Radical And Non-Radical Islam
Over the past few months, while ISIS has been wreaking havoc in the middle east, the media have carefully separated Islam into radical and non-radical. Since there is only one Qur'an that is supposed to be the original words of god, how can there be two different groups of Muslims that are so vastly different? The media can't be talking about the feud between the Sunni or Shia who have been at odds with themselves since the 7th century, fighting over the succession of Mohammad, so who are they talking about when they refer to radical Muslims?
Maybe the media should distinguish the two groups differently so the public can understand the difference. Or maybe they don't because they can't. From what I can make out, the difference between fundamentalist and moderate Muslims is just the degree in which they practice Islam. They both adhere to the Qur'an, the traditions of the Prophet Mohammed (the Hadith), the texts of transmitted theological and legal learnings and Sharia law. I would hardly call this radical. They are simply upholding the teachings of Islam. Some with a little more vigour than others. If Muslims don't follow the Qur'an and the Prophet's teachings, they are simply not real Muslims. As far as some Muslims practicing Islam with less zeal than their counterparts, it’s because they don't feel they can practice it with more zeal. Imagine Saudi Arabia declaring an all-out jihad on the United States when they have no capability to follow through on their threat. I would think if they ever do get the capability, they will follow through, as per 9:29 of the Qur'an . Most of the Qur'an is plainly understood and believed by all Muslims.
"Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture - [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled."
-- Qur'an 9:29
It appears the term radical Islam is a creation of the West by people who do not understand, don't want to understand, or don't believe in Islam. Today, the terms radical, mentally ill, etc. seem to be thrown around to calm the public into thinking there is just a few crazies running around and that there is no real threat.
I think there is a real threat to our Canadian way of life that needs to be dealt with before it's too late.
The United States and the United Kingdom, in the second world war and the cold war, launched covert campaigns to encourage and strengthen fundamentalist groups in the Middle East to ward off communism. Today, the chickens are coming home to roost . We now have 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, all believing in the Qur'an and the Hadith, on a quest to have an Islamic world.
The good news is that treaties can be negotiated by a qualified mujtahid (jurist) who is the head of an Islamic government. The bad news is that such a leader keeps in mind the general principles of divine law and the Islamic systems. So unless we adhere to Islamic law, its going to be near impossible to get a treaty that satisfies our principles. Israel knows this all too well.
Luckily for Canadians, the US has been powerful enough to protect our way of life. This may not last forever with Iran close to having nuclear weapons and ISIS growing in strength. If we can't negotiate a treaty without capitulating our way of life to Islam, we have to take action to stop the threat now.
John Kerry and the RCMP have made speeches acknowledging terrorism, something Liberal leader, Justin Trudeau, can't seem to do. Unless Trudeau can engage Islam and call it what it is, he will not be able to protect our Canadian values. It's unfortunate that the Liberal Party has chosen such a weak leader. Hopefully Canadians won't.