Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Today's action item is a pretty easy one:

Read or watch this first rate talk by Irshad Manji from the Free Speech segment of the CBS Evening News, money quote:

We Muslims should remember that God told the Prophet Muhammad to "read." My advice to fellow Muslims: Read the pope's speech — in its entirety — and you'll see that his message of reason, reconciliation, and conversation would make him a better Muslim than most of us.
This is EXACTLY the type of person who needs to be encouraged, supported and congratulated. The action item for today is to do so. E-mail the author, leave a comment at the CBS site where this is posted. Vist her web site and show her support. You don't have to agree with everything she says or believes to do so.

It is the courage of people like her that gives us the best chance to avert disaster.

Because of today's post I'm going to try to write a prayer that would be acceptable for a Muslim. I claim absolutely no expertise in this endeavor as I've only read the Koran once. If any Muslim reader can suggest a better one feel free to include it in comments.

In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the merciful:
Your ways are the true ways. Through the prophet you told us that you are ever disposed to mercy. Hear our plea that our brothers may remember these words and extend that same mercy to others. Let them in the Salah find the restraint to their passions and through the Zakat show by example to the world of the unbeliever the Glory of Islam and to avoid violence that is the trap of Satan, the condemned.


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