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Moderate Islam is only a phase

Reader comment on item: A Million Moderate Muslims on the March

Submitted by muminsalih (United States), May 8, 2007 at 14:28

It is great news that some Muslims are openly opposing extremism. However, as far as I can see, Islamic extremism is still on the increase. How many millions did not join the march in turkey? Sixty or seventy million? Probably most of them are potential Islamists.

There are many types of moderate Muslims like:

a) Ex-Muslims who pretend to be moderate Muslims for the sake of survival, in reality they do not believe in Islam at all. Ex-Muslims know Islam very well and are aware of the consequences of declaring their apostasy. This group prefer to enlighten the rest of Muslims and expose Islam from within.

b) Muslims who are moderates. This group do not know Islam very well, they only see a glossy side of it, but once they commit themselves to the religion, then it's only a matter of time when they become extremists. The worst Muslim extremists I met are the ones who previously had alcohol, women, no prayers, no fasting and so on. These people usually end up in jail and become extremists as means of ‘compensation to the wasted life'.

Moderate Islam is only a phase that can be followed by other more extreme phases, or sometimes by enlightenment, depending on the circumstances.

I think it was Daniel Pipes who once coined the term ‘Sudden Jihad Syndrome' . Any moderate Muslim who is not informed or intelligent enough to realize that Islam is a man made religion is a potential victim of this syndrome.


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