The British Muslim news website 5 Pillars, What are Muslims thinking?, edited by Roshan Muhammed Salih and Dilly Hussain, paid a marketing maverick to conduct a detailed survey amongst 190 influential British Muslims around the country to give the public a better and “more accurate” impression of Muslims and Islam.
These 190 people apparently represent Muslims who “qualify to speak on and represent Islam”. And out of those there is strong support for jihad, which echoes a previous independent study that revealed 80% of Muslims supported the Islamic State.
The effort was intended to tackle Islamophobia and to give an accurate representation of mainstream Islam in Britain.
It may have backfired.
Let’s look at some of the responses:
Only Islam is an Acceptable Religion
95% of respondents “strongly agreed” that “The Prophet Muhammad is the last and final prophet and messenger of God”.
Meaning the validity of other religions is zero.
Around 98% of Muslims agreed that, “The Quran is the direct and unchanged revelation and word of God, sent down for the whole of humanity.”
Islam can never be criticized or changed or improved in any way was “strongly agreed” to by 80% while another 10% “agreed”:
“Islam is in no need of reformation since Islamic principles,laws and values are timelessly relevant.”
95% agreed that “Christianity and Judaism had the same message and truth, but over time their scriptures became corrupted and the purity of the message was lost.”
In other words, those who do not believe in Islam need to be made to understand they are mislead, confused and wrong. This is done by proselytizing, lectures and debates on Islam (only the Muslim view of Islam; the infidel doesn’t understand anything and is therefore not encouraged to debate) or by jihad, by force.
“Authentic prophetic practices and teachings (known as Sunnah) are revelation from God and are infallible”, with 75% “strongly agreed” and another 8% “agreed”, taking the total approval rate to 83%. What Koran teaches is law and without fault. It must be agreed on.
This is where the entitlement to terrorize comes in.
On page 26, the right to attack the “oppressor” is obscured in flowery language, and with strong support at 84% strongly agreed and 8% who agree – taking the total approval level of combat to 92%:
Islam supports the rights of victims to defend their land, homes and families from oppression, including foreign military tyranny and occupation.
Who is it exactly that they refer to as the oppressors? And whoms land is it they need to defend? Islam is the only right and true religion, and Jihad is an obligation, and – the whole purpose with Jihad is to turn all the infidels to Islam. Therefore, the “oppressor” is a term used for the non-Muslims.
Debate and Free Speech is Acceptable – but Only on Islamic Terms
Sections of the survey read like a parody with values that do not correlate at all with the reality are in Islamized societies. The survey is basically a play on words. Other questions contradict themselves, which reveal a completely different interpretation to the West in the use of words such as values, compassion, democracy, freedom, etc.
For example, one question on page 28 in chart 26 Muslims agreed in 80% majority that:
We [Muslims] believe that polite challenging debate is healthy for society, whether debating the premises of Islam or proactively challenging the premises of liberalism and other world-views.
On the question of “Freedom and Free Speech” the responses showed that 86% “strongly agreed”, 11% “agreed” taking the total approval level to 97%. But what kind of freedom are we actually looking at here?
On page 29 in chart 24 around 90% of the Muslims participating in the survey agreed that:
Islam promotes dialogue, debate and discussion and actively encourages Muslims to share the benefits of their religion with others through practice and dialogue.
In other words, proselytizing is highly encouraged. Questioning Islam is absolutely not as we can see below. On the same page, 29, in the next column the Muslims completely contradict the ‘tolerance’ view, by demonstrating that 86% “strongly” feel any debate can only be approved on Muslim terms, nothing else and another 12% “agree”, taking the total to 98%:
Insulting beliefs or Prophets is absolutely unacceptable and strongly condemned.
By denouncing any validity to other faiths the Muslims have already ‘insulted beliefs’ of everyone else. Again, the tolerance is only one-sided and does not apply to Muslims.
76% Approve of Jihad (91% in Total)
76% “strongly agreed”, while another 15% “agreed” or a total 91% that, “Jihad, as is mandated in the Quran, is used to maintain or restore order, peace and security or to remove oppression and injustice.”
What injustice and oppression is this referring to? It’s the “oppression” of the non-belivers, the non-Muslims, the infidels putting Islam and the infalliable laws of Allah in second rate. Islam should not be second to an infidel faith; Sharia should not be stopped from ruling the land. The injustice is the obstruction to not permit Muslims to install Sharia all over society, and around the world.
The survey reveals an extremely intolerant religion and followers, where other religions and rejection of religion is completely devalified. The opinion and lifestyle is only accepted as long as it follows the Islamic belief and laws, which are deeply intolerant. Only 19% of those surveyed followed the Salafi school of thought, revealing that Islam by itself, irrespective what school, is extremely intolerant and prone to violence and terrorism.
Images of charts and content comes from marketing maverick Peter Pickersgill’s compiled survey ‘5 Pillars Normative Islam’. The full PDF can be viewed in detail on the link below.
The questionnaire consisted of two parts:
• Classification questions to determine the level of education, Islamic denomination, school of jurisprudence and the theological creed followed by the respondent.
• A series of 95 statements about Islamic beliefs, to which respondents were requested to indicate their level of agreement. The 95 statements were grouped under 12 topic headings and were drawn up by 5Pillars. 5Pillars made a calculated assumption on what they regarded as mainstream Islamic beliefs and practices,and used this as a reference to engage the participants. In formulating the survey statements and questions, 5Pillars also took into consideration the contentious topics, which have dominated British news and debates in relation to Islam and Muslims.
When considering their views on the statements provided, respondents were asked to ensure that their answers to the questions represented their own views on Islam.
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UK Muslim survey: Islam can never be criticized or changed or improved in any way, a statement agreed to by 90% of Muslims surveyed. 98% of influential British Muslims agreed that insulting Islam is absolutely unacceptable.