Comments on: Boston and the future of Islam in America http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/ Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:10:25 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Red_Candle http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-545 Thu, 04 Jul 2013 02:48:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-545 This article is misleading. You monolithize us and don’t write at all about the sects active in America. You cannot talk about Muslims in America without that. I do not appreciate this monolithizing as it clouds who we are. Sunnis, Shi’a, and Wahabis/Salafis have very different outlooks on religion and life even within the same sect (look at Sufism and the variety of Sunni Shari’a schools). You cannot write about Islam without addressing this. What about the rising leadership class of Muslims in our new land? Where are your mentions of Zaid Shakir and Hamza Yusuf, Bilal Philips, Sherman Jackson, and Seyyed Hossein Nasr? They are the ones that will lead their perspective communities spiritually either away from or towards “radicalism” and I find it shocking that you ignored them. Let’s not get into the different cultural and ethnic interpretations of Islam that come as baggage with every Muslim: you sadly ignored that too. We are not a hive mind or Legion. People in the media should stop portraying us as such. Just because you come from a Muslim community does not mean you know about the Muslim community. For all interested read Sherman Jackson’s “Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection” to see just how complex Muslim identity between different groups are (in this case between the established African American Muslim Community and the new immigrant community).

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By: spike2maximus http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-423 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:50:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-423 but, my question is: is islam a peaceful religion????

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By: Expat_in_Jordan http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-422 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:24:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-422 Radicalism is a product of persecution. When a group of people are not given an opportunity to get on with their life in a peaceful and just manner, then some of them are going to resort to radical ideas and actions in an attempt to change their situation. The USA’s support for Israel makes it a huge target for Muslim radicals. Call me naive if you will, but if the USA and others could put pressure on Israel to comply with UN resolutions and return Palestinian land seized in the 1967 war, then it would significantly reduce the number of Islamist extremists around the world and everyone’s security including Israel’s.

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By: 683142 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-420 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:15:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-420 A similar number of other religious sects have come to USA and extremism and anti American feelings are not that rampant there. Moslems will need to see for the sake of their children as to what in moderate moslem teaching leads to some of their children turning violent. You will have to look at speech and attitudes that are tolerated in mainstream. Radical is only the tip of iceberg. fascism is a seed that grows slowly but has a strong hold.

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By: COindependent http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-419 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:43:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-419 A significant factor that you identified regarding the 1970’s radicals “burning themselves out” was that the 1970’s radicals knew they were well outside mainstream America. In fact, many now operate within, or on the fringes, of the mainstream they condemned.

On the other hand, a large number of the Muslims you mentioned in the surveys (one can only assume the same “conservative” ~35% ) consider themselves within the (self-defined) mainstream. That means there are likely 1.0 million Muslims in the U.S. that are embracing a a less tolerant Islam, often the Wahhabi version promoted by the Saudis (a nation that is not a model of tolerance).

It is that subgroup, as you mention, we should be very concerned about going forward.

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By: VultureTX http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-418 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 13:29:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-418 Bravo!
well said.

/too bad MSNBC would never have you on to be interviewed…

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By: syper67 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-417 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 09:38:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-417 Left-wing 1960s, -70s radicals did not ‘burnout’
they learned their Gramski, Alinsky, Mao, Che, etc. and shifted the Strategy to destruction from within, rather than open revolution.
We now see the Result in the WH, Congress, Left-wing ‘think-tanks’, our Education System, and some of our ‘too big to fail’ Companies.
As I write this note it occurs to me that quiet infiltration is very much in line with Koranic advise to adherents to Islam … When Islam is a small minority in Society, pretend to be aligned with the Neighborhood, grow your influence and size, and Generations later … You better Convert, put on your Bhurka, or … Game over! Look at Brotherhood in Egypt, what is happening in Turkey under Erdogan, and what we see stepping out from the Shadows all over Europe.

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By: MomenulHuq http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-416 Tue, 23 Apr 2013 08:53:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-416 Everytime something happens around the world we simple Muslims start getting tummy ache thinking that it will be another blow to us as terrorist and jehadist; our travel and interactions with others in society become scary. Where is the end of all these for us? How long we have to bear these disgusting shames all around the world? I think, we as Muslims, should say enough is enough and stand against these stupid acts of atrocities to innocents by some small group of criminals or distorted psyche individuals bringing shames on Islam and Muslims. The time has come that we Muslims definitely need to stand together firm against killing of innocents. Killing one innocent is equivalent to killing the whole human mankind.

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By: artvet2 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-415 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:49:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-415 Well done article, and exactly why the “good” Muslims need to stand up and speak out when something is awry. They most likely can set up a “watch net” to warn of radicalization much more effectively than non-Muslims.

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By: OneOfTheSheep http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/2013/04/22/boston-and-the-future-of-islam-in-america/#comment-414 Mon, 22 Apr 2013 22:12:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/reihan-salam/?p=198#comment-414 My compliments on a well thought out, unbiased discussion. Of particular note is the conclusion and caution at the end.

“We’d be foolish to dismiss the darker possibility that a tiny subgroup of Muslim fanatics will continue to pose a threat for many decades to come.”

It is truly unfortunate for American muslims that “other Americans” must presume the worst of muslims if they are to not risk being future victims of those few disaffected ones who vent their frustration through impersonal violence.

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