Originally posted by BO XIAN
reply to post by old_god
I realize there are those as you describe.
What governments are they in charge of?
What trends are they leading in Islam?
How often do they prevent violence?
In many respects, your assertions would indicate that the noisy violent activist folks are not authentic Moslems. They would insist that you are not.
Unfortunately my friend this is a battle the majority are trying hard to fight but it becomes difficult when elements in your own government and
country fuel the fire (in a manner of speaking) by funding these groups and promoting them by giving them maximum air time.
Many many scholars and "authentic" Muslims have wanted to voice their opinion however they are not able to because they are either ignored by the
media (not sensational enough or too dangerous to put an intellectual on air).
As for being in power, again unfortunately when you have the likes of the US, UK and Europe being directly involved in the appointment of tyrants (who
they then bring down later) it's hard to get into a position of power to make a positive change or to at least be of an influence in the ruling
circle, they are either shunned completely or they are labelled both at home and abroad as "Islamists".
As for trends, there are many examples, but the one that appeals to me is humility and patience. All of these scholars, like Dr Timothy
and Hamza Yusuf
who have brought about positive change to people around the world (The type of change that is required to live in a
Just because someone shouts the loudest doesn't always mean that person is the right and you will find with a lot of these Salafi's and Wahabi's
they shout very loudly but unfortunately they seem to get the most air time.
The truth of the matter is that Islam is wide and varied, however people on ATS and wider have assumed everything to be one and the same which is not
The same way if I state that everyone person in this world is black, this statement is simply not true (but seems to be ringing bells as we enter
another age of racial hatred).
I don't claim to know everything, but I am have tried to present a fair and balanced answer where I can to stop others from falling into the realm of
biased assumptions but equally I am not ignorant and I know there are elements in our community that need to be dealt with.
But I am hopeful, there seems to be a resurgence of the true Islam appearing amongst the youth, those that don't fit the stereotype, white, black,
asian etc who are educated, not culturally biased and making a positive contribution to society - god willing, these will be the people who bring
about change in the community.