I found this article linked from the Zaytuna webpage. Here are some excerpts:
David Waters writes:
I wish every Christian in America could have heard what I heard the other night.
Two of the nation’s most learned and respected religious scholars came to Memphis to talk about Islam and civic responsibility, two topics that don’t always seem to go together.
He quoted Shaykh Hamza Yusuf saying:
“Islam has been hijacked by a discourse of anger and the rhetoric of rage. We have lost our bearings because we have lost our theology.”
He also quoted Imam Zaid Shakir saying:
“If we Muslims are going to contribute to changing how Islam and our Prophet are viewed in the West, we are going to have to change what we ourselves are doing to contribute to the caricaturing of Islam. That change can only be affected by sound knowledge coupled with exalted practice, and reviving the lofty ethical ideal of our beloved Prophet.”
He finished off his column with a really great though:
Yes, there are some crazy, wacky Muslims out there. The world has known more than a few crazy, wacky Christians, too. So-called Christians who sicced dogs on black children or lynched black men, who burned crosses or fellow Christians at the stake, who massacred Jews or annihilated native civilizations.
Full Article Here: The problem isn’t with Islam, but with wackos
May Allah (swt) guide all the Muslims to the true Islam. Ameen!