Monday, July 2, 2012

Fighting for the Soul of Islam, Muslims and Islamophobia,

Muslims and Islamophobia
Fighting for the Soul of Islam
By A. Akbar Muhammad
Dec 3, 2009

( - In recent days, there have been a number of articles cantered on the tragic killing of 13 military personnel at Fort Hood in Texas allegedly by an Army major and psychiatrist. This tragedy brought pain, hurt, and shame to the American people and in particular the military establishment. My heart goes out for those families who suffered through this tragedy and buried their loved ones. Everyone, including the president, is searching for a reason behind Major Nidal Malik Hasan's alleged actions. Critics have blamed Major Hasan's religion for the crime he is accused of committing.

But in order to understand what is, we must draw from the lessons of history and look back at how we arrived to where we are today. We are in a time when Muslims are Fighting for The Soul of Their Faith as they are being demoralized from every corner of the world. This has put many Muslims in the fight mode to intellectually defend their faith.

According to scholars, there are 1.4 to 1.6 billion Muslims in the world with nearly 10 million Muslims in America.

On President Barack Obama's recent trip to the Far East, it is interesting that he didn't visit Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population; nor did he travel to the Philippines where there are 7 to 10 million Muslims who have struggled for nearly 40 years, to receive due recognition that includes political and economic attention to Mindanao, located in the southern Philippines.

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