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John Bastille

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in response to reader comment: A sincere cry from a real Muslim.

Submitted by Mohammed Saleem Akhtar (United States), Oct 14, 2005 at 18:57

Your comments on a person named 'Muhammad"s posts are indeed noteworthy and raise important questions.

Let me tell you, the fault lies in the interpretation. There are 200 different schools that have tried to interpret the koran.. each to their own liking. The wahabists are the worst.

Islam does not have missionaries to convert people.
Islam does not want 'you' to change.
The real Islam is 'not' Koran or the sayings of 'Muhammad'.
No one even can confirm if many of those sayings of 'Muhammad' are correct. There is a lot of doubt and discussion within Islamic schools of the validity of the sayings.

The main problem that I see with 'Islam' is a lack of clarity. Most muslims are simple spiritual people who live like any other person on this world. The word Jihad has been abused by the Mullahs for centuries. Jihad doesnt mean just going and fighting. Even the Arabs dont know how to correctly interpret it.

The Arabs must sit down and 'reform' Islam. The concept of reform is known as 'Ijtehad' in Islam. Last 1400 years no one has done any 'Ijtehad' in Islam. the religion badly needs to be reformed to make it compatible with modern times. The problem is 'who' will do it? There is no central authority. The Arabs are not educated neither willing. The non-arab muslims like turks etc dont have the respect among the 'arabs muslims' to change their views.

Its simply a declined state of affairs.....
Submitting....

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