Ghaffar Hussein examines some of the explanations provided to explain the protests and violence throughout the Muslim in response to a low-budget, obscure anti-Islamic film. "I interpret much of what I see taking place in Muslim-majority societies as a reaction to this cognitive dissonance which emerges when Muslims consider the status of Islam and Muslims in the world today." The full article can be found at at The Commentator website here.
Ahmad Mansour's plea against Salafism was published in the German Daily Die Zeit on May 29, 2012. The English translation is below:
First of all, I would like to clarify one thing. I am a Muslim but Salafists are not my brothers and I am not part of fictitious, globally suppressed Muslim community – the so called Ummah. Salafism does not represent me, either as an individual or as a human being. They do not represent Islam as I understand it. In contrast to them, I believe that freedom of speech, democracy, human rights and tolerance are not one way streets or instruments to spread hatred in Europe.
Much has been written and reported on Salafism. In current debates there is an unfortunate marked absence of Muslim voices. (Click on Read More below for the rest of the article)