All of the people are the dependents of Allah.
A tree grows. If you’re staying the same, something is wrong. You’re not alive.
Corruption is rife in the Muslim world, and when it is coupled with the marginalization of religion, it manifests itself as frustration and becomes a fertile recruiting ground for extremism.
Live your lives. Go out; take walks amongst trees.
Reason cannot calm the storm of emotion, and emotion usually wins, until it settles down and allows reason to rise again and apologize on behalf of it.
Our duty is to be patient.
I really believe that carpet-bombing, bombing civilian populations, is a form of terror – it’s state terror as opposed to vigilante terrorism.
My great, great grandfather, Michael O’Hanson, fled the impending potato famine of Ireland and arrived in America in the early 1840s with his bride, Bridget. They headed for Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and a mecca for Irish-Catholic immigrants then.
God is much greater than anything we can imagine.
When a man wrote a political screed against the IRS and flew into its building, he was deemed mentally ill, even though it was clearly a political act. There’s a double standard, which is: If his name is Muhammad, it’s automatically terrorism.
Much to the chagrin of the staunchly secular among us, religion shows no sign of going away. Predictions of the demise of religion, faith, tradition – and even God – have consistently been proven wrong.
The greatest preventative to terrorism is Muslim religious literacy.
The Islamic tradition does show some areas of apparent incompatibility with the goals of women in the West, and Muslims have a long way to go in their attitudes towards women. But blaming the religion is again to express an ignorance both of the religion and of the historical struggle for equality of women in Muslim societies.
As a Westerner, the child of civil rights and anti-war activists, I embraced Islam not in abandonment of my core values, drawn almost entirely from the progressive tradition, but as an affirmation of them.
In being aware of others’ hunger, we contribute to a more empathic world.
Islam was hijacked on that September 11, 2001, on that plane, as an innocent victim.
Many people in the West do not realise how oppressive some Muslim states are – both for men and for women. This is a cultural issue, not an Islamic one.
I would rather live as a Muslim in the West than in most of the Muslim countries, because I think the way Muslims are allowed to live in the West is closer to the Muslim way.
September 11 was a wake-up call to me. I don’t want to contribute to the hate in any shape or form. I now regret in the past being silent about what I have heard in the Islamic discourse and being part of that with my own anger.
Katrina did much more damage than anything the terrorists could ever put together.
People can’t think when their minds are clouded with fear.
The fear tactic is a tactic that’s used by people who want to maintain control, and it’s very effective.
A democracy is predicated on an educated citizenry. You cannot have a democracy with people that are more interested in what Nicole Kidman is doing or whoever the latest fashion model is.
America is about choices, including those to live certain lifestyles.
I know that people can live celibate lives. I did it myself for many years.
ISIS is very similar to the Kharijites, who were a toxic off-shoot of Islam. It’s not Islam; it’s a perversion of Islam, and to label these militant externalities as Islam is to legitimize their actions.
If you don’t have religious fallibilism, you have immense problems.
You don’t fight ideas with bombs.
My alignment is with what I perceive as just and fair. If it’s with the Muslims, then I’m with the Muslims, if it’s with the West then I’m with the West. It’s about justice and fairness.
I don’t align myself with the West of the Muslim world. I align myself with what I perceive to be just and in accordance with my principles – the principles that I live my life by which are universal principles and that are embodied in the religion of Islam.
I think that the idea of a war on an abstract noun is unacceptable.
Americans are generally decent and fair people with a commitment to sense, but some of us, swept up by our passions, wade too far into a sea of sensibility.
Whatever one thinks of the wisdom of building a mosque near Ground Zero, this controversy now affords us an immense opportunity to examine who we are as a people. It provides us with the opportunity to get back to our foundational ideals, which have always stood as a beacon for the rest of the world.
The acquisition of knowledge – knowledge of both the world and of their own religion – will inoculate young people against extremist ideologies.
For believers, both privilege and privation are a trial, and both demand responses: one demands service, and the other demands patience. The greatest privilege is to live well in flourishing lands; the greatest privation is to live in the midst of war, especially civil war.