This last month i made a videos on islam as part of an ongoing YouTube series called “A Closer Look at Islam”.
In this episode i attempted to explain how moderate muslims behave and I made the point in my video that moderates pick and choose which islamic teachings to follow and which to ignore based on their personal preference.
The corollary of that point means that the extremists we see on the news aren’t really extreme in relation with the actual teachings of islam, they’re following the religion to its exact teachings and dogma and adhere to them and would be considered as the champions of the religion. While the moderates are ignoring the islamic teachings or simply nod in agreement without acting on these beliefs or not even bothering about learning about their faith or teachings, islam to them is no more than a label they grew up with while adhering to very few of the rules and dogma, e.g. the once a year fasting month of ramadan, the once a week friday prayer, abstaining from pork.
Even moderates in the islamic world are mostly looked down upon by the scholars and true believers.
That is why I think that there should be a clear distinction between moderation and non-religiousity in islam and that islam as a faith should be examined with disregard to the followers “moderate” or “extreme”, when that is done, the true essence of the Quran and Hadith(sayings and actions by the prophet) is revealed. They are preachings of violence, ignorance, oppression of women, injustice, slavery, a theocratic state, persecution and suppression of freedoms and human rights.