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There is no moderate Islam. PERIOD. There is Islam, and then there are the people not doing it right.
“Muhammad, come let us worship what you worship, and you worship what we worship. You and we will combine in the matter. If what you worship is better than what we worship we will take a share of it, and if what we worship is better than what you worship, you can take a share of that.’ So God revealed concerning them, ‘Say, 0 disbelievers, I do not worship what you worship, and you do not worship what I worship, and I do not worship what you worship, and you do not worship what I worship; you have your religion and I have mine,” i.e. If you will only worship God on condition that I worship what you worship, I have no need of you at all. You can have your religion, all of it, and I have mine.” [Sira p. 165]
As you see this verse is not about tolerance. It is a typical way a narcissist shows his disdain to those who don’t agree with him. Muhammad is saying, I don’t give a damn if you believe me or not. To you your religion and to me mine!
Do you see how Muslims twist the Quran to deceive their audience? In Islamic countries this verse is never misrepresented. Only when the audience are the non-Muslims, Muslims change the meaning of the verse to make Islam look moderate.
There was nothing tolerant in Muhammad. He was still in Mecca and had just a handful of followers when he started insulting the religion of the Quraish. When one day he was going around the Ka’ba, the elders were present. They told him to stop dividing people, setting children against their parents and inciting the salves against their masters. They asked him to not insult their gods. Muhammad then stopped and said. “Will you listen to me O Quraish? By him who holds my life in His hand I bring you slaughter.” [Sira Ibn Ishaq, p. 131]
Ibn Ishaq says, “When the apostle openly displayed Islam as God ordered him, his people did not withdraw or turn against him, until he spoke disparagingly of their gods. When he did that they took great offence and resolved unanimously to treat him as an enemy.” [Ibn Ishaq, p. 118]
What tolerance? The Quraish were tolerant. Muhammad was never tolerant, not even when he was the underdog. He was violent from the beginning.
Do you inhale any tolerance in this verse? “Make ye no excuses: ye have rejected Faith after ye had accepted it. If We pardon some of you, We will punish others amongst you, for that they are in sin.” (Q. 9:66)