Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Muslim Silent Majority? Saying No to Terrorism

**Scroll down for information on Baby Amilla Taylor**
For over five years people of good will in the United States have waited patiently to hear some condemnation of terrorism from the Muslim World. The silence has been deafening. In the meantime, Islam has taken a terrible drubbing in the eyes of the average American, and with very good cause. Don't we all believe that silence is equal to assent?

Finally, some concerned Muslims have started a campaign to "Say no to terrorism," with a song and video by a number of prominent Pakistani recording artists. Dr. Awab Alvi is a dentist in Pakistan, and a free speech advocate who has been working tirelessly against blog censorship since the days of the cartoon crisis. On his blog we read:

"Capturing the imagination of people across the board, Yeh Hum Naheen has given a voice to the silent majority, those in the Muslim world who have for too long been mis-represented. These are the people who although not appearing on our television screens are saddened and shocked at the high-jacking of Islam by terrorists, and want to stand up and shout 'This is Not Us'."

The song is due to be released March 10, but it will take a great deal more than a catchy tune to heal the breech between East and West. Is there really a Muslim silent majority who don't agree with terrorist tactics, or is it just a few dreamers? We are listening.

Update: Hope may be slim, if this comment on another blog is any indication: "terrorist is not us Muslims.. it is USA.." Nevermind.

More Important Update: Blogger Prague Twin has pointed me to this web page with a great number of links to condemnation of terrorism in the wake of 9/11. I should have been more specific, meaning we haven't heard much for a long, long, time. Look at the comments--by the time you are reading this he may just have posted another link!

Most Important Update: Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki spoke out on March 11, 2007 at a regional conference stating “Confrontation of terrorism, dear brothers, requires ceasing any form of financial and media support and religious cover, as well as logistical support and provision of arms and men that would turn out to be explosive tools killing our children, women and elders and bombing our mosques and churches.” With this important news, this article will not be updated further.

2 Comments:

Blogger Praguetwin said...

For over five years people of good will in the United States have waited patiently to hear some condemnation of terrorism from the Muslim World. The silence has been deafening.

Unless you count these I guess we believe what we want to believe.

Mar 6, 2007, 12:02:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Thanks for the link. I am going to put it on the blog.

Mar 6, 2007, 8:31:00 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

PicoSearch