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What is Islam

Reader comment on item: [Pew Poll on] How Muslims Think
in response to reader comment: The media distorts Islam

Submitted by Ted Elleresby (United States), Jun 29, 2006 at 12:38

Ms. Thompson:

The basic issue here is quite simple:

For most people, the essence of a religion is what they see its most prominent practitioners doing. In the case of Islam, those "most prominent practitioners" are the mullahs who incite to murder and the murders who have been inspired by them. If that is not what true Islam is, then why don't we see a much more active effort on the part of those, who, like yourself, claim that Islam is a religion of peace, to denounce the mullahs and the murderers? It needs to go beyond submission to blogs like this and include insistence that anyone retained as an imam be publicly and visibly committed to living in peace, harmony, and equality with non-Muslims. It would help immensely if there were an institution in the Islamic world, perhaps al-Azhar, that would issue a fatwa forbidding acts of terror for any purpose anywhere, including against Jews and Israelis, since that could galvanize the Muslim community to exclude the murderers, but we don't see any effort by Muslims to obtain such a ruling.

Unfortunately for the world, and for Muslims who share your sentiments, your religion is being appropriated by the murderers. The time may be coming when, to prove that you truly are a Muslim, you will be expected to strap on a suicide bomb and kill as many innocent kaffirs as you can. If you refuse, you will be rejeted as a Muslim, and probably killed for your apostasy.

So, my question to you, and to those who share your sentiments, is "What are you doing to take back your religion?"

Ted Elleresby

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