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Submitted by Mohammed Saleem Akhtar (United States), Oct 22, 2005 at 02:52

here are some thoughts...

You said "I wrote earlier, islam is believing in, and following quran and sunna to the word."

Muslims must come to terms with reality that after his death there was a turmoil and during that period errors occured. One cannot confirm every saying of Muhammed and his every action/sunnah. Its absurd/wrong for the wahabists to say to their people that 'since Muhammed wore a beard, every muslim should wear a beard'... a few hardcore wahabist clerics in pakistan force young men into getting a beard because it will make them closer to the prophet. Tell me what has wearing a beard to do with God, religion and faith? Wahabists are wrong.

No one has done an accurate interpretation of the Koran using the concept of Wahi. Dont forget the koran mentions the prophet was a normal human being like any other. If Koran is giving Muhammed a human status, who is a messenger of God, it is possible that he made mistakes. His life is to emulated though not 'exactly' followed. Again, the wahabists manipulate words to impose their own agenda. Plus if the wahabists are so sincere on following everything 'word by word', may be they should try reading the positive words also. Many people think of wahabists as a political arab entity rather than religion.

Main thing for spiritual muslims like Sufis are bowing before a supernatural being/God, not emulating the messenger. Why the hypocrisy? Why do some muslim men expect their women to wear hijab yet walk around eyeing other women or watch porn? Fact is that one must come to terms with reality. You will say that Islam's focus is moral values. Although the essense of any religion should lie in the mind and other sects of Islam such as Sufism focus more on that aspect i.e. cleaning up your mind. Hence sufis think moral values can be achieved by altering your mind rather than the material self. Thats why Sufis are more 'reformed'.

The society that existed 1400 years ago was different from the current society and hence the need for 'ijtehad'.

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