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Old 09-18-2006, 01:00 AM   #1
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Kill Us, Too: We Are Also Americans

I don't post often in this forum, but I discovered an opinion piece written by Dr. Aslam Abdullah, director of the Islamic Society of Nevada, and I wanted to share it.

It took real courage for someone as high profile as Dr. Abdullah to speak out against what is obviously a growing cancer against the civilized world.

I salute this man and pray that he and his family remain safe.



Kill Us, Too: We Are Also Americans

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The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, recently issued a decree to its supporters: Kill at least one American in the next two weeks. Well, I am an American too.

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By Aslam Abdullah, September 12, 2006



The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, recently issued a decree to its supporters: Kill at least one American in the next two weeks "using a sniper rifle, explosive or whatever the battle may require."

Well, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, I am an American too. Count me as the one of those you have asked your supporters to kill.

I am not alone, there are thousands of Muslims with me in Las Vegas, and many more millions in America, who are proud Americans and who are ready to face your challenge. You hide in your caves and behind the faces of civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. You don't show your faces and you have no guts to face Muslims. You thrive on the misery of thousands of Muslim youth and children who are victims of despotism, poverty and ignorance.

During the past two decades, you have brought nothing but shame and disaster to your religion and your world.

You said you "invite you not to drop your weapons, and don't let your souls or your enemies rest until each one of you kills at least one American within a period that does not exceed 15 days with a sniper's gunshot or incendiary devices or Molotov cocktail or a suicide car bomb -- whatever the battle may require." I invite you to surrender, to seek forgiveness from God almighty for the senseless killing you and your supporters are involved in and repent for everything you have done.

You say that the word of God is the highest. Yes, it is. But you are not worthy of it. You have abandoned God and you have started worshipping your own satanic egos that rejoice at the killing of innocent people. You don't represent Muslims or, for that matter, any decent human being who believes in the sanctity of life. Many among us American Muslims have differences with our administration on domestic and foreign issues, just like many other Americans do. But the plurality of opinions does not mean that we deprive ourselves of the civility that God demands from us. America is our home and will always be our home. Its interests are ours, and its people are ours. When you talk of killing of Americans, you first have to kill 6 million or so Muslims who will stand for every American's right to live and enjoy the life as commanded by God.

By growing a beard, shouting some religious slogans and misquoting and misusing some verses of the divine scriptures, you cannot incite Muslims to do things that are contrary to our religion. Yes, you even fail to understand the basic Islamic principles of life and living. Islam demands peace in all aspects of life, Islam demands respect for life. Islam demands justice.

What you are doing in Iraq, Afghanistan, India or other parts of the world is anti-human and anti-divine. You are an enemy of Islam as much as you are an enemy of America. You must understand that God who entrusted you with life is the same God who spelled his spirit in every human being regardless of his or her religion or ethnicity or nationality or status. You are violating him.

We feel totally disgusted with your action and we condemn you without any reservation. Don't come to our mosques to preach this hatred. Don't visit our Islamic centers to spill the blood of innocents. Don't think that just because we share the same religion, we would show some sympathy to you. You are not of us. You don't belong to the religion whose followers are trying to live a peaceful life for themselves and others serving the divine according to their understanding. In our understanding of faith, you appear as anti-divine and anti-human. We reject you now as we rejected you yesterday.

There is nothing common between you and us.

We stand for life, you want to destroy it.

We accept the divine scheme of diversity in the world and you want to impose conformity.

We respect every human being simply because he or she is a creation of the divine, and you hate people based on their religion and ethnicity.

We support freedom and liberty and justice, and you promote bigotry, murder and strangulation.

You will never be able to find a sympathetic voice amidst us. Our differences with others will never lead us to do things that are fundamentally wrong in our faith, i. e. taking the lives of innocent people and killing others because they are different.

So on Sept. 11, when you will be hiding in your caves, we will be out in the streets paying tribute to those who you killed because you failed to see the beauty of life. We will condemn you once again the same way we have been doing ever since 9/11 because we are Muslim Americans.

Dr. Aslam Abdullah is director of the Islamic Society of Nevada.
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Wow, a Muslim condemning terrorism, some people must be amazed to see such a thing.

Seriously, good for him to post the article.

Some other condemnations immediately after 9/11. And I'm certain there are and have been many other condemnations of recent events too but our media doesn't really focus on statements of Islamic leaders unless it's Bin Laden or his ilk.

http://www.muhajabah.com/otherscondemn.php

http://www.unc.edu/~kurzman/terror.htm
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Wow, a Muslim condemning terrorism, some people must be amazed to see such a thing.

Seriously, good for him to post the article.

Some other condemnations immediately after 9/11. And I'm certain there are and have been many other condemnations of recent events too but our media doesn't really focus on statements of Islamic leaders unless it's Bin Laden or his ilk.

http://www.muhajabah.com/otherscondemn.php

http://www.unc.edu/~kurzman/terror.htm
If I hadn't listened to Mark Levin (a Conservative talk-radio host) I would have never known about it.
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I agree with this man. I only hope others join his line of thinking, especially heads of state in the Middle East.

Such an attitude is the only hope for relative peace.
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Wonderful that he came forward.

It would great for the Muslim community to come out in numbers and state these beliefs....not to us but to their own brothers and sisters.
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Thanks for posting that. A voice of sanity amongst the madness.
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I salute this man!! Brave he is!
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I'm sure the majority of Muslims do think this way. Just as a few misguided and hateful Christians don't represent me or many other Christians, so a small fringe of radical Muslims does not represent the majority of Muslims. And we shouldn't need to read this article or any other in order to believe in that fundamental principle. But it's so much easier to hate and to rationalize your hate when you can just put all people together in one stereotypical box, isn't it? Easier and more convenient. All Christians are bigoted and hateful, all Muslims are terrorists, all women are stupid-stuff like that.

Thank you for posting that.
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