How Responsible are Muslims?

We just saw an episode of 30 days in which a white american practising christian goes and lives for 30 days in Dearborn MI with a muslim family on the condition that he must live like them and answer the call to prayer 5 times a day.

The program was really eye-opening. First, I learned that Islam, Judaism and Christianity come from the same religious lineage. I think I knew this somewhere deep in my brain, but it was nowhere near top of mind so wasn’t a part of my daily ruminations. But the real debate this program raised in my mind is this: What should the 1.4 billion muslims in the world be doing about the actions of terrorist’s who are taking innocent people’s lives in the name of their god?

Should they feel somehow responsible? Do they have a special duty to severaly condemn the terrorist’s actions? Or are they the victims themselves? How must they feel now that their very core beliefs and their beloved religion of Islam is now being thought of as a breeding ground for fundamentalism and terror? Even open minded, liberal folks today are drawing the conclusion that Islam must be part of the problem here. After all, it can’t be mere coincidence that a huge proportion of the ever-increasing number of terrorist incidents are planned and executed by muslims.

What do you think?

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Ray Mathoda is a Los Angeles based Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of HausAngeles Inc., a leading source of Los Angeles focused Real Estate Consulting and Transaction Services.

Ray was previously Chief People and Efficiency Officer at Indymac Bank where she was responsible for the company’s people and expense related functions including human resources, global outsourcing, purchasing, real estate, Corporate IT and culture/communications.

Prior to joining Indymac, Ray was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, a global consulting firm, focused on resolving key Board and CEO-level strategic issues and designing/executing performance transformation programs at Fortune 1000 companies. While at McKinsey, Ray focused on the Media/Internet and Healthcare industries and was a co-leader of the Firm’s Healthcare Payor-Provider practice.

Ray graduated with an A.B. with honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Ray also has an M.B.A. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University.

Ray is a City Commissioner for the Housing Authority of Los Angeles and a member of the Board for the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.