Common Word, Common Lord

Common Word, Common Lord

Shock and a Plea For Patience

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Most Merciful

As most, if not all American Muslims, I was shocked to learn of the arrest of two imams in South Florida on charges of material support for the Pakistani Taliban. The best thing to do is reserve judgment and let the five men accused have their day in court. If what is alleged against them is true, it is a truly terrible crime. No matter how much you disagree with our foreign policy, it is never correct to support murderous barbarians who have no compunction over killing innocent people.

But let us have patience…there should be no indictment of the entire Muslim community in America generally, and the Muslim community in South Florida specifically. The Muslims in Miami were just as surprised as everyone else. I’m sure there are some who count this as another “proof” that Muslims are all terrorists who cannot be trusted. Yet, the reality is that these men – if what is alleged against them is true – do not represent the whole of American Muslims, just as pedophile priests do not represent the whole of Catholicism or Catholic priests, many of whom I have personally known and admired.

In the weeks and months ahead, would that level heads reign supreme.

Previous Posts

More on How The Atlantic Got It Wrong About Islam: Are Beheadings "Islamic"?
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord In the widely-cited, and very long, article by Graeme Wood in The Atlantic, it is written: The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic. Yes, it has attracted psychopaths and adventure seekers, drawn lar

posted 1:49:18pm Feb. 22, 2015 | read full post »

Think Muslims Haven't Condemned 9/11? Think Again
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I had a conversation on Twitter recently when someone mentioned the "Muslim silence" on the attacks of 9/11 to me. I had to make sure the person was asking the question correctly, and he or she was. This person actually cl

posted 3:38:00pm Feb. 21, 2015 | read full post »

For the Families of the Chapel Hill Shooting Victims, All You Need To Do Is Hold Their Hands
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord While much of the American Muslim community, as well as Muslims around the world, are still in shock over the horrific shooting deaths of three young American Muslim college students, in accordance with Islamic proscriptio

posted 1:42:23pm Feb. 13, 2015 | read full post »

There Should Be No 'Starving Faithful' If Religion Is Done Correctly
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord I thought, for certain, that Hozier would win "Song of the Year" at the Grammy Awards last night for "Take Me To Church." Not that I'm disappointed about Sam Smith - whose music I enjoy - but "Church's" fame continues to b

posted 1:25:07pm Feb. 09, 2015 | read full post »

A Welcome Addition: Women-Only Mosque Opens in Downtown L.A.
In the Name of God: The Infinitely Merciful and Compassionate Beloved Lord It always did pain me. In many mosques - too many, actually - the space for women is woefully inadequate (if not downright gross). Of course, I never saw these spaces for myself, but I learned from my own family and from m

posted 1:48:54pm Feb. 02, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.