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The Muslim Perception

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Submitted by barry kumar (Canada), Feb 5, 2006 at 15:01

Many of my friends are Muslim. Most are highly-educated and well-versed and sensible in most regards. However, rationality succumbs to emotion when they discuss Islam's interaction with non-Muslims: Muslims almost invariably consider themselves the victims of aggression.

Be it America, Israel, India, Christians, Jews, or Hindus. Muslims feel they are at war with essentially the rest of the world. Numerous examples are given of infidel persecution of Muslims. Some, perhaps many of them, are legitimate.

But, I have never heard a Muslim criticize his own.

To Muslims, Islam is incapable of oppression or injustice. If Muslims are given examples of how Islam has destroyed other cultures and perpretated genocide, they loudly state that such claims are historical fabrication. And if Muslims are told that Islam oppresses women and minorities, they counter by saying that women and minorities are protected by the Holy Quran itself.

For Muslims, Islam is beyond reproach. Everything else is propaganda meant to defame Islam and destabilize Islamic society. The few Muslims who have come forth to criticize Islam are labeled as puppets of the West and Israel and some have had fatwas cast on them. And there is no sympathy for those such as Theo van Gogh. He was a legitimate target of a just Jihad.

Therein lies the major problem faced by those who want to reform Islam: Muslims do not consider Islam as needing any change. How could a perfect religion need any change?

To a Muslim, calling Islamism the enemy means calling all Muslims the enemy.


Barry
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