Monday, January 11, 2010

Good News: Imams Issue Fatwa Against Terrorists. Now The Bad News...

First of all, this fatwa is very specific on where its directed:
Twenty imams have issued a “fatwa” against any Muslim who would attempt to commit an act of terrorism in Canada or the United States.

Syed Soharwardy, an imam at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, who organized the initiative, said on Friday that any attack by foreign elements should also be considered a direct affront to the 10 million Muslims who call either Canada or the United States home.

“We want Muslims around the world who would dare to commit terrorism on our soil to know that we stand together with all Canadians and Americans.
So this fatwa is does not cover, let's say, Great Britain--let alone the Middle East.

Oh, and one other thing:
Nineteen Canadian imams and one American have signed the fatwa to date.
Seriously, is there any reason why in the US there is only one imam who is willing to sign such a fatwa? And if so--why?

The idea behind this is a good one, and it would be great to see an initiative like this spread to other countries.
But it would be a lot more effective if they could actually find the imams--outside of Canada--to sign it.

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