The world’s two Islams

11/03/2017 (Arab News – KSA by Abdulrahman Al-Rashed*): Ignoring Muslims and the spreading influential religion of Islam is impossible, particularly with the existence of 1.5 billion Muslims and 57 Muslim-majority countries. Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, is divided into sectors and currents, and is at odds with other religions. Despite that, in modern history Muslims have never faced crises like the ones they are confronting now, the most dangerous being their reputation. A large percentage of people everywhere has started considering Muslims a security, political and cultural problem. As such, demands have evolved from whisperings, to blunt statements, to restrictions on Muslims and considering them undesirable. This is being adopted by politicians and racists, and if they have their way, we will witness an even greater crisis. It is wrong to ignore the stereotypical image of Islam and Muslims, and the ramifications of public and governmental anger against them…

*Abdulrahman Al-Rashed, a veteran columnist, is former general manager of Al Arabiya News Channel and former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat




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