OPINION

Where is the Muslim Outrage?

December 01, 2007
Mike Ghouse

As a Muslim I am outraged at this nonsense.

When Prophet Muhammad's cartoons were published, the few Muslims around the world were outraged to the point of becoming destructive. They burned the embassy in Syria. Their contention was that the Prophet cannot be contained in an image, they were right but they were dead wrong on destroying any property, it went against the very principles taught by the Prophet "to forgive the wrong doers".

Not enough of us were outraged against those criminals to make a difference.

Ms. Gibbons affectionately calls the Teddy bear "Muhammad" and the fanatics cry foul. The good for nothing silent majority needs to step and condemn the cleric and the government of Sudan for treating a lady for her benevolence in such an ugly manner. She probably would not have, had she known about it.

Prophet Muhammad would have been saddened with these guys' behavior.

When the Buddha Statue, a world heritage monument was destroyed in Pakistan last month, where was the Muslim outrage?

When the Buddhist Monks were locked up in Burma, where was the Muslim outrage?

What is good for the goose has got to be good for the gander. The third Caliph Omar punished his own son against a complaint from a Jewish businessman: such was the sense of Justice. Where is that sense of justice and fairness now?

Mirza A. Beg writes, "...a woman in Saudi Arabia was gang-raped. She was seen in a car with a person not of her family. She was also found guilty along with the rapists and recommended punishment under the Saudi Law."

That was not bad enough, when she appealed to the Media her punishment was doubled because she made it public. Where is the Muslim outrage? Why aren't the Muslims jamming the phone lines of Saudi Embassies around the world?

Why aren't the Muslims decrying the Saudis for calling it an Islamic Law? It ain't, it is the bizarre law of shameless men who do not follow thier own religion of peace.

"In Sudan, a British teacher was arrested for the sin of helping her class of seven year olds to name a cuddly teddy bear, Muhammad. Yesterday, after a court trial, she was sentenced to 15 days in jail, and it is reported that a crowd was clamoring for a death sentence. In a closed dictatorial country a crowd does not gather, it is allowed or urged to gather." Writes Mirza Beg. Where is the Muslim outrage?

The ones who forgive are the dearest to the lord. Where is this verse buried?

There were members of the state legislature in India who publicly called to kill a heretic, and there was a cleric who offered a bounty for killing the same heretic. Where is the Muslim outrage against these criminals?

God says "Killing one human is like killing the whole humanity". Why isn't this verse evoked?

Darfur is bleeding, where is the Muslim outrage?

The time has come for the Muslims to speak up; the good for nothing majority needs to speak up, and let their outrage be known.

No doubt, the one's who express their outrage are not given the outlet. The media does not see sensationalism in this. At the World Muslim Congress and a few other organizations we will continue to compile the outrage expressed by Muslims around the world.

I urge the media to give voice to the Muslims who speak up. It gives hopes to the mankind, whether we are Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists or Zoroastrians, we face the common enemy - ignorance. Ignorance displayed by super literate people as well as illiterate.

References: HERE HERE and HERE

Mike Ghouse is a Speaker, Thinker and a Writer. He is president of the www.FoundationforPluralism.com and is a frequent guest on talk radio and local television network discussing pluralism, terrorism, interfaith, political and civic issues. He is the founding president of the www.WorldMuslimCongress.com with a simple theme: "Good for Muslims and good for the world." His personal Website is www.MikeGhouse.net. Mike is a Dallasite for nearly three decades and Carrollton is his home town. He can be reached at MikeGhouse@gmail.com
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#1
Ravi Kulkarni
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December 1, 2007
01:35 AM

Dear Mike,

I salute you for this article. This introspection is what is unfortunately missing among the muslims of today. There are short comings in every religion including mine, but there are also enough checks and balances in each of them save Islam. The fanatics have hijacked it and you have demonstrated that all is not lost yet.

#2
Chandra
December 1, 2007
02:30 AM


Many westerners go about deliberately provoking muslims and we all know what kind of insane response you get from some muslims. The tamasha goes on.......

#3
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
03:24 AM

Chandra:

Agree with you that a few westerners have made it their business to provoke, get angry reactions, create the fear and then cash it in. Poor Americans dole out monies if they are frightened and some charlatan claims to become their saviour.

However, Ms. Gibbons is a genuines teacher, and showed affection, it was rather endearing. Those idiots did not understand, they were waiting for an opportunity to get angry at anything, a result of their suppressive government.

They need to get on their government and not on others. There is big time Imam next door in Somalia, who openly advocated to have liquor within the confines of the walls.

It is a darn shame, people are misused and it is a greater shame, they take their anger on the innocent people.

#4
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
03:27 AM

Dear Ravi,

Thanks for the note.

Every religion has checks and balances including Islam.

The criminals laws of any country prohibit people from killing, raping, mugging... and there is a punishement for it. Greater than 95% of population of any country follows the laws, obeys the traffic laws.. some don't. It is not the law books that are wrong, it is the violators that are wrong.

Every religion is beautiful and divine. No one can claim superiority over the other, as each religions is dear to the believer.

Mike Ghouse
www.foundationforpluralism.com
www.WorldMuslimCongress.com
www.MikeGhouse.net

#5
Unnikrishnan
December 1, 2007
06:49 AM

Please tell me I'm wrong. Can Islam be corrected?

http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/WWMD.htm

#6
Unnikrishnan
December 1, 2007
06:51 AM

BTW I'm not here to start a flame war

#7
Farhan
December 1, 2007
07:13 AM

#6 Hello Unni
It depends what sites you choose to read, well the above sites main purpose is to abuse Islam and Muhammed(PBHU), so what can we expect from this.
Thanks

#8
smallsquirrel
December 1, 2007
07:55 AM

well someone should be outraged because in the sudan people are taking to the streets calling for the execution of that british teacher, calling her an infidel and saying she is poisoning the minds of children. all over a small misunderstanding for which she has apologized profusely.

meanwhile in that country people are being murdered wholesale.

I have nothing against righteous mulims, but I hate extremists of every religion equally.

it is becoming a sad, frightening, polarized world.

#9
temporal
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December 1, 2007
10:03 AM

condemnation is the order of the day for utter nonsense like this and the saudi rape victim

but the muslims have to go beyond condemnation and spread awareness and knowledge to their multitudes...that would be a formidable task

otherwise

they would be doomed to making knee-jerk condemnations for a long time

#10
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
11:01 AM

Dear Unni,

Dear Unni,

I know you are not here to start a flame war and I appreciate that, that means our resources are to be employed more appropriately - yours and mine and everyone else's to combat ignorance.

Religion is not the reason for problems of the world, it is the ignorance. As I have noted earlier - if one commits a crime in India -it does not mean India is criminal or its constitution is wrong, it is the darn criminal. Look at the crime stats - it is not committed by 100% of Indians be it 100%of Muslim, 100% of Hindu... you will not find more than 5% of population in crime, the rest are good law abiding citizens. India is not and cannot be called criminal... it is not even her people, it is the individuals. Same goes with Religion, it is not the religion.

How do you solve terrorism? The same way as common criminals, jail each one individually as individuals, and the murderer that is thrown in the jail is not to be labeled as Indian murderer, let it not be Hindu or Muslim terrorists, it is simply the terrorist.

If I call those guys involved in either Godhra or Gujarat - Muslim Terrorists or Hindu Terrorists... it offends the innocent law abiding Muslims and Hindus. It starts with the right labels. Terrorists. Period. It does not incite either Muslims or Hindus with such labeling.

Besides, the followers of all religions have their prime duty to have peace for themselves and peace for others.

As an individual, who is also a Muslim, me and all the people that I know, are there to mitigate conflicts and foster goodwill. I am sure, you are part of this peace makers. It starts with each one of us. If we cannot be peaceful, we cannot expect others to be.

Mike Ghouse
www.MikeGhouse.net

#11
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
11:05 AM

Dear SS,

None of us should have anything against others. Crimes are committed by individuals, not by Hindus, not by Muslims, not by a Nation or a religion.

If we bark against the wrong tree, we will not get the results. If you have the time check out my piece on Laser Barking at the terrorists - how to work with the terrorists.

Please do not hate any one - you are the first one to lose peace to do so and it strips your ability to be a peace maker or at least not to be a trouble maker.

Mike Ghouse
www.MikeGhouse.net

#12
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
11:13 AM

Dear Temporal;

Agree with your thought that condemnation is the first step to express the wrongness, that is the least one is expected to do. If one sees a wrong in the world, the prophet whom these ignorant's claim to follow, advises that you must step in and stop the wrong, mitigate the conflict or at least you can speak up and let others know it is wrong.

Many organizations are involved in bringing education to the criminals, it will come. Just as we cannot wipe crimes - thefts, rapes, mugging, arson, murders in India or America, we cannot completely eliminate terrorism in one day. But we can reduce it by treating them as individual criminals and containing the crime to them and not making it a group item.

You and I may not be satisfied with the speed of results, but it is happening.

#13
smallsquirrel
December 1, 2007
12:42 PM

mike... you misunderstand me... I said I hate extremists, and all of them equally. Meaning that I hate the people who give good, God fearing Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, etc a bad name. These are the people ruining the world...

I might be a troublemaker, but not the kind you think :)

#14
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
12:53 PM

SS,

Thanks for clarifying, I stand corrected. By the way, what kind of trouble maker are you?
Mike Ghouse

#15
smallsquirrel
December 1, 2007
01:16 PM

oh, you know.. the garden variety kind... the italian jew that married a hindu and moved to india kind... the girl who has a loud mouth and will tell anyone anywhere to stick it where the sun won't shine... but usually ends up making more friends than enemies.

#16
Sam
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December 1, 2007
01:57 PM

The Muslim ummah is a fictional state in the west, that does not really exist in the Muslim world. I know of several educated Muslims who bemoan the backwardness of the Sudanese and the Arabs (what else can you expect from those goatf***ers? Bah!) rather than see this as a problem that affects all Muslims

Strangely though, lately I have seen a shift in this trend. Muslims who are judged for their beliefs by people who do not even know them (like Unni above) have begun to realise that, like it or not, what happens in Sudan or Saudi Arabia is no longer a local issue of jurisprudence, but a global issue of Islam. What Saudi Arabia and Sudan do is not linked to their history, type of government or culture but is an issue for all Muslims regardless of their country of origin. The Chechnyan, the Malaysian, the Indonesian, the Chinese, the Canadian, all must take responsibility for what happens in Sudan or Saudi Arabia.

Isn't it amazing that regardless of what people may think about Islam, they believe, deep in their hearts that all Muslims are one? Regardless of country, color, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, all Muslims are as ONE.

Now all we have to do is wait for Muslims to discard their apathy and recognise this fact.

#17
temporal
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December 1, 2007
02:11 PM

ss:

heheh

didn't you forget to add "... and who adds to the workload of the moderating editors.."

;)

#18
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
03:13 PM

Dear Sam;

You have made good points, but this particular one is the where I will apply the standard question, "IF IT APPLIES TO ME, WOULD THAT APPLY TO YOU?" or even" WHAT IS GOOD FOR THE GOOSE HAS GOT TO BE GOOD FOR THE GANDER"

Let's put your sentences to test;

The comment "What happens in Sudan or Saudi Arabia is no longer a local issue of jurisprudence, but a global issue of Islam".

What happens to Hindus in Caribbean, Fiji, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Russia, Uzbekistan or Timbuktu is no longer a local issue.

What happens to Christians in Indonesia, Pakistan, China or India is no longer a local issue.

And now this sentence;

Isn't it amazing that regardless of what people may think about Hindus, they believe, deep in their hearts that all Hindus are one? Regardless of country, color, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, all Hindus are as ONE.

Isn't it amazing that regardless of what people may think about Jews, they believe, deep in their hearts that all Jews are one? Regardless of country, color, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, all Jews are as ONE.

The Bahai's, Zoroastrians, Buddhist, Jains and others are no exception either.

It is wrong to paint Muslims or any one in that light, it is creating a division of Humanity... Yes, many a people do that, does it mean we have to do it as well? NO, absolutely NO. I have taken up the issue in each instance above. It is a human issue indeed.

http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2007/02/hindus-harassed-in-kazhakstan-dear-mr.html

http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2007/06/bangladeshi-hindus-harassed.html

http://worldmuslimcongress.blogspot.com/2007/08/condemn-temple-desecration.html

The World Muslim Congress has condemned any injustice towards any human, whether is is Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Zoroastrian, Jew, Buddhist, Bahai or any one...

Each one of us have to stand up for justice for all. We cannot have justice to one and not the other, then it is not justice. Justice is a strong concept in all human endeavors and religions, certainly it is in Islam.

People make mistakes, religions don't.

Mike Ghouse

#19
Ruvy in Jerusalem
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December 1, 2007
04:14 PM

Mike,

This was a very interesting article. It is evident that there is some real movement in the Moslem world, and your writing is real evidence of this. With your permission (and that of the publisher here, I'll forward this article to the Yahoo List of Sheikh Abdulhadi Palazzi and to the Editor of the Root & Branch Information Service for publication there. It is very important for non-Moslems to realize that the Moslem world is not a monolithic bunch of mad, throat cutting terrorists or drive-by shootout artists, even if a lot of the locals here give that impression.

Shavua Tov,
Have a good week

#20
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
04:34 PM

Ruvy,

Shalom
(check this out:http://www.foundationforpluralism.com/Pluralism%20Greetings.pdf)

What made you log onto this website? Just curios.

Thank you for the comment, please forward to Dr. Abdul Hadi Palazzi in Italy, he and I have had several exchanges in the past... I lost the link to his website... he has the best recitation of one of the most popular chapter of Qur'aan. I long to hear it.

112:1 SAY: "He is the One God:
112:2 "God the Eternal, the Uncaused Cause of All Being
112:3 "He begets not, and neither is He begotten;
112:4 "and there is nothing that could be compared with Him.

I am familiar with the interfaith work that is going on in Israel. I was going to be in Jerusalem with the International Federation for Peace, but have postponed due to committments. May be in March 2008.

By the way we were the first group of Muslims in the world, who commemorated holocaust, the surivior spoke at lenght. And am a good friend of director at the Holocaust musuem. We will be doing the event again in Jan 2008. Never again should the world go through what it did in the holocaust.

I am surprised you are writing on Saturday!

Shavua Tov,
Mike Ghouse

#21
temporal
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December 1, 2007
04:37 PM

ruvy:

welcome to the awareness! no group is monolitihic

:)

#22
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
04:38 PM

Ruvy,

you have my permission to forward the article, I don't know the policies of this forum on that particular issue.

Thanks
Mike Ghouse

#23
Sam
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December 1, 2007
04:59 PM

Mike:

"Each one of us have to stand up for justice for all. We cannot have justice to one and not the other, then it is not justice. Justice is a strong concept in all human endeavors and religions, certainly it is in Islam.

People make mistakes, religions don't."

Absolutely, I totally agree. I always give the example, if you are drowning and a hand is extended to you for help, would you care about the religion of the hand?

20,000 children die of starvation everyday. A vast majority of people in the world live on less than a dollar a day, in conditions of shameful deprivation, lack of human rights and unaware of choices and opportunities that you and I take for granted.

Instead of bemoaning the visible results of this deprivation, what we need most urgently is people who CARE. Care enough to educate one child, feed a family and provide an opportunity.

As Gandhiji said:

The world has enough for everyone's need, but not everyone's greed.

I am happy and pleased to see your efforts. Kudos to you and all those like you.

#24
Desh
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December 1, 2007
06:55 PM

First of all, I dont know who gives out this nonsense of "Religions are for peace". I have yet to see anything based on any ideology "ACT" for peace! NONE!

Religions are nothing but ideologies with a self-constructed haloes! Nothing more. Just like communism or hardcore capitalism... Islam or Christianity or other religions stand ONLY for their PRIMACY and nothing more. There is an inherent element of intolerance in the genesis and existence of all ideologically based groups.

So, to expect Islam or any other religion to even work for the goodness of mankind is utter nonsense. It can never happen.

There is a difference between spirituality and religion. At the level of spirituality, one does need to assert any thing.. least of all a "distinction"... so ideology or ideas that get their strength from people loses meaning. That alone can be basis of peace.

But to me when someone starts parroting that religions or ideologies which owe their strength in any one PERSON, GROUP, BOOK or institutions.. however pious He/They/it may be ... I am amazed at the inherent ignorance and shallowness of understanding of the real issue of misery in the world.

And please... dont start citing Quranic verses here to argue against this thing.. as I can also cite enough lines from Mein Kampf and Communist Manifestos etc. Its all the same... its about the animal called IDEOLOGY... the generic form.

Cheers,
Desh
Drishtikone.com

#25
Sam
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December 1, 2007
07:21 PM

"But to me when someone starts parroting that religions or ideologies which owe their strength in any one PERSON, GROUP, BOOK or institutions.. however pious He/They/it may be ... I am amazed at the inherent ignorance and shallowness of understanding of the real issue of misery in the world."

Then you are aware, are you not, of the role of secular institutions in sustaining this misery for profit?

It is true that group think can overwhelm personal ideology, after all, there are two types of people in the world, those who accomodate themselves to the world and those who refuse to do. All change is due to the second group of people, who though a minority, lead the others into revolutions. But its not the religion that defines the direction of change, it is the will and ideology of those who are willing to put themselves forward to institute that change.

#26
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
07:46 PM

Desh,

Let me address your comments back wards, Para by Para.

Please feel free to quote from any book you wish, if there is goodness out there, it ought to be universal and open, and not become any one's exclusive property. Christians do not own Jesus or his message, neither Hindu has copy rights to Bhagvad Gita or Santana Dharma nor do Muslims own Qur'aan or God. The message and the book belong to all. They are indeed self improvement books, and to limit them is a travesty to the message of goodness. It is a shame to bottle and limit the messages of these great teachers. It is a greater shame if we are close minded and afraid to learn from more than one source.

To understand misery in the world, please give a shot at reading Gautama Buddha's 4 noble truth, you will find an answer there as clear as crystal clear waters. The message of any religion is not a magical; it is a distilled wisdom to live a good life. A good life is where one is not afraid of the fellow being and pretty much have a balance between the desires and their gratification.

I agree with you about spirituality. Let me add. Spirituality and arrogance are inversely proportional to each other.

Please look around - look at the charities, hospitals, educational institutions, ashrams, soup kitchens, women shelters..... by all religions. They abound, without which life would not have been where it is today. All religions motivate individuals to take care of each other, especially the down trodden. By the way, both Hinduism and Islam have a saying "let the left hand not know the charity that right hand gives". There is a Doha (couplet) where one Muslim Fakir (forgot his name) was helping poor people and when he gave, he lowered his gaze and gave. Tulsidas wrote to him, why he does that, why does he lower the gaze, instead he should be proud that he gives.... The Fakir said "why should I be proud of giving something that is not mine, God gave me and I am merely passing it out?" Most charities and good works are not publicized; they silently work and help the needy. Prophet Muhammad had advised his associates, that when you give, give as quietly as you can - so you do not embarrass the receiver. Desh, please enrich me and quote from Mein Kempf, I would love to learn.

Each religion answers people's deep concerns - why was my baby born blind? Why did my beloved die? How do tyrants get away from injustices? How come I cannot find the job? Why is that I cannot have friends? .... Religions answer these questions and bring about calmness and composition to an individual and societies. Islam, Christianity or any faith, are all out there to do good to humanity. Individuals do wrong, but not the religion. The Pope in cahoots with the European kings issued a Fatwa that Christians have to go kill the infidel Muslims and Jews... Without that Edict, the soldiers would not have given up their lives for the kings. It is wrong of us to give the Pope as the representation of Christianity... he was as human as any one, he did not get the message of Jesus.... If not he would not have done what he did. Bhagvad Gita has my favorite quote - "Finding the truth is one's own responsibility" Which means, whatever you learn from your teacher and parents makes you hate some one without any basis, it is your responsibility to find the truth, so you can be released from the Pain and achieve Nirvana.

Thanks God we are endowed with religion (all of them), without which, the world would be chaotic.

#27
Mike Ghouse
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December 1, 2007
07:52 PM

Ah, by the way when Tsunami hit, every one was out there to help instinctively. The first ones to hit Tamil Nadu shores were Muslims, who gave shelter in their Mosques, the Swami Naryan People, Israel flew doctors to Banda Aceh... there was no distinction about who you serve and who served. That is the power of religion.

Mike

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