Originally Posted by England
How do you know
nobody is trying to teach these "fanatics"? The media will always pick up on weird stories and individuals, but that does not mean they constitute the majority of our society. There are many, many Muslims out there trying to explain to everyone what Islam is about - you will find so many scholars and organisations condemning terrorism outright.
Anyone who knows what Islam is about will understand that it is far from being full of hatred and violence. Knowing the real Islam is most certainly not as hard as it might seem: one only has to know simple, basic teachings to realise the beauty and kindness that underlies the whole religion. Islam teaches to respect parents, neighbours, leaders, elders and even animals; to fulfil oaths; to be honest; to be just; to look after orphans and the poor; to smile and remove harm from the road; to speak good and never slander or backbite our brethren; to control anger; to be forgiving and thankful; to be patient; to be self-reproaching... to be so much more. Ansar Al-'Adl has done a very good job at listing so many of these Islamic teachings on his userpage
. So how can it be possible to go "extreme"? Where is the violence? Life is valued so highly in Islam, that how is it possible to conceive there could be allowance for taking innocent life? For sure, the correct message is written plain and clear and this is the one that is spreading fast; this is the one that caused and still causes millions from all walks of life to embrace Islam and makes Islam the fastest growing religion. These children that are being "moulded" into extremists: I wonder how many really are. It is sad to hear that anyone would be doing such a thing, but perhaps the children you speak of are the ones that appear in TV programmes and youtube videos. Perhaps it is more accurate to ask a child in "real life". Perhaps it is time to walk into a madrasah and see for yourself what is really being taught.
That site is quite clearly biased against Islam. I would prefer to accept poll results from a more reliable source. But anyway, if the "extremists" are in the minority, how many Muslims are really going to know of an "imminent attack" when most of them are good, practising people?