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No intermediaries in Islam

Reader comment on item: CAIR Instructs the Police about Islam

Submitted by David Pinto (Canada), Jun 3, 2010 at 17:41

You mention: Prayer in Islam serves as a direct link between the worshipper and God. There are no intermediaries between God and the worshipper" (p. 21). Sufis, it appears, are not welcome in CAIR.

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The real problem with the "no intermediaries" part is not with the Sufis, it is with the Shi'a. Because the Shi'a venerate the 12 imams -- that is why, incidentally, the Shi'a of Iran are known as Twelvers -- there is an unconscious tendency after a while to, well, elevate the 12 imams. That is, IMHO, one of the reasons -- there are others -- for the state of tension between Sunni and Shi'a.

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