COMMENTARY: Don’t surrender Islam to the Islamists

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Hands with muslim prayer beads

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Hands with muslim prayer beads

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(RNS) “The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers.”   This was the Islamist poem quoted by the mayor of Istanbul, Turkey, in December 1997. Charged with using inflammatory speech, he was ejected from office and sentenced to jail by the Ankara High Court. Today, […]

  • Deacon John M. Bresnahan

    Moderate Muslims may be pushing for something their basic religion is intolerant towards. That is: the concept of respectful religious diversity. Throughout Muslim history those not Muslim in Muslim countries have had to endure a second-class existence called “Dhimmitude” which seems to many to be engrained in Islam from the Koran and Islamic Traditions.

  • Jorge Traslosheros

    Dear Mr. Ahmed
    I loved your words. I am mexican and catholic. I do belive, as you do, that dialogue is the way to a better word. I am touch in my hart with all the testimonies of muslims defending cristians in Egip and all along Middle East. And christians praying for their muslims brothers. Unfortunately, the media never talks about that. But is true either way.

    God bless you and I wil be preying for you.

  • jan

    Islamist or not islamist, Allah ask us to give responsibility to those people/group/political party that has the required quality, fit for the job and carried out duty in fairness.

    ” Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing.” (Sahih International Translation of Quran, 4:58)

  • Sabina Khan

    You’re comment is based entirely on ignorance. In the Quran, respect for other religions is emphasised.

    For example, the Quran states that the destructions of Churches, synagogues etc. is abhorred by Allah

    “Those who have been driven out from their homes unjustly only because they said, ‘Our Lord is Allah’ — And if Allah did not repel some men by means of others, there would surely have been pulled down cloisters and churches and synagogues and mosques, wherein the name of Allah is oft commemorated. And Allah will surely help one who helps Him. Allah is indeed Powerful, Mighty —”

    Al-Hajj Chapter 22 : Verse 41

    Muslims are told to defend any place of worship if it is attacked

  • Thank you for this well articulated and easy to digest summary.
    Your point about the political left in the West is particularly salient. Progressives are often turned off by any critique of Islam for fear of appearing sympathetic to the ignorance and bigotry so often displayed by western conservatives.

  • Abdullah

    This blog is complete nonsense! A muslim is some one that follows ISLAM so anyone that claims to be a muslim but follows something else which is anti islam is a hypocrite and an apostate as well.

  • Jason

    Amen, politicians need to keep religion out of politics! Tea-baggers and Taliban alike!