Saturday, October 20, 2007

"Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:" Canada

17 young Muslims had bought explosives, and planned to blow up the stock exchange, another building, and parliament. They also planned to behead at least one of the members of parliament, if I caught it right.

They were arrested. They were members of the Saladin Mosque in Toronto, run by Ali Hindi.

A talk show host, Tarek Fatah, said that blowing up parliament wasn't a good idea. So, now he's been identified as an "enemy of Islam," and accused of besmirching The Prophet and Islam.

Tarek Fatah has been physically attacked for his views: understandable, since he claims that sharia law is more of a cultural creation than something in the Quran.

For this, he's called an extremist.

Ali Hindi says that jihad is Muslims defending Muslims - in expanding circles around the original 'attack' - and that armed force is quite justified.

Ali Hindi also doesn't like the idea of women being independent. Tarek Fatah thinks women are people, and can make decisions. So, Fatah is an extremist.

I'm no expert, but Tarek doesn't sound all that far off-base.

Posts about "Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:"
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  2. "Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:" Canada
  3. "Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:" Canada - Women
  4. "Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:" Chicago
  5. "Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:" Michigan
  6. "Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:" Arizona
  7. "Inside Islam: Faith vs. Fanatics:" France
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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.