Muslim Action Committee

Saturday, March 18, 2006

The Free Muslims Coalition a US based group who are supporting next Saturday's March for Free Expression, whose organisers have welcomed people bringing placards and t-shirts of the Danish cartoons, are not a coalition of Muslims.

When we found out that the Free Muslims Coalition was planning to back this March for Free Expression, we sent them an email asking them to talk with us and to reconsider their misguided decision. They have not had even exercised the basic adab- manners of responding to us one way or the other. Meanwhile the organisers boast about having Muslim groups supporting them. Despite the fact it is only one group and they are based in the US, i.e. they couldn't find anyone misguided enough in this country from amongst the Muslims and in fact they are not all Muslims.

Even a cursory look at their site:
shows that they are a coalition of "Muslims and Arabs of all backgrounds", so presumably including Christian, Jewish, atheist, communist, liberal and agnostic Arabs as well. They also say that anyone can be a member whether they are Jewish, Christian or Muslim. This seems to contradict their stance that Arabs of all backgrounds are part of the "Free Muslims Coalition". It's also very unfair to all those Sikhs, Hindus and Buddhists who might have wanted to join.

As far as I remember the word Muslim in Arabic means one who has surrendered and is commonly used to refer to those people who follow the Islamic faith, i.e. they have surrendered themselves to Allah, glorified and exalted is he. However according to the "Free Muslims Coalition" anyone can be a "Free Muslim" as long as they back western civilisation to the hilt, patronise all Muslim leaders who don't agree with them and are willing to accept the insults being made against our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).

The MAC is clear, there will be no Muslims supporting the March for Free Expression next week, because to support and stand with people and a movement who are insulting the beloved of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) takes you out of the fold of Islam.

Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla'Llahu 'alayhi wa sallam, said, 'None of you will have iman until I am more beloved to him than his children, his father and all other people.' And, taking it a stage further, when 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, radiya'Llahu 'anhu, said to the Prophet, salla'Llahu 'alayhi wa sallam, 'I love you more than anything except my self which is between my two sides,' he replied, 'None of you will believe until I am dearer to him than his own self.' 'Umar said, 'By the One who sent the Book down to you, I love you more than my self which is between my two sides!' The Prophet then said, ''Umar, now you have it.'

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