Save Islam From the Islamists
By Aiman Reyaz, New Age Islam
September 24, 2013
There is a sharp contrast between what Islam is and what Islamists do. Islam is that spiritual path which any person can achieve by submitting his will to God; while Islamists are those so-called devout Muslims who believe that their spirituality is to convert other non-Muslims and “deviant” Muslims (like Sufi-saints etc) into their version of Islam and they act upon this belief, mostly by using terror tactics. 1
I believe that anyone can be a Muslim, even if he or she does not say the Shahada (i.e., there is no god but God and Muhammad is His Messenger). A person becomes Muslim by his deeds and not by dress or words. The Quran is filled with verses which say that those who submitted themselves to God attained felicity and their destination is Heaven. Doing is more important than saying; similarly if you say that there is but one God and Muhammad is His Prophet, you then enter into the religion of Islam, but if your actions belie your words, then you are still not a Muslim.