Ideological Roots of 'Islamist' Terrorism: Options before Moderate Muslims
By Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam
21 May 2014
It is commonly stated that Islam is a religion of peace and moderation and that there is no room for extremism, violence and terrorism in it, mostly with reference to the holy Quran that says in this regard:
“(O Glorious Messenger!) Invite towards the path of your Lord with wisdom and refined exhortation and (also) argue with them in a most decent manner. Surely, your Lord knows well the one who strayed away from His path, and He also knows well the rightly guided” (16:125).Thus, they tend to prove that the armed Muslim militants and terrorist organisations like al-Qaida and Boko Haram are not representing Islam. We often hear such statements from the Islamic preachers who try hard to present the image of Islam in a way that can convince the common Muslims and non-Muslims.