Sunday, March 26, 2006

CAIR calls for the release of Afghan Christian convert

Courageous stance by CAIR who called for the release of Abdul Rahman, the Afghan Christian convert, who is facing a possible death sentence for his conversion to Christianity. The call of the release by CAIR is supported by members of the Fiqh Council of North America.

Apostasy is one of the serious issues that the Moslem world has yet to come to terms with. Many Muslims cheer the conversion of new converts to Islam and, at the same time, back the common idea that Muslims who reject their faith should be sentenced to death! There is a coherence problem here.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Some useful advice on how to be a muslim reformer

In response to the Wafa Sultan masquerade, Eerie of 'Aqoul has published a very interesting post on How to be a Muslim reformer. Have a look, it's quite entertaining! I highly recommend it. ;-)

P.S. I have been reading 'Aqoul a lot lately, and I must confess that I am starting to like it. I think you will see me linking to it a lot in the future. :))))))))

Thursday, March 23, 2006

A courageous stance

In today's issue of Asharq al-Awsat, an interesting admission by a leading Saudi sheikh:

قال الشيخ السعودي الدكتور صالح السدلان، عضو هيئة التدريس بجامعة الإمام محمد بن سعود الاسلامية بالرياض والمفتي الشهير، في حوار مع «الشرق الاوسط» إنه يجب الاعتراف بأنه يوجد في السعودية تعصب فكري، يجب أن يُعالج

The sheikh actually went even further, and conceded that the discourse of some islamic scholars shows a certain degree of duplicity:

وأوضح الشيخ السدلان في حواره أن ازدواجية الخطاب الديني من قبل بعض رموز الصحوة الاسلامية، موجودة، وأن بعضهم يقدم خطابا مختلفا ومزدوجا؛ واحد لوسائل الاعلام يراعي فيها الظروف، وآخر يبثه هؤلاء الرموز في مواقعهم الإنترنتية ومجالسهم الخاصة قائم على التشدد والتعصب

While I find such comments to be a step in the right direction, the problem remains that those who dare to speak openly about extremism in our midst do so in a sporadic, haphazard way. Reasonable voices should join forces and be better organized so as to stand up to intimidation by the more virulent elements who are ready to use whatever means it takes to silence their opponents.