This is in response to the petition floating around that is for the Moderate Muslim Majority. I am proudly part of that majority but I have trouble with the concepts outlined in such a petition. Note that I’m not against this petition or telling people not to sign it. I really couldn’t care less. It’s not going to change the world, even though I’m number 24 on a list of mostly non-Muslim signatories mocking the petition or the religion (such as “KKK”, “paganinfidel”, “Ariel Sharon” etc).
The petition simply reminds me of the concepts that are listed there. It’s basically a long list of crimes that were committed either in the name of Islam or by people who happen to be Muslims, and then it asks the signatories, the Modern Muslim Majority, to apologise for it. Because really that’s what so many people want to hear: an apology, usually in the form of a condemnation.
We condemn terrorism! These terrorists do not preach true Islam! The slogans are infinite. While all these slogans are actually true what I’ve noticed is that since 9/11 the Moderate Muslim Majority has been running around trying to clean up a mess that a couple of nut jobs created.
All of this goes back to a lack of understanding of Islam. It’s not a religion where you get to pick and choose the things you like or don’t like, regardless of what the present state of civilization states is right or wrong. Islam was and is meant to be infinite, at least the basic rules of which are generally non-negotiable and agreed upon because of their clarity in texts. Civilization changes. A few hundred years ago you were considered backwards for believing the world was round. People believe what they want to believe.
The Moderate Muslim Majority has a few strategies here, waiting to apologise for an act done by Bin Laden or Zarqawi, retreat in to their homes, educate the non-Muslim anti-Islam majority of the world.
Neither of these strategies seems to be working. Despite the efforts in the past few years since 911 to educate mostly Americans about true Islam, more Americans actually hate the religion then ever before. On the other hand this is the first season Muslims are not the villians on Fox’s “24”, so maybe things are getting better.
We could always retreat in to our homes and pretend we’re not there when the angry mob with the pitchforks comes knocking, but that strategy doesn’t seem to work either judging by the endless calls from the west on the Moderate Muslim Majority to show itself; to condemn, to apologise.
As for education, moderate Islam, or in my opinion can be called “true Islam”, is not very appealing. An Islam that preaches peace and tolerance does not sell magazines. On the other hand an Islam that says kill non-Muslims or civilians or even Muslims that don’t agree with you; an Islam that says behead and display, well suffice to say that is very appealing. It’s like watching a car crash, you just can’t take your eyes off of it.
I personally have no interest in apologising for all these actions. Listen, it isn’t Islam, and if you’re not smart enough to know that then open a book; I can recommend a few that were not actually written by white supremists or neo-cons for that matter.
What are we really apologising for, what the crazies are doing or the lack of understanding in the western world? We’re sorry Bin Laden crashed planes into the world trade center and we’re sorry you don’t understand it has nothing to do with Islam.
I also hear people saying that the Moderate Muslim Majority use the “out of context” issue as a scapegoat. Dude, it is out of context. I used to read the passages people like Bin Laden or Zarqawi quoted from the Quran and when I read the context of those passages none of their present actions had anything to do with whatever happened 1400 years ago. A different fight, a different circumstance and the Quran could not be more clear about it unless a giant heavenly arm came down from the sky and slapped us on the head.
The irony here is that Muslim bashers these days actually use the exact same passages! Sometimes they change a few words to make it sound bloody but nevertheless. It’s halarious because it proves that extremists on the far end of the spectrum are guilty of the same stupidity. Which leaves us, the middle ground; the sensible ground.
I suppose education is the only feasible strategy. There will be people willing to listen, and there will be people who could care less. The haters will always outnumber the lovers but I suppose it’s better than nothing.
I just don’t want to have to apologise for something my religion really has nothing to do with. If I have to then I’d rather it be done in a group therapy session where the whole world gets together and apologises for their own atrocities. At least since 1945.