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"Look where wishing to 'reinterpret the Qur'an' got Al-Ustazh Mahmud Muhammad Taha"

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Submitted by Lactantius Jr (United Kingdom), Apr 23, 2007 at 11:26

To Moderate Muslim

I'm interested in hearing what your "theoretical framework on reinterpreting the Qur'an" is, but please be aware what could happen to you, if you live under Islamic jurisdiction, should you 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."

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."

For a report of what happened to Muhammad Taha, see:- http://www.alfikra.org/index_e.php

We're seeing a worldwide resurgence of the Medinan Islam of Muhammad, and that means tough, tough times ahead, for Western democracies, who still haven't heeded the alarm calls of 911 and 0707.

Believing it to be important to let the spokesmen for Allah speak for themselves, and they are saying it clearly enough, here's a quotation from around 30 years ago, followed by one published the day after the London bombings of 0707, that's right, the very day after.

"Islam is not Christianity………Islam is the religion of agitation, revolution, blood, liberation and martyrdom." Shaikh Morteza Motahari "Nehzat Islami Dar Sadsal Akhir" ("Islamic Movements In The Last 100 Years), Tehran, 1979, page 83

"Ask the defenders of Western civilization such as Daniel Pipes, Thomas Friedman and Bush and Blair to find out what they actually mean by defending their ‘way of life' or ‘life style.' The instant answer would be the Western politico-socio-economic system. That is what the Qur'an means when it commands for (sic) establishing the way of life as prescribed by Allah. It can never be limited to just personal ethics or spirituality"

Abid Ullah Jan "Islam, faith and power" The Muslim Weekly : July 8th."2005 The day after the London bombings!! http://tinyurl.com/aja2p

Key points of the article:-

• • Muslims should strive to gain political and military power over non-Muslims

• • Warfare is obligatory for all Muslims

• • Islamic state, Islam and Sharia law, should be established throughout the world

and to really "ink it in," the most telling assessment of the whole issue, confirming the centrality of the sword in Islam, comes from a modern scholar, writing in the magazine of al-Azhar University in Cairo, the most prestigious University in the Muslim world, and published nearly 50 years ago:-

"Holy war (Jihad) is an Arabic virtue, and a divine obligation: the Muslim is always mindful that his religion is a Qur'an and a sword ... the Muslim then is forever a warrior."

Al-Azhar magazine, Cairo, the opening article by Ahmad Hasan az-Zayat, August 1959.

With this assertion, the Qur'an, the Hadith, the history of Islam, and scholars, ancient and modern, concur.

Can Islam be ‘modernised' with "theoretical frameworks of reinterpreting the Qur'an?" can a leopard change its spots?

Lactantius Jr.


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