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Chan'ad Bahraini

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We are so sorry

Sunday, September 12, 2004

I felt like I didn't say all that I wanted to in my last post, but I found that Kamal Nawash's recent article sums up everything I had in my mind. I don't usually quote the whole length of a long article, but I felt like I should since I strongly agree with everything that is said in it. The world should know Nawash isn't alone in his cause, and that there are many Muslims around the world who feel the same way.

This September 11 marks the third unforgettable anniversary of the worst mass murder in American history.

After September 11, many in the Muslim world chose denial and hallucination rather than face up to the sad fact that Muslims perpetrated the 9-11 terrorist acts and that we have an enormous problem with extremism and support for terrorism. Many Muslims, including religious leaders, and “intellectuals” blamed 9-11 on a Jewish conspiracy and went as far as fabricating a tale that 4000 Jews did not show up for work in the World Trade Center on 9-11. Yet others blamed 9-11 on an American right wing conspiracy or the U.S. Government which allegedly wanted an excuse to invade Iraq and “steal” Iraqi oil.

After numerous admissions of guilt by Bin Laden and numerous corroborating admissions by captured top level Al-Qaida operatives, we wonder, does the Muslim leadership have the dignity and courage to apologize for 9-11? If not 9-11, will we apologize for the murder of school children in Russia? If not Russia, will we apologize for the train bombings in Madrid, Spain? If not Spain, will we apologize for suicide bombings in buses, restaurants and other public places? If not suicide bombings, will we apologize for the barbaric beheadings of human beings? If not beheadings, will we apologize for the rape and murder of thousands of innocent people in Darfour? If not Darfour, will we apologize for the blowing up of two Russian planes by Muslim women? What will we apologize for? What will it take for Muslims to realize that those who commit mass murder in the name of Islam are not just a few fringe elements? What will it take for Muslims to realize that we are facing a crisis that is more deadly than the Aids epidemic? What will it take for Muslims to realize that there is a large evil movement that is turning what was a peaceful religion into a cult?

Will Muslims wake up before it is too late? Or will we continue blaming the Jews and an imaginary Jewish conspiracy? The blaming of all Muslim problems on Jews is a cancer that is destroying Muslim society from within and it must stop.

Muslims must look inward and put a stop to many of our religious leaders who spend most of their sermons teaching hatred, intolerance and violent jihad. We should not be afraid to admit that as Muslims we have a problem with violent extremism. We should not be afraid to admit that so many of our religious leaders belong behind bars and not behind a pulpit. Only moderate Muslims can challenge and defeat extremist Muslims. We can no longer afford to be silent. If we remain silent to the extremism within our community then we should not expect anyone to listen to us when we complain of stereotyping and discrimination by non-Muslims; we should not be surprised when the world treats all of us as terrorists; we should not be surprised when we are profiled at airports. Simply put, not only do Muslims need to join the war against terror, we need to take the lead in this war.

As to apologizing, we will no longer wait for our religious leaders and “intellectuals” to do the right thing. Instead, we will start by apologizing for 9-11. We are so sorry that 3000 people were murdered in our name. We will never forget the sight of people jumping from two of the highest buildings in the world hoping against hope that if they moved their arms fast enough that they may fly and survive a certain death from burning. We are sorry for blaming 9-11 on a Jewish or right wing conspiracy. We are so sorry for the murder of more than three hundred school children and adults in Russia. We are so sorry for the murder of train passengers in Spain. We are so sorry for all the victims of suicide bombings. We are so sorry for the beheadings, abductions, rapes, violent Jihad and all the atrocities committed by Muslims around the world. We are so sorry for a religious education that raised killers rather than train people to do good in the world. We are sorry that we did not take the time to teach our children tolerance and respect for other people. We are so sorry for not rising up against the dictators who have ruled the Muslim world for decades. We are so sorry for allowing corruption to spread so fast and so deep in the Muslim world that many of our youth lost hope. We are so sorry for allowing our religious leaders to relegate women to the status of forth class citizens at best and sub-humans at worse.

We are so sorry.

Read the article at its original web location here.

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5 Responses to 'We are so sorry'


Anonymous Anonymous says:

Thanks for posting this; it is a very powerful article that I wish more people in America could read. Frequently, we are only exposed to negative or inflammatory statements in the media coming from Muslim clerics, and it is all too easy for Americans to paint all Muslims with the same broad brush which is not only unfair but very dangerous.

I can well understand Muslims assumptions that the war on terror is a war on Islam, but it really is not. I think more people in the world are beginning to understand that; silence only allows the problem to grow.    

Anonymous Anonymous says:

Chan'ad

Thanks for posting this article. I hope many in the west
that visit your blog will gain more understanding and insight into the Arab and Muslim world. For whatever reasons the true voice of Muslims is not being heard. Strong stands such as this need exposure. It won't solve the issues that are on the table but it is an important facet.

Ciao!
Mark    

Blogger Shaula Evans says:

Before you applaud or endorse Nawash, I'd recommend you check out his bedfellows.    

Blogger Chanad says:
9/14/2004 04:05:00 pm

Shaula, thanks for your link and the heads up. But I'm not really concerned with what Nawash's overall political views are or whether he is a conservative or liberal. Nawash has openly said something that no other Muslim American leader has said in such a forthright manner. Even if his statements are politically motivated it does not matter, because his statements have sparked a movement among Muslims to take responsibility for their co-religionists. I do not endorse Nawash as a personality, I am only endorsing what he has to say regarding Muslims and terrorism.    

Anonymous Anonymous says:
9/15/2004 08:11:00 am

The true issue is Kamal Nawash has said what needed to be said. Bedfellows be damned. Who cares if he leans to "Right" or to the "Left" in his politics? His article stands on its own merit in my eyes and that is the issue that needs to be addressed. Not his percieved "bedfellows".

ciao!
Mark    

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