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Zeal toward religion and Allah makes them insensitive

Reader comment on item: Melbourne's Petite, Shy, Honors-Student Jihadi
in response to reader comment: Oh meet this nice and pregnant (and shameless) teenager.

Submitted by Prashant, Feb 16, 2019 at 21:23

Dear Dr Pipes, I will add a small note to to my comment about the Bangladeshi-British woman who became an ISIS-bride and showed no remorse for any of her choices. Our world wonders why a certain percentage of Muslims resort to actions for which there cannot be any ethical justification and why many many more of Muslims remain silent and do not speak up against these heinous choices.

Some day many decades or centuries from today psychologists will wonder and try to explain how billions of people acted in this way. I will give an early hypothesis. I think too much zeal toward the religion and God desensitizes many Muslim toward what is ethical and what makes common sense. Common rules of human conduct must be followed always but they can be abandoned on the orders of Allah for the cause of Allah.

And this is the million dollar question. Who gets precedence: God or Ethics? Who is primary? I will not attempt to answer this questions because theologists and philosophers would already have asked and answered this question. I will study this topic further but I think Islamic scholars also need to ask and answer this question for themselves.


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