Muslim author, Irshad Maji says, “The biggest problem with Islam is the Muslims”

What makes this woman remarkable is that she is an out-of-the-closet lesbian. I disagree with her belief that there is a peaceful Islam. There are peaceful Muslims but Islam is inherently violent and sooner or later one of her fellow Muslims will try to kill her.

When there are Muslims in the audience where she is speaking, I have seen near riots break out.

H/T Kaafir

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IT’S A MIRACLE!

FINALLY! A story about ‘devout’ Muslim brothers who put up a billboard that has nothing to do with shoving Islam down your throat.

WTSP  DENVER: A giant electronic billboard that went up off 58th Avenue and Interstate 25 when the Broncos had an embarrassing record at the beginning of the season. It begged Denver Broncos head coach John Fox to start Tim Tebow at quarterback instead of Kyle Orton.

Shortly after it went up, the Broncos reached 1-4 and then Tebow took over and led the team to the playoffs.   As the Broncos have evolved, so has the sign. On Monday, the huge LED sign said, “Tebow’s trigger is right on target,” referring to John Elway’s request that Tebow throw the ball during Sunday night’s game.

The people behind the sign are not Christian or a conservative group plugging Tebow’s faith. They’re three Muslim brothers who are just big fans of Tebow and the Broncos. “It adds to the fun, at least for us,” Tariq Suleiman said. “We wanted to be part of the excitement,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

After Sunday night’s thrilling overtime victory, the Suleiman brothers’ latest message asks doubters, “Now Do You Believe” in Tebow? The Suleiman brothers have been creating new messages after each game, all from an office which has a window view of the sign

As the Broncos have evolved, so has the sign. On Monday, the huge LED sign said, “Tebow’s trigger is right on target,” referring to John Elway’s request that Tebow throw the ball during Sunday night’s game.

The people behind the sign are not Christian or a conservative group plugging Tebow’s faith. They’re three Muslim brothers who are just big fans of Tebow and the Broncos. “It adds to the fun, at least for us,” Tariq Suleiman said. “We wanted to be part of the excitement,” Mohammad Suleiman said.

After Sunday night’s thrilling overtime victory, the Suleiman brothers’ latest message asks doubters, “Now Do You Believe” in Tebow? The Suleiman brothers have been creating new messages after each game, all from an office which has a window view of the sign

 

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What a daughter learned about Islam from her American Muslim father

This is what Islam means to a man who grew up as a Muslim and left it behind to become an all-American patriot.

(The author is a frequent visitor to BNI )

So I had a long talk with my Dad about the recent sharia law block and lawsuits from CAIR and what it would really mean for the United States.

My dad was born and raised in the country now called Albania. He was born to Muslim parents, and therefore it was the only religion he has ever known. There are not many stories about Islam in Albania, not to the extent of Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, or Afganistan where the majority of the population is Muslim.  But he did grow up learning quickly that Islam is not at all what it seems. It teaches hate and violence against virtually all humanity.

It looks appealing to some people due to its culture though it varies with different countries and money.  In Albania, for example, the woman who is engaged to be married receives many gifts of jewelry and gold as does her family. There is also money given to the father of the soon to be bride. What most people who convert to Islam fail to realize is the true nature and horrors of it all. Wife-beatings are common and are permitted for any reason.  Child brides are a normal custom among Muslims and men often leave their wives as they age in favor of the child brides (some forced into marriage as young as 4-5 ).

Muslims justify killing innocent people based solely on their (Non-Muslim) religious beliefs and/or including race. This is what my Dad saw in Albania and he was deeply disturbed by it all. My paternal grandfather and grandmother were not the norm either.  They worked on their farm and allowed their children the maximum amount of freedom they could. My uncle, when he was in his 20′s, decided after the wars were fought, that he wanted a change and and a new life. So he came to NYC and got a job. My father saved up as much money as he could and followed his brother to NYC, leaving behind his Islam faith.

Upon arriving to NYC, he worked with my uncle as a doorman and lived with him. He met my mother and 3 years later they got married in a church (my mother is Catholic) and together built a life. My grandfather approved of the marriage, but my grandmother took a while to warm up to my mother, but eventually grew to love her.

In the 25+ years they were together they had me and my sisters. Over the course of our childhood we learned about both religions but never
indepth about Islam until 9/11. On that day, we asked our father to tell us the truth about islam, and what possible justification did the 19 highjackers have to kill 3000 innocent people. Over the next few weeks following 9/11, we learned about the true meaning of Islam, the oppressed lifestyle, the teachings of Mohammed, the law of sharia. Out of everything, my father fears sharia the most.

When I decided to enlist in the military, my dad supported me as did my Muslim family. They love the freedoms of America, the right to choose rather than being forced into something they don’t want or approve of. My Muslim family is very different from other Muslim families, the woman have choices, they have the freedom to date, to enjoy life and are encouraged to go to college. My family has been ridiculed and kicked out for their outspoken views on many of, if not all the horrors of the quran and how it should be changed to fit modern days and times of the 21st century.

Now when I showed my dad your article (sharia-law-is-here-federal-judge-bows-to-obama-upholds-government-funding-of-islam) about the possibly or sharia law here in the states, he broke down. He said sharia law has no place in democracy, it has no place here. If it is imposed in one state how long before other states will adopt sharia law?

What would it mean for us? Our family? Our friends? The answer is simple and that would be death, my daughters are at the age where sharia laws promotes marriage to an older man, my son trained for so called “manhood” and I as a mother have no say. My family would be tortured and killed if sharia law came here because we have angered the imams and insulted the teachings of the quran. My sisters and I would be raped and killed for bringing shame to the community by our looks, our education, and our up bringings. My parents would be killed because of their marriage.  All this would be justified in sharia law. Gays would face the same fate, Jews and Christians. It would become a war of survival.

Could the United States handle such a war? My father’s take is that we must prepare for a real threat of sharia law. All the political correctness must stop. Liberals have no idea just how dangerous it is and the serious concerns we, as a nation face. In short, my family is wondering what will happen if sharia law gets recognized here, even on a small scale? It would bring utter fear and destruction. That is the very reason he left Albania, the very reason he has not once set foot in a mosque here. My father has said, “if need be, I would fight for freedom, not just for me, but for my children and grandchildren. To not be forced into something they do not believe in.”


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LEFT WING LOONIES hating on a Muslim woman who most Americans would love

When a courageous Muslim woman goes public with her call for religious/racial profiling of Muslims at airports, the IslamoFascist apologists attack her as a self-hating Muslim loon.

You’ll recall the video I posted recently of A ONE IN A BILLION Muslim author, Asra Q. Nomani, who made the case FOR religious/racial profiling on CNN. As if this woman’s life isn’t already in enough danger from fundamentalist Muslims, now the left adds fuel to the fire.

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From a website called Loonwatch that nobody but loons read. Go there at your own risk.


Loonwatch – Islamophobia is a big business.  From pretend-scholars of Islam to pretend-apostates from Islam, it seems like every other person is trying to cash in on the cash cow that is anti-Muslim bigotry.  All sorts of opportunists have made six-digit salaries and full-time careers out of Muslim-bashing.  (Hey, where do I go to cash in on this?) So it shouldn’t surprise us that some Muslims would want to get in on the action.  And so, I introduce to you one very prominent self-hating loon, namely Asra Nomani.

Nomani has become the “Muslim-for-hire”, selling out her religious community in exchange for fame and money. (Gee, how did they get a look at her tax return or her bank balance?)  Like other anti-Muslim bigots, she arose out of obscurity and shot to national prominence by fear-mongering about the Evil Muslims. Now, she has a very steady career out of doing the neo-con bidding.  Nomani is very useful to the right wing, as she provides them with the “voice from the inside.”  She says the same things as the Islamophobes do, but when she says them, then the Islamophobes can point and say: “Look, even one of their own–a real life Muslim–says the same as we’ve been saying all along!”

This self-hating loon has consistently taken positions that are anti-Muslim.  For example, she came to the swift defense of anti-Muslim bigots who opposed the construction of an Islamic cultural center two blocks away from Ground Zero, arguing that “their fears are legitimate.” When Juan Williams stated that he discriminates against people who “look Muslim”, it was none other than Nomani who came to his defense.  Notice how she prefaces her statement with “I am Muslim.”  Well then, you must automatically be a spokesperson for Muslims everywhere, and whatever you say about Islam and Muslims must be true.  You are, after all, a real life Muslim!  In fact, Asra Nomani can hardly ever write an article or argue a point without injecting herself into it, such is her self-absorbed nature.

When anti-Muslim bigots began burning the Quran, Nomani couldn’t get herself to say a word against these lovely people. (Apparently, unlike Nomani, the left wing loons are not familiar with all the violence in the Quran) Instead, she came out on the side of bigotry once again, writing an article fit for Pamela Geller’s hate (heh) site. (How can a Muslim be a bigot against herself?) When right wing bigots need a Muslim voice, who better to do their bidding than Asra Nomani?  By so doing, she allows people to say “well, there are Muslims on both sides of the aisle.”  She might be one of the only voices chanting anti-Muslim talking points, but HEY A REAL LIFE MUSLIM SAYS WHAT WE’VE BEEN SAYING ALL ALONG!  Suddenly there is an equivalence: “there are Muslims on both sides of the issues!” (Sadly, few and far between)

Asra Nomani is marketed as a “progressive Muslim” and argues that what “we need [is] an expression of institutional Islam that is moderate, progressive and liberal.”  Yet there is absolutely nothing progressive about her. (That’s right, because ‘progressive’ to the left means one must support all the enemies of America) Instead, she actually finds herself agreeing with right wing loons.  In the very same article, she states that “the Tea Party activists actually express the sentiments of Muslims such as myself…”  She (smartly) criticizes liberal and progressive Americans like myself, saying:

Liberal and progressive Americans and their organizations have dropped the ball in having a nuanced, intelligent critique of extremist Islamic ideology, currying pluralism points instead in the name of interfaith relations.

So on the one hand, Muslims should be liberals and progressives…And on the other hand, she always is on the side of right wing loons and against real liberals and progressives (REAL liberals and progressives are pseudonyms for communists).  Nomani’s so-called “liberalism and progressivism” is akin to colonial feminism.  Colonial feminism is when people with no connection to feminism suddenly become indignant about womens’ rights in Foreign-Looking Peoples and Countries.(Unlike the so-called feminists in Europe and America who remain silent about the oppression and abuse of women in Muslim countries)

In the same way, Asra Nomani is far removed from liberalism and progressivism, having no relation to it whatsoever.  Womens’ rights is nothing more than a great big stick with which to bash Muslims over the head with.  Nomani is, allow me to coin a new term (albeit a cheap rip-off of the previous neologism), a colonial liberalist.  Her liberalism and progressivism only comes in the flavor of Muslim-bashing. Her liberalism and progressivism goes into overdrive when it comes to the ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, but meanwhile she remains silent when this Goodly Judeo-Christian Beacon of Light Country imprisons and tortures Muslims without charge. (CRAP) Iran’s belligerence is then seen as the Ultimate Evil, but meanwhile our own country’s multiple unjust (only in an America-hater’s mind) wars cannot be questioned. When it comes to criticizing Muslims, she dons the mantle of liberalism and progressivism.  When liberalism and progressivism would mean standing up for Muslims against right wing nut jobs, she’ll be sure to write a piece chastising Muslims. (The only Muslims liberals stand up for are the most radical Muslims, that’s why)

As a colonial feminist and colonial liberalist, Asra Nomani provides the U.S. government with the proper environment for it to continue waging endless wars against the Muslim world, and to continue occupying their lands. (All by herself? Gee, she’s good! Let’s make her Secretary of Defense) This is no different than what the colonialists aforetime did.  And the Arabs, Africans, and Asians are well aware of it.  The British would always find some chump from amongst the natives to chant the colonialist line.  Back then they used to shower that chump with gifts, money, and positions of power.  In exchange, that person would sell out his own people.  Today, the same dynamic exists: Asra Nomani says what they want her to say, and in exchange she gets media appearances on Fox News, sells her books for millions, and gains positions of prestige.  How Yale took her as a fellow amazes me. (Obviously they aren’t as bigoted against Muslim reformers as you are, douchebag)

Whilst claiming to be the voice of progressive and liberal Islam, she remains chummy with the right wing nuts who find her ever the useful tool.  As a proud progressive myself, I cannot understate the degree of harm that her type of self-hating Muslim-bashing “liberals and progressives” have done. Due to people like her, the term “liberal and progressive” has a negative connotation in the Muslim world. (NO, not because of people like her, because of liberals like the author of this, whose deviant lifestyles and queer worship disgust the Muslim world)

And why shouldn’t this be the case, when all the Muslims have heard from such so-called “liberals and progressives” is how barbaric they are, and how great the West is compared to them?  People like her make it harder for true liberals and progressives to market themselves in the Muslim world.

ASRA NOMANI
Muslim Journalist and Activist

Asra Q. Nomani is an Indian-American journalist, author and activist known for her controversial work in the Islamic feminism and reform movements. Born in Bombay, India and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, she graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in journalism.  Her father helped to organize the first Muslim prayer services in Morgantown in the 1970s.

Asra worked for 15 years as a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, where she was a close friend and colleague of Daniel Pearl.  Pearl was staying at Nomani’s rented house in Karachi, Pakistan, with his wife Mariane when he was kidnapped and murdered — a story retold in the 2007 film A Mighty Heart, starring Angelina Jolie.

At the time of Pearl’s kidnapping in early 2002, Asra faced an additional shock: a surprise pregnancy and abandonment by the Muslim man she thought would be her husband.  Still reeling from the murder of her friend and with a son to raise, she returned to her family in Morgantown.

Back in Morgantown, she discovered the local mosque had been taken over by men she saw as extremists.  The film chronicles what happens when she decides to fight back against their exclusionism against women — unexpectedly pitting her against the mosque’s moderates.

Asra left Morgantown in 2007 to co-lead The Pearl Project at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.  She teaches investigative journalism while working with students to uncover the full truth behind Pearl’s kidnapping and murder.  The project’s findings will be published by The Center for Public Integrity in early 2010.

Asra is the author of two books, Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam, which is featured in the film, and Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love.

She now prays at home but dreams of a day when women can pray in the front rows of mosques and preach from the pulpit. www.asranomani.com

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Muslim woman says, "Yes, go ahead, PROFILE ME"

SHE’S A ONE IN A BILLION! Muslim author, Asra Q. Nomani, argues the case FOR religious/racial profiling.

The Daily Beast- In a debate, I said, “Profile me. Profile my family,” because, in my eyes, we in the Muslim community have failed to police ourselves. In an online posting of the Intelligence Squared video, a Muslim viewer called me an “Uncle Tom.”

H/T Weasel Zippers

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IT'S ABOUT TIME! [Maybe not, SEE UPDATE]

North American Muslims take a stand for free speech, even the kind that is offensive to Muslims.

A DEFENSE OF FREE SPEECH BY AMERICAN AND CANADIAN MUSLIMS

We, the undersigned, unconditionally condemn any intimidation or threats of violence directed against any individual or group exercising the rights of freedom of religion and speech; even when that speech may be perceived as hurtful or reprehensible.

We are concerned and saddened by the recent wave of vitriolic anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiment that is being expressed across our nation.

We are even more concerned and saddened by threats that have been made against individual writers, cartoonists, and others by a minority of Muslims.  We see these as a greater offense against Islam than any cartoon, Qur’an burning, or other speech could ever be deemed.

We affirm the right of free speech for Molly Norris, Matt Stone, Trey Parker, and all others including ourselves.

Several of my readers have said the signers of  this pledge may be something other than they seem. I stand corrected.

Joel sent me the following links about the signers:

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1069,http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1422,http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2286,http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/islamicvision.html, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1409, http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/mpactstand4facts25.html,http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/mpactstand4facts25.html

http://discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6176 CAIR

http://discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6178 … ISNA

http://discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=6296 …CSID

As Muslims, we must set an example of justice, patience, tolerance,  respect, and forgiveness.

The Qur’an enjoins Muslims to:
* bear witness to Islam through our good example (2:143);
* restrain anger and pardon people (3:133-134 and 24:22);
* remain patient in adversity (3186);
* stand firmly for justice (4:135);
* not let the hatred of others swerve us from justice (5:8);
* respect the sanctity of life (5:32);
* turn away from those who mock Islam (6:68 and 28:55);
* hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorant (7:199);
* restrain ourselves from rash responses (16:125-128);
* pass by worthless talk with dignity (25:72); and
* repel evil with what is better (41:34).

Islam calls for vigorous condemnation of both hateful speech and hateful acts, but always within the boundaries of the law. It is of the utmost importance that we react, not out of reflexive emotion, but with dignity and intelligence, in accordance with both our religious precepts and the laws of our country.

We uphold the First Amendment of the US Constitution and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Both protect freedom of religion and speech, because both protections are fundamental to defending minorities from the whims of the majority.

We therefore call on all Muslims in the United States, Canada and abroad to refrain from violence.  We should see the challenges we face today as an opportunity to sideline the voices of hate—not reward them with further attention—by engaging our communities in constructive dialogue about the true principles of Islam, and the true principles of democracy, both of which stress the importance of freedom of religion and tolerance.

SIGNATORIES:

Prof. Hassan Abbas, Quaid-i-Azam Chair, South Asia Institute, Columbia University
Anisa Abd el Fattah, Founder and Chairwoman, National Association of Muslim American Women (NAMAW)
Khaled M Abdel-Hamid, MD, PhD, writer
Ammar Abdulhamid, Executive Director, Tharwa Foundation
Imam Johari Abdul Malik, Director of Outreach, Dar-Al-Hijrah Islamic Center
Salma Elkadi Abugideiri, Co-Director, Peaceful Families Project
Aly R. Abuzaakouk, VP Minaret of Freedom Instit., Managing Editor “Democracy Watch” of CSID, Dir. of Foreign Relations: Network of Arab Journalists
Mehnaz M. Afridi, PhD, Adjunct Professor (Judaism, Islam & Genocide Studies) Antioch University
Asma Afsaruddin, PhD, Professor of Islamic Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington
Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, PhD, Director, Minaret of Freedom Foundation
Ahrar Ahmad, PhD, Professor of Political Science, Black Hills State University
Prof. Akbar S. Ahmed, PhD, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies, American University
Osman Ahmed,PhD, President Islamic Society of Essex County, Newark, NJ
Prof. Parvez Ahmed, PhD, Fulbright Scholar & Assoc. Prof. Univ. of North Florida
Levent Akbarut, Steering Committee member, Islamic Congregation of La Canada Flintridge
Barbara Al-Bayati, Co-Founder, Orphan Whispers
Aman Ali, writer, stand-up-comedian
Javed Ali, founder and publisher, Illume magazine
Wajahat Ali, playwright, journalist, and producer of “Domestic Crusaders”
Sumbul Ali-Karamali, JD, LLM (Islamic Law), author of “The Muslim Next Door”
Shaykh al-Hajj Dawud Ahmad al-Amriki, Director, Muslim America
Salam al-Marayati, Pres., Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
Shahed Amanullah, Editor-in-Chief, Altmuslim
Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
Patricia Anton, Board member, Muslim Peace Fellowship
M. Saud Anwar, Co-Chair, American Muslim Peace Initiative
Abdul Cader Asmal MD, PhD, Past President, Islamic Council of Mew England
Aref Assaf, PhD, President, American Arab Forum
Hussam Ayloush, Exec. Director, CAIR Greater Los Angeles Area
Robert Azzi, photojournalist, writer
Imam Yusuf Badat, Islamic Foundation of Toronto and Mathabah Foundation
Laleh Bakhtiar, PhD, Scholar-in-Residence, Kazi Publications
Hazami Barmada, Pres, American Muslim Interactive Network (AMIN)
Bahar Bastani, M.D., Professor of Medicine, S.L.U., Secy. General Shia Islamic Education Center, VP of IMANA-St. Louis
Victor Ghalib Begg, Senior Advisor, Chairman Emeritus, Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan
Zahra Billoo, Director, CAIR San Francisco Bay Area
Jannah bint Hannah, activist, al-Fatiha Foundation
Farah Brelvi, Board of Directors, ACLU-NC
Arsalan Bukhari, Executive Director, CAIR-WA
M. Ali Chaudry, PhD, President, Center for Understanding Islam (CUII)
Kamran Cheikh, Activist, Committee member, Muslims for Peace, Justice & Progress (MPJP), researcher for Deen Research Center (DRC)
Noor-Malika Chishti, Vice Chair, So. CA Committee for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, Representative, the Sufi Order International, Member, World Council of Muslims for Interfaith Relations
Sakina Cornell, Risk Management Coordinator, PSA Healthcare
Vincent J. Cornell PhD, Asa Griggs Candler Prof. of Middle East and Islamic Studies, Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Emory University
Robert D. Crane, JD, author of numerous books
Prof Golam Dastagir, PhD, Visiting Research Scholar, New College, University of Toronto, Canada
Almoonir Dewji, blogger – “That We May Know Each Other”
Mustafa Stefan Dill, blogger;/PR/social media analyst for Muslim issues; musician
Ramsey El-Moslimany, member, Board of Directors, Islamic School of Seattle
Lamia El-Sadek, political and human rights activitist
Mohamed Elsanousi, Director of Communications and Community Outreach for the Islamic Society of N America (ISNA)
Mona Eltahawy, journalist
Dr. Hashim El-Tinay, President, International Peace Quest Institute (IPQI)
Aziz Enhaili, Political analyst,  columnist for Tolerance.ca
Yusuf Estes, Chaplain ret., author of many books, public speaker
Prof. Mohammad Fadel, PhD
Fatemeh Fakhraie, Editor-in-Chief, Muslimah Media Watch
Ali Galedary, Assistant Principal, University High School, Los Angeles
Mike Ghouse, President, World Muslim Congress
Iftekhar Hai, President, UMA Interfaith Alliance
Asma Hanif, Executive Director, Muslimat Al Nisaa
Rabia Terri Harris, Founder and Coordinator, Muslim Peace Fellowship
Hesham Hassaballa,  M.D., author, journalist, blogger – “God, faith, and a pen”
Amir Hussain, PhD, Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
Iftekhar Hussain, Chair, Board of Directors, CAIR-PA
Arsalan Iftikhar, author, human rights lawyer, blogger – “The Muslim Guy”
Jeffrey Imm, Director, Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)
Ghazala Irshad, journalist, blogger – “The Floating Lotus”
Nakia Jackson, writer
Anjum Jaleel, writer
M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD, President, American Islamic Forum for Democracy
Safi Kaskas, President & CEO Strategic Edge
Mohja Kahf, PhD, Assoc. Professor of Comparative Literature, Univ. of Arkansas,  author “The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf”
Dr. Asad U Khan, President, Islamic education Foundation of Manitoba
Mohammed Azhar Ali Khan, C.M., O. Ontario, President, Muslim Coordinating Council of the National Capital Region of Canada
Prof. Muqtedar Khan, PhD, author of several books, Blogger – “Globalog”
Farah Kinani, Journalist, blogger – “Global Voices”
Scott Kugle (Siraj al-Haqq), PhD, Prof. of Islamic Studies, Dept. of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies, Emory University
Shaikh Ahmad Kutty, Resident Senior Scholar, Islamic Institute of Toronto
Faisal Kutty, Visiting Asst. Prof. of law, Valparaiso University School of Law and Adjunct Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto)
M. Junaid Levesque-Alam, writer, blogger – “Crossing the Crescent”
David Liepert, M.D., blogger and author of “Muslim, Christian AND Jew”
Afaun Mandol, Board of Directors, MuslimFest
Radwan A. Masmoudi, PhD, President, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)
Melissa Matos, President, Al-Ghazali Legal Society, Saint Louis University
Prof. Uzma Mazhar, writer
Shelina Merani, community activist, artist, blogger “Muslim Presence”
Ruxana Meer, Esq.
Yahya Merchant, Interfaith Worker, Outreach contact for Islamic Center of Conejo Valley CA
Melody Moezzi, JD, MPH, writer and attorney
Muna Abshir Mohamud, author, editor
Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, author of many books of poetry
Ebrahim Moosa, Assoc. Professor of Islamic Studies, Dept. of Religion, Duke University
Ann El-Moslimany, PhD, Islamic School of Seattle
Lt. Col. Abdul-Rasheed Muhammad, U.S. Army Chaplain
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, President Sound Vision
Arman Musaji, artist
Sheila Musaji, Editor, The American Muslim (TAM)
Muneeb Nasir, President, Olive Tree Foundation, Editor IQRA Canada
Q. Amin Nathari, National Representative, Islam in America Movement (IAM)
Ahmed Naumaan, PhD, Director, Karsaz Inc.
Imam Abdul Hai Patel, Dir. Interfaith Relations, Canadian Council of Imams, Muslim Chaplain University of Toronto & York Regional Police
Aziz H. Poonawalla, PhD, scientist and blogger – “City of Brass” on Beliefnet
M.Waheed-uz-Zaman Rana, Imam,  Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Surgery, Saint Louis University
Hasan Zillur Rahim, PhD, journalist
Shaykh Ahmed Abdur Rashid, The Circle Group
Prof Hussein Rashid, PhD, blogger – “Religion Dispatches”
Shafi Refai, President, United Muslims of America
Irfan Rydhan, Co-Founder of Muslim Unity Foundation
Muhamed Sacirbey, lawyer, diplomat, writer
Louay Safi, PhD, Common Word Fellow, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Christian Muslim Understanding, Georgetown University
Ghulam Abbas Sajan, Director Islamic Ahlul Bayt Assembly of Canada
Robert Salaam, blogger – “The American Muslim”
Raquel Evita Saraswati, activist, writer, blogger
Sarah Sayeed, President of One Blue
Vernon James Schubel, NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of Religious Studies, Kenyon College
Sophia Rose Shafi, MA, MTS, doctoral candidate (Islamic Studies), writer
Shahla Khan Salter, Chair of Muslims for Progressive Values Ottawa, Canada
T.O. Shanavas. MD, Vice President, Islamic Research Foundation, author
S. Abdallah Schleifer, Distinguished Prof., Dept. of Journalism & Mass Com, American University Cairo
Ricka Shorish, M.S., R.N., volunteer/consultant, Avicenna Community Health Center
Jihad Shoshara, community organizer and activist, Chicago
Jafar Siddiqui, blogger – “Penjihad”
Prof. Laury Silvers, PhD
Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, PhD, Sr. Lecturer, Islamic Studies & African American Religion, University of Florida
Prof. Ibrahim B. Syed, PhD, President of Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc.,  author
Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Nat’l Director, Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances, Islamic Society of N America (ISNA)
Dr. Mahmoud Shawky Taman, Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin
Haris Tarin, Director, Washington DC Office Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
J.Tayeb, MD, President, CAIR-MI, ISNA founders committee member, Vice chair, HUDA free Clinic, Detroit
Pamela Taylor, Co-founder Muslims for Progressive Values, Panelist for On Faith
Tayyibah Taylor, Editor, Azizah Magazine
Mahdi Toourage, PhD, Assistant Prof., U of Western Ontaio
Tarik Trad, writer, humorist, photographer, artist and activist
Asma T. Uddin, Attorney, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and Editor, Altmuslimah
Joya Uraizee, Associate Professor of English, Saint Louis University
Wahida Valiante, President, Canadian Islamic Congress and Chair of Islamic History Month Canada
Jason van Boom, Host of “Islam and Authors”, writer
Amina Wadud, PhD, consultant on Islam and gender, visiting scholar Starr King School for the Ministry
Danya Wellmon, Co-Founder Women Transcending Boundaries interfaith group
Svend White, blogger – “Akram’s Razor”, activist, writer
G. Willow Wilson, author of “Butterfly Mosque” and “Air” graphic novel series
Ani Zonneveld, President, Muslims for Progressive Values

NOTE:  If you are a Canadian or American Muslim and would like to add your signature, please send an email with your name, title, and organizational affiliation (if any) to tameditor@aol.com — The list of signatories will be updated daily and the most recent list can be found HERE.  National Post H/T Lee S

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Why I left Islam

A former Muslim and BNI reader graciously agreed to tell us why he decided to leave Islam. Just call him TA.

[Videos here are testimonies of well-known ex-Muslims]

I researched Islam to be a better muslim and started to study it carefully which led me to Jeruslaem, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. I was shocked to learn some of the teachings of islam/koran and especially the life of mohammad.

I was very disappointed and could not believe what I was learning and studing. I even went to the mosque in Toledo, Ohio to know firsthand and in Cleveland. I became more and more heartbroken, then, frustration, then, anger. I also studied the other relegions but that is a long story. To make it short, I became a Christian based on my research and the evidence of the Bible.

Finally, after many years of research,study, endless nights of reading, I told everyone that Islam was a false religion based on the facts of history, testimony, and I could prove it to all who would ask me. I thought everyone would listen to me and believe as I did. WAS I WRONG!! Instead, they accused me of being paid by some church or some Jews and all kinds of false allegations.

Nevertheless, the more I spoke out, the bolder I became, because I realized that I knew more ( I am no Genius, just did my research ) about Islam than the Imams and religious muslim scholars did. All of my family with the exception of my wife, wanted to basically lynch me and some even tried to injure me with many threats on my life and my children.

Don’t want to bore you all with a long story, but in the end, I have seen the REAL ISLAM being played out before me in my own family and friends which I was unprepared for. Still, I tried to reason with them to no avail. I lost just about all of them as friends but some surprisingly, did listen and have left Islam also ( 5 ) but the vast majority showed me what Islam is in real life, not the life I was used to. Meaning, their true feelings were revealed to me as a Christian by their actions, threats, fights, and too much to even name here.

I came to see mohammad as a false prophet and most likely, the most vile man who ever lived because he misled many of my own who I care/cared deeply for. Today, I love the Jews and Christians who were my sworn enemies all my life, because I see them as equals and God’s children. That is an awful lot as I was raised to hate the Jews and despise the Christians.

Still, the issue must be on eliminating this Demonic Plaque of Islam and try to De-programme the muslims if at all possible. I do care for them but they are decieved and if we don’t stop or slow down this false doctrine, then we will pay the price ultimately. I have hope because I know the “END OF THE STORY”. I hope and Pray that the muslims will leave this religion and find the truth, but sadly, I don’t see that happenning anytime soon.

BTW, I have just learned that I have read much material from Robert Spencer as I looked up some names of the books authore by Robert, and to my surprise, many have had a tremendous impact on my walk as a friend of mine ( Anis Shorosh ) referred me to some of your material and a Missionary friend also. God Bless you and let us not grow weary of doing what is right and just!!!

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No, not ALL Muslims are bad.

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a medical doctor and former U.S. Naval officer, is the kind of outspoken Muslim whom I wish would represent the American Muslim community.

I have been following Dr. Jasser’s writings, TV and radio appearances for several years now. Below are his views on the proposed 9/11 Ground Zero monster mosque.

MOSQUE UNBECOMING

By M. ZUHDI JASSER AIFDemocracy

In the 1960s, my parents left their despotic motherland of Syria for the promise of genuine liberty and religious freedom in America. In the decades since, we have led the construction of a number of mosques in the towns where we lived.

Zuhdi Jasser recipient

These were all humble mosques, funded locally by our congregations. It’s plain the planned “Ground Zero mosque” is something very different. Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, his wife, Daisy Khan, and an investor intend to build “Cordoba House,” an ostentatious $100 million, 13-story Muslim community center including a gym, a swimming pool, a performance-arts facility and a mosque.

My first concern is whether the financing truly represents the local American Muslim community or comes with strings from foreign Islamists. But that is far from my last concern.

I am an American Muslim dedicated to defeating the ideology that fuels global Islamist terror — political Islam. And I don’t see such a “center” actually fighting terrorism or being a very “positive” addition near Ground Zero, no matter how well intentioned.

Zuhdi Jasser, Producer

To put it bluntly, Ground Zero is the one place in America where Muslims should think less about teaching Islam and “our good side” and more about being American and fulfilling our responsibilities to confront the ideology of our enemies.

Khan and Rauf avoid discourse on reform and political Islam. Instead, they simply give us the familiar, too vague condemnation of “extremism and violence.” They seem to conveniently view 9/11, al Qaeda and every manifestation of militant Islamism as simply a public-relations problem for “Muslims in the West.” Imam Rauf has even gone so far as to bizarrely say that the 9/11 terrorists were “not Muslims.”

As controversy over the project has become heated, Rauf’s Web site has scrubbed the term “mosque” in exchange for “center” — again missing the boat of why so many Americans are offended. (Meanwhile, the plans of another local Islamic group to rebuild near Ground Zero only added to the quandary.)

This is not about the building of a mosque or a religious facility. It is not about religious freedom. This is about a deep, soulful understanding of what happened to our country on 9/11.

When Americans are attacked, they come together as one, under one flag, under one law against a common enemy that we are not afraid to identify. Religious freedom is central to our nation – and that is why the location of this project is so misguided. Ground Zero is purely about being American. It can never be about being Muslim.

The World Trade Center site represents Ground Zero in America’s war against radical Islamists who seek to destroy the American way of life. It is not ground zero of a cultural exchange.

We American Muslims cannot merely passively avoid Islamists like the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoots. We need to ask ourselves: Are we Americans who happen to be Muslim or Muslims blindly demanding to be American?

Jasser has spoken out against Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) in front of Congress

On Sept. 12, 2001, I was first an American. When those planes hit the World Trade Center, they hit at the core of my being as an American. The attack on my faith by the terrorists was secondary to their attack on my homeland.

We need to focus our efforts more transparently on teaching Muslim youth that the American concepts of liberty and freedom are preferable to sharia and the Islamic state. American Muslims represent the best opportunity to fight Islamist radicalization not because we understand Islam but because we have experienced and understood what American liberty provides to the Muslim experience.

Americans must always remember the horrors of 9/11 and must be vigilant in not allowing political Islam to wear down the principles that built our country.

This center is trying to change the narrative of 9/11 — to diminish what happened at Ground Zero. That can only weaken us against the very real threat of Islamist radicalization.

American Muslims will be better served if this project is built further away from Ground Zero and focuses on leading a reform effort. If we help build anything at the WTC site itself, it should be timeless memorials to all those who lost their lives on 9/11 — memorials blind to faith, race, creed or national origin. NY POST

OTHER JASSER VIDEOS:

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If only Muslims in America were more like this guy…

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser addresses Congress, apparently in opposition to the radical Islam sympathizer, Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).

Cong. Trent Franks (R-AZ) hosted a briefing by AIFD President, M. Zuhdi Jasser, on the threat of political Islam and the responsibilties of American Muslims to engage in the war of ideas. Cong. Keith Ellison, who had just returned from fundraising for CAIR in Arizona despite recommmendations not to from members of the AZ Congressional delegation was present.

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TWILIGHT ZONE: Chris Mathews (Left Wing extremist) vs Dr. Zuhdi Jasser (moderate Muslim)

SAY WHAT?  MSNBC’S Chris Mathews says he agrees with the Fort Hood jihadist’s view of the war, and thinks there’s nothing wrong with calling al-Qaeda. Incredibly, Mathews also says that Muslim assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, had a good reason for  killing Robert F. Kennedy.

The Muslim guy, who appears shocked at Mathews’ preposterous remarks, takes America’s side.

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‘A God Who Hates’ by Wafa Sultan, Syrian-born psychiatrist who created an international firestorm when she challenged an Islamic cleric on al-Jazeera TV

WAFA SULTAN, included on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2006, is a courageous woman who continues to inflame the Muslim world by speaking out against the evils of Islam.

Wafa Sultan invited scorn and hatred from Muslims everywhere when she appeared on Al-Jazeera as the first Arab Muslim woman on that network who dared to confront the entire Islamic nation, the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur’an, and Allah.

From the front page of The New York Times to YouTube, Dr. Wafa Sultan has become a force radical Islam has to reckon with. Forced to live in hiding because of constant death threats she receives for leaving Islam, now she tells her story and what she learned, first-hand, about radical Islam in a passionate memoir that is also a cautionary tale for the West. She grew up in Syria in a culture ruled by a god who hates women. “How can such a culture be anything but barbarous?”, Sultan asks. “It can’t”, she concludes “because any culture that hates its women can’t love anything else.” She believes that the god who hates is waging a battle between modernity and barbarism, not a battle between religions. She also knows that it’s a battle radical Islam will lose. Condemned by some and praised by others for speaking out, Sultan wants everyone to understand the danger posed by A God Who Hates.

Wafa Sultan on ‘Why I Left Islam’ (in English).

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