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True Islam is all about moderation not violence.

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Submitted by Amy (United States), Aug 16, 2002 at 15:53

A moderate Islam. Yes. You write in many of your articles, which I have only recently been introduced to, about the bringing about of a more moderate Muslim civilization. I agree Daniel; a moderate voice in any subject of discussion, be it Islam or any of the divine faiths, is always most needed. However, if one were to look deeply into the mounds of the Islamic faith it would be acknowledged that Islam is of moderate teachings. Not grounds for evil and a call for the blood of those who do not embrace it.

The prophet quotes: "We are but a moderate nation".

I find it hard to digest your interpretation of what you call the ‘militant Islam' as opposed to moderate Islam. It is my belief that terrorism should not be given such a name. It is so misguiding to those who have no knowledge of this great religion.
Crimes committed in the name of any religion should not be taken by the rational to be an actual teaching of the faith in question. Can't we simply hold the deranged individuals involved in such heinous crimes responsible for their actions without dragging a whole nation unjustly into the blood stained picture?

Just for the note, the October 1999 crash of the Egypt Air flight near New York had nothing what so ever to do with the ‘Muslim community'. (Not that any of them were. I would personally rather individualize rather than generalize. It serves more justice for the Muslim community as a whole.) The fairy tale that the pilot did what he did in a moment of ‘religious delusion' is just that. It has more than once been discussed and explained by Muslim scholars and moderates alike that the words uttered before the crash by the pilot of the plane are words that could very well be uttered under normal circumstances or at the most, when one is frightened.

On whole, I find your views to be interesting and worth contemplating on.
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