Muslim scholar decries violence: 'I am a Nazarene, too'


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Rimini, Italy, Aug 28, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Referring to the label “Nazarene” marked on houses of Christians in Iraq by the militant Islamic State, a Muslim scholar also called himself Nazarene in solidarity – maintaining that many people in the Muslim community are identifying with Christians as well.

“Millions of Muslims have used the Arab letter ‘nun,’ or ‘n,’ which stands for Nazarene, as their profile picture in Facebook and Twitter, thus identifying themselves with the testimony Christians have given in Iraq,” Wael Farouq told CNA Aug. 25.

A professor of Arabic language at the American University of Cairo, Egypt, Farouq was among the 200 speakers scheduled the Annual Meeting of the ecclesiastical movement Communion and Liberation, which takes place in the Italian town of Rimini Aug. 24-29.

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Jim


#2

Beautiful!


#3

This is like the Danish royalty who, in solidarity with the Jewish people, wore the Star of David on their clothing when the nazi’s took over.

We must all stand in solidarity with the people of God.


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A couple of other tidbits from the article:

“As a Muslim, and also as a Muslim scholar I must say that the Islamic thought, the Islamic practice today needs a deep reform to the conception of every Muslim that violence is against the principles of our religion. A reform for the Islamic world is needed,” Farouq maintained.

So he is acknowledging that Islam, the way it is taught today, breeds this kind of thing. “A deep reform” were his words.

It would be nice if the leaders in the west would recognize this fact…that we are in a religious war, whether we believe it or not.

On the other hand, he says that terrorists gain the sympathies of some because of the extreme secularism and double standard of the Western world.

“Even the Western world is responsible of what is happening in Iraq,” Farouq underscored.

And this much is also true. With our societal embrace of utter depravity as we have, and our attempts to export that depravity (see our efforts to force the embrace of homosexuality down the throats of sub-Saharan African countries as an example), we make ourselves a target for these fundamentalists. It’s sort of hard to preach that we are wonderful places when we are nothing but dens of moral iniquity.


#5

Well said.


#6

Thanks for posting this.


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