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Timimi deserves it

Reader comment on item: Convicting [Ali al-Timimi,] the "Paintball Sheikh"

Submitted by A. Ahmed (Canada), May 2, 2005 at 14:03

As a North American Muslim, I am shocked by Ali Timimi's case.

His blatant hate rhetoric against his own adopted country (i.e. USA) is disturbing.

If he didn't like America, he should have renounced his American citizenship and left to join his backward Taliban minions. His punishment is fully deserved (just like Jonathan Pollard).

I am not a fan of Dr. Daniel Pipes nor of his ... writings, but I can say this - if you don't like the country you live in, leave it and move away. It is absolutely un-Islamic to become disloyal and treacherous, even with words.

I am sick of hearing of these "Muslims" who, because of their radical ideology, become engrossed with hate for their adopted country (for God sake's, Tamimi was born here). Yet, they stay here to earn American dollars and abuse the system. How disgusting!

This is a very small minority of Muslim people, probably 1% of the Muslim population living in the West. Groups like Hizbut-Tahrir in Britain is a prime example of this. Such groups should be shut down and dismantled.

Maybe you don't see it, but inside, I can honestly attest as a North American Muslim, that the vast majority and mainstream Muslim community is battling internally with this 1% of fanatics - on issues like this, and ranging all the way to Muslim women's rights in mosques to becoming active in politics.

And the vast majority of Mosques, are actually under the control of the mainstream Muslim community that practices the true moderate faith of Islam.

As the Muslim community curbs the influence of Imam's and scholars coming in from the Muslim world (like Saudi & Pakistan), and trains homegrown Imam's and scholars here, we will win this ideological battle with this 1% of fanatics, insha'Allah (with God's will and help).

Let it be known, for every Ali Tamimi, there are 10 other Imams/scholars who are preaching compassion, peace, moderation and more than tolerance in North American mosques.
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