Folk constantly demand that Muslims admit that these terrorists are Muslim. So I fully expect them to cheer self-described “counter-extremist” Muslim Maajid Nawaz from the Quilliam Foundation who, in what he calls “a plea to my fellow Muslims and liberals,” demands precisely that.
A puerile response by some of my fellow Muslims is to ask “why should we apologize for something that has nothing to do with us.” But this entirely misses the point.
Just as we Muslims expect solidarity from wider society against anti-Muslim bigotry and racism, likewise we must reciprocate solidarity toward victims of Islamist extremism. Just as we encourage others to actively denounce racism wherever they see it, so too must we actively denounce Islamist theocratic views wherever we find them.
Enough with the special pleading. Enough with the denial. Enough with the obfuscation
The killer of Orlando was a homophobic Muslim extremist, inspired by an ideological take on my own religion, Islam. In just the first seven days of this holy month of Ramadan, various jihadists have carried out attacks in Tel Aviv, Baghdad, Damascus, Idlib, Beirut, Orlando, and now Paris.
This global jihadist insurgency threatens every corner of the world and has killed more Muslims than members any other faith. So why pretend it does not exist? Why shy away from calling it by name? …
It is time that we liberals took the fabled red pill and accepted reality. Just as this clearly has something to do with outdated gun laws, and just as those laws need reform, this also has something to do with Islam, which also needs reform today. No other stance makes any sense.
If Islam is ever going to reform itself from within, which the civilised world so desperately demands it do, it needs more like Nawaz who accept reality, and argue boldly for that reform.
Read: Admit It: These Terrorists Are Muslims – Maajid Nawaz, DAILY BEAST