Spring 2016: Are All Muslims Dangerous?
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One question I am often confronted with whenever on the road is, “are all Muslims dangerous?” These days it seems everyone is confronted with that question. After all, in North America alone there are an estimated 12 million Muslims. People everywhere are filled with horror as they watch the news coverage of fanatical Muslims blowing themselves up at airports, on trains, and on the streets of major western cities like Paris. So, are all Muslims dangerous?

The answer to that question really depends on the Islamic thermometer of your Muslim coworker or neighbor. One way to determine if they have been radicalized is if they are or have become serious about their Islamic faith. Do they adhere to the letter of their law, the Koran? Fortunately the vast majority of Muslims are just nominal believers. That means they are not interested in the politics of Islam or its religious tenets. They accept their Islamic heritage by birth, but they choose to continue life just as if they were born outside of Islam. They are more interested in having a good time, and a good job than wearing explosives around their body and blowing themselves up.

So then as long as the majority of Muslims remain nominal we have very little to be concerned with. Or do we? The probability of all nominal Muslims simultaneously becoming radicalized is probably an impossibility. In fact today, many Muslims are questioning their own faith, wondering if they haven’t been wrong about their religion due to the violence they are seeing being committed by the Islamic group called ISIS. I am sure that some nominal Muslims will probably have a change of heart and possibly become radicalized. But for the most part, the vast majority of Muslims will continue to be just nominal as always. But history has shown us that even a few radicalized people can cause much grief and distress.

In one of his recent articles, evangelical pastor, Dr. Hormoz Shariat, also considered an authority on the subject, wrote; “Contrary to what many people believe, the main emphasis of ISIS online and around the world in Islamic Centers is not to promote itself; the main emphasis of ISIS is to call all Muslims to be serious in their Islamic faith.”

A Muslim who has become serious about their faith faces the biggest challenge of their life, and that is what to do with the “divine” directives which are written in the Koran calling all faithful and true Muslims to take up arms and fight what Islam considers to be “infidels”--to fight a “holy war”, a jihad against western ideology and practices, against what they consider to be apostate Christianity and Judaism. (An infidel in the Islamic definition is anyone who is not a practicing Muslim or opposed to Islam, its prophet, and its teachings.)

So, are all Muslims dangerous? For the most part no! Most Muslims, the great majority of them are not interested in war and bloodshed. That thought doesn't even cross their mind. In fact most Muslims believe Christians worship Allah, even though they think Christians have an imperfect view of Allah. But they are satisfied by it. Law enforcement agencies that keep tabs on extremists estimate that the number of rabid fundamentalists in Muslim countries is about 6% of a given Muslim population. Friends in closing I want to plead with you not to be in fear of your Muslim neighbors, and coworkers. What you and I should be doing is to pray and look for opportunities to reach out to these dear people and introduce them to our best Friend Jesus Christ. Remember that "perfect love casteth out fear."

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