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Submitted by Elton (Netherlands), Dec 16, 2013 at 16:26

There is an Islamic term for this reform/revisionist that the West would like to see, it is called bid'ah (innovation). Of course Islam could be reformed into Islam 2.0, but we can not call that Islam anymore. Alcohol for instance is forbidden. Islam is not flexible in that suddenly alcohol can be deemed permissible. It can be argued that perhaps there is no true essence of Islam, but this is partially correct, for their are elements in Islam which can not be removed without redefining what Islam is. For example the prophet Mohamed. To say that there are no basic essential elements of Islam is to open the door for infinite interpretations, to the extent that even the Moon worshipper can claim to be Muslim.

No doubt there are blurred lines to allow for variance, but to give a carte blanche license to interpret and Islam at will is the same as letting people define apples as oranges.

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