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    Posted: 16 July 2005 at 5:53pm
By PARVEZ AHMED, The Press-Enterprise, July 14, 2005
http://www.pe.com/localnews/opinion/syndicated/stories/PE_Op Ed_Opinion_D_op_15_cair.1f67cc9.html

Following the bomb blasts in London last week, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said, "The vast and overwhelming majority of Muslims both here and abroad are decent and law-abiding people who abhor this kind of terrorism every bit as much as we do."

Even Deputy Assistant Police Commissioner Brian Paddick said that "Islam and terrorism do not go together."

Despite these sentiments, terrorism committed by Muslims is commonly referred to as "Islamic terrorism." This is a misnomer, as British writer Karen Armstrong points out in The Guardian newspaper, when she notes that acts of terrorism by the Irish Republican Army are not referred to as "Catholic terrorism."

Following the bombings in London, every major Muslim group in America and abroad issued clear condemnations. "We join Americans of all faiths, and all people of conscience worldwide, in condemning these barbaric crimes," declared the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)."

"Attacking civilians who are going about their daily business is a criminal act that violates Islamic principles and must be condemned by all Muslims," was the response from the Islamic Society of North America.

The attacks also drew rebuke from senior officials in several Muslim countries.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said, "On behalf of the Syrian people and myself, we denounce these awful actions." Abdulmohsen al-Akkas, Saudi Arabia's social affairs minister, called the bombings "a heinous act." Officials in Iraq, Iran, Egypt and Morocco also decried the attacks.

Misperception about Islam's position against terrorism is making an already jittery American public even more suspicious. More importantly, it is also preventing meaningful dialogue between American Muslims and policy makers.

This important step cannot be achieved as long as the American public remains misinformed about Islam in general and Muslim positions related to terrorism in particular.

Only when the blame game stops can meaningful dialogue begin. American Muslims should make it their mission to build bridges of understanding between America and the Muslim world. This can happen when mainstream American Muslim groups are constructively engaged by policy- and opinion-makers.

Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D., is board chairman of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy
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Quote Colin Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2005 at 2:45am
The blame game will have to stop on the Muslim side as well. We've all heard classics like: "Blame it on the west", "blame it on Iraq", "blame it on capitalism"...etc, etc. It cuts both ways.
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Quote MOCKBA Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2005 at 3:13am

Bismillah

It will stop on the Muslim side as long as it does not begin elsewhere.

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Quote Colin Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2005 at 4:13am
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It will stop on the Muslim side as long as it does not begin elsewhere.

That is good. Incidently Mockba, since the London bombings the government and police have been falling over themselves to make it clear that blame should not be apportioned to the wider British Muslim community. The British public are on the whole, fair minded and tolerant people. We endured 30 years of bombings at the hands of the IRA, and I can honestly say that during this time I never met one single person who blamed ordinary members of the Irish population.

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Quote Yusuf. Replybullet Posted: 17 July 2005 at 2:31pm

Originally posted by Colin

The blame game will have to stop on the Muslim side as well. We've all heard classics like: "Blame it on the west", "blame it on Iraq", "blame it on capitalism"...etc, etc. It cuts both ways.

Agreed, Colin, and I have posted this opinion in other threads as well. 

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Quote Colin Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2005 at 2:22am
Originally posted by Yusuf.

Originally posted by Colin

The blame game will have to stop on the Muslim side as well. We've all heard classics like: "Blame it on the west", "blame it on Iraq", "blame it on capitalism"...etc, etc. It cuts both ways.

Agreed, Colin, and I have posted this opinion in other threads as well. 

Yes indeed, Yusuf, I am aware of your stance on this issue.

 



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Quote DavidC Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2005 at 2:55am
This misperception of Islam will continue as long as Al-Quaeda continues to
murder innocents in the name of Islam and organizations such as CAIR
respond only with press releases.



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Quote Rezz Replybullet Posted: 18 July 2005 at 6:58am
Mockba, you said in another discussion

"Yes, Islam allows killing (not murder)... and at some instance (primarily concerning times of war) it encourages it."

We could have theological arguments to the end of time, but as long as Islam sanctions killing, Muslims will kill and justify it in accordance with their interpretation of the Koran.

The answer surely is that no man has the right to take another human's life, whatever the circumstances.

By the way, Yusuf and Colin, your points on the Blame Culture among Muslims are spot-on. Could it be that Islamic leaders actively encourage the Blame Culture to divert attention from their own shortcomings? Could Iran be a good example of this?







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