Are most Muslims peaceable folks? Is it just a minor faction of Islam that's radical and violent? Are the answers to these two apparently related questions adequate for our understanding of Islam in our day? The answer to the first two questions might be "sure," but the answer to the third is actually "no."

We are able to assume that the majority Muslims are peace-loving people, not apt to harm us. We can additionally assume that it is a minority of Muslims who are hate-crammed and violent, who would shoot you, slit your throat, or blow you to bits for twisted non secular and/or political reasons. Because I think this is essential, I need to assist my reader recognize the relationship between the peaceable majority and the violent minority within Islam. We can clearly see that dichotomy in the present day, but I recommend that it has existed from the start of Islam with its founding prophet, Muhammad.

Let's consider how this dichotomous reality is rooted in human nature quite than religion. It really transcends religions. Most of us just need to live our lives as we want with out being molested by others. Attributable to our non secular training and cultural conditioning, we actually have totally different ideas about how we live our lives. Nonetheless, most of us have a generally peaceable disposition. We aren't on the lookout for a struggle; the truth is, many of us actively search for methods to keep away from conflict that might escalate right into a real fight. Examine any non secular group you like; study any non-non secular group you want (fraternity, sorority, social club, school classroom, etc.) and one can find this to be true. Those that could be aggressive with others, those who would do physical hurt to others are almost at all times the minority. Actually, passive-aggressive types are far more plentiful than lively-aggressive types. Passive-aggressives will typically irritate you, but not do actual hurt to you. We favor to speak about you behind your back than get in your face.

It's reasonable, subsequently, to imagine that the majority of Muslims are peaceful people. They have little interest in strapping a bomb on themselves and seeing who else they'll blow up. They are not desirous to go buy a big knife to allow them to cut off someone's head. By no means! They just wish to present for their families, fulfill their religious duties as they understand them, and have some peace. They're inclined to go along to get along. And so they have, for the most part, been born right into a "go along" religion.

Some individuals think that Islam means "peace." It does not. It means submission. And the time period Muslim means "one who has submitted." Submitted to what? First, it means submitted to Allah (the Islamic idea of God). However they are also to submit to Muhammad, the prophet who founded their religion. These submissions are inseparable. A real Muslim can not submit to one with out the other. The Muslim is further anticipated to submit to their contemporary non secular authorities, how those authorities interpret the Koran and the way they rule accordingly. In the event that they submit nicely, they could take pleasure in a superb measure of peace. If, nevertheless, they do not submit, they are going to be considered an infidel (a non-believer), and subsequently, subject to punishment. Since submission is Islam's core advantage, to turn into in-submissive is probably the most severe violation.

So who punishes those that don't properly "go along" in Islam? It's that factor of Islam that has no drawback torturing or killing people who do not properly submit. They can stone you. They can shoot you. They will reduce your head off. They can set you on fire. They'll drag you thru the streets of a metropolis behind a vehicle until you are dead or wish you were. They've used many violent means to maintain management over people within the name of Allah.

For essentially the most half, the leaders aren't violent towards others merely for the sake of violence. Violence is a means to an end. It's used to control folks - to make them submit and/or to maintain them in submission. And it works. Their acts of terror preserve most peace-loving folks in step.

Imagine yourself as a kind of peaceful people in an Islamic culture. You see a buddy or neighbor defy a commonly understood rule. Maybe it's a lady who dares to exit without her head covered. You jihad watch as she is dragged out into the open and stoned to death. The scene is understandably traumatic for you. After witnessing this, wouldn't you make double-sure you did not do what your friend or neighbor did? Would not you continue to be making double-positive you did not break an necessary rule, even if your rule-breaking neighbor was killed 5 years ago. Properly, in case you are like most people, certainly you would. Violence writes an indelible message.

It is this smaller ingredient of Islamic leadership, comfortable with violently imposing requirements of spiritual submission, which retains so many trapped in Islam. Fear of these leaders retains most Muslims from even considering doing something that might be considered non-submissive. To query the Koran or to doubt their prophet shouldn't be a submissive mental position. For sake of safety, most Muslims most likely don't permit themselves to take a step down that mental road.

Once more, it's truthful to say that most Muslims are peaceable people. It's also mandatory to accept that Islam is led by males who view violence as a legitimate means to political and/or spiritual ends. That was true of Muhammad. It has been true of all their leaders by way of the centuries. Even men in leadership, who would possibly never cut somebody's head off, should live with a degree of fear of these Muslim males who might lower their head off - and would in the event that they stepped out of line.