Islam & Nonviolence & Corporate Media
Jihad. Muslim. In the United States these words are synonymous with terror. To consumers of corporate culture there is no difference between Islam and Al Qaida. They are fed lines in the Times, Washington Post and even the Oregonian like "Seeking Terrorist Plots, F.B.I. Is Tracking Hundreds of Muslims" or "Agent discovers traces of TNT in bag linked to Islamic leader". What the corporate media won't tell you about is the history of nonviolence within the Islamic faith. Contrary to what the corporate media would have you believe not all Muslims are suicide bombers.
Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
"The Holy Prophet Mohammed came into this world and taught us 'That man is a Muslim who never hurts anyone by word or deed, but who works for the benefit and happiness of God's creatures.' Belief in God is to love one's fellow men." - Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
Possible the most unsung hero (because he is a Muslim?) in the western world, Khan was a great hero of peace and led Muslim nonviolent resistance to British rule. Khan's "Servants of God" as they where called took an oath. "I shall never use violence. I shall not retaliate or take revenge, and shall forgive anyone who indulges in oppression and excesses against me." Khan led his Pashtun followers( yes, the folks the corporate media tell you are blood thirsty savages) in nonviolent resistance against the British after India declared independence. One account describes the resistance, "those behind came forward and with their breasts bared, exposed themselves to the fire...so that some got as many as 21 bullet holes in their bodies, and all the people stood their ground without getting into a panic." The Servants of God held the northwest region of India for 20 years under Khan's leadership without violence. Despite the bloodlust of the British.
"Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but be not aggressive. Surely Allah loves not aggressors" (2:190).
To the "National Society" in Egypt to Pattani Muslims' struggle in Thailand Muslim's have often turned to nonviolent resistance to oppression. You will be hard pressed to find these sort of references in western history.
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