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Islamic Reform Requires 100% Cooperation

Reader comment on item: Can Islam Be Reformed?
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Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Jul 3, 2013 at 10:17

Dr, Pipes, with all due respect, I totally agree with Amil Imani's assessment regarding the prospect of trying to reform Islam. Reformation of the Islamic ideology based upon the Qur'an, Hadith and Sunnah would require 100% of Muslims to negate many of the core beliefs that they have been indoctrinated with which include the supremacy of the Qur'an over all religious "revelations" and the succession of Muhammad over all religious prophets.

Even if 99% of Muslims wished to reform, there would remain a few Muslim clerics who would continue to declare that all of the "revealed" words of the Qur'an are to remain sacred and that Muhammad's sayings (Ahadith) and examples are to be followed. These Islamic clerics are the ones who command the armies of jihadists to carry out the mission as so ordered by Muhammad in regard to fighting the "Unbelievers / Infidels" until the whole world submits to Islam. The Boston Marathon bombings were carried out by two individuals who believed in the jihadist ideology that was proclaimed by such a cleric. While the prospect of "Reforming Islam" is a goal we all wish could happen, the reality is that the fundamental ideology of Islam does not lend itself to the type of reform in the manner that other ideologies have adjusted to.

As you know, Islam is not just a religious order; it is a socio-political and military order whose ultimate goal has always been to achieve world domination and subjection or extermination of all who do not submit to Allah and who do not accept Muhammad as the last and final prophet of mankind. Reforming Islam would require that 100% of Muslims accept much abrogation of the Qur'an including the tenets that proclaim they are a superior people over all. Presently, there is a growing movement to establish an "Islamic Caliphate" in the near future of Muslims and it is they who wish to reform us.

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