Understanding the Limits of the Fanatical Mindset
Some Westerners who criticize the fanatic mindset are generally unaware of the bounds of that mentality. The rules of this religion developed on the basis of false sayings, false teachers and superstition are far more terrifying than they imagine. The signs of a radical’s extremism are not limited to his strapping on a bomb and blowing himself up. A terrifying mentality reveals itself at every moment of a radical’s life. Everything is redolent with darkness, from the environment he lives in to his family life, from his opinion of women to his views of all living things and from his conception of cleanliness to his idea of happiness.
In demonstrating this perspective, we shall be presenting the false hadiths that inspire radicals and responding to them with verses from the Qur’an. That is in order to show the source of radicalism and that it has nothing to do with Islam. Let us start with a reminder we shall be repeating at every stage; none of the superstition we shall be examining here actually appears in the Qur’an: The false hadiths and practices in question are the diametric opposite of the content and spirit of the Qur’an. They conflict with the Qur’an, and therefore are not part of Islam and these fabrications have always harmed Muslims. For that reason, they need to be explicitly exposed in order to establish the precautions that can be taken against this menace.
It is various false and fabricated hadiths that represent the source of violence in the name of Islam. These hadiths and practices are diametrically opposed to the content and spirit of the Qur'an. These hadiths that represent the basis of superstition must therefore be identified and precautionary measures be set out in a rational manner.