“All the teachings contained in the former Scriptures that were meant to be of lasting value and importance are included in the Qur’an. The Qur’an also gives some specific accounts, although selective, of what the pre-Qur’anic scriptures contained and it is worthwhile to look briefly at this material” Continue reading
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By Dawud Walid| Source
The recent tragedy of the suicide bombing of a Coptic church in Egypt has not received much in depth analysis in Western media. Many journalists have focused on this tragedy as part of a supposed systematic scheme to cleanse Christians from the Middle East or at least it being a sign of the severe hardships that Christians face at the hands of Muslims. And though no one has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet and law enforcement has not identified who the perpetrator was, the popular assumption is that the attack must have been perpetrated by a Muslim despite the fact that there have been Christian suicide bombers in the region.
This morning, I received an e-mail from an Arab-American Christian colleague that is currently in Egypt now. This is some of what she stated:
By Umer Sultan|
Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian, was sentenced on Monday 21st by the court in Nankana district to be hanged for giving blasphemous statement in the province of Punjab in Pakistan.
The story of this mother of 5 goes somewhat like this:
I believe in “keepin’ it real,” and I cannot help but question why in the heck are we, in 2010, recognizing Columbus Day in America.
FACT #1: African Muslims reached the Americas prior to Columbus. Columbus even stated in his diary that he spotted a mosque when reaching the so-called New World.
FACT #2: Columbus was not even the first European to have reached America. Ever heard of Leif Ericson who reached the Americas about 500 years before Columbus?
FACT #3: Columbus was trying to reach India; he was LOST when he reached America!
FACT #4: Columbus’ “discovery” in 1492 was sanctioned by the royal family of Spain, the same government that presided over the Spanish Inquisition against Muslims and Jews in 1492.
FACT #5: Columbus’ “discovery” paved the way of European colonial conquest of the Americas and the ethnic cleansing of the Native (not Indian) people.
Based upon these facts especially #5, what were the founders of Columbus Day in America trying to convey?
So this Pastor Terry Jones in Florida from a church group that was financially and intellectually bankcrupt when announced the “Burn Quran Day” he bacame an instant international figure. Then he called it off to show that he got some leadership! Man got some skills of Public relations…
But lets analyze really quick what just happened by one nut who was blinded in a faith of instant publicity:
– Indonesian President used some harsh language towards US (to appeal its citizens but neverthless).
– Afghans took streets in protest, NATO camp was attacked by mob, a US soldier shot dead an Afghani protestor. All this for total nonesense because of One Nut.
– Mr Imam Feisal Rauf of Cordoba Initiative (aka NYC Cultural Center) according to the Nut Pastor apparently cut a deal with him to move the NYC Cultural Center away from Ground Zero?!?!? Like Seriously !!
– Imam Muhammad Musri, head of the Islamic Society of the Central Florida stood at Pastor Nut’s media conference and said that he feels that the Mosque should not be built near Ground Zero. Interesting because [1st] Its NOT a Mosque, its a freeken Cultural Center. [2nd] A Mosque has been there at that spot for all these years !
– Mr. Nut Pastor Jones can’t even pronounce Imam properly when referring to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (with whom he said he cut a deal). He kept referring to Imam Feisal Rauf as “Iman.” Its like calling Pastor a “Paster” Continue reading
*A Must Read Article by John Esposito
By John Esposito
In recent weeks, Republican politics and attempts across America to block the building of mosques have underscored the impact of Islamophobia in American society.
Republican candidates have jumped on a bandwagon, appealing to racist attitudes towards Islam and Muslims as a political wedge to gain electoral votes in the coming November elections. Bogus charges in 2008 that Barack Obama was a Muslim, as if that should discredit him, is an example of an Islamophobia which is still being used as a political strategy today. This form of political hate speech was addressed by Colin Powell in his endorsement of Obama when he asked:
“Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? … I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, ”He’s a Muslim and he might be associated [with] terrorists.” This is not the way we should be doing it in America.”
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, desperately seeking to recapture his national Republican leader role, tried this past week to create a bizarre national threat about the implementation of Islamic law, shariah, that doesn’t even exist:
“One of the things that I am going to suggest today is a federal law which says no court anywhere in the United States under any circumstance is allowed to consider sharia as a replacement for American law. Period.”
Republican Rex Duncan of Oklahoma followed suit, warning there is a “war for the survival of America,” to keep the sharia from creeping into the American court system. In California, a Tea Party Rally in protest of an Islamic Center Continue reading
Below is the link of the short 10 min video that shows 2 different kinds of reaction to the mistreatment of a Muslim woman.
To watch the video click here.
Jewish Flotilla to Break Gaza Siege!!! While Hamas refuses to take Aid from Israel and waits for Turkey’s Green Light!!!
Published: 06.06.10, 20:33 / Israel News
The German-Jewish organization Jewish Voice for Peace in the Middle East is preparing a Jewish flotilla to the Gaza Strip. “We intend to leave around July,” a member of the organization, Kate Leitrer, said to Ynet. “We have one small craft so far, in which there will be between 12 and 16 people, mostly Jews.”
Leitrer, herself Jewish, said there was great interest in joining. “Getting another boat means more expenses, and we’re discussing this possibility,” she said. “Because of limited space, there will be school equipment, candy, and mainly musical equipment, and there’ll be musicians aboard who’ll teach the children of Gaza. They need to see that Jews are not what how they are drawn in their eyes.”
Leitrer also claimed that Israel acted criminally in its lethal raid on the Gaza flotilla last Monday.
“The head of UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) appealed to the world to send ships due to the shortage of important supplies in Gaza,” she said. “By stopping the flotilla, Israel acted criminally. Israel must not act like pirates.”
Below is a link to a fellow blogger from Canada who wrote this great article on rising Islamophobia and the Eurabia myth.
Its a good read.
NEW YORK (AP) – Americans are more than twice as likely to express prejudice against Muslims than they are against Christians, Jews or Buddhists, a new survey found. Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they have little or no knowledge of Islam. Still, a majority dislike the faith.