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Can Islam modernize and reinterpretation

Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict XVI and the Koran

Submitted by Vinodgupt (United States), Jan 19, 2006 at 13:09

Only those who have not studied the Koran can talk of modernization of Islam. For a Muslim the Koran is the ulitmate word of Allah -- immutable and unalterable. If it is changed it would mean God did not know what he "wrote" -- this is sheer balsphemy. Islam is based on belief. Not a word is to be questioned or doubted (Koran 2:1) is the first sentence of the second chapter. It is all about faith.

Talk of "reinterpretation" mean all those scholars who have interpreted the Koran for 1400 years have been wrong. And then what all will be revised -- it is not just the matter of the Koran. There is whole body of Hadith and the life of the Prophet. How can we, today in the 21st century, say the Hadith which were compiled with great scrutiny after long painful arduous research were wrong. For example Imam Bukhari collected 300,000 Hadiths of which he chose only 7275, about the authenticity of which he had no doubt, to include in his compilation known as Sahih Al-Bukhari. This is regarded as "the most authentic book after the Book of Allah (i.e. Al-Quran)

Who will decide which "reinterpretation" is right and should be accepted and who will decide which Hadith is authentic and which is not?

Definitely "reinterpretation" by an infidel will never be accepted by any believer.

The best way to deal with Islam is as suggested by one respondent to confine it to Muslim countries. Make sure Islam does not interfere with and infringe on the lives of infidels.
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