Monday, December 1, 2008

No Burial in India for Terrorists: Muslim Group's Gutsy Stand

Considering Muslim beliefs about prompt burial, this can't have been easy: The Muslim Council (Mumbai's, apparently, although it might be one with a national scope) has said that the nine dead terrorists from last week's attack shouldn't be buried on Indian soil.

Apparently, the idea is to send the message that terrorism isn't Islam and isn't tolerated.

I rather see their point, and admire their courage.

Yes, of course: India is a predominantly Hindu country, and the Muslim Council's action could be seen as coerced by an oppressive majority. But, 'defenders' of Islam have been known to kill people they don't approve of: and that's a sort of coercion, too.

In the news: Related posts, on Islam, Christianity, Religion, Culture and the War on Terror.

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Note! Although I believe that these websites and blogs are useful resources for understanding the War on Terror, I do not necessarily agree with their opinions. 1 1 Given a recent misunderstanding of the phrase "useful resources," a clarification: I do not limit my reading to resources which support my views, or even to those which appear to be accurate. Reading opinions contrary to what I believed has been very useful at times: sometimes verifying my previous assumptions, sometimes encouraging me to change them.

Even resources which, in my opinion, are simply inaccurate are sometimes useful: these can give valuable insights into why some people or groups believe what they do.

In short, It is my opinion that some of the resources in this blogroll are neither accurate, nor unbiased. I do, however, believe that they are useful in understanding the War on Terror, the many versions of Islam, terrorism, and related topics.