WASHINGTON, October 9, 2014 — President Obama has recently called on the world’s most prominent Muslim leaders to denounce the radical Islamic State, ISIS. Following a series of be-headings of innocent Americans and British civilians, the White House is finding itself under severe pressure to act.
Secretary of State John Kerry briefly mentioned that American Muslims should fight to ‘reclaim their faith’, countering the radical ideologies espoused by ISIS.
Fortunately, not all Muslims support ISIS or its extremism. However, there some practitioners of the Islamic faith who claim they should not have to defend their faith for a few insane extremist. Additionally, many Muslim leaders and Imams of Islamic Mosques have found themselves in an ongoing debate within their own communities.
Should American Muslims denounce the actions of ISIS? Should loyalist of the Islamic faith refrain from speaking on the topic of extremists and avoid giving them credibility? Does the Koran really support the overall annihilation of anyone who refuses to share ISIS’s radical extremist agenda?
Imagine that someone who doesn’t practice your respective faith or identifies with your religion suddenly ask you to denounce your faith or abandoned your beliefs thanks to the actions of others in your faith. What would you do? Would you refrain from attending church services, or stop identifying as a Christian based on allegations that the actions of Priest are inappropriate?
The silence of moderate Muslims against radical practitioners will continue to foster a negative reaction from outsiders—many of whom will never read a chapter in the Koran. For Muslims to outwardly condemn groups like ISIS, Hezbollah, HAMAS, etc., suggests that there are somewhat tied or affiliated with violence, hatred and religious intolerance.
In fact, many of these people are our neighbors, school teachers, professors and confidants.
Furthermore, apologizing for ISIS or the Islamic State grants terrorist groups a sense of recognition, hence, the groups rationale for filming their murders in real-time. Acknowledgement by American Muslims will proactively contradict Muslims belief, that is being a religion of peace and allows further continuance of a false narratives being portrayed about Islamic faith.