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How do Muslims define Islam?

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in response to reader comment: Cause & Effect - Islam or Tyranny?

Submitted by Pat (United States), Mar 1, 2006 at 17:00


Are you saying the militants do not represent Islam as it really is?

Then why do the majority of Muslims admire and support them? Osama bin Laden is widely admired by Muslims all over the world. The numbers indicate that more than militant political Islamists support him. He has support from non-practicing Muslims and practicing Muslims who are not militant.

It's hard to separate Osama and his ilk from "true" Islam when so many Muslims think he's a great man. Could it be that you are willing to put up with him because you both have the same (perceived) enemy and the same goals?

You know the old saying: politics makes strange bedfellows.
Another one: You shall be judged by the company you keep.

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