Time and again, Islam’s self-proclaimed most devout followers state that it is they, not the so-called “moderates,” who represent the “real Islam.” These fervent Islamic devotees say they are following what would be considered “classical” Islam, as practiced by their prophet Mohammed, believed to be the “Perfect Man” whom every Muslim should emulate. The leader of the Islamic State (“IS/ISIL/ISIS”), marked by heinous brutality and violence, along with his many thousands to millions of followers and admirers globally, insists that he is the current representative of the real Islam. Islamic history and texts based on Mohammed’s sayings and acts are cited abundantly to bear out this contention, including the following Koranic verses:

5:33 – The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Messenger, and strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution, or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite sides, or exile from the land: that is their disgrace in this world, and a heavy punishment is theirs in the Hereafter.

4:89 – They but wish that ye should reject Faith, as they do, and thus be on the same footing (as they): But take not friends from their ranks until they flee in the way of Allah (From what is forbidden). But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them; and (in any case) take no friends or helpers from their ranks.

9:29 – Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden 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 Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

As in the below article about an accused British Muslim terrorist who was allegedly planning a “Mumbai-style attack” – an atrocity carried out in the name of Islam – many “radical” Muslims consider themselves merely devout and “normal,” not “radical” or “extremist.” Again, they justify their beliefs and behaviors using the Quran, hadiths, sunnah and examples drawn from Mohammed’s life and Islam’s 1,400-year-old history, and they challenge those who assert they are not representatives of the “real” Islam.

In consideration of these facts, it is reasonable to deem Islam itself inherently fanatical, especially when one considers that Muslim-dominant countries frequently adopt the views of the “radicals”, such as Pakistan, 97% Muslim, which has the death penalty for blasphemy on its books and does not hesitate to use it. Life in many regions of Pakistan and numerous other countries with sizable Muslim populations, such as the 25 nations with 90-100% Muslim populations, is frequently dominated by the “extremists” and “radicals,” who, again, assuredly claim to represent the real Islam. The very land where Islam was created, now called “Saudi Arabia,” itself is “extreme” in its Islamic views – but who would call it “un-Islamic?” It would appear disingenuous and, to use a favored term from the left, Islamophobic to tell these masses of devout Muslims that they are “extreme” and do not practice the “real Islam.”

Those who disagree with these statements should feel free to straighten out the following devout Muslims – certainly they will appreciate the observations that they are “misinterpreting Islam” and are not “real Muslims!” [/sarc]

Accused: ‘We are not extreme – we are normal’

A British man accused of plotting a potential Mumbai-style attack was secretly recorded ranting in his car saying: ” Terrorist – that’s a great word,” a court heard.

Erol Incedal, 26, from London, is on trial at the Old Bailey charged with preparing for an act of terrorism and possessing a terrorist document about bomb making….

Today the jury listened to a recording of a bugged conversation Incedal had with co-defendant Mounir Rarmoul-Bouhadjar about the definition of extremism and terror on October 6 last year.

Speaking in a heavy south London accent, Incedal said: “What does radical mean? Radical means you follow your principles to the core. Extremist: that’s the word we don’t agree with. We are not extreme. They are saying we are being extreme with our religion. We are not extreme with our religion.

Rarmoul-Bouhadjar agreed: “We are not extreme – we are normal.”

Incedal said: “They say we are extremist with our terror. We are not extreme with our terror. That’s the word. Radical is a very good word. It’s actually a very upper class word.”

Rarmoul-Bouhadjar queried: “Radical?”

Incedal replied: “Yeah, to be radical. Did something radically. Radical just means to be very quick and hasty in a particular change….”

Rarmoul-Bouhadjar: “Mmmmm”

Incedal went on: “…In a particular way. It’s not a bad word. Extremism – what they try to say is bad, like they do it in a bad way. They name us in a bad way.

“Another word – terrorist. That’s a great word. Terrorist. That’s a great word, Mounir. There’s never been a greater word than that, that’s been used to describe us.”

In an earlier recording, Incedal was alone watching violent Jihadist videos with music and gunfire in the background as he chanted: “God willing….our road is long…come to Jihad.”

The British Islamist in the following video describes what he and many others would consider to be “classical” Islam, as dictated its holy texts, history and traditions.


He is not alone in his beliefs, as, again, there are many others – well into the millions, if we consider that several countries such as Saudi Arabia or provinces within countries such as Aceh in Indonesia, follow the same “interpretation” or “strain” of Islam as he does. In fact, this belief system is so common that in these regions it is the “moderates” who appear to be “radical” and “extreme.” Indeed, these moderates who do not subscribe to the doctrines as outlined in the Quran, hadiths and sunnah, explained in the video above, would be considered heretics, apostates (murtad) or hypocrites (munafiq), worthy of death.

The Muslims in the following video also consider their “extremist” and “radical” views to be normal for Islam, and they object to such labels.



To reiterate, individuals with these “extremist” and “radical” beliefs are common enough, and those who disagree with them should take it up with them, not post what these “radicals” would consider to be insulting and Islamophobic denials on websites and social media.

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Further Reading

What is Islamic law/sharia?
‘We love you ISIS’: From USA to Rome to Australia – disturbing notes from EVERY continent show support for Islamist Jihadis terrorising Iraq
Turkey’s Largest City Is Rattled By Growing Signs Of ISIS Support
16% of French support ISIS
Islamic State’s support spreads into Asia

Islamic State Actually Has More Support In Britain Than In Arab Nations
Islamic State justifies atrocities by citing Muhammad
Top Ten Quran Verses for Understanding ISIS (the Islamic State)
Does Islamic State’s Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?