Westerners who defend Islam insist that it has a moderate side, and that others who claim it to be radical are intolerant, racist and Islamophobic. However, Muslim clerics call out these distinctions being made about Islam, to be a lie. In a sermon dedicated to explaining these dichotomies—radical vs moderate Islam, Sheikh Yunus Kathradas details various ways in which Islam has been incorrectly split into two groups.
Speaking in both Arabic and English, Kathradas, a Canadian imam, explained:
What is the difference between radical Islam and moderate Islam?
The only ones who use these terminologies are either enemies and opponents of Islam, or those who are ignorant and have no understanding whatsoever of what Islam is, or hypocrites who are out to distort the image of Islam.
The Western advocates who know nothing of Islam, or its teachings, continue to champion it as a way of life that is perfectly compatible with western values. But the strict adherents of Islam—its leaders, preachers and researchers—insist the teachings of Islam are not open to debate or to being differentiated as being “moderated” or “radicalized”.
Jihad expert Robert Spencer answers the question:
Is there such a thing as moderate Islam?
Reviewing what the Quran says:
…even if you take Quran only you’re gonna be killing a lot of unbelievers and that does not make for a peaceful harmonious pluralistic society.
When comparing the outcomes of the faiths:
This is one element of the fact that the civilisation that comes out of the Judeo-Christian tradition is simply better for human life in general, than the civilisation that comes out of Islamic faith.
On the question of Muslims lying to unbelievers:
In the Quran, Chapter 3, Verse 28, it says:
Do not take unbelievers as your friends and protectors in preference to believers. Whoever does this has nothing to do with the law unless you were doing it to guard yourselves against them….
Companions Abu Darda and Aby Dhar say:
We smile in the faces of some people but behind their backs we curse them…
Dr. Gad Saad, a Lebanese-Canadian marketing professor at the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, provides this explanation:
It’s not radical Islam, it’s not Islamism, It’s not militant, violent, extremism – It’s Islam.
Islam is codified in the Quran. It’s codified in the Hadith; it’s codified in the Sīrah, the biography of Muhammad. That’s it. Now, is there a way that I could read those texts and come up with a message of brotherly love and love for Jews? No, that’s not Islamism. That’s not radical Islam. That’s Islam.
If there is, then, only one interpretation of Islam and that is not one that seeks to co-exist peacefully with others, how can those who follow that code live compatibly in Western nations, which have a different set of beliefs and values? And yet, the West and its ill-informed progressives believe that adherents of this intolerant religion can co-exist in Western societies, when their beliefs and cultural values are so different from Western civilisation, its freedoms and tolerance.
Dutch politician Geert Wilders from the Party for Freedom (PVV) told the Prime Minister:
You have imported a monster called Islam into our country.
Wilders sent a warning to sharia-adherent Muslims who refuse to assimilate:
Leave for an Islamic country; you can enjoy Islamic rules….
This is our country, not your country.
Spanish politician Ignacio Garriga, from the VOX party, declared:
Islamism is incompatible with our Western culture. And it has to be repeated every day; that’s what it takes to sink into the head of some columnists, some journalists, and some politicians who deny the reality that Islamism is incompatible with the culture of the West.
And the terrorist, the attacker in Algeciras the other day, was an Islamist. An Islamist who killed in the name of his faith. And who, by the way, attacked various Christian sites.
The traditional and correct Islamic views are those followed by the radicals. They are submitting to the commands of Allah, which are enshrined in sharia. The West, as in the cohort of politicians, media and allies, seems to think that true Islam is moderate. That it is just a few radicals who cause Islam to be misunderstood.
As long as they persist in this myth that the extremists are the minority and not the mainstream Islamic followers, they will continue to welcome Muslims as immigrants to their countries. This, as is already obvious in many nations, is a situation that is headed for disaster.