Israel News | Zionism Israel Center | Zionism History | Zionism Definitions | ZioNation | Forum | Zionism FAQ | Maps| Edit

Thursday, January 11, 2007

They Wish To Shut Our Voice [by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury]

http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/01/they-wish-to-shut-our-voice-by-salah.html

The Jewish Week, New York, (01/12/2007)
They Wish To Shut Our Voice
by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
http://www.thejewishweek.com/top/editletcontent.php3?artid=5648
 
Editor's Note: The author is a journalist on trial and facing the death penalty in his country for praising Jews and Christians, attempting to travel to Israel and opposing Islamic militants, according to the presiding judge. The author, who submitted this essay to The Jewish Week, has received support from the State Department and members of Congress. He was given the Moral Courage Award by the American Jewish Committee in May.
 
Dhaka, Bangladesh — Islamist radicals are intolerant. They don't want anyone to raise a voice and say "enough to the increasing trend of spreading religious hatred and provoking people with the false interpretations of Koran."
 
For example, they say, "Jews and Christians are your enemies, go for jihad [holy war] against them." Islamofascist clerics openly give sermons preaching that the Koran forbids taking Jews and Christians for friends, but in fact the verse refers to a time when Islam was developing and is merely cautioning against depending on Judaism and Christianity for your understanding of religion, for guidance in theology, etc.
 
Islam surely does not forbid friendship between Muslims and non-Muslims; in fact, a Muslim man can take a Jewish or a Christian woman as his wife and mother of his children.
 
Certainly the Islamist radicals are waiting to execute voices like those who oppose their call for "holy war." 
 
I have faced persecution since 2003 when I first wrote in my newspaper, Weekly Blitz, about how the jihadists were being bred in madrassas [Islamic religious schools] and kindergarten madrassas. We wrote that cadres for the militant organizations have been recruited from the thousands of madrassas that have mushroomed throughout the country. Many are located along the Indian border in the West and North, where young radicals from both countries are taught the virtues of Orthodox Islam.
 
Funding for the madrassas comes from donations from local communities and international Islamic charities, such as the Saudi Arabia-based and immensely wealthy Rabitat Al Alam Al Islami.
 
The madrassas fill an important function in a country where basic education is available only to a few, especially in the impoverished countryside, but, as Bangladeshi journalist Salahuddin Babar said: "Once the students graduate from the madrassas, they either join mosques as imams or similar religious-related jobs. There are … thousands of mosques, so there is employment in that field. But they find it difficult to get employment in secular institutions. Certain quarters grab this opportunity to brainwash them, make them into religious fanatics rather than modern Muslims."
 
According to latest estimates, there are at least 64,000 madrassas in Bangladesh, most of which are beyond any form of governmental control or supervision. Moderate Muslims note that the Taliban was born in similar madrassas in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province and in Afghan refugee camps, where they promoted a new radical and extremely militant model for Islamic revolutions.
 
Evil forces became active in suffocating my voice by bringing ridiculous and false charges against me of sedition, treason and blasphemy. To justify their notoriety, they said, "By praising the Jews and Christians, by demanding relations between Bangladesh and Israel and by forecasting the so-called rise of Islamist militancy in this country," I have tarnished the image of Bangladesh in the international arena.
 
Almost every month, I have to face a radically inclined judge in Dhaka, who has the absolute power to award me capital punishment for my "crime" mentioned above. In 2006 alone they tried twice to kill me, while my family and I live in extreme danger at all times.
 
Radical Islamist leader, Noor Hussain Noorani, personally threatened my life, terming me an "agent of Ahmadis." Noorani heads the radical Khatmey Nabuat Movement (KNM), which clashed with police several times when it tried to attack the Ahmadi prayer services in Bangladesh. The Ahmadi is a Muslim group that has angered fundamentalists with its belief that Muhammad was not the final prophet, and its belief in the crucifixion of Jesus.
 
The reason behind Noorani's anger was publication of a number of articles and editorials in Weekly Blitz exposing the nasty attack on the Ahmadi community by Islamofascists.
 
These threats were not new to me. When I was arrested on Nov. 29, 2003 and sent to prison, some of the prisoners, who were considered to be supporters of Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden, tried to physically assault me or even kill me inside the prison.
 
Some of my friends abroad say I should leave Bangladesh and take asylum abroad. But to me, there is no dignity or honor in retreating from my mission of peace. I know for sure, if I will retreat from this very "battlefield," which is filled with religious fanatics, or abandon my mission, anyone else might think twice before raising a strong voice to say no to jihad.
 
I am grateful for the support of many friends and admirers around the world, although their concern has yet to prod Bangladesh authorities to resist Islamic radicals.
 
The case brought against me possibly stands as proof that Bangladesh is not deserving of its claim to be a moderate Muslim nation. n
 
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the publisher and editor of Weekly Blitz (www.weeklyblitz.net), published from Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Special To The Jewish Week


Copyright - Original materials copyright (c) by the authors. Originally posted at http://zionism-israel.com/israel_news/2007/01/they-wish-to-shut-our-voice-by-salah.html. Please do link to these articles, quote from them and forward them by email to friends with this notice. Other uses require written permission of the author.

0 Comments:

Post a Comment



<< Home


FREE EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION
Subscribe to
ZNN
email newsletter for this site and others

Powered by groups.yahoo.com


Feedblitz subcription
To this Blog only

You can receive our articles by e-mail. For a free subscription, please enter your e-mail address:


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Web Logs & Sites

This Site

Zionism & Israel
Zionation Web Log
IMO Web Log (Dutch)

ZI Group
Zionism-Israel Pages
Israël-Palestina.Info (Dutch & English)
Israël in de Media
MidEastWeb Middle East News and Views
MidEastWeb Middle East Web Log

Brave Zionism
Israel: Like this, as if
Israel & Palestijnen Nieuws Blog

Friends and Partners
EinNews Israel
Israel Facts
Israel Proud Adam Holland
Middle East Analysis
Irene Lancaster's Diary
Middle East Analysis
Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israpundit
Israel Facts (NL)
Cynthia's Israel Adventure
Jeff Weintraub Commentaries and controversies
Meretz USA Weblog
Pro-Israel Bay Bloggers
Simply Jews
Fresno Zionism
Anti-Racist Blog
Sharona's Week
Z-Word Blog
Z-Word
Jewish State
Take A Pen - Israel Advocacy
Zionism on the Web
UN-Biased
ZOTW's Zionism and Israel News
Zionism On The Web News
ZOTW's Blogs
Christian Attitudes
Dr Ginosar Recalls
Zionism
Questions: Zionism anti-Zionism Israel & Palestine
Southern Wolf
Peace With Realism
Sanda's Place
Liberal for Israel
Realistic Dove
Blue Truth
Point of no Return
Christians Standing With Israel
Christians Standing With Israel - Blog
Liberticracia
CNPublications
SEO

Reference
Zionism
Anti-Semitism
Anti-Zionism
Encylopedic Dictionary of Zionism and Israel
Middle East Encyclopedia
Bible
Zionism and its Impact
Zionism & the creation of Israel
Zionism - Issues & answers
Maps of Israel
Christian Zionism Resources
Christian Zionism
Albert Einstein
Gaza & the Qassam Victims of Sderot
Islamism
Jihad
Zionist Quotes
Six Day War
Jew Hatred
Israel
Jew
Learn Hebrew
Arab-Israeli Conflict
International Zionism
Russian

Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
Israel Boycott
Boycott Israel?
Amnesty International Report on Gaza War
Boycott Israel?
Dutch Newspaper Reporting: A Study of NRC Handelsblad
Hamas (Dutch)
Dries van Agt (Dutch)
Experimental
Isfake lobby
Mysterology

At Zionism On the Web
Articles on Zionism
Anti-Zionism Information Center
Academic boycott of Israel Resource Center
The anti-Israel Hackers
Antisemitism Information Center
Zionism Israel and Apartheid
Middle East, Peace and War
The Palestine state
ZOTW Expert Search
ZOTW Forum

Judaica & Israel Gifts
Jewish Gifts: Judaica:
Ahava Products
Mezuzah

Powered by Blogger

Subscribe to
Posts [Atom]


RSS V 1.0

International Affairs Blogs - BlogCatalog Blog Directory