Non-Muslims never tire of lecturing Muslims about true meaning of Islam

NATIONAL INTEREST
‘Moderate Islam’ Isn’t Working
by Cheryl Benard
December 20, 2015

Over the past decade, the prevailing thinking has been that radical Islam is most effectively countered by moderate Islam. The goal was to find religious leaders and scholars and community ‘influencers’—to use the lingo of the counter-radicalization specialists—who could explain to their followers and to any misguided young people that Islam is a religion of peace, that the term jihad refers mainly to the individual’s personal struggle against temptation and for moral betterment, and that tolerance and interfaith cooperation should prevail. The presence of local Muslim luminaries, taking the lectern to announce that what had just happened bore no relation to true Islam, has become part of the ritual following any terrorist incident in a Western country. As director of the RAND Initiative for Middle Eastern Youth, I was an early proponent of this approach. READ MORE

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