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The Term "Moderate"

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Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Apr 17, 2007 at 11:06

In theology, the term "Moderate" actually implies one that is not full committed to the fundamental teachings of his/her faith. This applies not just to Muslims but to people of any other faith, i.e. moderate-Christians, moderate Jews, etc.

It is important to understand that the fundamental teachings from the Qur'an and Ahadith (sayings of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad) directly command "faithful and obedient Muslims" to wage Jihad against all non-Islamic societies until the whole world is dominated by Islam. "Moderate-Muslims" are considered traitors and uncommitted to the faith of Islam, thus, fundamental Muslims are commanded to consider them as allies of the enemy of Islam.

Moderate Islam would be the answer, Dr. Pipes, if only the teachings of Fundamental Islam could be abrogated from the Qur'an and Ahadith. Since this is not likely to happen, the Western World will be defending itself against fundamental Islamic groups who sincerely believe they are "freedom fighters" and that it is their god-given duty to advance their cause by "striking terror" in the hearts of their enemy.

Mike Ramirez

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