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Islam and people claiming to be muslim are not synonymous-- both can be poles apart

Reader comment on item: Can Islam Be Reformed?

Submitted by Mazhar (Pakistan), Aug 1, 2014 at 09:45

It is wrong to say "Islam currently represents a backward, aggressive, and violent force.". It will seem correct if word Islam is substituted by "People who identify themselves as Muslims are------".

Arabic word Islam is a Verbal Noun derived from Root: س ل م

Learned Ibn Faris [died-1005] described the perception inherent in the Root in these words

:مقاييس اللغة

السين واللام والميم معظم بابه من الصّحّة والعافية؛ ويكون فيه ما يشذُّ، والشاذُّ عنه قليل، فالسّلامة: أن يسلم الإنسان من العاهة والأذَى

That the dominant and pervasive perception and meanings infolded in the Root are that of healthy state of exactitude, validity, truth, and absolved causing wellness and tranquility. And therein is no deviation, irregularity, oddity, and abnormality disturbing wellness and tranquility. It portrays a state of peace, safety, tranquility and dynamic balance when the Man is secure from all sorts of things causing damage and disablement of that state. Obviously, it is the unique state and only source - a ladder that could enable Man to elevate to stability, prosperity, development and all sorts of ascensions.

http://www.haqeeqat.org.pk/English%20Tafsir%20e%20Haqeeqat/eng%20article.htm

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I just addressed this point at http://www.danielpipes.org/14663/islamic-muslims. An excerpt:

When presented with the failure of a seemingly noble ideal (Communism, Islamic law), adherents instinctively blame human failure rather than ideals; we must try harder, do better. At a certain point, however, when the goal is never realized, it becomes logical and necessary to blame those ideals themselves. Fourteen centuries of failure should be a sufficiently thorough experiment.

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