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Muslim leaders always preferred the violent verses

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Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Feb 10, 2006 at 08:42

Or Muslims who preferred the violent verses/hadiths always got more power than peaceful Muslims. It's just normal, if you think of it. With a mindset that authorizes you to have your opponents killed, you will always be stronger then non-violent people. Therefore, as the Koran and hadiths authorize violence, the Islamic power tends to be always in the hands of violent people.

In traditional Islam, there was another, less violent power, too – jurists. But that is not much of a comfort for free people, because jihad was accepted as a law by all madhabs: all Islamic law schools agree that defensive jihad is an individual duty, that is, all must fight, and offensive jihad is a collective duty, that is, if the Islamic army is strong enough, other Muslims don't have to fight. I guess this is why Muslims invented the slave soldiers: http://www.danielpipes.org/article/448

Anyway, it really needs a quite deep Islamic Reformation. It needs truth. A whole lot of it.
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