I posted the following words on Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jay Bookman’s blog this morning, Sunday, September 13, 2015, in response to his Sunday column, which was condensed from the blog interview he posted on September 11, 2015. Link to his Sunday column in the AJC: http://www.myajc.com/news/news/opinion/on-911-islam-and-america/nncM5/
Link to his full interview, posted in Jay Bookman’s blog on 9/11/15
“Jay Bookman’s column in today’s paper entitled, ” 9/11, Islam and America” needs to be read by everyone.
The tenets that Imam Muhammed al-Ninowy of Lawrenceville and Duluth espouses are the only way to have peace in this world, imo. They are the same tenets spoken by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. They are the same tenets spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi. When will we learn and why don’t we try to understand this?
Imam Muhammed al-Ninowy: ” ‘Especially when I talk of love and unconditional compassion,’ he says. ‘Unconditional. To me, that is the very first thing in Islam: Unconditional compassion. . . .That’s being true to the Scripture itself, why don’t you read it? Instead of hijacking it based on a political principle.’ ”
From my experiences, the practice of unconditional love, toward even our enemies, is harder to achieve than violence (even in words) against our enemies. Yet, all of the great religious leaders know that this is the only way to peace, including the Buddhas. We could start, together, in that practice, here in Atlanta and it might spread. In fact, we could practice it right here on this blog. I know I need to, and I will try. Will you join me?”