Mohammed Saleem’s daughter, Maz Saleem, is launching a campaign to highlight “Islamophobic hate crimes and put pressure on the government.” Her father was the victim of a horrific crime, and Pablo Lapshyn, like any murderer, should be fully punished by British authorities, as should anyone who breaks the law. Hate crimes should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, but they should not be allowed to be manipulated by those who use crime and tragedy to further political agendas.
“Islamophobia” goes beyond “bigotry” against Muslims. It is a term propagated energetically by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and by all Islamic supremacists, to beat down critics of Islam. The term has no place whatsoever in Western societies. The crime against Mohammed Saleem is not a reason to perpetrate the “islamophobia” subterfuge upon British society. An All-Party group already came up with a definition of “islamophobia” which was rejected. It was as follows:
Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.
Fortunately, this vague definition was deemed unacceptable by the government and police due to its broadness, ability to erode the freedom of speech, and potential to cause confusion for law enforcement.
“Muslimness” can be associated with the Sharia, regarded as divine law in Islam, but to reject the abusive, human rights-violating aspects of the Sharia is only prudent; to do so would be deemed “Islamophobic” under the proposed definition. In a similar manner in Canada, a definition of “Islamophobia” was established in an Islamic Heritage Month guidebook for the Toronto District School Board which was apparently influenced by the National Council of Canadian Muslims:
The guidebook defines Islamophobia, in part, as “fear, prejudice, hatred or dislike directed against Islam or Muslims, or towards Islamic politics or culture.”
This definition was subsequently rejected and revised due to its broadness and concerns that “the reference to ‘politics’ could lead to students or staff being punished for expressing dislike for the Republic of Iran’s persecution of LGBTQ people or restrictions placed on women in Saudi Arabia.”
Meanwhile, Maz Saleem is understandably grieved, but the Guardian quoted her as stating that her father’s murder was “one of the biggest acts of terrorism on UK soil,” which isn’t the case.
Here are just a few recent acts of Islamic terrorism in the UK; they do not justify victimizing innocent Muslims, but they demonstrate the falsity of her statement.
- The Manchester arena jihad bombing, which could have been prevented were it not for fears of “Islamophobia” charges. See HERE
- The London Bridge attack, after which London mayor Sadiq Khan told reporters that diversity is one of the British capital’s strengths. See HERE
- The Westminster car attack; the jihadi told his family, “You will soon hear of my death, but don’t worry…I will be in paradise.” See HERE
- The London subway jihad bombing; police conducted a raid on the home of an elderly couple that took in Muslim refugee children. See HERE
Pablo Lapshyn, after murdering Maz Saleem, later “planted three bombs outside mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton.” Lapshyn was driven by hatred, and he should be dealt with accordingly. However, the UK (and any Western nation) should not encourage or embrace definitions of “Islamophobia” due to the likes of Lapshyn. The term “anti-Muslim bigotry” is straightforward enough. “Islamophobia” serves as a term frequently manipulated as a political ploy by Islamic supremacists to undermine the freedom of expression and thus free society in general.
“Daughter of murdered Muslim man calls for official Islamophobia definition,” by Diane Taylor, Guardian, April 5, 2021:
The daughter of a Muslim man who was murdered by a white supremacist as he walked home from evening prayers at a Birmingham mosque is launching a campaign calling for the government to adopt an official definition of Islamophobia.
Mohammed Saleem, 82, was murdered in April 2013 by Pavlo Lapshyn, who later planted three bombs outside mosques in Walsall, Wolverhampton and Tipton.
Saleem’s daughter Maz Saleem is launching a campaign called #IAmMohammedSaleem to highlight Islamophobic hate crimes and put pressure on the government.
She is urging people to post short videos and testimonies on social media throughout the month of April speaking out against Islamophobia.
Lapshyn was convicted at the Old Bailey in October 2013 of Saleem’s murder, of causing an explosion with intent to endanger life and of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts, and was sentenced to a minimum term of 40 years.
Lapshyn killed Saleem just five days after arriving in the UK from Ukraine as a qualified engineer on a 12-month work placement at a company in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.
In his sentencing remarks at the Old Bailey, Mr Justice Sweeney told Lapshyn: “You clearly held extreme rightwing, white supremacist views.” He added about Saleem’s murder: “The offence was committed in the course of a series of acts of terrorism.” Maz Saleem has said she wants her father’s murder itself to be recognised as an act of terror.
The all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims produced a report in 2018 proposing a working definition of Islamophobia/anti-Muslim hatred in 2018 and recommended that this definition be adopted. “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness and perceived Muslimness,” it said.
Maz Saleem said of her father’s murder: “This was one of the biggest acts of terrorism on UK soil. Yet to this day most people have no idea about this case. Whenever terror-related headlines reach our screens they are often about those who identify with the Muslim faith; rarely do we hear of the merciless violence of white supremacists who took my father’s life.”…