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Political Islam

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in response to reader comment: belive me I am wide awake...are you?

Submitted by Joe Six-Pack (United States), Jun 1, 2010 at 09:47

"We have the religion , we know what is right and wrong , we choose…if the Muslims are not properly practising the religion, it's not the religion's fault it's theirs (like the laws of any country)"

If you are speaking about only the 'religion', you are correct. However, Islam IS political. Islam specifies a foreign policy, such as when to wage war and/or make truces or cease-fires. The "Nation of Islam" acts like a government. A number of issues are present here that put Islam at open conflict with the modern national government, such as Tribute.

Tribute is a tax that exempts the payor from military service. Taxation and conscription are two functions of a modern national government. This type of issue will trigger open warfare. How about kill the 'occupiers' of Muslim "Land". The result? An irregular armed force that is killing people to attain this end. These two issues are only two of many.

This is where I have the greatest difficulty with Islam. The "Nation of Islam" is in fact fielding an army. This 'army' is composed of numerous irregular units and organizations that are at war against just about everyone else. This nationalistic ideology will not go away without violence. It will require warfare to defeat this 'army'.

Maybe the Islam you follow is a 'western' or 'watered down' version that has pulled out all of the political issues and allows Islamic followers to ignore much of what is mandated in the Koran. A major problem world wide is that historically, this has not been the case.

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