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Ban the Salafi Islam

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Submitted by Concerned European (Lithuania), Sep 12, 2007 at 01:50

I do not think that idea to ban Islam in its entirety is good, however I am convinced than one should certainly ban the Salafi Islam.

Every religion has the concept of Sainthood which is immanent in some person or object of the material, visible world - be it nature in its entirety, holy animals or plants, statues of gods and godesses, sheykhs, guru and prophets, Son of God, awatars etc. Sufi Islam, for example, recognizes its sheykhs as the manifestation of God.

However the Salafi Islam does not recognize the veneration of sheykhs and considers the Prophet as "mere man". Thus is utterly lacks any concept of Sainthood. The Salafi concept of God is that of remote, uncomprehesible, capricious God, whose will cannot be conceived and explained neither rationally nor experientially(i.e. by mystical practice) in any way. The Pope Benedict maybe was wrong speaking about Islam generally, however his words about the irrationality of Islam are absolutely true when applied to Salafi Islam.

However a teaching without any concept of Sainthood hardly can be called religion at all and it easily degenerates into a merely political cult. Not only that. The fact is also that the Salafism is fiercely exclusivist and nihilist - it denies any secular culture which is not in conformity with their utterly narrow and litteralist concept of "Sunna". All secular culture is for them "idolatry". All things put together makes the Salafism the recipe of disaster.

It is suprising thing how Salafism hampers not only critical thinking but any thinking at all. I tried one to engaged into a discussion with Salafis, but it turned absolutely boring - knowing a little bit of their credo I was able to anticipate almost everything what they were going to say. It is as if was talking with a sort of programmed robots. There was and still are many talks about brainwashing and mind-control by cults and the Salafism looks like the prime example of that.

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