Statements from an outfit in Great Britain called "Muslims United!" They're taking a phrase from Brits who don't like what's happening in Iraq, "not in our name". More surprising, to me anyway, is their use of the Quran (Koran for the less 'inclusive').
"Whoever kills an innocent soul, it is as if he killed the whole of mankind. And whoever saves one, it is as if he saved the whole of mankind." That's what "Muslims United!" has been quoting.
Good for them.
It's a refreshing shift from, for example, the clerics here in the states who boarded an airliner in Minnesota, changed their seat assignments so that they were in the same positions as the 9/11 hijackers, asked for seat belt extenders to accommodate the bulky clothing they wore on a warm Minnesota day, started praying - in a language that very few Minnesotans understand - and started a lawsuit when someone noticed their peculiar behavior, prompting authorities to take reasonable steps to stop what could have been another religiously-inspired mass murder.
This little incident seems to have disappeared from the news, except for carefully edited remarks. I tried looking it up on the Associated Press website, but failed after several attempts. Perhaps it's listed under something other than Minnesota, cleric, and Islam or Muslim.
So, Kudos to the British Muslims who risked being branded as 'insufficiently Islamic.'
They're not alone. A mosque in Fargo, North Dakota, gave the "Religion 100" class from Concordia College (across the river, in Moorhead, Minnesota) an experience with friendly Muslims.
I trust that there are more.
An update, July 14, 2007:
Here's a thoughtful blog entry on the theological aspect of this century's big conflict: Religious Fundamentalism. My own hope is: that scholarly Muslims will carefully consider what believers like Al Qaeda's leadership is doing to Islam's reputation; and that some of the Christians who may think of themselves as Bible-Believing rather than fundamentalist will consider that possibility that disrupting public gatherings may not be the best way of showing the love of Jesus.
Posts on this topic:
- Rep. Ellison's Misconstrued Reichstag Remarks
- There's a New Loon in Minnesota
- Another Islamic Voice in the Debate
- "Islam is a Peaceful Religion" 2
- "Islam is a Peaceful Religion"
Related posts, on Islam, Christianity, Religion, Culture and the War on Terror.