The demand for Islamic reformation is just another brand of Islamophobia

theguardiaan: by Jason Wilson —

Calls for a reformation are cynical, counterproductive and ignore the bloody facts of history

‘It started with Josh Frydenberg saying over the weekend that the more recent massacre in Paris was down to a “problem within Islam”’ Photograph: Jonny Weeks for the Guardian

On the topic of Parisian massacres, consider this. On 24 August 1572, Charles IX of France ordered the assassination of prominent Huguenot Protestants who were in Paris for the wedding of their leader, Henry of Navarre, to the king’s own sister. Under the tutelage of his mother, Catherine de’Medici, he became convinced that their faction was on the brink of rebellion.

The killings quickly led to mass violence. Catholic Parisians began killing their Huguenot fellow-residents in earnest. 3000 were killed in the capital alone – a 9/11-level catastrophe carried out with sticks and stones, torches and knives, feet and fists. 70,000 were massacred in a similar fashion in other parts of the country in succeeding days.

The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre, as it became known, was just a part of decades of civil war and slaughter in France. Huguenots were persecuted and murdered en masse, and they responded in kind, hunting down Catholic priests like wild animals in the parts of the country that they controlled (one Huguenot captain was said to have worn a necklace of clerics’ ears). Hostilities continued inside and outside the formal boundaries of open religious war, and only completely ended when the Huguenots were mostly converted, killed, or expelled.

This was not some aberration from an otherwise stately process of Christian Reformation. The French wars, which came in the middle of a much larger process that wracked Europe, were integral to its meaning. The process of disaggregating Christian churches, and the blending of this process with national and international political struggle, was a bloodbath which was unmatched until the wars of the 20th century.

In the French religious wars, 2-4 million died. In the thirty years’ war, it may have been as many as 11.5 million. Much of this was democide, to use the fancy academic term for the murder of people by their own rulers. The end of this slaughter only came at the cost of the creation of a system of European nation states. This in turn, with its accompanying curse of nationalism, led to even more serious bloodletting as European modernity ripened and matured in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The current interlude in mass killing on the European mainland is unusual in the context of the continent’s modern history. Of course, European nations have never stopped involving themselves in wars elsewhere. This is the “western civilisation” that Australia’s political right spends so much time defending. It’s an unusual position from which to be instructing others on the interplay between belief, ideology, and violence.

So when politicians call for a “reformation in Islam”, as several rightwing Liberal Party MPs did over recent days, we might wonder what they could possibly be asking for. Given the terms in which the demand was put, which seem to be drawn from a half-remembered high school history class, it’s difficult to tell.

It started with Josh Frydenberg saying over the weekend that the more recent massacre in Paris was down to a “problem within Islam”. The remark was made in the course of an attack on Australia’s grand mufti, who has allegedly showed “insufficient leadership” because he made the point that processes like radicalisation have complex causes.

Michael Sukkar, the Member for Deakin, warmed to the theme of reform, stating that “It’s clear that Islam hasn’t had the same reformation that occurred in Christianity which means some of these medieval teachings and practices have not been stamped out.”

The historical illiteracy of this remark is difficult to even process. Mehdi Hasan has written in the Guardian at length about the flawed analogies and bad history the idea is based on. But let’s just say that if the idea is that the Christian Reformation had any ameliorative effect on political violence, it might be thrown into question by the constant and ongoing military attacks by secular democracies on the middle east for the last quarter of a century.

The mufti’s remarks pointed to the salience of this in radicalising young Muslims; people like Sukkar somehow can’t even see that this is happening. Who in this picture is blinded by ideology?

Then Andrew Hastie, the newly-minted member for Canning, chimed in. He said that “Modern Islam needs to cohere with the Australian way of life, our values and institutions. In so far as it doesn’t, it needs reform.”

The conservative press responded by touting him as an authority on Muslims because of his tours of duty with the SAS in Afghanistan.

But the fact that someone who was directly involved in the occupation of a Muslim country has been shoved out in front of this reformist crusade shows that its message is not intended for Muslims at all.

Instead, they are signalling to those who would rather that there weren’t any Muslims here at all, from the Bolted-on liberal base to the nascent quasi-fascists of Reclaim Australia.

The law-abiding Muslim majority in Australia are not only blameless in acts of terror, but according to respected counterterrorism experts, are our best defence against outrages in our own country. Implying that they and their faith are responsible for atrocities is not only cynical, but counterproductive.

This demand for reformation has nothing to do with defeating Isis. In one sense it is a know-nothing cliche, passed from hand to grubby hand in the increasingly bold Islamophobic right. But that doesn’t make it any less dangerous.

That’s because in another sense, it’s a political project – in both electoral and broader sense – which attempts to manufacture the kind of fear and insecurity that drags the national political spectrum to the right, and heightens the appeal of rightwing candidates.

The deepest lesson of the Christian Reformation is not some pat story about modernisation and the inevitable triumph of the secular. Rather it is that religious prejudice, once awakened, is destablising, fratricidal, and difficult for anyone to control.

Mingled with politics, it is the wellspring for rivers of blood.

 

Origional Post here: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/01/the-demand-for-islamic-reformation-is-just-another-brand-of-islamophobia

11 replies

  1. The uselessness of the article aside, the writer has laid to rest the myth of moderation. He characterizes any call for reform as ‘islamophobia’. If those who say they want reform are haters of islam, how can there be moderates, for no one would want to be classified as hating allah’s religion?

  2. @ Nemelee—–those who reject the Islamic reformation in this 21st century —-they are supporting the ancient Islamic laws ( ancient Syariah laws ) through Al Quran and the book of Hadith…

    Terrorist such as Taliban, Al Qaida, ISIS other Muslim Terrorist follow or implement the ancient Islamic laws such as;

    1. Rebellion.
    Those who fight against Allah and His Messenger and run about trying to spread disorder(rebels) on the earth, their punishment is no other than that they shall be killed, or be crucified, or their hands and legs be cut off from different sides, or they be kept away from the land (they live in) 23 . That is a humiliation for them in this world, and for them there is a great punishment in the Hereafter. (QS 5;33).

    2.Theft / Corruption.
    As for a man or a woman who commits theft, cut off the hands of both to punish them for what they earned,_a deterrent punishment from Allah. Allah is Mighty, Wise. QS 5;38.

    3. Adultery / Fornicating
    Do not even go close to fornication. It is indeed a shameful act, and an evil way to follow. (32) QS 17;32
    The fornicating woman and the fornicating man, flog each one of them with one hundred stripes. No pity for them should prevail upon you in the matter of Allah’s religion, if you really believe in Allah and the Last Day; and a group of believers must witness their punishment. (2) A man who is fornicator does not (like to) marry but a woman who is a fornicator or a polytheist; and a woman who is a fornicator does not (like to) marry but a man who is a fornicator or a polytheist. And this (i.e. preferring to marry such spouses) has been prohibited for the believers. 1 (3). QS 24;2-3.

    4. Slander
    Those who accuse the chaste women (of fornication), but they do not produce four witnesses, flog them with eighty stripes and do not accept their any evidence any more. They are the sinners, (4) Except those who repent afterwards and mend their ways; then, Allah is All-Forgiving, Very-Merciful. (5)QS 24;4-5,

    5.BLASPHEMEOUS LAW.
    If anyone contends with the Messenger even after guidance has been plainly conveyed to him, and follows a path other than that becoming to men to Faith, We shall leave him in the path he has chosen, and land him in Hell,-what an evil refuge!QS 4:115

    Al Imam Ibn Kathir said: “Let anyone who insults the Prophet, both physically and spiritually, in his fear maligned form of infidelity, hypocrisy, heresy, a painful punishment in the world, he was executed, imprisoned.”

    According to Psychology, (psychological Science) to punish people in front of children and women will harm their soul, they may become a rude/violent person and will be dangerous to society. In developed countries the execution usually are done in closed door.

    HUMAN CIVILIZATION /HUMANITY/ SAVAGERY
    The more advanced the civilization is, the more subtle sense of humanity so that more stringent restrictions on the atrocities. Or the more civilized a society, the more high sense of humanity and even less savagery/sadism. The act of sadism and brutality is the act of Iblis / Satan.

    The act of sadistic punishment could happen during ancient time, not only in Islamic countries, but also happened at other countries, like Japan, China, and the Europe.

    In this 21st century, the civil society, advance countries do not use the ancient punishment anymore. They change them with jail punishment

    THERE ARE SOME OF GOD’S LAWS ARE NOT APPLICABLE ANYMORE.
    These are some of God’s verses are not applicable anymore such as;
    These verses can not be applied any more, since Prophet Muhammad (saw) had died, and also there is no the religious war in 21st century.. These verses in chapter 9 was a specific historical event are abrogated or are invalid.

    1. But if they violate their oaths after their covenant, and attack your religion with disapproval and criticism then fight (you) the leaders of disbelief (chiefs of Quraish – pagans of Makkah) – for surely their oaths are nothing to them – so that they may stop (evil actions). (12) Will you not fight a people who have violated their oaths (pagans of Makkah) and intended to expel the Messenger, while they did attack you first? Do you fear them? Allâh has more right that you should fear Him, if you are believers. (13) Fight against them so that Allâh will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people, QS 9;12-14.

    2 So, when the sacred months expire, kill the Mushriks wherever you find them, and catch them and besiege them and sit in ambush for them everywhere. Then, if they repent and establish Salah and pay Zakah, leave their way. Surely, Allah is most Forgiving, Very-Merciful. QS 9;5

    3, Fight against those who believe not in Allâh, nor in the Last Day, nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Extremist Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued. QS 9;29

    4. O you who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are close to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allâh is with those who are the Al-Muttaqûn QS 9;123.

    5. O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians ( extremist ) as Auliyâ’ (friends, protectors, helpers), they are but Auliyâ’ of each other. And if any amongst you takes them (as Auliyâ’), then surely he is one of them. Verily, Allâh guides not those people who are the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers and unjust). QS 5:51.

    6. You shall any followers of the scripture would rather see you revert to disbelief, now that you have believed. This is due to jealousy on their part, after the truth has become evident to them. pardon them, and leave them alone, until GOD issues His judgment. GOD is Omnipotent.), . (QS.2:109.

    7. Humble towards the believers, stern towards the disbelievers, fighting in the Way of Allâh, and never fear of the blame of the blamers. QS 5;54.

    8. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allâh) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allâh Alone [in the whole of the world QS 8;39.

    9. And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery) to threaten the enemy of Allâh and your enemy, QS 8;60.

    10. So enjoy what you have gotten of booty in war, lawful and good, and be afraid of Allâh. Certainly, Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. QS. 8;69.

    11. And do not marry Al-Mushrikât (idolatresses, etc.) till they believe (worship Allâh Alone). And indeed a slave woman who believes is better than a (free) Mushrikah (idolatress), even though she pleases you. And give not (your daughters) in marriage to Al-Mushrikûn[] till they believe (in Allâh Alone) and verily, a believing slave is better than a (free) Mushrik (idolater), even though he pleases you. Those (Al-Mushrikûn) invite you to the Fire, but Allâh invites (you) to Paradise
    QS 2;221.

    12. Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allâh, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of Tâghût (Satan,).[] So fight you against the friends of Shaitân QS 4;76.

    13. They wish that you reject Faith, as they have rejected (Faith), and thus that you all become equal (like one another). So take not Auliyâ’ (protectors or friends) from them, till they emigrate in the Way of Allâh (to Muhammad SAW). But if they turn back (from Islâm), take (hold of) them and kill them wherever you find them, and take neither Auliyâ’ (protectors or friends) nor helpers from them. QS 4;89.
    14. O Prophet (Muhammad SAW)! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be severe against them; their abode will be Hell, and worst indeed is that destination. QS 66;9.

    SLAVERY
    According to QS 23:5-6 Bako Haram and ISIS rebels are allowed to kidnapped 276 girls from school and then they can possess them as slave.

    15. And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts). (5) Except from their wives or (captive of war) that their right hands possess, – for then, they are free from blame; QS 23;5-6.

    16. O prophet, We have made lawful for you all your wives whom you have given their dowers, and those (bondwomen) whom you own, out of the captives Allah has given to you as spoils of war.

    17. And those who guard their private parts, (their chastity )(29) Except from their wives and those (captives of war ) owned by their hands,__ because they are not to be blamed, (30) But the one who seeks (sexual gratification) beyond that, then such people are the transgressors,__ QS 70;29-30

    18. Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those (Slaves ) whom your right hands possess. thus hath Allah ordained (prohibitions) against you: except for these, all others are lawful, provided ye seek (them in marriage) with gifts from your property,― desiring chastity, not lust. Seeing that ye derive benefit from them give them their dowers (at least) as prescribed; but if, after a dower is prescribed, ye agree mutually (to vary it) there is no blame on you, and Allah is All-Knowing All-Wise. QS 4;23-24

    19. It is not for a believer (Muslim) to kill any believer, except by mistake. Whoever kills a believer by mistake, then, a believing slave has to be freed, and the blood money must be paid to his family, unless they forgo it. 43 If he (the victim) belongs to a people hostile to you and is a believer, then, a believing slave has to be freed. 44 If he (the victim) belongs to a people between whom and you there is treaty, then, blood money is to be paid to his family, 45 and a believing slave to be freed. Whoever does not find one has to fast for two consecutive months. This is repentance prescribed from Allah’s side. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. QS 4;92

    20. O you who believe, the slaves owned by you, and those of you who have not reached puberty, must seek your permission (to see you) at three times: before the prayer of Fajr, and when you take off your clothes at noon, and after the prayer of ‘Isha’. These are three times of privacy for you. There is no harm, neither to you nor to them, after these (three times). 14 They are your frequent visitors, as some of you are (frequent visitors) of the others. This is how Allah explains the verses to you. Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise. QS 24;58

    21. God’s verses related to the sadistic punishment are written in Torah and Al Quran as above should be changed to jail punishment.

    If King of Saudi Arabia can REFORM such things, he will be an excellent peacemaker, and excellent reformer in 21st Century. His legacy will be remembered forever.

    But if King can not do such things, these violence will never end, and I believe that the religious war will spread from Syria to other neighbor countries or Middle East countries.

    I strongly URGE Muslim Scholars around the world to reform all the ancient Islamic laws…if we want to live in peace, love, compassion, tolerance, harmony and prosperity.

    May Allah guide us all to the right path of Islam. Ameen

    Google; HOW TO FOLLOW THE SUNNAH RASULULLAH RIGHTLY IN 21ST CENTURY.

    Wassalamu’alaikum wrwb
    With all my love

  3. CONTINUE—-

    The ancient Islamic laws through the book of Hadith

    EXTREMIST MUSLIM FOLLOWS THE FALSE HADITH.

    The extremist Muslims justify their acts through the book of such as Hadith Sahih Muslim-Bukhari as second book beside Holy Quran. Therefore we can see that Extremist Muslims commit violence and punish blasphemy, apostasy and those who do not follow their belief.

    So the violence and killing of innocent people is originated from the book of false Hadith, some contain in the book of Muslim-Bukhari as following;

    These some of examples of false and violent Hadiths.

    Prophet Muhammad (saw) command us to kill those who insult Islam, Prophet Muhammad (saw) or make a division of Islam (Blasphemy) written in the book of Hadith sahih Muslim-Bukhari;

    When the end times will appear young people and bad attitude. They said word by using the word of GOD , when they had come out of Islam as an arrow from his bow slipping . Wherever you meet them , then kill them . Because real people are killed they will get a reward on the resurrection day ” HR Bukhari.

    Anyone of you who saw heresy, apostasy, let is changing with your HANDS, if not able, let the verbal, if not able to let the heart. However, such is weak as weak faith.HR.Muslim

    ” That there is a Jewish woman who often denounce and vilify the Prophet . (Due to the offense ) , then the woman had been strangled to death by a man. It turns out that the Messenger of Allah justifies his blood ” . (Abu Dawud )

    The extremist Muslim kill the apostasy will get reward from God, because Prophet Muhammad(saw) command us to do so;

    Anyone who changes his religion (out of Islam, apostasy) then kill. Wherever you meet them, then kill them. Because real people are killed they will get a reward at the Judgment Day (HR. Bukhari) –(Honor killing )

    The extremist Muslim kill Gay-Lesbian (homosexual), because Prophet Muhammad(saw) command us to do so;
    Word of the Prophet, “If you have people who do act like the people of Lut (liwath) then kill the perpetrators.” (Narrated by Abu Daud, Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah)

    I strongly urge all Muslim Scholars to abolish all violent Hadith that written in the book of Hadith.

    With all my love

  4. CONTINUE–

    CAN WE CHANGE THE SUNNAH AS FOLOWING BELOW?

    Allah sent down His revelation to Prophet Muhammad (saw) according to this condition. Also Prophet and Clerics gave advice to people according to this condition.

    During Muhammad’s (pbuh) time , imagine how Arab people made a house? They made house from skin of animal, It was not real house but just a tent, moveable, QS.16;80-81. They moved from one place to another place. There was no paper to write. Allah’s words were written in the animal’s skin.

    During Muhammad’s (pbuh) time Women are treated as the second class, as slave, less valued, insulted and treated inhumanely.

    They killed their children foolishly, due to their lack of knowledge QS 6;140., Women were treated as slaves, and can be traded etc. QS.24:33 QS 23;4-6, The parents treat female or baby girl very badly and inhumanity QS 16:58. Women receive inheritance half then male QS 33:35. A wife do not have a right to reject if her husband want to have sex QS.4:34. Women have to cover whole her body with cloth. QS.33:59.QS 24;31.

    A man could marry women more than one QS.4:3. before that a man could marry as many as he wants to and also had many slaves.
    Can you imagine that how women were treated at Prophet Muhammad’s time.

    1. Women should be accompanied by her brother/husband when going out of the house.
    2. Women should cover her body completely from head to the toe, except two holes for the eyes.
    In other words, women have to wear Burqa, if she goes outside of the house.
    3. Women should stay home, do not need to have good education at all.
    In other word, women are prohibited to go to school.
    4. Women should be forbidden to shake hand with a man.
    5. Women should be forbidden to sit side by side with a man.
    6. Women should be forbidden to sing a song in public places or on TV.
    7. Women should be forbidden to marry Christian man, and Jewish man.
    8. Women and men should sit separately.
    9. Women and men should be forbidden to eat meat that slaughtered by Christian and Jews.
    10. Women should be forbidden to participate in sport.
    11. Women should be forbidden to be leader, or as imam of Mosque.
    12. Women should be forbidden to get inheritance half of man.
    13. Music is prohibited, because Muhammad did not listened to music.
    14. Christian and Jews or disbeliever are forbidden to be a leader.
    15. Muslim have to brush their teeth with root of tree.
    16. Muslims are forbidden to say; “Merry Christmas” to christian friends. The Bible was altered by humans.
    17. Because of conflict and war, population of women more than men, therefore, a man was allowed marrying woman more than one.
    18. Bank belongs to Jews and Christians and should be forbidden because of Usury (riba).
    19. Those who does not follow prophet Muhammad(saw) accused infidel, enemy of Islam and should be punished and even should be killed.

    Such as; heresy, magic, gay-lesbian, blasphemy, apostasy etc.
    20, Those who follow the lifestyle of infidel, are not Muhammad’s follower. Such as those who sing song, using blue jean pants, and using electronic instruments etc.

    There are so many thousand of Hadits written in the book of hadits Muslim and Bukhari etc. which explain how the life of Prophet Muhammad (saw) on early state of Islam.

    Most of them are not syariah but old/ancient traditions of Arab culture. I’ve found some of them are false hadits. False hadits is against the Quran and will have a negative impact to those who practice it. Some of them lead Muslims to act violently and destructively. So those who believe the book of Hadits is a holy book besides the Quran will go astray and fall into the sinful syirk.

    TODAY

    Today’s life has been greatly affected and influenced by science and technology. I bet, you do not want to follow the sunnah of prophet Muhamad(saw) that is from the dark age. Prophet Muhammad (saw) would be happy and proud to see his followers live a much better life than him.

    Every parent in this world wants their children’s life to be better than theirs, right?

    Can we alter the sunnah with appropriate way, according the development of science and culture?
    I strongly believe that the rule or the law of Allah in regards to wordly life or dunya for human (hablul minannaas) can be reformed or corrected.
    But the rule of Allah in regards to Allah (hablul minnallah) can not be changed, such as shalah, fasting, zakat(charity), Hajj and direction of Kiblah.
    Allah said in the Quran that all Allah’s laws related to worldly affairs can be fixed, reformed according to these verses below; YES.

    It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them. Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted they would have broken away from about thee; so pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah’s) forgiveness for them; and consult them (Jews,Christian etc ) in affairs (of world). Then when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). (QS 3; 159).

    Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular prayer; who (conduct) their affairs (Jews,Christian,others ) by mutual Consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance; (38) And those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves. QS 42; 38-39.

    Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own soul) . QS .13:11.
    And such are the Parables We set forth for mankind, but only those understand them who have Knowledge. QS 29; (43)

    We, Muslims, really need a reformation to change/correct the old interpretation to the modern interpretation according to development of science, technology, and human cultures in 21 st. century, otherwise, Muslims still live in the dark age, undeveloped, backward, or in other words,

    Muslims can not lead human to the right path, to paradise as Allah promised, those who follow His commandment rightly and completely will be rewarded a paradise in this world and hereafter.

    Modern Interpretation; A woman can go outside of her house without accompanied by her brother or husband, if it is safe.

    Modern interpretation; Women do not need to feel guilty if she does not want to wear hijab, and feel safe. Burqa, Niqab, Hijab and Robe (worn by a man) are Arab’s traditional clothes or dresses which are worn in desert areas. People need to protect their body from extream heat and desert storm that could hurt and harm them, therefore, they always cover their entire body parts including their faces except their eyes. These are not islamic dress codes for all Muslims over the world to wear.

    Modern interpretation; Women can get good education like the men.

    Modern interpretation; Woman is allowed to shake hand with a man who is not related.

    Modern interpretation; Women are allowed to sing on TV or at public places, if she feels safe/comfortable.

    Modern interpretation; Women are allowed to marry a Christian man as long as they love each other.

    Modern interpretation ; Women are allowed to sit side by side with men as long as there is no war.

    Modern interpretation; Muslim are allowed to eat meat that slaughtered by Jews and Christian. (Except at war time. QS 2:173)

    Modern interpretation; Women are allowed to participate in Miss Universe contests and any sport events.

    Modern interpretation; Women are allowed to become an imam at a Mosque or a leader. Man and woman are equal.

    Modern interpretation; Women and men should receive equal amount of inheritance

    Modern interpretation; Music is allowed eventhough Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did not engage in it.

    Modern interpretation; Islam teaching allows all people to be elected as a leader. There are no discrimination in Islamic teachings, except during war or conflic time.

    Modern interpretation; Muslims are allowed to say; “Merry Christmas” to Christian friends.

    Modern interpretation; Conventional banks that run by non-Muslims are not haram or forbidden anymore, because the interest is not high, but small. Small interest is beneficial to both parties.

    Modern interpretation; Muslims are allowed to have dogs as long as the dogs are in good health. Today dogs should be checked up by a veterinarian. Referred to QS 5:4.

    Modern interpretation; The right and the best system of government now is Democratic Secular. Majority lead government, and government must protect the right of minority or Human Right.-, instead of Caliphate system QS 2;30.

    Modern interpreation, all offspring Prophet Ibrahim are Muslim such as; Jews, Christians, Muslim, etc, Thera are our brothers and sisters,

    Modern interpretation; Islam teaches to treat all people fairly and kindly, there is no discrimination and forced. Except those who does criminal act such as rape and killing.

    Modern interpretation; a husband has to respect the right of wife to refuse having sex with her husband when she does not feel to do so.

    Modern interpretation; Accept and respect the different beliefs of non believers. Only God has the right to judge and punish His people’s beliefs. God create people and laws for people. Only God has the right to judge.

    Modern interpretation; Muslim can use a coffin and some chemical to preserve the death people for view days. The benefits of using coffin is to give enough time or all families members to gather and give the last honor to his/her beloved one.

    Modern interpretation: allow Muslim to drink alcohol for health purpose, as long as he does not get drunk.

    HUMAN CIVILIZATION/HUMANITY
    The more advanced civilization is, the more subtle sense of humanity should become and less stringent restrictions should be. Or the more civilized a society becomes, the more high the sense of humanity and less savagery/sadism one becomes. The act of sadism and brutality is the act of Iblish/Satan

    We, Muslims, have to reject the extreme Muslims and terrorist who incite violence, instead, we should promote peace, love, tolerance, compassion and accept different thoughts, ideas and interpretation of Islamic teachings.

    All Muslims must adopt the accepting, moderate, calm, and rational approaches as described in the Qur’an. In other words, they must be role models for humanity and earn people’s admiration for the morality of Islam and themselves.

    Muslims should also make great progress and produce superb works of science, culture, art, and aesthetics, as well as live Islam in the best way, and thus represent it to the world .

    Wassalamu’alaikum wrwb
    With all my love

  5. Quite a treat. But how many of your people will buy some of the ideas as they are very radical? The Saudis and the Iranians will issue fatwas to stop them.

  6. Human learning is a constant on going process. There was something called the Protestant reformation in Christianity and the Catholic Church in turn tried to meet the challenge by holding a Council of Trent.

    Then a few centuries later the Catholic Church borrowed something from Islam now called “religious freedom,” during the Vatican Councils.

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