CAIR's Dawud Walid: Civil Rights Champion or Radical Hiding in the Open?
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Dawud Walid wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post:
"Being respectful of others' rights to observe and practice religious holidays doesn't mean welcoming or celebrating them.
"'Good Friday' and Easter Sunday symbolize the biggest theological difference between Christians and Muslims.
The belief of 'original sin' needing a human sacrifice of Jesus (peace be upon him) who is believed by Christians to be the son of Allah the Most High is blasphemous according to Islamic theology.
There's no original sin for humans to atone for since 'no soul bears the burden of another' according to the Qur'an. Regarding the crucifixion, 'they killed him not' and it was only a 'likeness of him' is stated in the Qur'an. And of course, 'He begot none, nor was He begotten' meaning Allah didn't have a son is also a primary belief of monotheism articulated in the Qur'an.
"Be respectful, and don't pick theology debates with your Christian family members and friends this weekend. However, avoid wishing them 'Happy Easter' greetings.
"Avoid giving the remote appearance of passively affirming shirk [polytheism] and kufr [disbelief]."
In the above post, Walid is referencing blasphemy -- a crime in places such as Pakistan, where Christians and even minority Muslims are marked for death under archaic "blasphemy" laws, perceived insults to Muhammad or Islam.
He further suggests that he believes Christianity to be a polytheistic religion, again asserting his belief in the doctrine of blasphemy. Finally, he instructs Muslims to self-isolate from both family and friends, by not extending the normal human kindness of a "Happy Easter" greeting, lest they seem to be affirming "shirk" (idolatry, polytheism) and "kufr" (disbelief; related to kafir, often used to mean "infidel").
Where blasphemy laws exist, and where this mentality takes hold, the punishment for what he calls "kufr" is death -- sometimes by the state, sometimes by mobs tacitly endorsed by the state.