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Shade on the Sunni side of the street

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Submitted by D Cripps (United Kingdom), Aug 5, 2022 at 04:21

Thank you for this bold article.

On the side of the status quo, excluding and expelling nonMuslims from the region may not be in the Koran but is in hadiths, e.g Muwatta Malik 1618, Jami' at-Tirmidhi 1606, Sahih Muslim 1767a, 4366, 4594 (the foundational texts of sunnah-based Islam, and hence Sunni Islam, include not only the Koran but also Ahadith and Sira, Koran forming c 14% of this trilogy), and Islamic jurisprudence of the Sunni variety has unchangeability hard-wired into it.

However, as the reformist MbS may anyway be edging toward something like apostasy from Sunni Islam (shh), he could indeed go with just the Koran; and if anyone could do it safely in public in Saudi Arabia, I guess it would be him! ...

I am not actually sure if he realises that some of his already-voiced aspirations are in the direction of apostasy, but perhaps he hopes no one will notice or admit that they do ... I wish him good luck in this.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Yes, Muslims are generally moving away from Hadith and it is in that spirit that I mention only the Koran.

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