Question: I recently heard Islam characterized as the next major threat to "Western" civilization, the new Evil Empire that will succeed Communism. Sounds like a major oversimplification, but could you comment on it?
Answer: At the risk of oversimplification in the other direction, I would respond that, alas, every society needs its Evil Empire. When no obvious candidate fills the bill, we will conjure one up in the vain hope that somehow it will make us feel better about ourselves. During the past couple of decades there has been much talk about "resurgent Islam," fueled by such events as the Iranian Revolution, the Palestinian Intifada, and the ascendancy of the Afghan Taliban. Books with titles like The Islamic Bomb: The Nuclear Threat to Israel and the Middle East (1982) raise the specter of some sort of nuclear conspiracy, as though Islam represented a unitary political will intent on world domination. In fact, "Islam" is nothing quite like the various "isms" one can realistically imagine bringing political and economic resources to bear on some global or even regional objective - capitalism, communism, colonialism, imperialism, or - on a smaller scale - Zionism, for example.
On the other side of that coin, neither is "the West" anything like a unified secularist bloc of political, economic, and cultural determination, set adamantly against the real or imagined religio-moral fervor of "the East,".
Still, it is much easier to construe the world as neatly defined opposing forces than to come to terms with the common humanity that underlies all our differences.
Muslims are on the whole just about as susceptible to these kinds of generalizations as non-Muslims, however, and are often co-responsible for perpetuating the sweeping dichotomy. In short, Islam as a religious tradition is in no way a threat to world peace and order. On the contrary, it is as important a force for maintaining peace and order as any other tradition.
Excerpted from 101 Questions and Answers on Islam by John Renard. The author holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Harvard University and is a professor of theological studies at st. Louis University.
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Sorry...I did not mean to scare Kevin Murhpy. Why should be afraid? He is from so called the "LAND OF THE GRAVE". Of course, it's self-delcared, exactly as Israel is a self-declared Jewish State, exactly as the USA is the best country in the world. (SSSSSHHH.. it citizens eat out of trash cans). In Yathrib (the real land of the Braves), no humans eat out of trash cans, not stray dogs do...
Very sad Country with very sad group of people...
I just saw pictures of the 11 member Iraqi family your monsters massacred, including children not even old to walk. You mass murdering thugs ..are the real terrorists of this world. ..
Dear John Renard I am sure you know that Charles Martel, aka (Charles the Hammer)ruler & leader of the Franks, had become the first westener that united Western Europe. In fact according to many historians Western Europe has established its distinct "identity" for the first time & became Europe because of him. He stated an ongoing tradition of creating an imaginary enemy to unite an imaginary nation after defeating general Abderrahman small & disorganised army in the battle of Tours near Poitiers. From that day on until today the West keeps reinventing its imagined identity & its imagined ennemies.
West threat to Islam is more like it-atleast from the ongoings in the Middle-East. As Muslims we must all hold our heads high - very high for the love we have for the rest. Our meaning is "PEACE". I as a Muslim will not mean harm to anyone-because that is what my religion teaches me.
Further proof lies in the fact that many are coming into the fold of Islam - from West and East! If it wasn't for the goodness of it none would consider to live by it.
Let us rejoice in this wonderful gift bestowed upon us.
I wish peace to Muslims and non-Muslim. It is the teaching of my prophet(pbuh).
My friend Islam in not a threat even to its strongest enemies. Islam and Muslim do not fear anyone on this planet not even nuclear threat will work against Islam. But yes islam is a threat to those evil people who are spreading corruptions and killings on earth such as Chechnya, Afaganistan, Iraq, palestine, North korea, etc. We know that forces of evil are invading these islamic countries and plundring its wealth and killing its people.
Those who call Islam as evil are in fact evil themselves. I invite to those evil people to read Quran and the biography our beloved Prophet Mohammed (SAW/PBUH - my family, my parents and 1.5 billion soul of the muslims be sacrified upon him). If those evil people read these books they will see a threat and insecurity if they are evil and they will find peace and security if they want to follow the straight path.
Soon You and I or our children will see peace once all the forces of evil such fake democracy, communism, monarchies, anarchies and all other man made ISM which opposes Islam will be destroyed and Islam will prevail and peace will be established on earth.
God says in the Quran (meaning) that " the forces of evil plans and God also plans and God is the master of all the planners". You will see this God Willing (insa-allah)
Read Quran and be successful and peaceful.