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Final month, I revealed an expose of the Islamophobia Trade’s favourite self-proclaimed Imam, Sheikh Tahwhidi, who appeared instantly on the Australian media panorama, seemingly out of nowhere, and who operates as little greater than a cartoonish portrayal of each anti-Muslim bigot’s creativeness.
The factor is, nonetheless, Tawhidi just isn’t an Imam, neither is Tawhidi recognised as an Imam by both the Australian Nationwide Imams Council or its South Australian equal, “neither is he affiliated with any Australian mosque or prayer centre,” in line with an investigation into the “faux Sheikh.”
However as a substitute of providing a rebuttal to any of the provable claims made towards him in my piece, Tawhidi, as a substitute, selected to smear me on social media, pointing to a Tweet I posted in 2009 — from the times of my self-confessed Islamophobic methods — in hope that silencing the messenger will kill the message.
Within the days that adopted the article’s publication, Tawhidi blocked any and all who questioned his credibility and authenticity. Finally rely, a number of hundred Twitter makes use of posted tweets saying that they had been blocked by the faux Imam on account of having posted a hyperlink to my piece. Under are however two examples.
Clearly stung by credible and provable claims he isn’t who claims to be, Tawhidi has solicited an “investigation” from the Royal United Companies Institute for Defence and Safety Research (RUSI) in South Australia, Australia, to counter claims made in my piece.
So, right here’s the factor: this so-called “investigation” quantities to nothing greater than two telephone calls made by RUSI on behalf of Tawhidi. One to Sayid Mohammad Mahdi Tabatabai and the opposite to Sheikh Mahdi Ma’ash.
Right here’s the place we this “investigation” runs into its first huge downside. Sheikh Mahdi Ma’ash is a private buddy of Tawhidi, a friendship Tawhidi has boasted brazenly about and repeatedly on his Fb web page.
I imply, what sort of credible “investigation” depends on the testimony of a private buddy to the topic, after which fails to reveal that relationship in its abstract of the “investigation”?
Not solely am I not the one one who finds this terribly suspicious, however Tawhidi blocks anybody who raises this very query or concern:
Much more troubling is the very fact the “investigation” claims Ma’ash represents the “Grand Islamic Jurisdiction of Qum and Karbala,” however he holds no such title. Ma’ash is merely a consultant of the workplace of Ayatollah Shirazi, who’s thought to be a fringe and extremist cleric, and whom Tawhidi compares to the Pope, which raises one other inconvenient query: if Tawhidi’s schtick is to counter the affect of Islamic extremists, then why does he promote and endorse those that maintain extremist beliefs?
“The humorous factor is that it [RUSI investigation]disproves what he has been saying all alongside — he’s been saying that he’s a pariah in Iran for his ‘reformist’ views and that’s the reason his alma mater is denying he graduated there. However his RUSI article over did it, and goes on to say that he’s a properly revered and recognised cleric,” an nameless supply informed me. “So which is it? Is he a pariah who folks distance themselves from, or is he beloved? If he was so beloved and revered, then why would the college distance themself from him? [Basically] Tawhidi over did it and shot himself within the foot.”
Remarkably, the so-called “investigation” didn’t contact the college that Tawhidi has claimed he acquired each a bachelor and grasp’s diploma from, which is extraordinary given the college has made typically repeated claims Tawhidi did not graduate, dropping out after just one 12 months.
I contacted RUSI by way of e-mail to ask the next questions:
- Why it did not disclose the connection between Tawhidi and Ma’ash, and
- Why it did not contact al-Mustafa College, and
- Why it did not contact the Australian Nationwide Imams Council?
As of but, RUSI has not replied to my question.
In the end, this so-called “investigation” has finished nothing to deal with credible claims towards his authenticity, and has solely created much more doubts amongst those that are accustomed to his conspiratorial pushed anti-Sunni Muslim antics.
Within the meantime, nonetheless, Tawhidi will proceed to pander to slobbering, white anti-Muslim bigots, and much proper extremists by giving them precisely what they need: narratives and “humor” that painting Islam as a risk to Western civilization.
That is what Tahwidi is, and that is what the faux Imam does: preys on the fears of those that are already made afraid of Muslims, by portraying himself as whistleblower amongst their ranks. He sells a product, and one which Muslim hating racists are solely too keen at hand over their hard-earned for.
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