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  • islamoyankee 8:16 am on August 3, 2010 Permalink
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    I recently posted about the American Ahmadi Community attempting to create a bad Muslim/good Muslim dichotomy, where they are the good Muslims. Their response in comments actually seems to reinforce my thesis.

    Leaders in the Ahmadi Muslim Community (AMC) are making a play to rectify the absence of a centralized leadership body for the Muslim-American community by positioning themselves as the leaders of the community.

    Unfortunately, their approach appears to be based on a Good Muslim/Bad Muslim dichotomy that actually ends up hurting the Muslim-American community.

    • shams 8:20 am on August 3, 2010 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      good muslims are maftoons or dead, bad muslims are all other muslims.
      kind of like Amerindians.

  • islamoyankee 7:35 am on February 10, 2010 Permalink
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    In keeping up with our fascination with all things Taqwacore, I want mention my roundtable with the Kominas and interview with Michael Muhammad Knight are both up are Religion Dispatches.

  • islamoyankee 4:13 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink
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    Over at my blog I have a video regarding Muslim American views on violence against their neighbors. I did not want to embed it here because I was not sure of the etiquette around Flash movies on the front page.

    • aziz 5:31 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      embedding movies is fine, if you can get it to work, which I havent for some reason. more on teh To Do list :P

  • islamoyankee 4:11 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink
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    My thoughts on Ft. Hood over at Religion Dispatches.

    It’s quite possible that Hasan is mentally ill and chose to use Islam to express that illness the way a Christian may believe he’s hearing the voice of Jesus. In both cases they are turning to comfortable cultural idioms to express the confusion in their heads.

    The following paragraph was cut from the final version, a decision I do agree with. However, I am thinking of picking up the thread and am curious to hear your thoughts.

    One concrete action we can take is to reach out to Hasan’s student, Duane Reasoner, who believes ““In the Koran, you’re not supposed to have alliances with Jews or Christian or others, and if you are killed in the military fighting against Muslims, you will go to hell.”” He is clearly misguided in his understanding of the Qur’an. The first part he is referring to is verse 5:52, which refers to Christians and Jews who broke a treaty with Muhammad in Medina. The second is verse 4:92, which states a believer shall not kill a believer. According to the Constitution of Medina, a believer can include Jews and Christians. However, even if one accepts Reasoner’s understanding that the verse only refers to Muslims, he still has a problem. The greatest killer of Muslims in the 21st century has been the Taliban and Al-Qa’ida. The Sunni-Shi’ah conflict in Iraq is another violation of the Qur’an. Reasoner must either put himself in the position of deciding who is Muslim, or accept that as problematic as US intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan has been, it has probably also saved a large number of Muslim lives. Reasoner needs help, and he needs it now.

    I do want to make it clear that the above is not meant as a defense of the invasion of Iraq; the quote is slightly out of context. So please focus on the main point of reaching out to Reasoner.

    • aziz 5:41 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      YES! thank you. i was looking for this on email earlier and could not find it.

    • AA 5:58 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The one narrative I see coming out of the Muslim response is that there are lot of people ‘angry’ at many things wrong with a post 9/11 America. Well, Americans are angry too, and those who get angered, usually look for excuses to dump their anger (shadows) on others.

      Anyways, I don’t necessarily have a unique view or claim to know the answers. But I find these two read relevant. The first one is relevant to the practical level, how the elected representative should lead (versus what the crowd may wish), and the second is more on the deeper level, an analysis of our over-identification with religion, nationalism, etc. People take their religiosity too personally (taking it seriously is another matter, but IMHO, the root cause lies in us taking religion too personally).

      1 – (someone has posted this here earlier, I think it’s the best practical narrative).

      2 – Psychological assessment of [over]identification.

    • Buzz 6:00 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This topic has been reviewed a little in a thread Aziz started about whether it is Islamically ethical to be involved in the US Military. You raise some of the troubling questions and highlight the problematic nature of such an ethical question. It is far from black and white.

      Do things change if the US Military supports Bosnian Muslims or enter into a military cooperation with Yemen?

      While Muslims must support each other, do Muslims also have an obligation to support the society in which they dwell and prosper (as opposed to displaced refuges who may have never really joined their host country’s society)? And so forth.

      The righteous caliph of the Muslim empire, to whom devotion and allegiance are due, does not exist. I think most Muslim who feel reticence about serving in a Western military express nationalist ideals more than Islamic ones. And if one can make the argument that serving in a Western military is unethical, it would seem that the same argument can be made to not participate in Western society at all. Who is to say that a programmer or a green grocer in the west does less than military personel in contributing to ‘western hegemony.’

      • null 12:52 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I guess what you’re saying is that being in the west is a package deal. You can’t just decide that you want the freedom and democracy, but hold the bombastic foreign policy please. There’s probably some truth in this.

        I can only speak for myself, but I don’t feel that not participating in a western Army comes out of “anti-western” feelings. It comes out of knowing that in any modern war there are huge numbers in the way of “collateral damage”, and I don’t want blood on my hands. I support my country by being good, and wanting it to be good. Quaint, but true. In the same way I would boycott an unethical company – no matter how much good it was doing for the economy – by not working for/buying from them, I choose to distance myself from the military complex as much as I can.

        • Buzz 1:06 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          but I don’t feel that not participating in a western Army comes out of “anti-western” feelings.

          I predicted that sentiment but forgot to account for it.
          Obviously, not every Muslim gets in or has to apply for military service. But the army, like government and all strata of society requires representation. The way to make the western military more Muslim friendly is by participation in the highest ranks.

          Still, I also see your position as additionally valid.

  • islamoyankee 12:15 pm on June 30, 2009 Permalink
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    My anti-torture statement for the ACLU is here.

  • islamoyankee 12:15 pm on June 10, 2009 Permalink

    March tomorrow, June 11, 2009, in front of the White House as a Religious Witness Against Torture. In the “credit where credit is due” department, ISNA is participating.

  • islamoyankee 8:38 am on June 10, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Columbia University, , , , Salam Al-Mayarati   

    Juan Cole will be speaking at Columbia on June 11, 2009 at 7PM. Event is free, but RSVP is needed.

    Details here. RSVP here.

  • islamoyankee 7:33 am on April 1, 2009 Permalink
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    Iranians suggest Masturbation for Allergies

    Not an April Fool’s Day joke.

  • islamoyankee 6:55 pm on March 29, 2009 Permalink

    RD: Why Torture Needs You.

  • islamoyankee 6:50 pm on March 29, 2009 Permalink
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    US State Dept. is expanding digital presence.

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