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Debbie Schlussel Discovers “Boy Band Jihad”?

Debbie Schlussel Discovers “Boy Band Jihad”?

by Sheila Musaji

When I posted the article Islamophobes See “Jihad” Everywhere which included this summary, I thought the Islamophobes had run out of crazy “jihad” plots to warn Americans about:

An Eid Celebration for Muslim Special Needs Kids was described as a “stealth jihad”.   A children’s page in a newspaper focusing on Eid was described as a toxic propaganda plot,  A Muslim doctor had a heart attack and died at the wheel of his car which then crashed into a shopping mall and this was described as “vehicular jihad”.   A Muslim cab driver objected to what he considered pornographic ads on the roof of his cab, and that became a stealth-jihadplot to impose Sharia on America.  Any Muslim who has sued an employer for violation of their rights under the EEOC is engaged in employment jihad, or litigation jihad.  Muslim environmentalists are said to be actually engaged in “civilizational jihad”.  A cartoon series “The 99” aimed at young Muslims was described as “cultural jihad”.  The victims of the terrorist attack of 9/11 included Muslims, they were accused of dying as martyrs in an act of jihad.

The Islamophobes have uncovered countless examples of “shocking” Muslim jihad plots.  They have uncovered:  bumper sticker jihad,  Thanksgiving turkey jihad, an incredible paisley scarf jihadmarriage to important men jihadspit jihadfashion jihadspelling bee jihadrape jihaddefacing dollar bills jihad,   population jihadcreeping Sharia jihad,   mosque building jihad,terror baby jihad“creeping Sharia” jihad,  pedophilia jihad,  bus driver prayer jihadforehead bruise jihadpostage stamp jihadsoup jihad,  banning alcohol jihadfake hate crimes jihad,piggy bank jihad,  tv reality series jihadhandshake jihadprom jihadinterfaith jihadArabic language jihad,  public school jihadreligious accommodation jihadCrescent moon jihad,Christmas tree tax jihadoath of office jihadimmigration jihadcommunity fundraiser jihad.  Christina Abraham (a Muslim) has a name that is not recognizably Muslim enough and so we have stealth name jihad.

I was wrong, it seems that Debbie Schlussel has discovered yet another nefarious Muslim “jihad” plot.  Schlussel is the Islamophobe who outhates even Glenn Beck and Pamela Geller, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised.

Nevertheless, it is difficult to believe that someone can be so hateful so consistently.  Schlussel just posted a story Boy Band Jihad: Mega Pop Star Pimping Islam on Your Daughters.

The band “One Direction” includes a Muslim, Zayn Malik.  According to Schlussel, the fact that he sometimes wears a keffiyeh is sinister, in fact she calls it “the official garb of Islamic terrorism.”  He also has Arabic tattoos.  As to the keffiyeh, you can read about the last time this became an issue, when Rachel Ray wore a paisley scarf.  That got the Islamophobes blood pressure up.  They couldn’t believe that she would wear “a symbol of murderous Palestinian Jihad”.  I wrote about this in the article The Subversive “Arab”, “Islamic” Donut Ad.  My comment on the Rachel Ray incident applies equally to the charges against Zayn Malik

An innocuous photo of Rachel Ray standing in front of a tree with pink blossoms, holding a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee and wearing a paisley scarf with a fringe around the edges was recently turned into an incident in the war on terror.  The scarf might look a little like a keffiyah (a typical Arab scarf) although I am not certain which tribe is recognized by their wearing of a paisley keffiyah.  I have trouble seeing a connection between this scarf and a keffiyah at all, but some folks saw this as somehow threatening to the very fabric of America.  Even if if the scarf in question had been a keffiyah, so what.  Is everything Palestinian or Arab a legitimate target for stigmatization?  If so, we had better do something about all the kebab stands and possibly should consider purging the 10,000 words or so that have come into English directly from Arabic.  Actually, maybe Michelle Malikin and the others who saw this ad in such a negative light might be on to something as the very word “coffee” comes from the Arabic.  There may actually be a dangerous plot here that justifies the Islamophobes use of terms such as — “hate couture”, “symbolic support for terrorism”, “mainstreaming of terrorism”, “anti-semitic”, “jihadi chic”, “a symbol of jihad”, “an icon of genocide”, “a symbol for murdering Jews”, “part of a cultural jihad” to describe the obviously sinister use of a paisley scarf in this ad.  I’m certain I’ve seen some ads including men with beards, what might that mean?

Schlussel then posts some random tweets posted by Zayn Malik, although without the chain of tweets to see what went before and after, it is impossible to know context.  Malik says in one tweet “Translation la ila ha ill lalla ho muhammed door rasoolalah”.  Obviously, he is responding to someone with a “translation”.  In two other tweets that must have been from Ramadan last year, he said “Ramzaan mubarak to everyone that is” and “First rosa today, who’s fasting?”

Also, I am certain that he has many twitter followers who are young Muslim girls.  Acknowledging that he is a Muslim, and that he is fasting during Ramadan is not exactly a criminal action.

This is pretty innocuous, but not for Schlussel, who says that the Muslim statement of faith is the militant statement Muslims say in their prayers every day”.

There is no God but God, and Muhammed is the prophet of God.  How is that “militant”.

Schlussel goes on to say that ” It’s part of the “Shehadah,” the Muslim oath of martyrdom that comprises conversion to Islam.  Muslims constantly chant the sentence at anti-Israel, pro-HAMAS, and pro-Hezbollah rallies. I’ve heard them chant it, for example, at almost every such rally I’ve attended undercover in the Detroit and Dearbornistan areas.”

The Shahada or Muslim statement of faith is said in all of a Muslims prayers.  It is also recited when someone converts to Islam.  And, even extremist Muslims might also recite this, but reciting the Shahada is not what makes them extremists.  It is not an “oath of martyrdom” or an expression of any kind of hate.

Now Schlussel comes to her main theme, which is that this is “pimping Islam to your daughters”, which she calls a “scary thing”, “an enticing jihad”,  and “dangerous”.

What I find most fascinating is her next leap of logic.  She says that this teenage boy is “no dummy” and “knows the power he has over these mindless girls and is using that influence to preach the Islamic faith to them…”.  How is it that female teenagers are “mindless” and a male teenager of the same age is “no dummy”.

I seriously doubt that he is trying to convert anyone.  At his age, he’s figuring out who he is, and it’s good to see that he is proud of his religion.

Pat Boone of “Blue Suede Shoes” fame certainly wore his Christianity on his sleeve.  Elvis also sang gospel songs.  Both of these were certainly “teen hearthrobs” for my generation.  Madonna talks about Kabbala.

A contemporary “mega pop star”, Justin Bieber is proudly Christian.  Bieber’s new film “Never Say Never” is packed with Christian themes, and he has a tattoo that says Jeshua (Jesus) in Hebrew.  I don’t know if he has sent out any Christian tweets, but he has certainly spoken publically about his faith.

According to USA Today “People will walk away (from the movie) knowing faith is very important to him,” said Scooter Braun, Bieber’s manager and one of the film’s producers. “As a Christian, he’s someone to look up to. … When (fans) are getting the real person is when they can connect to that person.”  …  “I believe that Jesus died on a cross for my sins,” Bieber told Billboard last November. “He’s the reason that I’m here.”

Would Schlussel call this a “pop star pimping Christianity on your daughters”, or a “scary thing” and an “enticing Crusade”?  Would she also find this “dangerous”.

As a Muslim, I have no problem with a Christian pop star being proud of their Christianity, or with a Jewish pop star being proud of their Judaism.  Why is it that a Jew sees a Muslim pop star being proud of their Islam as a sinister jihad plot?

I believe it’s because she is a bigot, and an Islamophobe.  This is pure hate speech.

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25 Comments »

  1. don’t know about any of that.

    Book 019, Number 4294:

    It has been reported from Sulaiman b. Buraid through his father that when the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him to fear Allah and to be good to the Muslims who were with him. He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, do not embezzle the spoils; do not break your pledge; and do not mutilate (the dead) bodies; do not kill the children. When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. Then invite them to migrate from their lands to the land of Muhairs and inform them that, if they do so, they shall have all the privileges and obligations of the Muhajirs. If they refuse to migrate, tell them that they will have the status of Bedouin Muilims and will be subjected to the Commands of Allah like other Muslims, but they will not get any share from the spoils of war or Fai’ except when they actually fight with the Muslims (against the disbelievers). If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them. When you lay siege to a fort and the besieged appeal to you for protection in the name of Allah and His Prophet, do not accord to them the guarantee of Allah and His Prophet, but accord to them your own guarantee and the guarantee of your companions for it is a lesser sin that the security given by you or your companions be disregarded than that the security granted in the name of Allah and His Prophet be violated When you besiege a fort and the besieged want you to let them out in accordance with Allah’s Command, do not let them come out in accordance with His Command, but do so at your (own) command, for you do not know whether or not you will be able to carry out Allah’s behest with regard to them.

    “Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah.” i disbelieve in allah. nor do i fear him. and i do not accept islam, i’m not moving to the uae and i’m not paying your tax. fortress america! please stop with your silly religion.

  2. Mike,
    Congratulations! Lovely hadith. Unfortunately u lack a serious amount of understanding. You obviously don’t know anything from you quoted nor did u take the historical context into understanding. If you knew as to why the Muslims had to leave Mecca or why the fought the disbelievers, it was because of the persecution done to them first. Because the ppl who disbelieved in Allah tried their very hardest to destroy the Muslims. As for taxes, this only justifies your hate. The Jizyah was paid by the polytheists when the Muslims reconquered Mecca (after the polytheists broke a treaty, if u can remember). They didn’t impose the Zakah tax because that is part of their religion, and u can’t force religion on anyone else. Second, like the Zakah, the tax is small and paid once annually. Third, it was a conditional agreement, since the polytheists broke the treaty with violence the tax meant they would adhere to peace in the future, under an Islamic rule. Finally, you pay taxes to your own government right? Or should I report you? Ppl like u are clear bigots and nothing else. If they impose the same tax as in Islam, u say they are forcing their religion on you. If they give u a separate tax, you say “look how the Muslims go around fighting disbelievers and killing them for no reason.” Ur double standards shown clearly as always.

  3. hey mr. bennet,

    “Unfortunately u lack a serious amount of understanding”. yeah i know. you don’t have to say that everytime.

    “You obviously don’t know anything from you quoted nor did u take the historical context into understanding. If you knew as to why the Muslims had to leave Mecca or why the fought the disbelievers, it was because of the persecution done to them first. Because the ppl who disbelieved in Allah tried their very hardest to destroy the Muslims” yeah, i think his powerful uncle died and he no longer had the protection of his tribe. and yes the power structure of the pagans didn’t like his preaching. the kaaba was an economically important place for the pagans. because people would come to mecca to visit their idols.

    “As for taxes, this only justifies your hate.” lol. i do hate taxes? WHAT? that makes no sense.
    “The Jizyah was paid by the polytheists when the Muslims reconquered Mecca” reconquered? u sure?
    “(after the polytheists broke a treaty, if u can remember).” i thought jizyah is a tax paid by non-muslims, becuase they aren’t obligated to fight in defense of the community. so they could pay a tax to get out of military service?
    “They didn’t impose the Zakah tax because that is part of their religion, and u can’t force religion on anyone else.” that’s the charity tax? right?
    “Second, like the Zakah, the tax is small and paid once annually.” what is small? 2.5%
    “Third, it was a conditional agreement, since the polytheists broke the treaty with violence the tax meant they would adhere to peace in the future, under an Islamic rule. Finally, you pay taxes to your own government right?” yeah and like you said i hate it.
    “Or should I report you?” don’t worry, i’m already on the irs radar.
    “Ppl like u are clear bigots and nothing else.” alrighty.
    “If they impose the same tax as in Islam, u say they are forcing their religion on you.” no i’m saying i’m not paying you poor-rate or your military tax. your religion will never be my government.
    “If they give u a separate tax, you say “look how the Muslims go around fighting disbelievers and killing them for no reason.” your quotes are a lie. i never said that. please, you can call me all the names you like. but do not miss quote me. is it not a great sin in your religion to give false witness. 80 lashes for you.
    “Ur double standards shown clearly as always.” what are these double standards you keep bringing up.

    my point is simple. the koran and the hadiths are poorly written. it is no bases for a governmental system. sharia is bad law. not sure how that makes me a bigot?

    so do you think the average afghan of somali understands the “historical content”?

  4. Mike ur jus a douche!!! live n let live u idiot!!! U comment on every post with anti-islamic views…wat a shock! Jus coz ur narrow minded dsnt justify ur ignorance!! P.s I fink somalis n ol other 3rd world muslim country folk u bash 1000fold smarter than u in every way! Conclusion:quit ranting n get a life!!!

  5. Mike the Quran also says not to fight unless they fight you.

    The hadith is a continuation.

    Also, WTF? a kuffiye? Does she not know that there are Christian Palestinians? Or that Israel has tried stealing the Kuffiye? Yeah, no one calls them terrorists!

    And Zayn Malik is a singer in a freaking boy band. He’s British-Pakistani. And guess what? he has a girlfriend, he smokes cigarettes. He’s not exactly the poster boy for Islam.

    Idiots.

  6. Thank you bennet for your wonderful clarification to this sheep, people are just blind with hate and their ignorance is killing them miserably. Thank you again

  7. Shit on this woman, please ruin her career, she deserves it, if not you, the Polish nation will, we are with you

  8. elle,

    “the Quran also says not to fight unless they fight you”. yes there are many contridictions within all the abrahamic religions. so of the 1.5 billion muslims it looks like quite a few have never read the koran? they must be using something in your religion to justify blowing themselves up? to justify attacking civilian targets, not worried about killing women and children.

    Book 019, Number 4319:

    It is narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah that a woman was found killed in one of the battles fought by the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). He disapproved of the killing of women and children.

    Book 019, Number 4322:

    It is narrated by Sa’b b. Jaththama that he said (to the Holy Prophet): Messenger of Allah, we kill the children of the polytheists during the night raids. He said: They are from them.

    you said you can’t cut down trees in war, yet:

    Book 019, Number 4324:

    It is narrated on the authority of ‘Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) ordered the date-palms of Banu Nadir to be burnt and cut. These palms were at Buwaira. Qutaibah and Ibn Rumh in their versions of the tradition have added: So Allah, the Glorious and Exalted, revealed the verse:” Whatever trees you have cut down or left standing on their trunks, it was with the permission of Allah so that He may disgrace the evil-doers” (lix. 5).

    more bad news for your people. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18436602 i think your war strategy isn’t working against the jews?

    Book 019, Number 4311:

    It is narrated on the authority of Jabir that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: War is a stratagem.

    yes this woman’s contention is utter non-sense.

  9. AHAHAHA. I was wondering what band she was concerned about…One Direction? I didn’t even know Zayn was Muslim. Guess I’ll have to go convert because he made it SO CLEAR that we all had to be Muslim or he’ll attack with his…smouldering eyes of doom?

  10. Lolwut? Stealth jihad by One Direction? Yep the world is DEFINITELY screwed.

  11. Kasper,

    “Shit on this woman”?? I thought this site was supposed to be against hate.

  12. Nill,

    sorry i missed your comment to me. i was out living my life. as sad of an existance that it is.

    “Mike ur jus a douche!!!” your memo must have cut off. i’m a douchebag. get on the same page, please.
    “live n let live u idiot!!!” i’m all for that. but it is relgious laws that means to impede my liberty. my pursuit of happiness.
    “U comment on every post with anti-islamic views…wat a shock! Jus coz ur narrow minded dsnt justify ur ignorance!!” my ignorance is vast, no doubt. not sure how that makes me close minded.

    “P.s I fink somalis n ol other 3rd world muslim country folk u bash 1000fold smarter than u in every way!” wow! ok. you got any IQ stats out of the 3rd world. lol. ok dude you’re funny. you plan on immigrating to either of those great nations?
    “Conclusion:quit ranting n get a life!!!” so i have no life. that sucks. i’ll start working on that right away. so me “ranting” means i have no life. so what does you reading my “rants” say for your life?

    ‘Wa ‘Alaikum

  13. so much for live ant let live???????

    Volume 8, Book 82, Number 809:

    Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

    A Jew and a Jewess were brought to Allah’s Apostle on a charge of committing an illegal sexual intercourse. The Prophet asked them. “What is the legal punishment (for this sin) in your Book (Torah)?” They replied, “Our priests have innovated the punishment of blackening the faces with charcoal and Tajbiya.” ‘Abdullah bin Salam said, “O Allah’s Apostle, tell them to bring the Torah.” The Torah was brought, and then one of the Jews put his hand over the Divine Verse of the Rajam (stoning to death) and started reading what preceded and what followed it. On that, Ibn Salam said to the Jew, “Lift up your hand.” Behold! The Divine Verse of the Rajam was under his hand. So Allah’s Apostle ordered that the two (sinners) be stoned to death, and so they were stoned. Ibn ‘Umar added: So both of them were stoned at the Balat and I saw the Jew sheltering the Jewess.

    Volume 8, Book 82, Number 818:

    Narrated Zaid bin Khalid Al-Jihani:

    I heard the Prophet ordering that an unmarried person guilty of illegal sexual intercourse be flogged one-hundred stripes and be exiled for one year. Umar bin Al-Khattab also exiled such a person, and this tradition is still valid.

  14. ISLAMOPHOBIA is a term created by the Wahhabist Muslim Brotherhood to be used as a tool to silence people who question and critique Islam. Anyone who uses that term is in fact supporting a hateful tolerant terrorist agenda. I see far to many well meaning people falling for this stealth jihad tactic. Please wake up – read the Koran, the Hadith …. Listen to what the clerics are really saying. – lok at what Islam teaches the children in those countries – what true religion sees it acceptable and promotes young children to strap bombs to themselves ? To literally die (and kill others) for Allah ? Really! That. Does not sound like a peaceful loving religion at all.

  15. Hey andrea u need to wake up..read quran?? Realy,n u have?? Show me wer it says ppl shud strap bombs n blow up innocent!! Islam teaches no such stuff..its ppl sik of being bullied,opressed,invaded,killed,humiliated..need I go on..raisin 4justice the only way they can!! M not sayin its right or acceptable,n islam warns such few derailed ppl of severe conseqeunces in the hereafter..dnt go makin violence n hatred an islamic notion,its not!! Its the opposite infact

  16. Dude my lifes awesome..am free n enlightened.thanx to islam..even u knw ur just picking hadiths here n there,either misquoting or twisting the meaning..rem:half truth is more dangerous than complete lies..y dont u do urself a favour n go look for other books to play with..since it is wat ur doin ainit..ma salaam

  17. she is NUTS!!

  18. Hey Andrea you and Debbie make good company….if you aren’t already the same person.

  19. So Zainab, you obviously approve of “what Islam teaches the children in those countries – what true religion sees it acceptable and promotes young children to strap bombs to themselves ? To literally die (and kill others) for Allah ? “

  20. @pam, u need to buy a book and rid urself of the ignorance. visiting those hateful sites makes u look uneducated and on welfare.

  21. Just for your information Pam there’s a lot of secular suicide bombers in Palestine as well. Not defending them, but the fact stands as such, when you lose everyone you have and everything you love, and the world turns its back on you, you tend to do desperate things.

    This isn’t a religious issue this is a race war and I know you love to cite Hamas all the time but news flash Hamas was created by the Israeli security apparatus.

  22. The Palestinians have a right to be very angry – at their own government for depriving them so much just to make them look like victims. They should also be angry at their neighboring Arab states for not taking them in. Why isn’t Jordan vilified? And the simple fact is that is any Arab wants a GOOD life, they will only find it in Israel.

  23. nill,

    “Dude my lifes awesome..” good for you. i’ve never claimed it wasn’t
    “am free n enlightened.thanx to islam..” ok. so where do you live? you sure it is islam that gives you your freedom? here’s where i would incert a hadith on slavery in islam. but i’m sure you are familiar.
    “even u knw ur just picking hadiths here n there,” sure, i know that. i’ve never denied that. and why is that a bad thing. i pick hadiths i disagree with and i think are problems, if people say they’re examples that should be followed.
    “either misquoting or twisting the meaning..” when have i misquoted?????????? as for twisting the meaning, i don’t even remember ever trying to explain the mean of any of the hadiths if posted?
    “rem:half truth is more dangerous than complete lies..” yeah i’ve heard that. not sure it is always the case. but again, what are my half truths. my words are here for you to copy. please provide an example when i say something that (you think) is a half truth.
    “y dont u do urself a favour n go look for other books to play with..since it is wat ur doin ainit..ma salaam” i have been reading two books a friend gave me. david hawkins “power vs force” and the “eye of the i”. she’s a new age religious type. believes in reincarnation. can’t i play with all three at the same time? i wonder if applied kinesiology would be considered sorcery to the abrahmics?

    may saftey accompany you

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