Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Islamicity Celebrates the Birthday of RAND's Civil Democratic Islam

Now that we can see the forces of the RAND corporation pick and pull our community apart, Islamicity.com seems to be one of the only Islamic news sources that is tackling this issue. Abdus Sattar Ghalazi of American Muslim Perspective Magazine looks back on the RAND report in an article reprinted at I-Views, "RAND Reports Attempt to Change Islam."

As we can see in the excerpt below, the PMUNA is attacking all established Muslim organiztions; even those groups who espouse a liberal, modernist or secularist Islam. Notice how Sarah Eltantawi is attacking Azizah Magazine. That's no surprise because one of their board directors, Saleemah Abdul Ghaffar, used to be one of the editors of Azizah Magazine. And for those of us who have read Azizah, I think it is fair to say that they certainly don't espouse Wahhabism or anti-feminism. They even go after ASMA, the American Sufi Muslim Association, which in the past, had been more interested in promoting Islamic art and culture. The PMUNA does not want plurality of opinion or views. They don't want an Islam where all angles are discussed. They want their opinion to prevail over others and to be "the American Muslim voice."

"The PMUNA is now forcing mainstream Muslim organizations to take positions on even non-issues in order to put them at odds with their own community, and if don't take a position they would be considered as the "bad or extremist" Muslims. Sarah Eltantawi, one of its co-founders is demanding the major Muslim groups and organizations to take position on a non-issue, i.e. if a woman can lead Friday prayers. It is not an uncommon knowledge that the status of woman in Islam is now being used by the West to defame Islam.

'I demand to know where the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stands on this issue. I demand to know where the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) stands on this issue. And KARAMAH, the American Sufi Muslim Association, Women in Islam, Azizah Magazine, and other groups who speak for Muslims and Muslim women,' Eltantawi asks".

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