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Islam Must Help to Defeat Radical Islam

By Patrick Washington / Published on Friday, 26 May 2017 00:16 AM / No Comments

This week, the world witnessed another horrific attack by someone professing to believe in the religion of Islam. In Manchester, England, a home-made explosive was detonated at an Ariana Grande concert killing at least twenty-two and injuring many more. The perpetrator was identified as Salman Abedi, the son of Libyan refugees who might had been radicalized in Syria before he planned the attack. Abedi was raised in a Muslim household and became thrilled with waging jihad and most likely was trained by ISIS. Unfortunately, Abedi’s story is all too familiar concerning similar terrorists around the globe from the United States to France. Many of these terrorists subscribe to a radical Islamic ideology in which it is perfectly all right to kill oneself and others for the sake of Allah.

Although there may be some disagreement over whether Islam is truly a religion of peace and tolerance, we do find that the average Muslim does seek to live peaceably with their neighbors. Most Muslims would firmly renounce the actions of Abedi and other terrorists. In matter of fact, the mosque that Abedi attended, the Manchester Islamic Center, immediately stated that his action “has no place in Islam or any religion.” We must definitely commend that mosque for making a firm stance on Abedi’s gruesome attack.

However, Muslims have a serious problem with some of their co-religionists being drawn to violent extremism. Since 9-11, this uncomfortable fact has become more apparent. In matter of fact within the last thirty days since April 25, 2017, there have been 165 violent attacks motivated by radical Islamic ideology totaling 1019 deaths. These numbers are reported by TheReligionOfPeace.com.

We cannot and must not ignore these numbers and trying to obfuscate from them by mentioning the occasions when violence is done in the name of Christianity or any other faith. The Leftist denials of Islamic extremism only contribute to the West letting down its guards against it. We must be vigilant against the real threat of Islamic extremism or we will succumb to its blatant tyranny.

Westerners are not quite used to being the victims of radical Islam and we should never get used to it but the main victims of radical Islam have frequently been other Muslims. Therefore, it is imperative for the Islamic religion on a whole to help in the struggle against radical Islam. Islamic extremists have no loyalties but to their own radical ideology in which they are willing to kill and has killed anyone including fellow Muslims in an attempt to subjugate the world to their “Allah.”

Many in the Muslim nations are truly recognizing that radical Islamic groups are not an advancing Islam but a major detriment to Islam and world peace itself and quite a few Muslims are coming forward to disavow radical Islam.

In matter of fact, Egyptian President Abdel al-Fattah el-Sisi has become one of the leading Muslim figures to support the struggle against radical Islamic groups. The Muslim Brotherhood, one of the most radical of Islamic groups, has been seeking to overthrow el-Sisi’s government and install an Islamic theocracy in Egypt. President El-Sisi has implemented measures to block any chance that the Muslim Brotherhood could get a foothold of power in his country. El-Sisi has also voiced support for President Trump’s efforts to stamp out radical Islam.

There is also the nascent Muslim Reform Movement that is seeking to be a solid voice for Muslims that cannot remain silent when radical Islam strikes against innocent people. The Muslim Reform Movement is a part of a growing number of Muslims that realized that it is imperative for the Islamic faith to take part in the battle to defeat radical Islam.

 

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Patrick Washington
Patrick N. Washington is a resident and native of Central Virginia. He has been engaged in political activism since he was a teenager. Patrick is the former vice-chair of the Petersburg Republican Committee. He presently serves as secretary of the Hopewell Republican Committee and as vice-chair of the Hopewell Electoral Board. He is also an ordained minister and has presided over the Enlightenment Synagogue since 2012.