Why peaceful Moslems do not condemn the Terrorists?
January 9, 2008 12:53pm CST
Yesterday, somebody sent me the link about Jihad. Usually, I delete all the jokes and other similar mailings right away. This time, I took a look, and found the clip worth thinking about. http://www.terorismawareness.org/know-about-jihad/ I am usually not judgemental, and when it was discussion on MyLot if Quran should be banned, I was angrily shouting against that. Still, the clip gives pure facts. Definitely, the terrible images give the appropriate background. But, enen disregarding the emotins, the facts are solid. Statistically, in most of the current military conflicts in the World moslems are involved as a fighting side. Can it be a statistical error, that peaceful religion Islam brings more blood and hatred in the World than all other religions, taken together? I have a friend and co-worker from Middle Eastern country (he is moslem), with whom I can discuss almost everything. I sent him the clip yesterday, and called later to ask his opinion. He silently answer that he basically agrees with the film makers, but he also added, that I am the only one, he can admit that. He will never be able to condemn Islam or its group of supporters, because he will get in trouble with his friends, family, and Mosque members. I like him even more, as he got courage to tell me that. But, I was shocked. Living in US for 25 years, he came here when he was 15 y.o., but he should be more loyal to the religion than to the country he lives in, and he likes a lot. This is a question to MyLotters. Do you think, my particular case is exception? Definitely, I we cannot build any theory on one single response. If there any Moslems here, please respond as well. I want to understand, if the peaceful Moslems have the ability to condemn the Islam terrorists?
21 Apr 08
I am a muslim and I am truly against those terrorist acts. If it were true that the 911 was done by muslims and was done based on muslim teachings then I would have to say that they have somehow been mislead. I have known all my life that Islam is a peaceful religion. I also agree with one of the previous response here that the meaning of jihad has been totally twisted and misunderstood. Jihad doesn't necessarily mean that we have to be destructive and eliminate all non-muslims by sacrificing ourselves in the name of God. A mother giving birth to her baby is jihad. Completing your task and obligation is jihad. Defending the right from the wrong is jihad. When I walk to school to fulfill my obligations in seeking knowledge, it's jihad. P.S.: I did not see the video you mentioned. The url just lead me to a webpage with no more links. That Horrowitz name is awfully familiar, though.
• United States
22 Apr 08
I want to thank you for expressing your honest opinion. Even thou I read excepts from Quran, I can not claim to be an expert on the topic. I am sure that the Islam as the great World religion does not call for extermination of all non-muslems. It is all matter of interpretation. The nicest Communist theories brough to the World more blood than the most evil once. I have a virtual friend in Lebanon, and we discuss many political issues over the Net. He mentioned that he, being a moslem, completely condemn the terrosist activities, no matter who is originating it. However, in his neigborhood he will never say that loud, because it is "unpopolar", and could drive "unpleasant" consequences to his family. I can understand that since in Arabic countries you have to be very careful getting against the main opinion. Even thou, in Israel, amount of the Israel Arabs, requesting to join the Israel Army, is steadily growing, the cases are random, and can be disregarded. But, in US and free Western World, everybody can express freely the opinion and condemn the terrorist acts in order to show, that being an Islam believer does not mean to be a terrosrists supporter. I am sure that common sense will finally prevail in the World, as escalation of the military conflicts and terrorist activity, with modern level of disastrous weapon might just destroy the entire World. There is enough space for everyone to live in peace.
17 Mar 08
Couldn't resolve host 'www.terorismawareness.org' i condemn terrorism, intrusion and colonialisms, but i don't have the ability to....condemn? i think i don't have the ability to stop them. but i believe everything happen have the reason, positive, and negative effect. And its not about Jihad only, but it looks like term Jihad is quite popular nowadays since the 911. I think the term Jihad was misinterpreted to terrorism. And i believe Asian see it in different point of view than the West. And i thing there's no point to relate the terrorism with the Quran without solid knowledge about it. I never relate the intrusion and terrorism with the Bible too. I don't think there's necessary for Holy War anymore in this current era. But what i can see its more about political than religion essential. We should understand other people's feelings and problems before accusing anything. So, lets save our planet!
• United States
17 Mar 08
The link won't work, "server not found". I do know that the American media picks and chooses what we get to see. There have been several demonstrations against jihad in various cities and Muslims have spoken out in interviews or letters but we generally do not see them. I know this because I have friends all over the country and they see the peace marches and hear the people being interviewed on the street for radio and tv and those usually never make it to the public. I don't know why this is, but I do know that the media manipulates us. I'd be interested to see that clip, too bad the link won't work. Try again?
• United States
10 Apr 08
No, I don't think your friend is an exception. In Islam, Allah is to be held above everything and everyone and it's aim is to make sure everyone in the world submits. Here is an article about someone who has been and is speaking out. http://www.memri.org/bin/latestnews.cgi?ID=SD188508 Not many speak out because they could be killed and/or they believe the terrorists are martyrs. The ones who should be speaking out against the violence are the ones teaching it.
• Sri Lanka
22 Mar 08
When the Bamian Buddha Statues were to be destroyed in Afganistan, Muslims in Sri Lanka held mass protests and did their best to stop the destruction. But as you know they were unable to do it. Just one example where Muslims have spoken out against extremist idiots.
• United States
19 Mar 08
Firstly, the word "terrorists" is very subjective, although terrorism is appropriately and fairly defined by most dictionaries. Over the years, several people have been called terrorists and insurgents for resisting entities seeking to dictate and/or plunder from them. For instance, in the 1770s, North Americans resisting British impositions over them (acts that eventually laid the foundation for “We the people …”) were called terrorists and insurgents by the British - US president Ronald Reagan is credited to have said, “one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.” I believe the word "terrorists" have been used over the years by bullies and true terrorists to tarnish and stigmatize those who would not blindly comply with just about anything and are smart enough to see the mazes of world events! Therefore, like thinkers and knowledgeable individuals, I believe that "peaceful Muslims" would be passive only due to knowledge of facts. What most Americans forget is that, before there were the tragedies of 911/2001, there were the Iran/Iraq war (where the US government played both sides of the game), Libya, kosovo, Grenada, Panama (and where, by the way, is Mr. Noriega?) and etc. The US government, by its very deceptive acts, over the years, have brought more misery upon nations, and thus brought upon itself some of the retaliatory acts by some members of these nations. No one has summarized US's worldwide involvements better than Blum in his "Brief history of US interventions" - http://thirdworldtraveler.com/Blum/US_Interventions_WBlumZ.html Sometimes, unfortunately, true knowledge about world events would cause even a saint to become angry and/or remain passive. And by the way, I found the documentaries by David Horowitz to be full of too many inaccuracies! The man is either very ignorant of world facts or simply out to spread more false propaganda about event in the Middle East. For example: David Horowitz alleges that the Ottoman Empire created Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and that Israel was created in 1948, just to name a few! All the above have been around from since Old Testament days, a solid fact that most never seem to take into account and, yet, it is the key to resolving (or in attempting to resolve) any land dispute in the Middle East! And as I have often said, dynasty Israel, the creation of Holy texts, is indeed an added problem in the Middle East. Though your David Horowitz accuses Jimmy Carter of been "against Jews," Jimmy Carter is simply being realistic! Those Middle Easterners are simply fighting for their homelands, like you, too, would, if your homeland was taken away and given to another! And I add: Take away Holy texts, and you take away Israel! Israel, in fact, does not exists outside Holy texts!
• United States
18 Mar 08
That is terrible. I have heard peaceful Muslims condemn violent Muslims. I am not sure if they are supposed. But the use of ones religon as an excuse to harm others is truly the worst of all crimes. Muhammad in no way supports the violence in His writings. He only allows for defence if one is being attacked.