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the Islamic Congress’s president, Mohamed Elmasry.

Mr. Elmasry said there are bad Muslims just as there are bad Christians and Jews. “We

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treat them as such and so should you. But Islam is a religion of peace. Muslims have a

religious duty to be tolerant of other faiths and other ideologies.”

Mr. Elmasry said journalists need to differentiate between the peaceful teachings of Islam

and the claims of some Muslim extremists that their actions are justified by their

He likened the situation of Canadian Muslims today to that of Canadian Jews 50 years

ago. “Jewish children were being (wrongly) called Christ-killers just as Muslim children

In their letter to the editor in the April 27 issue of the College Hill Independent, Jumana

Musa and Shadi Nahvi made some excellent points. They rightly asserted that the Western

press tends to portray Arabs and Muslims according to stereotypes and these myths persist

partly due to Western popular ignorance about Arabs and Muslims.

Since the Muslims students at Brown condemned the bombing of a Tel Aviv bus last year,

I am learning to separate the handful of Muslim and Arab extremists who commit terrorist

attacks against Israeli and Jewish civilians from the millions of Muslim believers who do

not participate in this violence and sometimes express opposition to it.

Since I began

interacting with Muslims students through the kosher/hallal meal plan this year, I am

changing my perceptions of Muslims and seeing them as people instead of abstractions.

I think that many, many people in the United States and in western countries, in Europe,

are afraid of a monster called Islam. And as the honorable Congressman Dana

Rohrabacher said, it is an insult to consider the whole of Muslims, to take them into one

side, and make them extremists. Really it is not correct. It is a little bit insulting.

What is the definition of extremism? We can see in all of history: even when the first

settlers came to the United States they were from different countries; Spain, England,

France, European Countries. They were fighting on this land and fighting with the Indians.

Do we call this extremism? A fight for a better living, which you understand you are doing

not for a religious motive, is not extremism. Extremism in Islam, or in religion, is when

you use religion to label intolerance, to turn from religion and take ideas that you can

extract for yourself, or deduce for yourself, and use to make a militant movement and

disturb the peace in your country or around the world. That is called “extremism,” and

“Islamic Extremism.” But a movement for better living, that is not extremism.

These people nowadays are developing two ways of understanding the situation of Islam.

From one side they think that they have to reform it; it is a duty on them, they have been

brainwashed to think that they have to cleanse the world of devils and demons and of

countries that suppress them, oppress them, and try to shut them down.

Logicians argue that one cannot pass a judgment on something unless one has a clear

conception of it, because the unknown and the undefined cannot be judged. Therefore, we

first have to determine what “religious ,extremism” means before we can condemn or

applaud it. We can do so by considering its reality and its most distinguishing

characteristics. Literally, extremism means being situated at the farthest possible point

from the center. Figuratively, it indicates a similar remoteness in religion and thought, as

well as behavior. One of the main consequences of extremism is exposure to danger and

insecurity.! Islam, therefore, recommends moderation and balance in everything: in belief,

Islam is frequently misunderstood and may even seem exotic in some parts of today’s

world. Perhaps this is because religion no longer dominates everyday life in Western

society; whereas, for Muslims, Islam is life. Muslims make no artificial division between

bin laden: “The treacherous attack has confirmed that Britain and America

are acting on behalf of Israel and the Jews, paving the way for

the Jews to divide the Muslim world once again, enslave it and

loot the rest of its wealth,” the US magazine quotes bin Laden

What particularly interested me in the report was the military demand that terrorism be

eliminated and extremism be abolished. Both terrorism and extremism, however, seem to

include, at least in their minds, most of the features of normal Muslim life. Following this

line of reasoning, extremism and Islam become two faces of the same coin. And this,

surprisingly, was being broadcast by a Muslim Gulf state.

Is familiarity with the Holy Qur’an a mark of extremism? Is calling upon young people to

pray in the mosques a mark of radicalism? Is traditional Muslim dress an outward sign of

terrorism? We are all familiar with the tendency in some quarters to equate Islam with

terrorism. As we know, this is not only blindness but also total ignorance of Islam and

what it stands for. Extremism of course means taking an intolerant stand at one limit or

the other of an issue; the stand is never moderate, easy nor middle of the road.

When we look at the good Muslim people of Turkey, we are aware that they have been

prevented from practising their religion as freely as they might wish. Now, they have

decided to review their Muslim traditions and incorporate them into their lives. How can

we possibly consider these people outlaws or extremists?

It seems that what secularism asks of us Muslims is that we should become empty vessels

— without faith, without any standard of what is proper or improper behavior. The

secularists would have us copy what is worst in the West, to be neither Muslim nor

Christian, to believe in nothing and have no religion except hedonistic materialism

“They violate our land and occupy it and steal the Muslims’ possessions, and when faced

by resistance they call it terrorism,” bin Laden said in an interview the Arab world’s most

popular television channel —-* The Associated Press ABC news.

has consistently demanded the eviction of the estimated 5,000 U.S. forces based in Saudi

BIN LADIN: We declared jihad against the US government, because the US government

is unjust, criminal and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous

and criminal whether directly or through its support of the Israeli .The mention of the US

reminds us before everything else of those innocent children who were dismembered, their

heads and arms cut off in the recent explosion that took place in Qana (in Lebanon).

A reaction might take place as a result of US government’s hitting Muslim civilians and

executing more than 600 thousand Muslim children in Iraq by preventing food and

medicine from reaching them. So, the US is responsible for any reaction, because it

extended its war against troops to civilians.

The cause of the reaction must be sought and the act that has triggered this reaction must

be eliminated. The reaction came as a result of the US aggressive policy towards the entire

Muslim world and not just towards the Arabian peninsula. So if the cause that has called

for this act comes to an end, this act, in turn, will come to an end. So, the driving-away

jihad against the US does not stop with its withdrawal from the Arabian peninsula, but

rather it must desist from aggressive intervention against Muslims in the whole world.

The US today as a result of the arrogant atmosphere has set a double standard, calling

whoever goes against its injustice a terrorist. It wants to occupy our countries, steal our

resources, impose on us agents to rule us based not on what God has revealed and wants

us to agree on all these. If we refuse to do so, it will say you are terrorists.

The US does not consider it a terrorist act to throw atomic bombs at nations thousands of

miles away, when it would not be possible for those bombs to hit military troops only. The

US does not consider it terrorism when hundreds of thousands of our sons and brothers in

Iraq died for lack of food or medicine.

It is known that every action has its reaction. If the American presence continues, and that

is an action, then it is natural for reactions to continue against this presence. In other

words, explosions and killings of the American soldiers would continue. A man with

human feelings in his heart does not distinguish between a child killed in Palestine or in

Lebanon, in Iraq or in Bosnia. So how can we believe your claims that you came to save

our children in Somalia while you kill our children in all of those places?

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