Extremism is a much disparaged quality. Couple that word with Islamic and you have the media "Threat to Society" standby for when they get bored of
Muslim minorities are warned against Islamic extremism, as if it were some kind of narcotic we might all get addicted to:
"It all started as a bit of fun.... saying things were Haram and calling Non-Muslims Kafir, I tried to stop but I couldn't....I just wanted more and more... soon Hizb Ut Tahrir wasn't hard core enough for me... then I met this guy who said I would go to Jannah guaranteed if...
To prevent this from happening, and to ensure we are tolerant, well-integrated members of society, our caring politicians advise us to be "Moderate Muslims", whatever one of those is.
A better idea of what this means could be found in the words of a moderate Muslim
"I'm a 'moderate' Muslim. I don't pray five times a day, I drink the odd glass of wine".*
So a 'moderate Muslim' is really a non-practicing or nominal Muslim. So it would appear that our religion has so much of a negative effect on secular society that it is better if we don't practice it.
But who believes in Moderate Muslims/Islam anyway? Google the term and the results consist of Daniel Pipes and his equally Islamophobic ilk, saying the simple fact is we Muslims are all bloodthirsty animals and thus could never be anything other then violent extremists.
The real question is why, as Muslims, should we be trying to please people who will never be pleased with us until we leave Islam.
Praying, fasting, reading the Qur'an, going to the masjid, growing a beard, following rules of Islamic dress. These things and others are very important to Muslims, but actually impact very little on other people.
If someone is offended or threatned by such actions, then surely it is them who needs to learn tolerance of others?
*Saira Khan, Marie Claire, August 2006