Sunday, August 14, 2005

Michael Knight leaves the PMUNA

Michael "Muhammad" Knight, writer, chief agitator and impersonator of Ibrahim Cooper (CAIR), antagonist of Imam Siraj Wahhaj and stink-palmer extraordinaire has thrown in the towel.

He describes the PMUNA on his blog as follows...

"For me, the scene just comes off as a lame attempt to reframe the Prophet within modern liberalism, stretch the traditions and make Islam a little more slack, softer, more huggable. That’s not my game. I can endorse woman-led prayer without the need of a scholar telling me that it’s okay and has precedents from the Prophet’s life. If the Prophet wouldn’t have liked it, then in 2005 the Prophet is wrong, *&^% on him. La ilaha illa Allah...

So I quit PMU and wish it the best. There’s a slight feeling now that PMU is a sinking ship, but they could still be around in a year if serious changes are made within the organization. Maybe get rid of Tarek Fateh, ‘cus the dude’s nuts."

Actually guys, I don't have anything to say about this. I have some questions. Why convert to Islam, take the name Muhammad and then curse the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa salaam) because his Sunnah is different than your opinion? Oh if Siraj Wahhaj irks you so, why not bring the message directly to him (and we all know why that won't happen)? Never mind, I don't even want to go any further.

How can any group or organization of Muslims expect to be successful when they go against Allah ta'ala and His Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)?


Blogger Indie said...

Hi, great blog. I will make sure I come back to visit soon.

10:38 PM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

One thing I agree with him on is Tarek Fatah. The man is most certainly "nuts."

11:32 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Now ain't that like the pot calling the tea kettle black?

Jazak Allah guys

7:11 PM  
Blogger Liaquat Ali said...

What is the source of Michael Knight's comments?

5:02 PM  
Blogger iFaqeer said...

Liaquat, I think the quote is from:

It is hosted by an umbrella website one of projects under which I also contribute to.

And for the record, I have my diagreements with Tarek Fatah and might even agree that's he's a wee balmy--but I also would like to say that I like people who are a little "nuts"! They're the only ones who cause changes to the world we live in--and would anyone disagree that this world needs changing?

Also the record, I find Mr Knight's attitude to The Prophet a rather odd one for a Muslim to hold. But he is free to hold it.

8:39 PM  
Blogger publicdebate said...

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10:11 PM  
Blogger publicdebate said...

Look who came to visit living tradition -- a couple of PMUNAistas --- "rather odd" you say... Mr. Ashraf?

OK --- well, since you are also under the delusion that "athiests" are "Muslims" - it is understandable that you think that a "Muslim" is "free" to throw "s***" at the Prophet (figuratively speaking).

Enjoy your PMUNA's 15 minutes of fame... courtesy, United States Media.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Liaquat Ali said...


The above blog seems to be a brand new blog. Could very well be a fake site.

10:19 PM  
Blogger Liaquat Ali said...


I am a very critical supporter of PMUNA. I am very critical of what I call Fatahism in the PMUNA discourse.

However, I have my doubts about the authenticity of the Michael Knight blog.


10:22 PM  
Blogger publicdebate said...

The post is authentic --- see the web site:

you'll find your kind over there.

"ProgressiveIslam.Org is an online space, created for Muslims of all theological orientations to gather and engage in creative, thoughtful and intelligent discussion and debate."

Just like PMUNAistas --- you guys say you want "intelligent" discussion and the you have this guy throwing *&$# on the Prophet! And another guy defending his "freedom" to do so... Don't you all have anything better to do?

11:06 PM  
Blogger ajsuhail said...

Michael has left the fold of Islam as far as I am Concerned;may he rot for abusing the Holy Prophet(peace on Him)and for saying that his feelings trump those of Muhammad sallalhu wassalam.All along I thought that he was merely an obnoxious, vile person but his recent utterances is nothing but an expression of Disbelief,clear and simple.But then,why should we expect anything different from the proggies.MWU had run a story in its sex column a few months ago in which hazrat Aisha was abused so this is a natural progression.Anyone who continues to defend or ally himself with this bunch of unsavoury characters is either naive or someone far worse.

12:17 AM  
Blogger Liaquat Ali said...


Ah! I think that does it. Islam has been progressive, is progressive and will be progressive. There is no such thing as "Progressive Islam". The "Progressive Islam" is a formulation that has more to do with "Progressivism" with a little-bit of Muslim culture, and less with Islam.

7:03 AM  
Blogger Liaquat Ali said...

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7:03 AM  
Blogger lunatic said...

A new entry

Knight has posted a follow-up to this previous entry. An excerpt:

"PMU will collapse within a year... I could see PMU as a reverse reality show, where the last person on the island loses. And that person would probably be Tarek."

I would post more excerpts but I don't want to ruin all the fun.

9:53 PM  
Blogger UmmAli said...

Knight seems to just be desperate for attention. A rebel w/o a cause. God help us all.

4:35 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

What's really scary is that he wrote an article for Ibn Warraq--chief anti-Islamic daiyee--about how horrible Islam is. Now that's a really big deal. I can only guess that he got caught with some really hardcore religious extremists, then some hardcore secular Marxist-types and now...what's left? The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) taught us that previous communities were destroyed because of extremism and it looks like a lot of Muslims are falling into the extremist left and right wing elements of Islam. May we all find that happy, blessed middle.

5:28 PM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Knight seems, at this stage to be dabbler in psuedo-Islamic cults. I would think he has something better to do then waste time with the "nations of Gods and earth."
Then again, what do you expect from a guy who goes to an ISNA convention carrying his material in a beer box ? Pathetic really.

8:00 PM  
Blogger dawud al-gharib said...

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9:17 AM  
Blogger dawud al-gharib said...

this latest debacle shows the emptiness of both 'progressive Islam' (which is neither progressive nor Islam); and MMK pretense to be 'muslim' - I'm sorry, but you do need to believe in Islam, the Qur'an and the Prophethood of the Last Messenger (sal Allahu alayhi wa Salaam) to be a muslim. Nothing less.

please go fly a kite, liaquat [yes, he wrote that s*** and you either divorce yourself from it or you belong to his group, according to the principle (& hadith: "One who imitates a people belongs to them" - it's true, regardless of your BS position of not accepting hadith) - come back when you have some ideas about how to actually revive Islam - remember that you have to be practicing something yourself before you can teach others.

ma Salaamah;

9:18 AM  

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