Opinion: Moderate Muslims Must Take "Real Action" Against Extremists

July 14, 2005

Source: The Christian Science Monitor


On July 14, 2005 The Christian Science Monitor ran an opinion piece by Mansoor Ijaz, chairman of New York-based Crescent Investment Management LLC, on the need for moderate Muslims to respond to extremist elements within their faith. Ijaz writes, "The trust that binds citizens of free societies together was violated last week when suspected Islamist terrorists set off a wave of bombs at the height of London's morning rush hour, killing more than 50 people and injuring 700... Most disturbingly, however, Al Qaeda's success defines the central failure within moderate Islam to identify, control, and stamp out its extremists. The enemy, it appears, is already among us. This is why the London bombings represent a milestone for moderate Muslims. They can either stand up now and fight Islam's radical fringes from within or sit haplessly by while Western governments do it for them. Verbal condemnations and choreographed press releases against terrorist acts, as Britain's Muslim leaders produced last Thursday, are not sufficient. Real action is needed - and fast."