More Of This, Please

Mumbai killers to be denied a muslim burial (The Scotsman):

A MUSLIM graveyard today refused to bury nine of the gunmen who terrorised Mumbai.

The men were not true followers of the Islamic faith, according to the influential Muslim Jama Masjid Trust, which runs the 7.5-acre Badakabrastan graveyard in central Mumbai.

“People who committed this heinous crime cannot be called Muslim,” said Hanif Nalkhande, a trustee. “Islam does not permit this sort of barbaric crime.”

And this: Muslims speak out against terror online (Times of India):

NEW DELHI: Muslims protesting online against violence and fundamentalism find themselves cornered by radical elements in their community. Posts by on online communities like express fear of retaliation against Muslims after the Mumbai terror attack.

One member writes: “I’m sure there will be an anti-Islamic backlash in the country.” The internet has brought liberal Muslims together allowing them to voice their opinions in blogs and websites that encourage change within their community, analyze how the media represent them and show ways to counter the biases Muslims find themselves up against.

“Now is the time for Muslims everywhere to march in the streets and speak out for peace, and let the public know that we do not support this type of butchery and hatefulness,” says a post on the site.

An online post says that the only way to avoid bigotry “is for the Muslims in India to police their own. All too often, it’s an ‘open secret’ in our communities as to which elements among us support such things, and unless we clamp down on our own extremists, I think it’s awfully hard to cry foul when the backlash begins.”

Since 9/11, we in the West have heard an endless number of Muslim spokespeople telling us how terrorism is against the principles of Islam. But as long as the Salafist/Wahhabi/jihadi strain of Islam can collect adherents and turn even a tiny minority of them into human missiles, we will have a terrorism problem.

I don’t want to hear about the terrorists’ “grievances” or their “oppression” or their “despair.” I don’t want to hear it from Muslims and I especially don’t want to hear it from Westerners. Fuck that. Terrorism is evil,

We in the West consider it to be evil, and don’t tolerate it in our own culture. If the “silent majority” of so-called “moderate” Muslims considers it evil, too, then they need to step up and not just say so but actively root it out of their community.

That’s the only way it’ll end in any even vaguely peaceable way.

Postscript: If the jihadis want to put on uniforms and try to conquer their neighbors for Islam in the old-fashioned way, then they’ll have my respect. They’ll also be dead in industrial-sized lots, but at least they won’t be dead vermin.

One thought on “More Of This, Please

  1. Esti

    Excellent. Agreed, agreed, agreed. The more Muslims ostracise and censure such vicious murderers, and deny them a place in Islam, the more my natural reaction to the word “Muslim” will be positive and open-hearted. Let’s see more of this, and let’s welcome such steps with compassion.


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