Can Islam Be Reformed ?

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Can Islam Be Reformed ?


Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:51 pm

Can Islam Be Reformed ?

Islam currently represents a backward, aggressive, and violent force. Must it remain this way, or can it be reformed and become moderate, modern, and good-neighborly? Can Islamic authorities formulate an understanding of their religion that grants full rights to women and non-Muslims as well as freedom of conscience to Muslims, that accepts the basic principles of modern finance and jurisprudence, and that does not seek to impose Sharia law or establish a caliphate?

A growing body of analysts believe that no, the Muslim faith cannot do these things, that these features are inherent to Islam and immutably part of its makeup. Asked if she agrees with my formulation that “radical Islam is the problem, but moderate Islam is the solution,” the writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali replied: “He’s wrong. Sorry about that.” She and I stand in the same trench, fighting for the same goals and against the same opponents, but we disagree on this vital point.

My argument has two parts. First, the essentialist position of many analysts is wrong; and second, a reformed Islam can emerge.

Already in this young century, a few positive signs in this direction can be discerned. Note some developments concerning women:

• Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council has responded to rising public outrage over child marriages by setting the age of majority at 18. Though this doesn’t end child marriages, it moves toward abolishing the practice.

• Turkish clerics have agreed to let menstruating women attend mosque and pray next to men.

• The Iranian government has nearly banned the stoning of convicted adulterers.

• Women in Iran have won broader rights to sue their husbands for divorce.

• A conference of Muslim scholars in Egypt deemed clitoridectomies contrary to Islam and, in fact, punishable.

• A key Indian Muslim institution, Darul Uloom Deoband, issued a fatwa against polygamy.

Other notable developments, not specifically about women, include:

• The Saudi government abolished jizya (the practice of enforcing a poll tax on non-Muslims).

• An Iranian court ordered the family of a murdered Christian to receive the same compensation as that of a Muslim victim.

• Scholars meeting at the International Islamic Fiqh Academy in Sharjah have started to debate and challenge the call for apostates to be executed.

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Re: Can Islam Be Reformed ?


Unread post by LionHunter » Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:15 am

there are room for reforms in ISLAAM, but things which are clearly abolished in QURAAN shud be kept as it is.

and common sensible better rules shud take place with modernized thinking.

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Re: Can Islam Be Reformed ?


Unread post by Muslim First » Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:58 am

Anybody looked at the author of this article?

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Re: Can Islam Be Reformed ?


Unread post by ghulam muhammed » Fri Jul 05, 2013 6:27 pm

Muslim First wrote:Anybody looked at the author of this article?
Mr. Pipes runs a very anti-Muslim website and is considered to be a leader among Islamophobes, and yet his views on reformist Islam are basically the same as those of many reformist Muslims.

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Re: Can Islam Be Reformed ?


Unread post by qutub_mamajiwala » Wed May 24, 2017 8:14 am

Hirsi Ali: The 'heretic' who says Muslims need to re-think sex, money, and violence ... 822425.cms