Salam Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu
This is my first thread here in this forum brothers and sisters, and I just wanted to bring this issue out since I've been reading many open-minded, factual based things from the Muslim community here.
To elaborate on the title question, I've been encountering a lot of Muslims on Youtube and Stickam lately and I befriended a lot of them, until I realized what they really were and how they thought.
I find myself increasingly surrounded by people who claim that Shia and Sufis are Kaffirs that should be fought the same as Zionists and Westerners and that democracy (and any Islamic movement that promotes it) is haram or deviant at least. They toss out terms such as "Bidah" and "Haram" out there like they're disposable candy wrappers. I'm quite baffled because these Muslims that I encounter are very emotional, and if anything is stated contrary to their beliefs, I run the risk of getting declared a Kaffir by them. It's an extremely unhealthy environment for debate. And they use many verses in Quran and Hadith to justify their intolerant ideology.
No disrespect to anyone who claims to emulate the Salaf manhaj on here, because I am a Muslim and I respect the Salaf with all my heart. But these people I've encountered (and many others who are self proclaimed Salafis) happen to be very extreme and backwards to say the least and I'd like to hear input from other Muslims here regarding this matter.
Shukran in advance and Ma Salama