Stopping Islam bashing
We cannot expect people to have a favorable opinion of us, if we have never given one. The one the public receives is negative through the media, it will not go away, unless we change it. We are good people just like every one else, but they do not know it.
It is time to change our perception. Muslims in general do not participate in public affairs, you can barely spot them in civic affairs. Last night I had a successful Obama event, no Muslim around was to be seen, those who confirmed did not show up either. Please do your part at least, and quit being selfish. Volunteer and participate in public events.
Here is my response to a posting on the subject of
"Man beheads 15 month old in Saudi Arabia"
It is a shame what is happening with the 15 month old baby in the report below, and every one should condemn it.
In the United States, we have the rules to follow the constitution, it does not mean every one will. 1% of our population is in Jails. Who is bad, America or those individuals? I encourage you to post information about what goes on daily in the US And Canada with common people, so we can learn that bad people exist no matter what religion they wear. Did you know in Texas a woman drowned her three kids in bath tub and killed them, it was water boarding. She was not a Muslim. Just look up a week's newspaper in your city, you will find disgusting stories.
For the heck of it, I just Googled for "man kills his son", and this came up: along with hundred others
I did not post the gory story where a Texas man bangs his 15 months old baby's skull on the rock several times to crush it. He was not a Muslim either. Check it out, it is on google just last month.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- A Winter Haven man was charged with murder, accused of fatally beating his 4-month-old daughter Christmas Day because he wanted a son, authorities said.
Marcos Gomez-Romero, 28, told investigators that he beat Ariana Rodriguez Romero to death because he wanted a son instead of a daughter, according to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report.
According to deputy interviews, Gomez-Romero said he became angry every time he saw the girl. He also said that abusing his daughter became a habit, a sheriff's report showed. "
You will find every human category you can imagine in the wrong doers list, Google it every time some one wants to slam a Muslim, you will find 100 more others who do the same. If you want to categorize, you will find Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, Muslim, Jews and every one else...No one can cast the first stone. Thanks to Google. Let's learn to be fair.
Religion is supposed to make people better humans, most people do, and do the right thing, however some don't. Bad people are in every faith in the same percentage, they are not exclusive to Islam. We have bad presidents, bad clergy, bad kids, bad dads and bad moms... but not all of them are bad. Islam is no different.
We need to stop Islam bashing, if we do, we need to look in our own pants for a change, it is equally uglier there. Let's not slap religion on the bad acts of people.
To make peace, we have to mitigate conflicts in our words and action.
In a message dated 3/3/2008 3:20:57 P.M. Central Standard Time writes:
To be a Muslim is to be a peace maker; one who ... seeks to mitigate conflicts and nurtures goodwill.
It's just too bad, isn't it, Mike, that life gets in the way.
Here's an item for you -- from TODAY'S file:
Man beheads 15 month old Nephew in Saudi Supermarket
RIYADH (AFP) ?A man beheaded his 15-month-old nephew in front of his mother in a supermarket in Saudi Arabia apparently after a family dispute, newspapers reported Monday.
The 25-year-old Syrian national picked up a knife from the store in the Red Sea city of Jeddah on Sunday and decapitated the little boy in full view of shoppers, Arab News said.
The man apparently killed him following a dispute with his sister and brother-in-law, the English-language daily said.
"He chopped off the boy's head in front of the mother to get back at her," a police officer was quoted as saying. The mother fainted and was taken to hospital.
Murder is punishable by death in ultra-conservative Muslim Saudi Arabia, where the death sentence is usually carried out by beheading.
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PLANNED MUSLIMS RESPONSE TO QUR'AN BURNING BY PASTOR JONES ON 9/11/13 IN MULBERRY, FLORIDA
We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.
Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”
God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.
We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration (www.UnitydayUSA.com) held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.
Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.
As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.
We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.
We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.
We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.
Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.
Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.
We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.
The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.