Friday, March 11, 2005

Moderate Muslims Fight Back.

I have mentioned before that the battle for Islam will be waged by moderate Muslims. Again, I claim that those performing terrorist acts are in clear violation of Islamic teachings and are not Muslims. Unfortunately, Islam has become closely associated with terrorist acts as a result of the action of these madmen. I was elated to see that Muslim clerics in Spain have issued a fatwa (a.k.a. edict) today condemning Osama Bin Laden. This edict comes on the first anniversary of the train bombings in Madrid. Read more about the fatwa here.

Perhaps this fatwa will help mobilize moderate Muslims. It is we moderates that have the best chance to convince hard line Islamists that they are in error. Hopefully,this move will also help convince more Americans that Islam is not their enemy.


Blogger thc said...

These Spanish Muslims are to be commended. But where are the other Muslims around the world? OBL has been murdering innocent people in the name of an Islamic jihad for at least twelve years but this is the first fatwa?

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm with my man THC. Where the hell have the moderate people been? By staying silent, they have been allowing the militants to run the show. I guess America is not the only country where the religious extremists run the show.

12:36 AM  
Blogger mindful said...

Where are the moderate muslims? They're not in charge. As for moderate muslims in the united states, I know tons. But they're not very newsworthy, are they?

2:29 AM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

It is a recent phenomena that moderate Muslims have been granted a suitable media following. Mindful is right, those wishing to bring hard-liners to the center are not in control. They do exist, however. Take Shirin Ebadi, the recipient of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize. Her struggle has been long, but only recently has she been recognized. It's not that moderate Muslims have been silent. They're largely fragmented and ignored. Even when they do speak out they are met with brutality that is beyond comprehension. I believe this fatwa may help them find a unified voice on the global stage.

4:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the case not only for Islam. Radicals in other religions are also largely responsible for ridiculous actions throughout history. It is easier for radicals to get attention. Disasters and extremism are more interesting to people. Branding and grouping makes everything simpler and thus easier for the media or the government etc, to get messages across. It is a sad state of affairs and it's good that voices of moderate groups are starting to get heard.

1:34 PM  
Anonymous little john said...

It's a good start. But, not to rain on the many Muslims are in Spain?
Vavoom: Any thoughts on how moderates can reclaim the faith?

3:32 PM  
Blogger mindful said...

A google search reveals that muslims make up about two percent of the population of Spain, similar to the percentage in the United States. But I think you are asking the wrong question, little john. It is not how moderates can reclaim the faith. They already have the faith. The vast majority of muslims are moderates. The question is: how can they reclaim the press?

4:35 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

You guys should take a look at the movie "Control Room." It's a fascinating look at the role the media is playing in the middle east. I agree with mindful. The faith is fine. It's the attention that terrorists are receiving in the name of religion. Remember, terrorists commit such heinous acts knowing that their cause will receive attention. When they commit these crimes in the name of religion, they seek to validate their acts. When we begin to equate religion with their acts we only empower them. The world must recognize the voice of moderates. Otherwise we'll see more figures like OBL rise to power.
Reclamation of the press can largely be done in the middle east through grass roots methods. Moderate Muslims there must be given protection. Only then will their voice echo across their respective country and the world.

3:39 AM  
Anonymous little john said...

Huh? Islamic terrorism is a ploy to get attention? I thought it was politics by other means. They are the ones who equate their acts with their religion, don't they?

1:52 PM  
Blogger Vavoom said...

My point is that when *we* equate their acts with religion we empower them. We help them justify their acts. Yes, terrorism is a means of drawing attention to a cause. It is the means by which cowards fight.

2:04 PM  

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