Monday, September 01, 2008

The Money Shot

Almost like clockwork, every Ramadan the local & national press descend on the closest Masjid, Mosque, or Islamic Center to do a puff piece to show that they are Fair and Balanced with all of the communities that make up the society. Without fail, you can count on seeing the "Money Shot". The Money Shot is the picture or video of Muslims praying. There is obviously nothing wrong with Muslims praying, but when the larger non-Muslim community only sees us in this light it places Muslims in box. The same salaat photo that is shown during Ramadan is the same one that is shown when bad things happen throughout the world and Muslims are implicated. This true for the azhan as well, but that is a conversation for another day. Where are the pictures of Muslims providing food to needy Muslims and Non-Muslims from the food bank that the Masjid operates. Where are the photos of the Muslim doctors that run are abundance in every Mosque helping everyone in the community in the Muslim operated Community Clinic? Oh wait a minute, I guess that we should actually be doing those things before the press can photograph them.......looks like it's back to the money shot.

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