I want to understand Islam. But all I know of Islam is Al Qada and terror. I know there is much more, but terrorism casts a long shadow.
I read on the internet that the adherents of Islam tend to consider themselves Muslims first. They are citizens of Islam. That is, their citizenship. That is their patriotism. That is their identity and destiny as individuals. Everything is Islam. There is a richness of spirit there. There is life in Islam that could save us all from ourselves. It transcends borders. It unites the faithful as one.
All of Islam are bound up in the richness of their faith. All is bound up in their faith alone. Here in the West, we separate that. In the US the Constitution enshrines that divide into law. We each carry our faith. We each carry our citizenship. We honor/obey the secular laws. Three separate things. In Islam: One thing. And that One Thing, nurtures the human spirit in a unique way
If Islam would cure itself of Al Qada. If Islam could cure itself in the same way that Christianity finally rejected bigotry & racism and the KKK. If Islam could recreate itself in a way that denies a terrorist even the opportunity to exist
If Islam would both reject and ridicule the idea that a terrorist can suicide-bomb himself into Heaven. But rather guarantee derision and Hell to anyone who would choose to make the murder of innocents the political statement that accompanies their suicide. I could be a Muslim. We could all be Muslim.
But for as long as the misguided make pathetic political statements of that sort, there is no way. While our boldest and best must be called to both resist and protect us from that, what teachings and blessings Islam may offer will seem irrelevant. Our boldest and best; Police Officers & Military; our young men and women risk their lives every day. And they do it to protect our homes, our families & our future. The threat we STILL must deal with is the same as on 9/11/2001: Islamic Terrorism.
But to fix this problem the ideas that feed the terror must be rejected. And there, it would seem, is the rub. Can it happen? Will it happen?