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Iraqi Expat

Thursday, July 07, 2005

State of Rage

First of all, I have to offer my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of today's coward and wicked attacks in London.

Today's attacks must - and they will - strengthen our commitment to defeat this barbaric hateful terrorism. We will not bow - I will never bow - to these despicable terrorists, even if my life depends on it. What happened to London today was an outrageous evil act by shameless criminals who, sadly, call themselves Muslims. Today, my family and I are ashamed of being Muslims.

I had, and still have, so many mixed feeling, but the most dominant feeling of all is rage. And to tell you the truth, I reached a point today when I hated Islam and all Muslims; I know this is irrational, but you get to a point that because of anger, all logic disappears. My father actually, in his irrational moment, said that the UK government must send every Muslim with a beard and every Imam living in the UK to Gitmo; I couldn't agree more with him in my irrational thoughts.

Fortunately I am fine, and so is my family and most of the people I know in London who I was able to reach either by SMS or phone. My uncle, who is a doctor, escaped one of the attacks by luck while on his way to the hospital; he called us and told us that he's fine and busy with casualties.

Thanks to all of you for your kind messages, I am overwhelmed by your kind support.

As for George Galloway and his scornful remarks today, I can not say more than what I have said before; you are despicable, you are no better than the animals who perpetrated these attacks and killed and harmed innocents indiscriminately.

God bless the brave people of London who helped so efficiently, professionally and courageously the victims and those involved in these barbaric attacks, my heart goes out to all of you and to all those involved.

Update:
I am still in shock. Seriously, I do not understand how people of any faith can attack those who provided them, and 100s of thousands if not millions others, with a safe haven? It is disgusting.

A very good friend of mine was lucky to escape the Kings Cross train bomb. He got off the train by mistake and decided to go for a fag. He then got into the train that didn't blow and missed the tragic train by 2 minutes. Others weren't so lucky.

Another good friend, who is a doctor, got back home from the hospital around 10:00 PM. The hospital was on red alert and the staff were not sure if the next shift will make it to the hospital or not, considering the state of public transport. Therefore, everyone in the hospital waited for a replacement to arrive before they left, and their replacements did arrive; don't ask me how. Those who are on-call made it to the hospital to let those who worked so hard today to go home and relax. That shows courage, professionalism and commitment.

48 Comments:

Blogger Dilnareen said...

My father actually, in his irrational moment, said that the UK government must send every Muslim with a beard and every Imam living in the UK to Gitmo; I couldn't agree more with him in my irrational thoughts.

haha u know how often i hear that from my family... i have a relative who has been saying this day will come ever since the beards and burqas came to europe in the mid 90s. The amount of hate these ppl preach in europe is unbearable.

But at the same time it was really nice to see in the news how the British public and authorities emphasize that this doesn't represent all muslims...
im still waiting for widespread condemnation from the masses but i doubt that will happen

July 07, 2005 8:02 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Ahmed,

I'm glad you and your family are safe.

What can I say about those bastards. You said it better than me.

Stay safe.

July 07, 2005 8:19 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Dil, Ahmed,

Read this article and scroll down to the comments section. Prepare to be outraged by most of the comments:

http://www.alarabiya.net/Article.aspx?v=14709

July 07, 2005 8:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

May you always stay safe. I pray that anger never turns into animosity towards Muslims in London. Stay safe, peace on earth shall prevail one day. Today is a small hiccup in the historical progress towards peace, we must keep that in mind.

July 07, 2005 8:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In times like these I listen to John Lennon. Imagine...........

July 07, 2005 8:36 pm  
Blogger Dilnareen said...

one hell of a site fay. the joy of some of these ppl is unbelievable i like the replies to them though.. surprise its the iraqis trying to calm them down while non-iraqis are saying londoners deserve it cos theyve killed iraqis

July 07, 2005 8:53 pm  
Blogger strykeraunt said...

Ahmed, I am so glad that you and your family are okay. While I can understand your thoughts of rage today, this is not about Muslim vs. non Muslim but about radicalism and evil.

I am truly saddened by this tragesty. All of London is in my hearts and prayers.

July 07, 2005 9:00 pm  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

Ahmad,

I have been really impressed with how stoic Londoners have been today. This is a people, of course, whom the Nazis tried to terrorize into capitulation. The Nazis used conventional bombing runs and V-series rockets shot from France. The British survived and turned back the Nazis in the Battle of Britain. The Nazis lost and so will the Jihadist terrorists.

I was also glad to hear that your family is okay and that your uncle was hard at work helping the victims of this terrorist attack.

Stay strong, Ahmad!

*

July 07, 2005 9:12 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Dil,

I noticed that too. Some of the negative comments made me really sick.

July 07, 2005 9:13 pm  
Blogger Osama - Iraqi said...

Give it few days and we will hear this in the Arabic press:

(did you know that no Jews went to work in London on the day of bombing?)

Sadly, they will believe it.

July 07, 2005 9:25 pm  
Blogger Dilnareen said...

Osama... i said the same thing but then suddenly in the news a short while back there was a rumor that the israeli embassy apparently got a call about the atack while the none of the british services did... of course ended up to be a lie but watch how that story spins

July 07, 2005 9:46 pm  
Blogger DaKruser said...

Thank all that is good that you and your's were unharmed. I say that not directly to you, but to all who escaped unscathed. May God cradle those not so fortunate in his love and mercy.
We must always remember that those who did/do things like this are Murderers. There is no other description. They are in no way soldiers. They are in no way pious. They are terrorists. Nothing more, nothing less.
I am glad you, and your family are well Ahmad.

July 07, 2005 9:49 pm  
Blogger Osama - Iraqi said...

Dilnareen,

I guess I was a bit too optimistic when I said (few days), silly me.

July 07, 2005 9:56 pm  
Blogger Kai Wren said...

Whatever else you may say or do, never be ashamed of your heritage as a Muslim. Never. It may be in the interests of others to manipulate religion for their own purposes - political, fanatical, economic, whatever - but you must never let this keep you from holding your head high.

July 07, 2005 10:03 pm  
Blogger Doubting Thomas said...

so, what are the comments at that arabiya site?

July 07, 2005 10:15 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Osama,

LOL. You must read the comment about the Jews being told not to go to work in NY on 9/11 and again today in London.

Did you see the comment from the Basrawi:

"The Iraqi Lion |07/07/2005 م، 17:3 (السعودية)، 14:3 (جرينيتش)

Dear All .. I am Iraqi man from Basra .. and I think that what happened this morning in London is a totally wrong thing. It is not the solution .. I am just asking those people who have decided to work on behalf of Muslims in Europe, and used that Islamic name .. who gave you this authority to take this name .. what are your bloody ideas .. what are your goals??? Do you think you are building any consideration for Muslims around the world .. Last word I want to say .. I am Iraqi .. from Basra … and I see that the British Army are here to Help us in Iraq .. and you .. the sleeping Arab … you are NOT ALLOWED to talk on our behalf to the world that British are bad people and they are killing Iraqis .. If you are honest, ask your bloody governments of a piece of FREEDOM … Thanks
"

I'm so proud of him.

July 07, 2005 10:19 pm  
Anonymous MonicaInAustin said...

Ahmed -

I'm glad to hear you and your family are doing okay. You've experienced a serious trauma and intense reactions are to be expected. Don't hate being a muslim, hate those who have distorted the muslim religion and used it to attack innocent civilians.

My heart and thoughts are with British people. Stay strong.

Monica

July 07, 2005 10:21 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR KIND WORDS.

Fay,
I couldn't read the comments on al Arabia site, I read few but it's too nauseating at the moment. The Basrwai comments are great, though.

Osama, Dil,
The Zionist conspiracy crap is a joke. Their ignorance is why they are so miserable. They don't even have the intelligence to help themselves. Pathetic!

July 08, 2005 12:20 am  
Anonymous Muhannad said...

It may not be a bad idea to lock up or deport the Muslims who have proven to be enemies of freedom and democracy. If they preach hatred, let them preach it in their home countries or in jail. The UK has been very kind and generous to Muslims from all over the world, and I am also enraged by these attacks. Just like on 9/11, I am embarrassed to call myself a Muslim today.

July 08, 2005 12:27 am  
Blogger Brian H said...

Muhannad;
Do "kind and generous" = "supine and gutless"? The protection the hatemongers get there and all over Europe is purely pathetic, IMO.

July 08, 2005 12:56 am  
Blogger dcat said...

I don’t think it is irrational at all Ahmad! I feel the same way about the Catholics and I was baptized one! I call myself WICCAN to piss off the other bible thumpers because I have been “almost” wronged by them as well!

I don’t need anyone but the almighty and I know what we will be (only the good people) because he called me home briefly and sent me back here. I have been fine ever since with my feelings! The almighty knows me well and knows where my heart is. That is all I need! I don’t need a label any longer. Only man and the devil, persecutes. The almighty doesn’t!

To bad there are so many people out there that are so fucked up and still searching!

It isn’t coincidence that your friend got off the train on his own. His feelings kicked in he listened. Just guess who gave him that feeling.

July 08, 2005 1:51 am  
Blogger Ryan_Liam said...

I don't even see how the attacks can be defensible, it was obviously caused to promote Fitna, and the division amongst the Muslim community, in order to get it radicalised enough to launch even more attacks.

July 08, 2005 3:13 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

((((((all our friends)))))))))

July 08, 2005 5:01 am  
Anonymous Annie said...

I live in a state that has a large Muslim population and I see no reason for them to be ashamed, so I see no reason you should be either, Ahmad. We've talked about these people and their power grabbing and wanting control over other people's lives when they know they could not achieve their objective through democratic means, they stoop to this. Power hungry people who use a religion happen to be more passionate, more determined to harm others, whatever religion they use. I am not ashamed of being Christian because of what some others have used that title to do. You and your commentors here are the true Islam, if it be that we all worship the same living God. These others have highjacked Islam for their own greed of power, to feed their own ego's and because their idea of utopia is shoving their beliefs down everyone elses throats. Islam needs all of you to continue to speak out...but with no shame whatsoever.

I am so terribly sorry for what has happened and I will continue to pray for the people of London. I will also continue to pray that the moderate Muslims win out over these radical "bastards" that make things harder for you and the Iraqi people and all other Muslims, especially those hoping for freedom from tyranny.

July 08, 2005 6:23 am  
Blogger dcat said...

I am not ashamed of whom I am and I hope people can see through the bull shit before them!

I am not proud of humanity at this moment! I feel for the people that were attacked today!

July 08, 2005 6:47 am  
Anonymous pieman said...

Thanks for giving your viewpoint on yesterday's awful events. I think your friend might be the first and only person in the world who could say "Cigarettes save lives" and really mean it.

July 08, 2005 9:37 am  
Anonymous Free-ky said...

Thank you for your words!

I have great hope of the good people, the true people, the mercy people that Islam have.

The first word against these madnesses, not true muslims, is in your tongue. I have read it here, in your blog.

Salaam

A christian

July 08, 2005 10:13 am  
Blogger Myron & Sally Holter said...

I'm glad you're OK my friend

Myron Holter
Topeka KS USA

July 08, 2005 1:24 pm  
Blogger Danny said...

Don't be ashamed. There are extremists in all religions, nationalities or whatever. No one is responsible for those people who take such actions.

July 08, 2005 1:41 pm  
Blogger dcat said...

Extremists are dangerous people!

They are far from normal!

July 08, 2005 3:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On 9-11...my next door neighbor's aunt was on break smoking outside the twin towers when the plane hit the first tower. Where it hit, she would have died if she didn't smoke.

I am so glad everyone you know is safe.

I actually am heartened by all the bloggers feeling shame. I don't think YOU have anything to be ashamed of but only Muslims can really fix this. There are many things theologically that might help.

I am not a religious scholar but I wonder if it wouldn't help Muslims to give more weight to Jesus theologically. His messages of love and non-violence might add weight to Mohammed's messages of love and peace.

I think moderate Muslims should get a new sect name...so they can say they are 'whatever' sect of Islam. Eventually, then people can distinguish better the nuts and the normal people.

All in all though..don't feel collective responsibility for violence when you have a blog and are speaking out because you are already doing the right thing. You should be proud of that.

July 08, 2005 3:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last comment was from me...thinker

July 08, 2005 3:36 pm  
Blogger Fayrouz said...

Ahmed,

First, don't be ashamed of being a Muslim. Period. I was reading an article the other day about religion. The writer said, "not being happy with your religion doesn't mean you should have no religion. It means you need to work on making your religion a better one."

You're doing that in your blog everyday.

One thing I noticed since yesterday on TV is the calmness and professionalism of the British people whether they were the ordinary people interviewed on the street or the government officials.

The chief of London police said something very true. He said no country's intelligence can stop every attack no matter how smart their intelligent is.

July 08, 2005 4:09 pm  
Blogger Ahmad said...

Fayrouz,
Exactly. WE the Muslims MUST work on making our religion a better one; and if we don't feel shame when terrorism acts in the name of our religion take place, then how are suppose to even begin to make it better? Muslims must feel shame, alienate these terrorists, and reform Islam so that it becomes a better religion, a moderate religion of peace, love and EQUALITY.

As for the British people; tell me about it. They are wise and rational, and extremely admirable people.

July 08, 2005 4:32 pm  
Anonymous SeaBix said...

I will believe Muslim sentiments are changing not when individuals simply express disdain and disgust for such acts, but when Islamic groups take forceful action to stop terrorism. Since 9/11, how many Muslim-led street demonstrations against international terrorism have we seen? How many terrorists have been exposed by members of their own Mosques? How many Muslim leaders have vocally and persistently sought to mobilize their followers against these heinous acts? Which Islamic cleric comes to mind when you try to think of an individual who has rallied Muslim public opinion to counter Islamic hate groups?

Still waiting.

July 08, 2005 6:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Today, my family and I are ashamed of being Muslims."

I think that, instead, you should be proud to be a Muslim. It is not the Muslim faith that leads these people to do such horrible things any more than it was the Christian faith that lead Timothy McVeigh to blow up a bomb in Oklahoma City. The world needs to see you and all of the other true Muslims being proud of being so AND against these terrorist activities. The two are not connected.

Wonderful website, by the way.

July 08, 2005 7:35 pm  
Blogger Kat said...

I must say that I agree with others here. First, I am so happy that you are okay and so are your family.

Second, don't be ashamed to be a Muslim. You may not know it, but there are groups here in the US that pose as "Christian Church" the CWC which is really a white supremist group. They don't attract many followers because everyone knows who they are and we laugh at their claims of being a "Christian" organization.

We know who they are and they don't represent us. We scorn them for their abuse of the teachings of love and respect by our savior.

That is all that you need to do and know. You are a Muslim sir and should be proud that your family raised you with strength and honor and character that you know the difference between what these other preach and what you believe.

I'm sure that it must be difficult for the Muslim communities in many places as they must feel they are under attack from both within and without.

You only need to stand proud and denounce them that will abuse your faith and claim something on your behalf as you have done here.

But don't feel ashamed.

July 08, 2005 10:46 pm  
Blogger civilwarrior said...

Sir,
I stumbled on your blog quite by accident, but I am glad that I did. Your comments on what happened in London this week are mot welcome, and for me, enlightening. As I scrolled down and perused the comments I was pleasently surprised at how many sympathetic comments from members of the Muslim community are posted here. One thing I would like to say though, is that you must absolutely NOT be ashamed of your heritage or culture...rather be enraged at those who would hijack and twist a religion for their own vile purposes. May of those who perpetrate these hideous acts are disaffected individuals who have been indoctrinated into a hateful ideology that must find a scapegoat for the shortcomings of their own societies. Who better to target than rich, succesful western nations, whose very success must (in their eyes) men that their own culture was oppressed by those whom they seek to punish. It is the failure of societies in many parts of the world to deal with their own societal issues that has created this terrible situation we face today. It is absolutely not a problem confined to the middle east, although it is largely (though not entirely) a Muslim problem. Until the socities that created the conditions that spawned this hateful violence do something to affect change, we will be dealing with this sort of thing reactively, violently, bloodily. I have been a soldier more than half of my life and have no desire to fight a never ending war, nor do I want to see my sons fight it. But I will, and so will they. But as long as their are good people of conscience such as yourself voicing their disgust over this sort of thing, there is hope. Together we will beat this horror, through armed force, and more importantly, words of wisdom. I am doing my part to help in this serving in Kosovo a predominantly Muslim province of what used to be Yugoslavia, doing the best I can to help show these folks there is a better way. They get it; someday the middle east will get it too. God bless and keep you.

July 09, 2005 7:28 pm  
Blogger Brian H said...

Ahmad;
I have little respect for anyone from any religion who simply assumes they were lucky enough to be born into the correct faith. If you can't step outside your conditioning and home-brainwashing, you barely exist as a person, IMO. That applies to Christians too, of course, Annie.

July 10, 2005 12:15 am  
Blogger jedati said...

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July 10, 2005 1:23 am  
Anonymous Annie said...

brian h said:
"That applies to Christians too, of course, Annie."

Pardon me? I was saying that power hungry people are the problem, what ever religion they use. And so how does your comment specifically pertain to me?

July 10, 2005 1:24 am  
Blogger Leap Frog said...

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July 10, 2005 2:25 am  
Blogger Leap Frog said...

Ahmad:

I'm sorry you were made to feel shamed by the actions of these 'sick miscreants' who've hijacked your faith.

But I also hope You feel pride that your voice is being heard by many. Thank you for giving us your thoughts on this.

So glad of your friends good fortune of missing that ride, and at the same time my heart goes out for those lives forever changed and lost on 7/7.
May their deaths and all innocents at the hands of these 'mad men' not be in vain.

July 10, 2005 2:43 am  
Blogger La Bona said...

Rumor has it Osama bin Laden is a Jew! and whole holy war thing is nothing but a plot to render Muslims chattel slavery ...

July 10, 2005 6:07 am  
Blogger Doubting Thomas said...

Just what is so wrong with being embarrassed or ashamed of things from your culture? Many here have said, "Be proud, but don't be ashamed." Why the expletive not? I'm proud of some things and embarrassed about some things in my own country and culture's history. There are no free passes. You don't get to feel proud of the admirable things and get to ignore the evil things.

July 10, 2005 10:20 pm  
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