Nahdlatul Ulama is a traditionalist Sunni Islamic movement in Indonesia that adhere to the Shafi'i school of jurisprudence, we are told that this form of Islam represents a more moderate version of Islam.
But is there such a thing as a truly moderate version of Islam?
I beg to differ because Muslims must follow the ways of Muhammad who was a war-lord, who spread Islam by conquest, deciding that war was more effective than tepid conversion, and in acting this way he proved he was a man drawn to violence to achieve his ambition to achieve power and expansion.
And those people who are in the know with regards to the ways of Muhammad are very well aware that his success was achieved by this overpowering violence, treachery and enslavement he inflicted upon those who opposed him.
If the prophets followers say they are genuine believers and are adamant that Islam is the true faith, then they must strictly adhere to the wisdom of the Quran, the Sura’s and the Hadith, and accept Mohammad to be the perfect example of how one should conduct their lives, otherwise they are secret interlopers living a lie and there because in reality they have no choice.
I believe there is no Moderate Islam or radical Islam, there is just ‘Islam’ just one version of Islam.Therefore I conclude it would be impossible to be a moderate Muslim whilst following the tenet of the Islamic faith.