Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Is the Intifada Un-Islamic?

Last month, an Italy-based Muslim scholar, speaking in Canada, condemned the Palestinian intifada as being "contrary to Islam" and accused Hamas as being a "pseudo-Islamic" organization exploiting the Palestinian people and encouraging them to commit unspeakable violence.

He said the Qu'ran recognizes the area of present-day Israel as the heritage of the Jews and that since there are already two Palestinian states -- Egypt and Jordan -- there is no need for a third.

Yasser Arafat, by the way, was born and educated in Cairo.

Have any other prominent Muslims articulated such views? None that I'm aware of. That's why I'm starting a list of courageous Muslims who are willing to speak the truth and bear the consequences. Let's call them the White Rose Muslims.

First on the list: Sheik Abdul Hadi Palazzi.

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