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Reforming Islam???

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Submitted by Carl Goldberg (United States), Mar 30, 2014 at 16:32

Daniel, you write: "Religious thinkers are in the business of constantly adapting their faith to current realities and Muslims can do so by deeming Koran 9:29 out of date, abrogate it, or render it metaphorical. Contra Ibrahim, clarity does not exclude shifts in interpretation."

There is good reason to disagree with you. Muslims cannot abrogate anything in the Koran. Only Allah can do that. Because every word of the Koran is considered by all religious Moslems to be the literal word of god -- perfect, complete, immutable and valid for all of eternity -- no Moslem can declare it "out of date". That is tantamount to apostasy. As for rendering it "metaphorical", how is that possible when the Koran is considered Allah's literal word wherever it is possible to read it literally? That is the way the greatest Islamic religious scholars have done it for 1400 years. How can you say that those Islamic religious authorities can overturn this doctrine?

There is not a shred of evidence that Islam's doctrines from the Koran and the Sunnah can be reformed. That is only your ungrounded faith and hope. I wouldn't bet a penny on it.

There are moderate Moslems, that is, Moslems who do not follow the doctrines of Islam. But, there is no such thing as "moderate Islam", nor is there any evidence that there will be.

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