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Submitted by Abu Ramli (Canada), Apr 18, 2008 at 11:47

It will be really hard or impossible to have this "Democratic Islam", the reason for this is because the Qu'ran is the book that Muslims follow.

The Catholics grasped of power long time ago was different because what they did was to follow more of their tradition, separation of clergy and common people thus lording over the people and there intimidation of being excommunicated. But because the Bible has become available to all common people, this created a reformation. Reformation came when people read, studied and applied the Bible.

People now have seen how to deal with fellow men. Jesus summarized the commandments as "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind" and "'Love your neighbor as yourself.' The more one becomes in depth with the Bible, the more that he sees the purpose of God in this life; that is to have a relation with Him through Jesus Christ and to live in accordance with Jesus' teachings.

For the Muslims it is different, the more one becomes in depth with their book, Qu'ran, the more his life is being patterned into it. Thus, he sees other people who are not Muslims as infidels, Kafir. This person will also encourage, (or intimidate) others to be true followers of Islam. The true followers of Islam for them are those who follow the Qu'ran so that all nations can become Islamic.

Having lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for more than 10 years, I have seen the reality of this. Other Muslims from other countries may have some comment on the Saudis muslims, but those who are religious in their reading of Qu'ran do admire their religious police, mutawas, they also would like to see that Imam/Sheik/Mufti be the one leading their country and not a king.

Again it will be really be hard or impossible the so called "Democratic Islam".

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