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Not monolithic, but...

Submitted by PRCS, Oct 16, 2009 22:39

While individual Muslims may not be members of a monlithic block, note Nomani's statement:

"More importantly, the face veil represents a frightening brand of Islam that is taking hold even among young girls. It preaches a literal translation of the Koran that becomes troublesome when applied to problematic verses—which are used by militants to sanction domestic violence, intolerance, and even suicide bombings."

A literal translation of the Qur'an does indeed represent 'a frightening brand of Islam'; the traditional, orthodox Islam that Allah intended it to be.

'Troublesome, problematic verses'? Here's but one of so many:

Qur'an 5:38. "As for the thief, both male and female, cut off their hands. It is the reward of their own deeds, an exemplary punishment from Allah. Allah is Mighty, Wise."

Like so many Qur'anic passages--from God's lips and forever unchangeable we're told--it is not merely troublesome or problematic. It is immoral, by contemporary standards, and has no place anywhere on this planet in the twenty-first century, yet it is again being practiced in Somalia; not by Muslim militants, or extremists or radicals, but by literalists.

You should note that she did not state that such translations are flawed, or incorrect, or taken out of context.

Because she knows they're not.

Let's start being rational adults and stop making excuses for the mindset and actions of Muslim literalists. Muslims who chose to ignore those Islamic teachings they find 'troublesome' and 'problematic' are like Catholics who use aritficial birth control methods. Neither is in full compliance with the tenets of their respective belief systems.

The problem is Islam as it is written.

 

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