Speaking Out Because I Must

I’m in the middle of work.  Blogging has to take a back seat to paying the mortgage, and packages have to be set out for the post office or Bob in Omaha will be sending me an irate email asking me why he hasn’t received his widget yet.  So here I am, in my office, plugging away distractedly at work while watching CNN and obsessively checking Facebook every five minutes.  My husband is across the room packing and listening, too.  Occasionally one or the other of us makes a disgusted noise in response to something said on TV.  It’s not a good day.

Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three of his staff were killed by RPG fire as they tried to leave their embassy.  The crowd outside the embassy there, and another unruly mob outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, were puffed up into a froth by a video, a stupid, useless, anti-Islamic video that had been posted to youtube by fools.  Fools directed by fools.  Someone, some Muslim, some person or people claiming to follow the same religion as I do, fired a rocket into the car to kill a man who had absolutely nothing to do with the video and who would have himself soundly condemned it, had he had the chance.

I am so god damned tired of this.  Sorry, I just can’t find any literary way to put that.  I am so god damned tired of Muslims allowing themselves to be manipulated by a god damned low-budget stupid YOUTUBE VIDEO.  This low-rent video was put together by a few bigoted individuals who should have been ignored.  Instead, they have found fame in infamy.  Their worthless little film was used by “radical Muslims” to pull the strings of ignorant puppets, to whip up a crowd into a frenzied mob, to incite people to murder.  I am shocked but not surprised by the film.  I am horrified and really, really pissed off at my Muslim brothers.

I want to take each person who stood screaming outside of those embassies and shake them.  What are you doing?  Why are you protesting against the entire United States, symbolized by the embassy, for the actions of a few?  Actions that were not known about, were not supported, were not endorsed by the US government or by the vast majority of Americans.  Why are you standing out there screaming, shaking your fists, scrawling “Allahu Akbar” on the walls, burning, tearing, destroying?  Why are you so concerned with one little video?  Don’t you have something more important to do?

Islam does not condone blasphemy against any prophet, be that Muhammad, Moses, or Jesus, peace be upon them all.  As a Muslim, I condemn the people who made or supported this video and ask Allah to guide them or break their backs.  But I have no plans to seek out these fools, or kill any Americans, or Israelis, or anyone else for that matter.  See, I’m kinda busy.  I’m kinda busy working to support my family.  I’m kinda busy teaching my kids to memorize the Qur’an.  I’m kinda busy writing blog posts and articles and teaching people what Islam is all about.  And now I’m MORE busy because I have to take time from teaching what Islam IS to try to convince people of the truth of what Islam is NOT.  Islam is not terrorists crashing planes into skyscrapers.  Islam is not husbands beating wives.  Islam is not RPGs blowing up ambassadors.  How can I get to the IS when I’m so busy with the ISN’T?

I don’t have a lot of time right now because I have a life.  You young men (mostly men, though I’m sure there are some women, as well), go the hell home.  Go to school, go to work, go to the masjid and pray.  Pray for guidance.  Pray for Allah to help you be productive in your life.  Go read a book. Go learn your religion.  Because if you believe that all your problems are the fault of the US or “the West”, then you’re a damn fool and you need to go home and educate yourself.

There are no outside enemies who are hurting us worse than we are hurting ourselves.  As long as schoolgirls in Afghanistan fear acid attacks, as long as a widow who wants to remarry fears death at the hands of her son if she does, as long as billionaires are financing ego-stroking skyscrapers while orphans are starving, as long as heroin smugglers are hiding their product in the corners of mosques and markets, as long as girls are sold into marriage to pay of debts, as long as children are being abandoned to popular culture, as long as we Muslims are not living according to Islam, we will be the worst human beings in the world.  It’s not the U.S, it’s not the U.N.  It’s not the satellite dishes or the fashions or chemtrails or anything else.  It’s us, damn it.  We’re falling short.  We are not living correctly according to the Qur’an and Sunnah, we are not fulfilling our roles as the Khalifahs and role models for this planet, and as a result Allah has removed His blessing from us.  Our problem, not theirs.

So, that’s my gut reaction and that’s what I’m going to say and I’m sure I’ll get some strong reactions.  I’m tired.  I’m sad.  I’m angry.  I’m Muslim.  Tomorrow maybe I’ll be more uplifting but today it’s just not in me.  Now I’m going back to work because this lady in Toledo wants her bread machine.  Salaam Alaikum.

  • Beth

    Thank you for this post. I very much hope other Muslims read it and thoughtfully consider your points.

  • Cojuanco

    Bravo! Kudos from a Man of the Book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Wendilynn-Kerezman/623542914 Wendilynn Kerezman

    I also get tired of watching my own faith get blasted each day. It seems like I spend more time explaining how someone screwed up something then what makes it special. My heart goes out to you and the frustration of the situation.

  • ExFed

    It is a great tragedy that small groups out of a billion Muslims create imaged and memories that affect all Muslims. What you say is quite true, but the silent majority of that billion must do far more to fight those who blaspheme a great religion and fight much harder to condemn and fight them.

  • IamScoundrel

    Absolutely brilliantly written. Thank you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.matzke Nicholas J. Matzke

    Just saw this getting linked on facebook. A lot of people need to hear/read about Muslims who detest this sort of violence, which I’m sure is most Muslims. For that I compliment this post. However, two things about this post really rub me the wrong way.

    (1) “Islam does not condone blasphemy dsds any prophet, be that Muhammad,
    Moses, or Jesus, peace be upon them all. As a Muslim, I condemn the
    people who made or supported this video and ask Allah to guide them or
    break their backs.”

    Wait, WHAT? Ask Allah to guide the video makers or “break their backs”? What the hell kind of sentiment is that? This is exactly the kind of violent, intolerant thinking that just takes another couple of logical steps to lead to the violence in Libya.

    (2) “See, I’m kinda busy. I’m kinda busy working to support my family. I’m kinda busy teaching my kids to memorize the Qur’an.”

    Really? Is *memorizing* the Qur’an really that high on the list of things to get your kids to do? I suppose it’s your business what you teach your kids, but it’s pretty dang odd to condemn thoughtless religion-based actions in one paragraph, and then encourage wrote memorization of the Qur’an as good education of children in the next. How about teaching your children to *think* about their religion and how to practice it in a thoughtful manner within a religiously diverse society?

  • CC

    Thank you for writing this.

  • Joe Plumber

    All Muslims should be exterminated. Their chomo, rapist, sicko cult is a cancer upon this earth

  • dmkorman

    Alaikum salaam and thanks for speaking truth. Of course, the phenomenon is not limited to Muslims. I am also greatly embarrassed and angered by the comments and behavior of many here in the USA who are not Muslim. “Painting with too broad a brush” seems to be rampant. Insha’Allah, we’ll live long enough to see finer brushes (and artists) in the future- but we must nurture that future. Your article is a seed. I hope we readers can cultivate it.

  • Andrew B.

    “As a Muslim, I condemn the people who made or supported this video and ask Allah to guide them or break their backs.”

    Uh, if you’re trying to send the message that Islam isn’t violent, maybe you shouldn’t be imploring your God to physically punish people for the non-crime of “hurting feelings.” Furthermore, if your God were merciful, why would he engage in any sort of retribution? Doesn’t that sort of go against mercy?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremy-Forbing/534251878 Jeremy Forbing

    Brave and powerful. I hope your words find their way to as many people as possible. You are a voice more people, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, need to hear.

  • http://www.facebook.com/baseemah.muhammud Baseemah Muhammud

    well, I dont know if the many who killed this innocent man were to hear your voice, and words if it would make a difference or not. Evil people from both sides will not quite in their efforts to harm one another, sadly thats just the way of the world. And some or even most scholars have said a lot of these people are not even Muslims but disbelievers because some of the are completely out of the folds of Islaam when it comes to their beliefs. Competely, And sadly some non believers are getting tired of ‘us’ saying this is not Islaam you know about mental filtering. They rather take the bad over the good. We need to find a way to reach out to these attackers more. And yes you didn’ t need the cuss words, but oh well, you posted them. I think you’re anger could have gotten through without them. May Allah guide and help us all, we are truly in a sad state

  • darlene

    I am not a Muslim, I am a Christian and I just want to say that I appreciate so much your words. I have friends who are Muslim who I love and respect and I too am sick to death of the hate in all religions. My God is loving God and I believe that no true religion would condone any act of violence. Your words need to be seen and heard by everyone and I will be sharing this on my FB page. I don’t really appreciate the use of God as a curse but I do understand the frustration that brought about the use.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Shelton/1681393257 Mike Shelton

    An excellent message. I hope she will not have to fear for her life in saying it.

  • DovEphraim

    Wow. Powerful in its honesty as well as its intensity. My prayer is that everyone, across the ideological and political spectrum, will hear you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Carter/100002903542825 Heidi Carter

    As a former pagan with Christian family (I am now agnostic) Thank You for speaking up. Speaking only for myself, I apologize for the Christians who are so ignorant, that they blame all Muslims for the acts of a few.

  • omwits

    Asalaamu Alaikum

    I didn’t see the movie and I don’t want to. I’m in agreement with you. I think the people doing this are extremely uneducated in the deen and in secular things. I don’t want to be associated with any of these people. Its even harder when you are a convert like me and are lumped into the same group. I think we are so close to the end of the world now. I’ll do my best though and hope someone anyone will follow along.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patricia.schwarz1 Patricia Schwarz

    Wa Alaikum Assalaam.

  • your pal Umm Rahmah from VA

    Yeah Nancy!!!! You tell ‘em! Completely agree, 110%!!!

  • Firzana

    Fantastic!! Finally, someone has written something so true!! I Jazakallah, sister!!

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  • shirlsays

    AWESOME BLOG!!..smile, tomarrow is another day…God Bless You

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-French/695976122 David French

    Thank you for saying this, Nancy. Based on my experience in Iraq, your feelings are shared by many in the Middle East who are afraid to express them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1552826691 ‘Rebecca El-Kher

    Thank you sister for a very direct and correct post. Charity begins at home and we must help ourselves before we can help others

  • hajarlogan

    Great Post. I could not have said it better. Thank you.