We all must band together to fight this evil and speak when there is evil in our presence. This is not Islam and should not be looked at as part of Islam. This sick mentality that is creating hate in Sudan is part of the same diseased mentality that our ancestors fought aganist. It is so important that we make a voice of pressure on our government and the government of Sudan that we will not tolerate this inhumane treatment and will not allow these innocent people to be victimized because of their beautiful ebony skin.
Sudan is the issue. Genocide is going on there...
...Had President Bush gone into Sudan with the Army's new OTW (Operations Other Than War) unit last month, the world would have been caught off guard - and the Democratic convention would have been overshadowed.
There would, of course, be those screaming about infringing on Sudan's sovereignty...That would be to the good, because it might push Muslims into reconsidering the shortcomings of Islamic tradition.
This discussion is happening now on the most serious Muslim Web sites, like altmuslim.com, which recently featured an article by Naeem Mohaiemen, "The Muslim World's Shame." Mohaiemen wrote: "The Muslim world is sliding backward into medievalism, and it is time for reformers to speak openly and bravely."
We urge our fellow Muslims and Americans of all faiths to spread awareness about the desperate situation in Darfur, continue to contact their elected representatives about the need for immediate relief, and donate to one of many international aid organizations that is working on the ground in Darfur to save lives. If we continue to stand by idly, we will have shown that one of the world’s greatest humanitarian crises is worth our words – but nothing more.
Jihad Shoshara, MD, is Chair of the Darfur Awareness and Relief Project of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.
The Sudanese government also must take immediate comprehensive measures to cease violence and facilitate rapid delivery of aid. A swift and sizeable financial response from diverse communities will help relieve the suffering of Darfur’s displaced people. It will be polish for our hearts, to help us see past our ethnic identities, and more of each other than the color of our skins. With so many lives at stake, we cannot afford to continue passively.
Sarah Sayeed is a member of Women in Islam, Inc., a coalition of Muslim women working on human rights and social justice.
These comments remind me that peace is non-sectarian as well as non-partisan, and--of course--not easy to achieve.