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August 18, 2006

Why Moderate Muslims Do not Stand Up To Radical Muslims

Following up on the related read in our previous post, Ghazal Omid had a piece in March titled "Terrorism and Muslim Women: Why Moderate Muslims Do not Stand Up To Radical Muslims" that provides an important perspective on what we are facing in the war against Islamic fascism, the global aspirations of establishing an Islamic caliphate, and why Gerard Baker's piece criticizing President Bush's lack of resolute leadership and his concern for being nice to foreigners flies in the face of the realities of what is going on in the Muslim world:

Recent articles about a Muslim woman doctor, who received death threats after speaking out on Al-Jazirah network against Muslim hardliners and terrorists, has been generating publicity for the right people and for a well justified cause that seldom gets enough attention, even though it would work to our advantage in the war against terrorism.

Everyone wants to fight terrorism, but we seldom see any mention of Muslims who are fighting against hardliners and terrorists. That is what causes many people to question whether Muslims really mean what they say.

The reality is: fighting terrorism is neither easy nor will it end overnight. Most certainly, Muslims should be called upon to help because the war against terrorism is not about ones faith; it affects all of us as part of the human family. As a modern, moderate Muslim freedom fighter, a human and women's rights advocate, I rally behind women who extend their arms in help and stand united to stop the terrorists.

When I hear these concerns, my first impression is: this will feed the terrorism agenda. Terrorism is about a minority exercising power over a majority's peace of mind. It is a modern form of mental slavery causing fear that can paralyze an economy. As Persians say, "Fear is the twin brother of death." Fear can immobilize as effectively as a chain. Those who can't face their fear become a slave of terrorism and that is precisely what the terrorist wants to achieve. After 9/11, people hesitated to fly and go shopping. Even though the number of victims, on a national scale, was moderate, the White House admitted that 9/11 negatively affected the economy and peoples mindset more than the terrorists had even dreamed.

To fight terrorist ideology we need people of the terrorist's faith to rally behind our cause. Terrorism's stratagem is for one class of individuals, through indoctrination, intimidation and force to impose its' will on another class. The empowered class enslaves the underclass, whether by chains on their hands and feet or chains on their minds. In the second instance, it is not an act of vengeance for transgressions against their ancestors but is intended, through threat, abuse and violence, to force a majority to bow to the will of the minority and accept and obey the dictates of a man who calls himself, not a terrorist, but a Soldier of God.

It is always easier to hear and believe what one wants. Americans in particular have a tendency to see what they hear and believe what they read. We all should know that, terrorism is not about Islam but is, in fact, a cancer growing on the body of Islam, consuming and destroying it.

Terrorist's families and those who support them are similar to a mob family in that their motto is "all for one and one for all." They can be destroyed only if we all work hand in hand.

Americans tend to think that fighting terrorism is a black or white issue and keep saying, "either you are with us or against us", as if moderate Muslims don't want to help. They express resentment that moderate Muslims do not speak out or stand up to help the American government. Truth be told, any moderate Muslim who speaks up publicly against the terrorists is placing her or his life in danger. The overwhelming majority of American Muslims are like the good white people of the early 20th century who knew prejudice against blacks was wrong but couldn't stand up to the social policies of the powerful and ignorant.

Continue reading "Terrorism and Muslim Women: Why Moderate Muslims Do not Stand Up To Radical Muslims."

Related reading:
The MM-Factor: Who is the moderate Muslim

Presenting You With A Lesson Of Jihad In Islam (The Sudanese Thinker is indeed, a moderate Muslim with an important message to his fellow Muslims, however, from reading the comments in his post, one can see that his point isn't an easy sell to a world in which so many Muslims have an entirely different view of Jihad than Drima, whose view is more spiritual than that of war, conquest, and violence).

Posted by Abdul at August 18, 2006 4:50 PM

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