Some Interesting articles on the subject…you know which one….

I have been getting beat up on the blog, in the email, on facebook, etc. over my commentary on the net and on CNN because I refuse to accept that Maj Hassan was anything less than a killer and a traitor who betrayed his oath to this nation and his oath to God.  Because I refuse to accept that 1 billion Muslims worldwide somehow understand Islam to be peace and never commit any crimes, I am attacked by some because they use foolish logic that would suggest that because terrorists like Maj Hassan, are more representative of my faith than 1 billion believers.  I will continue to voice my opinion and those of other Muslims without biting my tongue because I know it’s the truth.  If Islam was what many of the naysayers claim it truly is, than you have 1 billion Muslims who are ignorant of their faith and only the terrorists and of course the naysayers know more about Islam than we do.

Does anyone beside me find it comical that the critics of Islam agree with the terrorist explanation of Islam over the interpretation of 1 billion Muslims a host of scholars, Fiqh councils etc.  The only “Muslims” you will ever find that support Hassan are terrorists and of course those non-Muslims who are anti-Islam, some of them have already commented on my blog, meanwhile I have 1 billion behind me.

The reality is that as it says in the Qur’an never will they accept you unless you reject your faith.  Well don’t hold your breath.

Islam had about as much to do with this tragedy as Christianity had with the trans-atlantic slave trade and the persecution of blacks.  Terrorists isolate versus in the Qur’an ignoring scholars and accepted Tafsir to “justify” their actions, and Christians of old isolated verses in the Bible to justify enslaving and mistreating us “cursed” blacks, you know because Ham saw his father Noah (as) naked.

Religion has been used for throughout the ages to justify both good and of course evil.  No one can deny that.

What we should be discussing is what is next, how do we support the victims of this murderer, and what can we do to address the increased suicide rates, depression, PTSD, etc. that the troops are having to deal with because of our continued involvement in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

I know I know, I’m being too logical, it’s more important to discuss how we should expel thousands of Americans many of them servicemembers because they pray differently.  I know, I know, we are not to be trusted because Maj Hassan is a murderer and because there are many like him across the globe who also claim to be Muslim.

Funny thing is, I go to the same Mosque Maj Hassan went to while he lived in the DC Area.  I happen to believe and act on the Imam’s sermons when he calls for Muslims to be good citizens, neighbors, etc. and Hassan did not.  But then again I attended many church sermons where the Pastor talked about the evils of adultery and fornication, and somehow members of the congregation did that very exact thing.

Do we blame the entire church, Pastor, or religion?  Nope.  In America, the only religion that is blamed in totality for the actions of a few is the Islamic religion. Ironically, the Islamic religion is never recognized for the actions of the many who haven’t harmed another soul ever.  Fair is fair, if my entire religion is guilty for the actions of some then other religions, ethnicity, etc. should be held to the same standard.  You know what they call someone who will hold another to a standard they are not willing to be held to?  Hypocrites.  Imagine that?  Whatever happened to treat thy neighbor as thyself?  Those non-Muslims who feel it their duty to insult me and other Muslims because of Hassan and the other terrorists, would you be willing to be accused based on the actions of your fellow believers?

It should be no surprise that some of these radical non-Muslims who insult my faith on this blog and elsewhere agree with the same interpretation of Islam as do the terrorists.  I mean afterall, they use the same tactics.

The non-Muslims say all of Islam and Muslims are evil because of the actions of terrorists.

The terrorists say the entire West is evil because of the actions of some Westerners.

Surprise, surprise….

On to some articles on the subject…..enough of my rant….

Fort Hood Tragedy… Muslim Soldiers Speak Out

WASHINGTON – Several Muslims who have served or are currently serving in the military say the tragic deaths of 13 soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas, at the hands of Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan is an individual action that does not represent them, insisting that Muslims remain an integral part of the US military.

“There’s nothing we [in the military] can do about it,” Robert Salaam, a former Marine who reverted to Islam after 9/11, told IslamOnline.net.

“What Maj. Hasan did does not represent us,” he told IOL confidently.

Some 13 people were killed and 30 wounded late Thursday in Fort Hood military base when Major Hasan, an army psychiatrist, opened fire at fellow soldiers.

Hasan, who was born in the US to Palestinian parents, was shot and taken into custody after the attack.

James Booth, a 26-year-old private serving his first tour in Iraq, was shocked and horrified by suspect Maj. Hasan’s shooting spree in Fort Hood.

He said the news spread fast amongst the soldiers stationed all around Iraq.

As he vehemently condemns the shooting, Jameel Malik, a lance corporal in the Marine Corps currently stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, says Muslims must stop being apologetic.

“Why should we apologize for something someone else did that does not represent Muslims in any way?” he told IOL.

There is no official count of Muslims serving in the 1.4 million-strong US armed forces because recruits are not required to state their religion.

But according to the American Muslim Armed Forces and Veterans Affair Council, there are more than 20,000 Muslims serving in the military.

Feared Backlash

Qaseem Ali Uqdah, a 21-year Marine Corps veteran and a chaplain in the Air Force, says the tragedy must be treated as a criminal one.

Uqdah, who now heads AMAFVAC, is worried about a “witch hunt” following the Fort Hood killings.

Salaam, the former Marine, also fears many would not disassociate Maj. Hasan’s criminal actions from his faith.

“Starting today, it’s going to be hard,” he believes.

Though his experience when serving in the army was positive and though he believes that Muslim service members are a vital and loyal part of the military, Salaam fears the tragedy will cause problems of public perception.

“When I was serving, there were isolated incidents of people making offensive comments, but they were swiftly reprimanded,” he recalls.

“But when something like this happens, it’s hard to explain to people outside of the military that one man’s twisted motives do not speak for the thousands of Muslims serving their country.

“In the Marine Corp we say ‘God, Country, Corp.’ Those are concepts very synonymous with Islam. And when something like this happens, it’s like a major setback in [public] relations, because [people think] that we can’t even trust those who have given an oath to his country.”

Booth, who converted to Islam six months after joining the army and is serving in Iraq, does not share the fears of violence and a backlash.

“I am confident that my brothers and sisters in the army will react calmly and rationally to this terrible incident.”

He says the army has always been respectful of his faith.

Initially, he admitted, he was nervous to let on that he was Muslim.

“I would say I was going to the restroom when it was time for me to pray to avoid being detected,” he told IOL.

“Eventually I got tired of that and just told [my unit] that I was Muslim. Other than a few curious questions at first, I am treated just like everybody else.”

A Muslim Soldier’s View from Fort Hood

Major Nidal Malik Hasan is a murderer and has brought great shame upon every American Muslim in the armed forces.

There are currently over 10,000 Muslim soldiers in the U.S. military, men and women who are patriotic and love their country and their fellow service members. Hasan’s evil actions, the murder of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, have now brought those honorable soldiers’ loyalties into question.

The Islamophobe community on the Internet is trumpeting how Hasan’s behavior is reflective of the threat Americans face from their Muslim neighbors, and how radical Islamists have infiltrated the ranks of our military. Calls for purging the military, and perhaps even the United States, of its Muslim members have already begun.

Today there are dozens of families mourning the attack on their loved ones by a fellow-in-arms. And there are hundreds of Muslims at Fort Hood who knew Hasan and are stunned that he would betray their country and their community with such cold, calculated ease. Hasan’s rampage has truly shattered many more lives than we can begin to imagine.

I spoke today with a friend who is a Muslim soldier stationed at Fort Hood. He is a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Army and a recent convert to Islam. He agreed to share his perspective with me if I granted him anonymity. So we will call him Richard.

Richard is exactly the kind of soldier we need to protect our country from those that seek to do us harm. A combat veteran who has served in Iraq, Richard became interested in studying Islam initially as a strategic means of understanding his adversary in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. But as he began to study the religion’s teachings, he became struck by how different they were from what was being claimed by men like Osama Bin Laden.

Instead of a religion of hatred and misogyny, he found an Islam of love, wisdom, and human empowerment. His strategic analysis blossomed into spiritual identification, and Richard embraced Islam just over two years ago. As a “revert” (as Muslim converts like to call themselves, since Islam believes everyone is born a Muslim), Richard was faced with the added challenge of being a soldier in a conflict in which members of his new faith were on the other side.

Richard decided that the best way he could be true to his military oath and his religious convictions was to use his position as an American Muslim soldier to build bridges of understanding. He currently works as a liaison between the U.S. military and Muslim leaders in the Middle East to garner their support against the common enemy – the Islamist radicals who oppose both the American military and the mainstream Muslim community that wants nothing to do with their extremism. Richard has very much been in the forefront of our military’s efforts to win hearts and minds in the Muslim world.

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  1. Muslims should stop feeling that they have to apolize for what they believe in and for once should have confidence in themselves. Hasan was a lunatic who just snapped and killed innocent people… To me he was not economically excluded, like many Muslim African American. He is a career soldier who had everything that his country could offer him. A doctor and a middle-class professional who somehow slipped through the net with his mental health issues; I truely believe he is mentally ill.

    Islam does not  condone such murderous acts and it’s sickening to hear the hatred towards Muslims that the right-wing news media are currently spewing out.
    It’s like De-jevous 9/11;  but hey!!  It doesn’t get to me…for I know what my religion stands for. It’s times like this that we should all be resolute and stand strong.

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  2. Robert
    I won’t slam you because you are a Muslim. I won’t slam you because you are black. I will however, thank you for serving in the U.S. Marine Corp, and thank you for reminding us that just because the Major is a Muslim, doesn’t mean the “religion” dictated his actions. I am a Christian woman whose husband was killed in Iraq (by a Muslim) 3 years ago. I’ve traveled extensively and I’ve seen a lot of different groups of people. In my opinion, Muslims are just like everyone else on the planet. You have some good ones, and then you have some bad ones. Unfortunately the bad ones get all the press and therefore that’s what the rest of us understand to be true. Where we really go wrong is when we begin to think that just because one guy committed the slaughter, the rest of the whole Muslim community want to do the same thing.

    I, like you, will pray for the families of the victims of the attack at Ft Hood.

    Respectfully,
    Cait Needham

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  3. Just because he is Muslim doesn’t mean he bought shame on all Muslims. When a white or black kills innocent people, does his race and religion play a role in it? Does the media go around placing blame on all blacks and whites and their religion? Because he is Muslim and because he committed his crime he is a terrorist? Is he a terrorist only because he is Muslim? When has someone of another religion or race been called a terrorist?

    I condemn his actions but what the media and what everyone else is saying is just plain wrong. Why he snapped needs to be investigated. They are asaying that he is with some terrorist organization, wouldn’t he have done more damage than what he did? Wouldn’t he have people working with him? Supposedly he’s posting things on the net and the FBI is investigating… This is all because he is MUSLIM!!!

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    1. S.H. let’s not forget that when Muslims weren’t the minority of the day to make headlines, it was blacks who were paraded on TV as dangerous gangsters, pimps, thieves, etc. itching to attack non-blacks at any given moment. Also, let’s not forget that when the immigration debates were major headlines and Muslims weren’t as popular for a spell then all Hispanics were dangerous illegals. This thing goes in cycles and minorities all get their day in the press! One day soon I hope, Muslims won’t be as sensational and then we will scramble for another minority to be afraid of!

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      1. That is true, everyone has their turn. 

        I based my opinion on my experiences. I live on an island (US territory) and it is predominatley black and hispanics. There is also a good number of whites and arabs. There is a wide variety of religions here also. When a crime is committed, the blame is not placed on one race– the person is blamed (and almost every week there is a murder, sometimes more).

  4. Salaam,

    I have some comments on the Kamran Pasha column that you posted.

    First off, referring to Dr. Hasan as a “madman” is premature; until there has been a thorough investigation, we cannot be sure of his mental health. Islam forbids gossip.

    Secondly, presumption of guilt is also premature since there has not been a trial yet, and Dr. Hasan has not been convicted of having committed the crime at Fort Hood. Islam forbids speculation.

    Thirdly, Allah (swt) punishes whom He wishes to punish and forgives whom He wishes to forgive; none of us (including Kamran Pasha) can claim to know what will happen to Dr. Hasan in the Hereafter.

    Fourthly, Islam is a religion of mercy, and Allah is the Oft-Forgiving; it is the duty of Muslims to show mercy even towards those of our Ummah who commit merciless acts (such as the one at Fort Hood).

    Fifthly, on the issue of whether the Taliban are members of Ahl-us-Sunnah, I think that each individual member of the Taliban would have to be assessed individually in order to answer that question; one cannot make blanket statements about an entire group of people (such as the Taliban) any more than one can generalize about the entire Muslim community. To the best of my knowledge, there is not evidence to suggest that any member of the Taliban is guilty of committing major shirk. I am not aware of any member of the Taliban who has been reported to have worshipped a deity other than Allah (swt). Minor shirk does not place one outside the fold of Islam, but major shirk does. In the absence of evidence of major shirk being committed by a member of the Taliban, any Muslim that accuses the Taliban of kufr is himself/herself closer to kufr, according to the authentic tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (saw). On the issue of whether the practices of the Taliban are different from those of mainstream Muslims, we would need to have at least 3 questions answered:
    (1) do the Taliban have a declaration of faith (i.e. Kalimah) that is different from what was revealed to the Prophet (saw)?
    (2) Do the Taliban perform prayers (i.e. Salah) in a manner that is different from the way that the Prophet (saw) prayed?
    (3) Do the Taliban fast in a manner that is different from the way that the Prophet (saw) fasted?
    We would also need to examine the Taliban views on Hajj and Zakat. As long as the Taliban are adhering to the 5 pillars of Islam, they are members of Ahl-us-Sunnah – regardless of their views on human rights, women’s rights, religious freedom, democracy, pluralism, peace, tolerance, etc.

    Lastly, Mr. Pasha quotes an ayah from the Holy Qur’an:

    Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish scriptures, and the Christians and the Sabians — any who believe in God and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (2:62).
    According to the ulema, the above ayah has been cancelled by the following ayah:
    And whosoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter, he will be one of the losers.” (3:85).

    Allah knows best.

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  5. No matter what Islam teaches Hassan is wrong in thinking that God is pleased with his praises as he fired his weapon.  

    Although omnipotent, there are things the creater of the world cannot do.   God cannot lie or dissemble and He cannot be unreasoning and he cannot —  not love man.

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  6. It is said that we Americans have a pitiful grasp of our own history.  Not only is that true, but we lack the ability to think critically, to analyze actions and make connections in light of that history.
     
    So, let’s take a new look at religious terrorism – not the Crusades, not the Reformation, although they are both worthy of criticism, but are claimed by Christians to be so far in the past that they aren’t relevant. What I’d like to discuss for a moment are other, more recent events driven by racism, xenophobia, hatred and fear that drove OTHER religious terrorist groups in America.
     
    Take the Ku Klux Klan, for example – a group of white, fundamentalist Christians, primarily Baptists, who hated African-Americans, Catholics and Jews. They bombed churches, murdered civil rights workers and little girls, lynched innocent people and terrorised the South.  Why, then, did we not come to regard all white Southern Baptist men as racist murderers?  Most likely because they were enough “like us” (the majority of WASP Americans) that their actions could comfortably be regarded as an anomaly. 
     
    What are we to say about Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned by our own government during WWII as some sort of vague “threat” to national security?  Once again, racism and xenophobia were the driving fears behind that disgraceful episode.  How tragically ironic to think of how American destroyed their  Constitutional rights in the name of “national security”.  And in the present case, – ONE murderer who is Muslim –  many are willing to call into question the loyalty and integrity of every single Muslim in the military.
     
    What of fundamentalist Christians and Roman Catholics who bomb family planning and abortion clinics.? Aren’t they motivated by a belief that their actions are “God’s will”.  “Allahu Akbar”, indeed.  Why then, aren’t  ALL fundie Christians and Roman Catholics  under suspicion for the acts of their co-religionists?
     
    The Holocaust?  Taken directly from the teachings of Martin Luther.   In fact, the Lutheran church didn’t get around to repudiating those teachings until the 1970’s.  Yet who has ever suggested that Lutherans were a religious terrorist group, even though their founder wrote the exact blueprint for world-wide Jewish extermination under National Socialism.
     
    I was especially surprised to read the responses of British readers when your column was published in the Independent.  How is it possible that they have already forgot about the religion-sponsored terrorism of the Irish Republican Army?  Has Britian ever suggested that all Roman Catholics be placed under suspicion?

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  7. What about other shootings on a U.S. base? Army sergeant kills 2 superiors and in another incident, an army sergeant opened fire killing 5 soldiers in Iraq (L.A. Times)—why no outrage—why no connection with religion then? 

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    1. I don’t know why there is no outrage and no connection to religion drawn — did the killer pray to god 5 times a day for many years, spend time with spiritual advisors, devote himself to and praise god while firing and reloading his weapon?

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  8. Saad,
    You are an idiot. To say that he is NOT guilty as plenty of witnesses watched in horror as he shot to death 13 men and women is absolutely ridiculous. You are delusional. Get over your political correctness and return to reality. The Taliban not committing major shirk? Are you kidding me??? Every Taliban member killed, in the name of Allah, is committing shirk because they are fighting not for Allah (because we are told on a constant basis that Islam is a religion of peace not killing)but for themselves; therefore, worshipping the idols in their mind. The idols of selfishness; the act of putting oneself before Allah. Lastly, if you don’t consider Dr. Hasan a “madman” then what do you consider someone who murders 13 innocent people in the name of religion, especially a religion supposedly  based on peace? Let me guess, you call him a hero?

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  9. American Guy, I don’t want to argue with you. For the record, I was not defending Major Hasan. I believe in due process. If he is found guilty by a jury of his peers, then fine — give him the death penalty. But until he has been found guilty, he is wholly and completely innocent.

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