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Why Muslims Should Thank NYPD for teaching "The Third Jihad"

Sun, February 19, 2012

By Tawfik Hamid

The New York Times sharply criticized the New York Police Department (NYPD) for using the critically acclaimed documentary The Third Jihad: Radical Islam's Vision for America in counterterrorism training.

The New York Times published two news articles, “In Police Training, a Dark Film About Muslims,” and the second, “Kelly Says Anti-Muslim film Shouldn’t Have Been Screened,” as well as an editorial entitled, "Hateful Film," about the topic. In response, the film’s producer Raphael Shore issued a statement.

An analysis of the issue from a different angle can reveal a dimension that has been ignored in the current debate. This dimension is that Muslims should be thankful to the NYPD for teaching this video rather than scorning them.

The first reason that should make Muslims thankful for the NYPD for using this documentary is that by shedding light on and focusing attention to radical Islam - which ultimately leads to fighting it - they actually protect more Muslims than anyone else, since the majority of victims of radical Islam are actually Muslims.

The second reason why Muslims should thank the NYPD for using the documentary is that it proves beyond doubt that moderate Muslims do exist. Many people after September 11 and after the repeated attempts to attack the U.S. by home grown Islamist terrorists have wrongly concluded that all Muslims are radicals. The inhumane practices of Sharia law in different parts of the world just added more salt to the wound and further supported this view about Muslims. The presence of some moderate Muslims like Dr. Zuhdi Jasser proved this view to be wrong and provided concrete evidence for the existence of true moderate Muslims.

Standing against the documentary is actually counterproductive for Muslims as it can support the above view that most Muslims are supportive of radicalism rather than the other way around. By supporting the use of the documentary, moderate Muslims could have proven that they, among the others, also stand against radical Islam.

This could have a very strong negative impact on the rising hatred toward Muslims, or the so called Islamophobia, as it could have provided clear evidence that most Muslims are truly against radicalism.[i]

The other reason that should make Muslims thankful to the NYPD is that the outcome of their training that included the documentary was excellent, since New York City has not been attacked since September 11, despite the fact that several Islamist terrorists attempted to attack it. Had the NYPD used politically correct teachings that ignored the threat of radical Islam, terrorists could have succeeded in conducting another major attack on the city. This, if it happened, could have had devastating consequences to Muslims in the US.

Evaluation of the teachings at the NYPD must depend on its outcome and effectiveness in preventing crimes including terrorist acts. The outcome of education at the NYPD is simply that, despite being the main target of many terrorists both domestically and globally, these terrorists have failed for more than 10 years to hurt the city.

To conclude, statistical evidence shows clearly that Islamist terrorism does exist. Ignoring its existence is a form of dishonesty that can end in disasters. The more that Muslims stand against the radicalism in their society, the more they can prove that moderate Islam does exist and the more they can actually decrease the so called “Islamophobia.” Muslims need to see criticism of radical Islam as their opportunity to prove that they are moderates, by simply standing against it as Dr. Jasser, who is a practicing Muslim, did.

ABC's Test for Radical Islam
The time has come to define Radical Islam. Please ask your local mosque, Islamic School and Islamic organization to clearly, unambiguously and publically denounce the following concepts:
Apostates killing;
Beating women and stoning them to death for adultery;
Calling Jews pigs and monkeys;
Declaring war on non-Muslims to spread Islam after offering non-Muslims three options
- subjugate to Islam, pay Jizia (a humiliating tax), or be killed;
Enslavement of other human beings;
Fighting and killing Jews before the "End of Days;"
Gay discrimination and hostility.

A true moderate person or organization must be able to immediately denounce the above concepts and stand publicly and unambiguously against them. The Muslim world can not expect the world to consider Islam peaceful as long as they teach and promote such tenets.

A clear stand is needed from leading Islamic Scholars all over the world against such teachings.

[i] According to the Pew Foundation Poll on Muslim Americans 48% of Muslims acknowledge  that their leaders have not done enough to speak out against extremism.

Dr. Tawfik Hamid, is an Islamic thinker and reformer, and one-time Islamic extremist from Egypt. He was a member of a terrorist Islamic organization JI with Dr. Ayman Al-Zawaherri who became later on the second in command of Al-Qaeda. Hamid recognized the threat of radical Islam and the need for a reformation based upon modern peaceful interpretations of classical Islamic core texts. In his website, Mr. Hamid says, “I am a Muslim by faith … Christian by spirit … a Jew  by heart and above all I am a human being.” Tawfik Hamid