Encourage moves toward religious freedom by Islamic leaders


By Johnnie Moore, who is a Southern Baptist minister from California and was the 2017 recipient of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “medal of valor” for his work on behalf of religious minorities in the Middle East.

(CNN) Demonstrating his by now well-known courage and candor, the 32-year-old Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, could not have been more clear to Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo last fall when he said he aimed to turn the Kingdom in the direction of a “moderate Islam” that is “open to the world, open to all the religions.”

The crown prince’s message is being reinforced by his recent and much-publicized visit to the United States and the momentum of reforms emerging from Arab nations across the Middle East. We will have to see if the prince’s spirit of tolerance prevails against the well-entrenched Wahhabists, the ultraconservative Islamic sect that originated in Saudi Arabia and has been accused of providing an ideological framework for extremism throughout the world.

It could very well be that we are witnessing the prelude (or more) to a theological and political reformation within the Islamic world — one that ought to be encouraged and validated by Christians. We are very good at protesting the abuse of religious freedom and less vocal when it comes to praising those who are trying to make a positive difference.

These days, there are plenty of efforts being undertaken that are worthy of praise.

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    • Rafiq— ahmadiyyah also need to refom the Ahmadiyyah’s interpretation of Islam relate to women Issue— otherwise Ahmadiyyah will be left behind—!
      All love ❤️

      • I agree with you ‘just a little’. As you know I am in favor of hijab and decent dress. However, as Renate mentioned, sometimes some Ahmadis are ‘over-doing’ it. Ladies are permitted – and do – work with men, teachers, lawyers, doctors and many other professions. It does not make sense that when they approach the Mosque they should all-of-a-sudden be prohibited from speaking to a man (when they do it anyway all day long).

  1. Reblogged this on Progressive Islam. and commented:
    KING WROTE ; he said he aimed to turn the Kingdom in the direction of a “moderate Islam” that is “open to the world, open to all the religions.”“”

    It is a good sign but we need quick action, we cannot wait another years.

    If you do that, your name will be remembered by million prople around the world that you are a real reformer in Islam.

    The freedom of religion and justice for all is the core of all religions
    Human Right and women’s right is the tenrt of Islamic teaching or God law. ( Al Quran and Bible).

    All our love ❤️

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