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Stamp 10 - Not a terrorist by FullWhiteMoon Stamp 10 - Not a terrorist by FullWhiteMoon
I am a muslim. and I am not a terrorist. I love peace and I hate violence.


Major survey challenges Western perceptions of Islam

(AFP) Feb 27, 2008

WASHINGTON (AFP) A huge survey of the world's Muslims released Tuesday challenges Western notions that equate Islam with radicalism and violence.

The survey, conducted by the Gallup polling agency over six years and three continents, seeks to dispel the belief held by some in the West that Islam itself is the driving force of radicalism.

It shows that the overwhelming majority of Muslims condemned the attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001 and other subsequent terrorist attacks, the authors of the study said in Washington.

"Samuel Harris said in the Washington Times (in 2004): 'It is time we admitted that we are not at war with terrorism. We are at war with Islam'," Dalia Mogahed, co-author of the book "Who Speaks for Islam" which grew out of the study, told a news conference here.

"The argument Mr Harris makes is that religion in the primary driver" of radicalism and violence, she said.

"Religion is an important part of life for the overwhelming majority of Muslims, and if it were indeed the driver for radicalisation, this would be a serious issue."

But the study, which Gallup says surveyed a sample equivalent to 90 percent of the world's Muslims, showed that widespread religiosity "does not translate into widespread support for terrorism," said Mogahed, director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies.

About 93 percent of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are moderates and only seven percent are politically radical, according to the poll, based on more than 50,000 interviews.

In majority Muslim countries, overwhelming majorities said religion was a very important part of their lives -- 99 percent in Indonesia, 98 percent in Egypt, 95 percent in Pakistan.

But only seven percent of the billion Muslims surveyed -- the radicals -- condoned the attacks on the United States in 2001, the poll showed.

Moderate Muslims interviewed for the poll condemned the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington because innocent lives were lost and civilians killed.

"Some actually cited religious justifications for why they were against 9/11, going as far as to quote from the Koran -- for example, the verse that says taking one innocent life is like killing all humanity," she said.

Meanwhile, radical Muslims gave political, not religious, reasons for condoning the attacks, the poll showed.

The survey shows radicals to be neither more religious than their moderate counterparts, nor products of abject poverty or refugee camps.

"The radicals are better educated, have better jobs, and are more hopeful with regard to the future than mainstream Muslims," John Esposito, who co-authored "Who Speaks for Islam", said.

"Ironically, they believe in democracy even more than many of the mainstream moderates do, but they're more cynical about whether they'll ever get it," said Esposito, a professor of Islamic studies at Georgetown University in Washington.

Gallup launched the study following 9/11, after which US President George W. Bush asked in a speech, which is quoted in the book: "Why do they hate us?"

"They hate... a democratically elected government," Bush offered as a reason.

"They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other."

But the poll, which gives ordinary Muslims a voice in the global debate that they have been drawn into by 9/11, showed that most Muslims -- including radicals -- admire the West for its democracy, freedoms and technological prowess.

What they do not want is to have Western ways forced on them, it said.

"Muslims want self-determination, but not an American-imposed and -defined democracy. They don't want secularism or theocracy. What the majority wants is democracy with religious values," said Esposito.

The poll has given voice to Islam's silent majority, said Mogahed.

"A billion Muslims should be the ones that we look to, to understand what they believe, rather than a vocal minority," she told AFP.

Muslims in 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East were interviewed for the survey, which is part of Gallup's World Poll that aims to interview 95 percent of the world's population.

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:iconhopeswings777:
HopeSwings777 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015
but terrorists do NOT call themselves terrorists

Not all Muslims are terrorists
but
most terrorists TODAY are Muslim.
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:iconraneem90:
Raneem90 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Is that so?
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:iconsoulessone12:
soulessone12 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Well if you wish to change that stereotype then rise up, take back what you lost from the extremist, don't be part of a silent majority become part of a vocal majority, also admit you can be wrong in some cases, trust me it doesn't hurt to show a little humility and rember actions speak louder than words

- from a Christian
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:iconyoshi-the-kool:
yoshi-the-kool Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
im a muslim AND WHY THE FUCK DO YOU THINK IM A TERRORIST!?oh and by the way i shouted like that because whites talk like that and they think muslims are terrorist
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:iconfrost027:
Frost027 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Dude, no. Americans don't think Islamics are terrorists, it's just... a lot are.  I have no disrespect against Muslims but a lot of Muslim country's are filled with Islamic terrorists, like ISIS.
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:iconyoshi-the-kool:
yoshi-the-kool Featured By Owner 6 days ago
you said " but a lot of Muslim country's are filled with Islamic terrorists, like ISIS."
im living in UAE and this country is muslim populated and ...has the potential to become the next new york
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:iconfrost027:
Frost027 Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
Ok, I'm just saying teriost groups are most common in the Middle East
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:iconyoshi-the-kool:
yoshi-the-kool Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
thank god that im living in dubai
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:iconfrost027:
Frost027 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
What do you mean mate?
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:iconsilverofdawn:
SilverofDawn Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Student General Artist
:iconthumbsupplz:
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:iconzara115:
Zara115 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Proud to be a muslim.. :iconinloveplz:
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:iconashkinmor:
Ashkinmor Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013
Video or fake!
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:iconpuffedbrownpie:
PuffedBrownPie Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Freakin` crap? What?!
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:iconsummertimeblue:
SummerTimeBlue Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014   Interface Designer
WTF YOU HAVE ???????????
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:iconcinderw0lf:
Cinderw0lf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Because I'm not.
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:iconcinderw0lf:
Cinderw0lf Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The guy under me tried to convert me.
Seriously.

On the other hand, I respect all people, no matter what religion,
where they come from, what they look like, their S.O.
Everyone.
Just pointing this out so I don't look racist.
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013  Student Digital Artist
fuck you
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:iconcreeppingdeath:
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You don't want the world to call you terrorsits? So help us to clear the world from the real muslim terrorists, don't support them. And the world shall respect and love you
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:iconkaizellea:
Kaizellea Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
I know this comment is old but I couldn't help it. Who said Muslims support terrorists?
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:iconcreeppingdeath:
CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i've never said that. Some of them are
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:iconannette-edelweiss:
annette-edelweiss Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Proud to be a muslim.. :iconinloveplz:
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:iconanimatedastronaut:
animatedastronaut Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
I don't see it as "racist" because your race does not determine your religion...
I see it as "Being a complete uneducated douchebag"
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DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Student General Artist
I'm pagan, and quite frankly, I find it compleatly stupid for someone to call a Muslim or Christian or Jew or anyone like that a terrorist. It's racist. Its stupid. And just plain moronic.
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:iconipersonator:
iPersonator Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist
Islam isn't a race.
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:icondreamsphereinc:
DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I understand that. Most relate Terrorism to Iran/Aphghanistan, so there's where I was coming from.
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:icondreamsphereinc:
DreamsphereINC Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Haha thank you ^^
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:iconkakayu:
Kakayu Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A friend of mine called me a suicide bomber a couple weeks ago... I thought that was pretty damn racist. o_O
(I'm Christian, but I figured with everyone here talking about racism... why not!)
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:iconsteinhakasei:
steinhakasei Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Only actions make one a terrorist, nothing else. Be proud of who you are as a person comrade. :)
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:iconkakuume:
kakuume Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for making this wonderful stamp :)
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:iconsonic1234567891:
Sonic1234567891 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
love it :D
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:icongardenoffallenstars:
GardenofFallenStars Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sadly we live in a world were a lot of times you'd have to say you aren't one and have to prove it, but only dream of a world were you wouldn't even have to think about saying you're not.
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:iconinalaska:
inalaska Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
They are called stereotypes.

Nearly EVERYBODY is stereotyped.

I'm stereotyped as an atheist-hating physco Bible-thumping illogical evolution-hating extremist because I am a Christian. I don't complain at all.

Why should you?
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:iconfullwhitemoon:
FullWhiteMoon Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
this is my logic:
- Islam stands against harm.
- stereotype is harmful.
- so Islam stands against stereotype.
- I am a Muslim, so I stand against stereotype.

simple, no?

besides, not doing anything to correct people's misconceptions may deepen the problem and make it worse.
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:iconinalaska:
inalaska Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
Why do you even care? If you're proud of yourself, then it shouldn't matter.
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:iconfullwhitemoon:
FullWhiteMoon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
why do I care?
because not caring and not doing anything means I am neglecting my duty.
if we are neglecting our duties, the world will be in chaos. while if we do our duties, the world will be a better place. I don't care what others do, but for me, I do my duty as best as I can and leave the rest to God. :D
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:iconinalaska:
inalaska Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
What "duty" do you have?
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:iconfullwhitemoon:
FullWhiteMoon Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
in Islam, we have the duty to spread goodness and remove evil. everyone should do it according to their capacity. of course, not all people are doing their duty, but I believe we will give account to God for this in the day of judgment.
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:iconinalaska:
inalaska Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Whatever you say.
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:iconfullwhitemoon:
FullWhiteMoon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
you asked, I answered. :D
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:iconcolbatros:
Colbatros Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011  Student Writer
Of course, you must be a terrorist! MUSLIMS ARE ALL TERRORISTS! Didn't you know that?

:iconteheplz:
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:icontristix:
tristix Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Yeah yeah like your country men can't be terrorists,someone shut this man up!
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:iconphilippemoreau:
PhilippeMoreau Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well Well Well Israel Allies Talk, I Hope you Rot In Hell
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:iconcolbatros:
Colbatros Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student Writer
Someone needs to learn what sarcasm is.
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:iconphilippemoreau:
PhilippeMoreau Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well I'm Sarcasm Master
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:iconcolbatros:
Colbatros Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Writer
Apparently not.
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:iconphilippemoreau:
PhilippeMoreau Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
C'mmon Man Believe Me
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:iconcolbatros:
Colbatros Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Student Writer
Show me your card then maybe I'll believe you.
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:iconphilippemoreau:
PhilippeMoreau Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Opps I Eat That
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