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Guide to Islam And Islamic Extremism

Guide to Islam And Islamic Extremism

What is Islamic Extremism

Islamic extremism is a term that will cause many of us to have nightmares, imagining some person in our dreams with a mask and a turban, screaming Islamic phrases out as they jump with no fear into a crowd of people and blow themselves up. But what is Islamic extremism?

I imagine what standards you are viewing this against would change or alter your perception of extremist or not, so to keep things simple, how about we stay within Western Based perceptions. These are rather simple; an Islamic extremist feels their religion gives them the right to try to dictate to people in the West what our interactions not only with them should be, but when forceful suggestions don’t work, violence is acceptable.

What is the difference between Islam and the other Abrahamic faiths

Before I get too much into this, I need all to understand the differences between the faiths. While Jews believe that their faith is held sacred, the more orthodox may turn ornery if they feel you are infringing on their right to practice their faith, but as a rule, they would never dream of trying to force others to convert; they want to be left alone. Judaism has made conversion hard to prevent people from converting for frivolous reasons. The violence one can read in the early advent of Judaism, such as the Exodus, the conquering of the land wiping out of the people, is not pertinent to Judaism today; the violent parts are rejected universally.

Christianity, while more an outgoing faith in proselytizing, the true teachings of the faith teach that this must be done with love, violence is rejected, and forgiveness is to be handed out freely. Before anyone says that Christianity was very violent in the past, you are correct, but this was not due to the teachings; this was due to the faith’s politicization.


But Islam is different, and please, don’t take this as saying that all Muslims are violent. The majority of Muslims are peace-loving people who, as a rule, have no problems living with people of other faiths. But this is where the similarities end; Islam was founded on violence, it teaches in its core teachings that violence is acceptable, in fact, will be needed in the end to force all to submit to the faith; if you are truly going to delve deep into the faith, there is little you can do to get away from this.

But what is Islam? At its most basic component, you have to look at what Islam means; it means submission. Submission to whom? It is submission to Allah, and this was directed and taught by what they consider as the highest prophet, Mohammad. In his teachings that were recorded in the Quran, Mohammad left little to choice (he never wrote the Quran, he was illiterate, others recorded what they heard him say), he openly stated he was the final word on all, what he stated did change over time. Early verses of Islam more peaceful in nature; later in life, Mohammad was far from peaceful; these teachings take precedence over all others. Thus the more peaceful verses when it was better to live in peace due to a lack of power are superseded later with verses telling them to be not peaceful. Naturally, a Muslim will not ever offer up this information; instead, they will continue to quote the peaceful verses even though they know they gave way to the later ones.

Unlike Judaism and Christianity, both did have parts that dictated how to treat others,  with the Jewish law, you have parts that dictated how a Jew should live, it never gives mention to how a none Jew should live their life. Judaism wanted their people to live separate, not make demands on the rest of the world to satisfy their faith. Christianity as well tells its people to give to G-d what is his, to man what is his, and live your life within a way that is permitted within the system, that is, unless the system is in direct violation of your faith (you saw this with martyrs in Rome in the advent of Christianity).

But Islam does not make this distinction; it tells its rulers how to rule, what their outlook should be towards others. Any land conquered under Islam’s name is held in holy trust (that has always been the core of the problem with Israel, not over some imaginary right to heritage as the “Palestinians” love to claim). To this day, materials in Islamic nations speak of the part of Spain by its Islamic name. Libya’s Gaddafi made a statement once about taking back over holy land in Spain; they were going to do so not by war, rather by using the Europeans own political correctness against them. Sadly, this is looking more and more probable as time goes on.

In Islam, Sharia is the law of the land. All laws, even in more secular nations like Egypt, are still very much influenced by Sharia. A good example is if you go to the most moderate Islamic majority of states, such as Egypt or Indonesia, it is illegal for one to convert an Islamic person out of their faith. Still, it is 100% legal for any Islamic person to convert or proselytize one from another faith to Islam. The Islamic faith controls even divorce in Indonesia. In their 1974 Marriage Law, they have laws for each faith to marry and divorce, and they set up different customs to handle divorce. Still, Muslims only have unwritten customary (adat) law and  Muslim religious law.

Another problem is honesty. Judaism and Christianity teach you should be honest, not lie, but Islam teaches it is perfectly acceptable to lie your head off, so long as it promotes Islam or is protecting you somehow. And this is not just my understanding; Islam teaches this rather plainly.

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Quran (16:106) – Establishes that there are circumstances that can “compel” a Muslim to tell a lie.

Quran (3:28) – This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to “guard themselves” against danger, meaning that there are times when a Muslim may appear friendly to non-Muslims, even though they should not feel friendly.

Quran (9:3)“…Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters…” The dissolution of oaths is with pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture. They did nothing wrong but were evicted anyway.  (The next verse refers only to those who have a personal agreement with Muhammad as individuals – see Ibn Kathir vol 4, p 49)

Quran (66:2)“Allah has already ordained for you the dissolution of your oaths…”

Quran (40:28) – A man is introduced as a believer, but one who had to “hide his faith” among those who are not believers.

Quran (2:225)“Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts”

Quran (3:54)“And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means ‘deceit’. If Allah is supremely deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)

This is a problem when dealing with Muslims, more so when doing this with nation-states. They are taught that they can lie if it aids them, they can make treaties with none believers, these should only be used to build back up strength so you can attack again. I have told many, if you hear one thing but see another, I would never go by what I hear, rather what I see.

Treatment of none Islamic people in Muslim Majority Nations

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In many places, they either don’t allow other faiths to live in their land (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, EAU), or if they do, they have to live in a subservient role to Islam, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, and the rest of the Arab world. In the past, all people not Muslim had to always stay in a submissive way, had to pay Jizyah [Jizhya] (الجزية) this was a tax all unbelievers were supposed to pay for not being Muslim. This was not so much intended as protection money; in the way of extortion, it was meant to humiliate, to show that they were beneath the Muslims. As such, they were obligated to pay this so that they could live. Here is what the Quran says about it:

Quran 9:29 التوبة
قَٰتِلُوا۟ ٱلَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ بِٱللَّهِ وَلَا بِٱلْيَوْمِ ٱلْءَاخِرِ وَلَا يُحَرِّمُونَ مَا حَرَّمَ ٱللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُۥ وَلَا يَدِينُونَ دِينَ ٱلْحَقِّ مِنَ ٱلَّذِينَ أُوتُوا۟ ٱلْكِتَٰبَ حَتَّىٰ يُعْطُوا۟ ٱلْجِزْيَةَ عَن يَدٍ وَهُمْ صَٰغِرُونَ
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 subdued.

What effect does Islamic Migration have

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Dr. Peter Hammond, a researcher who has spent his life studying Islamic migration, the effect on the surrounding population, the interaction of the Islamic migrants on the general population, made a rather startling and troubling find concerning their nation’s demands and the people. In his book Slavery, Terrorism and Islam, he breaks down Islam’s interactions with the society around them as they grow. Rather than give my own quotes, I will quote him:

When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to ‘the reasonable’ Muslim demands for their ‘religious rights,’ they also get the other components under the table. Here’s how it works (percentages source CIA: The World Fact Book (2007)).

As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness:

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United States — Muslim 1.0%
Australia — Muslim 1.5%
Canada — Muslim 1.9%
China — Muslim 1%-2%
Italy — Muslim 1.5%
Norway — Muslim 1.8%

At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs:

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Denmark — Muslim 2%
Germany — Muslim 3.7%
United Kingdom — Muslim 2.7%
Spain — Muslim 4%
Thailand — Muslim 4.6%

From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population.

They will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves — along with threats for failure to comply. (United States ).

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France — Muslim 8%
Philippines — Muslim 5%
Sweden — Muslim 5%
Switzerland — Muslim 4.3%
The Netherlands — Muslim 5.5%
Trinidad &Tobago — Muslim 5.8%

They will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia, the Islamic Law. Islam’s ultimate goal is not to convert the world but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.

When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness to complain about their conditions ( Paris –car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam – Mohammed cartoons).

Guyana — Muslim 10%
India — Muslim 13.4%
Israel — Muslim 16%
Kenya — Muslim 10%
Russia — Muslim 10-15%

After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning:

Ethiopia — Muslim 32.8%

At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare:

Bosnia — Muslim 40%
Chad — Muslim 53.1%
Lebanon — Muslim 59.7%

From 60%, you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels:

Albania — Muslim 60%
Malaysia — Muslim 60.4%
Qatar — Muslim 77.5%
Sudan — Muslim 70%

After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide:

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Bangladesh — Muslim 83%
Egypt — Muslim 90%
Gaza — Muslim 98.7%
Indonesia — Muslim 86.1%
Iran — Muslim 98%
Iraq — Muslim 97%
Jordan — Muslim 92%
Morocco — Muslim 98.7%
Pakistan — Muslim 97%
Palestine — Muslim 99%
Syria — Muslim 90%
Tajikistan — Muslim 90%
Turkey — Muslim 99.8%
United Arab Emirates — Muslim 96%

100% will usher in the peace of ‘Dar-es-Salaam’ — the Islamic House of Peace — there’s supposed to be peace because everybody is a Muslim:

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Afghanistan — Muslim 100%
Saudi Arabia — Muslim 100%
Somalia — Muslim 100%
Yemen — Muslim 99.9%

Of course, that’s not the case. To satisfy their blood lust, Muslims then start killing each other for a variety of reasons.

I think one of the best quotes I have seen concerning this came from Leon Uris:

‘Before I was nine, I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world and all of us against the infidel. – Leon Uris, ‘The Haj’


So are all Muslims bad? Of course not; they are far from it. The problem we have today is the press is so intent on covering for all Muslims, they either ignore or disregard the bad ones in their midst. In other cases, they try to say incorrectly that groups like ISIS are not true Muslims. I would beg to differ; they are actually doing nothing that Mohammad himself did not do.

In other cases, they give such low expectations, when places like Saudi Arabia say that women now have more value than livestock, the left, and feminist groups, for their part,  explode in their praise of them for their enlightened outlook.

Sadly, these are the same feminist and women rights activists who seem to think what they stand for has no bearing with Islamic women or Western Women victimized by Muslim males. Rather than stick up for the Western woman being attacked, sexually molested, and raped by Muslim migrants, they attack them, saying it is somehow their fault, maybe they should have dressed better (we all know if it were a rape from a Western male, they would never dream of making this claim, nor would they blame the woman for such a heinous act).

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You see this in the press, rather than say there is a terrible problem with Islam; they blame it on the economy, lack of jobs, western ideology being forced on these people. And while doing this, they ignore two forces at work within Islam in the present; one is looking to bring it back to its more radical ways when it was at its height of power; they dream of recreating a Caliphate again.

The press ignores this, makes excuses for them, or says, look at the peaceful Muslims; what about them? The bottom line is like with many groups, the peaceful ones are irrelevant. They do nothing to change the radicals’ narrative, thus giving them power by their silence; the ones that speak are quickly attacked or dispatched. In other cases, people who speak out are ostracized by the whole. They are seen as somehow being traitors to Islam.

In the same way that you had peaceful, loving Germans in WW2, peaceful loving Chinese under Mao, and equally loving peaceful people under Stalin, they did not drive the narrative. Their silence gave power to the minority, end the end, they were irrelevant to what was driving the narrative in those countries.

By not exposing this, you give the radicals power and make the voices of the peace and change even more irrelevant. In the cold war, we did not say look at how peaceful the majority of the Russians were; we took groups that wanted to bring freedom to the Soviet system, recognized and gave them both support and resources to do something, they soon became many and changed the system from within. We need to do the same with Islam, stop empowering tyrants and radical dictators, and start aiding the ones trying to drag Islam into the 21 century.

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You do have heroic people within the Islamic community. Egypt’s ruler openly called for a dialog to bring Islam into the modern age, to reject the violent bent seen in the Koran. Sadly most of the press was silent; the Western powers, for the most part, ignored this, Obama turned a blind eye to this, now Biden is as well. We have catered to the more violent, ignoring the radicals, calling them JV or amateurish; as we saw with the rise of ISIS, this did not turn out well for the people there or us.

Even within a society as closed off and radical as Saudi Arabia is, we see cracks in that growing within as that society tries to move more towards getting away from their radical ideology. Today there are calls for women to drive, openly having a dialog with Israel, allowing Jews within their nation, and having leaders go to Israel. The Saudi’s and other more orthodox Islamic states seem to be changing, but then there are pulls from nations like Iran pushing to bring more fundamentalism, just what they see as the proper way.

Islam can pull itself from the past, but if it does not, we need to be ready to call it out for this, not make excuses for them. We need to see support, aid and giving open alliances to leaders pushing for a more modern view of Islam and openly calling out the ones that aren’t. In nations like Saudi Arabia and the other nations around them, we need to let them be on notice, now more is the West going to turn a blind eye towards spreading radicalism, but we will be quick to notice and praise when they make moves to stop it.

  1. Indonesia Department of Information, Introduction to Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 1 of the Year 1974 on Marriage 5 (Nov. 1975),  supra note 1, at 5. See also INDONESIAN LAW 1949-1989: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF FOREIGN-LANGUAGE MATERIALS WITH BRIEF COMMENTARIES ON LAW 167 (S. Pompe ed., 1992).

I know some will say that there is no support for this, if you feel this way, please go to this article that looks at polling around the world and in the Middle East, it is very enlightening.

About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.


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    I’m sorry Timothy, how as a specialist on Middle East, you are getting so many things wrong about Islam? Let’s take information about lying in Islam, this is not true, lying is considered a grave sin, just like in Judaism or Christianity. FYI, read about this here:

    As for subjugating others to live under Sharia, you’re wrong again, refer to history, Jews and Christians were not converted by force into Islam or told how to live, read about Spain under Muslims, were any other religions persecuted? You also provided percentage of countries with majority Muslims, can you provide me with any proof of ethnic cleansing in those countries based purely on religion?

    I’m sorry, but this post is not based on real facts, it’s just another attempt to stoke fear and increase hatred against Muslims.

    • user

      The Christians and Jews were to pay a tax for not being Muslim, then as history has shown, time after time were slaughtered by Muslims if they felt they grew too much in power.
      So far as the Jews go, this started with your prophet slaughtering them when a treaty was no longer needed, he had grown in strength until he was able to break a treaty and go to war with them, something that has been practiced by Muslim majority nations to this day.
      The site Jewish Virtual Library deals with this it states:

      On December 30, 1066, Joseph HaNagid, the Jewish vizier of Granada, Spain, was crucified by an Arab mob that proceeded to raze the Jewish quarter of the city and slaughter its 5,000 inhabitants. The riot was incited by Muslim preachers who had angrily objected to what they saw as inordinate Jewish political power.

      Similarly, in 1465, Arab mobs in Fez slaughtered thousands of Jews, leaving only 11 alive, after a Jewish deputy vizier treated a Muslim woman in “an offensive manner.” The killings touched off a wave of similar massacres throughout Morocco.(6)

      Other mass murders of Jews in Arab lands occurred in Morocco in the 8th century, where whole communities were wiped out by Muslim ruler Idris I; North Africa in the 12th century, where the Almohads either forcibly converted or decimated several communities; Libya in 1785, where Ali Burzi Pasha murdered hundreds of Jews; Algiers, where Jews were massacred in 1805, 1815 and 1830 and Marrakesh, Morocco, where more than 300 hundred Jews were murdered between 1864 and 1880.(7)

      Decrees ordering the destruction of synagogues were enacted in Egypt and Syria (1014, 1293-4, 1301-2), Iraq (854-859, 1344) and Yemen (1676). Despite the Koran’s prohibition, Jews were forced to convert to Islam or face death in Yemen (1165 and 1678), Morocco (1275, 1465 and 1790-92) and Baghdad (1333 and 1344).(8)

      As distinguished Orientalist G.E. von Grunebaum has written:

      It would not be difficult to put together the names of a very sizeable number of Jewish subjects or citizens of the Islamic area who have attained to high rank, to power, to great financial influence, to significant and recognized intellectual attainment; and the same could be done for Christians. But it would again not be difficult to compile a lengthy list of persecutions, arbitrary confiscations, attempted forced conversions, or pogroms.(9)

      The situation of Jews in Arab lands reached a low point in the 19th century. Jews in most of North Africa (including Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Morocco) were forced to live in ghettos. In Morocco, which contained the largest Jewish community in the Islamic Diaspora, Jews were made to walk barefoot or wear shoes of straw when outside the ghetto. Even Muslim children participated in the degradation of Jews, by throwing stones at them or harassing them in other ways. The frequency of anti-Jewish violence increased, and many Jews were executed on charges of apostasy. Ritual murder accusations against the Jews became commonplace in the Ottoman Empire.(10)

      By the twentieth century, the status of the dhimmi in Muslim lands had not significantly improved. H.E.W. Young, British Vice Consul in Mosul, wrote in 1909:

      The attitude of the Muslims toward the Christians and the Jews is that of a master towards slaves, whom he treats with a certain lordly tolerance so long as they keep their place. Any sign of pretension to equality is promptly repressed.(11)

      The danger for Jews became even greater as a showdown approached in the UN over partition in 1947. The Syrian delegate, Faris el-Khouri, warned: “Unless the Palestine problem is settled, we shall have difficulty in protecting and safeguarding the Jews in the Arab world.”(12)

      More than a thousand Jews were killed in anti-Jewish rioting during the 1940’s in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Syria and Yemen.(13) This helped trigger the mass exodus of Jews from Arab countries.

      6. Norman Stillman, The Jews of Arab Lands, (PA: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1979), pp. 59, 284.
      7. Maurice Roumani, The Case of the Jews from Arab Countries: A Neglected Issue, (Tel Aviv: World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries, 1977), pp. 26-27.
      8. Bat Ye’or, p. 61
      9. G.E. Von Grunebaum, “Eastern Jewry Under Islam,” Viator, (1971), p. 369.
      10. Bernard Lewis, The Jews of Islam, (NJ: Princeton University Press, 1984) p. 158.
      11. Middle Eastern Studies, (1971), p. 232.
      12. New York Times, (February 19, 1947).
      13. Roumani, pp. 30-31.

      I can show the same with the Christians, massed forced conversions, turning on them when they felt their power had grown too great. To act like the Muslim nations were peaceful is nonsense. Were they as bad to the Jews as the Christian nations were? No, but comparing the two is like saying the man that beat another to near death is better then one that beat someone until they died is better.

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