Excerpt: “Ms Edwards ended her article by calling for a crusade against Islamist evil. We would like to end our article by calling for dialogue and a joint crusade against ignorance – the biggest evil of all, which results in terrorism, prejudice and hatred.”

Dr. Craig Considine

Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri (Left) and Dr. Craig Considine (Right) marching in the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland's 4th Annual Peace Walk in Dublin, Ireland (2/26/13). Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri (Left) and Dr. Craig Considine (Right) marching in the Al-Mustafa Islamic Centre Ireland’s 4th Annual Peace Walk in Dublin, Ireland (2/26/13).

By Shaykh Dr. Muhammad Umar Al-Qadri and Dr. Craig Considine

Ms. Ruth Dudley Edward’s recent article “We should support the Pope’s crusade against Islamism” concerns us as Muslim and Christian scholars respectively. The premise of her argument is that Islam needs a “reformation” in order to make Muslims more peaceful. Edward’s draws inspiration from Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a well-known bigot who describes Islam as “evil” and calls for Western countries to wage a total war against Muslims across the world. The main flaw with their argument is that Islam is already undergoing a reformation.

So-called “Islamist” groups such as Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State are the modern-day reformers of Islam. These groups oppose the 1,400 year old Islamic tradition of relying upon Muslim scholars…

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