The media in Canada tends to describe those Islamists such as members and supporters of al-Qaeda as extremists. But are they? Or are most of them not just Muslims who believe in the literal word of the Koran, and believe in strict adherence to its theological doctrines? In other words, aren’t they fundamentalists. And if so, are Muslim fundamentalists and Muslim extremists more the less the same? Or does this even matter?
I believe it does matter since there are very many Muslims who are fundamentalists in that they believe the Koran is the word of God, and that it must be read as if God Himself had spoken the words contained in that book. Stated another way, many—probably most—Muslims believe the Koran contains the ultimate truth, making them fundamentalists and therefore extremists.
In articles and discussions about Islamist extremists, we are almost always reminded that extremists make up only a tiny percentage of Muslims in Canada. I suppose this is due to political correctness, or perhaps it is meant to mollify us so we don’t rush off to arrest the first Muslim we run across.
But seriously, if the Koran is the actual word of God, won’t most, perhaps all, real Muslims be fundamentalists?
Unlike Jews and Christians, Muslims cannot modernize the teachings and messages of their religion as the words of the Koran are frozen in the dark ages of the seventh century. How do mere mortals “modernize” the final revelation from God? Cannot be done.
So if thirteen hundred years ago hands were chopped off as punishment for theft, and women were stoned for adultery, so it must forever be. And the only thing standing in the way of such punishments is enlightened Western law and the adherence to such by our Muslim residents. A sort of Biblical “render unto Caesar” philosophy as taught by Jesus Christ.
But surely a very large portion of the fundamentalists among the Muslim community must chafe at not being allowed to practice the word of God. And certainly many must see our laws and culture morally bad in principle or practice—in other words—wicked. And if our laws are wicked, certainly they must be ignored or overturned.
And if Canadian laws are to be ignored or overturned so that Muslims can live their lives according to the word of God, how can fundamentalist Muslims be productive law-abiding Canadians?
Just wondering …