Friday, November 25, 2011

Misunderstanding the "marginal examples" of jihad

PM Recep Erdogan of Turkey wants us to know that we are judging Islam on just a few "marginal examples" and that if the media would just accept that Islam is a religion of peace, there would be no more Islamophobia.

Of course, our Islamophobia is based in nothing more than jihadists using copious amounts of Qur'anic quotes to justify their actions, the shouting of "Allahu Akbar" when murdering infidels or non-Muslims, Ft. Hood, Ft. Dix, the Lakawanna 6, Times Square, Detroit, the FedeX/UPS bomb, Portland Christmas Tree bomber, these are but a few of how we as non-Muslims seem to "misunderstand" Islam.

Nothing in the article calls to question these disturbing patterns of Islamic behavior, I wonder why?

From AllAfrica November 24 by Hamza Idris

Muslim Leaders Berate Media on 'Negative Representation of Islam'

Istanbul — LEADERS of Muslim communities in Africa yesterday in Istanbul, Turkey frowned at the international media for portraying Islam as a religion of violence and intolerance. Muslim representatives, who spoke at the ongoing Summit of Religious Leaders of Muslim Countries and Communities in Africa (SRLMCC) which was organized by the Turkish Presidency of Religious Affairs, observed that poor understanding of the teachings of Islam as well as negative campaigns were responsible for the violence, poverty and ignorance in many African countries.

Prime Minister of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who spoke at the opening session of the five -day conference noted that though his country is not part of Africa, his people are deeply pained by the happenings in the continent.

"There is a systematic campaign across the world against Islam. The negative perception of Islam as a religion of conflict as being portrayed by the media is very wrong. The media is using some marginal examples to define Islam as a religion of conflict and terrorism and as Muslims, we have to come together to overcome these challenges. Turkey will continue to assist Muslim communities in Africa in the areas of education, science and technology," he said.

Dr Abdul Lateef Adegbite, the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, who was represented by Professor Yahya Oyewole Imam, said the council was responsible for inter-faith dialogue and collaboration with other agencies towards the propagation of good virtues of Islam.

Show us where those good virtues are, Adegbite and explain how they have not been abrogated by 2-106.

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