Yesterday we posted a video of Geert Wilders’ speech in Copenhagen on November 2. His remarks were followed by a question and answer session with the audience, and included the participation of other members of the podium panel. Part of the discussion was a lively exchange between Daniel Pipes and Mr. Wilders on the question of the “Moderate Muslim”, or “Moderate Islam”.
For those who would like to listen to the debate between Dr. Pipes and Mr. Wilders, the video of the event is here. The relevant portion begins at about 37:08 and ends at 43:10 (the quality of the audio is not very good, but a transcript is in the works).
Last night I posted my own two cents on the moderate-versus-radical trope. Our Arabic translator ritamalik weighed in with a comment on the subject, which deserves to be reproduced here in its entirety. It has been edited slightly for paragraphing, punctuation, and clarity:
The problem with this “Moderate Islam” stuff is that even if it happens it will be a lie, and all lies will one day be exposed and a backlash will be imminent.
Islam did become more “moderate” at the turn of the century and as a result of forced secularisation and the abject defeat of the Ottoman Empire, a.k.a. The Caliphate. A lot of its more militant aspects were swept under the rug for many decades.
But if that was the solution then why are we here now having to deal with Al Qaeda and IS? The reason is that “moderate Islam” is a lie! The only person who has the right to define Islam and say what it is and it is not is the founder of the religion i.e. Muhammad.
Islam is what he says it is and not what various Muslims at various times might want to practice. So even if some groups of Muslims at various times of history had decided to be hypocritical and make it up as they went and sweep those parts of the religion which they find hard or distasteful under the rug, there have also always been and will always be those who would be sincere and honest and actually want to follow their prophet, and they will always go back to his true example as recorded in Islamic scriptures.
One can bring new interpretation of matters that the founder of the religion didn’t make very clear and left ambiguous. But the matters that he made very clear by word and deed cannot be up for re-interpretation!
You cannot make Islam teach everything the opposite way of what Muhammad taught and still claim that it is the same religion and reveres the character of Muhammad as its founder and considers him the prophet of Allah.
And that is why Jihad and murder and honour-killing and beheadings and Jizyah, etc. shall always be with us till the end of times. The example and teachings, and worldview of the founder of a religionmatter! Who he was and what his was character like matter! And whatever solution we want to find to this “Islam problem” dishonesty and fakery and falsifying of history should not be a part of it!
“Moderate Islam” is nothing but falsified history!