“And We – Allah the Almighty God- sent not before you any messenger except that We revealed to him that, “There is no deity except Me, so worship Me.” (Quran 21/25)
“7. You shall have no other gods before[a] me.8 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.9 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God….” (Deuteronomy 5:7-9)
These were harrowing images, ones that bring to mind horrors seen during the second world war. Emaciated children, bones visible beneath their skin, their feeble voices begging for food. The skeletal body of a man who starved to death. The stories behind these images were no less heart-wrenching: families reduced to eating grass and leaves, parents eating nothing at all so their children might survive. These were not scenes from a medieval history book, nor from a country stricken by natural disaster, but from today’s Syria,..MORE: theguardian.
AFDI is recognized as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks the activities of organized extremists and domestic terrorists across America. And not the shooters, a couple of would-be assassins about whom little is yet known…
Tensions were running high. Georgetown University religion professor John Esposito, who spoke at the Stand With the Prophet meeting, described the event to the Dallas Morning News as part of a nationwide series to discuss terrorism, hate speech and anti-Islam fears.
“I go to Muslim countries, and I speak all over the United States,” he told the newspaper. “What’s interesting to me is that this is the first time that I’ve been in a situation that I’ve come to speak and I’ve seen this level of hate.”…..more .latimes.com
We often forget that Americans have been thinking about Islam for centuries. In the republic’s early days, Muslims not only accounted for a large part of the enslaved labor force but also often appeared in stories as fearful figures in far-off places—dark hazards to American virtue. These old images help illuminate today’s American debates about Islam….more: America’s Forgotten Images of Islam – WSJ
The American conversation about Islam may be noisy and confusing, but it isn’t new. And these forgotten images remind us to avoid the old tendency to portray Muslims—now millions of our fellow citizens—solely as caricatured villains in scary stories or cardboard paragons in moral ones….. MORE: America’s Forgotten Images of Islam