A video inspired me to write this blog post because it is refreshing to see that there are Muslim-informed organizations out there working to destigmatize Muslims as being part of the radical Muslim extremists we all hear about.
Maajid Nawaz is an author and Founding Chairman of Quilliam who explained his views on the differences of Islam. He explains,
“Islam is a faith. Islamism is an extremist political ideology”.
The Quilliam Foundation, located in London,
“is the world’s first counter-extremism think tank set up to address the unique challenges of citizenship, identity, and belonging in a globalised world. Quilliam stands for religious freedom, equality, human rights and democracy”.
It makes the important statement that,
“Challenging extremism is the duty of all responsible members of society”.
It seems as though this foundation has taken it upon itself to be one of the peaceful Muslim organizations that stands against Muslim terrorism.
It seems that we in the West have long called for that, and many have complained publicly that American Muslims are not doing enough to stand against Islamist terrorism.
According to the organization’s video, “Countering Extremism Together“, the organization was named after one of Britain’s first converts to Islam.
The video is short, just over five minutes, that features Nawaz speaking out against Islamist extremism, or “Islamism”.