No Radical Islam, Only Radicalized Muslims

All religions are open to more than one interpretation. This ambiguousness causes them to split into groups and sub-groups disguised as sects and sub-sects. Often militant-minded, extremist religious groups interpret religions to justify their actions. This means a religion in itself may not be radical, but the way it is interpreted makes it so. Christian Identity groups in Christianity and Vishwa Hindu Parishad in Hinduism are some groups which use religion to justify their extremist agendas.

The creation of Al-Qaeda by the United States was a step in the direction of creating one such group. Al-Qaeda not only interpreted Islam militantly, but also used it to radicalize and inspire many Muslims to join them.

The American war on terror strengthened Al-Qaeda's claims of being the only true representative of the Muslim world. From a Muslim perspective, America killed innocent civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq and no Muslim country spoke. The Koran was desecrated and no significant action was taken. Unfair trade and diplomatic double standards made the feeling worse. Poverty, lack of education and absence of basic amenities of life were some other factors which made life hard for these people.

This situation of frustration and chaos was exploited by Al-Qaeda, which, by releasing its inspirational videos and pamphlets, using its cogent mullahs in the neighborhood mosques, and, most importantly, taking retaliatory action in return to the 'subjugation', portrayed itself as the only ray of hope in the backdrop of silence from many Muslim governments. This means Al-Qaeda kept (and still keeps) getting the crucial supply of disillusioned, frustrated young Muslims who want to wage a 'holy war' against the Western 'oppression' and die as 'heroes' and 'martyrs'.

The scenario here indicates that a group of extremist Muslims and its radical interpretations of Islam, with support from America, turned international. The economic and political dynamics in the Muslim world, influenced by American policies, worked in their favor. An increasing number of simple desert dwellers, for which Islam was only a five-times-a-day of prayer, grew discontented and set out on a conquest to spread Islam all over the world and prove its supremacy. Hence, the followers of Islam were turned into radical beings by the political and economic circumstances of their countries. This radicalization causes Islam–a religion teaching its followers to be good Samaritans–to be interpreted as a radical religion.
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11 Responses to “No Radical Islam, Only Radicalized Muslims”

  1. 1 Ninglun June 20, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Hey, don’t confuse the Christian Identity Movement, a bunch of psycho sickos with no credibility at all, with any mainstream version of Christianity! I certainly don’t. In fact I see them as profoundly anti-Christian.

    Otherwise, a sensible post. Again 🙂

  2. 2 MyScribbles: Write-ups of an Afghan June 20, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    No, I’m not confusing them with mainstream Christianity. I am just drawing parallels between them and Al-Qaeda. What they are in Christianity is what Al-Qaeda is in Islam.

  3. 3 Neil June 21, 2006 at 5:52 am

    Now that I can agree with 🙂

  4. 4 hashim June 21, 2006 at 3:08 pm

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  5. 5 ranya June 22, 2006 at 1:46 am

    Again I must say I agree with you on this matter. Regardless of what religion, the religion itself cannot be blamed for political issues and conflicts in the world. Unfortunately there are groups of individuals who claim their actions are done in accordance with a religion, hence resulting in negative views towards the religion and all its followers.

    As you truly reflect in your article, not only Al-Qaeda, but also groups from other religions, are using “their religion” as a reason for the actions they commit, to the world’s annoyance.

    It is therefore important for all of us to criticize, question, learn and understand all the general aspects of a religion, before pressuming and judging after what is brought forward by extremist groups, or observed in the media.
    A well reflected article, well done!

  6. 6 Neil June 22, 2006 at 3:40 am

    Yes to the previous thoughtful comment. I have been reading a very fair-minded book lately called When Religions Become Evil by Charles Kimball — and, by the way, I don't entirely agree with that review of it. However, Kimball makes the obvious point that each of us understands our own religious tradition much better than we understand those of others, and we can, if we are careless, portray our own view in the best light and the views of others in the worst light. MyScribbles resists that temptation, I feel, and is therefore doing us all a service.

  7. 7 Warner Todd Huston June 28, 2006 at 7:06 am

    You know, when we first started being attacked by Wahhabi, Islamist, radicals I worked very hard to stay away from generalized acclamations of how “they” (Muslims) are the enemy, or how “they” (Muslims) are the enemy to the west.

    As each month passes I am slowly realizing that Islam IS the enemy to all civilized people everywhere.

    It makes me very sad as I was brought up to understand that not “all” of anything is the same as any particular minority. And, I still don’t think that all Muslims are murderers or terrorists.

    However, their religion is a DIRECT sponsor of terrorism and murder, oppression, torture, mistreatment and a disgusting penchant for male chauvinism.

    I am afraid that Islam is the enemy to civility and civilization. It is a backward, dangerous and disgusting ideology.

  8. 8 Anon. July 3, 2006 at 10:41 am


    Christianity is a DIRECT sponsor of terrorism and murder (from the Crusades to the Inquisition to the abortion clinic bombings), oppression (way too many examples to list, but let’s start with state-mandated prayers), torture (Inquisition is the classic example again, but how about the “Christians” currently promoting torture in the US government?), mistreatment (ditto), and a disgusting penchant for male chauvinism (too many examples to list, but let’s start with the “wife must submit to her husband” stuff). Plus supporting censorship (Catholic Church policy for starters), attacks on democracy (prevalent in the Catholic leadership, the Southern Baptists, etc.), and slavery (Southern Baptists again).

    I am afraid that Christianity is the enemy to civility and civilization. It is a backward, dangerous and disgusting ideology.

    My argument here is just as strong as yours, except that unlike you I actually provided evidence. In fact, historically Christianity has caused *far*, *far* more damage to civilization than Islam. (It has been around longer, so it’s had more time to.)

    During the Crusades, for instance, Christianity was an unmitigated blight on the world, and the Islamic world was a beacon of progressive thought. In Christian countries, you conformed to Christian doctrine or were tortured; in Islamic countries, religious toleration was the norm. Science and culture advanced for a thousand years in the Islamic world, with the sponsorship of the Caliphs, while the Christian World sank to ever lower levels in the Dark Ages. The Renaissance changed matters — and almost all of it happened with the direct opposition of the Christian authorities.

    Think about it. I don’t believe that Christianity as a whole is evil or that Islam as a whole is evil. Certain *sects* are dangerous and make the world a worse place, of course, such as the Wahhabi or the Southern Baptist Convention. Likewise certain *leaders* are effectively evil, like the Saudi king who considers himself “defender of the faith”, or the current Pope who supports excommunication for pharmacists.

    Heard of Sufi-ism? That brand of Islam is as far from Wahhabi-ism as you can imagine, and I’d welcome a Sufi any day. In Afghanistan before the CIA-sponsored mujahedeen arrived, the popular variety of Islam was very liberal and openminded. As it still is in the rest of Central Asia (the former Russian-dominated parts).

    Please learn a bit more. I think you’ve been affected by watching or reading the extremely biased news coverage in the US, in which Christian terrorists are never called Christian (and we’ve got gobs of them, like Timothy McVeigh, the Olympic bombers, and of course Operation Rescue), and almost every terrorist is called Islamic whether they are or not (consider the wackos who were recently arrested in Florida with a totally implausible plot to attack the Sears Tower — they weren’t Muslims at all, but the news media reported that they were).

  9. 9 Warner Todd Huston July 15, 2006 at 7:40 am


    You are a perfect example of the danger that is Islam.

    ALL your points against Christianity is from centuries ago, yet Muslims are currently the scourge of the world, raping, murdering and torturing as they go along. THAT is happening NOW!

    Worse, your equation of Wahhabism with the Sounthern Baptist Convention is a clear example of your foolishness (I am not a Baptist, for your info). This is the same immoral relativism that claims that anyone who seems “mean” in politics is a “Nazi”.

    Your diminishing of the evil of Islam is as immoral as it gets.

    Islam has MADE this a war against the west. The west is even still trying not to claim it a war, but Islam is forcing the issue.

    If you are a Muslim YOU are the enemy to civilization.

    Like I said, I didn’t used to feel this way. But the ever mounting death toll sponsored by Muslims is forcing me to see the truth.

    Islam has not yet done so, but it may end up with more blood in its hands than does communism. But, regardless, it is the most violent of the worlds large religions.

  10. 10 Tim December 10, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    This position sounds nice, open minded and politically correct. It is also shows a massive ignorance about the history of Islam. Islam was spread through war and violence. Mohammed made converts with the sword. Because of the danger Mohammed was in from adversaries he laid low until he had a position of strength. Then he acted-ruthlessly. This same mindset exists today amount many muslims. The Koran teaches that muslims can lie, cheat, and kill non-muslims if it furthers the cause of Islam.

    Are most muslims in the world today peaceful. Yes. Can they be radicalized very quickly? Yes. It is a major undercurrent of their faith. Freedom of conscience does not exist in Islam.

  11. 11 mediadrool January 16, 2007 at 1:32 am

    “How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy. The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities – but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.?

    —Sir Winston Churchill, from The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 (London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899).

    “I (Muhammad) have been commanded to fight against people, till they testify to the fact that there is no God but Allah, and believe in me (Muhammad) as the Messenger (from the Lord)…and when they do it, their blood and riches are guaranteed protection on my behalf except where it is justified by law.” (Muslim 1: 31)
    “God has bought from the faithful theirselves and their belongings against the gift of paradise; they fight in the way of Allah; they kill and get killed; that is a promise binding on Allah… (Repentance, 9: 110)
    “Fight those who believe not in Allah and the Last Day and do not forbid what God and His Messenger have forbidden – such men as practice not the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book – until they pay the tribute out of hand and have been humbled.” (Repentance, 9: 25)
    “This is the wisdom thy Lord has revealed to thee: Set not ! up with God another God, or thou will be cast into Hell, reproached and rejected.” (The Night Journey: 40)
    “Paradise lies under the shades of swords.” (Albokhari, Vol. 4)
    The Prophet said, “Before long, you the Arabs will conquer many countries and cities. Qazvin, shall be one of such places. The person who takes part in that battle for forty nights or forty days, will be given a gold pillar in paradise encrusted with jades and rubies. He will enjoy residing in a palace, having seventy thousand gates, and each gate shall be attended by a houri (virgin girl for sex) and his wife.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 169)
    The Prophet said:
    “Acting as Allah’s soldier for one night in a battlefield is superior to saying prayers at home for 2,000 years.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 166)
    The Prophet said: “He who travels to participate in a Jehad, the dust he encounters in the process, shall become fragrance for him on the Day of Judgment. (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, ! p. 167)
    “The one who receives martyrdom in a sea-battle is equal to two martyrs of a land-battle…” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 168)
    The Prophet said: “He who reared a horse for the sole intention of using it in a Jehad, then he will be rewarded one virtue for each grain he gave the horse as a feed.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 172)
    The Prophet said: “If a man participates in a Jehad for only as long as it takes to milk a she-camel, he becomes entitled to paradise.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 173)
    The Prophet said: “The superior Jehad is the one in which both the crusader and his horse are wounded.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 173)
    The Prophet said: “A martyr (in Jehad) is dressed in radiant robes of faith: he is married to houries and is allowed by Allah to intercede for seventy men (i.e. he is authorized by God to recommend seventy men for entry into paradise, and his intercession is sure to be granted.) (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 174)
    The Prop! het said:
    “O people, learn archery and horse riding Beware! archery means power. He who learnt archery, and thereafter, gave it up, he disobeyed me.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 178)
    The Prophet said: “Whatever one spends to facilitate Jehad, Allah shall give him a reward which will exceed his contribution 700 times.” (Tirmzi, Vol.1, p.697)
    “A man who was eating dates, said to the prophet ‘Where shall I be if I am killed in Jehad?’ He replied: ‘In paradise.’ The man threw away the dates and fought until he was killed.” (Sahih Muslim: 4678)
    The Prophet said: “He who murders another, property of the murdered becomes property of the murderer.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 183)
    The Prophet said: “fighting is (art of deceit).” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 182)
    “Seeing a Persian bow in the hand of a person, the Prophet commanded him to throw that away, and use the other Arab bow and spear because Allah shall help you to conquer other countries with the ! Arab bows and spears.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 177)
    The Prophet said: “O, Children of Ishmael, learn archery because Ishmael was an archer.” (Ibn-E-Majah, Vol. 2, p. 178)
    “Islam is the only approved religion of Allah (V. 5) and emphasized that no other religion is acceptable to God (III: 75). Thus, all non-Muslims were declared enemies of Allah:
    “The hypocrites seek to beguile Allah, but it is Allah who beguiles them.” (Women: 142)
    “The unbelievers schemed against Allah, and Allah schemed against them; and Allah is the best schemer.” (The Family of Imran: 54)
    “On unbelievers is the curse of Allah.” (The Cow: 161)
    “Allah is an enemy to unbelievers.” (The Cow: 98)
    “The worst of beasts in Allah’s sight are the ungrateful who will not believe.” (Spoils of War: 55)
    “Allah plots against unbelievers.” (The Morning Star: 15)
    The holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) laid down the following rules (as found on p. 188-189 of Ibn-E-! Majah, Vol. 2) to conquer the world:
    When you meet an enemy (infidels) give them three choices:
    1. Invite them to embrace Islam (which actually means acknowledging the Lordship of Muhammad).
    2. If they do not accept the proposal, then they must surrender and pay tribute, and
    3. if they reject both alternatives, then fight them mercilessly:
    The holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) said “It is not for any Prophet to have prisoners until he make wide slaughter…Eat what you have taken as booty; it is lawful and good.” (The Spoils, 8: 65)
    There are plenty more sayings in holy Islam which prove that the holy concept of Jihad is 100% justified by Allah and is also supported by the holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) himself in his thoughts, sayings and actions. The holy Prophet (PBUH) made many Jihads and destroyed the unbelievers, including the Jews of which thousands were slaughtered in Arabia. The whole of Arabia finally became holy and Islamic when ! the pagans, Christians and Jews were wiped out and slaughtered. Islam says that killing kaffirs (unbelievers) is totally acceptable and holy before the eyes of the holy Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and almighty Allah (SWT).
    I S L A M > MAJOR WORLD POWER OF THE NEXT CENTURY? > POSSIBLE ? It is quite possible that, in the years ahead, Islam, with its god called “Allah”, will be the dominant force in world politics, when civilization, as we know it today, will take on a medieval characteristic, similar to life under the Catholic Inquisition.
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    WHY I AM NOT A MUSLIM” – by Ibn Warraq (a former Muslim) A REVIEW by Ibn-al-Rawandi
    “WHY AM NOT A MUSLIM” – by Ibn Warraq (a former Muslim) REVIEW by Curt van den Heuvel
    MILITANT ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM AND THE WORLD TRADE CENTER ATTACK Check out the violent nature of this man-made religion – a diabolical power struc! ture – beware of it. However, WE MUST LOVE ITS ADHERENTS. We are not against the People who follow this cult but only the religion itself. People, and women, in particular, must be saved from Islam.
    ISLAM’S “MISSIONARY ZEAL” IN GLOBAL EXPANSION While Islam does not allow conversion of its own adherents to another Faith, (punishment is death for those trying to convert a Muslim, and for a Muslim who surrenders his / her faith in the god Allah) ISLAM is aggressive in seeking, through the non-violent form of “JIHAD” (striving) to infiltrate the non-Muslim world with the Islamic religion.
    ISLAMIC “DA’WAH” (“MISSIONARY MOVEMENT”) – A GLOBAL CAMPAIGN OF TOTAL CONVERSION TO ISLAM “Da’wah” is a powerful force which is rapidly spreading not only in the existing Arab world and countries which are predominantly Muslim, such as Indonesia; “Da’wah” is a spread! ing rapidly throughout the Western World, including the U.S., Britain etc.. It is envisaged that within the next 100 years, Islam will have a majority of its adherents in EVERY nation, making the Muslim World ONE NATION OF ISLAM. This could be possible because Islam is not merely a religion but also a political force. Given the possibility of that nightmare, life as we know it today would revert to what it was in the >>
    Of course, we must be compassionate towards and accept GENUINE REFUGEES who are being forced from their countries by political and religious persecution etc., but one wonders why some “Illegal Immigrants” want to migrate from their Muslim homeland to live among “Infidels”, whose company they should avoid, according to the Qur’an, and whom they should “kill” if given an opportunity for the god Allah !! Many illegal “Boat People” – victims of “People Smugglers” – are not genuine refugees. Most genuine refugees have insufficient resources to pay the People Smugglers. Immigration Authorities take care.
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    Find out how the Religion of Peace is doing in its conquest to bring peace to the world under Islam.

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