Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in the sizzling heat of Karachi to condemn and raise their voices against extremism and what they call it. "Danda Bardaar Shariyat" (forced Islamic law). This is a sheer display and a warning for the mere 2% of extremists to correct their vices. This is not Afghanistan, it is Pakistan. Welcome.
This article was posted to correct the one-sided (biased) opinion of Muslims people have in mind. One can’t blame non-Muslims from having a negative image of Muslims because all they see online is extremely bigoted anti-Islamic vitriol, everywhere. But these images should show them something about the Muslim mindset about Islamic extremism. See? “Moderate Muslims” are not that apathetic after all.
And you probably won’t find these images of even coverage of the incident in the mainstream media! Correct us if we’re wrong by posting a link to a mainstream media news source covering this incident.
Just think about it: about 100 thousand “moderate” Muslims took to the streets protesting extremism and the mainstream (non-Muslim) press didn’t cover it! Don’t you wonder why? It’s not a conspiracy as some Muslims like to believe, but it’s definitely selective reporting.
And one last thing; imagine being part of a religion that is constantly attacked everywhere you go. If you were born and raised into it, it’s an understatement to say that you will have familial attachment to it!
It’s natural to assume such anti-Islamic vitriol will put you in the defensive to the degree of shutting you down from all outside critiques, encasing you in a shelled cocoon. - This is exactly what’s happening to the Muslim people these days. This is why they are so stubborn to even legitimate critiques of their religion.
And the selective reporting of the mainstream media thoroughly complicates the process of reforming Islam by giving non-Muslims a very negative image of Muslims. This is not to say that Muslims are saints or anything. They have a lot of issues in their religion. But think about how they will react to an aggravated verbal assault on their beliefs by an innocent person who has either been misinformed, or doesn’t know the whole truth about Islam?
Think about it
Here are my additions to the above article:
Quotes from prominent Muslims.
"Hijacking Planes, terrorizing innocent people and shedding blood constitute a form of injustice that can not be tolerated by Islam, which views them as gross crimes and sinful acts." ~ Shaykh Abdul Aziz al-Ashaikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia and Chairman of the Senior Ulama, on September 15th, 2001
"The terrorists acts, from the perspective of Islamic law, constitute the crime of hirabah (waging war against society)." ~ September 27, 2001 - Fatwa, signed by:
Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Grand Islamic Scholar and Chairman of the Sunna and Sira Countil, Qatar
Judge Tariq al-Bishri, First Deputy President of the Council d'etat, Egypt
Dr. Muhammad s. al-Awa, Professor of Islamic Law and Shari'a, Egypt
Dr. Haytham al-Khayyat, Islamic scholar, Syria
Fahmi Houaydi, Islamic scholar, Syria
Shaykh Taha Jabir al-Alwani, Chairman, North America High Council
"Neither the law of Islam nor its ethical system justify such a crime." ~ Zaki Badawi, Principal of the Muslim College in London. Cited in Arab News, September 28, 2001.
"It is wrong to kill innocent people. It is also wrong to praise those who kill innocent people." ~ Mufti Nizamuddin Shamzai, Pakistan. Cited in the New York Times, September 28, 2001.
"What these people stand for is completely against all the principles that Arab Muslims believe in." ~ King Abdullah II, of Jordan; cited in the Middle East Times, September 28, 2001.
The above statements by high ranking international Muslim scholars and leaders appeared in an advertisement placed by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, in the New York Times, October 17th, 2001 (p. A 17)
"I'm a Muslim. I've been a Muslim for 20 years. I want the world to know the truth about Islam. I wouldn't be here to represent Islam if it were the way the terrorists make it look...Islam is for peace." ~ Former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Muhammad Ali, at the telethon benefit concert, September 21, 2001.
"Those terrorists must be reading a completely different Quran than the rest of us. This isn't about Islam. It's about terrorism." ~ US Marine Corps Captain Aisha Bakkar-Poe.
"Terrorists claiming to act in the name of Islam is like a knife through my heart - that people would practice Islam, but do deeds like what they've done. It's not true faith. Some people twist religion to the way they think." ~ US Army Captain Arneshuia Balial, a convert to Islam since 1987.
I have also been reading about the enforcement of Sharia law in Muslim countries that have heretofore drifted towards a more liberal attitude. The "modesty police" are not being happily received by the more liberated populace of Iran as I read earlier today in MacLean's Magazine.
When I plugged "Muslims against terrorism" into Google I got this...
Try it sometime. There is a lot there to read. I challenge any disbelievers in our attitudes to look, read, and then say no Muslims speak out against terrorism!
Then, please realize, all terrorism has its fundamental roots in Wahabbism which is, next to oil, the biggest import of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The Saudi cabal promote this violent sect that was created by the British in about 1785.
Please also, read this article from the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE about Muslims in the AMERICAN MILITARY WHO FIGHT TERRORISM!
The Western world must take some responsibility for the mess we are in so please read the above link and become a tad educated on the origins of today's problems. Open your minds and read and please learn.
Please realize also there is a reason they call it el-CIA-duh in some parts of the world!