Answered by Shaykh Gibril F Haddad
Thank you for your questions:
Muslims by far do live in peace and harmony, hate extremism, and practice an understanding of Islam that condemns terrorism vehemently. The problem is that they do not dispose of means of publicity and other media to make that fact clear to the West. Hence the current demonization of Islam fueled by the acts of extremists and swaying even reasonable minds to conclude that Islam and Muslims must be very, very bad after all even if common sense tells you that such a sweeping generalization is hardly accurate.
The style of the questions above shows that the enemies of Islam are successful enough at their work because the questioner first admits that his view is based solely on a media construct then proceeds to inflate that construct into an essential reality.
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