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Is Islam a Violent Religion?

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November 18, 2015 by wimvincken

Many people are discussing if Islam itself is a violent religion. Many say yes, many say no. The actual fact is that not many people are taking a look at the Koran itself. Maybe you can do that now. Click here for a website, which hosts the Koran and see for yourself. Use the search function to get faster result.

But just like Christianity, the religion itself might be good, but the actual good and bad deeds are performed by people, not the religion itself. Let’s see if the truth can speak instead about people following Islam, instead of empty words.


  • 40% of Indonesians approve of violence in defense of Islam. (Source)

Pew Global:

  • 68% of Palestinian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
  • 43% of Nigerian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
  • 38% of Lebanese Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
  • 15% of Egyptian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
  • 13% of Indonesian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
  • 12% of Jordanian Muslims say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.
  • 7% of Muslim Israelis say suicide attacks against civilians in defense of Islam are justified.

(Source)


  • Center for Social Cohesion: One Third of British Muslim students support killing for Islam (source)(source)
  • Policy Exchange: One third of British Muslims believe anyone who leaves Islam should be killed (source)
  • NOP Research: 78% of British Muslims support punishing the publishers of Muhammad cartoons; (source)(source)
  • NOP Research: Hardcore Islamists comprise 9% of Britain’s Muslim population; Another 29% would “aggressively defend” Islam; (source)(source)
  • Pew Research (2010):
    84% of Egyptian Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam
    86% of Jordanian Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam
    30% of Indonesian Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam
    76% of Pakistanis support death the penalty for leaving Islam
    51% of Nigerian Muslims support the death penalty for leaving Islam
    (source)
  • ICM Poll: 11% of British Muslims find violence for religious or political ends acceptable. (source)(source)
  • Terrorism Research Institute Study: 51% of mosques in the U.S. have texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% have texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% have no violent texts at all. (source)
  • Pew Research (2013): 76% of South Asian Muslims and 56% of Egyptians advocate killing anyone who leaves the Islamic religion. (source)
  • 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). (source)
  • Pew Research (2013): 39% of Muslims in Malaysia say suicide bombings “justified” in defense of Islam (only 58% say ‘never’).(source)
  • Die Presse (2013): 1 in 5 Muslims in Austria believe that anyone wanting to leave Islam should be killed. (source)
  • 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.(source)
  • BBC (2015): Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, 27% of British Muslims openly support violence against cartoonists. Another 8% would not say, meaning that only 2 of 3 surveyed would say that the killings were not justified. (source)
  • The Polling Company CSP Poll (2015): 24% of Muslim-Americans say that violence is justified against those who “offend Islam” (60% disagree).(source)
  • The Polling Company CSP Poll (2015): 29% of Muslim-Americans agree that violence against those who insult Muhammad or the Quran is acceptable (61% disagree).(source)

If I read about an Imam telling how humane Islam is, I get sick. If I hear Obama telling that Islam is humane and compassionate, I throw up. I understand why those ‘leaders’, especially the western leaders don’t want us to know what the Muslims are really thinking, because it might turn into a bloodbath. But to lie about this in such an obvious way, that’s too much. But if 80% of all Dutch Muslims sees nothing wrong with a Holy War against not-believers, and 28% of the Arab population globally thinks that suicide bombings are justified in defense of Islam, then I can”t say that a too large part of the Muslims are not humane and compassionate … and that’s an understatement. And before anyone screams “… 28% is not large …”, it’s about 448 million people!

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