Is Islamism distinct from Islam?

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In a recent article, we read that Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), argued that “Islamism [is] a political ideology distinct from the religion of Islam.”  in a Globe and Mail op-ed.

This is an interesting argument, considering   Islamic doctrine and holy books contain threats and disparagement towards the Jews.

The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdullah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree, (the Boxthorn tree) would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.  Sahih al-Bukhari, 4:52:177 

When imams in  mosques in Canada pray for the slaying of non Muslims, are they not true Muslims?   If we use Mr Fogel’s logic that Islamism (Islamic militancy or fundamentalism) and Islam are two distinct things, it appears that there are many ‘non Islamic’ Muslims in Canada. However, what these ‘non Islamic’ Muslims are saying/praying comes directly from Islamic scripture.

Quran (4:89) – “They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.”

There are Islamic sects that would agree with this thinking, that Islam and Islamism are two distinct and separate things, specifically the Ahmadiyya, whose mandate is allegedly peace, even though they follow the same five pillars of Islam and read and adhere to the same Quran and Hadith.  They also pray the Al Fatihah, (the first chapter of the Quran)  which states that Jews and Christians have incurred the wrath of Allah. However, mainstream Muslims such as the Sunni and Shiah sects consider the Ahmadiyya  apostates.

With this perspective, is Islamism distinct from the religion of Islam? It depends who you talk to, but the main source of knowledge to discern this is the in Islamic holy books and through scholars that interpret these books. This will give you the true answer to that question.

When ‘mainstream’  Imams in leadership positions, in Canada and throughout the world  call  and make supplication   for the death of non Muslims, it appears as if the majority of the adherents to the religion of Islam have it wrong. According to Mr Koffer Fogel.

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