fact that there are over five references to manumission in the last 60 surahs of the Qur’an alone.

All in all, Manji shows us in this work that the only god she will worship and follow is the one that is of her own making. Any Muslim that refuses to accept her methodology and christen her with congratulations is indeed part of ‘the trouble with Islam.’

Let us ask Allah that this trouble should always remain and that false intellectuals with their ‘operation ijtihads’ should remain as irrelevant among the believers as possible.

Yes, there is no trouble in Islam, but there is Manji who has the trouble with Islam. We can only supplicate for her guidance out of the cult of democracy.

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