Yes, There Are Moderate Muslims and Here Is One

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten angry e-mails from people condemning all one billion members of the faith of Islam, saying the religion is so evil that all of its followers must be hostile to democracy and closet jihadists fighting for worldwide theocracy. Any moderate Muslim whom I respect or even have a friendship with is practicing al-taqiyya and I’m a dupe, just another pawn in their sick game of conquest.

Luckily, those on my side can point to groups like the Free Muslims Coalition, Quilliam Foundation, the American-Islamic Congress and the American-Islamic Congress. And now, we can point to Sheikh Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri in the United Kingdom, who has published a 600 page fatwa against terrorism based on the Islamic holy texts. The Jerusalem Post describes it as the “most comprehensive theological refutation of Islamist terrorism.”

“Today’s tragedy is that terrorists, murderers, mischief-mongers and rioters try to prove their criminal, rebellious, tyrannous, brutal and blasphemous activities as a right and a justified reaction to foreign aggression under the garb of defense of Islam and national interests,” ul-Qadri said.

What’s most important to note here is that he says such actions are not permissable even when facing “foreign aggression.” Often, fake moderates would condemn Al-Qaeda but praise those fighting non-Muslim soldiers in Muslim lands and groups like Hamas. Ul-Qadri should be applauded for saying there is no exception, and he says suicide bombers are going to go to hell.

Frankly, I would have thought that the ongoing pro-democracy uprising in Iran would debunk the notion that devout Muslims cannot be seen as allies. And these moderate Muslim forces are making significant progress against the forces of extremism. Click here for an article I wrote last summer summarizing some of these decisive victories.