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The Truth: Islam Is Stuck, Theologically

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Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Jan 17, 2006 at 19:52

The assessment that "Islam is stuck" is an accurate one.

Any revision/re-interpretation of the Qur'an would have to be made by another Islamic prophet of "Allah." Unfortunately, since Muhammad has been declared the "Last and Final Prophet of Allah" it puts Islam pretty much in a stuck situation.

The truth is that the "peaceful verses" in the Qur'an were "revealed" to Muhammad in the early stages of Islam when Muhammad was trying to convert Jews and Christians away from their respective faiths and convince them to adopt Islam as the "True Religion." Later, when the majority of Jews rejected Muhammad as their new religious leader he began to receive "new revelations" commanding him to impose a tax upon them for not believing, turn the original direction of Muslim prayer from facing Jerusalem to thereafter face Mecca, and to expel Jews and Christians from the Arabian Peninsula. As more time passed and resentment grew, Muhammad's revelations called for greater measures to be taken against Jews, Christians, and all non-Muslims who refused to "embrace Islam." Thus, the continued conflict to this day.
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