I agree with the author of the article where he correctly quotes Jesus about loving our enemies, etc…
…The part he ( and most others ) get wrong is the classification “Radical Islam”.
…It’s horrifically wrong!
Let’s look at the definition of radical.
Radical: (especially of change or action) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough. a radical overhaul of the existing regulatory framework"
I would assume most who frequent these forums would be honest enough to concede that according to Muslims, a man named Muhammad ( 570 A.D. - 632 A.D. ) is attributed to have dictated word for word the revelations of Allah in the Koran.
There is sufficient history recorded in and around this time to conclude that Muhammad gathered together a significant following of individuals who appear to have adopted the religious teachings of Muhammad.
Take yourself back in time a thousand years or more & what you will find pertaining to Islam appears to be oddly similar to what we are observing in several Islamic countries today.
My point is that what we are observing of ISIS today isn’t a “radical” departure of how Islam started out…
…Thus our concern isn’t with “Radical Islam” ( because that doesn’t exist ).
…Our concern is with Islamic Fundamentalists or Fundamental Islam.
Let’s look at the definition of that word.
Fundamental: forming a necessary base or core; of central importance / a central or primary rule or principle on which something is based
Osama Bin Laden’s named his group “Al-Qaeda” which means “The Base” or “THE FUNDAMENT” ( fundamental core ).
This is why for YEARS the news media & everyone else called those groups who agreed with and participated with Al-Qaeda Fundamentalist Muslims or Islamic Fundamentalists. Bin Laden COULD NOT have started a Brand which only appealed to the most devout Muslims & have it be successful IF it was a “RADICAL DEPARTURE” from the core or fundamental base of Islam.
Later, as time went on & specifically after the death of Bin Laden other groups rose up and started to squabble over how best to make Allah’s religion supreme & eventually many members of Al-Qaeda joined up with other factions - none of which was a “radical” departure of where they initially hailed from.
This is why, despite everyone agreeing that the “vast majority of the worlds Muslims” are peaceful and loving people…
…I agree with this affirmation and believe it to be true - HOWEVER.
…A practicing Baptist will NOT rebuke a Fundamentalist Baptist for trying to obey all the rules of the religion.
Nor would a practicing Catholic rebuke a Fundamentalist or Devout Catholic for observing every Mass and Feast day…
…This isn’t logical to expect and explains WHY even with the majority of Muslims living in Yemen or Pakistan being peaceful loving people.
…You don’t see OUTRAGE when another Christian or gay person is slaughtered publically in the streets.
As Catholics would we rebuke & scold the likes of Mother Teresa? Of course we wouldn’t.
Dr. Jasser, who is a highly educated Muslim himself admits that there is no such thing as “Radical Islam” - it’s fundamental Islam…
…Dr. Jasser is attempting to get Muslims to realize that Islam needs some re-defining.
…For this Dr. Jasser has had his life threatened.
Dr. Jasser is worth a watch.