It's a little game. I will say a few words and I can tell what came into your mind right after hearing them; extremist. You thought of a bearded Muslim, right? Again; fundamentalist. There, I got that right too, didn't I? I am very disturbed by the use of these terms for the Muslims around the world. These terms have become like a "Do not come near, 10000 volt current. danger" sign. What is wrong with all the people is beyond me. A singer used to practice her singing for long hours. She would wake up even before dawn and practice since it was the good time for learning and comprehending stuff. The mind remains fresh and it grasps things quickly during the early hours of a day. But if a Muslim brother/sister wakes up early for tahajjud he would be called an extremist. He would get looks from people which tell him that whatever he is doing is not right and he/she doesn't have to "go beyond routine stuff". It doesn't make any sense to me. That singer is praised by her peers and masters for putting in long hours for her passion and here, a Muslim guy is ridiculed because he wakes up before dawn and worships Allah? I listened to a very good explanation from an Islamic scholar. He said that there are no fundamentalists, extremists and liberals among Muslims. There are just three kinds of them;
1- Practising Muslims
2- Partially practising Muslims
3- Non-practising Muslims.
Isn't this explanation more eligible on this issue then those harsh terms?
Allaah says in Quran:
(Translation) "Race toward forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden whose width is like the width of the heavens and earth, prepared for those who believed in Allah and His messengers. That is the bounty of Allah which He gives to whom He wills, and Allah is the possessor of great bounty."
So why shouldn't we answer the call of the Greater and start racing, hm?