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The passionate and emotional Swahili Dinaz

Reader comment on item: Bush Declares War on Radical Islam
in response to reader comment: Will the Moderate Muslims Please Stand Up And Show the Way?

Submitted by Mohammed Saleem Akhtar (United States), Oct 16, 2005 at 19:29

Lion is really a big scary-looking animal.. I am not really fond of it too much ;). I would rather be called a dove than a Lion.

Anyway getting back to your emotionally charged post.. Wow, you are indeed such a passionate and energetic man. But again you are making a very basic mistake. You are using the phenomenon of 'splitting', i.e. eg if the government of Iran is anti-american so 100% of Iranis shout 'death to america'. No, S. Dinaz. Thats not the case. May be there are 30% good ones the reformed ones that need encouragement to come out in the open.

And Iran is the worst and most brutal regime on the world. Why do you specifically quote Iran in your posts? Look at the 99% of other muslim countries or ordirnary muslims. Eg muslims living in India or Pakistan dont hate the US. Or I bet they hate the US much less than the white europeans hate the US. Isnt it correct that most white europeans hate the policies of US as well?

As I have said in my earlier posts, it is of no use to spread hatred against an entire group of people. That will be a wrong strategy as you will only be offending a group of people. One can approach the problem of extremism in Islam by another technique.

That is

1. to persuade the wahabists in Saudi Arab to change.
2. to pesuade the hard-core shia clerics in Iran to change.

In my humble opinion, wahabists and Iran Shias hold the key to that central authority problem in Islam and the lack of Reformed Islam. Again I am saying 'religion' and not faith. There is no fault with Islamic faith.

I hope you try to look at things in a more positive mould. You are indian, dont you know Muslims in India call her their motherland? I was born in an indian muslim family and how much my family loved MK Gandhi. There are still pictures of Gandhi in our house in India. We respect Hinduism a lot because of all the good and peacefulness virtues of hinduism that were brought into light by the Mahatama. But lets not forget that even a great religion like Hinduism has its faults (ie the caste-system). The faults will be there but the goodness will still remain. So please look at the glass half full and you will feel better. if a Shah Rukh can pray beside both Allah and Ganpati, cant you appreaciate that one bit? After all he was born a Muslim.

In the west I see many muslims have married into Jews and Christians.. why? Because they all believe in the same G-d of Abraham. The religions have changed, but 'faith' is very similar.

Islam has its faults as well that have been incorporated into it by the bigotry of illetrate Mullahs and ignorant and arrogant Shiekhs. Its the faullt of these ignorant/arrogant shiekhs that Israel is suffering today because these arabs are trying to use 'Islam' as their weapon against Israel. The palestinians have no right at all to use Islam for their 'cause' (ie if there is any). They can live in one land of Israel (both Gaza plus west bank) under Jewish rule or simply migrate to an Arab country. But their arrogant and ignorant arab leaders are not telling the masses the history of the region. Hence non-arab muslims look at this whole issue as a political issue and not a religious one.


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