AMERICANS' PEACE OF MIND
Islam's implication in American society.
Americans live in a confused state these days; with health care reform, troop addition to/for/in Afghanistan, Iran's refusal to export enriched uranium and its intentions to manufacture nuclear warheads and/or bombs; and now, Islamic radicalism showing its ugly head in their midst at Fort Hood in Texas.
All these call for one thing; a national day of prayer or meditation; and it must take place in religious houses, in homes and in work places, by observing a few minutes of silence, for an atonement of some kind to descend on the whole nation, and for peace to abide in the minds of each individual person, to be able to handle these pressing issues that they, together, are faced with.
A day for that must be chosen by religious and community leaders, and even governments, Federal, State and Local, must get involved, as this is bound to have both civil and spiritual sides to it or a multiple approach to consider its implementation.
Ordinary people cannot help themselves, but allow these problems to weigh on them, notwithstanding their own personal drawbacks and difficulties, in their financial situations and social lives, for example; and they are clamoring for a relief of some sorts to come to their aid. Politicians, doctors, and professionals of all kinds are all feeling the pinch just as well; and therefore, something needs to be done.
As a matter of fact, it seems like the whole world is feeling the same way, and nobody is sure of what is going to happen in the nearest possible future. Unrests are in progress almost everywhere; and world peace is at stake, no matter how anyone looks at it.
All groups, religious, political and social, therefore have the responsibility to bring this about; and some will say that it may not achieve anything of much significance, it will take a bit off the "heavy load" that all of us are carrying at the present moment. Americans need their peace of mind.
As for Islam or the Islamic religion, Salman Rushdie "called for a reform movement in Islam including a reinterpretation of the Quran to take it away from the "literalists"."; Article, Qur'am - Bible, Retrieved 11/07/09, 2009. Website: http://quranbible.wordpress.com/2006/10/14/salman-rushdie-islam-and-violence/
He was referring to it (Quran) as a storybook, and that some (people) have embraced its contents to be facts, which they were not. As such violence struck at its foundation, and its believers were a menace to world peace, if they followed what it said, verbatim. What happened at Fort Hood, Texas, by an Islamist fanatic, Nidal Malik Hasan, is unforgiving. It puts the peace of mind of everybody in jeopardy. A word to the wise is enough.
Our prayers, however, go to Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who stopped the worse from happening, by shooting Hasan to end the bloodshed. She, herself, was wounded; and she may not survive, according to reports.