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Wrong definition for Islam.

Reader comment on item: Civil War in Iraq?
in response to reader comment: Cause & Effect - Islam or Tyranny?

Submitted by Muhammad ali (Canada), Mar 1, 2006 at 14:23

There is a problem here when Identifying fighting Muslims and their religion which is Islam. Some call them Extremist Islam, Militant Islam, fascist Islam, etc... This is all wrong.

There are two types of Muslims. Practicing and non Practicing Muslims. Practicing Muslims are divided into two. Political and non Political. The west sees political Islam as their enemy. But, they give them different names. The number of Muslims in this catagory is a tiny fraction of the over all Muslim population. This is the group the west is talking about all the time. They always think that they are righteous and the rest of the world is full of infidels. They associate their struggle with Islam to get more participants to their cause. These are people like Binladen, Hamas and many others in many countries. In fact, their goal is always political.

A problem arises when people in the west generalize and try to include every one or most Muslims in the same catagory as political Islam. Most practicing Muslims pray five times a day. They work like any other person and go home to their children. Why put them in the same catagory as political islamists just because they prayed five times a day? Why include all non practicing Muslims in that catagory?

I think the fighters in Kashmir, Chechnya and Palestine should stop using the word Islam when fighting for their freedom. This is not a religious war.

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