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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Extremists behind anti-war protest driven off the streets by moderate Muslims

May Allah reward and bless brother Abdulhaq for this link; much thanks. Recently, the brothers in Luton took action against a protest staged by Omar Bakri’s crew driving them off the streets. You can read the story below or click on the link above.

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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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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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Religion: The Cause of All Violence?

Please forgive me for this long introduction, but I wanted to mention how I came across this article.

Just the other day, I read an article that Dr. Marranci recently posted on his blog titled From the Taliban to the Taliban: the case of Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh. In replying to a comment posted by “neoneo” in the comments section, Dr. Marranci referred him to a book titled Formations of the Secular: Christianity, Islam, Modernity by an anthropologist named Talal Asad (looks to be an interesting book, by the way). I decided to do a bit of searching on the author, who I’ve never heard of before, and found his biography on Wikipedia.

Anyhow, after skimming through the biography (which mentioned some pretty interesting things, I might add) I asked a friend of mine who knows a bit about Western academic personalities if he’s ever heard of Asad, to which he answered no. As we were talking though, I mentioned some of the names mentioned in the “Interlocutors” section of his Wikipedia biography and came across the name Charles Taylor. This was a name that my friend was familiar with. Charles Taylor is a Canadian philosopher from Montreal who was Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University for many years. My friend mentioned that one of his Islamic Studies professors at uni told his class of a book that Taylor had written in which he argues against the common perception that religions are the cause of all violence in the world.

I did a bit of searching on the net for info about this book and found the following article and audio lecture. Both are pretty interesting and I thought I’d share them both with you here.

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Muslims Victims of Buddhist Violence?!

Kind of sounds strange, doesn’t it? Especially given the image of these two religions many of us get through Western media. Brother AbdulHaq of Brixton sent me the following link to a rather interesting blog post by an anthropologist studying Muslim communities. His name’s Dr. Gabriele Marranci and he’s given a pretty interesting look into the situation being experienced by my Muslim brothers and sisters in Burma; thanks to Dr. Marranci for the insight, and thanks to AbdulHaq for directing me to the Dr.’s post. From the article:

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