Islamism

11.12.12

Signs of Hope

The Council on American Islamic Relations has not always been a force for goodwill, to put it mildly. Yet here's the head of the Chicago chapter, Egyptian-born Ahmed Rehab, powerfully rebuking Egypt's new Muslim Brotherhood president for joining in anti-Semitic prayers in a Cairo mosque.

I object to such prayers as morally offensive and wholly un-Islamic. I have made it a point to complain to the Imam the few times I have chanced upon such language from the pulpit, and I have not been the only one in line offering a challenge to the Imam.

The piece could do with fewer "to be sure" clauses. Yet it still represents an indication of a hopeful possibility in the US Muslim community - a possibility all the more interesting because of CAIR's own Muslim Brotherhood antecedents.