A quote from Anthony Furey of the Edmonton Sun paper indicates the proportion of various perspectives within the Muslim belief community. The high percentages surprised me to some extent, and I wonder what impacts this would have on our missional efforts, as well as on our response to certain demands or requests by the Muslim community within our borders. Any comments?
"...figuring out the true interpretation of a religion is not only futile but also irrelevant, at least when it comes to public discourse and policy.
What matters is what the majority of adherents think. Thanks to the non-partisan Pew Research Center’s efforts, we now know what Muslims across the world think on a variety of issues. The results (www.pewforum.org/Muslim/the-worlds-muslims-religion-politics-society.aspx), released earlier this week, show most of the world’s Muslims conflict with western standards.
From 2008 to 2012, Pew conducted face-to-face interviews with 38,000 Muslims from 39 countries in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Europe.
In most countries, the majority of respondents want shariah to be official law. Some figures were alarmingly high — 99% in Afghanistan; 86% in Bangladesh; 84% in Pakistan.
However, in some countries, the majority also felt shariah should only apply to Muslims. That’s cold comfort for those in one of the countries where the majority wants the death penalty for anyone who leaves the faith. While only 1% in Kazakhstan want to see apostates killed, it rises to 88% in Egypt, 83% in Jordan, 75% in Pakistan, etc.
Most respondents are not, however, radicals in supporting terrorism:
“Asked specifically about suicide bombing, clear majorities in most countries say such acts are rarely or never justified as a means of defending Islam from its enemies.”
Although in Egypt, 29% say attacks are “often/sometimes justified.” In the Palestinian territories, that grows to 40%. A high minority."
The rest of this article can be found at "edmontonsun.com/2013/05/03/the-facts-about-muslim-opinion."