We Muslims are all individuals and should not be considered either moderate or extremist, but simply as ordinary Muslims who live Islam as it suits us, differing from generation to generation, culture to culture. Some are more devout, others Muslim by name only. However, the prerequisite for Islam is that one should believe, and live accordingly and assume the responsibilities inherent in Islam - which makes it clear that we are not permitted to kill innocent people, become suicide bombers or declare war.
To understand Islam in every aspect means to understand that a Muslim cannot be involved in terrorism, because Islam does not approve of killing people in order to attain a goal. Peace, submission and unity are messages of Islam, so we must stop thinking of 9/11, 7/7 and the Madrid bombings as an attack on the West, or of the sectarian violence in Iraq as a means to an end. The same as non-Muslims must stop thinking of 9/11, 7/7 and the Madrid bombings, or of the sectarian violence in Iraq as the responsibility and problem of Muslims alone.
The countries of the East and West are all part of our “Islamic world” where Muslim/Islamic culture resides with other cultures and prospers therein, and it is the responsibility of us all to protect it. This is the way forward in correcting the distorted image of Islam created by Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Bin Laden and Bush, and this is the victory of Islam.