What was Osama bin-Laden for Muslims?

I just finished reading Dr. Marranci’s latest article, which he posted to his blog less than a couple hours ago. It’s a pretty interesting read, and should be especially for non-Muslims. In it, he asks the question ‘what was Usamah bin Ladin for Muslims?’ and discusses the typical Western perception of what he (may Allah have mercy on him) represents for Muslims vs. the reality. For those of you interested in reading it, I invite you to visit the Professor’s blog: What was Osama bin-Laden for Muslims? or read the article here in full after the break; up to you.

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Anders Behring Breivik: A Christian Terrorist

Anders Behring Breivik: A Christian Terrorist

By: Jalal Abualrub (www.islamlife.com)
Edited by: Aboo Ishaaq Rasheed Gonzales

To those—among them some Muslims—who might ask, “Why insert ‘Christian’ before ‘Terrorist’?”, I say, “And why not?” Have not European and American nations glued various variations of the words ‘Islam’ and ‘Muslims’ to all variations of the word ‘terror’? Why is it alright for anyone to connect Islam to terrorism because of the actions of a Muslim that violate Islamic Law, such as Prophet Muhammad’s commandment not to kill women and children [in war][1], but when it comes to a Jew who, without mercy, murders Palestinian Muslims inside a mosque or a Christian fundamentalist who murders people from his own community, they are not called Jewish or Christian terrorists and Judaism and Christianity are not connected to ‘terror’ or any of its variations?

On hearing of the Norway attacks, various western media outlets immediately started ascribing this act to Islamists or at the very least hinting to it.  It was clear, at least to them, who the culprit was: a Muslim who is practicing ‘Islamic terrorism’. That is, until his identity was uncovered bringing with it the shocking news that he is not an Islamist—whatever that means—who was targeting Norway for a few silly cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad[2] and a handful of soldiers shooting at Afghani and Iraqi Muslims; Norway participated in these two wars.

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Newsweek: Why Fears Of A Muslim Takeover Are All Wrong

Much thanks to Abdulhaq from SalafiManhaj.com for showing me this article. It’s a pretty good read on dispelling a notion that is being propagated by alarmists hostile towards Muslims and Islam (this video is just one such example of the propaganda that’s out there). Titled Why Fears Of A Muslim Takeover Are All Wrong, it puts things into perspective.

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Dr. Marranci: Terrorism in the name of Jesus? Everybody ignore

Doc Marranci’s posted a new entry, which I saw this morning in my Blog Surfer. Its title peaked my interest, so I thought I’d check it out. Lo and behold, more news that you don’t usually find on Western news outlets. Searching for this (Christian) terrorist’s name, Google only produces one hit from a Western news agency (a Time magazine article from 20 years ago, at that). I also ran a search for the guy’s name on the usual news agency sites (some of which I’ve mentioned previously) and came up with jack. At least with the Buddhist story I got a couple of results. I guess Christian terrorism isn’t very high on the Western media’s best selling stories list either.

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China, Tibet and U.S.-Sponsored Counterrevolution

SalafiManhaj.com‘s put up a new article related to my recent post concerning the weapons found in Tibetan Monasteries (they actually quote the post in the article). To give a little background on some of current discussions revolving the whole China-Tibet debate, I thought I’d post the following article brother AbdulHaq showed me. I’ve yet to finish the whole thing, but thus far, I’ve found it pretty fascinating, especially if what’s mentioned in it is accurate and true. The one thing that bothers me about the piece is it’s source: the Party for Socialism and Liberation (but hey, if it’s true, it’s true).

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Schism — Saudi Blogger’s Answer to Wilders Film

Most of you probably already know about Fitna, the so called “film” by Geert Wilders, made with the intention of inciting and provoking the Muslim community worldwide. I had thought about writing something about the whole situation (given the fact that I kind of laughed at just how tame and relatively unoffensive it was—compared to the media hype Wilders was giving it, that is, not to mention the other inflamatory anti-Islamic material out there), but later decided not to …

… that is, until I received the link to this article, sent to me by brother Kamil Ahmad. I have yet to see the video mentioned in this article, but I plan on watching it after I post this entry.

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Weapons Found in Tibetan Temples

Whether it’s true or not, Allah is more knowledgeable, but this is news you don’t find on many Western news outlets. I don’t know if it’s that I’m not searching hard enough or what, but I haven’t been able to find this story on local news agency sites; the Globe & Mail, the Star, CityNews, the Post, CBC, the Canadian News Wire and CTV, all failed to produce any search results for me. Likewise, I was unable to find anything on BBC and CNN. I was, however, able to find (brief) mention of the story on Reuters and the Associated Press (via USA Today).

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