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Islam can change

Reader comment on item: Moderate Islam: Western Ally or Western Myth?

Submitted by Lady (Indonesia), Dec 28, 2009 at 20:50

I agree with Ms Sultan, that Islam can change. It very critical time for islam to change to bend toward radicalism or to modern more tolerate religion?

I guess the first step must be done in the heart of islam refferal land which is in Arab Saudia.

The change needs by Arab Saudia probably in this list below:

- Equality and more freedom for women similar to men in many fields.
- Abolish child married on behalf of Arab culture which adhered to islam.
- Open up Saudia land to other religion freedom
-Equality to all nationalities to implement their own religion in Saudia land as the gesture of international demand for others right in Saudia land.
-Change the charity of Saudia Arabia, not only support the islam religion spreads by building mosques and teaching islam, but also to support equality, freedom, humanity and science developments.

Why Arab Saudia? Because to go to Mekah as Muslim refferal of highest ritual of muslims is listed in 5 pilars of islam, that all muslim have to do Haj to Mekah. Means Saudia Arabia plays the most important role to be a referal place for muslims in the world. While in Saudia, the implementation of the lists above are contradicted with the world modern civilisation of human being. So no matter where muslims go, this 5th pillar of islam will always attach to idenity of muslim, which refer to Mekah... In other word, Mekah or Saudia way of life or culture will always follows by all muslim in the world.

If Saudia Arabia can not change, then there is no chance for islam to change, then muslims will gain more strength by referring to the specific interpretation of Qur'an as what Saudia state doing now in the matter listed. The worse is when there is a strict blind mind to think that ONLY ISLAM way of life is superior in this earth, while the rest is just a junk people. This islam way of life strength applies in Arab Saudia, definitely get stronger, which may lead to radicalisme. Particularly when Saudia kingdom has more then enough financial capability, to support muslims all over the world. Of course beside financial support, Saudia also expect the beneficier of Saudia financial support also adopting Saudia culture. So far very famous that Saudia supports muslims world to build mosques and charity base on islam religion. Then those mosques facilitate by the hardline clerics who spread the messages of Saudia Arabia culture and religion, and its mosque member in the building can be a hotbed of radical muslims.

Miss Sultan mentioned that in Turkey there is a big change to women equality, to allow to pray with men

This change must be done very soon, otherwise, the spread of hardliner institution under the shadow of mosques will occupy the earth land, then there is no chance for islam to change, to be more moderate and tolerant, as what most christian people achieved in equality and freedom of human kind (represent by the west countries).

I am not an expert in islam or its history, my writing just a personal view which I gain from my experiences to live in one of a muslim country. Thank you.


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