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A Good Muslim according to us is a Bad Muslim according to Islam

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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), May 16, 2013 at 23:54

K. T. Thomas,

Thank you for your robust comment, from the UAR no less. Some of the studies that have most influenced my thinking are by ex-Muslims.So strong is the hold the religion has on its votaries, it seems only those who think it through to bedrock are able to break free. And when they do they often make remarkable statements. It is a shame that more attention is not paid to these ex-Muslims, who are by definition under threat of death by Good Devout Muslims. Here's one that particularly impressed me, especially his last sentence, by an 'ex' from Albania named Bosch Fawstin,

Ron Thompson

my name is Bosch and I'm a recovered Muslim, so I have some insight into this, coupled with the fact that I studied Islam as if my life depended on it after 9/11.

There is Islam and there are Muslims. Muslims who take Islam seriously are at war with us and Muslims who don't aren't. But that doesn't mean we should consider these reluctant Muslims allies against Jihad. I've been around Muslims my entire life and most of them truly don't care about Islam. The problem I have with many of these essentially non-Muslim Muslims, especially in the middle of this war being waged on us by their more consistent co-religionists, is that they give the enemy cover. They force us to play a game of Muslim Roulette since we can't tell which Muslim is going to blow himself up until he does. And their indifference about the evil being committed in the name of their religion is a big reason why their reputation is where it is.

So while I understand that most Muslims are not at war with us, they've proven in their silence and inaction against jihad that they're not on our side either, and there's nothing we can say or do to change that. We just have to finally accept it and stop expecting them to come around, while doing our best to kill those who are trying to kill us.

Another problem with Muslims who aren't very Muslim is that they lead some among us to conclude that they must be practicing a more enlightened form of Islam. They're not. They're "practicing" life in non-Muslim countries, where they are free to live as they choose. But their "Islam" is not the Islam. There's no separate ideology apart from Islam that's being practiced by these Muslims in name only, there's no such thing as "Western Islam".

Non-observant Muslims are not our problem, but neither are they the solution to our problem. Our problem is Islam and its most consistent practitioners. There is nothing in Islam that stays the hand of Muslims who want to kill non-Muslims. If an individual Muslim is personally peaceful, it's not because of Islam, it's because of his individual choice, which is why I often say that your average Muslim is morally superior to Mohammad, to their own religion.

The very rare Muslim who helps us against Jihad is acting against his religion, but that doesn't stop some among us from thinking that his choice somehow shines a good light on Islam. It doesn't. A good Muslim according to us is a bad Muslim according to Islam

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