for it isn't the responsibility of the Muslim community to make you feel comfortable,
Interesting statement Aviatsiya. I don't agree though. It's no secret on these boards that I am terribly concerned about Islam today and have grave doubts that if the current violent trends continue, my western civiliation, and Ts-ior's Islamic one are going to be able to live with one another.
While I'm pleased Ts-ior has found (peaceful?) spiritual growth during his ramadan, I certainly hope he is not alone. Sadly though, I suspect he is. While he has found Islamic spiritual development these past fe weeks- I have found Islamic spiritual underdevelopment. Here's what I've seen during these Islamic holy days:
**An annual worldwide beauty pageant held year after year is attempted in a mixed Islamic/Christian Nigeria. True-believing Nigerian Muslims then set about the holy task of killing, looting and burning while calling for a Nigerian journalist to be murdered, and who could blame them? Not the president of Nigeria, and not the leaders of Islam.
**In Egypt, a hit tvseries, "Horseman Without a Horse," has been offering up anti-Semitic programming to a huge, eager audience. The old forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion" — a document purporting to prove that there really is a secret Jewish plot to take over the world, and which was proved long ago to have been faked by Czar Nicholas II's secret police — is treated in this drama series as historical fact. Mind you this is the same Egypt in which the media are rigorously censored to prevent anything that offends the authorities from seeing the light of day
**Then there is the horrifying story of the Dutch Muslim woman, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who has had to flee the Netherlands because she said that Muslim men oppressed Muslim women, a vile idea that so outraged Muslim men that they issued death threats against her.
**Next, Azmi Abu Hilayel, whose son Na'el strapped himself with dynamite and blew up an Israeli bus with school kids. Azmi was quoted as saying: "I thanked God when I heard that my son had died in an operation for the sake of God and the homeland." I can't believe that the God of Islam, a God of mercy and compassion, would bless killing anyone's kids
**On top of all this, we just had the imam of a Paris mosque arrested for allegedly helping the airplane shoe-bomber. And we had two U.S. marines shot in Kuwait, a country we helped rescue from Saddam, and then we read about Bonnie Penner a young U.S. missionary nurse at a prenatal clinic in Sidon, Lebanon, which provided care for needy Palestinians and Lebanese. She was shot three times in the face. she was a nurse, caring for Muslims, and she was shot for who she was. What's next....we saw one of our top aid officials in Jordan killed in his front yard for the exact same crime - being an American in the Muslim world.
Now you see why we have young men from most Arab countries who are studying in America be fingerprinted and photographed. We have no choice.
One dim sign of light however: While in Iran - Hashem Aghajari - one of the revolutionaries who stormed the US embassy -- languishes under a sentence of death imposed because he criticized the mullahs who run the country Iranian students nationwide were immature enough to protest against Mr. Aghajari's sentence. But not for nothing: Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, duly rebuked them and threatened to let loose the paramilitary forces on them.
So, while your Ramadan was healthful and enlightening Ts-ior - perhaps you can now see why my civlization is deeply concerned not enough people in yours are undergoing the same growth. Perhaps you can help them Ts-ior? Help them before its too late.