Of course it is generally agreed that the world would be a more peaceful and better place if it wasn’t for religion, but there’s no denying that the religion most associated with violence, terrorism and extremism is Islam.
All religions and their scriptures need reforming to coincide with present day moderation, and believers of any religion can be defined as radical or moderate based on the extent of their acceptance of their religion’s reformation; from the original holy text. So first, lets outline examples of the basic differences between radical and moderate Muslims:
- Radical Muslims hate non-believers of Islam (infidels), moderate Muslims think that the hatred of non-believers is unacceptable
- Radical Muslims want the caliphate to return, moderate Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims support Sharia Law, moderate Muslims do not
- Moderate Muslims accept the renewal and reform of Islam that comes with Westernisation, radical Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims support violence in the name of jihad, moderate Muslims do not
- Moderate Muslims accept criticism of Islam because of the freedom of speech, radical Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims think that apostasy should result in punishment, moderate Muslims do not
- Moderate Muslims tend to believe in democracy, radical Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims tend to have a hatred of Jewish people, moderate Muslims do not
- Moderate Muslims believe in gender equality, radical Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims believe that the Qu’ran should come before a state’s constitution, moderate Muslims do not
- Moderate Muslims believe in religious equality, radical Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims believe it is necessary for women to wear Islamic face wear such as the burka or the hijab, moderate Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims believe that adultery should be punishable by death, but only women (where’s the feminist outrage!?), moderate Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims believe that women should not be allowed to choose their own partners, moderate Muslims think women are allowed to have relationships before marriage
- Radical Muslims agree with Female Genital Mutilation, moderate Muslims do not
- Radical Muslims reject universal human rights, even the most basic human rights that are commonplace in the west, e.g. homosexuality. Moderate Muslims welcome universal human rights
Finally, what I feel is the easiest way to differentiate radical Muslims and moderate Muslims:
- Radical Muslims are more loyal to Islam, moderate Muslims are more loyal to the state
Obviously there is an irrational stereotype that every individual Muslim themselves are violent extremists who commit terror, which is naive and completely untrue. This is why here in the liberated West, it is genuine common knowledge that radical Muslims are only a tiny minority and Islam is followed by a vast majority of moderate and peaceful Muslims.
However, are radical Muslims really that much of a minority? Statistics gathered by Pure Research, 2011 suggest not. Lets start by looking at the proportion of Muslims in some middle-eastern, Asian and African countries who support strict Sharia Law:
- 50% of Indonesian Muslims (the largest Muslim population in the world) support strict Sharia Law
- 76% of Pakistani Muslims support strict Sharia Law
- 65% of Egyptian Muslims support strict Sharia Law
- 82% of Bangladeshi Muslims support strict Sharia Law
- 71% of Nigerian Muslims support strict Sharia Law
- 83% of Iranian Muslims support strict Sharia Law
- 75% of Moroccan Muslims support strict Sharia Law
- 99% of Afghan Muslims support strict Sharia Law
- 89% of Palestinian Muslims support strict Sharia Law
You don’t have to be a terrorist to be a radical Muslim, supporting strict Sharia Law is enough. Countries that do incorporate Sharia Law only do so to an extent with a lot of the legislation reformed and moderated, but strict Sharia Law would involve punishments such as the amputation of someones hands for theft, or the death penalty to anyone who criticises Prophet Muhammad or Allah.
Aside from Sharia Law, there are other statistics gathered from the same study that show perhaps that radical Muslims are NOT a minority in certain Muslim countries:
- 78% of Iraqi Muslims think that the honour killings of women can be justified
- 60% of Jordanian Muslims support the terrorist group Hamas
- 70% of Indonesian Muslims blame America and/or Israel for 9/11
- 70% of Egyptian Muslims supported Osama Bin Laden
- 25% of Bangladeshi Muslims think that suicide bombing can be justified
- 67% of Bangladeshi Muslims also think that the honour killings of women can be justified
- 32% of Turkish Muslims think that the honour killings of women can be justified (that’s coming from what is thought to be the most moderate Muslim country)
- 76% of Afghan Muslims think that the honour killings of women can be justified
- 78% of Palestinian Muslims supported Osama Bin Laden
- 89% of Palestinian Muslims also support terrorist attacks on Israel
And then there’s in the West!
- 52% of British Muslims think that homosexuality should be illegal
- 78% of British Muslims also think that people who draw Prophet Muhammad in a cartoon should be prosecuted
- 35% of French Muslims think that suicide bombing can be justified
- 19% of American Muslims are favourable to Al Qaeda
- 13% of American Muslims also think violence towards civilians can be justified
The alarming statistics above collected by Pure Research (don’t ask me how the research was carried out I can’t find the original results, I’ve gained these results from a second source; Ben Shapiro) only include 942 million Muslims from a possible 1.6 billion. This is because the study wasn’t carried out in many Muslim countries, for example Yemen, Libya, or of course; Saudi Arabia.
I say “of course” when it comes to Saudi Arabia because SA is the home country of ‘Wahhabism’; an ultra-conservative Islamic doctrine that influences the original readings of Islam, i.e. making it the most radical interpretation of Islam. This is why Wahhabism is known as ‘Pure Islam’; no deviation from Sharia Law whatsoever. If you want to find yourself a radical Muslim, the best place to look is Saudi Arabia. SA is known as ‘the breeding ground for terrorism’, with ISIS, Boko Haram and Al Qaeda gaining influence from Wahhabism.
The sad thing is that Britain is an ally of Saudi Arabia. They trade arms with one another and Saudi Arabia funds some of the British mosques; meaning that the evils of Wahhabism is taught to British children here in our own country.
Outside of Saudi Arabia, Muslims are divided primarily between Sunni and Shia Muslims, both having been fighting each other for 1400 years. Sunnis are thought to be the most radical of the two, which is a shame seen as 90% of the world’s Muslim population are Sunnis. Shias are less associated with radicalism, extremism or terrorism, but unfortunately both Wahhabis and Sunnis oppose the Shia interpretation of Islam. The Shia branch of Islam isn’t completely free of radicalism however. There’s Hezbollah and Shia militias funded by Iran.
In conclusion, the alarming fact is that the world’s radical Muslim population are not the minority that they are assumed to be here in Britain and the rest of the liberated West. I have Muslim friends and I am fairly sure that they are all moderate Muslims without radical opinions. Come to think of it however, I wouldn’t say they are ‘proper Muslims’. The Muslim women I know don’t wear Islamic face wear, and one chap I have in mind likes to have a night out on the booze with a bacon sandwich the next morning.
Moderate Muslims accept a reformed Islam that differs from the original writing of the Qu’ran, radical Muslims do not. So next time there’s a terrorist attack and you hear liberals say: “they’re not real Muslims they’ve read the Qu’ran wrong, Islam is the religion of peace”, remember the terrorists have actually correctly read the Qu’ran word for word, its moderate Muslims who read the Qu’ran wrong.