DIFFERENT TYPES OF MUSLIMS
The first thing we need to understand about Islam is that it is the polar opposite of Christianity. A good Christian follows the Bible. A good Muslim follows the Koran. This distinction is far beyond theological ideas. It encompasses everyday life since the Koran was written in the lens of a human who could not envision a changing world. In addition, the Hadith and Sunnah were written in order for Muslims to better understand how to apply the Koran to everyday life. Consequently, most Muslims hang on to these rules and traditions of the 7th century. However, it is important to understand there are different types of self-proclaimed Muslims. Some consider others as infidels based on their interpretation of the Koran and acceptance of Hadiths. It should be noted a "Sikh", in the picture is often mistaken for a Muslim because of the turban, but Sikhism is a separate religion of India.
Sunni and Shia
The two divisions of Islam are Sunna and Shia. Shia is more fundamental division and believes in church leadership based on a successive line of leaders called Califs. Sunni, however, reject the appointment of Califs based on the line of Muhammad, and follow politically elected leaders. Both of these divisions have similarities to Catholicism in that they have a centralized leadership. There are more than 70 sects in Islam.
The Muslim Brotherhood
Founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna is not a sect of Islam, but a religious and political organization that teaches and practices the most radical and violent aspects of Islam. It encompasses various Muslim beliefs but emphasizes sharia law and Muslim theocracy.
Ahmadiyya, Suffi, and Reformers
Some Muslims find it hard to accept the Koran at face value and use deductive reasoning to apply the Koran to modern times. In fact, some Muslims, Ahmadiyya, believe the Messiah (Mirza Ahmad) came around 1900 to apply the Koran in modern day terms. You might say Ahmadiyya are similar to Mormons. Both groups believe in a modern-day prophet. Ahmadiyya believe Girza Ahmad, who lived around 1900, was actually the Messiah. His misinterpretation of the Koran supersedes the teaching of Muhamad. Another group are called Sufi. They are known as “Mystics” by others and live by revelation from Allah on how to interpret the Koran. They might be compared to Scientologists regarding their mysticism. A third group, known as Reformers, was formed in 2015. Reformers interpret the Koran very Loosely, so that it says something completely different than what the Koran really says. This group might be compared to Secular Humanists who often claim to be Christian, but make the Bible say whatever they want.
These 3 religious' groups. Ahmadiyya, Sufi, and Reformers, combined represent only about 5% of all Muslims and are considered infidels by all the other Muslims. This minority believes they are the only true Muslims. Unlike the Nation of Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood, they often pretend they represent the majority of Muslims worldwide because they want to enjoy living in a western 21st century world. These groups justify their claim of representing Islam because they believe they are the only true Muslims. In other words, when they claim Muslims believe something, they are really stating what only about 2% to 5 % of Muslims worldwide believe.
Secular (Cultural) Muslims
These Muslims claim to be Muslim because of their heritage and culture. However, like secular Christians or secular Jews, they do not follow the teachings of their religion. In other words, Secular Muslims are Muslim in mostly name only. They probably do not know the Koran, attend Mosque on a regular basis, or do not follow Sharia law.
Muslim Activists on TV
Arsa Nomani – Activist, Founder of Muslim Reform Movement in 2015, and former Georgetown professor
• A Qanta Ahmed – Activist and member of Muslim Reform Movement, British physician, Author and journalist
• A Zudi Jasser - Mutazilite (Modernist, founder of American Islamic Forum for Democracy, cO-founder of Muslim Reform Movement
• Khizer Khan – Activist and lawyer who spoke at 2016 Democrat convention and is also an advocate for Sharia Law. However, he also gives praise to the US constitution.
Remember, these activists are rejected by almost all Muslims as infidels. They do not interpret the Koran as most Muslims, and do not live as most Muslims. Consequently, such Muslims along with secular Muslims usually live in western countries such as the United States. They want to fit in, and act like Christianized Muslims. In other words, they act like Christians, and interpret the Koran in such a way that justifies them still being Muslim.
Do Not Be Fooled
Unfortunately, Ammadiyya, Sufi, Reformers and Secular Muslims pretend they represent the majority of Muslims in order to facilitate the acceptance of Islam. As mentioned, they represent roughly only 5% of Muslims worldwide. Most Christians know very little about Islam and want Muslims to be like Christians. Furthermore, many falsely believe all religions are morally good. I assure you; one would be better to be friend with an atheist than a true Muslim. Not that one could be friends with a true Muslim, because the Koran teaches against it:
• Surah 5:54…... O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely, he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.