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bullet Topic: The Four Marks of Extremism
    Posted: 19 July 2005 at 1:57am

Learn these. They'll help you spot extremists. Either that or they'll just make you realize that you might be one yourself....

 

The 1st indication of extremism include bigotry & intolerance, which make a person adamantly devoted to his own opinions & prejudices, as well as rigidity, which deprives him of clarity of vision regarding the interests of other human beings, or the purposes of Shariah (Islamic Law), or the circumstances of age. Such a person does not allow any opportunity for dialogue with others so that he may compare his opinion with theirs, & chooses to follow what appears to him most sound.

The 2nd indication of extremism manifests in a continuous commitment to excessiveness, & in attempts to force others to do likewise, despite the fact that Allah has not commanded it, and the existence of good reasons to make things easy. A person motivated by piety & caution may however, if he so wishes, choose a hard-line opinion in some matters & on certain occassions. But this should not become so habitual that he rejects advice when he needs it.

The 3rd indication of extremism is the out-of-time & out-of-place religious excessiveness & overburdening of others, i.e. when applying Islamic principles to people in non-Muslim countries or to people who have only recently converted to Islam, as well as to newly committed Muslims. With all these, emphasis should not be put on either minor or controversial issues, but on fundamentals. Edeavours should be made to correct their concepts & understanding of Islam before anything else.

The 4th indication of extremism manifests itself in harshness in the treatment of people, roughness in the manner of approach, & crudeness in calling people to Islam, all which are contrary to the teachings of the Qur'an & Sunnah.

The above are not my words, you can instead thank the S.African brother who gave this to me. Source: "Islamic Awakening Between Rejection and Extremism"  - Shk. Yusuf Qaradawi



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