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26 October, 2010 / theexpositor

Ex-Muslim: Proposal that Islam is Tolerant is Fallacious, Dangerous

from CHRISTIANPOST.COM

WASHINGTON – Though most Muslims are tolerant and peace-loving, Islam itself is not a religion of tolerance, a former Muslim asserted.

Well-known activist and author Ayaan Hirsi Ali made the argument Monday at the National Press Club as security guards stood in the back of the ballroom. An outspoken critic of Islam, Hirsi Ali has been living under a fatwa, a religious ruling or in this case an order to kill, for years.

The Somali native addressed the question "Is Islam a Religion of Tolerance?" to highlight the political dimension of the widely practiced faith.

"I’m frustrated with the continuous belief and, I think, self-delusion that Islam is only a religion," she said. "Islam is more than a religion. It does have a spiritual dimension … but there is another dimension to Islam – a political dimension."

The Prophet Muhammad defined the state of peace and tolerance as a moment when the entire world submits to Allah and embraces Islam, said Hirsi Ali, who fled from her Muslim family and an arranged marriage in her early twenties and sought asylum in the Netherlands.

"That word ‘peace,’ ‘tolerant’ is not defined in Islam as you define it in the West," she clarified. "It doesn’t mean ceasefire or compromise. That’s temporary.

In Islam, the way to achieve peace is through settlement, jihad, and the institution of sharia (Islamic law), she explained.

And before the state of universal Islamization, "it is the duty of every Muslim male to wage war" – not just by carrying weapons but by preaching and persuading, she added.

"The proposition that Islam is tolerant is not only fallacious but it’s also dangerous," Hirsi Ali underscored.

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