Thursday, December 25, 2008

"Muslim World Today" articles about Jews and Israel

A flickering Beacon of Hope in the Dark Wilderness of Jew-Hatred that is the Moslem World . . .
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Hanukah In Israel And At The White House
By Ari Bussel
Reporting from Israel
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Mumbai And The Jewish 'Peace Camp'
The Mumbai massacre offers yet another reminder that many Israeli and American Jewish "peaceniks," despite all...
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[excerpt from the immediately foregoing]
The Mumbai massacre offers yet another reminder that many Israeli and American Jewish "peaceniks," despite all their moralistic and idealistic blather, have hearts of stone. All too many self-described 'progressive' Jews seem to have a fanatical hatred for their fellow Jews in the Land of Israel , simply because they happen to reside on the wrong side of an arbitrary political dividing line. In practice, these people give propaganda aid and comfort to the extreme-right-wing, fascist-Islamist terrorists, who are violently opposed to all genuinely progressive and humane values. Even now they are ignoring the Jewish victims of Radical Islamist mass murderers in Mumbai.
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Mumbai: Murdering Jews Was Terrorists' Ideal
The multiple massacres perpetrated in Mumbai by jihadist terrorists that resulted in the killing of at least 188 people, including at least 31...
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The multiple massacres perpetrated in Mumbai by jihadist terrorists that resulted in the killing of at least 188 people, including at least 31 foreign nationals, and the wounding and maiming of 293 more, were significant not only for their absolute horror and barbarity. There was also something else of terrible significance: although the jihadists targeted non-Muslims in general, it is quite clear that they made a special effort to locate, torture and murder Jews simply because they were Jews.

The terrorists deviated from their otherwise consistent pattern of assault on mass-casualty public venues like hotels and railway stations in order to locate a small Jewish institution, a Chabad House, where they tortured and murdered Rabbi Holtzberg, his pregnant wife and other Jews who were there at the time. One of the examining doctors later stated that, "Of all the bodies, the Israeli victims bore the maximum torture marks."

Terrorists are ultimately responsible for their deeds, but there is also a secondary responsibility for the terrorism committed in Mumbai. It is to be found in the organs of the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the League of Arab States and other international bodies that tolerate, promote, disseminate and institutionalize demonization of Jews and Israel.
If multinational (especially Arab and Muslim) organizations devote the lion's share of their time, personnel, committee work and resolutions to maligning Israel as something worthy of being dismantled, perpetuating and raising the volume of demonization, is it any wonder that Muslim and Arab extremists, raised on ideologies of hate, heed the reinforcement of this message?

Muslim World Today
[click on it for more--highly recommended*]

*with some reservations. Why reservations? Well, this I don't really buy:

Abraham is greatly respected by the Jews and Christians. All Jewish prophets and Jesus Christ are related to the Patriarch who came from Iraq. He is also revered by Muslims as the architect of the Holy Kaaba along with his son Ishmael (Ismael to Muslims) and ancestor of the Last Prophet.

By retracing and reliving Abraham's journey, pilgrims experience his unquestioning faith and willingness to sacrifice what was most precious to him, his only and beloved son when ordained by God in a dream. How Ishmael was rescued last minute is a separate and equally fascinating story.

[Islam and Judaism agreeing on Abraham's scarifice? Really?]

What really interests me is how the three great monotheistic faiths - Judaism, Christianity and Islam - are inextricably linked to each other and are united in Abraham.
The force of the unlettered Prophet's own extraordinary personality epitomizing the universal message he brought swept Arabia and beyond in his own lifetime.

After the Prophet's death, it was not the cutting edge of Islam's sword - as many like to believe - but the revolutionary nature of its message and its liberating teachings that conquered the world and hearts and minds everywhere; the message championing the unity of God and humanity and preaching simple but universal basics like honesty, equality, justice and above all accountability for one's actions.

It was this revolutionary message that opened doors for the early Muslims wherever they went - from Persia to Spain and from India to Indonesia.

Contrary to what its many detractors allege, Islam did not spread to far corners of Asia, Africa and Europe riding on the military conquests of the Mughals, Turks and Afghans but thanks to the endearing simplicity, honesty and truthfulness of Arab spice traders who were enthusiastically welcomed on the coasts of Kerala, Malaya and Java.
--Aijaz Zaka Syed

The foregoing is from
Time To Rediscover Islam's Original Message
This is perhaps the only spectacle of its kind on the planet; the sea of humanity constantly surging, swirling and revolving around a square majestic structure. This ritual has been going on for thousands of years following in the footsteps of Prophet Abraham. The sight of men...
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Muslim World Today is still right on with

Reconsidering the Role of Sponsors in Minnesota Charter Schools

It might be time for the Minnesota Board of Education (MDE) to do away with sponsors in their charter school program...

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. . . about charter schools [used] to proselytize Islam

by Supna Zaidi, editor-in-chief of Muslim World Today and asst director of Islamist Watch at the Middle East Forum

Supna Zaidi

The founder and editor-in-chief of Muslim World Today and Pakistan Today, California-based weekly newspapers, was Tashbih Sayyed, president of Council for Democracy and Tolerance,(a non-profit organization) an adjunct fellow of Hudson Institute, and a regular columnist for newspapers across the world.

Tashbih Sayyed

Dr. Sayyed was also a Jihad Watch Board member.

by Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch

May 28, 2007
Remembering Tashbih Sayyed

My friend Tashbih Sayyed, a Jihad Watch Board member, died last week. When I got the news, I did not have words, and posted only this. Now, on Memorial Day, I wanted to try to make up for that.

Tashbih Sayyed was that most rare of human beings: a man absolutely fearless in his commitment to the truth. After 9/11, American Muslim advocacy groups began, with the willing complicity of the mainstream media, to flood the airwaves with a huge mass of disinformation and misinformation about jihad activity in the United States and around the world, and above all about its provenance within Islamic theology and tradition. Instead of acknowledging that there was a mandate to wage war against unbelievers that was rooted in the Qur'an and Islamic tradition, Islamic spokesmen routinely denied this, and castigated those who contended otherwise as "bigots" and "Islamophobes."

Amid all this Tashbih stood virtually alone as an honest man. He stood out sharply among contemporary Muslim spokesmen and activists by admitting that there was a problem within Islam that needed to be solved. As he once told me: "My whole life is devoted to one end: to make the Muslims understand that their theology needs to be reformed and reinterpreted. Anybody who thinks that there's nothing wrong with their theology is either a blind person or an apologist. There are many things in Muslim Scripture that need to be reshaped and reframed and reinterpreted, so that they cannot be used by terrorists to justify homicide bombings and honor killings."

This stance, of course, earned him ostracism and threats, but Tashbih was undaunted. I will never forget his reaction when I asked him whether he thought I should go ahead and write a sira -- a biography of Muhammad -- as I had been considering doing. He said "Of course you should" so quickly that it took me aback: usually when I broached the idea with people their reaction had been to tell me that if I did write such a book I would be threatened and possibly even killed. But Tashbih never flinched. He went on to explain to me that it needed to be done, that the truth needed to come out about these issues -- and clearly that was all that mattered, as far as he was concerned. He knew that if the world was going to prevail against the global jihadist threat, we would all have to take certain risks. And he himself never hesitated to put his life on the line for the truth.

Would that now we had hundreds, and hundreds of thousands, and millions like him, with his quiet strength, his good humor, and his indomitable and unshakeable love for the truth. If we did, the outcome of this present conflict would not be in the slightest doubt.

Tashbih, I am honored that you called me your friend, and I will miss you tremendously. And the forces of civilization have lost a warrior who cannot be replaced.

Posted by Robert at 9:55 PM Comments (22)

Some COMMENTS on the foregoing post:

"...Tashbih stood virtually alone as an honest man."In a dishonest world, honest men always stand virtually alone.
Posted by: Timur at May 28, 2007 4:32 PM

Well, I don't want to inject a note of negativity into a heartfelt tribute for a good man, but I'm a little troubled. If Tashbih could see all that is wrong with Islam, why did he remain a mohammadan?
More at root_cause , click May 28, 2007 6:58 PM

Root_cause...I have the same questions and thoughts about 'moderate' muslims, but I dont think this is the time or place to discuss them.But thats just me...
Posted by: duh_swami at May 28, 2007 8:36 PM

Tashbih Sayyed - Always the Gentleman
Obituary by Ari Bussel

It is with great sorrow that we learned late last week that Dr. Tashbih Sayyed, publisher of Muslim World Today, has passed away. The funeral was held Sunday, May 27th, 2007, in Costa Mesa.

On September 17th, 2006, two events happened simultaneously: A Night to Honor Israel was being held at the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena by Harvest Rock Church and its Senior Pastor Che Ahn. This event brought to Los Angeles for the first time Pastor John Hagee’s Christian United for Israel’s tradition of showing support to the Jewish communities around the United States and to the State of Israel, the Jewish Homeland.

Also at the same night an event was held at the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles: Profiles of Courage by the American Jewish Congress. The hotel was probably the most secure location that night in the United States of America, for there were "enemies of Islam" as Islamists would call them—Dr. Tashbih Sayyed, Dr. Wafa Sultan, Nonie Darwish, Salman Rushdie and Brigitte Gabriel. [Lebanese-born Gabriel is the exception among this group of five, for she is Christian, the others are Muslim.]
Ari.Bussel for more of this comment click May 29, 2007 5:11 PM

Tashbih Sayyed's light shows what could shine forth from the Islamic countries if free and progressive thought ever emerges.
Posted by: jewdog at May 28, 2007 7:03 PM

It is indeed hard to find a righteous man in this world, or woman. Ayaan Hirsi Ali. With what little I read, Tashbih Sayyed reminds me of her. What confuses me though is that there really, honestly, cannot be a re-interpretation of the text. It is an all or nothing situation. It claims to be the ultimate truth. The ultimate knowledge. The unchanging word of the one, true God. This exercise of re-interpretation simply cannot be done without fundamentally altering the entire theme of the religion. Acknowledging what these two individuals have, I am left confused when they (sometimes) state that they are Muslims. They cannot be. At least not after saying what they have and believing what they do. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with deciding no longer to be Muslim. I, perhaps, do not understand the subject well enough.
Posted by: Spartacus at May 29, 2007 5:11 PM

A Battle Between Democracy And Terror
By:Tashbih Sayyed, Ph. D.
First published in Friday, December 24, 2004 issue of Muslim World Today

Iraq's insurgents represent the ugliest face of Islamist terror.
They know that if Iraqi elections are allowed to go ahead as planned, it will be a major blow to their world wide agenda...
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