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The Muslim perspective chat

On Thursday, Sept. 5, Imam Talal Eid, religious director for the Islamic Center of New England, discussed the impact of Sept. 11 on Muslims.

Moderator
03:00PM
We're here with Imam Eid, religious director for the Islamic Center of New England, to talk about Muslim life in the US.
Imam Eid
03:05PM
probably we need to be more open and receptive to the general public. We want people also not to judge us or judge Islam negatively because of the act of others.
Imam Eid
03:09PM
no, i think we were less than other states in the U.S.
InvaderGir
03:10PM
Do you feel that backlash against Muslims has been worse in New England than in other parts of the country?
Imam Eid
03:10PM
i think we were less than other states in the U.S.
Proud American
03:17PM
Why hasn't you or your group been more vocal of the atrocities of Sep. 11th? Why haven't you condemned the attackers? And why are you surprised at the American people when they look differently at your people, after all that has happened??
Imam Eid
03:17PM
We have been very vocal and all muslims and Islamic centers in the U.S and all Muslim countries condemmed this vishious murdering of innnacent peole and distructions of properties.In fact, many good people in America gave us their support and only few because their lack of education about Islam and Muslims choose to harrass us for one reason or another.
sec
03:23PM
what are the basis concepts of your religion.
Imam Eid
03:23PM
Practicing Muslims need to practice the five pillars of Islam including worship prayers five times a day, giving charity, and fasting during the month of Ramadan. Muslims also should believe in God as the creator of the whole of mankind, the angels, the prophets and messangers of God, namely, David, Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed. Believing also in the scriptures that God revealed to different prophets including the psalmes of David, the Torah of Moses, the Gospel of Jesus, and the Quaran of Muhammed. Believing also in the day of judgement and fate and destiny
jgirl
03:29PM
do you feel the worst is over and relations will improve, or will september 11th anniversary broadcasts open a whole new wave of what we saw last year?
Imam Eid
03:29PM
I'm confident that we all learned our lessons American Muslims should be in the open explaining themselves and educating the public about Islam. Non-Muslims also should take the time and be open to learn the basic principles of Islam and differentiate between Islam as a religion and Muslims who are the followers of Islam, in every society and religion ther are good people and bad ones we should not condem the good ones by the actions of the bad ones.
DanFrom Cambridge
03:33PM
Thanks for participating today. There is a real sense that the Muslim community - especially throughout the world - has not done enough to discourage and condemn terrorism. After events, they try to distance themselves to save face, but what are they doing to actively to discourage, condemn, and report those with radical Islamist ideas in their midst?
Imam Eid
03:33PM
I appreciate your comments, we need to understand each community seperately American Muslims condemned this tragic event and i'm confident that we did all what we can do to be with our fellow citizens comforting eachother if you have any suggestions please share them with me.
mjfourn
03:37PM
I'm wondering why the Muslim population in this country is not more vocal about the need to end terrorism. I think a strong outcry by your group would go a long way toward quelling the feeling of anti-Americanism among the Islamic world.
Imam Eid
03:37PM
I am no different then you, I did and so do American Muslims our share in condemning this attack stressing that it is against the teachings of Islam. You need to know that not all Muslims are the same do not judge American Muslims by what you here or see about other Muslims of the world. I strongly condemn all acts of violence agianst innocent people.
sec
03:40PM
sounds like a very nice religion. not much talk of violence and hate here!
lawrence
03:43PM
After 9/11, are Muslims in America sympathetic to the fact they are profiled more often? The only thing we know about the terrorists is that they were Muslim. Is it really more important to be politically correct than safe?
Imam Eid
03:43PM
Terrorism has no religion. A terrorist can be of any religion. We do not condemn the religion or the followers because the perpetrator was of this religion or the other. We do not condemn Christianity because of McCvay terrorist act. We do not condemn Judaism because of Goldsteins murdering of worshippers in the Mosque.
sec
03:48PM
how are women viewed in this religion. are they on an equal plane as men?
Imam Eid
03:48PM
Men and women are equal in Islam as they are the perfect creation of God. I would like to add that the issue of women abuse is a social issue and it exists in every society. There are many shelters for battered women around us. Muslim women are free to practice or not practice their religion and it is up to them. The Talibans treatment of women in Afghanistan does not represent the real teachings of Islam.
Nothappy
03:52PM
Why do I see reports that show that most muslims in the middle East believe 9/11 was a jewish plot?
Imam Eid
03:52PM
I disagree with using "most Muslims" in fact this theory came through some media outlets with no proof. Also the term "Jewish plot" is insufficient as no such things as all Jews came together to plot.
lawrence
03:54PM
I thought it was forbidden for a muslim to kill themsleves, as well as others. How does the message of your own religion get so twisted amongst your people?
Imam Eid
03:54PM
Suicide is forbidden in Islam. Can you tell me how John Salvey murdered two women in the name of Jesus. People for political motives can twist an minipulate truth.
cape
04:00PM
Within the Muslim faith, I understand your center to be a voice of moderation, tolerance and "liberal" in its attitudes. With the polarization that seems to be appearing, is your group's voice getting the attention, respect and support it deserves?
Imam Eid
04:00PM
We are not "moderate" as you describe us. We only follow Islam as a way of life that brings salvations and stability. We follow the Quran that says the human life is sacred and the killing of innocent people is forbidden. We believe in the Quran that says that Muslims should dialogue with non-muslims in a fruitfull way. Mankind need to establish peaceful methods in order to live in harmony. We are recieving thank god the support and the respect from many of our society.
idunno
04:05PM
Is the perception of Islam being anit-semitic accurate? What type of outreach have you made to the local Jewish community?
Imam Eid
04:05PM
Islam is a semitic religion. I believe that the arab Iraeli conflict damaged relation between Muslims and Jews. If the problem of the land was resolved you can see that Muslims and Jews are so friendly and "cousins" to one another. Dialogue never stopped between Muslims and Jews throughout the history. Islam recognizes Moses as the prophet and the messenger of God who recieved the Gospel as the word of God. Conflict of interest and struggle for power may sever relations between people, sometimes of the same and at times of different religion.
funkyone
04:08PM
there was a piece recently on TV hightlight the "big lie" in which many people in the islamic community were asserting that the 9/11 attacks were a conspiracy of 'the jews'. Also suggesting that 4000 jews or israeli's didn't show up for work. When might the world come to a consensus on what happened?
Imam Eid
04:08PM
I disagree using the term "many" rather some people including non-Muslims raised this theory. People can say whatever they want but they must submit proof of their alligation.
RCNMatt
04:12PM
Looking past the events of Sept 11th, what is the reaction of the Muslim community on the counter-attack the US has staged?
Imam Eid
04:12PM
All Muslim countries around the world gave support to America in its war against terrorism. Most American Muslims did the same. There were however number of demonstrations in America by non-Muslims, American citizens against America going into war against Afghanistan. So, you might find also some Muslims who objected the same for one reason or another.
funkyone
04:14PM
I have offered to bring people from work to friday prayers services in Boston since Sept. 11 to listen to our sermon and determine for themselves how muslims feel toward this atrocity. I have only one taker all year. Does your mosque offer other religions to come and learn? I think the media is portraying us as this blood thirsty religion, but in reality we are extremely close to the Christianity and Judiasm.
Imam Eid
04:14PM
You are welcome to call us for arrangements. I always recieve church and school groups. I also respond to invitations to give presentations about Islam.
AngryAmerican
04:18PM
Imam Eid, based upon your statement "and only few because their lack of education about Islam and Muslims choose to harrass us for one reason or another. " why doesn't the Muslim community do a BETTER job in educating Americans about your religion?
Imam Eid
04:18PM
Each person has a nature. Can America stop the use of drugs and violence in public schools. No doubt our government is doing a good job, but more needs to be done. We Muslims are doing our best despite insufficient funds.
jh
04:22PM
Can you please explain what is a Jihad and what cause one and finally, why some poeple in the middle east are calling for one?
Imam Eid
04:22PM
Unfortunately this term was abused by some military groups. Jihad is not to murder innocent people and destroy property these are against the basic intructions of Jihad. Islam also is not a "trade mark". Any group can function under this banner. What is important is that people learn about Islam and Jihad so that they can differentiate between false and truth.
Q
04:23PM
Do you support the possible military actions in Iraq?
Imam Eid
04:23PM
I support any action through the international community the United Nations.
curious
04:24PM
European countries have state that the US should change its policy on the Middle East. But no newsgroup has stated what these changes should be. Do you know?
Imam Eid
04:24PM
I believe our government is aware of these changes.
jgirl
04:25PM
would it be appropriate for Muslim groups to sponser a program regarding Islam for television. I have seen some good things on public television and since television is the vehicle of choice for many American's information, wouldn't it help to show something positive regarding Islam?
Imam Eid
04:25PM
I am aware of some programs about Islam. There are many positive programs also.
peaceful sort
04:26PM
I've heard that the al Qaeda extremists follow a version or translation of the Koran that is widely discredited by Islamic clerics and scholars because it is considered innacurate as it includes teachings that people supposedly heard Muhammed say second- or third-hand. Is this information correct?
Imam Eid
04:26PM
I never heard of that
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