Sadia Dehlvi forwarded her insightful article that rightly argues how the fringe (notably the Wahabite sect) in Islam has distorted the faith of learning and spiritual quest.
Yes, the Muslim world is facing oppression and injustice, but we can no longer escape the fact that we have enemies within the community. The Glasgow attack and the Lal Masjid horror are recent examples of extremism and terror. Clearly there is a crisis of ignorance, leadership and faith. Muslims must acknowledge that there is a radical fringe which needs to be identified and rejected. We cannot allow the pulpits of our mosques or the institutions of learning to be seized for the discourse of anger and the rhetoric of rage.
This piece was published in the Hindustan Times. Full text of the published article can be accessed here.