A good omen

A known islamist thinker, Dr. Mohamed Omara, has recanted words in his latest published book that say that killing non-muslims is fine and dandy in Islam, after the coptic church filed a lawsuit against him. The Doctor claims that he didn't quite mean it this way, and that the words were basically quoted from another islamic scholar Abu Hamid al Ghazaly, who he doesn't usually secondguess, except this time, of course.

All of this is not the reason why I chose this title for this post. 

The reason is as follows: the good doctor refuses to apologize to christians for insinuating in his book that killing them is ok, which is infuriating the commenters on AlArabiya's comments section. If anything, this comment section usually has the kleidoscope of arab opinion, from the caziest islamist Jihadies to the nuttiest bathists arabists, with it's fairshare of jewish and christian haters, and Jiahd apologists. This time, however, things are different. Everybody on the comment section, almost unanimously, calls upon this doctor to apologize and lament those extremists assholes who tarnish the image of Islam or call for the murder or injury of people from other religions. They are speaking out against the islamists extremists who are making a billion muslim in the world look bad. About freakin time this started happening if you ask me!

0 comment on A good omen

  1. Suz
    January 10, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

  2. Yael
    January 10, 2007 at 2:25 pm

    Definitely a good omen! My feeling is that once the moderates discover that they not only can but should speak out against extremists, there will be no shutting them up 🙂 C’mon moderates!!

  3. Egypeter
    January 10, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    I mean, does this guy really believe that killing non-muslims is wrong or is it because he got his ass slapped with a lawsuit????

    Would he have recanted if he wasn’t being sued?

    Yeah, sure it’s a “start” but I highly doubt it will even remotely change the status quo in good ‘ol fundemental Egypt…

  4. Adam B.
    January 10, 2007 at 5:19 pm

    Yep, we definately need more of this! A voice of moderates at least as loud as that of the extremists is what’s needed to show the latter that their stance is not the only possible one for muslims…

  5. Craig
    January 10, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    Hmmmm…. nothing for me to complain about there :O

  6. alexander6
    January 11, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    If you read the Islamic texts, you will see there are justifications for killing. Just for example, take the case of apostates. Kill them. It can’t be any clearer.

  7. Betsy
    January 14, 2007 at 7:27 am

    I can’t tell you how nice it is to hear people finally standing up to that shit. Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t the Koran say that “To kill one innocent person is as if to kill all of man kind.” (Please let me know if that is true.) If that’s the case why would anyone have to listen to a scholar contradict it. The fact is that it more Muslims than non-muslims are dying at the hands of Muslims these days and yet people are so stuck in the “Jihad vs. McWorld” mindset that they don’t even see this. And personally it makes me sick that as long as an American or Israeli is killed or hurt it doesn’t matter how many innocent Muslim lives are killed in the process. Talk about a warped sense of the value of human lives.


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