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Monday, July 11, 2005

Muslims Against Terrorism

In the wake of the barbaric attacks on London, a couple of interesting ideas have been presented by fellow bloggers and commenters, and I see no reason why these ideas do not become one combined project.

Mustapha has designed the "No To Terrorism" side-bar banner that I placed under my profile. Some commenters, including myself, prefer to see no reference to Arabs on this banner; i.e. it should read "Moslems Against Terrorism".

Karim Elsahy has an interesting idea that would require some hard work and sponsorship to materialize:
Well here is an idea. It is actually something I've been working on for a while. It's called Pray 4 Peace (www.pray4peace.org, still under construction)

I want to specify a date and time (probably two years in the future) were everyone in the world would pray together (gama3ah) via real time video feeds. It would be a Muslim thing but anyone would be welcome and encouraged to join in. It would be held in front of every countries most recognizable monument.

Imagine millions, if not billions, of people praying in unity in front of the Eiffel Tower, The Mall, The Pyramids, the Great Wall, Pisa, and the Petronas Towers.

All from one voice in Mecca, all in harmony despite time zones, war zones or any other type of barrier. Carried out on every major network, joining billions.

World Solidarity as we pray for peace.
I would like to see both Mustapha and Karim working together, and working with the Free Muslims Coalition.

My idea is that while working towards Karim's goal, Mustapha's design can be used to produce pins, buttons, medals, posters, key holders, etc. to promote the project, show solidarity, raise public awareness and raise money to fund the project. I would also suggest wristbands, probably green, which are becoming quite popular.

The Free Muslims Coalition can become the main sponsor, organizer and promoter of the project working with Mustapha and Karim. The FMC can also attract sponsors for the project; but it has to extend its international activities to reach more Muslims around the world.

Any success in a project like that would be remarkable, even if it was only to show solidarity through pins, buttons and wristbands. What do you think?

Update:
Mustapha has created more banners, and these new banners don't say "Arabs and Moslems Against ..." but "Moslems Against...". He is also in process of producing PDFs for posters, but he needs help with hosting the PDFs.

19 Comments:

Blogger dcat said...

Thank you Ahmad!

July 11, 2005 2:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job!

I do worry about the term 'pray for peace'....it sounds to me like...'I'll pray that you convert to Islam so there will be peace.' That one I'd avoid.

I'm glad you found the progressive Muslim group in the US. They are good I think.

thinker

July 11, 2005 3:04 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Thinker,
If it is (or if it becomes) something like "I'll pray that you convert to Islam so there will be peace", I wouldn't endorse it nor be associated it.

Such a prayer creates more problems in the world and solves nothing. In fact it would give ammunition to terrorists!

July 11, 2005 3:19 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Well, Ahmad, I guess you know that I think this is a great idea. The organizations you mention probably have a network and infrastructure that can get this going. I long for the day when I can see a Muslim walking down the street, going about his or her business as usual, but with one of these buttons on his lapel. Wouldn't it be good to see a giant banner hoisted outside of every Muslim community centre, or have posters on the walls. Wouldn't it be great if every interfaith dialog organization that has a website could put the banner on the side right up at the top. Wouldn't it be great if every Muslim could email a copy of it to every other Muslim friend and neighbour that they feel would join the cause. It's doable. All it takes is simple small actions by interested Muslims, multiplied over and over and over.

July 11, 2005 3:21 pm  
Blogger Moron99 said...

It might be too little, too late. Someone needs to tack a thesis on the door of a mosque and directly challenge the radical interpretation of the Quran. Someone needs to organize citzen groups that confront and expel radical Imams and followers from their communities. They need to be actively and aggressively denied sanctuary within your society. Anything less than that places your society at risk. If you wish to start a campaign of slogans, then "report a radical" would be a much better start.

July 11, 2005 3:23 pm  
Blogger Mustapha said...

I have designed More banners and buttons that you can find Here

July 11, 2005 3:30 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Louise,
It's certainly doable, and it would be great.

Moron99,
People and governments know the radicals, e.g. in the UK most of the radicals are known and monitored by the government; so there is little point in reporting them.

It is also easier, IMO, to get Muslims on board on the basis of terrorism than on the basis of radicalism. Muslims would find it easier to join an anti-terrorism pro-peace movement, than to join a movement to report and expel Imams.

Therefore, at this stage the objective would be to get ordinary Muslims to accept and adopt the "No To Terrorism" stance; and by doing so the radicals will be alienate.

Once you have a momentum and people on board, you can do what you like; organize demonstrations, expel radical Imams, etc.

July 11, 2005 3:55 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Thank you Mustapha.

July 11, 2005 3:57 pm  
Blogger Mister Ghost said...

It's good to see that the Moderate Muslims in England are organizing massive demonstrations against terrorism. What's that I hear? Crickets chirping!

It's nice what you're doing Ahmad, but you seem to be the
minorly exception rather than the rule - I'm afraid most Moderate
Muslims in England are like most Moderate Muslims in the U.S - witness that big 50 person turnout for the Protest March -
they either don't care, are too scared to speak out, or secretly root for the West's destruction -
We're certainly seeing a lot of articles concerning the latter from British Newspapers these days.

~ The in T View: Live From Mosul, It's Free Writer

July 11, 2005 5:11 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Ahmed,

Both are great ideas. Mustapha's idea is more urgent. you and/or Mustapha can do open an account with

http://www.cafepress.com

where people can buy the anti-terror pins, mugs and other stuff.

The proceeds from the sales could go to produce other gear for the movement.

----

Mister Ghost,

Every great movement starts with a small group of people who believe in the idea. Martin Luther King Jr. is the best example in the recent American history.

July 11, 2005 8:57 pm  
Blogger Mister Ghost said...

Fay,
You might even cite Christianity
as an example of what you mean,
but we'll see with the moderates of Islam. So, far the response has been very minimal, and the Jarrars of the world seem to represent Muslim "Moderation"
rather than Ahmad's views.

Hey, they found a connection between the explosives used in the bombings in London and the attack on Mike's Place in Tel Aviv.

July 11, 2005 9:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love to see all this people power in action!

July 11, 2005 9:30 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Mister Ghost,

Yep, our Christian history speaks volumes.

After I read "Jihad In Brooklyn", I learned how easy it is for terrorists to make these explosives. So, I'm not surprised by LGF report. Those guys are well connected and the internet has made it easier for them to plan such attacks.

Here's a good analysis of terrorist groups in Europe by a German newspaper:

How Widespread is Terrorism in Europe?

July 11, 2005 10:22 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Ahmed,

Here's some good news from Chan'ad Bahraini:

Not in my name

July 11, 2005 10:27 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Fayrouz,

Great idea about CafePress. And thank you for the link to Chan'ad's entry. GREAT STUFF.

July 11, 2005 10:38 pm  
Blogger Catez said...

As you don't have trackback I hope it is alright to put it here:
Trackback from Allthings2all
London: Looking for a Muslim Response

"One of the most interesting responses to the terrorist attacks in London that I've come across in the last few days has been at Iraqi Expat..."

July 12, 2005 3:40 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Catez,
Of course it's alright. Thanks for the link.

July 12, 2005 5:46 pm  
Anonymous Karim Elsahy said...

Ahmed,

So sorry it took me so long to respond. First of all thanks a lot for the repost; traffic coming from you has been substantial. There is a bit more info now on ways people can help in another comment I made. The site should be up in a couple of weeks. Hope to see you back soon.

Karim Elsahy

July 13, 2005 3:09 pm  
Blogger Pebble said...

http://www.shepardusgov.com/novine/fatwa.html

July 14, 2005 5:16 am  

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