So-called Moderate Muslims are protesting the 9/11 Museum because of the film “The Rise of Al Qaeda.”
“An interfaith group is protesting a film called, ‘The Rise of Al Qaeda,’ that will be shown at the National September 11 Memorial Museum when it opens next month.
“The advisory group is concerned that the seven-minute film will leave visitors with a prejudiced view of Islam. In it, the 9/11 terrorists are referred to as Islamists and it uses the term jihad. The group wants Islamists amended to ‘radical Islamists’ or ‘Al Qaeda-inspired terrorism.’”
Here’s what Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy, the imam of Masjid Manhattan, had to say on the issue.
“The screening of this film in its present state would greatly offend our local Muslim believers as well as any foreign Muslim visitor to the museum.”
I would be sympathetic to his protest and protests by other self-identified moderate Muslims if they could protest and act to stop what their fellow-Muslims are doing to Christians in the name of Islam.
I understand the argument that just because someone from a particular religion does something does not mean that all people in that religion should be identified with that person and his or her actions.
I would have sympathy for such an argument if Sheik Mostafa Elazabawy and a contingent of his moderate Muslims would travel to Sudan and help “Mariam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, a 27-year-old pregnant mother, who has been sentenced to death for ‘apostasy’ for marrying a Christian, despite being raised a Christian, because her father was Muslim.”
“Rejecting appeals for clemency by Western human rights activists, a judge in Sudan sentenced a 27-year old pregnant Christian mother to death ‘for apostasy.’ Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa said that she brought the punishment of death upon herself: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam.”
In addition to her death sentence, “Judge Khalifa ordered the woman to be beaten with 100 lashes of the whip before being hung for ‘adultery.'”
Muslims in various parts of the world are killing Christians, marrying underage girls, and kidnapping Christian girls and forcing them to become Muslims.
These self-professed moderate Muslims should be protesting these atrocities, not just with words but with decisive action. They need to go to the Sudan and gather all the moderate Muslims and stop the insanity. Until they do this, I’m not interested in their protestations. If the radical Islamists who are misrepresenting Islam are few in number, then maybe 100 million moderate Muslims can put an end to their flagrant misdeeds.
There is a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States because of so much that we see and hear about what has been done in the name of Allah, but it has not resulted in violence.
Megyn Kelley spoke to Jonathan Tobin, the senior online editor for Commentary Magazine, “who said that the controversy is really about a desire to absolve Islam from any connection Al Qaeda.”
Tobin went on to say:
“We’ve been hearing since 9/11 that America is in the midst of a backlash against American Muslims as a result of 9/11. This is a myth. There’s never been any study, not any credible study that shows that there was any wave of discrimination or any increase in religion-based attacks against Muslims.”
Outrage against the film is a smokescreen to divert attention away from the radical nature of Islam around the world and its long-term goal of forcing people to submit to the will of Allah.
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