I haven’t been on Xanga or Word press for several weeks. So much has happened in these past three weeks. First the Paris bombing. Then the California massacre.
When Paris was bombed a day after Beirut was bombed, I was shaken to my roots. All over the country, there was just one mantra being chanted. “Do away with the Muslims. Islam is a violent religion. Vandalize the mosques”. I, in my own way, wanted to reach out to our community and tell them that out of the 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, less than 0.1 % have bombed and killed people here in this country. There have been more deaths from white non Muslim people in this country (Aurora CO, Sandy Hook, Killing of three Muslim Students in North Carolina by their neighbour, because he didn’t care for their religion or the fact he had issues with the parking spots, and of course the young man who killed nine people in a church earlier this year) than by Muslims. I am not defending the killers. Whoever they are. They are murderers, and they are extremists… mentally stable or otherwise.
I have got off on a different tangent. My fear after the Paris bombing made me decide that I should write a letter to the local newspaper, and if possible have a Forum about Islam and ask people to come and listen to us. The letter I wrote was very well received, and the Islamic Forum was a block buster. People were hungry to know about Islam, and I thought the best thing to do was to educate. Ignorance causes fear, and that leads to hatred. So on the 5th of December three of us from the Islamic Center spoke to the community. There was a lot of news paper and TV coverage, and the public was extremely receptive to what we had to say. We all spoke against ISIS, which is not an Islamic organization. A true Muslim will never kill an innocent person. If he did, it would be like he killed the entire mankind. No Muslim can kill a woman, a child, destroy plants and crops… all very specifically detailed in the Quran. There is nothing Islamic about ISIS. Those savages are rabid animals, and should never be called Muslims.
On the morning of our talk, I saw that our sign to the mosque, was missing. It was there for so many years, and suddenly, sometime between the Friday worship services and the morning of Saturday, somebody had removed the sign that said “Islamic Center”, with an arrow pointing to the driveway of the mosque.
This is getting too long. I have a lot more to say about this, so I shall post the rest of the story in a day or two.
I hope you all are doing well and are very happy in the preparation of Christmas.