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This is why.

July 22, 2010

This is why a non-Muslim like me is concerned about what is happening in the local Muslim community.

34 U.S. citizens and residents charged with ties to international jihadists in the past 18 months.

This is not just an American phenomenon.  Canadian residents and citizens have been arrested domestically and convicted of terrorist activities and some have travelled to other countries to join the jihad.

Just as one must be vigilant about early symptoms of disease, we must also be vigilant about warning signs of islamist terrorist involvement.  Are there Islamists in Saskatoon?  I don’t know.  Are there Muslims in Saskatoon who sympathize with terrorist organizations and objectives?  I don’t know but I suspect so.  Has anyone from Saskatoon joined the jihad in a foreign country?  I haven’t heard of any.  Yet.

For diseases, it’s only useful to screen if you actually have a treatment available.  What are the preventative measures for Islamist indoctrination?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2010 1:34 am

    Proper Islamic education. The greatest jihad is the one we fight against ourselves, against our own nature. Fighting against other enemies (We’ll come back to that term) is by far the lesser jihad. The Qur’an says to fight in Allah’s cause against those who oppress you, but not to become the aggressors for Allah does not love aggression. Lastly, one who murders a single innocent person will be judged as if they had murdered all of humanity but if they save even a single life, their reward shall be as if they saved all of humanity. There are several other verses but I can’t lay my hands on them just now. Suffice it to say, in no way is terrorism condoned by Islam.

    If there is an invasion, fighting against the invading soldiers is allowed, but even then there are rules and guidelines for what can and cannot be done. In many ways, the Qur’an’s guidelines on warfare hinder Muslims, yet they are expected to follow it–particularly the part where it says the innocent are not to be attacked. The infrastructure is not to be attacked. The women and children are not to be attacked. If an enemy surrenders, you must not kill him but must escort him to safety off of the battlefield and care for him as you would an honored guest.

    Unfortunately, the predators who twist Islam use insecurities, emotional disconnects, and frustrations coupled with charisma and vitriol to dupe people into following them blindly. How do we counter this? Actively. The Muslim community must reach out to each other, ensure that the disaffected are helped, are heard, and have an alternative. They also need to reach out to people like you, the REST of the community. Ties need to be built, understanding (preferably friendship) needs to be shared.

    Terrorists are repugnant. I grew up in Europe during the height of the terrorism years. I’ve lived in countries torn apart by terrorism. It’s not Islamic. It’s not moral. It’s not a mandate from Allah.

    Salaam.

  2. Michele permalink*
    July 23, 2010 10:06 am

    It’s good to see an acknowledgment that Muslims must confront the radical elements within Islam directly.

    On the other hand, I completely disagree that Muslims need to reach out to “people like (me)”.

    If there were no more Islamic terrorists killing “people like (me)” while shouting “Allah akbar!”, then I wouldn’t have much interest in Islam. (Not completely true. I would still fight back against any attempts to make me follow Islamic beliefs or Sharia law in any way.)

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