Why I know that ISIS is a problem of MY religion

I run an organisation which works to oppose Islamist extremism and have seen at first hand the reality of radicalisation of young people in Birmingham, Bradford and Luton.

It is clear to me that we must also look at the wider context of why so many young people are seduced by extreme Salafi-Jihadism. Only by knowing the nature of the beast can we know how to combat it.

To do that, we must recognise that despite the oft-repeated claims that there is a clash between Islam and the West, the real battle is within Islam.

  • Reader

    To stop all the whitewashing, I propose that we stop using the ephemism “radical” and use the accurate term “traditional” to recognize that “radical Islam” is in fact “Traditional Islam” as it has been widely practiced for the past 1400 years.

    • Reader

      (sp) “ephemism” should be euphamism

    • caliroxanne

      It’s just Islam. It’s not “radical” and throwing in yet another new term like “traditional” is just as pointless as all the other euphemisms the obfuscators try to use to confuse and separate the Muslim’s act from his religion, Islam. Just call it what it is: Islam.

      • John Boy

        Agreed. There’s just Islam, apostates and unbelievers.

  • Flyboy

    Khan misses the point that the “extremists” might be winning the hearts and minds of second and third generation Muslims because their arguments align with centuries of Islamic thought, doctrine and scholarship. This is all codified in Sharia Law which, in turn, has been meticulously culled from Islam’s canonical texts and the example set by the life of their own prophet. Non-Muslims would be foolish to assume that the “reformers” have the authority and numbers required to win this “civil war”.

  • deplorabledave

    When one side uses murder to trump any argument you have then obviously no discussion is possible. You have to kill them before they kill you. Until we learn this incontrovertible fact, innocents will die.

  • Krista Kay

    *It’s why for centuries Christians, Muslims and other minorities lived together peacefully in many Middle Eastern countries before the ascent of ISIS.” — SARA KHAN

    Why would this author begin with a lie?

    Long before there was ISIS, 56 ISLAMIC STATES were conquered by their islamic sword. Even when they claim there was ”peace” with the infidel, it’s a lie.

    “Andalusian corsairs attacked and invaded along the Sicilian and Italian coasts, even as far as the Aegean Islands, looting and burning as they went. Thousands of people were deported to slavery in Andalusia, where the caliph kept a militia of tens of thousand of Christian slaves brought from all parts of Christian Europe (the Saqaliba), and a harem filled with captured Christian women. Society was sharply divided along ethnic and religious lines, with the Arab tribes at the top of the hierarchy, followed by the Berbers who were never recognized as equals, despite their Islamization; lower in the scale came the mullawadun converts and, at the very bottom, the dhimmi Christians and Jews.” – BAT YE’OR, ISLAM AND DHIMMITUDE


    • Tooth&Claw

      She lies because she desperately wants to believe her ‘faith’ has something of value. Not that her ancestors were forced into it on the pain of death or dhimmitude.

    • caliroxanne

      She begins with a lie because that’s what they do. It is an attempt to trick and manipulate the non-Muslim masses into accepting Muslims and getting us to believe that Islam is a religion of peace nonsense. Taqiya, Tawriya, Kitman & Muruna: Various forms of Islamic deception.

      • Tooth&Claw

        May also be true. Regardless, it’s disingenuous, and manipulative.

  • P_F

    You religion is THE PROBLEM for humanity, isis is just a symptom.

    • Tooth&Claw

      Islam really isn’t a religion. It’s a complete way of life according to Muslims themselves. They call it a deen. It has political, military, social, economic, and legal (Shari’a) aspects, all covered over with a thin veneer of ritual observances.

  • Because Islamic is in the title.

    That was my first clue.

  • bob e

    Intellectualizing the battle within’ islam is manure. here is no such thing.
    every muzzie that takes the shadaha takes his turn at bat ..

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I do not have Islamophobia. I do have jihadophobia. As long as we are engaged in semantics, I think the latter word more accurately expresses our feelings toward the Religion of Peace.

  • Ego

    While Sara Khan’s intentions may be sincere, I think that ultimately, it is whitewashing. To me, the dead giveaway is this sentence:

    But rather than being an authentic representation of Islam, the fundamentalist ideology of Salafi-Islamism is actually a far-Right interpretation of it.

    What is and isn’t an authentic representation of Islam is determined not by the believers, but by the scriptures Islam considers holy: the Koran, the Sunna, and the Hadith. There is no “far-Right” or far-anything or “fundamentalist” interpretation—you either believe those are the words of Allah, or you don’t.
    If you do, you MUST follow those words to the letter and act on them as written—which is exactly what jihadists do who can and do support everything they do with verses of the Koran.
    If you don’t, all schools of Islamic jurisprudence will say you are an apostate (and deserve the death penalty).

    From another perspective:
    You run a pub and two groups of patrons regularly smash up the place, killing both in-group and out-group patrons. Would you accept the explanation of one of the two feuding groups that what you see is not “an authentic representation” of the groups? Wouldn’t you tell them to stay away, sort out their differences first, and only come back when they are not a threat to the place?