Is Islam to Blame?
Irshad Manji believes that, in part, Islam itself is to blame for terrorism and argues that her fellow moderate Muslims who do not strictly interpret the Koran need to raise their voices.
While I have studied Islam and the Koran, I claim no expert knowledge. But what I do know is that, like many religious texts, the Koran contains many thoughts, some of which are contradictory and some, if read literally, are disturbing in their implications. And that is the problem with religious fundamentalism. It is, by definition, intolerant and can lead adherents to justify cruel acts as God’s command.
While fundamentalism is not in-and-of-itself wrong, there is a reason why it is religious fundamentalists and not religious moderates who commit the vast number of crimes and murders “in the name of God.” That’s why I think Manji is correct. One way to fight terrorism is for moderate Muslims to become the dominant voice in Islam. Right now, fundamentalist Islam is too powerful and that helps create the conditions for terror. It would be very helpful if that were to change.