Muslim wins substantial damages after being called a 'closet' Qadiani

Muslim wins substantial damages after being called a 'closet' Qadiani April 8, 2009

AN academic accused by a Muslim newspaper of being a “closet” Qadiani has today accepted substantial undisclosed libel damages.
So what’s a Qadiani?
According to this Islamhouse definition, it’s a follower of a “false” branch of Islam concocted by cunning British colonialists to impose obedience on Muslims in India. The head of the sect was Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani (1839-1908 CE) – described as “the main tool” of the movement.

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad al-Qadiani
Says Islamhouse, in a no-holds-barred hatchet-job:

He came from a family that was well known for having betrayed its religion and country, so Ghulam Ahmad grew up loyal and obedient to the colonialists in every sense … He was chosen for the role of a so-called prophet, so that the Muslims would gather around him and he would distract them from waging jihaad against the English colonialists.

It adds:

Ghulam Ahmad was known among his followers to be unstable, with a lot of health problems and dependent on drugs.

The man accused by The Muslim Weekly three years ago of being a Qadiani was Dr Taj Hargey, chairman of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford (MECO).
According to this report, Hargey’s advocate, David Price told Mr Justice Eady at London’s High Court that his client was a committed Muslim and was “deeply hurt and offended” by the May 6 article.

Dr Taj
Dr Taj Hargey
He added his client was concerned that the article would cause readers to think that he harboured non-Muslim views.
The article also claimed that Dr Hargey was sacked from his post teaching Islamic studies at the University of Cape Town as a result of the fact that he was a closet Qadiani.
Price told the court that Hargey attended the mosque regularly and had been on a Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca as well as leading Muslim prayers and officiating at Islamic weddings.
He spoke and lectured widely about Islam and had at no stage misled the public or represented himself as anything other than a committed mainstream Muslim, Price said.
The court heard Dr Hargey was well known as a passionate believer of orthodox Sunni Islam.
Price said he was not dismissed from his post in Cape Town, where his academic responsibility was history and not Islamic studies, but had left at the end of his fixed-term contract to take up a better research position elsewhere.
Price claimed the article risked damaging his client’s pioneering scholarship and community work in building up the burgeoning reputation of MECO over the past decade.
Muslim Media Ltd and Ahmed Malik apologised over the article and agreed to pay Dr Hargey substantial damages and his legal costs.

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  • Me

    And his what?!?!?! DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING, BARRY!
    That said, I support the decision, although I honestly don’t see how him being paid money will repair any reputation damage he suffered. Surely a printed apology/explanation would be much better?
    But like I said, I support the decision. Newspapers should tell the truth, not just make stuff up or report unsubstantiated stories, and it makes me smile deeply when they get smacked down for publishing bullshit.

  • remigius

    Yeah Barry I agree with Me. When I say that I agree with Me I’m saying that I acknowledge Me’s point and not that I am agreeing with me, i.e myself, because if I agreed with me, i.e myself, that would be silly because of course I agree with me, after all I’m me, but I agree with Me, in that Me, i.e the Me that isn’t me, has noticed that the post has ended somewhat abruptly.
    Or is it just me?

  • Barry Duke

    Sorry guys. The words “legal costs” fell off the post and have been re-instated.

  • MrGronk

    Don’t tell me the Koranimals are getting wimpy in their old age. Listen, rugbutters, you’re supposed to decapitate people you don’t like, not write rude stuff in a paper.

  • Holland

    There’s hardly anything more offensive to me than an offended rugbutter. Now I want some money. A.s.a.p.

  • chrsbol

    He added his client was concerned that the article would cause readers to think that he harboured non-Muslim views.
    What views would they be then? Sane ones I suppose!

  • Jamal Wood

    Dr Hargey should be saluted for taking on and defeating Muslim McCarthyism. As the most progressive and enlightened Muslim imam and scholar in the UK, he has been in the forefront of promoting gender equality in Islam, opposing a disatrously partisan British foreign policy and working to create mutual tolerance with people of all other religions and those of no faith in the UK. Not only did he get a lump sum to prevent the smear tactics that his rightwing opponents deploy against him, but he has also obliged the offending newspaper to carry a front page apology for falsely accusing him what he clearly is not. Yesterday’s High Court victory is a big step forward for Muslim freedom and a massive defeat for Muslim fanaticism. Well done, Dr Hargey, we need more Muslims like you who advocate an enlightened, egalitarian and erudite Islam that is based on pristine Qur’anic principles instead of on secondary and medieval sources. Only when Muslims jettison all the rubbish that is contained in the hadith and the man-made Shari’ab and implement the lofty teachings of the divine text, will we be able to contribute positively to society and the world at large.

  • O RLY….
    Methinks we could jettison that “lofty” rubbish too.
    Same goes for the zombie worshippers book too.

  • remigius

    Er, Jamal, you keep using the word ‘enlightened’ in the same sentence as ‘Muslim’.
    You have either mastered sarcasm or have failed to master the English language. I have a feeling it may be the latter!

  • William Harwood

    Anyone who can describe the Quran as “enlightened, egalitarian and erudite” either has never read it or is certifiably insane. The Quran is a paean to evil to which only the Tanakh/Bible comes close, with Mein Kampf a far distant third.

  • Me

    “There’s hardly anything more offensive to me than an offended rugbutter. Now I want some money. A.s.a.p.”
    What I was trying to say in my earlier, terribly written post, was that newspapers (or anything claiming to be a newspaper) have, in my mind, an obligation to tell the truth.
    While I, and probably most people reading this article, think that holding muslim beliefs is pretty stupid to begin with (and thus people claiming you hold “non-muslim views” would be pretty much of a compliment), the fact is that:
    1) What the “news”paper reported was (apparently), quite false and
    2) It had the strong potential to damage Dr Hargey’s reputation in his community and in all probability, open him up to the threat of violent retribution from some groups.
    If, for example, a local newspaper reported that I held strong muslim beliefs, I would be all up in their grill (legally, that is) demanding a printed apology and explanation as to why they claimed I do when I clearly don’t.
    To be honest, I have my own axe to grind here; I am getting increasingly annoyed with newspapers of all kinds publishing things that aren’t news. They do it all the time, especially the usual suspects like the daily mail (which claimed they had found the garden of eden not too long ago; the sun had a front page story claiming they’d found atlantis about a month ago too).
    The muslim angle of this story doesn’t matter to me. A paper published a false story with a total disregard for journalistic integrity, and for once, they got slapped the fuck down for it. That brings a smile to my heart.

  • Godless not gormless

    Jamal,
    “enlightened Muslim” “mutual tolerance” “Muslim freedom”
    What are you on? There is no such thing as any of these.
    “we need more Muslims”
    No. We need less muslims. None to be precise.
    “pristine Qur’anic principles” “lofty teachings of the divine text”
    Pristine and lofty are not words that can be associated with the teachings/lies of a 7th century lying, cheating, murdering, raping paedophile. Islam is pure evil.
    “will we be able to contribute positively to society and the world at large”
    The only way you can achieve this is by fucking off completely.

  • Stonyground

    I agree with “Me” on the dismal state of modern journalism. The paper deserved all it got and it seems now to be the practice of papers in general to print celebrity drivel and stuff that they just made up.
    As for enlightened Muslims, like moderate Christians they seem to understand deep down that it is all garbage but are unable to jettison the whole package.

  • kafir

    HAHAAAAHAHAHAH; Crikey o’Reilly! What the dickens! Religion libel against religion hahahahah; its a touch like humpty filing damages against cat and the fiddle. Bizarre!!! If only I can get [insert your religion] officially recognised – … !

  • To get a proper understanding of the Qadiani sect, you can visit their website http://www.alislam.org
    Also, I have written a little something on the whole fiasco too
    http://my.telegraph.co.uk/lutf/blog/2009/04/28/cr

  • mirza nahaet hi ghalt insan tha. in logon ki jamat ak rupee akathe karne wali jamat he. yeh Engraz ki peda war he in se bacho or dusron ko bachao
    yeh ak lanti insan tha ab is ko manne wale lanti heen.