Professionalism as far as the eye can see
I have mentioned Dr Anwar Sahib before (here and here). Dr Sahib preached Antisemitism, promoted the subjugation of women & has some deeply troubling associations, even being accused of having ties to Osama bin Laden through his Wahabhism. He has also preached that Shi'a believe that they have to kill all Muslims (meaning Sunni Muslims as Shi'a aren't real Muslims in common Sunni understanding) to go to heaven.
Though removed from the Council of Ulema by FIANZ - The Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand (I'm still waiting for them to reply to my email) - he retained his position as Imam of his mosque. Which I suppose simply means that the mosque didn't have much of a problem with what he said and that no-one has held them to account.
He is back in the news once again for all the wrong reasons. Dr Sahib attended a Counties-Manukau Police Diversity event where he was welcomed both by Mr Rakesh Naidoo - who is New Zealand Police Inspector on secondment to the Human Rights Commission - and a senior, uniformed Police inspector.
So, yeah. Got a couple of problems with that.
Firstly, although the guy has now been thoroughly "outed" I have a problem with the Police Inspector who apparently was either unaware of the kind of man he was hosting or thought it necessary to subordinate his perfectly correct & reasonable concerns about hosting fundamentalist, Islamist, radical, Wahabhist (or Salafist, but they do differ a little)* leaders to the cultural touchstone of "community cohesion". I would have hoped that as a senior officer he might be expected to know top Muslim leaders in his patch who has been fingered as an inspiration for people joining ISIS. However that may be too much to expect.
Secondly, the Police state that "the invited organisations chose their own representatives to attend the event on their behalf.” This sounds like a teeny tiny little cop-out(!) to me - "please don't be annoyed with us, we didn't know who was coming!" But the hosts are still responsible for vetting the attendees they interact with. And by the way, which Muslim organisation chose this chap? Was it the Mosque of which he is the Imam - the Masjid at-Taqwa? Whichever Muslim organisation it was, one hopes that it is being very carefully scrutinised by the authorities. I won't hold my breath though. That wouldn't be inclusive would it?
Lastly however I have a real problem with Mr Rakesh Naidoo who works with Dame Susan Devoy in her role as Race Relations Commissioner. I met Mr Naidoo briefly at the Interfaith gathering I attended last year. He seemed a very nice man and I'm sure he is. However I have to question his judgment here. Surely he of all people knew exactly who he was chatting to in the video clip? Dame Susan had quite a bit to say in criticism Dr Sahib for his past Antisemitism - he had to know that and he had to have recognised the man. Even I did and I don't even have a responsible job supporting a top government appointee.
You seem happy to include this kind of person in your diversity outreach programme Mr Naidoo. Did you think you might win him over if people were nice to him? By the same token would you also welcome a neo-Nazi leader to such an event? If not, why not Mr Naidoo? What's the difference?
I include the full Police statement on the event in Robert Spencer's intro to the original Jihad Watch article. Honestly - do local authorities and Police all over the West employ the self-same person to write this simple-minded piffle? Somewhere in a sunny corner office in one of our great cities there is a one-man consultancy firm pounding out endless balderdash on "diversity, openness & inclusivity" that will be mindlessly regurgitated by gullible pen-pushers while in the real world hate preachers are being entertained at events they have no right to attend.
Gimme a break.
This kind of willful blindness has been repeated ad nauseum in other Western countries who are currently experiencing far worse issues. It hasn't helped there and it won't help here.
When are we going to learn?
New Zealand: Police department welcomes imam who called Jews “the enemy” for Ramadan event
Anwar Sahib was removed from Federation of Islamic Associations in 2016 for anti-Semitic remarks. But the Counties Manukau Police department had no problem welcoming him for Ramadan. And one can sympathize: it is very, very hard indeed to find an imam who doesn’t have some kind of spot on his record, and so if outreach is the imperative, even a Jew-hater will have to do.
In response to the article below, the police issued a statement full of usual blather:
“Counties Manukau Police hosted the Ramadan event last week to foster better understanding of our growing Muslim community and to embrace the diverse communities that make up our society, with diversity being a core value of NZ Police. [Graeme: It seems though that a core value of the NZ Police is not protecting the public from Antisemites who may have had ISIS fighters come from their congregations]
The Ramadan Iftar ceremony was an inclusive event and invitations were given out to all Islamic centres and Muslim organisations in our District, along with a number of service providers and race relations officials. The invited organisations chose their own representatives to attend the event on their behalf.
One of the purposes of the event is to strengthen relationships with the invited organisations and our Muslim community. We had around 140 members from our Muslim community attending the event and we have been inundated with positive feedback as a result of this event, which was the first of its kind held by NZ Police.”
And diversity. And inclusive. And blah. And blah. What’s a little Jew-hatred among friends? We’re all multiculturalists now.
Disgraced Mohammad Anwar Sahib made welcome by Counties Manukau police,”
Whale Oil, June 11, 2018 (thanks to Carl):
It is appalling that a man like Dr Anwar Sahib should be treated with respect by both the police and a member of the Human Rights Commission given his recent anti-Semitic history.
We have written extensively about Dr Anwar Sahib. We were the first media in New Zealand to break the story that eventually led to him losing his position as secretary of FIANZ. For those of you who have forgotten what he did, here is a quick recap.
Sahib is the Imam who called Jews the enemy and said women shouldn’t leave the house without their husband’s permission. These are comments that he has not apologised for.
In fact when the story first broke he claimed that he had been quoted out of context. The incriminating videos were then removed by his mosque so that no one could see what context they were said in.
Fortunately, Whaleoil had anticipated the cover-up and had made copies which you can view here.
Our videos include one that shows that a Muslim woman went to the New Zealand Herald with an accusation that terrorism was being promoted at Sahib’s mosque. Instead of protecting their source, the New Zealand Herald journalist allowed Dr Anwar Sahib to learn her name and phone number….
* A better word here is simply orthodox, but that would be lost on most people so I'll employ the whole lexicon in the hope that everyone gets the point.