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Robert Spencer

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The Challenge of Modernizing Islam

The Challenge of Modernizing Islam

Reformers Speak Out and the Obstacles They Face
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"Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a well-known Somali-born activist and former Dutch politician who has rejected the possibility of the emergence of a moderate Islam, has more recently stated, “Both Christianity and Judaism have had their eras of reform. I would argue that the time has come for a Muslim Reformation.”[1] She followed up with a book entitled “Heretic” wherein she asserts, “ordinary Muslims are ready for change”. [1]According to reformist Dr. Zuhdi Jasser; “normative Islam is what comes out of Al-Azhar University and Saudi schools, which is the majority of what is being taught. It needs tons of reform.” With the explosion of global information about Islam since 9/11, fueled by the Internet, Islam is embroiled in a turf war between ruling Muslim despots, backward clerics who seek to “reform” Islam back to the barbaric 7th century, and those who seek to reform Islam to modernity. The West ought to support the latter in its efforts to evolve.
Understanding the difference between Muslims who practice their faith personally, from Islamists who thrive toward a political Islam and to impose their ideologies globally, is the fundamental goal of this endeavor. It is imperative for citizens and authorities in the West to understand this differentiation, as Islamists seek to infiltrate through the vast numbers of Muslim immigrating to the West. Dr. Salim Mansur warns that Westerners “should not be nonchalant about Western values and see them as natural and God-given. People have fought and died for values like gender and race equity, free speech and the fragile notion of freedom. Such a notion does not exist around the world but has emerged in Western civilization.”
It is unrealistic to implement policies that ban Muslim immigration, to deport Muslims already living in the West, or stop every penny crossing our borders from Salafist-funding states in the Middle East, but we can limit the influence of Islamism by asking questions, and to immunize ourselves with knowledge and open dialogue. This book will provide a foundation to ask valid questions.
For the purposes of this book, the word “moderate” means a form of Islam that accepts pluralism and is compatible with modernity and Western democracy. It does not mean that a Muslim can openly rebuke the tactics of the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS) while stealthily advocating Sharia law globally, and then be deemed a moderate. The media often reports stories of Muslims who condemn the brutality of ISIS and al Qaeda as un-Islamic, but upon further research, many of these so-called moderates have ties to Islamist organizations and are on record advocating Sharia law globally. When close to 100 Muslims in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada visited the Alberta legislature to pray for the families of the victims of terror attacks in Ottawa and near Montreal in October 2014, accolades went out across the country for this show of solidarity with Canada.[1] Edmonton Imam Bassam Fares was quoted as saying: “When these types of attacks happen, we all, as Canadians, stand against them...We want to offer our condolences, and show our solidarity with these families.” Fares’ words sounded sincere, but Fares is an Executive Director of the Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), one of the only Muslim organizations in the world to openly and admit its origins and ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.[1] "

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