Mainstream Islamic Opinion

There is a disconnect between the media (and apologists’) notions of Islam and what hundreds of millions of Muslims actually believe. Apologists, including the media, tell us constantly that the jihadist/shari’ah law folks are only a “tiny fraction” of Muslims. A few, exceptionally foolish, tell us that jihadism has “nothing to do with Islam.”

But take a look at this collection of polls from around the world, and see what beliefs that members of the Islamic faith actually hold. A few examples:

Pew Research (2013): 76% of South Asian Muslims and 56% of Egyptians advocate killing anyone who leaves the Islamic religion.

Pew Research (2013): 19% of Muslim Americans believe suicide bombings in defense of Islam are at least partially justified (global average is 28% in countries surveyed).

Pew Research (2013): 39% of Muslims in Malaysia say suicide bombings “justified” in defense of Islam (only 58% say ‘never’).

Die Presse (2013): 1 in 5 Muslims in Austria believe that anyone wanting to leave Islam should be killed.

Motivaction Survey (2014): 80% of young Dutch Muslims see nothing wrong with Holy War against non-believers.  Most verbalized support for pro-Islamic State fighters.

These beliefs and opinions are promoted by a combination of Muslim Brotherhood imams and those inspired by them, and by a massively funded outreach process from Saudi Arabia which sends literature to jihadist mosques and madrassas around the word, including the United States.

I am writing separately about a particular example of that literature.

==============/ Keith DeHavelle