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Islam needs serious reform

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Submitted by Gemmi (Singapore), Dec 30, 2008 at 12:07

Well, I've not read the book, but based on the points noted in this article, the work seems to be one of unprecedented courage. The main problem with the present interpretation of Islam is its rigidity that does not allow anybody to even think of looking at it in a different perspective. The absolute authority of the Koran, written decades before, on modern life in this changed world is something unimaginable for non-muslims. All religions have some irrational old teachings and references, but in the case of most of the other religions, the outdated portions are simply ignored. In Muslim societies, religious rules are becoming more strict; for example in Malaysia, the authorities recently banned Yoga among Muslims saying that it has roots on ancient Indian religion.

One of the most discriminatory teachings of Islam, I feel, is its total disrespect of the believers of other faiths, and an interpretation that the world would become a paradise if there were only muslims. Any attrocity against a non-Muslim seems to be justified, and even modern interpreters seem to be literally following the words in Koran. Here is an example of a pathetic reply in www.islam-watch.org from one MA Khan to a query by a novice regarding watching porn:

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"........... you can do sex with Kafir women any way you want. You can attack the Kafirs, kill their men and then capture the women and have sex with them. You can also kidnap them and keep them as slaves as many as you want, who will do all the household work and also provide sex to you. Allah has sent down a divine sanction to Muslims for acquiring slave women for sex by waging wars against the infidels and from spoils or booty obtained from it:

O Prophet! surely We have made lawful to you your wives whom you have given their dowries, and those whom your right hand possesses out of those whom Allah has given to you as prisoners of war.. [Q 33:50]

These being the injunctions of Islam, I do not see much reason as to why you should be worried about watching porn.......... "

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Amazing justification!!

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