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I respond in disappointment to Faqi Hussein

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Submitted by Ramy Ramadan (United Kingdom), Aug 31, 2005 at 11:39

I respond in disappointment to the so called Faqi Hussein and his or her strong misguided anxious opinions.

I dumfounded that this person, a so called "European Muslim "would lose the plot and utter so negative unconstructive thoughts. I can only assume that this lost soul is affected and pressurised, as are all Western Muslims...by the marginalisation that we "Muslims" have faced in western society since 9/11, more so these days with recent unfortunate and ugly happenings in Britain. We are all (Muslim or non-Muslim) greatly influenced and pressured by the ongoing media onslaught that labels all followers of the Islamic Faith as "Muslims". It is no longer a faith, a religion, but a tag with many negative connotations that we followers of the faith, must all bare on our shoulders.

It is no matter that the majority of us are peaceful individuals of different races and societies, of different creeds, skin colours, identities and patterns of thought. Faqi Hussein's solution is that we must accept the label "Muslim" Shut-up, hide in the corner and disperse with shame. Keep quiet and accept what is said of all of us and not find any solutions to the problem...

Is this the solution he suggests for the misguided influenced youth, British sons and fathers who were so influenced by zealots to choose the Terrorist path to unbelievably kill themselves and innocent civilians - Is this how we tackle the problem, hide and wish the problem disappears and if we are lucky, is not repeated. Perhaps the CIA and James Bond will catch them all…

Rather than put forward solutions and support constructive initiatives, Faqi Hussein chooses to attack and denounce Tariq Ramadan with baseless moronic rantings. Has he read Tariq books /, heard his speeches? I doubt he knows anything about Tariq or cares to know. A baseless attack from an ignorant fool, perhaps alleviating some of the guilt he feels by being born a "Muslim"

Tariq Ramadan is indeed a voice that our youth of today so desperately need. His books and lectures are a fresh of breath air.

I was born in Europe and raised in the UK. I am British, but also a Muslim. For the majority of my life and until today, you could say I felt alien to my faith. I felt no relationship to so called Middle Eastern Scholars. Their anti-western words, the old Islam they preach, the so called primitive repetitive illogical doctrines they utter…it made no sense to my mind and heart. I can only assume that those fools who killed themselves were easily misguided and brainwashed with primitive mis-guided teachings, perfected over a 1000 years.

Tariq's writings helped me see a version of Islam, one that made sense to my European mind in this day and age. His book, "To be a European Muslim" discusses Islam in today's Europe . Rather than alienate ourselves it encourages that we find a way to express our thoughts, fight for our rights, pay our taxes and live our lives in peace , but to do so as Europeans and as humans first and as Muslims second

I applaud the UK government for taking this stance. Only in Britain would such a courageous, and forward thinking move take place to find a solution and not given to the tabloids. In the US, Holland, France.. in one swoop reaction to the media and public opinion.. they choose to erase laws , constitutions , pillars of liberty that they defended for so long to alienate "Muslims" in society, using the terrorist tag as the cover.

Followers of the Islamic Faith need a Modern Voice and forward thinking scholars. Tariq Ramadan is one if those voice and part of the solution.

Faqi Hussein isn't….


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Title Commenter Date Thread
2Tariq: racist, pro Jihad, propagating fake Muslim 'victimhood' [134 words]MonaMar 30, 2012 06:55194863
1Muslim Brotherhood's buddy Tariq Ramadan sees "no" anti-Semitism in Mohamed Merah [342 words]AliciaMar 29, 2012 07:25194848
And since? [12 words]zacooperleMar 15, 2012 22:38194429
Wazzup with Notre Dame/ [31 words]BobbiJan 23, 2010 19:40167796
AustraliaMr [13 words]Peter RobinsonNov 12, 2009 04:37164461
5This is a Misleading Post about Tariq Ramadan [174 words]D.O.Mar 19, 2009 14:37152500
2we must expose those who hate [241 words]Phil GreendJul 10, 2007 11:50103352
Mr. Pipes, a little clarification on a few of your points? [989 words]Saqib HussainJun 24, 2007 23:42100985
Ramadan's defense against his visa revocation is nothing short of pathetic [433 words]Roosevelt's DiscipleJun 23, 2007 03:19100431
Reply to: Ramadan's defense against his visa revocation is nothing short of pathetic [148 words]Saqib HussainJun 25, 2007 02:09100431
1A rose by any other name [52 words]Michael ZacharkoAug 25, 2006 22:4654011
Keep This Terrorist Out! [37 words]KurniaOct 22, 2017 19:4854011
Ramadan should be kept out of the US...for now [420 words]jason smithMar 29, 2006 15:5341808
2ACLU, TOO [49 words]DEANE LEDSWORTHJan 25, 2006 13:2932441
it is amazing [200 words]kemalFeb 1, 2006 08:3032441
not that it matters a lot but... [63 words]matei calinJan 22, 2006 08:4532164
2Tariq is a human with a message [130 words]joanaJul 24, 2007 16:4232164
1An Asault on American's right to HEAR [314 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Cole PensingerOct 22, 2007 23:2332164
It is easy to accuse but... [183 words]S. MirmoojiDec 2, 2005 20:3529334
1Evil Ramadan [61 words]Man de HuNov 13, 2005 14:2228328
I respond in disappointment to Faqi Hussein [620 words]Ramy RamadanAug 31, 2005 11:3925277
Prof Ramadan " Oxford's new visiting Professor" [815 words]Faqi HusssainAug 30, 2005 21:5725249
2A very peculiar perspective on Ramadan [490 words]Sean McIntyreJul 22, 2005 17:1023703
Give me a better reason to keep him out [75 words]Carl LarsonSep 29, 2006 22:4323703
Ramadan has exactly the same goal as the terrorists, which is to spread islam [100 words]Roosevelt's DiscipleJun 23, 2007 03:2823703
Tariq Ramadan ... [221 words]Tim HolmesJul 16, 2005 20:3123529
Gullible Americans [86 words]RichardApr 26, 2005 23:2421844
Ramadan not a moderate [164 words]JeffApr 26, 2005 16:0021833
Ramadan, Pipes and Manji [69 words]AliMar 19, 2005 20:2921067
Show me some proof ... if there is any [248 words]Sylvia WilsonMar 12, 2005 18:2520967
Tariq Ramadan [35 words]Mary Jane StickleyFeb 1, 2005 11:2220035
What a Stupid Decision [330 words]Salim ChishtiJan 25, 2005 06:2019846
Does not make sense [71 words]Maria EvangalistaDec 29, 2004 23:0819232
And so history repeats itself [212 words]JamzDec 21, 2004 23:3419104
The absence of proofs [117 words]Darraz ElKhadieDec 16, 2004 11:3119023
Notre Dame University? [22 words]BobDec 14, 2004 21:1418998
1Laugh or cry... [324 words]Ahmed El ZeinDec 5, 2004 04:4918861
Bonus: tossing away freedom of expression and association gives "them" less reason to hate us [90 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Konrad AdererOct 6, 2004 13:0017544
It's clear and obvious what Ramadan is guilty of [48 words]Roosevelt's DiscipleJun 23, 2007 03:3317544
AP Wrote Biased Article... [55 words]A.Oct 1, 2004 17:4717492
Response from Ramadan himself [50 words]ThermanSep 24, 2004 14:0717192
Good for America [39 words]K SalehSep 17, 2004 13:2317019
Any free thinkers in da house? [201 words]Mohammad SyedSep 17, 2004 12:4617017
Is this evidence? /DHS has bad strategy if in good faith [151 words]Special gSep 13, 2004 11:5816925
Thank you! [70 words]Katheryn ScottSep 9, 2004 12:4516867
1McCarthyism Lives [51 words]Brian McBrideSep 8, 2004 18:3916842
Every person is judged and two persons never got the same chance [70 words]Magnus AnderssonNov 6, 2007 21:3216842
Too quick to judge, too scared to be objective? [173 words]WarrenSep 8, 2004 10:5416806
Hasn't Colin Powell Had Sufficient Time? [30 words]John RiemanSep 2, 2004 21:1616665
Now he's back [60 words]Brian MelkunAug 31, 2004 19:2216635
Rogue State Department? [40 words]Freeper7Aug 31, 2004 18:3316632
Keep on identifying the enemies within our midst [43 words]James Hellwig, US Dept Commerce (Retired)Aug 30, 2004 14:4616596
Highly Informative [87 words]AvrahamAug 29, 2004 23:1516577
What's goin' on at the State Dep't? [189 words]John W McGinleyAug 29, 2004 22:0816576
Ramadan critique [59 words]T. A. Green (Ted)Aug 29, 2004 17:0916573
State Dep't vs DHS [51 words]Marjorie LindeeAug 29, 2004 03:2016570
Ban Ramadan but allow the Saudis free reign? [183 words]Nelson HortonAug 29, 2004 01:1616569
Cogent [35 words]Howard R. WolfAug 28, 2004 14:4016568
Good Job! [84 words]Maureen CoteAug 28, 2004 11:1516566
Repulsive [274 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Richard SilversteinAug 28, 2004 01:2516561
2Trust no Muslim Brotherhood [522 words]Nonie DarwishAug 28, 2004 00:3916559
What can I do? [87 words]Laurie KursAug 27, 2004 21:0016556
Superb work [7 words]Alon ReiningerAug 27, 2004 19:2916555
I agree [12 words]George HAug 27, 2004 15:4816551
A fine line... [53 words]Lloyd Lionel KleinAug 27, 2004 14:0616548
What's wrong with the State Dep't? [112 words]Muriel EfronAug 27, 2004 13:3816546
Islamist Deception [61 words]A readerAug 27, 2004 13:2916545
ISLAMISM, Mohammad, Quran, Muslims, Dhimmitude, Wahhabism, Jihad [3 words]Chard JeromeAug 27, 2004 11:2316543
State Dep't must change its ways [199 words]Bernadette KimAug 27, 2004 11:1416542
2Where's the beef? [186 words]Egypt SteveAug 27, 2004 10:5516541
Other possibilities [36 words]David RomeroAug 27, 2004 10:3016540
Thanks! [13 words]William KinneyAug 27, 2004 10:2416538
Enlightening [84 words]LowellAug 27, 2004 09:2216536
Please continue your efforts [53 words]Martha McGillAug 27, 2004 09:0416535
Not So Fast ... Tariq [204 words]Arlinda DeAngelisAug 27, 2004 08:4116534
Wonderful News [27 words]R. Gene PayneAug 27, 2004 08:3016533
Let's stop shooting ourselves in the foot [180 words]S.F.Gohara, M.D.Aug 27, 2004 08:0916532
Why not exclude all Germans [70 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
D HenstridgeAug 11, 2006 18:5616532
Why did the State Dep't encourage Ramadan to reapply? [19 words]Z TelpnerAug 27, 2004 07:2216531
There is some justice! [55 words]Harace (Rosinbaum) HammondAug 27, 2004 06:4016530
Thank you again. Keep 'em coming! [139 words]Menahem DunskyAug 27, 2004 05:4716529
Who's in charge at State? [73 words]Martin EkremAug 27, 2004 05:0216528
The works of Tariq Ramadan [129 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Shammai FishmanAug 27, 2004 04:0816527
Thanks [71 words]Tarek AbdelhamidAug 27, 2004 03:2216526
A good decision but... [119 words]Rachelle AssoulineAug 27, 2004 02:4916523

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