Wednesday, May 1, 2013

American Muslim leaders outline an alternative to extremism

Creating a United Front Against Terrorism:
American Muslim leaders outline an alternative to extremism
with Dr. Maher Hathout and Salam Al-Marayati

Dr. Maher Hathout and Salam Al-Marayati are two of our nation’s most influential Muslim opinion leaders and long-time allies of All Saints Church in the work of justice and compassion. On Sunday, May 5th they will bring their wisdom to the Rector’s Forum as we explore together the challenges and opportunities facing American Muslims – and how we can partner with them in the work of countering religious extremism and radicalization.

“An unfortunate consequence of the Boston Marathon bombings has been that the sick words and deeds of a tiny, demented fringe of extremists—no more than .1% of Muslims overall—command vast public attention,” said Al-Marayati in a recent op-ed.

“It is time for us as American Muslims to provide an alternative to Muslim extremism; otherwise, we’ll be defined by it. And that alternative is the moderate voice, the voice for reform, for the theology of life that Islam stands for as opposed to the cult of death that extremists promote through their distortions of Islam in their ideology. As American Muslims, we can work in a united front with other Americans in leading our country out of the abyss of terrorism.”

How do we counter extremism by empowering the moderate mainstream voice of Muslims? And with so much discussion about radicalization of young Muslims, how we do we approach them with compassion and work with them for justice and mercy?  Don’t miss this important and timely Rector’s Forum.
Sunday, May 5, 2013 | 10:15 a.m. in the Forum | 132 North Euclid, Pasadena CA 91101 

No comments:

Post a Comment