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While ordinary Britons and non-Muslims around the world are bewildered by these never-ending acts of terrorism, the response of the leaders of the Islamic community is the tired old cliche — Islam is a religion of peace, and jihad is simply an “inner struggle.”

The fact these terrorists are motivated by one powerful belief — the doctrine of armed jihad against the “kuffar” (non-Muslims) — is disingenuously denied by Islamic clerics and leaders.

Fatah, Tarek.  “U.K. Beheading Shows: It’s Time to Fight the Doctrine of Jihad.”  The Blog – The Huffington Post, May 23, 2013.

Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

By way of Wikipedia and from the translation of the Quran by Yusuf Ali.

I submit to you: a problem in the head remains a problem in language.

Not that there aren’t other combined biological and cognitive issues involved in the psychological organization of each person and then each person’s expression as a social spirit and member of our universally gregarious species.

I don’t know if we may be hurrying to discuss some things so far kept in the wings and given keen attention by “Islamists” and “anti-Jihadists” both.

Tom Trento of The United West:

M. Zuhdi Jasser (American Islamic Forum for Democracy):

Tarek Fatah

Tarek Fatah founded the Muslim Canadian Congress, so here I’ve continued on to a clip featuring Salma Siddiqui, a past president and current member of the board with that organization.

Evidently the conversation has been joined for a while, but there’s a difference between taking a stance and developing an evolutionary path in language away from disaster and transforming some portion (remember: the proportions  shimmer) of an enormous population in such a way that it takes responsibility for its fate and becomes reasoning and reasonable and just in its ethics and in its efforts to improve the local and regional qualities — physical, psychological, and spiritual — of living.

Islam, that “old time religion” part of it, at least, contains a trump card for play against the progressives and reformers: generations of investment in belief in the divine delivery of the Quran and in the holiness of Muhammad.

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Ezra Levant with Tarek Fatah.  “War on the West: Meat Cleaver Madness.”  Interview.  Sun News, May 23, 2013.