While Tariq Ramadan is trying to take advantage of the Dalai Lama’s reputation to legitimize censoring the critics of the Muslim Brotherhood, Harun Yahya is busy telling Brotherhood’s supporters what they should really think about Buddhism.
On September 7, 2011, the Dalai Lama, Tariq Ramadan and other personalities took part to the Second Global Conference on World’s Religions after 9/11. It was organized in Montreal with the active cooperation of McGill University and the Université de Montréal.
During the conference a project of Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions was discussed. The article 12.4 of the Declaration claims that “Everyone has the right not to have one’s religion denigrated in the media or the academia.”
This push for censorship is part of a wider campaign led by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation representing 56 Muslim-majority countries to silence those who criticize Islam.
While this is happening, several Muslim scholars including many endorsed by Tariq Ramadan and the Muslim Brotherhood describe non-Muslim doctrines in a very denigrating way. We do not suggest that these authors should be censored or banned. We bring up this contradiction to highlight the fact that radical Islamists want it both ways.
Syed Maududi and other renowned Muslim scholars have written that kafirs (derogatory word for non-Muslims) will go to hell. They have claimed that Christianity is a distorted religion. In an Islamic Studies course set up by two Muslim Brotherhood operatives for the Edmonton Public School Board, Yusuf Ali’s Qur’an is being used as a reference book. In this book, Jews are described as “apes and swine” (p. 1742). More examples of anti-Jewish stances found in the book are listed in a FrontPage article that was published after the Los Angeles school board decided to pull all its copies of Yusuf Ali’s Qur’an from the shelves of its libraries.
The depiction of Buddhism in Muslim Brotherhood-endorsed books destined to Muslim audiences is no more positive than that of Christianity and Judaism. In fact, it is worse. Harun Yahya’s book Islam and Buddhism is a good example to illustrate where the Muslim Brotherhood and Tariq Ramadan’s “understanding of Islam” leads.
Harun Yahya is a prolific author promoted by various organizations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Yahya is a Turkish national born in 1956 whose real name is Adnan Oktar.
Point 4.18 of a 1991 Muslim Brotherhood internal memorandum stresses the importance of “role distribution” among the organization’s activists in order to achieve success. While Tariq Ramadan is trying to take advantage of the Dalai Lama’s reputation to legitimize censoring the critics of the Muslim Brotherhood, Harun Yahya is busy telling Brotherhood’s supporters what they should really think about Buddhism.
In 2004, Harun Yahya and his colleague Tariq Ramadan were the main speakers at a conference that Ramadan describes as the “largest Islamic event in Australia” on his website.
Harun Yahya claims that Buddhists are guilty of “association” and that their accomplishments are “destined for destruction”
In his book Islam and Buddhism, Harun Yahya concludes that Buddhists’ accomplishments are purposeless and that they are “destined for destruction” because their understanding of God and religion is incompatible with Islam. Harun Yahya accuses Buddhists of “associating” false gods with the real one:
Historically, this so-called crime of “association” has been the pretext invoked by Muslim scholars to justify the destruction and the eradication of the Buddhist civilization from India, Afghanistan and many other parts of Asia.
Ibn Khaldun (1332 – 1406) is one of many scholars endorsed by Tariq Ramadan. In his classic Muqaddimah, Ibn Khaldun explains why resorting to coercion and violence against Buddhists and non-Muslims in general is justified:
In his book What I believe (New York, Oxford University Press, 2010, pp. 83-84), Tariq Ramadan rates Ibn Khaldun’s intellectual contribution as “decisive” not only for Islam but for Europe and the West in general.
Point de Bascule has quoted other advocates of jihad and conquests endorsed by Ramadan in a previous article entitled Tariq Ramadan, His Scholars, and His Jihad.
When they destroyed the Buddhist civilization in India, Afghanistan and many other parts of Asia, Muslim leaders followed the very principle explained by Ibn Khaldun.
Mathieu Ricard is a French convert to Buddhism who frequently collaborates with the Dalai Lama. On his personal blog, he describes acts of destructions perpetrated in the past by Muslim invaders against Buddhists and their institutions:
Matthieu Ricard has also commented about Buddhism, Islam and the meaning of life during in exchange with his father Jean-François Revel that has been reproduced in a book entitled The Monk and the Philosopher, New York, Schocken Books, 1999.
Harun Yahya’s Conclusions about Buddhism
In his book Islam and Buddhism, Harun Yahya has come up with many conclusions regarding Buddhism. We have listed them in a concise way. Below, we reproduced the excerpts out of which these conclusions were drawn.
Syed Maududi’s Conclusions about Buddhism
In his book Western Muslims and the Future of Islam (p. 26), Tariq Ramadan identifies Syed Maududi (1903-1979), a Pakistani scholar founder of the organization Jamaat-e-Islami, as one of the main representatives of the so-called “reformist salafist” trend of Islam to which he belongs. In a message honouring his father (posted on August 4, 2011), Tariq Ramadan mentioned that Maududi credited Said Ramadan “for having awakened him from his unconsciousness”. (Archives PdeB)
Here are two conclusions drawn by Maududi about Buddhism. The full excerpts are available below.
Fatwas of interest regarding Buddhism
In 2008, The National Fatwa council of Malaysia declared that the yoga practice which involves three elements of physical movements, worshipping and chanting is haram (prohibited) in Islam.
According to The Star Online, the Council’s chairman Dr Abdul Shukor Husin added that “although merely doing the physical movements of yoga minus the worshipping and chanting might not be wrong in the eyes of the religion, it should be avoided as ‘doing one would lead to another’.”
ENERGY THERAPY (REIKI)
In 2004, a Muslim woman asked the following question:
The answer given to this woman is published on the website OnIslam:
GMBDR exposes the links between OnIslam, Youssef Qaradawi and the Muslim Brotherhood HERE.
In 2006, a Muslim woman asked the following question to a group of Muslim scholars:
Ahmad Kutty, a Toronto-based imam associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, answered the question:
Harun Yahya: What Buddhists are doing is destined for destruction
Harun Yahya: Those who adopt Buddhism simply want to show off
Harun Yahya: Buddhism is contrary to logic and intelligence
Harun Yahya: Buddhists deny the supremacy of God and commit a crime that cannot be forgiven
Harun Yahya: Buddhism is not relying on written texts and is distorted
Harun Yahya: Buddhists are destined to Hell
Harun Yahya Describes Buddhists’ Suffering in Hell
Harun Yahya: Good deeds done by Buddhists may have no value
Harun Yahya: Buddhism became a fad for those looking to be more “original”
Harun Yahya: Buddhism has degenerated much more than Judaism or Christianity
Syed Maududi: The life of Muslims living in India is vitiated by Hinduism and Buddhism
Syed Maududi: Christian doctors (scholars) distorted their religion by introducing monasticism under the influence of Buddhism and other doctrines
Dossier – Deuxième conférence sur les religions du monde (Montréal) 07 Septembre 2011