Religious Fundamentalism: The Muslims of Different Sects

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There has been a deep concern over the religious fundamentalism in the modern world with most religions trying to consolidate a definition of what would make up the true and pure religion that they should believe in and follow. The Islam religion has not escaped this as well. There have been interreligious conflicts within the Islam as a religion. There are fundamentally four types or branches of Islam if we may call it as below: Islam followed by Sunnis, Islam followed by Shi'as, Islam followed by Wahabis, Islam followed by some other sects and groups (Syed B. Soharwardy, 2012). The most striking fact however is that they all claim to be the true Islam and each point fingers at the other Islam as being the "Mushrik" or the "Kafir" (pagan). They call each other names that should never be used against fellow Muslims who belong to the same religion. They all engage in this fierce antagonism in the name of defending Islam, each group purporting to be the real and true Islam that should be followed, or rather each group claiming to know and understand Islam better than the other group. This manifestation of the conflict is a clear indication of religious exclusivism. The definition of religious exclusivism can be said to be the feeling or the stand that one religious group or members of a religious group take to view the other groups or cults to be the wrong ones. They believe that their religion and their beliefs are the right ones and any other that is outside theirs is
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