The first truth is that most Muslim ideologues are hypocrites. What has Osama bin Laden done for the victims of the 2004 tsunami or the shattered families who lost everything in the Pakistani earthquake last year?
The second truth — one that the West needs to come to grips with — is that there is no such human persona as a "moderate Muslim." You either believe in the oneness of God or you don't. You either believe in the teachings of his prophet or you don't. You either learn those teachings and apply them to the circumstances of life in the country you have chosen to live in, or you shouldn't live there.
Haters of Islam use the simplicity and elegance of its black-and-white rigor for devious political advantage by classifying the Koran's religious edicts as the cult-like behavior of fanatics. The West would win a lot of hearts and minds if it only showed Islam as it really is — telling the story, for example, that the prophet Muhammad was one of the great commodity traders of all time because he based his dealings on uniquely Muslim values, or that the reason he had multiple wives was not for the sake of sex but to give proper homes to the children of women made widows during a time of war.
Question: Who was responsible for such wars?
Fact: Muhammed married a 6-year-old girl and had sex with her at age 9.
Fact: Muhammed and his followers attacked Banu Quraiza, a Jewish tribe, and were victorious against them. End result: 700 men from the tribe were beheaded and their children and women taken as slaves.
Fact: For Muslims, Muhammed is an infallible human. To them, his life and sayings are valid till the end of time.
If the West truly showed Islam as it is, then it'll horrify every rational mind. Islam has not evolved much in the past 1400 years. Logically, it is the fundamentalists who are the real Muslims. Ijaz speaks of the West winning hearts and minds which is ironic considering that his voice, in his community, is in the tiny minority.
The West is anti-Islamic to its core. Just take a peek at the laws of Saudi Arabia or Iran and compare them to the man-made statutes of America or Australia. The folks of the West unintentionally mock Islam by living peacefully among Jews, allowing women in public, tolerating different and often non-Islamic viewpoints, not supporting homosexuals with a rope, and letting alcohol consumers to live. To rub it in, these infidelicious lands are successful and infinitely attractive.
That is why the Islamists loathe the West. And for decades, these guys have been the loudest voice in the Muslim world. The events of the past few days reconfirm this sad reality.
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