July 20, 2007

Radical Islam

"The Qur'an, Islam's revealed text, states: 'Whoever kills a person [unjustly]…it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind.' (Qur'an, 5:32)" So why do some turn to the most extremes of evil against westerners?

The U.S. and the U.K. could be facing a real threat and dilemma. Mosques are sprouting up with every passing day and the Pew Research Institute reports that there is a substantial and growing number of young American and British Muslims who could cause chaos because of their religious beliefs. Also notable is that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world; people are born into the faith in countries where there are no other choices allowed.

Regrettably, there will always be radicals who harbour the notion that Islamism despises democracy because freedom is the single greatest threat to their extreme view of the tenets of their religion, and political system.

Radical Islamists are always going to be difficult to control. Establishing and promoting freedom and democracy in the Middle East and, at a local level to westernise followers through the promotion of a liberal discourse amongst its followers (of a kind that empties Islam of its fundamentals in order to conform to western values and concepts, "liberal Islam" or "civil Islam"), is a good start.

Islam is historically overdue for a reformation from medievalism to modernism. Radical Islamists have taken it in the opposite direction, one that endangers Western democracies.

Opportunely, there are many quarters of Islam that go to some length to say that extremism and militancy is against the spirit of Islam as “our faith propagates peace, harmony and tolerance”.

The debates within the religion of Islam are about to start in earnest, and with any luck will generate some constructive and unified dialogue or, more to the point, with words not suicide vests.

Our Governments, through our constitutions support freedoms of religion but a degree of prudency and perhaps intervention may be called for.

My hope is that Governments in the west will nurture all Islamist followers within their borders according to modern tenets of the faith.

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Samela said...

I really appreciate your informed comments on http://primarynumber.blogspot.com and share many of your thoughts.
Also on this post re Islam and liberal discourse. What a good and overdue idea. I am tired of feeling compassionate towards Muslim moderates, seeing them as victims of both their own religious extremists and of Western fear of the emerging violence of Fundamentalist Islam. Surely it is time the the moderates stood up to be counted.

American Interests said...

Thanks for coming by Samela ... Kind regards from Melbourne

Incognito said...

Hello AI,

You ask "So why do some turn to the most extremes of evil against westerners?"

Because the Qu'ran also states the following:

“Fight against those people of the book (Christians & Jews) who don’t believe in Allah and the day of Judgment, and don’t forbit what is forbidden by Allah & His Prophet (SAW) and don’t accept the True Relegion (Islam) as their relegion. Fight Against them until they give capitation tax and surrender before you.”
Soorah Al-TobahVerse 29

This is copied/pasted straight from one of many Jihad blogs around. (am working on a post about it).

They truly believe that all non-Muslims should submit or die. They don't see it as evil, but as doing Allah's will. And they are willing to die for it. That's why it's so dangerous.
And I think we will find that there are more "radicals" than we might like to believe.

I think it could be a great religion ( for those who choose to worship Islam) if they could just drag it out of the dark ages, but they're not willing to. And that's a major problem.

American Interests said...

Thanks for visiting Incognito, your commentary is appreciated...