Traditional Beliefs Include Murder, Stoning
The cleric agreed that ISIS reflects what is written in their holy books and Islamic principals, and the only problem that really exists is how those beliefs are acted out from a public relations aspect.
“We do not criticize the thought on which it is based, such as the concept of apostasy,” states Al-Kilbani, suggesting that executions are justifiable for people who leave Islam, but that the “brutal” way in which ISIS kills people, “ruins our image in front of the world.”
“If we execute them in a way what does not show us in a bad light, then that’s fine,” he adds.
Al-Kilbani goes on to emphasize that ISIS is not acting outside of the framework of the Salafist doctrine embraced by Saudi Arabia and is merely following what is mandated in the Koran.
The Imam’s admission that many Muslims share the same radical beliefs as ISIS is merely in line with Pew research that shows intolerance pervades the Muslim world, with significant majorities in many middle eastern and north African countries supporting the execution of people who leave the faith, as well as the death penalty for homosexuals and alleged adulterers.
During a conference held in May 2013, Norwegian Islamic leader Fahad Qureshi complained that the media often frames views such as “the death penalty for homosexuals” or the subjugation of women as only being held by radical Muslims.
“I always try to tell them that….these are general views that every Muslim actually has….every Muslim believes in these things,” said Qureshi.
It is surprising that Western liberals insist that these types of beliefs are not truly Islamic, when not recognizing the huge divide between Islamic philosophy and Western belief could spell the end to Western style civilization. The true belief system of Islam includes the complete conversion of the entire world to Islam, and the total subjugation or death of non-believers.
That was the belief of the Muslim faith back in the 7th century, and it has continued for 1,400 years. The ability to impose that ethic has been inconsistent over the ages, but it is folly for the West to ignore the ultimate aim of Islam in general.