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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Quoted on the BBC

Mustapha's No to Terrorism banner and my post, Your Silence is Killing Me, made it to the BBC Website.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool!

thinker

July 19, 2005 2:44 pm  
Blogger Osama - Iraqi said...

Someone is listening...

Cool.

July 19, 2005 3:00 pm  
Blogger Osama - Iraqi said...

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July 19, 2005 3:00 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Ahmed,

I'm so proud of you. Keep up the great blogging. I really enjoy it.

July 19, 2005 5:40 pm  
Anonymous Karim Elsahy said...

Bravo habibi bravo

July 19, 2005 7:29 pm  
Blogger Louise said...

Ahmad, the phrase "Your silence is killing me" is perfect for a campaign aimed at Muslims by Muslims. A campaign to rouse the silent majority into action is needed, just as much if not more, than a campaign to end terrorism, in my opinion. "Your Silence is Killing Me" would be a very good message to aim exclusively at that particular target - Muslim to Muslim.

Maybe our talented young Lebanoner, Mustapha, can come up with a poster/banner for just that purpose, using the same look (brown and yellow, Arabic and English, with what looks, to me anyway, like something exploding).

The "No to Terrorism" slogan (that seems too frivolous a word, but I don't know what else to call it), can be used by Muslims to spread the message to a larger audience, but you need to put some of your energy and resources into recruiting the foot soldiers, too.

What do you think?

July 19, 2005 10:11 pm  
Blogger KNL said...

Good job Ahmed!

July 20, 2005 12:23 am  
Blogger dcat said...

test...

Having some truble posting at another site! Wonder if I will here too?

July 20, 2005 3:06 am  
Blogger dcat said...

Ok just haloscan acting up again!

Thank you Ahmad!

July 20, 2005 3:07 am  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Louise,

I think it's a great idea. Yes, I can see that "You Silence is Killing Me" is a good phrase to attract attention.

I am in touch with Mustapha and trying to figure out an approach to this campaign.

No problem DCat.

July 20, 2005 10:18 am  
Blogger Goesh said...

Congrats! Now tell us, how many fatwas have been issued against you?

July 20, 2005 1:01 pm  
Blogger Alex Nunez said...

Fantastic, Ahmad. Congratulations!

July 20, 2005 1:49 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Goesh,
LOL. Probably many :)

July 20, 2005 2:24 pm  
Blogger Moron99 said...

There is a thing called "us and them". It is a mentality that builds barriers between people. It is a thing that bankrupts western business when managers become "us" and workers become "them". It is a thing that drives nations to genocide when Germany becomes "us" and Jews become "them". It is a thing that denies justice when the Israelis become "us" and the palestinians become "them". It is a thing that tore apart Vietnam when democracy became "us" and communism was "them". It is a sickness that eats at Iraq when the terrorists become "us" and the shia are "them".

Islam expanded the "us" from a tribe to a nation to a global presence. But now it struggles with the inherent limits of the "us" it has defined. The Northern hemisphere and parts of the southern have redefined their "us" to be any hairless ape that walks on two legs, uses tools, and speaks a language. Now they engage in robust trade and mutual tolerance. The wahabi and some others say that the rest of the world discriminates against muslims. In reality, it is the wahabi who will not expand their definition of "us" and forces others to become "them".

The solution is to acknowledge the imam as a man. Just a man. An ordinary man who does his best but makes mistakes like any human. It is he who has the power to redefine the meaning of "us". And question his wisdom of "us" so that all may gather together and discuss openly what they believe is the truth. On that day the Imam will lose his divine right to control other men and the meaning of "us" will become much larger.

So that's my little philosophical meandering for the day. Wuppidy-frickin-doo.

July 21, 2005 1:01 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Moron99,

Very nice. You should have a blog and write; you have a talent my friend.

July 21, 2005 4:07 pm  
Blogger Mister Ghost said...

Well Ahmad, there were nore attacks in London today, so I'm not sure what good any of this does really. A Better Banner would be: "Detain and Deport Islamic Radicals!"

I would hope the British authorities start doing this, or you'll see more bombings. They also need to ban any Radical Imams
from entering the country as the U.S. does. And the next step is to close down Jihadist and Radical Mosques. Shut them down completely.

And Yes, of course, the usually silent Moslem Moderates have to speak up, as they rarely do, but first, the British Government needs to remove the
troublemakers right now. That's the Number One Priority.

July 21, 2005 9:40 pm  
Blogger Moron99 said...

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July 22, 2005 12:39 am  
Blogger Pebble said...

And it was a GREAT post... I linked to it! I have the petition up on my site too.
I just love your blog!

Pebble

July 22, 2005 9:41 am  
Blogger Leap Frog said...

Ahmad, As Louise stated your slogan "your silence is killing me" IS very powerful.

The "No to Terrorism" banner is great! Hope to see it on a lot more blogs.

July 23, 2005 2:14 am  
Blogger dcat said...

Ahmad,

Ok so now that you are famous you won't post again!? It is only the media ;)

July 24, 2005 8:11 am  
Blogger Brian H said...

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July 25, 2005 1:34 am  
Blogger Brian H said...

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July 25, 2005 1:36 am  
Blogger Brian H said...

Great post. It's very hard for us non-Muslims not to conclude from the silence and double-talk that the bulk of that population covertly approves of much of what the terrorists do and say. You have a tough job ahead of you to dispel that impression. Better get to it. I.e., put up or shut up and suffer the consequences. Is that plain enough?

July 25, 2005 1:38 am  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

dcat,

exactly my thought. I keep checking this blog for updates.

I hope you're OK Ahmed.

July 25, 2005 9:15 am  
Blogger Ahmad said...

MG,

I would definitely support a banner that says "Detain and Deport Islamic Radicals", and I think the government soon will be doing this; otherwise, the consequences will be grave!

Dcat, Fay,
Absolutely not. :) I was busy with work last week and had one of those busy weekend.

July 25, 2005 10:21 am  

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