By saying “That is not true Islam”, we tacitly acknowledge that “There is no Islamic example to boast about.”

Journalist Levent Gültekin drew attention to an important debate. As is known, anyone touching upon problems that Muslims are facing meets with the objection, “But that is not true Islam.”

I have been faced with that problem in many international meetings that I attended. For example; when one gets up and asks a question like “Why isn’t there a decent election in Iran?”, the first “local” reaction to that would be “But Iran does not practice true Islam.” Or when one asks “Why aren’t women in Saudi Arabia allowed to drive alone?”, they promptly answer, “But that is not a place where true Islam is practiced.”

When another one says, “Look at Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)”, we reply “But that is not true Islam.”

Since there is not an example that would warrant us to say “This is true Islam”, the defense “But that is not true Islam” does not carry any conviction.

h/t MFS

  • David

    Communism murdered millions but of course it wasn’t true communism.

    • ntt1

      Right on, when i point out the staggering death toll to progressives that is exactly the response; ” it has never been done right,” as in; forget the dead ,lets try one more time

  • Xavier

    True Islam is a buffet table of violence and misogyny.
    Load up on the portions you want and ignore the rest.

  • moraywatson

    I really don’t care what brand of totalitarianism you are trying to practice, you are just straight out practicing the wrong thing.

  • Yahoo

    Islam is as Islam does (over and over and over again)

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The only ones who can get away with that line are the Kurds, but then again they are Kurds first and Muslims second.