How did this understanding of Islam become so widespread? Are the mosques teaching against it? No. It is true Islam, authentic Islam. Right now, nothing is being done to stop jihad recruiting in mosques, even as several hundred young Muslims from the US have gone to wage jihad for the Islamic State. If the moderates really reject extremism, let them show it by instituting genuine programs to teach against this view of Islam.
But the admission is still veiled by the nonsense phrase “radical islamist.” It’s not “radical,” it’s Islam. And “islamist” is a Western construct. What does it mean to say that someone or something is “Islamist” as opposed to “Islamic”? Nothing, really, except that the person speaking doesn’t want to offend Islam by speaking unwelcome truths about the political nature of the religion.
There are no lone wolves in the global jihad. It is a worldwide war in which education, income, color, race are of no import. There is but one objective — holy war in the cause of Allah.
This call to holy war evokes Linda Sarsour’s call for a jihad against against President Trump. It’s all of a piece.
“Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached,” Pope Benedict XVI quoting a 14th-century dialogue between Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologus, and a Persian Muslim scholar in a speech he gave at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria.