Daily Archives: June 1, 2015

Islam Is Easy – Don’t Make It Difficult

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I remember a conversation I recently had with my neighbor and friend who happens to be a non-Muslim.

I had just returned from an Islamic conference, but when I mentioned that to her, she looked at me with worry and asked:

“No one advocates extremism at these sorts of things, do they?”

I almost laughed, but realizing the seriousness of the situation, I reassured her that no, advocating extremism was definitely not on the agenda.

I was struck by the unfortunate irony that extremism is often associated with Islam when in fact, moderation is supposed to be one of the most fundamental aspects of the Muslim’s creed. The Quran clearly states:

{Thus We made you a “wasat” (moderate) nation, that you might be witnesses for all of humanity, and the messenger a witness over yourselves.} (2:143)

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