reply to post by wildtimes
Allow me to reply to the OP. I have not read through this thread and have no knowledge of it past the first few posts.
I am a Muslim from mixed background. (As most do already know) however I have somewhat of an opinion and a thought process here that may or may not
have value. Not that I know the situation in Mali - I'll be honest, between working 6 days a week, a husband and a very sick daughter I have not kept
up on world news beyond what others tell me. This is the first I have heard of Mali (not of the country but the situation there)
First, we do not know the real situation and cannot know what is happening without speaking to people from Mali. There is no news media who produces
actual news... its all whatever agenda they wish to push or whatever opinion they are paid to foist upon innocent and gullable people. So, in reality
all we can do is have one more discussion, (at least me personally) on extremism in Islam verses moderate Islam and the problem which Muslims face
where concerns the fight against extremism.
The only way to fight lies is with the truth. I hope you will understand this point. To us, truth lies between two extremes. What you will call
anything that is extreme is excess of something, and to either extreme Islam is not found... the straight path is the middle path of Islam. It is
balance and making the attempt to find the truth after careful examination of historical background, context of the classical (not modern) arabic
which the Holy Quran was written, and examination in light of all this of traditions of the Prophet of Islam (sawa) and a determination of the
reliability of such.
What is found in extremism is extreme literalism, acceptance of whatever traditions fit the situation they want fit, and militancy, rather than any
learning, this is based in politics of this day, and the need to have a religion to twist in effort to gain more followers.
Most of the Muslim world is in a state of economic disadvantage, third world countries most of them, the ones that arent are the largest exporters of
extremism...are having extremism imported to their country.
The rest of us dont have the funds to combat the large amounts of money they have, and we arent having this religion that spreads itself. (a belief
like that, to spread the belief).. We believe this is more up to God and our good actions and behavior which in and of itself will spread Islam, ie:
if my behavior is a Godly type manner then you may ask why? what do I believe? etc etc., rather than this similarity of going door to door type of
thing which these extremists do.
The only way to combat lies is with truth, but for this you must have true shiekhs who speak the language of the people to teach truth, and there must
be more of them than the extremists, and they must not allow extremism to take any hold, so they must arrive at the same time in the same country,
once one way of thinking is in place firmly, it is difficult to change the mind to accept anything else.
Extremism takes very very fast hold in poor countries, or countries uneducated to under educated, and non-arabic speaking countries who are quicker to
be angry with the status quo politically in their area, quicker to believe a twisted version of the language, etc. In order to fight against this
shiekhs who are more moderate must speak their language, and teach the truth... ie: moderate Islam will have to start a spreading Islam campaign that
exceeds that of the extremists, and to every country in the world. It will need to speak every language in the world and have the money to do so, it
will need to send people into countries very very young to learn the language and spread Islam there, in effort to combat this, so extremism doesnt
take any hold in the minds of people... trying to spread truth after the fact is much more difficult.
Trying to spread it in our own countries is also quite difficult as the funding from western and saudi governments and leaders (etc) to spread
extremism is a great amount of funds.... and moderate muslims speak out, but as more and more are killed or silenced, as more and more anger at the
west for atrocities commited increases, the more fuel gets put in their fire, and it seems a loosing battle. One - we have not the funds or the time
to fight in other countries as we try fighting in our own countries but seem daily to loose a little more ground, as more and more youth see extremism
as the political answer.
And it is political. Not anything else.
edit on 21-1-2013 by OpinionatedB because: (no reason given)