Aug 07 2011

Islam must be rescued from extremism

Tag: Extremism,Religious tolerance,World PeaceMona @ 9:19 pm


Ramadan Kareem

Time of reflection, prayer and fasting.

Please meet Karen Armstrong

A British original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world.  She has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events.

Video, Karen Armstrong makes her TED Prize wish: 

The Charter for Compassion

Another article worth reading about two American  convert clerics :   U.S. Muslim Clerics Seek a Modern Middle Ground by Jim Wilson/The New York Times

“.. They say that Islam must be rescued from extremists who selectively cite Islamic scripture to justify terrorism. Though Mr. Yusuf and Mr. Shakir do not denounce particular scholars or schools of thought, their students say the two are challenging the influence of Islam’s more reactionary sects, like Wahhabism and Salafism, which has been spread to American mosques and schools by clerics trained in Saudi Arabia. Where Wahhabism and Salafism are often intolerant of other religions — even of other streams within Islam — Mr. Yusuf and Mr. Shakir teach that Islam is open to a diversity of interpretations honed by centuries of scholars…”

“.. When it came time for questions, one young man stepped to the microphone and asked: “You said we have an obligation to humanity. Did you mean to Muslims, or to everyone?”

Mr. Shakir responded: “The obligation is to everyone. All of the people are the dependents of Allah.”


Wishing you a peaceful and rewarding month of fasting, may God show us all His wisdom!








Jan 09 2011

“Accidental theologist” Lesley Hazleton on reading the Quran



Once in a while one comes across of ray of light in this world of misinformation, misinterpretation and misguided interpreters of Religion. Journalist and “accidental theologist” Lesley Hazleton is one those and I am so grateful to have someone to quote from her perfect English arguing (which is not my mother tongue).


Lesley Hazleton : “The fact that so few people do actually read the Quran is that is so easy to quote, that is to misquote. Phrases and snippets taken out of context what I call the highlighter version which is the one favored both by the Muslim fundamentalists and anti-Muslim islamphobes…”

VIDEO: Brilliant arguing about 72 Virgins, Huris and flowing rivers in Paradise.

British-born, Lesley lived for thirteen years in Jerusalem, where she worked simultaneously as a psychologist and as a reporter for Time Magazine.
“Religion is easy” (c. Prophet Mohammed). But unfortunately many Muslims believers do not bother to think by themselves but leave it to others. Especially those young people who are brain washed and made to act as human bombs. Nothing could be more un-Islamic starting with the fact that suicide is strongly forbidden in Islam.


Journalist and “accidental theologist” Lesley Hazleton


Please, my dear readers, watch the  video from her speech at TED: Lesley Hazleton: On reading the Koran
Why you should listen to her:
A psychologist by training and Middle East reporter by experience, British-born she has spent the last ten years exploring the vast and often terrifying arena in which politics and religion, past and present, intersect. Her most recent book, After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split, was a finalist for the 2010 PEN-USA nonfiction award.
All the best to my readers for the New Year 2011!

Aug 23 2010


Tag: Education,Extremism,Islamic values,World PeaceMona @ 10:22 am




SUPERHEROES for kids inspired by Islam, Videos to watch!


(Click HERE to play the Video)


In “THE 99,” Naif Al-Mutawa’s new generation of comic book heroes fight more than crime — they smash stereotypes and battle extremism. Named after the 99 attributes of Allah, his characters reinforce positive messages of Islam and cross cultures to create a new moral framework for confronting evil, even teaming up with the Justice League of America.
President Obama commends THE 99 for Spreading Tolerance


President Obama made a special mention about THE 99 superheroes and its creator, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, in his speech given recently at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship held in Washington. The President commended THE 99 for capturing the imaginations of young people through the message of tolerance. Entrepreneurs from all over the globe are attending the summit, including Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator of THE 99 superheroes.
See the full White House video (16:17) – download

Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship

April 26, 2010 | 16:17 | Public Domain

President Obama speaks at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, an event aimed at identifying how to deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.  Download mp4 (327MB) | mp3 (15MB)


On CNN: Islam-inspired comic superheroes fight for peace

(Click the Picture to play the Video)

New York Times article: Comics to Battle for Truth, Justice and the Islamic Way
I wish Dr. Mutawa the best of success! God’s Blessings to You and your family.  The creator of these Superheroes inspired by Islam is a Psychologist (among The 500 Most Influential Muslims – 2010), from an openminded new generation of Muslim, who has found the ultimate tool for todays kids to learn about Islamic values and a most brilliant way to eradicate negative attitudes towards Islam.




BLESSED RAMADAN to all my readers,
May God show us all the right path!

Apr 07 2009

“You cannot put out fire with flames” – Pres. Barack Obama


Obama reaches out to Muslim world


Pres. Obama gave in Turkey a remarkable speech .
What can I say, there is still hope that things will turn better in the future! Please watch the video which is behind that link.


Barack Obama has declared that the US “is not at war with Islam”, in a major speech during his first visit as president to a mainly Muslim country.
Addressing the Turkish parliament, Mr Obama called for a greater partnership with the Muslim world and said the US would soon launch outreach programmes.
“America’s relationship with the Muslim world cannot and will not be based on opposition to al-Qaeda,” he said… “Let me say this as clearly as I can: the United States is not and will never be at war with Islam,” he stated. “In fact, our partnership with the Muslim world is critical in rolling back a fringe ideology that people of all faiths reject.”
“The United States has been enriched by Muslim Americans. Many other Americans have Muslims in their family, or have lived in a Muslim-majority country – I know, because I am one of them.”
“And when people look back on this time, let it be said of America that we extended the hand of friendship,” he said.
“There is an old Turkish proverb: ‘You cannot put out fire with flames.’” …

It was about time. The longer the war on terrorism continues the way it was done till today the more terrorist will be created. In countries like Afghanistan or Iraq they fighting invading foreign forces on their own soil and that kind of war cannot be won militarily (it’s common sense!). It was lost in Vietnam and it will be lost in Iraq where  it is seen as a Crusade.  Pres. George W. Bush said so himself.


Until yesterday I thought the word “Crusade” was a propaganda invention until I was told to search for a quote.  “This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while.” – George W Bush, using a loaded term which recalls the Christians’ Medieval wars against Muslims in the so-called Holy Land, after stepping off the presidential helicopter on Sunday, September 16, 2001, quoted from Jonathan Lyons, “Bush enters Mideast’s rhetorical minefield ” (Reuters: September 21, 2001). Bush later apologized for this remark.

“God told me to strike at al Qaida and I struck them, and then he instructed me to strike at Saddam, which I did, and now I am determined to solve the problem in the Middle East. If you help me I will act, and if not, the elections will come and I will have to focus on them.” — George W Bush, according to Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, from minutes acquired by Haaretz from cease-fire negotiations between Abbas and faction leaders from the Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Popular and Democratic Fronts (circa, June, 2003), quoted from Arnon Regular, “‘Road map is a life saver for us,’ PM Abbas tells Hamas” ( June 27, 2003), quoted from EvilOz (The Iterative Record)

Pres. Barack Obama is a new kind of US leader and I wish him success, I know I’m not alone!


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