Friday, October 29, 2010

Muslims do condem calls for jihad

To those that claim that Muslims are not denouncing the actions of extreme Muslims in their calls for Jihad… bunk!


Recently in a video, Adam Gadahn, an al-Qaida spokesman, encouraged Muslim living in the “miserable suburbs” of Paris, London and Detroit to take action. In the 48 minute video, Gadahn asks Muslims to plan local acts of jihad (as is used in this context, nothing more than criminal activity) as a matter of duty to their faith.

The 32 year old Adam Gadahn, born Adam Pearlman in Oregon, converted to Islam and set off for Pakistan in 1998. He is wanted by the FBI and is the first American to be indicted for treason since 1952.

How are the Muslims in Detroit (Dearborn) reacting? The publisher of the local Arab American Newspaper, Osama Siblani, says that Gadahn, “ is already receiving much more attention than he deserves.”

“This is a nutcase,” Siblani says. "I think that everyone in our community listened to this and laughed. People here are concerned about their well-being, the economic situation, putting their kids in school and bread on the table. ...They don't have time for this sick mentality from someone who dreams up something overnight."

The executive director of the Michigan chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations, Dawud Walid, was also quick to denounce the video. He told the Associated Press that, "I see little to no chance of such sentiment taking root in metropolitan Detroit. ...We're not a group of people who feel powerless," Walid said. "If any Muslim community has grown in civic engagement and empowerment, it would be this community. He invoked the wrong population to try and stir up."

With every episode of terrorism, or calls for it as in this case, the Muslim community does react negatively to the call for action. But the press in American either doesn’t report it, or it is a secondary story buried on the website or in the paper. The people that are the most fervently about Muslims report that the Muslim community doesn’t respond, and everyone believes them.

Sablani stated the clear issue with all of this. He says that the Muslim community is no different than every other community in America. They are more concerned about everyday issues like feeding their families and keeping their kids in school. They don’t have time to get involved in the sick calls for violence against anyone.

That sounds like mainstream America to me.

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