Islamic Center of San Diego

Muslims San Diego“People keep saying that Muslims are not voicing their opinion by condemning terrorism. This is because Fox News is not coming here to ask us our opinions,” said Usman Khan, a volunteer and congregant at the Islamic Center of San Diego (ICSD). “Ask anyone here what they understand Islam to be, and they will condemn terrorism.”

Khan often speaks at local colleges and high schools about Islam. “We want to represent the peaceful faith. Yes, there are bad Muslims, but you can’t fault Islam for that. There are bad Christians and bad Jews. Do we fault Christianity with Hitler, who used the Bible to justify his actions? Do we blame Christians because of the KKK? Do people hold the Jews accountable because of Baruch Goldstein?” (In 1994, Goldstein killed 29 Arab worshippers and injured 100 in the Cave of the Patriarchs, a site holy to both Muslims and Jews.) Khan said that 1.2 billion Muslims should not be blamed for the action of a few extremists.
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Part of the problem, stated Khan, is that the media indicts Muslims. “I listen to local talk radio, such as Roger Hedgecock and Rick Roberts. They misquote Islam and spread false ideas about what we believe. I have tried to call them, but they either hang up on me or leave me on hold,” said Khan. “Muslims get blamed more than any other group. After the Oklahoma bombing, people instantly accused Islamic terrorists. But there is no such thing as Islamic terrorism.” Khan said the terrorists are motivated over political issues. “The problems in the Middle East that cause terrorism are because the people are oppressed by dictators and past western colonization. It is a political issue. There is nothing Islamic about terrorism. We don’t call the IRA bombings Catholic terrorism.” Khan said that the beliefs of Islam are not compatible with terrorism.

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4 Comments
  • M.H.DEBESS

    July 12, 2007, 3:44 am

    A new book which highlights the defects of both Sunni and Shi’a parties . It paves the way for Islamic democracy which is different from western democracy to be the milestone for the recent Islamic emergence . Published by Trafford . http://www.trafford.com/06-0081

  • Jonathan Mathews

    April 12, 2012, 10:19 am

    Jesus did not intend  to be worshiped; He wanted to be followed. It is certainly easier to worship Him than to follow His teachings. 
        He demonstrated the path to The Kingdom of God  for us to follow. He taught that finding God was an inside job and that no knowledge, religion, or outer path would grant our entrance into the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God is a state of consciousness, not a place. He taught that we could enter with the Holy Spirit while still here on earth, as he had done. What this implies is that we become one with God and all his creations (everything and everybody). It means that we deny the world and focus primarily on God and forgiveness. It means letting go of the ego’s need to be separate and right. It means loving everyone unconditionally. It means giving up judgement, righteousness, resentments, greed, competition, envy, and hatred. It means joining with your fellow man and making his interest your own. It means setting aside the carnal pleasures of this world for something better. It means taking the log out of your own eye instead of the speck out of your brother’s. It means being generous with your time, talents, and energy (including money). Jesus summed  it up by saying, Love God, yourself and everyone with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul. He taught to live life with an open and pure heart as he did. He taught we were born as extensions of God, not sinners.
        His teachings were very radical for the times and have been watered down since. You see, if we worship Jesus and claim He is above us and is God Himself and we are just sinners, then we can rationalize his teachings, by saying only Jesus is that good and pure, thereby absolving responsibility to follow His teachings and becoming like Him. Unfortunately, this is what is being taught in Christianity today. We are taught that all we have to do is believe in him and we are saved. Experiencing the peace that passeth all understanding, takes a commitment; it takes a deep intention and serious work. It isn’t given freely.
         This is only a portion of the misunderstandings of the teachings of Jesus as taught in churches today, but of course, the New Testament is a fragmented, diluted and censored version of the original text. So much of the truth and light in it is hidden. To learn more, check out the website: askrealjesus.com or study “A Course in Miracles”. I give this information with heartfelt love and a sincere desire that you transform your life through the pure teachings of Jesus, which will transform our world and bring up attendance in our churches. It is time, now.

  • bill

    September 17, 2012, 3:04 am

    The recent violent protests in the Middle East make all Muslims look like fools. I do not say they are, but I say you make yourself look that way. It is your choice of course.

    First the concept of blood being the solution to everything is morally bankrupt for any society or faith. As I recall even chimpanzees don’t do that.

    Second, the lack of criticism by the good people of your faith, and I presume most are good though I don’t know, is disgusting. If Christian fundamentalists go crazy, and they do, they are roundly criticized.

    Islam needs to outgrow the childish stupidities of the pre year 1000 world as Christianity finally did. No, I am not a Christian; I am just saying that they finally grew up and Islam hasn’t.

    You might consider the following quote from one of your brethren:

    “Mohamed Sabry, 29, a sculptor and art teacher at a downtown cafe, said he saw a darker picture. “To see the Islamic world in this condition of underdevelopment,” he said, “this is a bigger insult to the prophet.” “

  • bill

    September 17, 2012, 3:07 am

    It also wouldn’t hurt to start educating the people in the areas under Islamic influence in something other than “religious” (HA) bigotry schools.