Among the unsettling social shifts in the wake of 9/11 was the global attention paid to Islam. Here in the United States, we became divided, often sadly along partisan lines, between those who believed every Muslim was a potential threat and those who believed no Muslim could do wrong.
For conservative Wisconsin native and former U.S. Navy lieutenant commander Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, these radical times meant facing a new reality as a devout Muslim and a patriot - a certain betrayal within his faith, and a need to answer a question that crossed the minds of even the most sensitive and politically correct: "Can a good Muslim be a good American as well?" Jasser founded the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD) to instill in young American Muslims an appreciation for the distinctively positive impact that this nation's ideals of liberty have had upon the world. As a nationally recognized expert on Muslim radicalization, he offers non-Muslims a definitive comprehension of the difference between Islam and the spiritual cancer known as Islamism, or political Islam, and how violence and extremism run counter to Islam's true teachings. As he persuasively argues, until we acknowledge the threat of Islamism in all its forms, the majority of Americans will be gulled into recognizing only the most obvious: terrorism.
In A Battle for the Soul of Islam, Jasser embraces both his faith and his country while asking hard questions:
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I give Dr. Jasser credit for being bold enough to present his view of Islam, because it has great contradiction with the Qur'an, Sunnah and Hadith, and will be seen as blasphemy by those who read the Qur'an literally and live the way the Qur'an says to live. Truth is, he is not practicing real Islam but his families version of islam: a soft, reformed, much kinder to "Dar al Harb" Islam. He believes that unbelievers should be treated in the same exact way as believers, by muslims. This is very nice thinking and I would hope that all moderate Muslims in north America could join his group and use his re-translated nice version of the Qur'an. Sadly, I don't think this will ever happen.
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