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What is a Moderate Muslim?

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Submitted by Erik Larsen (United States), Jul 7, 2007 at 17:53

We all must understand that a "moderate" Muslim is one who will not kill himself or others in the name of Allah, or support those who do. A "moderate" Muslim is one who believes that Jihad is an inner spirtual struggle rather than a violent holy war against apostates and non-believers. A "moderate" Muslim is in the minority among Muslims.

Beyond that, however, a "moderate" Muslim, in order to call himself a Muslim, must believe that (1) women and non-believers do not have the rights of believers; (2) all man-made governments are illegitimate and must be replaced with Islamic governments (the Caliphate); (3) Shari'a law must be imposed on all persons, including the punishments dictated by the Quran; and (4) the practice of all other religions must be either eliminated or strictly suppressed. These tenets define Islam, and without them there is no Islam. A reading of the Quran makes this abundantly clear.

The "moderate" Muslims that we see among us are allowed by Islam to adapt to local customs and to submit to man-made laws (within limits) until such time as Islam has been established as the dominant religion. From that point on, however, the "moderate" Muslim will support the imposition of the four tenets outlined above.

In other words, a "moderate" Muslim is not a friend of the West. In fact, his core beliefs are at war with the core beliefs of the West, and always will be. For any Muslim to become a true friend of the West, he must become an apostate, one who has foresaken Islam, and such a person is a dead man walking.

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