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Muslim Blogisphere

7 April, 2003 1:49 PM

I just spent a most interesting morning surfing a new (for me) part of the blogisphere that I'd never experienced before, blogs written by Muslims.

What a fascinating time I've just had! I feel like I've learnt so much.

There is probably a lot I could write about in response to what I read but the following are some of the observations that I made as I surfed. I've written them as comparisons to the Christian blogs that I read daily.

(please note that I am an outsider to the Muslim community and therefore do not presume to fully understand or comprehend everything I've read - I also surfed well over 100 blogs so what I am not writing is a gross generalisation....I hope I do not offend anyone in my observations.)

1. The first thing I immediately noted as I surfed was that many of these blogs use the same templates that you would find surfing any collection of Christian blogs! Blogger crosses all boundaries in its reach!

2. The topics of general postings were remarkably similar to that in the Christian blogs that I surf. Postings ranged in topic from Iraq, SARS, international politics right through to issues of faith and Scripture and through to personal observations of life and story telling of those quirky happenings that happen to all of us. This was reflected in the variety of types of blogs that I saw. As in the 'Christian blogisphere' there are blogs representing all streams of Christian thought, denominations, theologies and ways of life.

3. Related to this was a huge array of opinions and stances on the 'issues' of today. In particularly I observed a large range of opinion on the Iraq conflict. Just as many Christians take opposing views so do the Muslim bloggers I visited. Another similarity is the obvious pain that the current conflict is causing bloggers on both ends of the political spectrum - posts on the topic obviously come out of deep emotions and feelings.

4. I was impressed by the depth and genuine grappling I observed in many of the blogs on issues of faith. Some of what I read corresponded with some of the issues I've been reading on my blogroll. Many of the blogs were grappling with the question 'what does it mean to be a Muslim in the time and place where we live?' As a result there was conversation about how to be more relevant with expressing faith today in this fragmented world we live in. Again - this corresponding conversation is happening in many of the 'emerging church' blogs I'm interacting with.

5. Lastly I was very disappointed to observe on a number of blogs comments from readers that were inflammatory, racist and aimed at provoking some of the bloggers as they grappled with tough issues. My visit was fleeting so I cannot really comment on who was at fault - however in most situations the Muslim bloggers responded to these hurtful comments with real grace and the majority of the 'heat' seemed to come from those leaving the comments - often quoting the bible to make their points.

On the whole I feel my morning of surfing has been really worthwhile. I'm learning alot. I hope my observations have not come across as condescending in any way - they are basic ones, however I guess I was struck by some of the similarities in what I read. Thank you to those bloggers who have enlightened me no end today!

I am a little hesitant to point you to the blogs where I surfed — only because there is a minority in visitors to this site (perhaps even just 1) who have been quite abusive when I've talked on this topic before. However I'll give you a starting blog which has literally hundreds of Muslim bloggers for you to visit if you are interested. (I figure it doesn't take much to find such blogs if you put your mind to it, so I might as well give you one that has a wide spectrum of links) It is called Interview with Bilal - 1
Interview with Bilal - 2
Interview with Bilal - 3
A Muslim's Reflection on Easter
Last Sunday I visited the local Mosque

Comments

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Thanks for the link. Will have a look. Picture in the paper today of David Milliken in Sydney in a mosque discussing all sorts of things. Also a story about about a Uniting and an Anglican church who held a sausage sizzle with the local msque. Great time was had by all.
Shalom,
Jan

Jan » 7 April, 2003 4:06 PM

I love the many spheres of blogs that exist - they can be so self-contained and community-like. But I also love the way we can visit and learn, and weave ourselves into the communities in a small way. I liked your observations, Darren.

Beth » 8 April, 2003 9:56 AM

Excellent Analysis.

And you've got a nice blog you'reself too :)

Tora » 13 April, 2003 4:57 AM

I visited this site because I saw that someone had visited my site from this one. I was very curious because I never would have imagined that a Christian would be interested in my site at all. Still, it is rewarding to read a site that has a tolerant view towards Islam in general. As an American Muslim I feel this way lately, especially as the US is not very welcoming to any sort of Muslim what so ever.

UmMouhamed » 9 May, 2003 1:08 PM

Thanks for your comment, I really appreciate you spent the time to stop bymy blog. I've just had a bit of a look through yours and really like it,lots to digest there! I'll take my time and have a look through some of your writings over the next day or two.

I have to admit, in the past as a Christian I havnt been interested in other peoples religions, but of late (as I just posted) I've felt really challenged by it. I'm learning a lot, but have a long way to go in understanding what others believe.

I'd appreciate your comments on anything you observe on my site as I am eager to learn what others feel and believe....not so I can 'convert them' but so that I can understand and learn from them.

Thanks again...I hope we can keep in touch.

Darren » 9 May, 2003 1:47 PM

Very nice commentary, I always enjoy reading pts of view from others of faith (although not my own) which use fairness and attempt to be relatisitic in thinking. Thanks again

sister-scorpion » 25 October, 2003 3:07 PM

A POWERFUL READ

�You belong to your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father�s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning� (Jesus speaking to the Jews that wanted to kill Him, John 8:44).

�a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God� (Jesus speaking to His disciples, John 16:2).

�For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms� (Paul commenting on the spiritual forces behind evil, in his letter to the Ephesians 6:12).

�And many false prophets shall rise and shall deceive many.� (Jesus warning His disciples of future false prophets, Matthew 24:11).

I thought, �Woe is me poet or (demon) possessed� I will go to the top of the mountain and throw myself down that I may kill myself and gain rest.� So I went forth to do so and then when I was midway on the mountain, I heard a voice from heaven saying "O Muhammad! thou are the apostle of God and I am Gabriel." (After receiving his first �visitation� from a spirit, Muhammad attempted suicide. This same spirit who identified himself as �Gabriel� stopped him. In a likewise manner, this same spirit later stopped him several times during the next few years as he continued to attempt suicide). What did this spirit have in store for Muhammad?

�Will you listen to me O Meccans? By him who holds my life in His hand I bring you slaughter.� (Muhammad, some of the earliest words spoken in Mecca, shortly after his first visit by �Gabriel�, to people who rejected his claim to prophethood). "The Life of Muhammad", by A. Guillaume, page 131.

Make war upon such of those to whom the Scriptures have been given as believe not in God, or in the last day, and who forbid not that which God and His Apostle (Muhammad) have forbidden, and who profess not the profession of the truth, until they pay tribute out of hand, and they be humbled.� (Muhammad, in the Quran 9:29, telling his followers to make war upon, and kill if necessary, Christians and Jews. Muhammad claimed that a spirit called �Gabriel� gave him those words to speak.)

Of course not all the Muslims here are terrorists. Most Muslims living in America are either nominal Muslims or living just a devout personal piety without the essential political dimension of orthodox Islam, and are certainly not bent on terrorist actions. Many Muslims do not want the violence. They are people with a better moral code than Muhammad. But they are saddled with a system that has a spiritual force behind it, and violence as a systemic root. To be a Muslim is to be aligned with the same satanic spirit that choked and influenced Muhammad in the cave, the same spirit that caused Muhammad to wage war upon and massacre those that rejected him, the same spirit that caused Muhammad to teach his followers to continue to do the same. Not all Muslims are terrorists, but the fundamental, orthodox Muslims will teach and pressure the nominal Muslims towards obeying Muhammad�s commands to establish the rule of Islam, if necessary including the use of violence. Nominal Muslims only need to awaken to the actual call of the Quran, Hadith, and Sira, to violence for Islam�s sake. More and more they are awakening, and their violence increases.


Jesus has commanded us to love our enemies. That can be very difficult. We are only here for a short time, then we will be judged by God. Our actions, words, and faith will be examined. We must obey Christ. We must pray for all people, including Muslims. We do not need to accept Islam to love the Muslims, we must understand and proclaim the differences between what Christ taught and what Muhammad taught. Of course we are to seek justice, but we are also to present the good news to Muslims who are deceived by Satan, still bound in a sinful system.

So, I ask the peace loving Muslim, �why follow Muhammad?

Do you want to follow Muhammad in every respect � including his commands to violence against those who reject him as a prophet? If not, why entrust your eternal future to Muhammad, if you truly disapprove of the Muslim terrorist actions?� If a Nazi strongly disapproved of Hitler�s actions, I would ask him, �why follow Hitler?� If you truly believe that the Muslim terrorists were wrong, why follow Muhammad? He did and taught the same thing. A person who chooses to follow Muhammad and trust his eternal future to Muhammad�s word, approves of Muhammad�s brutal actions, and brutal teachings.


CONCLUSION
Islam is a violent religion and it allows the use of aggressive violence to spread its dominion over non-Muslims. The war that Muhammad launched long ago continues, but the stakes are getting higher. America, Europe, and other nations, will continue to be adversely affected by the actions of real Muslims � those that are obeying their god (note: not capitalized) and prophet (a powerful, persuasive man posessed by demons).

I pray for us all (Muslims alike)

A VOICE » 16 May, 2004 9:39 AM

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