Sunday, July 31, 2005

Moderate Muslims Speak Up

I previously posted links to stories that argued the view that even so-called "Moderate" Muslim were using harsh rhetoric, and that this was prevalent in all strains of Islam. Now on Andrew Sullivan's page, Judith Klinghoffer PhD, subbing for Andrew, reports on the Fatwa issued against terror, whose main points she summarizes are:

1. All acts of terrorism targeting civilians are haram (forbidden) in Islam.

2. It is haram for a Muslim to cooperate with any individual or group that is involved in any act of terrorism or violence.

3. It is the civic and religious duty of Muslims to cooperate with law enforcement authorities to protect the lives

In another post, she highlights some extremely interesting op-eds from Middle Eastern media, including Al Jazeera, showing that some moderates are openly criticizing extremism, a necessary first-step to get a positive dialogue out. Change will only come from within in Middle Eastern Societies.