Many critics feel that Islam is in dire need of reform, similar to Christian Reformation, so that the peace-loving Muslims can be separated from those who dream of being “martyred”. I have held long and deep debates with many “moderate” or traditional Muslims as well as radicals to understand how they feel about such a reform.
The Radical Muslim Point of View
They see Islam as the perfection religion which is the final revelation of Allah, the all-mighty. The words of Allah shall never be altered and the creed of Muslims shall remain consistent forever. They see Democracy as a replacement for Political Islam and the Sharia Law and therefore an enemy of Islam. Since the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah articulates that all forms of “man-made law” is haram, they refuse to accept the democratic rule of law and wage Jihad to replace it with the Law of Allah, since it is an obligatory.
Their final declaration is that Islam cannot and will not be reformed and all attempts to “secularize” or “democratize” Islamic lands shall be vehemently fought against.
The Moderate Muslim Point of View
They also see Islam as the perfection religion which is the final revelation of Allah, the all-mighty which cannot be altered. But because of the fact that most “moderate” Muslims are completely and utterly nescient of Islam, they believe Islam is a religion of peace that is perfectly compatible with democracy and the modern way of living.
They are also disgusted by how the Islamists are hijacking their faith and making it look bad. Interestingly, some Muslims sincerely believe that the Islamists are not Muslims at all — as they are using violence to make political gains.
My personal opinion
The problem today is that these so called “radicals” and “moderates” are finely integrated into society and they are simply not distinguishable. Interestingly, there is something I found in common in both kinds of people — they believe their “brothers and sisters” are victims of persecution and torture in the hands of the Non-Muslims everywhere in the world. That false sense of self-victimization is the tool exploited by radicals to make recruitments among the ordinary traditional Muslims.
Since neither of the sides are willing to reform Islam, there is not a chance in the near future that the Muslims will identify the wrongs in Islam, deny them and accept only the good teachings of the Quran and Hadith.