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A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot's Fight to Save His Faith Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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"Zuhdi Jasser is a brave American patriot, a faithful Muslim and a good man. Dr. Jasser's Battle for the Soul of Islam proposes a cure for one of the greatest problems facing the world today: the violence and extremism of radical Islam." --Mark R. Levin, New York Times bestselling author of Ameritopia
"Dr. Jasser is one of the most courageous and relentless pursuers of truth and freedom in the Muslim world. Battle for the Soul of Islam takes you beyond the sound bites to show you what it really means to be a moderate Muslim fighting against those who have perverted your religion.” --Glenn Beck, New York Times bestselling author of Being George Washington
"Dr. Jasser is an American hero in the war radical Islam has declared on us. Whether we prevail in this long war may very well depend on how closely we listen to him." --William J. Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Man and former US Secretary of Education
About the Author
Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser is the founder and president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD). Dr. Jasser is a first generation American Muslim whose parents fled the oppressive Assad regime of Syria in the mid-1960s for American freedom. A devout Muslim, Dr. Jasser founded AIFD in the wake of the 9/11 attacks as an effort to provide an American Muslim voice advocating for the preservation of the foundation principles of the United States Constitution, liberty and freedom, and the separation of mosque and state.
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Why are the leaders of Islam silent when their religion is being used as excuse for mass-murder? I NEED to hear a lucid unapologetic condemnation of those actions committed in the name of Islam,
Dr. Jasser has helped by providing a comprehensive explanation concerning the current duality of the Islamic faith. There is indeed a great number of extremists who while enjoying the Western lifestyle , most certainly intend to do us harm. How much of that hatred is identified and presented so clearly is why I found this book so fascinating! And alarming.
To be completely candid, my own concern for the religion of Islam was in serious conflict with my Christian values. While in the Middle East (pre-9/11) I met many people of the Islamic faith. However, my past experience no longer correlates with the widely expressed opinions of the post 9/11 Western world. This book addresses the two populations of Islam, the duality that IS the religion of Islam.
Reading Jasser's book is a refreshing and clear reminder that radical Islam, or Islamism, does not represent all Muslims. Jasser makes this point very persuasively. But I also get the impression that Jasser's parental and educational background and intelligence puts him in a unique and small class of Muslims, and more importantly, atypical. The onslaught of daily news about Muslim atrocities in the name of their religion begs the reader to question whether there is any relevance to the apparently small group of "reform" Muslims who think like Jasser. (Note that I did not say "moderate" Muslims. Try to define moderate you will end up defining the problem.)
Reform Muslims are stunningly silent about the behavior of the (minority? majority?) of Islamists. Reform Muslims might (and have) reasonably said, "Why should we have to apologize for their bad behavior?" My answer: They don't have to apologize. More precisely, no one wants them to apologize. What we want is for reform Muslims to outright reject and condemn the bad behavior in a public and unambiguous way. They might further say, "we are law abiding citizens, why do we have to concern ourselves with what others do?" Again, the answer is that they don't have to. But if they don't, they should not be surprised when the vast majority of non-Muslims believe that their refusal to condemn is tacit approval, or at least sympathy with behavior and values that is more than a little threatening to the western way of life. My sense from the book is that Jasser is working in the right direction. But since I have never heard of the organizations he works with until I read this book, it suggests that too little is being done.