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Islam, Nonviolence and Corporate Media

"Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but be not aggressive. Surely Allah loves not aggressors" (2:190). (article 1)
Islam, Nonviolence and Corporate Media
Islam, Nonviolence and Corporate Media
Islam & Nonviolence & Corporate Media
Islam & Nonviolence & Corporate Media

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.

More info:

http://www.mpfweb.org/
http://www.planet.edu/~alaslah/

MORE TO COME......

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Very peaceful... 09.Oct.2002 19:18

Muslim Death Clan

"O believers, make war on the Jews and Christians who dwell around you. Let them find firmness in you." (Surah 9, Section 123)

"Fight those Jews and Christians who believe not in the God of Jacob even if they be People of the Book until they agree to pay the tribute in recognition of their submissive state." (Surah 9, Section 29)

"You will be called to fight a mighty nation of Jews and Christians ; fight them until they embrace the God of Jacob." (Surah 48, Section 16)

"Then fight and slay the Jews and Christians wherever you find them. And seize them, beleaguer them and lie in wait for them, in every stratagem (of war)." (Surah 9, Section 5)

"Those who believe fight in the cause of the God of Jacob; And those who reject the true faith of the God of Jacob fight in the cause of Evil; So fight ye against the Jews and Christians, those Friends of Satan ...." (Surah 4, Section 10, Chapter 76)

"Take not the Jews and Christians as friends or protectors." (Surah 5, Section 8, Chapter 51)

"The Jews and Christians perverted the things they learned in the Covenant of the God of Jacob." (Surah 3, Section 19, Chapter 187)

"The God of Jacob has turned his face from Jews and Christians, and Arabs, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Atheists should do the same." (Surah 4, Section 7, Chapter 47)

YOUR CYNICISM and FEAR solves nothing!! 10.Oct.2002 02:20

Erin Emerson starlypt@alaska.net

WHO are these CRUEL individuals who posted the last two comments to this article.

An individual will rise up and be the divinity that we are all capable of MUCH more often when you believe in them...


THE V A S T majority of Muslims ARE peace loving.


In the same way that the V A S T majority of Westerners are peace loving.


PLEASE spread P E A C E , not ignorant rantings which polarize our society and thinking... That is what we are working against, and what can save our world !!!


WE MUST C H A N G E our world by BECOMING the Change we want to see in the W O R L D.

THE CORE of Islam is Beautiful. As is the core of many

P E A C E benefits us ALL so please LETS NOT ATTACK, LET'S NOT POLARIZE.

LOVE to ALL .... LOVE and NON-violence 10.Oct.2002 02:35

Erin Emerson starlypt@alaska.net

That we may come together and EVOLVE..

BECOME the CHANGE you want to see in the WORLD.

we have nothing to lose

LOVE DOES NOT FORSAKE.

ALLAH = LOVE = GOD = to walk in divinity, to see through the eyes of GOD..

TO WALK in compassion.. == to know what we find to be true, beautiful. This can be explained rationally or religiously.. IT is STILL the SAME TRUTH.

TRUTH = TRUTH = TRUTH.


TO CREATE the change, we must step out of this cycle.
Just because a cycle of violence has occurred in the past, does NOT mean it has to continue .

WE are intelligent beings, we live in a diverse world of distributed information. WE must take advantage of this ability we have to C H O O S E our coexistence in beauty and love, mystery and history .... read the words of

Cultures and knowledge, communication, understanding amongst people can spread like wildfire. DO NOT be complacent.

Movlavi Jalaladdin Rumi.


Become the power of HEART and purify in love (note: the TRUE meaning of spiritual purification in Islam = "Ji'had" IS nonviolent!!


Praise Allah, God, Jehova, Yahwei, Great Earth mother within the UNIVERSE all the S A M E ..

What we must do is WAKE UP the world.. 10.Oct.2002 02:53

Erin Emerson

WAKE UP these individuals who choose the EASY road of complacency and bashing of direct Action, bashing of violence.

BY BECOMING THE CHANGE we need to SEE. TO CREATE PEACE WE MUST PROMOTE PEACE with the people of Islam. A beautiful, wonderful people.

The Qu'ran promotes spiritual integration among many faiths and beliefs.

To promote peace is similar to acting as a great professor, be inspired, do the research, show what is beautiful in the subject/research and the students who have not lived a life of non-violence will become INSPIRED.

DO NOT BECOME CYNICAL or waste time doubting, we have a HUGE choice PEACE on EARTH (awaken and become free-thinking independent beings, responsible for our actions, and creating a life of greater beauty and love.

OR: oppressive regimes, complacency and assaults upon our resources and freedom of choice.

DO NOT POLARIZE AGAINST ISLAM. It is a MISUNDERSTANDING, a misrepresentation of the principles of Islam.

 http://palestine.indymedia.org/news/2002/10/81888.php

We must awaken the CYNICAL CULTURE of the U.S. by BECOMING the MEDIA. WE MUST AWAKEN these individuals and inspire, act, create a civilized world of GREATER BEAUTY and GENIUS as CONSCIOUS CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS. Every action we take, every word we speak to another has an effect. AND we must ACT!!

Does this individual not realize that .... 10.Oct.2002 03:02

Erin Emerson starlypt@alaska.net

Does this individual not realize that the CIA trained Bin Ladin and the Mujahaddin when the Afghanis were fighting the Soviet Union ??


All of these comments do not negate the obvious:

To protest the war with Iraq will INCREASE PEACE and TRUST amongst the U.S. and Islam, as well as the U.S. and the rest of the world, NOT the REVERSE.



SO Y E S PROTEST, We must PROTEST B i G, We Must Struggle to end these rediculous cycles of brainless "eye for an eye" violence. "That seems silly. Then we will have alot of people without eyes.." -Ghandi.


Does this individual expect the innocent people within Iraq to trust us after we AGRessively attack??? E V I L attack?

poetry from Turkey, 13th Century 10.Oct.2002 03:12

Erin Emerson starlypt@alaska.net

Besides, the attacks, the slander only divert attention away from the important issues.

To prevent terrorism, we must PROMOTE trust amongst peoples.


SO WE MUST NOT bomb ANY LONGER. NO to Pre-emptive strikes.


JUSTICE = FREEDOM and LOVE for A L L peoples!!


Sing a Song 10.Oct.2002 12:31

B

I am all for peace where peace is do. But I will not sit in a circle , holding hands and singing loves songs about how things should be while a very real and determined enemy (i.e. radical muslims, and no, I don't mean all Muslims) sneaks up behind me and cuts my throat because I choose to ignore them.
We must act and react on fact, not some sweet emotion.
Grow up Erin.
You have good intentions, but you are missing the mark by a long shot.

Daisy Kingdom 10.Oct.2002 15:09

Kawaywe

Hey Erin, the posting from "Muslim Death Clan " was nothing more than quotes from the Koran, and if you find that offense, don't "shoot the messenger" so to speak.
Tye Dye some more shirts, pick some more flowers, if and when you find Eutopia, get back to us and post a lil note.
You are living in a fantasy world.
Hiding your head in the sand while the train rolls down on toy won't stop the train.
Had you been on that plane in NY, they wouldnt have cared who or what you stood for, it still would have slammed into the building.
I suppose that since you have this idea that if you promote peace and love ( while a noble cause,but one that is not going to happen in this world 100% ) that no harm will come to you.
Have you ever been mugged? Have you ever had to fight for your life, or look into the eyes of someone hell bent on doing you harm? I suspect you have not, and for that I am glad. Trust me, the human animal has a raging darkside that sometimes gets unleashed for various reasons, hate, jealously and a twisted sense of religion.
I will not stand idly by while these extremist zealots take action against us.
Peace is usually won by weilding a sharp sword.
You don't have to pick one up, but be glad that others are prepared to do so to protect you from your own ignorance.

comparative religions 101 10.Oct.2002 17:48

andy

"Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men."
Exodus 32:27-28

"Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword."
Matthew 10:34


Should we bomb Israel and the Vatican?

I'm waiting for an answer.