Sunday, April 30, 2006

Why don't moderate Muslims speak out?

Why don't moderate Muslims speak out about things the radicals do. Could it be because of this item in Pakistan's Daily Times Anyone reporting an honour killing case to the police or filing a case with the court will be killed by the jirga (tribal court) since the publicising of such cases has brought a bad name to the area, Malik Faiz Muhammad, a member of the Nihag-Wari jirga in Upper Dir, said on Friday.

So the jurga (tribal court) authorized an honour killing, and promises to kill anyone that notifies the police, because it might bring a bad name to the area? If the person reporting it was a good Muslim, would the jurga still kill him? Surat an-Nisa,093 (Quran 4.93) says "If a man kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell, to abide therein (For ever): And the wrath and the curse of Allah are upon him, and a dreadful penalty is prepared for him."

6 comments:

bushraaa said...

Moderate Muslims are speaking out, all the time, but the problem is that mainstream media doesn't care to listen to us.

It's just not sensational, or exciting, or provocative enough when a Muslim condemns terrorism, so we never make the news in that light. Apparently only when a Muslim commits a crime, is s/he worthy enough to make the headlines.

Check out www.cair.com

And finally, the honor killings you speak of is not an Islamic tradition, but a tribal/ cultural one. It's not justified nor condoned by any Islamic text.

Don Singleton said...

Moderate Muslims are speaking out, all the time, but the problem is that mainstream media doesn't care to listen to us.

I would recommend you get a blog and speak out there. Let some of us know about it, and we can link to your blog when something comes up.

It's just not sensational, or exciting, or provocative enough when a Muslim condemns terrorism, so we never make the news in that light. Apparently only when a Muslim commits a crime, is s/he worthy enough to make the headlines.

As I indicated, blog your rebuttal.

Check out www.cair.com

I am not that impressed by a lot of things CAIR does.

And finally, the honor killings you speak of is not an Islamic tradition, but a tribal/cultural one. It's not justified nor condoned by any Islamic text.

Killing someone that leaves Islam is not in the Quran either, but they still do it.

Greta said...

Fear Don fear.

Don Singleton said...

Fear Don fear.

I am sure that is a big part of it, but the previous commenter said "Moderate Muslims are speaking out, all the time, but the problem is that mainstream media doesn't care to listen to us." We both know that the MSM reports what it wants, and what it does not, so I told him "I would recommend you get a blog and speak out there. Let some of us know about it, and we can link to your blog when something comes up." We will see whether he does that, but if he does I will certainly help him get the news out.

bushraaa said...

I will spread the word, Don- in the meantime, FYI I'm a girl :)

Don Singleton said...

Sorry about that. I knew you were a girl, I dont know why I said him.