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Islam Post 9/11: Civic participation
News8 Austin ^ | December 1, 2004 | Jitin Hingorani

Posted on 12/01/2004 5:53:47 AM PST by cweese

Muslims say the only positive result of the Sept. 11, 2001, was the awareness it created of the Islamic identity in America.

Now, more than ever, Muslims are taking civic participation more seriously to expose their non-Muslim neighbors to one of the five pillars of Islam -- charity.

In the years after the terror attack, Austin's various religious communities strove to make Thanksgiving, a uniquely American holiday, a more inclusive one.

"It is very important to show the community that we are able to blend in with the Western culture," Imam Safdar Razi, a local Muslim religious leader, said.

Every year Muslims take part in the Austin Area Interreligious Ministries' Thanksgiving event at Riverbend Church.

"People, they, need to know that Muslims are also like any other American living on this soil and they also share the same values, like this value of offering thanks to the ones who bestow their favor. This is something accepted by Islam," Razi said.

Ali Khataw owns Encotech Engineering. He and his fellow Muslims have become more involved in the non-Muslim community.

"They are realizing that they were kind of a society that was very low profile -- did not voice their opinions and were not recognized. People did not know what Islam is," Khataw said.

Islam is, Khataw preaches, a peaceful religion that is focused on charity and goodwill toward others.

"To tell you the truth, 9/11 has created this problem of hatred for Islam, but at the same time it has also done another thing, where it has made the whole of United States aware what is Islam," Khataw said.

The Islamic Society of North America has worked toward that cause for 40 years. Since Sept. 11, the task has become more difficult and more important.

At a regional conference in Austin, the organization's secretary general reminded area Muslims of their responsibility to community.

"Every, single Muslim feels it a priority to go out, to reach out and try to explain who we are, what we are and what we are not," ISNA Secretary General Sayyid Syeed said.

Since the terror attack, there's been a greater desire by local Muslim communities to address their individual needs at these conferences.

"It provides them an opportunity to discuss among themselves the new challenges that they are facing. It helps them to discuss with their scholars and their religious leaders the issues that are raised in our day to day life," Syeed said.

Muslims have also become more politically active in the last three years.

Pre-election surveys show about 75 percent of them voted for Sen. John Kerry in the 2004 election.

Many Muslim, and civil rights, leaders accuse President Bush of betraying his 2000 promise of protecting their civil liberties.

"There is a terrific amount of hostility and a terrific amount of discrimination that goes on against the Islamic community and I think we have to deal with it and acknowledge that is exists," attorney Jim Harrington said.

That acknowledgement, Harrington said, needs to come from both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Muslims need to come forward with reports of discrimination and non-Muslims need to educate themselves about the pillars of Islam.

"The terrorists thought by destroying those tall towers they will destroy the greatness of America. The fact of the matter is the greatness of America is in its pluralism," Syeed said.

And after all, pluralism is all about inclusion.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Utah; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: islam; muslim; muzzie; news8; terrorists
Another sympathetic piece on the Muslim pop. in Austin. Unfortunately, many people here buy into this tripe, such as "Islam is, Khataw preaches, a peaceful religion that is focused on charity and goodwill toward others.". Pure b.s., unless one considers beheading, rape, torture, and pedophelia to be charitable acts.
1 posted on 12/01/2004 5:53:48 AM PST by cweese
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To: cweese

The most positive thing to come out of 9/11 is the knowledge of how awful and untrustworthy these fiends are.


2 posted on 12/01/2004 5:57:35 AM PST by tkathy (There will be no world peace until all thuggocracies are gone from the earth.)
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"Islam is, Khataw preaches, a peaceful religion that is focused on charity and goodwill toward others."

No, it's not. I won't go into *what it is*, as I'd probably get in trouble... aw, what the heck:

Islam, The Cult of Murder™.

Islam, The Cult of Terror™.

Islam, The Cult of Boy-Buggering™.

Islam, The Cult of Women-Chattelling™.

Islam, The Cult of Horror™.

Islam, The Cult of Killing™.

Islam, The Cult of Subhumans™.

Islam, The Cult of Beheading™.

Islam, The Cult of Pigsh!t™.

Islam, The Cult of Deviants™.

Islam, The Cult of Degenerates™.

Islam, The Cult of Female Mutilation™.

Islam, The Cult of Death™.

Islam, The Cult of Christian & Jew Killing™.

Islam, The Cult of Infidel Murder™.

Islam, The Cult of Garbage™.

Islam, The Cult of Trash™.

Islam, The Cult of Filth™.

Islam, The Cult of Mentally-Ill™.


3 posted on 12/01/2004 6:02:35 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

Well put!


4 posted on 12/01/2004 6:07:59 AM PST by cweese
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To: cweese

As the Kansas City Star detailed in Sunday's edition, contributions to Islamic charities in Columbia, Missouri went straight to the jihadists who support Osama, suicide bombers in Israel, etc.


5 posted on 12/01/2004 6:18:06 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: cweese
"People did not know what Islam is," Khataw said.

Well we certainly know now, don't we.

6 posted on 12/01/2004 6:28:32 AM PST by pigsmith
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It is very important to show the community that we are able to blend in with the Western culture," Imam Safdar Razi<<

Any good SLEEPER CELL knows that!


7 posted on 12/01/2004 7:02:01 AM PST by hushpad
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To: hushpad

Exactly.


8 posted on 12/01/2004 7:03:08 AM PST by cweese
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To: cweese; All
Islam, The Alleged Religion of Peace® ( TARP™ )? Click this picture:


9 posted on 12/01/2004 7:07:07 AM PST by backhoe
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I can't believe we have Americans who are actually helping islamo-murderers in this blatant propoganda effort.

PC is going to kill us all...


10 posted on 12/01/2004 7:08:40 AM PST by hushpad
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That acknowledgement, Harrington said, needs to come from both the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Muslims need to come forward with reports of discrimination and non-Muslims need to educate themselves about the pillars of Islam.<<

Yuck Fou! Mr. Harrington.


11 posted on 12/01/2004 7:10:58 AM PST by hushpad
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News8 is quite a liberal outlet. I've called them on it many times in the past, but they see themselves reporting in a responsible manner on all matters. There is a poll on their site about whether Islamophobia is happening in Austin. Check out some of the comments there. Sickening.


12 posted on 12/01/2004 7:10:58 AM PST by cweese
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Until and unless I see hard evidence of these folks turning in their terrorist friends, neighbors, and relatives, my opinion will remain the same: They're ALL terrorists.


13 posted on 12/01/2004 7:13:20 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: cweese
Islamophobia my behind! I'm not afraid of these "domestic" rag-heads and I resent people who know nothing about me psychoanalyzing my feelings towards terrorists, breeders of terrorists, and terrorists apologists.

These murdering scum-bags do not deserve the respect or trust of decent Americans. They are lucky we have laws on the books that protect them already.

News8 needs a good boycott.
14 posted on 12/01/2004 7:18:26 AM PST by hushpad
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To: hushpad

Well, you should definitely go visit their website and send 'em your feelings (in the 'about us' section). I'm fairly certain that I might be the only one who has written them expressing outrage at this love-the-muslim series they're publishing this week!


15 posted on 12/01/2004 7:21:32 AM PST by cweese
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I'm on my way, soon as I can write something that doesn't sound like those DU clowns..I must calm down first..


16 posted on 12/01/2004 7:36:23 AM PST by hushpad
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To: cweese

The ancient Muhammadan rope-a-dope...ban the clan, outlaw Mein Koran as we register, deport, intern, incarcerate and once and for all obliterate the world's ancient death cult.

Stop their importation into America and slam the borders shut while securing the ports...


17 posted on 12/01/2004 7:40:32 AM PST by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a death cult that must end. Save your time...)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

I'll bump to that...


18 posted on 12/01/2004 7:42:01 AM PST by ApesForEvolution (You will NEVER convince me that Muhammadanism isn't a death cult that must end. Save your time...)
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To: cweese
BTW, many years ago I saw a small article in my local paper about "Political Correctness". Most of my friends made me a selection of tinfoil hats when I told them that PC was being thought of too humorously, that it meant big trouble for freedom of speech. I was right about PC, it became just as I suspected.

These same friends are busy making me more tinfoil hats, because I just KNOW that sleeper cells exists, that the islam threat is HERE - that it is NOW! We'll be waking up one morning without our heads if the majority of Americans believe Islam is not a threat. Some people never learn, and some of us have to watch helplessly while the threat grows.
19 posted on 12/01/2004 7:46:55 AM PST by hushpad
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To: hushpad

Agree

Well said.


20 posted on 12/01/2004 10:09:38 PM PST by jan in Colorado (It's a good idea not to point a gun at a cop!)
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To: 7.62 x 51mm

Who am I to argue?


21 posted on 12/02/2004 9:13:43 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: sheik yerbouty

Did I miss one or two others? LOL!


22 posted on 12/02/2004 12:23:32 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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It is an almost infinite subject!


23 posted on 12/02/2004 5:21:05 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
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LOL! I could list scores of 'em, sy! (some would get me into trouble...)


24 posted on 12/02/2004 5:25:23 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: cweese

"It is very important to show the community that we are able to blend in with the Western culture," Imam Safdar Razi, a local Muslim religious leader, said."

Yes, so they can lull us into complaceny. Islam is an insidious cult that seeks one of two things - our submission to it, or our utter destruction. There is no compromise. All of the activities by muslims and muslim organizations within the continental US are nothing more than a Trojan Horse. Every mosque is a Trojan Horse. Every muslim "school" is a Trojan Horse. We ignore this and welcome it at our peril. Multiculturalism as it pertains to islam is a death wish on the part of America.

The barbarians are not at the gate - they are already within and entrenched, biding time until they amass enought strength -political or military - to strike decisively.


25 posted on 12/14/2004 6:28:25 AM PST by astounded (We don't need no stinkin' rules of engagement...)
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Yuck Fou! Mr. Harrington.
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Tsk Tsk... when will you learn how to spell? Now pay attention:

"EACH IT"Mr. Harrington !!! ;-))

26 posted on 12/16/2004 9:38:24 AM PST by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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%-} How's this? Mr. Harrington..hope you gag when you EACH IT!
27 posted on 12/16/2004 11:14:00 AM PST by hushpad
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%-} How's this? Mr. Harrington..hope you gag when you EACH IT!
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Oak Hay... now... where can I get two tickets for the show ??? ;-))


28 posted on 12/16/2004 12:21:27 PM PST by GeekDejure ( LOL = Liberals Obey Lucifer !!!)
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