‘Oh Is­lam!’

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Ner­min Al-Houti

Iam not an Is­lamic preacher, and I did not study fiqh, and did not go deep into Is­lamic sharia sci­ences, but I am among a ma­jor­ity of those who say “There is no God but Al­lah, and Mo­ham­mad is the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah.” Out of this be­lief and out of this re­li­gion start the words that are full of sad­ness over what we read, hear and see all day long about Is­lam.

Ev­ery morn­ing, for­eign me­dia will not be void of at­tribut­ing any tragedy that took place or will hap­pen to the re­li­gion of Is­lam, and here we say ‘Oh Is­lam!’ Our words will not be in de­fense of Is­lam, and our state­ments are not a fort for our Is­lamic sharia, but our mes­sage to­day is di­rected to Is­lamic me­dia: Where is the role of Arab and Mus­lim me­dia in de­fend­ing the ban­ner of our faith “There is no God but Al­lah, and Mo­ham­mad is the Mes­sen­ger of Al­lah?”

Each one of us knows the im­por­tance of

How many sug­ges­tions go to sup­port our civ­i­liza­tion and faith, and pro­tect our

pure re­li­gion?

me­dia and its in­flu­ence over other so­ci­eties to spread cul­ture and civ­i­liza­tion, but what is go­ing on with our Arab me­dia? There is only a neg­a­tive im­age of Mus­lim civ­i­liza­tion, and some peo­ple may ask why.

How many sug­ges­tions go to sup­port our civ­i­liza­tion and faith, and pro­tect our pure re­li­gion? For ex­am­ple, where are the pro­grams that have con­tent about Is­lam, and its re­spect of other re­li­gions and its re­jec­tion of terror? Where is the joint Arab pro­duc­tion for Arab coun­tries to come out with a movie, even if short, about the for­give­ness of the re­li­gion of Is­lam? Where are the di­a­logue pro­grams that are sup­posed to have a de­ter­rent an­swer to those harm­ing Is­lam? Where are the po­lit­i­cal and me­dia activists and their state­ments about the ban­ner of Is­lam?

A last word: We do not want meet­ings, we do not want si­lence - we want pos­i­tive Arab Mus­lim me­dia so that we do not be­come peo­ple who only have one phrase: ‘Oh Is­lam!’

— Trans­lated by Kuwait Times

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