In the aftermath of the Terrorist attacks in London, there were mixed reactions in the Arab/Muslim blogosphere. Some were condemning and apologising, others were explaining how these terrorists are not Muslims, and their actions are un-Islamic; hence, there is no need to condemn and or apologise.
While I do believe that these terrorists are only Muslims by name and that their conduct is un-Islamic, there is a considerable number of Muslims who sympathise with these terrorists, are happy to see western countries suffer, and try to explain why these terrorists commit such crimes, in other words, try to justify terrorism.
We can not deny the fact that when the twin towers were hit, many Muslims celebrated in the streets. We can no deny that fact that many Muslims to this day consider suicide bombers in Israel and Iraq “freedom fighters”, even after all their barbaric and inhuman killings of innocent civilians and kidnappings. They killed and maimed children
, for God’s sake; which is appalling and outrageous, and I offer my most sincere condolences to their families.
Many Muslims to this day believe that the elected Iraqi government – which is probably the most legitimate and democratic government in the region - is illegitimate, and instead consider the “resistance”, legitimate and noble. We can not deny that there are such Muslims and Imams
who support these views, and even worse; but I don’t want to go there.
Disagreeing with these people and or explaining how they do not represent us is not going to change the fact that they do exist, and that their views and existence allowing the terrorists, who hijacked our religion, to spread their poison.
One of the things that you would notice once you walk the streets of London is that if you accidentally hit someone with your shoulder that person will instantly apologizes to you, even though it could’ve been your fault, and you will learn to do it too; whereas if the same happens in any Arab country you would end up in a fight, because neither will apologize. Do you think those Westerns don’t have pride and we do? No, it is our fake-pride
, our unwillingness to apologize or admit mistakes and our unwillingness to accept responsibility. And when we make mistake, instead of apologizing, we try to explain why it happened; which makes matters worse.
Some long time ago I watched a program about entrepreneurs, who became millionaires, then lost almost everything, and then bounced back and became multimillionaires. It was very interesting to watch, and there were a team of experts analysing the entrepreneurs’ personality and skills. The last part of the program was the most interesting. Richard Block and David Quayle are the founders of the DIY retail chain B&Q
. After leaving the business and collected a considerable amount of money, each of them started a new business. Both failed and lost, but one of them bounced back and became millionaire again; and the experts were asked to identify which one bounced back. After a serious of psychological and physical tests, they answered correctly. Quayle bounced back, but not Block who ended up working in a super market. They both started up different businesses and failed more than once; but the difference is that Quayle always knows when to leave the failing business and learn from his mistakes, while Block waits for the failing business to die and blames the economy, or the government, or the market.
Does this ring a bell? I say it is very much like the Arab Parallel Universe
. Blaming others will not solve the problem, but instead it will make the problem worse. Arabs always have someone to blame, but never try to learn from the mistakes nor try to solve the problem.
Acknowledging one’s mistake or problem is half the solution. I have said
before, like others
, that Terrorism is our problem and we have to solve it. We have to fix it. We have to stand up to those who hijacked our religion. Why are we unwilling to acknowledge that it is our problem? Why some think that we don’t have to show our opposition to the terrorists? Is it the fake-pride? What is it, because I don’t understand?
We don’t have to do it for the West, but for ourselves. We don’t have to do it to show Westerners that we are against terrorists, but to show the terrorists and their supporters that we are against them. We don’t have to do it to save the world, but to save ourselves.
today the "moderate and true voice of Islam" had to be mobilised. He told Muslim MPs "In the end, this can only be taken on and defeated by the community itself," while discussing how to tackle "this evil within the Muslim community".
Shahid Malik, Labour MP for Dewsbury, told the House of Commons the events represented "the most profound challenge yet faced by the British Muslim community". He said "condemnation is not enough and British Muslims must, and I believe are prepared to, confront the voices of evil head on".
This does not only concern Muslims in Britain; but everywhere in the world. This is the war of the 21st century and we have to fight it, we have to get our religion and identity back, we have to stand up to the terrorists and show them that we are against them. Iraqis are fighting these terrorists everyday, at least do it for the Iraqis and for Iraq, and show the terrorists that you are against them. Don’t pretend that it is not your problem, because if you do and the terrorists knock on your door, and they have done before, we will tell you it’s not our problem.Show
the terrorists and their supporters, that Muslims are against terrorism. Do you say that the majority of Muslims are against terrorism, against Bin Laden, against al-Qaeda, against Zarqawi, against killing innocents, against violence? Prove it. Prove it to the terrorists, show them that you are against them and against what they do.Update:
Alykhan Velshi, a Muslim, said
in an article in the National Review, "Choosing sides - the challenge for Muslims": [Hat Tip: Mark
Sadly — dangerously — it is not uncommon for U.S. and British Muslim groups to be evasive when discussing the war on terror. Of course they’ll condemn individual terrorist attacks, though more out of sympathy for the victims and their families than out of a sense of solidarity with the West.
Sad and dangerous, indeed.