CHARLOTTE, NC, August 31, 2014 – An Australian Muslim and lawyer recently wrote an article in the “Brisbane Times” denouncing the Islamic world as it has been defined by the Islamic State and other jihadist groups.
Writer Glenn Mohammed has finally realized there are deep internal problems within his faith that can only be corrected by those who practice that faith.
However, Mr. Mohammed still fails to recognize that most of the problems are the result of the religion itself and that the perpetrators of the brutality we are seeing on a daily basis is part and parcel of those beliefs.
Following are some excerpts from Mr. Muhammed’s article with comments interspersed. (Note: Spellings are as they were written in Australian format)
“When will Muslims stand up and accept that yes we have problems within our faith. Maybe a few more problems than other faiths, but sure, we have problems. They don’t just affect us as Muslims, they affect our friends, their families and our neighbours.”
This is the question the entire world has been vocally attempting to understand since 9/11/2001. The Islamic world should have been asking the same question, but even though it is now 13 years after the fact, if they are asking at all then progress is being made…no matter how slight.
“Muslims need to be able to discuss these issues openly and denounce barbaric behaviour. Instead, we choose to remain silent. We use democratic values such as the right to equality, to claim the existence of discrimination, racism and Islamophobia,” adds the lawyer.
Again Glenn Muhammed has recognized, just as many Americans are beginning to understand, that criticism of someone or some event is not necessarily an indication of prejudice or bias. Just as many liberals in the U.S. are at long last beginning to recognize that disliking Barack Obama’s policies does not always have racist undertones, Muhammed has accepted that crimes against humanity by his religion are not examples of Islamophobia.
Muhammed continues, “As Muslims we need to change our mindset and our attitude towards the society in which we live. We shouldn’t fight a government that is trying to protect Muslims and others alike. When we are able to separate our faith from our politics, we will see how damaged our faith has become. We are too busy being calculative, examining the details of the government’s actions and the impact they might have on us.”
The most important aspect of the writer’s comments are those that are emphasized. Islam is incapable of separating politics from faith because that co-mingling is the basis of the religion.
For Islam to do that in order to participate in the brotherhood of man would destroy the religion as the Islamists know it and believe in it. So-called “moderate” Muslims could, in large part, accept such a proposition because they, in essence, do not practice Islam to the same degree their jihadist counterparts do.
Unfortunately, the Islamists would never agree to such a concept and the only way it could change from within is for the rest of the Muslim world to rise up against the terrorists themselves.
Doing so would probably cause a schism in which the new branch might be termed Islam Lite or something similar, but, at the very least, it would be an effort to accept the problems and do something to fix them.
Remaking Islam into something the West recognizes is an impossible task. Glenn Muhammed should be applauded. Now if we can just get a billion more Muslims to follow his lead.
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About the Author: Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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