Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, re-enacts taking the oath of office from Speaker Nancy Pelosi while his wife, Kim, holds the Quran.
I don’t want to beat the dead horse about Keith Ellison….However there was an interesting article on CNN today about him yet again entitled “Muslim congressman shakes critic’s hand“, which is the subject of todays “rant”. In the article Keith Ellison said:
“By reaching out to Congressman Goode I’m not trying to be accepted, I’m trying to build bridges,” Ellison said. “In this world there are too many misunderstandings. I want to put a human face on things.”
In my humble opinion that is a very Islamic thing to do. He didnt stage a protest, burn US Flags, issue death threats, or seek radical Fatwa’s. He realized that oftentimes, you have to realize that we Muslims are not the only people on Earth.
Therefore, we are going to have to learn how to deal with people different from us, whether we like it or not. Furthermore, we cannot allow ourselves to get so full of zeal that we loose our God-given reason, and therefore, create more harm than good.
Especially, over words that we feel are insulting. I mean what do we expect? Do we really expect those who don’t like us or our religon to roll out the red carpet and be kind to us? If not, then what’s all the fighting and protesting about? If you expect it, then you should be more prepared to deal with it.
Rep. Ellison has taken the moral high ground. He has obviously learned something from our Prophet (saw), I pray that we learn the same thing(s).
41:34 But since good and evil cannot be equal, repel thou evil with something that is better and lo! he between whom and thyself was enmity may then become as though he had always been close unto thee, a true friend!
وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ