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Submitted by ECAW (United Kingdom), Mar 7, 2015 at 04:49

True. In this globalized world Islam and civilization cannot coexist on a long term basis any more than they have been able to in countries where Muslims have become the majority. The evil ideology must be shown for what it is and will hopefully shrivel and die under the powerful searchlight that the internet provides.

But I would like to suggest that the phrase "extremist Islam" and its variants have things back to front. What we call extremist should be called centrist because it closest to the centre of Islam, the example of Mohammed. Mohammed was a centrist, the first Abu Bakr was a centrist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a centrist, Zuhdi Jasser is an extremist in the sense of being furthest from the centre.

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