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New Zealand Slaughter and Silent Muslims

The New Zealand massacre of Muslims leaves me dumbfounded, frustrated and angry all at once. These feelings are not towards Trump or, White Nationalists of some religion but at US MUSLIMS!

I polled a few people who had been to different mosques for Juma (congregational) prayers that Friday. I asked them what the Khutba (sermon) was about and they all reported a complete lack of the imam addressing the massacre or helping Muslims understand what happened, how it may affect us Muslims and what we can do to change the situation in which the climate of Hate and Fear has become part of the wall paint around us.

One imam mentioned the massacre and encouraged the congregation to pray more diligently. Another imam said he had already prepared his sermon when this tragedy happened so he will just present what he had. Not a single imam to my knowledge, sought to galvanize the people into becoming more politically active, more politically assertive or, how to hold our politicians fully accountable for all the hate-generation going on against Islam and Muslims.

This is really nothing new. Among the imams I have come across, very FEW are willing to actually connect Islam, Muslims and today in their sermons. Most of them ramble on about the greatness of the prophet Mohammed and his disciples, they speak of how long beards should be and how much above the ankle pants should be but when an event such as a killing of a Muslim by a hate-monger or negative profiling by the FBI, the entrapments and the persecutions?
Nothing. “We should attend Mosques and we should pray to Allah to help us, we should all be better Muslims”, they say again and again and again.

What rubbish! I am pretty sure God wants us to do something before (if) He intervenes and if we act as if we lack spine and the mental capacity to think and act on our own behalf, then why should we expect God to send us help?

When it comes to taking a stand against or even WITH a politician, we become paralyzed, lower our heads and hid behind God. When any official decides to honor us with a visit to our Mosques, we can all be easily seen, fawning with him/her in photo-ops. W might even raise some money for the politician but man! Don’t ask us to even tell out politicians how we feel about the rising hate under the patriotic blessing of their fellows!
We talk about “Islam is a peaceful religion” as if no other religion is peaceful. We indulge in so-called “Inter-faith” activities in which we share food and tell each other how much our faiths have in common but when it comes to telling Muslims to wake up and take control of their own political future, the safety of their own children, we slide back to, “pray some more”.

Our biggest organizations are the most cowardly and they are leading us and our children, headlong into the abyss of ignorance of what our own faith stands for.

Oh God, when will we Muslims learn?

March 18, 2019 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Agreed.

    It speaks to the need for synergy within our community. Something long overdue, and easily accomplished through our imams simply coordinating our calendar with a 52-week khutbah schedule speaking on the same topics so we’re all well informed: islamicly; politically; correctly–and in sync with one another; a calendar that allows for what to do and a plan to speak together to coordinate for when ’emergencies’ arise, and includes a monthly reading recommendation.

    Imagine. Imagine the conversations we could have about what the imams have us ALL reading (book of the month) and what they’re teaching us in khutbahs about what we’re facing in the real world… how to speak authoritatively when well-meaning and not-so-well-meaning folk speak with us and extend comments in our direction; how could we impact the thinking of others to expand their compassion/understanding–and our own.

    Yet we’re a community who once again will be wasting time and potential this Ramadan arguing over which date to begin and end the fast, and whose going to host the prayers.

    We lack true leadership.

    …and, many of our imams, have been cowed by the various boards governing the masajids.

    Ya Allah, guide us all ever nearer than this to the path and help our imams to create an association to have conference calls or meetings to regularly discuss what the entire (local) ummah is lacking, and how they can best help us all. Ameen.

    Till then:

    “The voice of the intelligence is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.”
    — Karl A. Menninger

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    Comment by lesley ahmed | March 20, 2019 | Reply

    • Salam Lesley. Thank you for your message, it is something I too, have been trying to promote but I guess our collective microscopic, turf battles overcome the greater need.
      Thank you for the ending quote, I think it is great!

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      Comment by penjihad | March 20, 2019 | Reply


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