2 readers online now  |  69 million page views

Not all "Reviving the Islamic Spirit" attendees agreed with speakers...

Reader comment on item: [American Muslim Group for Policy Planning;] Another "Moderate" Muslim Group

Submitted by Dave Brown (United States), Dec 31, 2004 at 03:19

This is regarding the article about the "Reviving the Islamic Spirit" conference

http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/392

I googled "Dr. Tareq Suwaidan" (the first speaker listed at the conference), and found this:

http://www.islamicaweb.com/archive/read/t-7277.html

I got the gist of the good Doctor's message:

"It (the West) will continue to grow until an outside force hits it and you will be surprised at how quickly it falls, Tareq Suwaidan told more than 2,000 spectators gathered for the student-run "Reviving the Islamic Spirit" conference at the Metro Convention Centre on the weekend."

Blah, blah, blah... same ol' nonsense.

BUT, what I found more interesting were a few very rational comments from a few of the Moslem attendees. This was very heartening.

While I agree that we need to remain vigillant to the Islamist threat, keep in mind that the guy quoted below may be the next guy passing through customs on his way back home. We still need to treat people with respect whenever possible, and on US soil, it's stiil "innocent 'til proven guilty".

I don't know who "Abbas Syed" is, what his other views are, or how representative he is of attendees at the conference... but goddam we need more guys like this one:


*************************************
"Stop attacking West

The speaker from Kuwait better look in his own backyard before labelling Western society and its family structure corrupt and rotten. Tolerating honour killings, disallowing women the right to vote, treating immigrants like trash, celebrating a bandit monarchy and living off the work of others is hardly an example for us in the West.

I am sick of these incessant attacks on the so-called Western family. My family is part of Western civilization and I dare Tareq Suwaidan to find anything corrupt or rotten about us or our neighbours. Unless, of course, Suwaidan was referring to Christians and Jews and was camouflaging his hate with academic speak.

Shame on the people who live among us yet hate Western civilization. If they so hate Canada and find it rotten and corrupt, why do they live here? Why don't they migrate to Kuwait or Saudi Arabia?

As for the attack that is needed to bring down Western civilization, let it come. We Western Muslims will stand and fight for our country and defend the civilization built by us hand-in-hand with our white, black and aboriginal brothers and sisters.

- Abbas Syed, Toronto"

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Submitting....

Submit a comment on this item

<< Previous Comment      Next Comment >>

Reader comments (37) on this item

Title Commenter Date Thread
Ignorance is bliss [389 words]HK from EnglandNov 7, 2008 15:52142381
Misinformation everlasting problem [194 words]NNDec 29, 2005 12:0630735
What scares you so? [83 words]RoseDec 26, 2005 23:1330606
The fiction of there being moderate Muslims [182 words]historyofjihad.orgMar 15, 2005 07:1320980
Reply to Hajira [1255 words]HankMar 4, 2005 18:1620664
Islam & Humanism [391 words]Hari IyerJan 14, 2005 00:4919662
3Islamic scholasticism [291 words]LKJan 12, 2005 02:3719625
1WAHABBI ISLAM AND THE POOR IN AMERICA [264 words]Les DavisJan 11, 2005 13:2819588
1Averroes' "The Incoherence of the Incoherence" -- A key to understanding the world today? [325 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
GWKJan 5, 2005 11:0119430
Dispute of Averroes and Ghazali is it relevant in the modern world? [613 words]LKJan 10, 2005 02:1919430
Tahafut at-Tahafut [69 words]GWKJan 10, 2005 11:2219430
Al-Ghazali and Ibn Rushd [52 words]Peter JonesAug 10, 2007 08:5119430
Koran Calls Moderate Muslims "Hypocrites" [213 words]Don CastellaJan 4, 2005 21:3319397
Respose to commenter Don Castella [271 words]Nadeem ButtFeb 28, 2005 20:3819397
Hello Mr Pipes, You made it into the first page of a Pakistani Paper [100 words]Hari IyerJan 2, 2005 21:4919319
What about Sheikh Professor Abdul Hadi Palazzi [137 words]Norman WandJan 1, 2005 20:1319294
The situation is probably even worse... [92 words]MikeDec 31, 2004 20:1419279
The word "moderate" is misleading [50 words]Octavio JohansonDec 31, 2004 08:1619265
Not all "Reviving the Islamic Spirit" attendees agreed with speakers... [378 words]Dave BrownDec 31, 2004 03:1919262
WHAT??! [61 words]LillianDec 29, 2005 18:5719262
geting the facts [66 words]saraFeb 24, 2006 14:5819262
nothing [56 words]jamieDec 25, 2006 21:1319262
1Tareq Suwaidan [158 words]Aiesha AhmedDec 26, 2006 23:3419262
tarek suwaidan is a great scholar [69 words]amenaDec 27, 2006 18:3619262
Agreed [77 words]Shadee EMar 26, 2007 13:3819262
Why critisize [123 words]Abdul-HabibMar 12, 2010 23:1619262
Types of Muslims [315 words]MollDec 30, 2004 18:0519256
They all the same [5 words]DanielSep 30, 2008 05:1419256
Says who? [62 words]FatimaJan 3, 2010 18:0319256
My humble opinion! [39 words]Avrum ApterDec 30, 2004 15:0619251
Communists and Islamists, a similar strategy [144 words]John YerkesDec 29, 2004 22:4919229
The Myth of Moderate Muslim [390 words]Arlinda DeAngelisDec 29, 2004 21:5119227
Response to Arlinda DeAngelis [11 words]Guy VitiJan 28, 2005 16:5319227
1the Full story = the Full picture [567 words]Sherif ShafieSep 10, 2009 05:5019227
What is Moderation? [449 words]Peter J. HerzDec 29, 2004 18:5919221
All credit to Pipes [155 words]Abid JanDec 29, 2004 16:0819218
Beware of Wolves in Sheep's clothing [101 words]Darwin BarrettDec 29, 2004 14:4719215

Comment on this item

Name
Email Address (optional)
Title of Comments
Comments:

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

ADVERTISEMENTS

eXTReMe Tracker

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2017 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum. Daniel J. Pipes