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The "Moderate Muslim" Dichotomy

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Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Sep 23, 2003 at 17:41

According to Islamic theology, a Muslim cannot disagree with any of the writings of the Qur'an which are said to have been "revealed" to the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, by their god, Allah. The Qur'an specifically states that Muslims are to convert the entire world to the faith of "Allah" and to strike terror into the hearts of unbelievers. Further, the Qur'an instructs Muslims to take neither Jews nor Christians as friends and to expel all Jews and Christians from the Arabian peninsula.

Additionally, Islam teaches that a "Moderate Muslim" is considered an heretic, labeled as a traitor to Islam, and that it is the duty of fundamental Muslims to kill one that has "left their deen" (faith).

The truth is that there can be no such thing as a "moderate Muslim" according to the Qur'an and one cannot be a true Muslim unless they accept the Qur'an 100%. Therein lies the dichotomy for those Muslims who disagree with Muslims whom we call terrorists but whom the Arab world regards as martyrs for the cause of Allah.

Thank you,

Mike Ramirez
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