Is­lam is in need of ur­gent re­form

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IN RE­SPONSE to “Fight­ing Is­lam­o­pho­bia through art” (Weekend Ar­gus, June 17), we are a German-SA cou­ple and are shocked by this fact­twist­ing and partly cyn­i­cal ar­ti­cle.

With all the Is­lamist ter­ror­ist at­tacks through­out the world, what did the Mus­lim artists ac­tu­ally ex­pect when they stayed in Europe?

We find it out­ra­geous to com­plain about ha­tred, Is­lam­o­pho­bia and hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions while we have Mus­lim hate preach­ers in Euro­pean mosques, the as­sas­si­na­tion of Chris­tians in Egypt and hon­our killings in Germany – and we’re not even talk­ing about ter­ror­ists yet. Also, we are tired of hear­ing that Is­lamist ter­ror­ists are not Is­lamic – the sheer num­ber of Mus­lim ex­trem­ist groups who keep com­mit­ting the most se­vere crimes against hu­man­ity world­wide on a daily ba­sis is mind-bog­gling: Is­lamic State, al-Qaeda, Tal­iban, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram and so on.

You make it much too easy when you say they are not Is­lamic. It seems to serve as an ex­cuse for re­ject­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­fus­ing to start do­ing some­thing about it.

Who are they if they are not Is­lamic? They call them­selves Mus­lims, they quote the Qur’an, and they shout “Al­lahu-ak­bar” when com­mit­ting their at­tacks. They are your peo­ple and are mem­bers of your re­li­gious com­mu­nity.

In­stead of try­ing to turn the ta­bles and pre­sent­ing your­selves as vic­tims, you should come to the aware­ness that Is­lam ur­gently needs some se­ri­ous re­form­ing and catch­ing up with a glob­al­is­ing world of the 21st cen­tury.

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