Falling on deaf ears

The sad truth is that this clarion call to the ummat al-mu’minin will go unheard and unheeded.  But it is well worth reading nonetheless.

On Monday, Pakistan’s religious affairs minister said that because Rushdie had blasphemed Islam with provocative literature, it was understandable that angry Muslims would commit suicide bombings over his knighthood.

Members of parliament, as well as the Pakistani Government, amplified the condemnation of Britain, feeding cries of offence to Muslim sensibilities from Europe to Asia.

…As a Muslim, you better believe I’m offended – by these absurd reactions.

Above all, I’m offended that so many other Muslims are not offended enough to demonstrate widely against God’s self-appointed ambassadors. We complain to the world that Islam is being exploited by fundamentalists, yet when reckoning with the opportunity to resist their clamour en masse, we fall curiously silent.

In a battle between flaming fundamentalists and mute moderates, who do you think is going to win?

I’m not saying that standing up to intimidation is easy. This past spring, the Muslim world made it that much more difficult.

— Irshad Manji, “Islam the problem“.  The Australian, 21 June 2007.

Hat tip to sharp-eyed Ith at Absinthe & Cookies.

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