This morning I spent a solid two hours clearing out a whole mess of flags, comments, and suspending users for inflammatory and nonconstructive remarks.
Four days after ashes999 posted his plea for tolerance, this is just getting worse: we are seeing intolerant and outright rude and incendiary comments all over the site. In the last two days, over 150 of these have been purged outright from Islam.SE. Is this really the site you want to show your friends, family, and colleagues? Is this the type of site you want to show imams, Islamic scholars, and students of the Quran?
Frankly, I am disappointed by this community's actions. Not only have you succeeded in confirming negative stereotypes of Muslims, but you have also completely disregarded the lessons learned from other sites in our network by engaging in fighting in answers, comments, chat, and meta.
I am not saying you should all take a moderate stance. We have plenty of people deeply passionate about their subject on the various Stack Exchange sites. Our other religious sites include people whose religious observance runs the gamut from casual practitioner to the most conservative and fundamentalist of participants. However, they do not devolve into endless flame-wars on the front pages of their sites. The conflicts we see here are reflections of disagreements that stretch back to the seventh century. 1400 years of conflict is not going to be solved on a Stack Exchange site. There are a handful of hard rules for every Stack Exchange site, and among the most important is that you treat others with the same respect you’d want them to treat you.
Islam.SE is not a game show. We are not here to play an elimination round of "Are these beliefs true in real Islam?" For the purpose of this site, assume that each sect's hadith are valid, and that each sect's accepted imams are reliable. This is the only way a group with such diverse cultures and beliefs can get along and do something productive. If you must, choose to focus on the fact that you all follow the teachings of your Prophet. You share that in common.
All posts asking for the site to pass judgement on some person or group, or which seek to "invalidate" some sect of Islam (as opposed to describing a belief system, examining an idea, explaining history, and so on) are off-topic and will be closed/deleted on sight. We will not tolerate any more of the rude and abusive behavior we have seen on the main site. Not only do your actions reflect poorly on the network of sites to which you belong, but your actions also reflect poorly on the Muslim community at large.
If you see an inflammatory question posted, edit it, vote to close it, or flag it for moderator attention if it cannot be salvaged.
If you see an inflammatory answer posted, edit it, or flag it for moderator attention if the tone cannot be corrected. Leave only constructive comments intended to educate the author.
If you see an inflammatory comment posted, flag it for moderator attention and walk away. Do not engage in flame-wars in the comment threads. Comment threads will be deleted wholesale and participants suspended if this behavior continues.
And if it is not possible to ask and answer questions on this topic in a polite, peaceful fashion, then it has no place on Stack Exchange.