Posts Tagged ‘World Issues’

It’s a start

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

A perhaps monumental moment occurred just a few short days ago. Perhaps I say, because it will only become a monument if others build on this. The moment was when a Fatwa, a directive to Muslims, was issued in condemnation of terrorism, suicide bombings and other attacks targeting civilians. This momentous event occurred at a Nov. 3oth meeting of the National Press Club in Washington DC. The event was sponsored by Bridges to Common Ground who also published the Fatwa which I refer to here:

The following Fatwa was issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, Islam’s highest religious authority in North America.

In the spirit of this Season of Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday, the Fiqh Council of North America states its unequivocal and unqualified condemnation of the destruction and violence committed against innocent men and women.

This condemnation of violence is deeply rooted in true Islamic values based on the Qur’anic instructions which consider the unjust killing of a single person equivalent to the killing of al humanity (Qur’an 5:32). There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism.

Targeting civilians’ life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is prohibited in Islam ? haram ? and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not “martyrs.”

In giving thanks for America and for American people and in the light of the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah, we, the Fiqh Council of North America, clearly, without hesitation, strongly issue this Fatwa:

  1. All acts of terrorism are forbidden in Islam.
  1. It is forbidden for a Muslim to cooperate or associate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.
  1. It is the duty of Muslims to report to enforcement authorities any threat which is designed to place a human being in harm’s way, bringing them before a competent court of law and in accordance with due process.

We pray for the defeat of extremism, terrorism and injustice. We pray for the safety and security of our country United States and its people. We pray for the safety and security of all inhabitants of this globe. We pray that interfaith harmony and cooperation prevail both in United States and every where in the world.

On behalf of the Fiqh Council of North America.

I think this is an important event for all of us because Islam will continue to be a problem for the world until either they are stopped through annihilation or they go through some sort of religious reformation. A reformed or reinterpreted Islamic doctrine is needed so that Muslims can feel they are upholding the tenants of their religion, without killing  non-believers. Others in the world think this also, as I have mentioned in a previous post How to end ‘Islamophobia.’

Many, myself included, will have some suspicions regarding the sincerity of this fatwa. I’ve also read enough Muslim proclamations to know that innocents, civilians, and non-Muslims are words that are carefully chosen. (i.e. you are not innocent if you know of Islam and do not submit to its authority, so a proclamation against harming innocents isn’t really what it seams on the surface)

But this could be a start. I hope to see it plastered all over the media, so Muslims everywhere can see that there is another way to be Muslim. A truly peaceful way. Not the violence being exercised by several Muslim leaders which is supported by many and openly denounced by precious few Muslims.

Profiling Pop Quiz

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

This is not of my making but I like the pop quiz style and think the message is about the most under reported, sweep the dirt under the rug topic in our society today. Far worse than the illegal immigration from Mexico will ever be. As a Christian, I would much rather learn to worship in Spanish, than to learn to worship without my head attached.

Profiling Pop Quiz

1968 Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by

a. Superman
b. Jay Leno
c. Harry Potter
d. Muslim male extremist between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by

a. Olga Corbett
b. Sitting Bull
c. Arnold Schwarzenegger
d. Muslim male extremists mostly between the ages of 17 and 40

In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by: (more…)

Post Haste – Billboard depicting Hezbollah’s controversial leader removed

Monday, August 13th, 2007

Ontario – Billboard depicting Hezbollah’s controversial leader removed. When are we getting a fence on the Canadian border?

Positive sign from the UK

Monday, July 30th, 2007

_44027898_brownbush203cr_ap.jpgWhen Tony Blair stepped down as UK’s prime minister I was worried that the War on Terror had lost a great ally. I was happy to hear that he went right into an ambassador role in the Middle East, but still worried about UK leadership in prosecuting the war. I remember reading a few articles claiming that the British were not behind Tony Blair’s position on the Middle East, nor did they support his involvement with the US over the war.

With very active terror cells and mounting civilian casualties, frankly it was hard to believe that the average UK resident wasn’t more against terrorism than the average American. But none the less I heard that the new guy, Gorden Brown, was going to show a different stance with the US than the war mongering Tony Blair.

Imagine how happy I am today to hear that UK’s new Prime Minister seeing eye to eye with our President Bush on the war. He is currently meeting with President Bush in Camp David and so far BBC reports sound really positive.

But en route to the US, Mr Brown described himself as an “Atlanticist and a great admirer of the American sprit”.

“As prime minister I want to do more to strengthen even further our relationship with the US,” he said.

“It is firmly in the British national interest that we have a strong relationship with the US, our single most important bilateral relationship.”

“And we should acknowledge the debt the world owes to the United States for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism,” he added.

I think that we should also acknowledge our debt to the UK for their support which has overall been consistently strong. I am glad to hear the good news and look forward to hearing more of plans that our 2 leaders are developing.