According to Boston University's World Religion Database, the Somali population is 99% Muslim, and the last time the U.S. was menaced by piracy, in the late 18th century, the so-called Barbary pirates of north Africa also operated out of Muslim havens. For those who know something about Muhammad and the origins of Islam, more than coincidence is at work: Religion, it turns out, should be factored into the piracy problem. Click here for the rest
Friday, April 24, 2009
The Wall Street Journal:
Muhammad on the High Seas
I don't know if I agree with this article, but it certainly is worth thinking about. Here's a snippet:
Posted by Michelle Qureshi at 2:05 PM
Wow i'm shocked that the Wall Street Journal or any newspaper, or media outlet would publish such a article.
Nabeel I'm curious what do you disagree with in ths article?
I'm not sure I agree that the Somalis consciously paralleled their actions with Muhammad's raids on caravans, using it as a grounds of support for their piracy. It's certainly a point of similarity, but I think there needs to be a conscious connection in the minds of the pirates if I'm going to put any blame on Islam here, and I'm just not convinced that there was.
Well Nabeel, I have no doubt that the main motivator for the young Somali pirates is money not releigon. Not even nessasarly greed, but a meens of employment. The young men doing the actauly pirating are at the bottom of the ladder. Most I'm sure are only recieving a few dollars for their familys to survive.
With that said, I find the corelation interesnting between what mohamed did during a Ghazu and what the pirates are doing.
While Crimne is aways risky and profitable. The greater the risk the higher the proffit. Only in islam is a moral example given, a moral justification to rob and steal that which does not belong to you.
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