What It Means To Be A "Moderate Muslim"
A huge survey of the world's Muslims released Tuesday challenges Western notions that equate Islam with radicalism and violence.
About 93 percent of the world's 1.3 billion Muslims are moderates and only seven percent are politically radical, according to the poll, based on more than 50,000 interviews.
But how does this poll agree with this one from last year where majorities in four Muslim countries wanted to apply sharia in their nations.
Here are the numbers:
- Morocco: 76%
- Egypt: 74%
- Pakistan: 79%
- Indonesia: 53%
These four nations have a combined population of 500 million.
Let's look at a key paragraph from the AFP story:
"Muslims want self-determination, but not an American-imposed and -defined democracy. They don't want secularism or theocracy. What the majority wants is democracy with religious values," said Esposito.
Ah, so a Muslim who doesn't support secularism but wishes to apply sharia (or large parts of it) is still a moderate!
Also see this post from last year.
As one can see, terrorism is a small part of the problem. The major issue is the fusion of religion and politics in Islam. The global Muslim community (the umma) does wish for a grand theocracy.
That's certainly not comforting. Most Muslims won't openly support Al Qaeda or its derivatives but then what about sharia? Sharia is made up of retrograde, superstitious and barbaric laws. It, by its very nature, requires force and coercion.
Just take a brief look at the heart of Sunni and Shia Islam.