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Reforming Islam?

Let's hope so:

Commentators say the very theology of Islam is being reinterpreted in order to effect a radical renewal of the religion.

Its supporters say the spirit of logic and reason inherent in Islam at its foundation 1,400 years ago are being rediscovered. Some believe it could represent the beginning of a reformation in the religion.

Turkish officials have been reticent about the revision of the Hadith until now, aware of the controversy it is likely to cause among traditionalist Muslims, but they have spoken to the BBC about the project, and their ambitious aims for it.

Well, if anyone can do it, it seems like the Turks should be able to.


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ken anthony wrote:

'Reformation' of a sort is possible in a christian religion due to it having good roots (Jesus, ten commandments, etc.) The same can not be said for Islam because it's roots are Mohammed (Liar, rapist(of children), murderer, hostages for ransom, etc.)

It's roots are no good so it's fruits are no good. Some Iman giving out hugs and kisses is just waiting for a chance to position the knife.

...and I hesitate to tell you what I really think (consider the jubilation of some during 9-11-2001)

Jason Bontrager wrote:

While I'm all for Islam becoming a civilized religion, I don't see it happening within the next 50 years short of something truly awe inspiring that dramatically changes the minds of the surviving Muslims.

That said, what "spirit of logic and reason inherent in Islam at its foundation"? I've never read anything that supported this description. Some centuries after it's founding Islam apparently went through a moderately scholarly period, I'd say that was in spite of it's foundation rather than because of it.

Steve wrote:

'Reformation' of a sort is possible in a christian religion...

Because that worked out so well? I mean there's never been any record of Christians killing Christians the way that Shia and Sunni do, right? I think the concern should be that this might just create a third faction of insanity.

Habitat Hermit wrote:

This is exactly what is needed and has been long overdue. The fact that they even dare bring this to public attention is big.

Fletcher Christian wrote:


Personally, I don't give a flying about Moslems killing Moslems, particularly in countries where they're in charge - and in the latter case, it's none of the business of anyone in the West, either.

What I do care about is when Moslems kill decent people. That IS our business, when it happens in a non-Moslem country, particularly our own. Whatever "our own" means something different for some of us. For example, though I deplore Moslems killing Americans in America, it's really none of my business as I'm a Brit.

Unfortunately, the only real way to slow down the killing is to make it pretty well impossible to be a practising Moslem in any given Western country. Due to the PC virus, ain't gonna happen - until they do something spectacular. (Again!)

Mac wrote:

Fletcher said: What I do care about is when Moslems kill decent people.

This, of course, shows your awesome skills at determining that Muslims are not decent. It never ceases to amaze me how people of any race, religion, or sex can immediately and so deeply, hate others. Especially when those people who hate are the first to support how advanced we are as a species.

They're gonna have to argue that Sura 9:29 was just meant for the the troops under his direct command, and not for all Muslims from here to eternity:

"Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book [Jews and Christians], until they pay the Jizya [tax levied on non-Muslim citizens] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued." (Yusufali translation)

"His" should be "Mohammed's - y'all probably figured that out.

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