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Reader comment on item: The Nation of Islam Discovers Scientology

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Nov 11, 2012 at 12:54

Dear Dr Pipes,

If Nation of Islam is indeed a sect of Islam (normative or otherwise) then its opening up to any other religion (even scientology) is a welcome news. The biggest problem (if I may say so) with Islam is its unintended close-mindedness (when there is a last prophet, there is no room for new wisdom; when there is one final incontrovertible book, there is no room for any further investigation).

Nation of Islam's connection with scientology, if it indeed happened, is a very good sign. It shows that there is room inside Islam for new ideas. In fact, it also indicates a major danger to Islam that muslims, who take pride in the large number of new converts to Islam, ignore. Many time these over-enthusiatic converson-zealots are only interested in the number games and convert anyone to Islam for any reason (marriage being the most lucrative). But these new converts also bring in new ideas into Islam. Some of these new ideas may cause the ultimate crack.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
Scientologgy operate criminal affiliates in Israel [49 words]Susya Bar DrorJan 22, 2013 10:38202721
2What Nonsense [59 words]Neal BishopDec 17, 2012 14:23201534
Open mindedness is always a virtue [169 words]PrashantNov 11, 2012 12:54200477
Tony Muhammad [121 words]witherspoonOct 28, 2012 17:20200134
Extremists, tend to join together. [16 words]Phil GreendOct 27, 2012 22:51200115
2Cash Influx ..Scientology Has what the NOI wants [95 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
witherspoonOct 27, 2012 13:49200106
I'm sure "the prophet" would approve. [16 words]Casual observerOct 27, 2012 10:48200102
Now that would be cool ! [72 words]anonOct 27, 2012 01:36200094
1Don't understand the point of your article [39 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
larry smithOct 26, 2012 15:50200083
what about tom [14 words]tom fan 5150Oct 26, 2012 15:15200082
SCIENTOLOGY AND BLACKS, QUITE A MIXTURE [94 words]JACQUES HADIDAOct 26, 2012 13:15200079
Mr. Farrakhan, in Charlotte recently, is still at it. [43 words]Kim ClimerOct 26, 2012 18:49200079
1Louis Farrakhan Meets L. Ron. Hubbard [15 words]Baba MetziaOct 26, 2012 12:34200078
1Normative Islam - with or without Islamic radicalism [16 words]Wallace Edward BrandOct 26, 2012 08:24200076
Could Farrakhan's involvement with Scientology have any connection to Obama? [26 words]Alan in KSOct 25, 2012 23:36200070
2Mixed (up) Faiths [191 words]Jim BattarbeeOct 27, 2012 12:29200070

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