Chapter “with Omar Noureldin”

Satan’s Model Is the Appeal of Extremism


Omar Noureldin, a Special Projects Fellow with the Muslim Public Affairs Council and a Research Fellow at the University of Southern California Law School, joins Dr. Maher Hathout to tackle the complexities of extremism and freedom. They investigate causes for extremism, as well as the culture of compulsion, despite strong Islamic evidence deterring these ideas. Finally, they dissect our understanding of freedom by asking if we are in fact really free, and what freedom looks like in an Islamic context.

Dr. Hathout on freedom and disobedience:

“Freedom is a divine concept for humanity since inception, since Adam dared to disobey and since God Almighty decided to forgive him. Our life on Earth is the result of this action and on the idea of being able to choose freely. Disobedience tests the boundaries of freedom.”

The Quran speaks of those who transgress all bounds under the guise of “enjoining right and forbidding wrong.”

“Say, ‘Shall I tell you who the worst losers are? They are the ones whose works in this life are totally astray, but they think that they are doing good.'” [18: 103-104]


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