By: Dean Obeidallah
Here we go again. Another so-called Islamic terrorist group, ISIS, is committing horrific atrocities. And Muslims are again called upon to denounce them.
How can anyone believe that small groups of terrorists accurately represent Islam or Muslims worldwide? If, let’s say, half of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world were killing innocent people like ISIS is, it would be pretty hard for me to deny that those actions represent the faith on some level.
But we don’t see that. What do we see? ISIS slaughtering Muslims on a daily basis. ISIS is also despicably attacking Christians and of course the Yazidis, but the reality is that over the past five years, close to 90 percent of the victims of these “Islamic” terrorists are Muslims. ISIS even killed a Muslim professor in Iraq who publicly opposed the group’s persecution of Christians. Denounce them? I need to be protected from them.
By: Kamran Memon
On September 12, 2014, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, a prominent American Muslim scholar, gave a Friday sermon on ISIS. People are clearly interested in what Shaykh Hamza has to say regarding ISIS; the sermon has been viewed on YouTube more than 190,000 times, with more than 1,100 positive and negative comments, in the past month.
Shaykh Hamza made several interesting points in his sermon. (My follow-up questions appear in italics. Please forgive the tough questions. I don’t mean any disrespect to Shaykh Hamza. I realize that he didn’t have time to address all these issues in one sermon. But such questions have to be answered by our scholars so that laypeople like me can understand what is going on in the world around us.)
Burma’s Buddhist monks have been involved in the violent persecution of the country’s Muslim groups. But until recently, the monks were leading the fight for democracy.
Seven years after post-election violence ended in Kenya, the country’s current president, Uhuru Kenyatta, is standing trial at the ICC. The charge? Crimes against humanity. Kenyatta is accused of organizing revenge attacks against other ethnic groups during the outbreak of violence.
Imam Zaid Shakir spot on about those who turn a blind eye to oppression due to their hatred of certain groups
By: Imam Zaid Shakir
“Do not allow your hatred for a people move you to be unjust…” Qur’an 5:8
One of the sad realities of our age is the way some Muslims are allowing their hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood to justify atrocities to be committed against innocent people. We saw this during the massacres in the aftermath of the disposal of Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, when innocent people were shot in the streets like rabid dogs. Many of those killed at that time were not members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some were defenders of the democratic process, some desired to be witnesses to the history of that moment, some were women and children who were there in support of their menfolk. In the eyes of some they were all guilty, deserving of death.