Muslim: ‘lunatics’ killed UK soldier
THE two men who hacked to death a British soldier on a London street were "lunatics" who had done great harm to Islam, according to a leading Muslim moderate.
Alexandra Headland's Haset Sali, who is in the final stages of producing the second version of a simple English language eBook of the Koran, says the pair have done more harm to Islam than anything they can blame on the West.
"The attitude and actions of terrorists is everything Islam is not," he said yesterday.
"The actions of these men as human beings were totally abhorrent. It was the conduct of lunatics."
Mr Sali dismissed outright the apology by one of the two men, who said while he was sorry women and children had to witness their act, it was what women and children saw every day in countries occupied by Western troops.
"The tragedy of it all is in Afghanistan if NATO, US and Australian troops were not there, the Taliban would ensure women received no education," he said.
"Islam doesn't say that.
"The first messenger - Muhammad's, peace be upon him , first and only wife Khadija - was a highly educated, highly successful business woman who effectively employed him as a travelling sales
Mr Sali said the view by lunatic extremists that Muslim women should not be educated could not be further from the truth of Islam. He said the treatment of women as chattels was that of primitive, ignorant Bedouin Arabs who buried daughters because they only wanted sons.
He said fascist Christian extremists had caused 55 million deaths in Europe in the 20th century, an outcome he feared might be replicated by Muslim extremists in the 21st century.
Mr Sali said he wrote letters to national news organisations once every three months explaining the true teachings that guided Muslims - there were more than 400,000 in Australia - but had only a 1% strike rate of being published.
"But if I was a bearded lunatic condemning everything, I would be on the front page every day," he said.
The media's pre-occupation with sensationalism meant the true message of Islam was ignored.
"Only the lunatics get coverage," he said.
"We foster these things."