The Ummah and Its Public Image

June comes to an end with a premature transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis, hastened due to a series of car bomb explosions near security forces in 5 major Iraqi cities responsible for killing about 100 Iraqis and injuring hundreds more. Turkey faced its share of bombs going off in residential areas, and near the hotel President Bush was going to stay at for the NATO summit. The ugly face of fanaticism in the name of Islam is again emerging to destabilize Pakistanメs port city, Karachi. Since the mass killings at Karbala last Muharrum, we notice that perpetrators of these crimes against humanity are choosing softer targets within Muslim countries, seemingly unable to repeat a 9/11 showing. If the beheading of Daniel Pearl in Karachi was somehow insufficient in driving home the urgency of deep cleansing needed within the Muslim global diaspora, then the recent decapitation of American Paul Johnson and South Korean Kim Sun-il, certainly clarifies it for those still unsure. It also clarifies what Islamメs credibility is up against. See full column at Naseebvibes on

Taking Back Islam

Rally Condemns Terrorism

A simple but powerful message defined a Muslim-sponsored rally held April 25 in Patriot’s Square Park in downtown Phoenix: the targeting and killing of innocent civilians is absolutely wrong. The rally is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation – a public gathering of Muslims, in solidarity with people of other faiths, unequivocally denoun-cing terrorism. Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, a Phoenix physician and chairman of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, organized the event. Jasser said it’s time to “rally together around certain absolute, moral truths that make civilized life possible. God has created all these spiritual paths to lay down certain eternal, absolute laws so that humankind can live in peace. The killing of innocent people out of revenge, hate or retribution is against those absolute laws. People can justify their actions all day long, but we as Muslims are saying … that those acts are against every thing for which we stand.” Go to this link at the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix for the entire news story

Muslim and American Patriot

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is an American patriot. He is also a Muslim. And he is trying very hard to prove to his fellow Americans that these two central features of his life are as compatible as they are self-reinforcing. In fact, Dr. Jasser, who is a Phoenix physician, is trying so hard that he has taken it upon himself and his organization, the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), to stage a rally tomorrow in downtown Phoenix. Appropriately, it will be held at Patriots Square Park. Summoning Muslims and other members of the interfaith community, Dr. Jasser and AIFD implore their neighbors to “stand with Muslims against the targeting of innocent civilians and to denounce those who would exploit religion to do so.” In a recent essay he penned for the Arizona Republic, Dr. Jasser explained why he felt compelled to organize the rally. In an era characterized by increasing attacks targeting innocent civilians across the globe, Dr. Jasser lamented that “[i]t is impossible as an American not to feel the growing, palpable distrust toward the Muslim community.” What is especially disturbing to him is the hate-filled rhetoric emanating from Muslim groups like the Council on American Islamic Relations, whose executive director has declared he is “in support of the Hamas movement,” which the U.S. government has condemned as a terrorist organization. (none) See the full editorial at this link at the Washington Times.