Terror Attack on Charlie Hebdo Magazine in Paris

Paris Massacre and Islamic Terror

Posted in Terrorism | 07-Jan-15 | Author: Hubertus Hoffmann,

What should we do, after three heavily armed and professional gunmen killed twelve and wounded seven in the office of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo today as „revenge for the Prophet“?

I.

The silent majority of 1.6 billion Muslims must stand up against the tiny, but active and dangerous minority of the radicals of maybe five percent openly and defend the true, peaceful Islam, their Prophet and the Holy Qur’an.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi did so on New Year’s Day at the famous Al Azhar University in Cairo, demanding „a religious revolution in Islam“. „It is inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire Islamic World (umma) to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest oft he world. Impossible!“

Without fear Jordans beautiful and wise Queen Rania told the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014, November 18th:

„What ISIS is doing to the Arab world - and all of us. A minority of irreligious extremists is using social media to rewrite our narrative… hijack our identity and rebrand us.

This is their version of the Arab World story. Their plot. Their narrative. Their heros. And the rest of the world is listening and watching. These images don’t represent me anymore than they represent you.

These images don’t represent me anymore than they represent you.

They’re alien and abhorrent to the vast majority of Arabs - Muslims and Christians. And they should make every Arab across this region seethe. Because they’re an attack on our values as a people. And on our collective story.

But we – the moderate majority - are equally to blame. They say, “a story is told as much by silence as by speech”. Well, our silence speaks volumes. We are complicit in their success.

If ever there was a time to tap into that indignation…and channel that instinct to explain ourselves and be understood, it is now.

It is now. Because what’s at stake is not only our own story but of how we’ll be portrayed in the world at large.

We have a fight on our hands.“

The silence in the Muslim world must end now. Out of fear, frustration, or laziness most Muslims do not stand up and speak against extremists or terrorists. Very few support Facebook resolutions like „We are Islam not IS“.

The same happened in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s and helped the Nazis to gain more and more support, votes and at the end the power to start killing six millions Jews and World War II with more than 50 million dead.

Where are the other Muslim and Arab leaders who dare to speak out? Who, like Saladin, defends the Prophet and the Holy Book? Where are the demonstrations in the Muslim world against these insane killings?

Whoever, as a Muslim, stays silent now makes himself guilty- before God and the Holy Qu’an as well 

II.

Lets talk about the real Islam and Qur’an.

Islam is peaceful.

The Holy Qur’an teaches mercy and respect.

The Prophet hated extremists and totalitarian dictators. 

There are ten Golden Nuggets for Tolerance in Islam.

You may read all arguments in detail here: Islam and Codes of Tolerance, Hubertus Hoffmann

A new wave to promote the real, peaceful Islam, supported with creativity and a lot of money from the Gulf States, must start now in a double-strategy of power and soft factors of peace-making.

III.
The moderate Muslim states and the West must develop a clever containment strategy to contain the recruitment of fighters for IS in Iraq and Syria and other extremist groups and against all extremists like IS/ISIS with a zero tolerance policy towards those killers.There needs to be a detailed long-term plan.

Never forget: 

Most victims of Muslim extremists are Muslims- Shiites killing Sunnis and Sunnis, like IS, killing Shiites.

Most journalists killed by Muslim extremists are Muslims living in Islamic countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan or Syria.

Therefore let us all join together to contain the extremists now and defend the peaceful, true Islam.

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