Originally Posted by UncleWede
So are most of the "radical" or "terrorist" Islamist of the Shia tradition? Is that the distinction that needs to be made to the rest of the world in terms of understanding that Muslims are basically peaceful?
Shias desire martydom a lot more becuase they see that Imam Hussien (nephew of the Prophet) was a martyr.. and this is not good. The only person you should try to emulate is the Prophet himself.
Radicalism is different becuase your talking about a movement that is occurring, where muslims who are dissatisfied with the state of affairs in their homelands are turning towards the West and placing blame. They consider the West the "far enemy" and their own governments the "near enemy". The problem is that they dont understand that they still have a place to peacefully practice their religion and thats what is important. They want to change the world.. force Islam on everyone.. and thats not the way it works. The Prophet PBUH was a diplomat before he was a soldier. The program also highlighted that there are many groups who have turned to peaceful and diplomatic means change the state of affairs in their homelands. They renounce the violence they once supported.. its a start.