By Alberto C-M
Ten days following the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the infamous mosque is finally opening. For most of its defenders, this is a sign of reconciliation of the misunderstandings of a specific religion and culture. It seems far from trendy and contemporary to have a disapproving and negative opinion towards the mentioned Mosque. Well, in that case, I’m comfortable and content to be conservative and outdated in this particular matter.
It is probably true that the immense majority of the Islamic World doesn’t approve what happened on that terrible day; the relation to that religious group though, is not only enormous but also inevitable. Those attacks were made under the context of a “Jihad,” commonly know as an Islamic “Holy War.” Scholars of Islamic Studies frequently disapprove this definition; nevertheless, the translation as “struggle” in the idiomatic expression “striving in the way of God (al-jihad fi sabil Allah)” is mostly accepted (as it is shown in several sources, as ordinary as Wikipedia). It has been proven that the perpetrators of those attacks referred to their intentions as part of the “Jihad” and moreover (in a stronger link to the present post’s topic), the Al Farooq Mosque in Brooklyn was used as a basement for meetings and planning for the horrendous massacre.
I’m not pretending to deny to Muslims their right to have a place to worship, and, of course, not blaming them for such crimes, but Ground Zero is the place were many of most of the 9/11 victims’ families go to mourn their beloved who weren’t able to have a proper burial. From my perspective, there is too many negative connotations (either if those connotations are wrong) towards the Islamic world to establish a Mosque in that precise place.
I may sound controversial but from another perspective, would it be bearable for Cambodians to create formation centers in Communism were the Pol Pot massacres took place? I seriously doubt it. But is Communism responsible of the extreme interpretation of its doctrine of some followers? Most would say no, especially many of those who defend the Grand Zero Mosque. But those who defend the innocence of Karl Marx or Islam probably wouldn’t feel appropriate establishing communist academies in the Killing Fields of Cambodia or in the Gulags in Russia.