Moderate Muslims are dangerous because they refuse to acknowledge the atrocities being committed in the name of Allah, Muhammad and Islam. Moderate Muslims are dangerous because they are the most vocal when it comes to silencing the victims of Islam. Moderate Muslims are dangerous because they refuse to see that everything they have been taught is a lie. Moderate Muslims are dangerous because they think Islam is perfect.
With every death caused by those wielding the banner of Islam, moderate Muslims are the first to stand up and shout that “it has nothing to do with Islam”.This is a very dangerous sentence because it almost instantly absolves Islam of any wrongdoing in the eyes of the world. What these Muslims fail to understand is that organisations like ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Boko Haram are not pulling their ideas from thin air, they are getting them from the Quran and Sunnah which are the very foundations of Islam. It is where all Muslim obtain their guidance and laws from. If Islam is an all-encompassing way of life that has remained unchanged since its inception over 1400 years ago as many Muslims claim, wouldn’t it stand to reason that there are archaic and barbaric laws within it?
Since the creation of Islam, ExMuslims have existed. Individuals who lived under Islamic rule were forced to convert or pay Jizyah to save their own lives. In the Quran it clearly states “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold forbidden that which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.” (At-Taubah 9:29). Many moderate Muslims claim that the fact that Islam orders NonMuslims to pay Jizyah is proof that Islam is tolerant and peaceful. Fast forward to the 21st century and with the rise in social media, ExMuslims are able to speak up about the untainted truth of Islam even if some of them have to do so anonymously. A question that needs to be asked is if Islam is as peaceful and tolerant as is claimed, why do some ExMuslims need to remain anonymous? According to the Four (Five if you count Ja’fari) Madhabs (Jurisprudence), any individual who renounces Islam is to either face indefinite imprisonment only to be released when they repent, enslavement or death. In some cases, an individual must repent within 3-15 days before they are put to death. Does that sound like a religion of peace and tolerance?
Many ExMuslims face abuse from moderate Muslims often being called liars, traitors and islamophobes. In some extreme cases, some ExMuslims have been stalked and many moderate Muslims will call on their friends and family to hurl abuse at and even dox them.
When ExMuslims and others are trying to point out the discrepancies and cruelties that lie in Islam, many moderate Muslims blatantly refuse to accept them even if you show them proof. A good example is women’s rights in Islam. From a young age, Muslims (women in particular), are fed the line that “Islam liberated women before anyone else”, however when you try to get down to the crux of the matters such as inheritance, a woman’s testimony being half that of a man, etc many Muslims will make vague statements such as “That’s not the correct interpretation/context” or “You are cherry picking Islam”.Sadly many moderate Muslims do not realise that they are the ones living the cherry picked version of Islam.
From childhood, Muslims are taught that Islam is perfect and perhaps this is the most dangerous belief of all. When something is believed to be perfect, there is no need to change it and change is what Islam needs. Muslims need to acknowledge that Islam is flawed and corrupt, that it is not the religion of peace and tolerance that has been bludgeoned into their minds. It is this belief of Islam being perfect that fuels ISIS, Al-Qaeda and their many subgroups. ISIS does not care if a few “weak” Muslims accuse them of not being Muslim. Al-Qaeda does not care if imams and sheikhs condemn them. They believe themselves to be the perfect people following a flawless faith and this is why many young Muslims who were believed to be moderate have gone to Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to fight and die in the name of Allah, Muhammad and Islam. So no matter how many times Muslims jump up and down decrying the acts being committed by these organisations, it has no effect.
There is nothing inherently wrong with living as a moderate Muslim, taking only the good parts from the Quran and Sunnah, however, it is vital that Muslims understand that their religion is not perfect, that it forces its views on others and that it clearly condemns those of differing beliefs to an eternity of agony. Muslims need to listen to those who point out the brutality and barbaric practices in Islam, to no longer endeavour to silence them and only then can a proper conversation be had.