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The offense of stating the obvious!

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Submitted by Amin Riaz (United Kingdom), Nov 26, 2011 at 21:32

Vast amount of Arabic religious literature is written in Classical form of Arabic. I do not think Dr Pipes has any claims on being a Classical Arabic scholar.... Any claims on Modern Arabic .... I do not know his proficiency levels.

"Linguistically, jihad has several meanings. In the context of religion, politics, and warfare, it has only one."

This view I find it to be lacking - meaning of "personal struggle" and Jihad goes back to the Prophet Muhammad himself. Especially to Ali - the last Caliph. Sufism has always set store by this interpretation.

And Sufism has had monumental influences on politics, culture, religion and language of Muslims. That still continues.

It has never been the purpose of this site or of Dr Pipes to highlight any positives of Muslims... the offense of stating the obvious!

No matter how marginal - the link is there, has demonstrable history. And if Muslims are looking to reform that word and give it positive connotations .... why stand in its way?


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