I have been most distressed by the mayhem being perpetrated in our name by our brothers.
It also bothers me that the West continues to say how much they would like to stop ISIS and other extremist thinking (among Muslims, of course!). The US held a national “CVE” (Countering Violent Extremism) summit
in which the President makes a great show of distinguishing between “good” Muslims and violent ones…but Muslims, nevertheless. The concern is always about how to stop Muslim
kids from going the violent way, never about Christians or Jews who also go the violent way.
The US and the West continues to ignore and even to support, the greatest promoters and supporters of Muslim intolerance; Arabia and Qatar. I suppose, it is easier and panders more to the electorate, when Muslims are targeted right here, “irregardless” of their guilt or innocence; usually their innocence!
Three young Muslims got shot execution style
(through the head) by a man who obviously hates Muslims and the Police is bending over backwards to say it was “an incident over parking”. Caitlin Durkovic, Assistant Secretary at Homeland Security, sent a general letter to Muslims about the murders, but she could only squeeze out the term “a senseless act of violence”.
One of our own local Muslim woman was harassed at a QFC parking lot, her car was spat on and sausage was smeared over her can and the responding Police officers could only say it was a “suspicious circumstances” incident.
Bomb-threat to local Muslim center
? FBI and the Lynnwood Police say he didn’t mean it. Apart from asking the man whether he meant to bomb the center, they did not even bother to investigate further when he said “uh, nooooo”.
Among all this violence I was MOST impressed by India.
An Indian fellow was visiting his son in Alabama (where else?) and was taking a walk when the Police stopped him. Not understanding what they wanted, he continued walking at which point, one of the officers grabbed him and threw him to the ground so violently that it broke his spine and he is paralyzed.
India took it on as their own cause
and within a couple of days the Chief of Police made a public apology to India, to the victim and to his family and the officer has been arrested.
I don’t know of any Muslim-majority country that would have the guts to take a stand on behalf of their citizen, in fact these countries actually arrest, torture and even kill, their own citizens at the suggestion from the US.
I suppose, Muslim-majority countries should not be blamed because we Muslims take no note of such events, whether they are in a Muslim-majority country or, right here in the US. The tragic fact the we Muslims continue to ignore, remains, that unless we care enough to work together and make our leaders take note, such excesses against Muslims will continue and get worse.
We Muslims have a long way to go…
If the author of The Atlantic Monthly article,” What ISIS Really Wants“, wanted to smear Islam and Muslims, he could not have done a better job. Picking a self-promoting Islamophobe like Bernard Haykel (“the foremost secular authority on the Islamic State’s ideology“) as his source of information helps to make naive readers believe in what Wood and Haykel wanted to promote; a deep suspicion of Islam and Muslims and that Muslims are only doing in ISIS, what they are rooted to do in faith.
If The Atlantic Monthly had done even a few basic fact-checks of this “article”, they would have found enough holes in it, to make a sieve proud. I guess the usual budget cuts, must have done away with their fact-checking department as well.
To: The Editors of The Atlantic Monthly.
Re: “What ISIS Really Wants” in their March 2015 issue.
“What ISIS Really Wants” (Graeme Wood. Atlantic, March 2015) might have been a most interesting article, but the author appears to have gotten carried away by his own theories, did anyone do fact-checks on the article? Continue reading
Dear editors of USA Today,
I only saw your “ALLAH AKBAR, BABY!” “Cartoon”
this evening and immediately felt compelled to write…even though I am pretty sure the reactions will be a chorus of derisive guffaws as you plan your next “Target Islam” move.
In every field of study, scholars serve a vital function, they help us understand the problems and how to resolve questions, they help us learn about the subject with help of their deep knowledge and they help lead us to higher levels of understanding.
But scholars can be wrong; they often have been and many, still are. There was a time when scholars said the speed of sound was the ultimate barrier; one could not go any faster. Before that, there were teams of scholars who said the Earth was flat, there were scholars who said the Earth was the center around which the universe revolved and it was not so long ago, when scholars said the limits of computing had been reached. The Genocide of the American Indian, the Aborigines of Australia and the White rules in Southern Africa, were all justified as Divine Mandate emanating from the Bible. Jews, Hindus, Shinto, no faith is immune from intolerant, extremist, religious scholars who promote and sanctify violence against “the other”.
In Islam too, as in all other faiths, there have been many scholars who insisted that theirs was the only valid point and anyone who disagreed, was not only wrong, but served the devil because he was spreading doubt about Islam. Continue reading
It was George W. Bush who started off with the rhetorical question, “Why do they hate us?” and then answered his own question by the now oft-repeated patter, “They hate us for our Freedoms”. “They” of course, meaning Muslims even though the word “Muslim” was disguised behind perfixes like “Radical” and suffixes like “Fundamentalists”. Both, the “Freedom”-loving West and the targeted Muslims, knew of course, that the West was and is, taking on the task of making sure Muslim countries remain in the Dark Ages and dependent on the West; imperialism was simply taking on a new persona.
After 9-11, America decided to rise to defend its “Freedom” by imprisoning over 14,000 Muslims within this country alone and to torture hundreds more and kill over a million more. This is how “Freedom” and “Democracy” are protected By America.
Moving on to the Charlie Hebdo slaughter. Continue reading
I would like everyone to take a brief break and read these two articles. The first one, about the Muslim hero, is barely-acceptable in today’s fashion where Muslims and Islam are best left open to condemnation by members of the so-called, “Judeo-Christian Civilization”. Unfortunately for the current populist narrative, Muslims are humans too. We are just as good and just as bad, as anyone else and yes, we ARE Americans in America, Canadians in Canada and Europeans in Europe; no different from other fellow-citizens.
Yes, our fellow Muslims did blow up buses in London and killed people in mainland Europe, but no, Muslims did not blow up trains in Spain or go on bombing sprees in Ireland or UK or, kill 70, 80 people, mostly children in Norway, inspired by Islamophobic “experts” from the USA. Those acts were committed by the so-called Judeo-Christian Civilization as evidence of the “Clash within Civilization” to borrow from other “experts” such as Samuel Huntington and Bernard Lewis.
Did Charlie Hebdo support Islamophobia?
Some may wonder why such a question is being brought up in the light (or dark) of the Charlie Hebdo slaughters, but it is a valid question. It must be noted that even if Charlie Hebdo supported Islamophobia and lauded it as “Freedom of Speech”, that does NOT give license to fanatics to kill the supposed offenders. Still, it sheds light on the topic of “Freedom of Speech” which is always seen being trotted out when Islam and Muslims are bashed and carefully put away when other minorities are targeted.
Even as our hearts are wrenched at the news of the people killed by a couple of fanatical Muslims, a glance at Charlie Hebdo’s double standards of promoting Islamophobia but crushing similar jibes at other faiths, is a worthwhile endeavor. Richard Silverstein of Tikun Olam
, dug up this 2009 news
item about a time when a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist suggested in a column, that the French President Sarkozy’s son (a Jew) was marrying a Jewish heiress for her money. In the news report
, Charlie Hebdo demanded that the cartoonist apologize and then fired him for refusing to do so.
The anguish and the frustration over the murders at Charlie Hebdo, were felt by almost every Muslim who heard of the tragedy. We all feel the injury whenever some Muslim fanatic takes matters into his own intolerant hands and kills people for saying something disagreeable (to him) about Islam or the prophet Mohammed.
Our pain is compounded by the many folks who take the “Muslim Connection” and extrapolate it into a problem with Islam and Muslims in general…after the de rigueur
disclaimers that “not all Muslims are terrorists”! The acts of the fanatics are laid at the feet of Islam and Muslims, while the acts of the victims are defended as exercises of the much-touted “Freedom of Speech”. The sad fact is that bigotry is only protected by “Freedom of Speech” when Muslims and Islam are being bashed. In 34 European countries
, any doubts about the reality or magnitude of the Holocaust is punishable by up to two years in prison and in many of these same countries, insults to people’s religion
that causes them pain, is also punishable by up to six months in prison. Nevertheless, any insults to Islam or its prophet, are encouraged and lauded as “Freedom of Speech”.
Even in the United States, “Freedom of Speech” is a fluid concept that is weighted against Muslims.
Muslims have been imprisoned for playing Paintball because they were accused of practicing in order to fight in Kashmir, while others, such as the Hutaree, who were planning to kill
Police officers and then kill the ones who would come to the aid of the officers, were exonerated because they were said to be simply exercising their right to free speech. A young Muslim was sentenced to 17 years in jail
for translating some passages of some Jihadi group, a translation he thought, would help Americans understand what the group was all about. On the other hand, a Christian who translated the entire Al-Qaeda Manifesto
, is lauded as a hero. We cannot ignore the fact that when Major Hassan went on his killing spree at Fort Hood
, all of Islam and all Muslims were put on trial, while Aaron Alexis’ killing spree in Washington DC Navy Yard
was attributed to “a lone gunman” possibly, a disaffected one. The terms “Terror” and “Terrorism” too, seem to be used quite liberally, against Muslims and quite frugally, when the perpetrators are not Muslim.
The world would be a happier place and everyone would be less paranoid, if we only noted the crimes committed by people, instead of taking greater note of the perpetrators’ race or religion.
January 2, 2015
Dir. James B. Comey FBI Headquarters 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
FBI’s War on Muslims Must End
Dear Director Comey,
For some strange reason, it appears that the FBI is focused on Muslims either as targets or, as paths to targets among Muslims in America. It appears to us that when it comes to targeting Muslims, the FBI is most dedicated in its work, but when it comes to looking after the interests of Muslims in America, the FBI is usually found leading the back of the parade.
Muslims are often targeted, coerced or, blackmailed into becoming “informants” who, if they don’t provide lists of suspects, will end up in deeper trouble with the FBI. Even when recently, there was a bomb threat to a local mosque, the local FBI took pains to identify the perpetrator as being a quadriplegic and therefore, not a credible threat. However, it was later discovered that the perpetrator was a healthy person who was never investigated by either the FBI or the local Police.
FBI officials are routinely seen with Muslims who hesitate to ask hard questions and who act more to please the FBI than they do, to address concerns of the Muslim public. Not that pleasing the FBI officials is necessarily a bad thing, but to do so while ignoring what the officials are continuing to do against Muslims, reduces their own credibility among Muslims and thus, makes for less effective contacts within the Muslim communities. Continue reading
Thanks to help from the local Al Maghrib folks, I was able to contact Sh. Walid Basyouni, Vice-President of Al Maghrib
. We had a fairly thorough talk, but in the end, we did not come to any agreement over the honor Al Maghrib is according to the FBI at Ilmfest
When we first started to talk Mr. Basyouni said he wished I had talked to him before I had sent out the general e-mail about Al Maghrib inviting the FBI to Ilmfest Seattle. I told him I did send an e-mail to Al Maghrib asking for Mr. Basyouni to call me but I received no response so I opened the topic to everyone. My point was that as long as the FBI does not trust or respect Muslims and as long as the FBI considers Muslims to be either targets or a path to targets, we cannot offer them opportunities that make it look as if we trust them and we cannot give them opportunities to influence our youth and our impressionable adults. No doubt any such opportunity will be used to turn Muslims into informants or collaborators against other Muslims whose innocence is only a bump on the road for the FBI.