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Salamun Alaykum,

The following question was kindly answered by Mulla Bashir Rahim.

I believe it was forwarded to us by a second party - could you please
ensure that the answer is passed on as I do not have the originators e-mail
address.

Kind regards

Abbas Jaffer
Moderator - 'Aalim Network

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Question:

Dear Sister fatema asalamu alakum warahmatulahi wabarakaatu
After greeting I am a brother who is studying at university of
Tampare International relations Finland. I have always problem questions
concerning islam.

Is Islamic fundamentalism a threat to political stability?. Please help me
if is this issue you know more than me or if somebody know I do really
appreciate it. I do speak Finnish and my english is so poor. 

May Allah bless do help me.

Your Brother Muslim 

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Response:

There is no such category as Fundamentalist Islam. It is a term borrowed from
the history of Christians when in the last century a fundamentalist sect came
into existence when a group of Christians decided that innovations in the
faith
was diluting the faith and the best course is to live by the Bible. Any good
encyclopedia will give you a history of fundamentalism. The Hamish sect in
Pennsylvania, USA are the prime example.

All Muslims are required and have always been required to live by the laws of
Islam. Where the Muslims govern their country it is only right that the
Islamic
law should be supreme. This is what the Republic of Iran is striving to
achieve.

For us who live in non-Muslim lands or secular countries we are required to
operate, as far as may be possible, in accordance with the Islamic law and the
code of conduct. We also have to belive in our articles of faith e.g.
wahdaniyyah, adalah, risalah, imamah and qiyamah. We must also perform all the
obligatory acts of worship. To that extent we are all fundamentalists.

The media however employs the term 'fundamentalist Islam' or 'militant
Islam' in
relation to the activities of those groups of Muslims who are engaged in
resisting oppression or, in some cases, to acquire power to subjugate
others. It
is also the case that in some countries the rulers have their own brand of
Islam
which they impose on the masses by oppressive measures. Except where the
struggle is for justice and against oppression, the militancy and
repression are
decidedly not Islamic and we have to try and convince the indigenous
population
and the media of this fact.

With salaams and du'aas from a humble servant of Ahlul Bayt and their
followers, and with a request to be remembered by you in your prayers,

Bashir Rahim



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