One of the traps of Shaytan is to rename concepts and things in a way that a believer loses direction of what is right and what is wrong. An example of this can be found in the following tradition of the Messenger ﷺ: ❝A group of people from my nation will drink alcohol yet they will give it another name.❞ [Abū Dāwūd]
In our times, many practicing Muslims are demonized under the cloak of fundamentalism. Fundamentalism based on the dictionary definition of the word simply means to stick to the fundamentals of anything. Every Muslim is expected to hold onto the fundamentals of Islam. In fact, every Christian, Jew, Hindu, and adherents of all other religions are expected to adhere to the fundamentals of their respective religions. In fact, anyone who wishes to do anything well is expected to hold on to the fundamentals of whatever he or she is doing.
The Messenger ﷺ said, ❝Say I believe in Allah, then become steadfast!❞ [Ibn Ḥibbān] One may ask, ‘become steadfast on what?’ On everything related to the religion starting, of course, with the basics and the fundamentals. Thus a fundamentalist Muslim, if he is *truly* adhering to the fundamentals of Islam, is simply a person of istiqamah (steadfastness). However, when you give it a foreign name and demonize the idea, it begins to appear vile.
On the other hand, progressive Muslims are marketed, revered, and cheered, whilst a progressive by definition is synonymous to an innovator, and every Muslim is discouraged from being an innovator. It goes without saying that innovation is not something praiseworthy in Islam. In fact, it is the most severe sin after disbelief. The Messenger ﷺ said, ❝Whoever innovates in our religion something that is not from it, it shall be rejected.❞ [ِAl-Bukhārī] However, when you give it a foreign name and market the idea, it begins to appear attractive.
Don’t fall into the traps of Shaytan who attempts to confuse people by giving piety evil names, and evil attractive names.