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Does it matter?

Reader comment on item: [Finding Moderate Muslims:] Do you believe in modernity?
in response to reader comment: Phew! I failed.

Submitted by Ahmed (United Kingdom), Jun 21, 2006 at 20:38

On a more serious note, why should it matter to anyone else that:

  • I believe warfare is acceptable in today's world. So does my prime minister and your president.
  • I don't accept the validity of other religions. I don't expect a non-Muslim to believe that Muhammad (pbuh) is God's messenger so why do you want me to accept your religion as valid?
  • I don't unreservedly pledge alledgiance to the government I live under. If a Labour government is in power, I don't expect Liberal Democrat supporters to support the government unreservedly.
  • I don't see Ahmadis, United Submitters etc. as Muslims. Some Protestants say Catholics aren't Christians, surely they have a right to say so?
  • I believe Islam is important for Westerners (like myself) as well. That's not to say I knock on doors though!

I don't claim to be a "moderate" Muslim, I believe the Qur'an is the literal word of God and that believing otherwise makes you a non-Muslim. That shouldn't make me an enemy. I follow the laws of the country I live in just as much as the average person. I don't believe they are the best set of rules possible (I'm pretty sure the majority of the population agree with me there) but I abide by them. I don't think Islam can be so easily split into militant and moderate.


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