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Former Terrorist Turned Modernist Muslim, Speaks…….

We Muslims should publicly show our strong disapproval for the growing number of attacks by Muslims against other faiths and against other Muslims. Let us not even dwell on 9/11, Madrid, London, Bali and countless other scenes of carnage. It has been estimated that of the two million refugees fleeing Islamic terror in Iraq, 40% are Christian, and many of them seek a haven in Lebanon, where the Christian population itself has declined by 60%. Even in Turkey, Islamists recently found it necessary to slit the throats of three Christians for publishing Bibles.

Of course, Islamist attacks are not limited to Christians and Jews. Why do we hear no Muslim condemnation of the ongoing slaughter of Buddhists in Thailand by Islamic groups? Why was there silence over the Mumbai train bombings which took the lives of over 200 Hindus in 2006? We must not forget that innocent Muslims, too, are suffering. Indeed, the most common murderers of Muslims are, and have always been, other Muslims. Where is the Muslim outcry over the Sunni-Shiite violence in Iraq?

Islamophobia could end when masses of Muslims demonstrate in the streets against videos displaying innocent people being beheaded with the same vigor we employ against airlines, Israel and cartoons of Muhammad. It might cease when Muslims unambiguously and publicly insist that Shariah law should have no binding legal status in free, democratic societies.

It is well past time that Muslims cease using the charge of “Islamophobia” as a tool to intimidate and blackmail those who speak up against suspicious passengers and against those who rightly criticize current Islamic practices and preachings. Instead, Muslims must engage in honest and humble introspection. Muslims should–must–develop strategies to rescue our religion by combating the tyranny of Salafi Islam and its dreadful consequences. Among more important outcomes, this will also put an end to so-called Islamophobia.

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Dr. Hamid, a onetime member of Jemaah Islamiya, an Islamist terrorist group, is a medical doctor and Muslim reformer living in the West.

4 Responses

  1. This is all lovely, but until they actually do something, it will continue as is.

  2. It is unrealistic to expect any large scale introspection and self-criticism from muslims. It goes against the nature of the religion, which is perfect and any criticism of religion is blasphemy and thus punishable by death.

    And the tribal shame honor dynamic does not encourage introspection either. Instead, blaming others (US and Israel) for the problems of muslim world will continue as usual.

  3. Dr.Hamid at least proves that the modernization of the Islamic religion is not just a non-Muslim hope.

    One has to think “long term” when mulling over the issue. As long as western states keep picking the wrong Muslims to support, modernist Muslims throughout the Islamic world, even in Muslim communities within the WEST, will not dare to stick their necks out.

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