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Oh no, Islam is not stuck!

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Submitted by Boris (United States), Jan 22, 2006 at 16:23

The whole idea of Islam is make Koran ambigious and permitting for any kind of interpretation. Koran does not answer concretely to any of the fundamental modern questions - and that makes this book creative and eternal. See for yourself - can all Muslims give exactly the same answer to the following questions:
- Can a Muslim act in the name of Allah, whatever this action is?
- Do you think infidels in general represent enough danger to call for their killing?
- Can a Muslim man marry more than one woman?
- Can a Muslim woman drive a car?
- Can a non-Muslim woman wear whatever she wants among Muslim women?
- Are women and men equal or a man is superior?
- For Muslims living in the West - what law has priority - Muslim law or the law of the land?

The list can go on and on. And I guarantee the entire Muslim community will be split in such a survey. Why? Because the only principle that you can find in Koran is is a principle of not having any principles. "Shall not murder?" We know already that for Muslims it all depends... "Shall not steal?" It all depends. "Honour your father and mother"? - what if they are all infidels? "Shall not take God's name in vain"? Hey - this one is a joke - acting "in the name is Allah" is a classical example of taking God's name in vain, these eternal "Allah willing,..." is another example.

You pronounce one phrase - and you are already a Muslim! You don't have to pass any exam for compliance with a law, such as accept 10 Commandments or 613 mitzvas. Setting behavioral standards based on 5 pillars only will give you exactly what you commit to - lack of principles, reliance on God instead of your own actions, vulnerability to brainwashing.

No, Islam is not stuck - it is so flexible, you can turn it to any direction depending on your immediate personal or social needs. And that is what keeps Islam strong and popular.
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