Many Muslims complain that the TTP, ISIL, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda cause the biggest misrepresentation of Islam – and they become highly active in denouncing them, demonstrating against them, or holding conferences and lectures intellectually criticising them and openly advocating Muslims to disassociate themselves from them. While it is true that the methods and tactics of these groups can misrepresent Islam to those who don’t know better, people actually miss the larger and more egregious perpetrators of the misrepresentations of Islam – the Muslim governments, the media and politicians of the Western world, and ultimately, the Muslim world itself.
The Misrepresentation of Islam by Muslim Governments
Like the rise of uncivilised barbarian tribes after the fall of the Roman Empire, the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate led to the rise (and foreign imposition) of a collection of Secular warlords, feudal rulers and dictators masquerading as ‘elected Presidents’ and ‘constitutional’…
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