From : isam
Sent : Monday, January 17, 2005 12:49 AM
To : firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject : reply to un-checked hatred
Dear Dr Fawzi
I appreciate removing my e-mail address. I receive enough e-mails and I do
need more e-mails.
I have tried so many times to write to your newspaper where I consider my
self an old loyal fan.
My previous attempts of writing was in response to some articles written by
"writers" who declared themselves as such. Writing, in my humble opinion, is
not the act of adding lines after lines to describe an idea regardless of
how stupid that point is/has been. I thought all this time that Arab Times’s
message is constructive criticism to our political system(s) and not to
ridicule our religion (by the majority in the Arabic countries is Islam) and
our sacred entity.
Writers like Amr "Gendy" and Ahmad Mansour are the most illiterate writers I
have seen in my life. Though Gendy have declared him self a graduate of an
Islamic university, but he is an atheist at the same time. How does that
work? It only reflects the corrupt establishment that produced such wonder,
not necessarily the university.
To tell Amr an advice, driving a car does not make you an expert on
mechanics. Reading few books for graduation purposes (only) does not give
you the authority to ridicule Islam and over one billion Muslims. The latest
in his ill informed ideologies was to cancel pilgrimage this year and donate
the pilgrimage cost to the Tsunami victims. What a load of crap? To me, this
individual should higher a team of psychologists just to understand how he
stooped with his personality and ideas to this level. Does he know what Hajj
entails?. For hundreds of years Hajj has been coupled with charity, lifting
people’s spirits and give a message to better their lives. On the charity
level, every year hundreds of tons of cooled or frozen food find its way to
millions of Muslims in Bangladesh, Afghanistan, and other Muslim nations
which has been crushed by imperialism and colonialism or the recent man made
Tsunami in Iraq.
This individual and others like Mansour have appointed themselves as the
religion crushers without giving clear evidence to support their claims. The
collection of evidence they use only explain how ill informed and stupid
they are. Example, and there are plenty, is the notion that Bashar Assad is
same as Mua’wyah Bin Aby Sufyan. What the hell? It is true the actions of
that period was the start of the ruling by blood lines, but is there a
comparison between Mua’wyah and the recent dictators. Is there a resemblance
between the charity from the Muslims Treasury goes around the Islamic empire
and they could not find a man or woman who deserves charity because all in
good shape, financially or mentally for that matter. Also, please compare
this to G W Bush presidency.
Going down on religion like this is uncalled for. The Gendy fellow pretend
that he lives in the US. Does he read or hear the news about the Catholic
church scandals. I did not read anything about that in their writing. I have
not read articles from these individuals to indicate that all organized
religion is invalid (this is if they are atheists). Why target Islam. Islam
is an ideology and practice which has made people rise and reach horizons in
science and technology all humanity should give it credit and respect. I am
reminding my self by the saying of the former Turkish PM during a visit to
Chicago 3 years ago. While he was working on his post-graduation studies in
Germany. One of his professors told him that they should charge Muslim
nations royalties for the German products they are using. The student, the
retired PM now, replied that you should pay to the Muslims royalties for
every scientific ideas you are using and was discovered by Muslims. Islam
was and still is the sense of equality and true humanity. Also, you need to
distinguish between culture and religion because they are not the same.
To close I would like to mention that there are scripts in Christianity
which dictate that you should follow and support you leader (king in the old
days) no matter what. This was a clear message on the American TV after G W
Bush’s re-election. When our religious figures mention something to that
effect, we call them with the worst names we can find in the dictionary of
the Arabic insults.
While I was a student in the UK, I used to know a Protestant priest, our
discussions about religion was limited because of our mutual differences on
certain issues. When we departed for the last time he told me that he failed
to convert me to Christianity. I have replied, both of us think we are
right, we will never know until we die and see if what we were told is right
and true. May not be the best of answers. However, I have not heard from
this man anything so disturbing like the writings of Gendy and Mansour.
Their writings make me praise the idea of censorship, because not every
filth deserves to be published.
May God show us all the straight path and make us true visionaries in his
I. Amarah, Ph.D.