Update: What Muslims Are Doing to Stop Terrorism

Update: What Muslims Are Doing to Stop Terrorism

Written by Theresa Corbin

The Islamophobia industry (indeed it is an industry that rakes in millions of dollars selling hate) has created a bit of rhetoric that is divisive, misleading, and infuriating.

Rhetoric: Why don’t we hear the moderate* Muslims speaking out against extremism and terrorism?

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This question is slung around the media after any psycho with an Arabic sounding name goes and does what psychos do. But the fact is that when some media outlets *cough* Fox *cough* ask a question like- why aren’t Muslim speaking up- they are not really asking a question as much as they are planting a seed in the public’s mind.

The rhetoric is meant to make the average person think that the majority of Muslims are silent in the face of injustice falsely done in the name of Islam. And that Muslim silence implies consent.  

So Joe Schmo wonders if there are so many peace loving, law abiding Muslims then why don’t we hear the moderate* Muslims speaking out against terrorism? 

And the short answer is: The media is largely ignoring the billions of Muslims speaking out against terrorism in one breath, and then asking, “why don’t we hear from them?” in the next.

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5 (More) Questions about Islam & Other Things

Q’s A-ed by Theresa Corbin

The need for answers is huge, as I discovered from last week’s Q&A post and from life in general.

So here are 5 more of your burning questions about Islam- and more- answered to the best of my ability.

Q and A 2

Q1: Why are there so many different opinions on whether it is OK or not allowed for a husband to beat his wife?

A1: When thinking about subject matter of such importance, you have to wonder whether people are allowing their inner most desires to influence there verdicts rather that the truth. To be sure, the opinions of modern day imams are not being influenced by their desire, we need to go back to what the early scholars of Islam took as the Prophet’s Muhammad’s (Peace be upon him) meaning.

Taking into account that the Prophet (PBUH) never hit any woman, expressly forbade people to do so, and that the verse stating it is allowed can be translated very differently; any sane person can come to the conclusion that beating one’s wife is forbidden. Read more