Great story out of Kenya this week. Kenyan Muslims Shield Christians in Bus Attack.
Muslims stood up to Muslim radicals, put their lives on the line for Christians.
A group of Kenyan Muslims travelling on a bus ambushed by Islamist gunmen protected Christian passengers by refusing to be split into groups, according to eyewitnesses. They told the militants “to kill them together or leave them alone” …..
“The locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other,” Mandera governor Ali Roba told Kenya’s private Daily Nation newspaper. The militants decided to leave after the passengers’ show of unity, he added…..
An employee of the Makkah bus company, who had spoken to the driver involved in the attack, confirmed to the BBC that Muslims had refused to be separated from their fellow Christian passengers.
I have written about the Imam near Mopti who was killed for refusing to preach a radical ideology here: The Ghandi of Mali – A Muslim Imam’s Courage On A Path Of Peaceful Resistance.
About the brave Malian men who would stand up and walk out of the mosques in Timbuktu when the fundamentalist Islamic radical occupiers seizing their city wanted to stand up and teach their religious hate in the local mosques. The story is here: Residents of Timbuktu Walked Out Of Mosque When Occupying Fundamentalists Spoke.
There is trouble brewing in the Mosques here in Mali too. A struggle from within. A Muslim welder was saying that there are men all over Sikasso in many mosques who are discreetly elbowing others beside them as they form up for the prayer lines. Elbowing people they don’t want around, in the hopes of annoying others enough that they will no longer come to this mosque. It is their way of inviting, and uninviting the kind of Muslims they want around.
What kind of religious people would elbow other people at prayer? Yes, radicals.
Or as one of my friends better stated it, “Real Arseholes. The elbowing Jihad.”
They are trying to annoy the known moderates to go away. He said there are some saying that, “Moderate Muslims not real Muslims at all.” Does all this shock you? What gives me hope is that our Muslim welder friend, and many others like him, are very upset about it all. They do not accept this behavior of religious, and human arseholes . Arseholes are universally found in every nation, culture, and religion.
My proposition all along is that the major sacrifice offered up against Islamic radicalism is from within the Muslim communities themselves. Many more peaceful Muslim locals are beaten, harassed, and even killed for their constant resistance to radical ideologies, more than any cost to us foreigners with troops. I will continue to highlight their stories, give them a voice. Because we are not hearing their voice in western media.
There are thousands of Muslim women standing up for women’s rights, refusing to accept female seclusion, forced dress codes, beatings and abuse from a patriarchal community religious dictatorship. There are thousands of men in every country refusing to preach or listen to radical preaching in their local mosques. Men who are standing up for their non-Muslim neighbors, insisting on peace. Men who seek to protect women, their very wives and daughters from subjugation mentalities, forced marriages, insisting girls be educated and equal to men.
But they are being elbowed in the Mosques, elbowed out of the western media, and elbowed out of sight by western Christian fundamentalists hell bent on labeling them all.