Regarding the recent furore over Ben Carson’s remark that he was not partial (that is, not impartial – English!) to seeing a Muslim President in the White House, Dean Obeidallah, the comic Muslim, said on CNN today that he cherishes his friendships with non-Muslims.
He said Americans are very ignorant of true Islam, and that they often take the Qur’an out of context. As far as taking things out of context, that, indeed, is a common failing. I must say, however, that this kind of criticism is often both a pretext and a protest that hides either ignorance or duplicity – or a penchant for comedy. For example, consider Obeidallah’s statement that he has many non-Muslim friends.
Please don’t fall for the knowledgeable, believing, obedient Muslims’ “friendliness.” If it were genuine they would end up – they know it well – in hell. Qur’an (5:80) – “You will see many of them (professing Muslims) befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their (professing Muslims) souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide.” Muslims who befriend unbelievers will be thrust into everlasting torment.
Obeidallah, if he is on or comes to any nodding acquaintance with the above verse would probably cry “You’ve taken it out of context; that only applies when Muslims are attacked by enemies of peace.” Tripe.
Stand-up comedy in the West is much ado about parody; not an Islamic thing; unless cultural Muslims are considered Islamic. For many Muslims in the West, as with Jews and Christians, religion is a cultural thing, no more.