Muslims vs. Islamists: Muslims believe in things; Islamists only oppose things

I am thankful to Mr. Umaru Abdulmutallab, the father of the failed Christmas day bomber. In late 2009, Mr. Abdulmutallab, a Muslim, approached U.S. authorities in his native Nigeria to warn them of his son’s slide into Islamist ideology. Mr. Abdulmutallab’s altruistic initiative is a case in point about the conflict between Muslims and Islamists.
While Islam is the faith of 1.4 billion people, Islamism is not a form of the Muslim faith or an expression of Muslim piety. Rather, it is a political ideology that strives to derive legitimacy from Islam. Islam and Islamism are not synonymous, and there is tension between the two, exemplified by the case of this Nigerian Muslim father turning in his Islamist son to the authorities. Read more of this post