...those for whom the message of Islam did not reach, or it may have reached them but was distorted, or they did not hear about Prophet Muhammad, may Allah praise him. They will be tested on the Day of Judgment. Those who obey will be saved, those who disobey will be doomed.
A comparable quote is at Islam Q&A:
Everyone who hears the message of Islam in a sound and correct form (and rejects it), will have evidence aginst him. Whoever dies without having heard the message, or having heard it in a distorted form, then his case is in the hands of Allaah. Allaah knows best about His creation, and He will never treat anyone unfairly. And Allaah is All-Seer of His slaves. -- Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, 1998
Question: In what ways can the message of Islam be distorted?
Basically, I'm seeking some examples of how the message of Islam might be conveyed in a distorted form. I suspect the these sources are primarily referring to People of the Book, but I'm not fully clear on this. Something along these lines:
The Islamic view of the Christian Bible is based on the belief that the Quran says that parts of Bible are a revelation from God, but believe that some of it has become distorted or corrupted (tahrif), and that a lot of text has been added which was not part of the revelation. -- Islamic view of the Christian Bible, Wikipedia
But it may also include other ways of being distorted. Indeed, Westerners often see extremal versions of Islam in the news, which could be reasonably considered as "distorted":
In some of our countries, including the United States, Muslim communities are still small and relative to the entire population, and as a result, many people in our countries don’t always know personally somebody who is Muslim. So the image they get of Muslims or Islam is in the news, and given the existing news cycle, that can give a very distorted impression. -- US President Barack Obama, sourced from CNS News, 2015.