6.21.2011

The Difference Between a Muslim and an Extremist


In pre-911 times, The United States welcomed, without prejudice, all religions including Islam.  Since 911 occurred, many Americans are now leery of any advancements in the Islamic religion or its growth and expansion within our Country.  So, are we as American’s just reacting or should we really be afraid?  Many times in media outlets, the word “extremist” has been thrown around in an attempt to define whom the bad entity or its belief’s really are.  So let’s start with the word, “religion”.  According to Merriam-Webster online dictionary, religion itself is defined as: (noun) The service and worship of God or the supernatural.  Those sects in the Christian (1) Community, Worship in a Church, serve their respective communities, and in General promote Harmony and Fellowship abroad.  This form of “religion” has Protestant, Catholic, Baptist, Mormon, Presbyterian as well as others, each worship a deity and when it comes to most of the laws within this country, the core values of these religions, or at least in part, weighs in on the rhetoric used.  Even the US Constitution includes the word “God” within its context.  Christian’s have had trying times throughout history, including but not limited to persecution, territorial wars, movements and debate.  So, how does this tie into our fear about Islamic faith?  Let’s take a moment to think.  First, as all Americans whom have been around for at least a decade can easily sight the tragedy that occurred on our home soil on one fateful September day.  Others, whom have been alive longer than 30 years, might remember the Hostage Standoff that occurred while president Reagan was in office or when we assisted our current enemy, Osama Bin Laden in his undertaking, by training him and providing him weapons with which to use to accommodate his task.  Was Islamic faith the motivation behind it?  By definition, again from Merriam-Webster online dictionary, Islam is defined as: The religious faith of Muslims including belief in Allah as the sole deity and Mohammed as its prophet.  If anyone harms (others), God will harm him, and if anyone shows hostility to others, God will show hostility to him.  Sunan of Abu-Dawood, Hadith 1625.  That’s a passage right out of their “bible” aka Qur’an, here’s another, “Those who believe (in the Qur’an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians…and (all) who believe in God and the last day and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; On them shall be no fear and they shall not grieve.”

  Those American’s whom have lived here over the years, I am sure has had some interaction with someone of the Muslim faith and not once stood in fear talking to their neighbors while trimming a tree or interacting within an office or even going to our local banks or grocery stores.  In addition, while we see them very different now, they really are not that dissimilar, to the Christian Belief of God as the sole deity, and Jesus, the Son and his prophets.  Now let’s add “extremism”.  Again, by definition: belief in and support for ideas that are very far from what most people consider correct or reasonable.  We can all agree, that Extremists determined to accomplish a sinister goal, changed our every day view of these extremists.  However, there is one other thing it changed our view of: the middle Eastern person in general.  I am not advocating we drop our guards and not keep security tight to prevent any type of attack, but we need to look at what drives our fears, and not a group of people.  I am willing to even go so far as to challenge anyone whom can honestly say, someone they know whom is middle eastern, wished them harm since 911, and no generalizations are allowed.  Don’t say well there are people who want to do it, I want to see examples of those very same people mentioned earlier, your neighbor, your office co worker, or whomever you have had contact with, that suddenly started collecting a bit more dynamite or fertilizer than normal, or started acting suspicious.  I doubt most Americans could do it and be accurate.  In conclusion, it is almost mandatory that we as Americans be prepared as History prior to 911 has shown (not that we have forgotten Pearl Harbor, right?), but in our preparedness, we educate ourselves in the ways and means of our enemies and our friends.


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