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and what happened to Al-Ustazh Mahmud Muhammad Taha?

Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict XVI and the Koran

Submitted by Lactantius (United Kingdom), Jan 17, 2006 at 11:09

Dear Dr Pipes

Try and "modernise" Islam, as Al-Ustazh Mahmud Muhammad Taha did, by wanting 20th century Islam to be the "nice, peaceful, peaceloving, tolerant Meccan Islam" rather than the "harsh, violent, warlike, warmongering, flogging and stoning Medinian Islam," and see what happens.

In 1985 Sudanese President Ja'far Mohammed al-Nimeiri mis-used both the Sudanese legal system and Islamic Shariah, to have Muhammad Taha sentenced to death for apostasy, for which he was executed by public hanging on 18th.January 1985, despite the Sudanese penal code of 1983 having no mention such a "crime."

Can Islam change? Can a leopard change its spots?

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