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A modern Islam

Reader comment on item: Foreword: Why Islam's Reformers are Vitally Important
in response to reader comment: Modern Islam - ? Ain't gonna fly.

Submitted by Prashant, Aug 6, 2017 at 22:57

Dear Dr Pipes,

Your reader Kerby says that a modern version of Islam cannot be created. I disagree.
Behind all the myth and mythology all religions have a core set of beliefs. This core set not only defines a religion but also it distinguishes the religion from all others. I think a modern version of Islam can be created around its five pillars (after relaxing them somewhat): Statement of faith, charity, prayer, fasting and pilgrimage. Certain features of the religion like the politico-legal doctrine (Sharia), the desire to control every aspect of a person's life, dabbling in the economic systems, and the instructions about violently defending the religion at all costs can be followed only figuratively and not literally.

If such a version of Islam is created, Islam can thrive and coexist with other religions of the world in peace.

The most distinctive aspect of Islam that I see is its stubborn attachment to monotheism and non-idolatry. This principle, by itself, is very defensible and may even be good if preached non-violently and with humility. If I were to be a Muslim, I will focus on this principle.

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