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01:38 PM on 10/06/2010
It's about time. While many in your community get to see your perspective on things, hopefully now it will reach other's ears. I have benefited from your perspective for a long time, now a wider audience can. As usual thanks for taking the time to share it! Very well said.
01:32 PM on 10/06/2010
Yursil, thanks for a thoughtful article. Perhaps the most frightening aspect of Faisal Shahzad's rhetoric is its potential to move the hearts of young people across the world. Who cannot feel pain when watching the destruction and murder of entire populations, seemingly because of their being Muslim? Who cannot but wonder what to do in a world that can only be called mad?

Yet Shahzad and his cohorts do not, as Yursil points out, represent the solution to the problem. Rather, they are symptoms of the disease that is wreaking havoc on teh world. Shahzad and his brand of Islam (which is not Islam at all) represent a modern invention that seeks to ideologize Islam in the way of Radical Marxism, Neo-Conservatism, and Capitalism. Islam is not at all an "-ism." Rather, it is a vast and complex spiritual tradition comprising 1400 years of development. To Shahzad and his friends, however, it is just another way to vent their anger and frustration with the world.
12:49 PM on 10/06/2010
BismillaharRahmanirRahim

I have been waiting for this voice and sentiment to be in the mainstream media for a very long time. This article offers insight and perspective that represents the values and thoughts of me and my family concerning our religion. It is refreshing to read something like this on Huff-Post no less!

My family and I feel like our religion has been hijacked, like a vehicle, then painted black to disguise from those who would recognize it for what it REALLY is and used in a heist.

Yursil, thank you for writing about this issue from a traditional Muslim's perspective.

- Seyfettin
www.wasalaam.wordpress.com/
12:39 PM on 10/06/2010
MashaAllah, this really speaks to the thoughts i had on the situation. It is hypocritical to, on one hand, claim selfless and honorable intentions, while on the other hand talking up his own ego and engaging in acts that harm innocent people as well as fellow Muslims.
12:53 PM on 10/06/2010
He should be put to death, to show others around that the U.S. will not tolerate this behavior inside our borders. But instead, he will served as a martyr for those that are just as bent on killing in the name of their God. I don't care if you worship a rock, but if you pick it and throw it at me, we're going to have a problem.
01:00 PM on 10/06/2010
And yet, if we follow such logic, wouldn't we have to put to death many U.S. soldiers who go into the military specifically and intentionally as "warriors for God"? Haven't we seen that the U.S. military is just as much a force of people who are killing "in the name of their God" as anyone from any other religion, and yet the U.S. military also costs far more lives than anyone else...

i can't say whether this man should be put to death. i have mixed feelings on that matter. i most certainly do not support him, and i know he doesn't speak for what Islam teaches.