The following is an article from Paul Marek (author of the outstanding piece, Why the Peaceful Majority is Irrelevant). Reprinted with permission.
Mubarka used to be as
mainstream as any Canadian young adult can be; in fact, those who met
her for the first time may have been struck by her vivacious
personality. Her effervescence went hand in hand with her distinct Asian
beauty which she shamelessly displayed with stylish clothing including
the occasional low cut top. Mubarka used to converse for hours over
topics as varied as business practices in Canadian politics to
It comes, therefore, as a shock,
when one learns what path Mubarka has recently chosen for herself. She
will be wedding a Pakistani man...a devout Muslim, whom she has never
met but who was chosen for her when she was an infant. Not only that,
but she has donned the Hijab for the first time in her life and is
strictly observing Muslim tenets. She has chosen subservience to a man
and subservience to his religion over the gender freedom offered her by
the Western democracy she grew up in, and she's done so without so much
as a whimper of protest.
When asked why she has picked
the life of Sharia, Mubarka simply states that it is as Muhammad would
will, and that there is no greater prophet than Muhammad. When asked how
she will raise her children, Mubarka makes it clear...they will be
raised as Muslims first, and Canadians second.
is perhaps one of the most pleasant Canadian women anyone could ever
meet. In her capacity as a caregiver of seniors, she is gentle, loving,
and incredibly patient. She laughs deliciously at the kind of comical
moments that only seniors can deliver and her mood seems to be
permanently stuck on happy. Hardi is an angel.
who encounter Hardi for the first time will be struck not by her
character, that comes later, but by the fact that she is virtually
covered from head to toe by traditional Indonesian Muslim attire. She
covers her entire body with colourful costume that leaves only her hands
and face exposed. Hardi is devout, in fact, so devout that during
Christmas any appreciation given her by way of gifting must be void of
any reference to the season. Furthermore, during quiet moments when
Hardi is free to discuss her Muslim faith, it becomes clear she believes
wholeheartedly in the strict observance of Sharia. For her, Islam in
its pure non-secular form, is truth.
Both Hardi and Mubarka
present us with a perplexing conundrum because they are members of what
has become known as the "peaceful" Muslim majority. They don't have a
violent bone in their bodies, and are clearly law abiding and productive
members of Canadian society. But, they are also both part of a very
small minority within Canada where they and their fellow Muslims have
very little effect on Canadian politics or on the evolution of Canadian
cultural norms. What if though, Hardi and Mubarka were part of a Muslim
majority where they and their co-religionists held the power?
women are Muslims first and Canadians second. No matter how much
respect one may have for either woman's character, there is little doubt
where either would place her loyalty if faced with choosing between the
Canadian traditions of liberty for all, or Sharia. There is also little
doubt that if they were part of a majority, they would acquiesce to the
demands of the Muslim clerical class and choose Sharia for all
It is therefore irrelevant in the grand scheme
of things whether or not Hardi or Mubarka are "good" people; most people
on the planet are, no matter their religion, race, or culture. What
matters in the greater sense, is that as parts of the Muslim collective,
neither woman would set aside her Muslim beliefs in order to safeguard
and protect the full rights of non-Muslims to live as they choose.
What's even more disturbing, is that both women have experienced the
gender freedoms afforded them in Canada, yet both have voluntarily
resigned themselves to the greater Muslim collective.
As long as
each woman is part of a small minority within Canada, she offers Canada
much; but once she becomes part of a significant minority, or heaven
forbid, a majority, she becomes dangerous. Why? Because Muslims wherever
they form a majority choose Islamic norms over the broader more
tolerant standards of the West. If given a chance, as has been clearly
demonstrated the world over, they would unravel hundreds of years of
hard fought human rights gains and replace them with the medieval
practices of their faith. As such, both Hardi and Mubarka are simply bit
players in a monstrous and destructive Muslim vortex that would drag
civilization backwards hundreds of years.